Monday’s Market Movers

Monday’s Market Movers

Opening football weekend affects markets

We are only one weekend into the football league this season but already, we have been treated to some shocks, high-scoring results and of course, some big market movers.

Although some fans will be skeptical about rushing to judgement after just one game into the season, others will already be singing with joy or moaning with despair. Having said that, the opening few fixtures do tend to give a good indication as to how certain sides will perform throughout the season.

So, what are the big market movers from this weekend?

Britt Assombalonga to be Championship top scorer

The Championship returned with a bang last Friday night, with fans up and down the country tuning in to an absolute thriller at Kenilworth road. Luton Town marked their return to the second division with a 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough, in a fixture that simply had it all.

Both teams to score always looked a likely outcome, but not many would have predicted such a scoreline. Amongst the goal-scorers though, there wasn’t such a surprise to see certain names on the score-sheet. Our recommended bet for the fixture came through with James Collins finding the back of the net, as the Englishman grabbed the all-important equaliser in the 85th minute. After registering 25 goals last season, the Irishman lived up to expectations well on his Championship debut.

On the opposing side, another clinical talisman started the season in fine form. Britt Assombalonga has been Middlesbrough’s top scorer across the last two campaigns and the Congo international looks likely to continue that pattern this year. Heading into the new season, the Boro striker was 14/1 to win the league’s golden boot with Bet365, but soon dropped off to 10/1 after his Friday night showing.

Although there is still value to be found in Assombalonga, his market drop is a testament to Jonathan Woodgate’s attacking philosophy at the club. Boro looked like a new side going forward in their opening game and with this fresh system, their main man up top will expect chances to come his way.

Leeds to win Championship

After play-off agony last season, Leeds kickstarted their 19/20 campaign off with an impressive 3-1 win away at Bristol City. All eyes were on Marco Bielsa’s men yesterday, as the majority of bookmakers had Leeds down as the outright favourites to win the division during pre-season. Heading into the fixture, Paddy Power priced them at 7/2 to be crowned champions.

Despite a rocky summer though, which had been dominated by player sales, the Whites looked in great shape at Ashton Gate, with the usual suspects finding their names on the score-sheet. Pablo Hernandez opened the scoring on 26 minutes, before the tricky Spaniard teed up Patrick Bamford to make it 2-0 on the 57th minute mark.

Jack Harrison also justified his manager’s choice to keep him on loan this season, as the young Englishman ensured that all three points would be heading back to Elland Road following a close range finish to put the Whites 3-0 up.

With all the TV cameras on them, Leeds turned on the style and sent out a message to fellow clubs in the division. Bielsa’s team played with a swagger of confidence that we saw so often from them at this stage of the season last year. Their solid performance saw them drop to 3/1 to win the Championship with Paddy Power, even with so much football to still be played.

 

Paulo Dybala to Manchester United

With transfer deadline day looming, clubs are beginning to become a little frantic with their deals. The current storyline that has dominated the headlines across the last week has been Paulo Dybala’s potential move to Manchester United.

After Juventus failed to secure an outright price with the Red Devils for want away striker Romelu Lukaku, their revised offer that included Dybala seemed to grab Ed Woodward’s attention. According to reports, both clubs were happy to proceed with such a deal and everything appeared to be on track.

In fact, Betfair had the Argentinian as short as 1/3 to arrive at Old Trafford this summer. However, as United fans know more than most, transfer moves don’t always go to plan. Now, after reportedly asking for a yearly salary of £18m, Woodward seems to have pulled the plug on the move.

Such news broke last night and Dybala’s price to United has quickly risen to 1/1 with Betfair. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated back in April that he only wants players that have a true desire to play for the club, a factor that does not seem to be the case with the Argentinian international.

Paulo Dybala is now reportedly set to remain at Juventus this summer.

Big market movers

Britt Assombalonga to be Championship top scorer – from 14/1 to 10/1 with Bet365

Leeds to win the Championship – from 7/2 to 3/1 with Paddy Power

Paulo Dybala to move to Manchester United – from 1/3 to 1/1 with Betfair