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Weekend Review: Coupons busted as Man City lose first Premier League match since January

Plucky Norwich inflict a 3-2 defeat on the Champions in the weekend’s most unlikely result

Champions Manchester City lost their first Premier League match since January this weekend in a major boost for the bookies.

City lost 3-2 to newly-promoted Norwich, with the Canaries taking a two-goal lead inside the opening 25 minutes of the match.

The layers’ coffers were boosted once again on Sunday after Europa League finalists Arsenal surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with basement club Watford.

Kindred Group’s Ali Gill said both Manchester City and Arsenal failing to win were huge results for the firm.

“Perhaps surprisingly it was bottom-placed Watford’s draw with Arsenal which left us by a mile the biggest margin as Watford weren’t given a chance by punters,” said Gill.

“Man City rarely offer much value on the 1X2 market these days, and so punters look elsewhere for value. With Aguero scoring and the Overs goal line being hit, the result went our way but perhaps not to the extent expected.

“What both games did do however is take an enormous chunk of weekly accas with them, as bookies around the land became Norwich fans for the day,” he added.

Kindred also revealed that Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Valencia on Saturday was their biggest losing event of the football season so far.

Betway’s Chad Yeomans said: “Norwich claimed the scalp of the champions in a thrilling 3-2 victory – a great result for us. One punter however, did manage to correctly predict a 125/1 #betyourway which included a Norwich victory.”

Elsewhere, Betdaq’s Mark Harkin told EGR Intel: “There was a full round of fixtures in the Premier League which included Norwich getting the better of champions Manchester City, which I’m not sure many saw coming.

“It was a costly result for one punter who lost £22k after backing another away win, while another was left ruing Arsenal blowing a two-goal lead at Watford which saw him lose nearly £15k.”

The GVC-owned exchange bookie saw more than £3m matched on the St Leger at Doncaster.

While few Betdaq punters saw City’s shock result coming, 200 Betfred customers backed Norwich to win 3-2 at odds of 80/1 over the weekend.

Betfred’s Peter Spencer said: “Sergio Aguero scored again for City and he has gone off like a train this season, getting a goal in all five matches to date.”

City are still 4/6 favourites for the title with Betfred despite being five points adrift of Liverpool, who are at odds of 6/4 following a perfect start to the campaign.

In the Rugby League’s final five, a Salford side led by Jackson Hastings are now 12/1 to win the Grand Final, after starting the season as 100/1 outsiders. St Helens are 5/6 favourites.

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