Fantastic weekend for punters

  • Last Updated: January 12 2014, 19:34 GMT

Wins for Manchester City and Liverpool completed a fantastic weekend for Sky Bet football punters.

Alvaro Negredo scored as Manchester City beat Newcastle 2-0.
Alvaro Negredo scored as Manchester City beat Newcastle 2-0.

City won 2-0 at Newcastle before Liverpool claimed a 5-3 victory against Stoke on Super Sunday to complete a remarkable weekend of successes for favourites in the betting.

Nine of the 10 best-backed teams won on Saturday, starting with Chelsea's 2-0 win over Hull in the lunchtime kick-off in the Barclays Premier League.

Afternoon victories for Everton, Tottenham and Southampton were great news for accumulator backers and things got even better in the Sky Bet Football League.

  • Premier League
Team Score Team
Stoke City 3 - 5 Liverpool
Newcastle 0 - 2 Man City
Man Utd 2 - 0 Swansea
Cardiff 0 - 2 West Ham
Southampto 1 - 0 West Brom
Tottenham 2 - 0 C Palace
Fulham 1 - 4 Sunderland
Everton 2 - 0 Norwich
Hull City 0 - 2 Chelsea

Leyton Orient, Brentford, Burnley and Blackburn were all among the most popular selections of the day and duly delivered leaving the Leeds-based firm running for cover.

The Sporting Life Accumulator was also a winner at 11/1 with Everton, Wigan, Brentford, Burton and Motherwell all claiming three points.

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There were two Sky Bet customers celebrating very big wins thanks to Nahki Wells' late debut goal in Huddersfield's 1-0 victory at home to Millwall in the Championship.

One customer scooped £72,000 on a 15-fold accumulator from a £20 stake and a 12-fold accumulator with a total stake of £15 won just over £21,500.

It got even better for punters with Manchester United beating Swansea 2-0 at Old Trafford in the Saturday evening Premier League kick-off.

  • Premier League
Position Player Score
1 Man City 47
2 Chelsea 46
3 Arsenal 45
4 Liverpool 42
5 Everton 41
6 Tottenham 40
7 Man Utd 37
8 Newcastle 33
9 Southampton 30
10 Hull City 23
11 A Villa 23
12 Stoke City 22
13 Swansea 21
14 West Brom 21
15 Norwich 20
16 Fulham 19
17 West Ham 18
18 Cardiff 18
19 Sunderland 17
20 C Palace 17

Only Cardiff, who suffered a 2-0 defeat to West Ham, were beaten among the hotpots and Sky Bet head of football Paul Wiggins said: "It's fair to say Saturday was a huge day for punters.

"Looking at the fixtures before kick-off I thought there was a chance we could get a couple of results to go our way but it hasn't worked out like that at all."

Meanwhile, Manchester City have been cut by Sky Bet to 10/11 favourites to win the Premier League title after Sunday's action.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool follow in the betting at 3/1, 9/2 and 15/2 respectively.

Luis Suarez is 1/16 to end the season as the Premier League's top goalscorer after his double in Liverpool's win at Stoke took his tally for the season to 22.

The Reds striker is nine goals clear of Sergio Aguero in the current standings and the Manchester City forward is second in the market at 10/1.

Crystal Palace are Sky Bet's 1/2 relegation favourites.

The Eagles are the only side odds-on for the drop with Fulham (11/10), Cardiff (11/10), Sunderland (6/5), West Ham (2/1) and Norwich (5/2) rated as the other clubs most in danger of dropping to the Sky Bet Championship.

In the Sky Bet Football League, Leicester are the even-money favourites to win the Championship, Brentford head the League 1 outright market at 5/4 and Chesterfield, second behind Scunthorpe (5/2), are 9/4 to finish on top in League 2.

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