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Weekend Review: Crystal Palace provides silver lining for layers as Premier League punters witness goals galore

The Eagles’ shock 3-1 win at Old Trafford came as a relief to bookmakers after high-scoring weekend of extreme variance

A goal-laden weekend in the Premier League left punters pleased as favourites more or less obliged across the board.

Eight matches saw 39 goals go in, with Tottenham and Everton both notching five goals apiece in victories over Southampton and West Brom respectively.

The only major upset from the weekend was Crystal Palace’s 3-1 triumph over Manchester United at Old Trafford, with former United forward Wilfried Zaha netting twice for the Eagles.

Kindred Group’s Ali Gill said: “A great weekend for Premier League punters as the big results went their way. Manchester United’s loss to Crystal Palace was perfect for layers, but Everton, Spurs and Leeds’ goal-filled wins left punters delighted and comfortably ahead over the weekend.”

Betway’s Chad Yeomans concurred with Gill, noting that Crystal Palace’s victory gave the bookmaker some form of solace.

He said: “While Saturday and Sunday in the Premier League was largely enjoyable for punters, Crystal Palace’s 3-1 victory at Old Trafford was unexpected, but very welcome.”

Elsewhere, one bet365 punter secured a mammoth £19,880 pay-out after a double bet builder came in.

The punter built bets on two games, Hibernian v Rangers and Southampton v Tottenham, with odds of 70/1 and 55/1 respectively, and placed £5 on the double.

In another huge win, Betfred’s Alan Firkins told EGR how one Peterborough-based player netted more than £13,000 from a £5 stake.

Firkins said: “One Betfred punter from Peterborough had five selections in his ‘Goals Galore Extra,’ and two very late, nail-biting, added-time strikes netted him over £13,000 for a fiver staked. The late goals? At Peterborough, of course.”

Jack Taylor and Sammie Szmodics scored in stoppage time at London Road as the Posh sealed the last-gasp victory over Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town.

Finally, in horseracing, Firkins and William Hill’s Rupert Adams revealed experiences in the Ayr Gold Cup varied wildly.

Nahaarr, ridden by St Leger winning jockey Tom Marquand, secured the win in Scotland after being backed down to a 7/2 favourite ahead of the race.

Adams said: “Racing was generally good – although we took a hammering on the very well-backed winner of the Ayr Gold Cup.”

Firkins added: “Despite the thrilling last-gasp success of warm favourite Nahaar in Saturday’s Ayr Gold Cup, we escaped relatively unscathed.”

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