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Weekend Review: Shock Premier League results leave bookies beaming

Victories for Sheffield United and Bournemouth upset the apple cart as Newmarket’s July Cup yields a 12/1 winner

Bookmakers were counting the cash after Premier League strugglers and Champions League challengers alike pulled off several shock results this weekend.

Burnley’s 1-1 draw away to Liverpool, Sheffield United’s 3-0 trouncing of Chelsea and Bournemouth’s stunning 4-1 win over Leicester bust accumulators across the country as punters rued the unpredictability of the closing weeks of the season.

Kindred Group’s Ali Gill said: “Liverpool’s draw with Burnley was, unsurprisingly, our biggest winning event by a distance. Sheffield Utd’s win over Chelsea was next in the Kindred winning column with Bournemouth’s 4-1 win over Leicester following.”

Betway’s Chad Yeomans noted that it was a “good weekend” overall and once again pointed to the unexpected trio of results.

Yeomans added: “Liverpool drawing with Burnley and Sheffield United’s 3-0 thumping of Chelsea were not results the Betway punters expected or backed. [And] one of the unexpected score lines of the weekend then occurred on Sunday evening when Bournemouth hammered Leicester City 4-1.”

Betfred’s Alan Firkins looked towards the season’s conclusion and said Manchester United and Aston Villa could potentially cost the bookmaker a bomb.

If Manchester United manage to secure a top four spot and Villa stave off relegation, this weekend’s positivity will be quickly dashed.

Firkins said: “After being supported at as large as 8/1, Manchester United are a big loser for us if they can secure a top four spot, which now looks eminently feasible.

“If Villa can’t avoid the drop, that’s another expensive one – we took plenty on them being relegated in the days following their promotion, as many evidently doubted they could thrive among the elite,” he added.

Elsewhere, William Hill’s Rupert Adams said a combination of surprising Premier League results and a July Cup victory at Newmarket for 12/1-shot Oxted was a perfect storm for bookmakers.

Adams continued: “It was a weekend of bookmaker-friendly results in both football and horseracing, so one to savour for us.”

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