Van Persie opener boosts punters
On the day the Barclays Premier League kicked off for the new season, Robin van Persie's opener for Manchester United at Swansea was met with delight by Sky Bet punters.
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Boosted from 7/2 to an industry-best 9/2 with Sky Bet to open the scoring at the Liberty Stadium, the Dutchman broke the deadlock on 34 minutes after firing his effort past Michel Vorm.
United went onto win the game 4-1 and are 12/5 with Sky Bet to retain their title. Manchester City (11/5) and Chelsea (9/4) play on Monday and Sunday respectively.
After two winning weeks for the punters, Sky Bet had been having a better Saturday until van Persie's exploits thanks to Christian Benteke and Aston Villa.
With Arsenal one of the most popular selections in multiple bets up and down the land, a 3-1 victory for Villa was met with cheers in the Sky Bet offices.
Benteke scored a brace with Antonio Luna putting the gloss on the scoreline late on.
Four of the five home teams in the Premier League that kicked off at 3pm failed to win and that consequently scupped many an accumulator, while four draws in the Sky Bet Championship also went in the bookies' favour.
Sky Bet's Head of Football Paul Wiggins said: "Our punters scored a late blow as once again Robin van Persie obliged for Manchester United. It had been a good day with Arsenal losing but once again we were left licking our wounds."
In the Sky Bet Championship QPR were cut to 9/2 joint-favourites to win the league after a last-minute strike from 20-year-old striker Tom Hitchcock ensured a 1-0 win for Harry Redknapp's side over Ipswich.
QPR moved fifth after the win with Nottingham Forest top following their emphatic 3-0 victory over title rivals Bolton.
Forest are 6/1 to win the Championship with sponsors Sky Bet, while Bolton have drifted out to 16s.
Watford are the 9/2 joint favourites and they sit in second after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Reading, who are eighth.
Reading are an industry-top 10/1 with Sky Bet.
In Sky Bet League 1 Wolves are 5/2 favourites for the title after their 2-1 victory away at Bristol City, while in Sky Bet League 2 Chesterfield and Fleetwood are 9/2 joint-favourites to win the title despite neither side managing to win on Saturday.