Premier League Insider Trading - August 17th
Liverpool kick-off the Premier League season this Saturday as they welcome Stoke to Anfield for Saturday's early match. The weight of expectation remains as heavy as ever at Liverpool so they will be determined to get off to the best possible start.
Here's the feeling around William Hill...
Punters backing singles have once again seen value in the underdog in this match as we've seen well over a quarter of bets in the 90 minutes market on Stoke City. At odds of 8/1 it's pretty easy to understand why the visitors have had some followers.
Liverpool are odds-on favourites for this match and will undoubtedly be popular choices in multiples. Customers looking for an interest in this match only have been active in correct score market. Liverpool to win 3-1 is the most popular bet in this market, while a 6-1 home win would be a substantial loser having seen a fair amount of interest at 125/1. These two sides played out a 0-0 draw in the same fixture last season so we'll be hoping for a similar result.
Daniel Sturridge will take on the role of main striker at Liverpool for at least the first six matches of the season with Suarez suspended. Our headline offer of Sturridge to score and Liverpool to win at 6/4 has attracted plenty of attention with over two-thirds of bets and over 75% of money staked in that market going on the Liverpool front man.
Liverpool's latest Spanish import, Iago Aspas has impressed in pre-season and is clearly fancied to chip in with goals this season. The former Celta Vigo player has seen well over half the money staked in the Anytime Goalscorer market at 10/11.
Later on Saturday Man Utd play their first ever Premier League match without Sir Alex Ferguson as manager against a Swansea side that have not been afraid to money to improve their squad.
We've gone odds against (21/20) that Manchester United win this match and at that price it's not a big surprise that the champions are our most popular single bet on Saturday. Swansea picked up a point at home to United last season and ran them close at Old Trafford but that hasn't put off the punters this weekend. Over 80 per cent of the money staked in the 90 minutes market for this match is on the champions.
Over the years under Ferguson, United had the habit of winning matches from the most unlikely positions. Just last season they came back from behind to pick up a staggering 29 points. It appears punters haven't forgotten this as the Swansea/Man Utd double result has been backed pretty heavily at 28/1. In fact, that outcome has seen around 60 per cent of all the money staked in our double result market.
Robin van Persie was United's main man last season, finishing the league's top scorer and scoring two hat-tricks in the Premier League in the process. While we rarely see a lot of money staked on a player to score three goals in a game, RVP opening his account for the season with a hat-trick won't be a great result for us.