Monday’s Market Movers

Monday’s Market Movers

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Early season markets continue to move

The football season has well and truly returned.

After the curtains were raised on the EFL last weekend, fans around the country have finally got their football fix back. Social media feeds and conversations in the office have gone back to being dominated by the drama taking place on the field. It doesn’t get any better does it?

Last weekend saw a cracking set of opening Premier League fixtures, plus, some surprise results in the Championship too. So, what betting markets have experienced a considerable move from the early-season action?

Raheem Sterling to be Premier League top scorer

Manchester City set down a marker on Saturday afternoon with an opening 5-0 victory away at West Ham.

All eyes were on Pep Guardiola’s side, who are now bidding to become the first club since Manchester United in 2009 to win three consecutive Premier League titles. It’s fair to say that the Spaniard’s team have showed no signs of slowing down. The Sky Blues turned on the style, with their slick passing and movement being too much for the Hammers to handle.

Hot shot strikers Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero found their names on the score-sheet, but it was Raheem Sterling who grabbed all the headlines. The Englishman registered a second-half hatrick, becoming the first man to register 3 goals on the opening PL game week since Didier Drogba in 2011.

Heading into the fixture, Sterling was priced at 12/1 to be the league’s top scorer with Bet365. However, such a stellar start saw the Englishman quickly slump to 6/1 to claim the golden boot. Under Guardiola, Sterling has taken his goal-scoring game to the next level and he was only 5 goals away from Mohammed Salah last season.

At 6/1, many fans may fancy Sterling to go all the way this time round, as City yet again showcased why they are the Premier League favourites.

Brighton to be relegated

Another team in blue who got off to a dream start this season was Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls are soaring in 4th place after their impressive 3-0 win at Vicarage Road, with Graham Potter’s reign in the South Coast getting off to the perfect start. Despite heading into the fixture as 16/5 underdogs, Brighton upset the odds in prolific fashion, registering 3 goals from 3 shots on target.

There may have been some fortune with the opening goal, with Abdoulaye Doucouré putting the ball into his own net, but the following two goals were wonderfully worked. Florin Andone poked home the second, before Neal Maupay showed why the club forked out £20m for his services, with a nicely taken finish to seal the 3 points.

Before a ball had even been kicked, many pundits had already written Brighton off. They were as short as 13/8 to be relegated with SkyBet during pre-season, with people being unsure as to how Potter will cope with life in the Premier League. However, if the first 90 minutes of the campaign are anything to go by, Brighton look to have a good chance in staying up. In fact, their price to go down has now risen to 3/1 with SkyBet.

They have also bolstered their squad nicely with the figures of Adam Webster, Leandro Trossard and Aaron Mooy, with the Seagulls’ squad having more quality than most given them credit for. Their 3-0 victory over Watford raised eyebrows and fans may now fancy Potter to keep his side up this season.

Brentford to finish in the top six

After a disappointing start in their opening Championship fixture, Brentford got back on track at the weekend with a big win away at Middlesbrough. The Bees upset the odds with a closely fought 1-0 win, with Ollie Watkins proving to be the difference between the two sides.

Ahead of the fixture, Brentford were given an outside chance to finish in the top six this season, with Paddy Power pricing them up at 2/1 to do so. Their defeat to Birmingham in game-week one wasn’t exactly an ideal start for Thomas Frank, but they have reason to be confident moving forward following their trip to the Riverside.

After their relatively high price of 2/1, Brentford to finish in the top six has now dropped to 7/5 with Paddy Power. There is, of course, a long way to go in the campaign, but the early signs are encouraging for the Bees. With still some value to their name, some of the Griffin Park faithful may fancy this to be their season.

Market Movers

Raheem Sterling to be Premier League top scorer – From 12/1 to 6/1 with Bet365

Brighton to be relegated – From 13/8 to 3/1 with SkyBet

Brentford to finish in the top six – From 2/1 to 7/5 with Paddy Power