After a Premier League weekend laden with more shocks than most horror films, the big winners proved to be Arsenal on the pitch, and savvy punters backing longshots off it.
Leicester City provided the biggest upset of all, mounting a 299/1 comeback when 3-1 down against Manchester United to win 5-3.
That outrageous scoreline was matched at a huge 500/1 before the match, and an accumulator on just the four Super Sunday results was priced up at an even bigger 517/1.
Crystal Palace and West Brom both overcame strong home favourites in their wins at Everton and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, while Frank Lampard broke Chelsea hearts as the Blues drew at Manchester City.
One team especially delighted to see the string of calamities endured by the Sunday favourites were Liverpool, who went down 3-1 themselves on Saturday evening at West Ham.
While disentangling what all this means in terms of the title and top four races, and indeed the relegation scrap, is a thankless task, there is a short term opportunity to profit on the big sides’ continuing haphazardness.
Both Manchester United and Liverpool are odds-on home favourites next weekend, against West Ham and Everton respectively, and backing the away sides in a mere twofold yields odds of just under 35/1.
The Toffees have endured a tough start to the season, but their only losses have come at home, with four points collected in their two away days thus far.
Meanwhile Liverpool have been unimpressive in front of their own fans, losing 1-0 to Aston Villa in their last league game at Anfield.
Their other home matches have yielded narrow 2-1 wins over Southampton and Ludogorets, but they required a last minute penalty to beat the unheralded Bulgarian side.
West Ham demonstrated their capacity to flip the applecart by beating the Reds handily in their last game and have yet to lose on their travels this term, beating Crystal Palace and drawing with Hull.
Manchester United did record a 4-0 win in their last home match, but that was against QPR, who have lost four out of six games in all competitions this term, providing false dawns for Spurs as well as the Red Devils through their incompetence.
United’s other match at Old Trafford this season was a 2-1 loss to Swansea, and West Ham should fancy their chances of a similar upset against Louis van Gaal’s top-heavy side.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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