Foxes give Lampard the blues
Frank Lampard has been denied a win in his first Premier League home match as Chelsea manager.
Leicester were in town for the late Sunday kick-off and the Foxes showed why many have tipped them for a good season with a strong second-half showing at Stamford Bridge.
Mason Mount put the Blues in front early on in the first half but the home side were denied by a Wilfred Ndidi header after the break. Chelsea were backed at a low of [1.23] in-play on the Betfair Exchange while the draw hit [7.6].
Chelsea remain the more fancied of the two for a top four finish, available to back at [3.55], with Leicester out to [20.0] after drawing their first two games. The fixture list has put up a pair of tough games, however, for both and better results can probably be expected soon.
Blades off and running
Sheffield United are off the mark with the first win of their current stay in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace were the visitors to Bramall Lane, and the visitors deployed Wilfried Zaha in the hope of picking up a win following a draw with Everton on the opening weekend.
But a poor display ensured Roy Hodgson's side left south Yorkshire empty-handed with John Lundstram scoring the only goal of the game.
Both sides are prominent in the relegation betting with United [2.32] to suffer an immediate return to the Championship and Palace in to [3.55] with a tough season expected in south London.
VAR helps Tottenham to unlikely point at City
After the drama of last season's Champions League quarter-final, VAR has once again had a huge impact on a game between Manchester City and Spurs.
Tottenham were one minute away from what was quite frankly an undeserved point from their trip to the Etihad when Gabriel Jesus fired home from a post-corner melee. Cue pandemonium.
But, then, cue that familiar signal and, eventually, Michael Oliver ruling the goal out for a handball by Aymeric Laporte just before the Brazilian struck home.
Plenty of similarities then with last season's European meeting between the two when Raheem Sterling's winner being chalked off.
Had it stood, Jesus' effort would have ensured City deservedly taking the three points from a game they dominated. However, Spurs rode the many punches and were rewarded for taking their chances thanks to goals from Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura. The 2-2 final score was backed at [34.0].
City remain title favourites at [1.55] while Spurs stay at [21.0], third favourites in the bettting.
Pukki starting the season with a punch
Teemu Pukki was backed at [50.0] to score a hat-trick as Norwich stormed to a 3-1 victory at home to Newcastle today. The Finnish forward was the Canaries' hero in last season's promotion from the Championship and he already has four goals to his name from just two Premier League games. Having been backed at [160.0] to win the Golden Boot Pukki is now a [17.0] chance.
Newcastle have shortened up for relegation after suffering a second league defeat, the Toon now trading at [2.36] to go down at the end of the season.
Nervy win for Liverpool
Liverpool just creeped over the even money line on the Betfair Exchange, backed in-play at [2.02], as they struggled to break down a stubborn Southampton side at St Mary's. Former Saint, Sadio Mane, made the breakthrough just before halftime and Roberto Firmino added a second to keep Liverpool in the winning habit. A late howler from goalkeeper Adrian was seized upon by Danny Ings to give Southampton a late hope but it wasn't to be.
The Reds are [4.4] to win the Premier League after last season's near miss.
Arsenal attracting top four money
Arsenal and Burnley opened up the weekend with an entertaining clash at The Emirates that ended with a 2-1 victory for the home side. Burnley troubled the hosts throughout the first half and Ashley Barnes pulled them back into the game after Alexandre Lacazette's opener.
But the Gunners, with loanee Dani Ceballos impressing on his home Premier League debut, were better after the break and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang made the difference with the second-half winner. Arsenal are now [2.08] for a top four finish.
The day's other results
Everton and Bournemouth were the day's other winners in the top flight – the Toffees taking down Watford, while the Cherries scored a road win at Villa Park. Brighton and West Ham shared the points with a 1-1 draw on the south coast