Last weekend the Premier League made its bow for the 2015/16 season. Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Old Trafford in the 12.45 kick off, and it was an opening weekend with a few surprises, and a fantastic taster of the exciting season ahead.
Despite dropping two points, Chelsea’s result was far from the shock of the opening round of fixtures.
The shock of the opening weekend was handed to West Ham, who on Sunday travelled to the Emirates to face Arsenal – and beat them 2-0.
Cheikhou Kouyaté opened the scoring for the visitors just before the half time interval, with new signing Dmitri Payet the man to gain the assist points. If that score line wasn’t enough to shock Premier League fans, then they will have been rubbing their eyes with disbelief when the Hammers bagged themselves a second through Mauro Zárate. It was a day to forget for the debutant Petr Cech too, who was deemed to be at fault for both goals.
Chelsea were pegged back in the second half after taking the lead twice against Swansea City, in a match that ended 2-2. Thibaut Courtois was sent off in the second half as he brought down Bafetimbi Gomis in the box, with Gomis then slotting the penalty past substitute keeper Asmir Begovic.
Manchester United started with a win against Spurs courtesy of a Kyle Walker own goal, whilst their neighbours Manchester City stormed to a 3-0 victory at West Brom, with Yaya Toure scoring twice, before club captain Vincent Kompany finished things off with 20 minutes to go.
The experts at sports bookmaker Coral have shortened the odds on Manchester City winning the title so much following their win on Monday night, that they are now the favourites. City’s odds are now 13/8, whilst Chelsea’s odds have lengthened to 9/4.
Looking to gain a six point lead over their closest title rivals, City host Chelsea on Sunday in what is already looking like it will have one of the biggest effects on the outcome of the season already – only two games in!
City can be backed at EVS for a win on Sunday, whilst Chelsea are currently 14/5. You can be sure Jose Mourinho will do absolutely everything possible to not lose the match, so the draw could well be worth a punt at a reasonable price of 12/5.
Stoke City’s new record signing Xherdan Shaqiri will have the chance to impress his new clubs fans on Saturday when Stoke travel to Spurs. Bournemouth’s first Premier League away fixture will be a difficult trip to Liverpool on Monday, who will still be on a high after Coutinho’s last grasp winner at Stoke on Sunday.