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Weekend Review: Punters pleased with Premier League return as 150-1 shot wins Irish Grand National

West Brom’s shock win over Chelsea boosts bookies as Freewheelin Dylan makes history

Punters edged ahead as Premier League action returned this weekend following the final international break of the season.

Victories for Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool left the bettors beaming, while West Ham and Aston Villa also fulfilled their roles as pre-match favourites to take all three points.

Kindred Group’s Ali Gill said: “A punters’ weekend in the PL this week, but only just. Wins for Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Villa saw us finish in the red and players happy with their haul.”

However, relegation-threatened West Brom’s stunning 5-2 victory over Champions League-chasing Chelsea wiped out the vast majority of accumulator bets.

As did results for Everton and Tottenham, who could only muster draws against Crystal Palace and Newcastle, respectively.

Gill added: “Chelsea’s loss to WBA and Newcastle’s late equaliser against Spurs certainly went our way and helped us claw some back on the acca front.”

Betfred’s Alan Firkins said: “West Brom were the toast of many a trading department at the weekend after a brilliant and richly-deserved win at Chelsea, and Newcastle’s late equaliser against Spurs was well received, too.”

Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati told EGR punters were pleased to see Premier League stars slipping into their scoring boots this weekend.

Apati said: “[West Brom’s victory] was definitely needed, given that Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, West Ham all won.

“Spurs dropping points against Newcastle also helped us, although 18 of the 20 teams in the Prem scored, meaning punters got the better of us on the BTTS front,” he added.

Elsewhere, in horseracing, Freewheelin Dylan created history in the Irish Grand National, becoming the longest-priced winner in the race’s history.

The Dermot McLoughlin-trained horse was 150-1 before the showpiece event at Fairyhouse, but led all the way to complete a famous upset.

Gill said: “It was Irish Grand National day yesterday at Fairyhouse and layers were in clover as 150/1 shot Freewheelin Dylan sprung a huge shock and got his head home in front of the well fancied Run Wild Fred.

“Favourite Latest Exhibition did manage a place, but all told a 150/1 winner is always going to mean a great looking result,” he added.

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