United 8/1 for Premier League

  • Last Updated: August 17 2014, 10:23 BST

Manchester United have almost doubled in price for the Premier League after an opening-day defeat to Swansea.

Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates scoring Swansea City's winning goal
Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates scoring Swansea City's winning goal

Louis van Gaal's first Premier League game in charge of the club ended in a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford, with Gylfi Sigurdsson marking his return to the Welsh outfit with the winner on 72 minutes.

Wayne Rooney had drawn United level shortly after half-time following Ki Sung-yueng's first-half opener, but defensive the defensive frailties which ended in David Moyes' sacking appeared once more.

As a result, Sky Bet, bet365 and Betfair Sportsbook eased the Red Devils to 8/1 for the title, almost twice the general 9/2 which had been quoted in the run-up to Saturday's game.

With Arsenal scoring a late winner to overcome Crystal Palace in the evening kick-off, a victory which saw them cut to a best of 5/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral, United are now fourth in the outright betting.

Team Score Team
West Ham 0 - 1 Tottenham
Arsenal 2 - 1 C Palace
West Brom 2 - 2 S'land
Stoke 0 - 1 A Villa
Leicester 2 - 2 Everton
QPR 0 - 1 Hull City
Man Utd 1 - 2 Swansea

Chelsea remain favourites at 9/5 with Ladbrokes and 7/4 generally, but they must wait until Monday night to get their campaign under way. Before then, both Manchester City (5/2) and Liverpool (12/1) have the opportunity to alter the market on Sunday.

At the other end of the table, West Ham are in to 4/1 for relegation with BetVictor and Paddy Power following their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Tottenham, while Ladbrokes go a best of 2/1 about Palace.

QPR's home defeat to Hull saw them cut to 15/8 (Paddy Power), whereas Leicester were eased to 100/30 (BetVictor) after they scored a late equaliser to secure a draw with Everton.

In the top goalscorer betting, Rooney was cut to 11/1 by Coral while Aaron Ramsey's winner for the Gunners saw him cut to 50/1 by bet365.