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Weekend Review: Bookies reap the rewards as Premier League big guns stutter

Kindred mops up in nine of 10 Premier League games as Betfred deals with biggest ever Goals Galore payout

The bookies were the chief beneficiaries in the Premier League this weekend alongside Liverpool as the other top sides in the division faltered.

Jurgen Klopp’s side extended their lead at the top to eight points, ahead of Leicester City in second and 11 points clear of last season’s champions Manchester City.

While Liverpool and Leicester have won each of their last five league matches, the chasing pack has failed to keep up.

Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to London rivals West Ham, while Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United drew 2-2 with Norwich, Newcastle and Aston Villa respectively.

Kindred Group’s Ali Gill said: “It was a fantastic weekend in the Premier League for us as we came out ahead in 9 of the 10 games played.

“Leicester aside, the teams at the top seem to be falling over themselves to give Liverpool as big a lead as possible.

“Manchester Utd’s draw with Villa was our biggest winning event of the whole weekend, but Chelsea’s loss to West Ham wasn’t far behind and neither was Man City’s draw with Newcastle.

“No surprise there was barely a winning acca in sight across the match round,” he added.

It was a similar story at Betfred, although it paid out its biggest ever Goals Galore coupon win, according to spokesperson Peter Spencer.

Four punters from Lancashire staked £2 each on 10 fixtures from England, Scotland and Spain to be both teams to score, which came in to win the quartet a combined £160,000.

Betfred owner Fred Done said: “You can’t buy half a pint for £2 these days but these fellas managed to turn it into a tidy sum.”

Elsewhere, England cricketer Ben Stokes remains the 1/5 favourite to be crowned Sports Personality of the Year with Betfred, ahead of athlete Dina Asher-Smith and footballer Raheem Sterling.

In the weekend’s racing, Kindred Group marginally took the spoils. Gill said: “The big day at Newbury on Saturday went marginally our way.

“In the Ladbrokes Trophy, De Rasher Counter had a bit of support and that result was close enough to a draw.

“The John Francome Chase was our biggest win of the day as Reserve Tank was beaten at 1/2, whilst the first of the day was our biggest loser as Floressa won at 10/11.”

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