The football season has finally begun, with leagues across Europe well underway.
In England, the Premier League kicked off the 2020/21 season on Saturday 12th September with games between Fulham and Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Southampton, Liverpool and Leeds United, and West Ham and Newcastle.
Two of the three newly promoted teams, Leeds and Fulham, were in action on opening day, though neither managed to score points.
Unlike any other season, all Premier League games throughout September are being shown live on TV, with some games even broadcast on the BBC.
Just like with other sports, betting all season long in the Premier League has become a popular trend and the 2020/21 season is already seeing strong demand for bookmakers. So far, bets placed on five teams have done better than the rest as each of the clubs has managed to win both of their games.
Leicester City surprised everyone in 2016 when they won the Premier League, just two years after being promoted to it. They’ve started the 2020/21 season well too, with a 3-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion and then a 4-2 win against Burnley.
In their game against West Bromwich, they dominated the game with 65% of possession and twice as many shots as their rivals. The game against Burnley was a lot more even-sided, despite the clear win.
Everton have had a much better start to the 2020/21 season than they did to last season. They managed a 1-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur, with the game’s only goal coming at the 55th minute thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a set-piece delivery.
The Toffees followed this up the following week with a 5-2 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion at home. West Brom spent the second half of the game with only 10 men after Kieran Gibbs was sent off in stoppage time.
Everton took full advantage, with a 54th-minute goal from Michael Keane, followed by two more from Calvert-Lewin in the 62nd and 66th minutes.
Arsenal finished last season down in 8th place, 33 points off winners Liverpool and 10 from 4th place Chelsea. After a spending spree during the transfer window, The Gunners have started the season off in much better shape.
They kicked off the season with a 3-0 victory over Fulham, dominating the game from start to finish with a goal in the 8th minute and two more in the second half. They then followed this up with a 2-1 victory against West Ham, a game that Arsenal made look more difficult than it needed to be for them.
Sitting fourth in the table after two games, Liverpool have started the 2020/21 season the same way they did last season. The club didn’t lose a single game until after the New Year, a feat few other clubs have ever managed.
While it’s unlikely they’ll be able to repeat that again this season, they still remain favourites to win the League again.
Their first game, against newly-promoted Leeds United, was a close call. Mo Salah got the game started with a goal after just four minutes, but Leeds countered with a 12th-minute goal from Jack Harrison.
Eight minutes later, Virgil van Dijk put the Reds back in the lead, though Leeds equalised again after 30 minutes. Salah put the club back in the lead heading into half time, but Leeds’ Mateusz Klich levelled the score again after 66 minutes.
Mo Salah was the hero of the day though, scoring from a penalty in the 88th minute to help Liverpool start their new campaign on the right foot.
Their second game, this time against Chelsea, was 0-0 until half time and Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen was sent off. Sadio Mane took full advantage in the second half, scoring in the 50th and 54th minutes.
Crystal Palace finished 2019/20 in 14th place with a goal difference of -19, 55 points off Liverpool and without winning any of their last five games.
They’ve turned things around in 2020/21 though. They beat Southampton 1-0 in their first game, despite having half the shots of their opponents.
More impressively, they thrashed Manchester United 3-1 the following week. This was despite United controlling the ball throughout the game. After a 7th minute goal that put Crystal Palace ahead, there was a flurry of goals in the final minutes, with two from Wilfried Zaha in the 74th and 85th minutes.
United’s Donny van de Beek’s 80th-minute goal kept Palace from keeping a clean sheet, but it wasn’t going to be enough to end the humiliation for the Red Devils.