EPL – Matchweek 1 in Review

Matchweek 1 of the 2022-23 EPL season saw the same sorry story continue at Old Trafford, while a huge signing got off to a flying start.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

New season, same old story

It’s groundhog day at Old Trafford.

All the hope that a new season brings — in this instance a new manager, and the chance for a fresh start — came crumbling down in short time. Before the referee blew the whistle for half-time, the familiar groans rang out at the Theatre of Dreams as United ($1.78 pre-game) found themselves 2-0 down against Brighton ($4.78). After being hammered 4-0 by the Seagulls just three months months ago in May (in the penultimate game of the 2021-22 EPL season), this was further embarrassment being handed to one of the world’s biggest clubs. While they pegged a goal back, Eric Ten Hag’s men deserved little from a lacklustre performance. And despite being just one of 38 games, the result already had a sizeable impact on futures markets. United lengthened from $2.70 in Palmerbet’s Top 4 market out to $3.75 after the defeat.

Big man’s big start

All the talk over the summer surrounded Erling Haaland’s move to Manchester City. And he started with an absolute bang on the Sky Blues’ opening day of the EPL season. The 22-year-old Norwegian scored both of City’s as they ran out 2-0 winners over West Ham at the London Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s side started as solid $1.40 favourites with Palmerbet and duly got the job done, delivering for punters who backed them at -1.0 too ($1.99). But it was all about Haaland on a sun-drenched London day. Prior to kick-off the striker started as a $3.60 EPL top-scorer favourite for 2022-23. But by the final whistle he had already shortened into $2.25 in what could, should he stay fit, be a huge campaign given the enormous amount of supply he’ll received from City’s midfielders led by Kevin de Bruyne — underlined by his incredible pass for Haaland’s second on Sunday.

Reds’ shaky start

Liverpool were a results machine last season, and Jurden Klopp’s men rarely slipped up in the back-half of 2021-22. In their final 18 EPL games of last season, the Reds won 16 and drew two. The only two times they dropped points were to to title winners Manchester City and (at the time) an in-form Tottenham outfit. But on the opening day of their 2022-23 campaign, they did exactly that despite starting heavy favourites. The Reds began as $1.25 fancies in their trip to Craven Cottage to face a newly-promoted Fulham. In fact, it could have been even worse for last season’s runners-up, who had to equalise through Mo Salah in the 80th minute in order to snatch a point (the draw paying $6.25 pre-game). It’s far too early to read anything much into the result. But EPL futures markets shifted on the back of it; Liverpool’s title price lengthening from $3.25 to $4.20. There was one positive, however, with a Premier League debutant impressing.

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