Good Week For

  • David Moyes, Manuel Pellegrini, The Special One Mark II - A good start is half the battle when starting a new job (or restarting an old one).

  • Simon Mignolet - One could say he endeared himself to the Kop faithful

  • Referees - In general a lot of the big marginal decisions were spot on. Perhaps when they aren't worrying about the ball crossing the line thing it gives them a bit of time to focus on other things.

  • Paul Lambert - The first Villa manager to start a 2nd season for the Villians since 2009 proved his worth keeping Christian Benteke during the Summer and the striker repaid him with a massive win in the Emirates.

  • Top 3 backers - You wouldn't get rich with the odds but it's a return either way with comfortable victories for the top 3 from last year.

Bad Week For

Arsene Wenger Arsenal
  • Arsene Wenger - No shock here. A nightmare start to the season and the vultures are already starting to book their holidays for the Emirates.

  • Alan Pardew - Under pressure to justify his massive contract he could have done with a start that showed something against the far superior Man City. He didn't get it though and it was a bit of a disaster all in all.

  • Ian Holloway - Don't get me wrong, I think he's a breath of fresh air amongst a group of managers who speak in mindless cliches but he was a division down when the Premiership referees had the handball debate last year and despite the fact it's unlucky that the ball struck the defenders arm, it's about time defenders who spread themselves like goalkeepers get penalised.


  • Arsenal are on the drift going from 11/1 out to 20/1 after their disaster in week 1.

  • Chelsea move in marginally from 9/4 to 23/10 after their handy opener at home.

  • Man City are the big movers taking over at the top on their own after a 4-0 win at home to Newcastle. The moved from 9/4 joint favourites to 7/4 favourites.

  • Strangely enough an impressive 4-1 win against tricky Swansea sent Man Utd's price out from 5/2 to 3/1. It could be an oversight but there's a long way to go yet.

  • Liverpool moved in from 33/1 to 28/1 while Spurs came in a point from 40/1 to 33/1.


  • Arsenal are on a massive drift going from 4/7 to 11/8. Another bad week and they'll drift like a barge, especially with European qualifiers in the next 7 days. Once the early skirmishes settle and they get some bodies in they could become value again but they might be one of the classic trading markets as you can start guaranteeing profits on this.

  • Liverpool and Spurs make a positive move with Liverpool moving from 9/4 into 15/8 and Spurs going from 2/1 into 13/8 taking on Arsenal for favouritism outside the massive odds on top 3.


  • Villa make a move from 1/10 to 1/20 as day one gives the odds compilers a bit of confidence.

  • Crystal Palace are out from 13/8 to 2/1 to stay in the Premiership next year. Fulham look a bit safer going from 1/6 to 1/16.

  • Stoke tighten to 2/7 from 1/4 while Sunderland are the team that the bookies fancy could struggle with the safe odds of 1/6 going into 2/9.


  • A bit like the Stay up market but converse. Villa move from 8/1 out to 12/1.

  • Cardiff have shortened from 7/4 to 6/4 after defeat to West Ham on week 1.

  • Palace go from 4/7 to 4/9 after defeat to Spurs. I can't help but think that the price is very small. I reckon you could lay here and watch the market dance a bit and if they go for a run back once the price gets tasty.

  • An interesting bet is Everton going from 33/1 to 28/1 as Roberto Martinez continues to find as many ways to turn up on tv as he can. Not only was he happy to do the post match interviews but he spoke to Gary Lineker on Match of the Day for a while too. Is there some insatiable desire for this man to attempt to be on tv for as often as possible. Stay tuned for Celebrity Masterchef next year.

  • Newcastle are in from 9/1 to 13/2 as Alan Pardew continues to clutch at straws blaming Arsenal for them losing a game against Man City but the old point a finger you'll have 3 pointing back adage comes into play here.

  • Southampton are out to 14/1 from 10/1 after their opening day win, Sunderland are in to 4/1 from 5/1, Swansea actually drifted from 8/1 to 9/1 strangely.

  • West Brom are into 7/1 from 9/1 while West Ham move out to 12/1 from 10/1.


  • Arsene Wenger - 66/1 before kickoff, 14/1 after. He's 10/1 on Betfair so the shark are beginning to circle.

  • Other managers in a bit more trouble are West Brom's Steve Clare who moved into 20/1 from 33/1 and 13/1 on Betfair while early sack race favourite Alan Pardew continued his rapid descent to nailed on status going from a warm 3/1 to you need asbestos gloves soon 7/4.

  • A few managers that are a little bit better off after the weekend are Paul Lambert 33/1 from 25/1, Michael Laudrup despite losing is 9/1 from 6/1, Andre Villas Boas is out to 14/1 from 11/ and the big mover in the positive direction was Martin Jol who went from 8/1 to 14/1 although on Betfair Sam Allardce went from 24/1 to 50/1


  • 2 goals from Robin Van Persie moved last years winner from 7/2 into 5/2.

  • Sergio Aguero moves in from 9/1 into 8/1 after his opening goal.

  • Roberto Soldado moved in from 20/1 into 14/1 after his penalty while Christian Benteke's 2 goals saw him go from 20/1 to 12/1 3rd favourite.

  • Daniel Sturridge is now 16/1 from 22/1.

  • Ricky Van Wolfinswinkel & Rickie Lambert are both 66/1 from 80/1.

  • The big mover of the week and with good reason is Danny Welbeck. 1 goal in the whole of last season saw him start this season 125/1 but with the doubts over Wayne Rooney and 2 goals on Saturday saw him brought into 66/1 and if he got an extended run in the team that would look like value. But that's an if.

  • Moving in the wrong direction is Wayne Rooney 25/1 from 16/1, Luis Suarez who is now 25/1 from 20/1 and massive drifter Alex Oxilade Chamberlain who was 200/1 and after picking up a knock that might leave him out for a while is now 500/1.

  • There are a few new entries to the chart. Pablo Daniel Osvaldo joins Southampton for a new club record of £15m from Roma and goes in at 150/1. Matej Vydra joined from Udinese on loan having scored 22 goals for Watford last year and he's in at 150/1 also. Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne is introduced at 200/1 while Swansea's new midfielder Roland Lamah enters at 200/1.


I'll have more market updates after tonight's game between Chelsea and Villa. There could be a few market shake ups especially as sometimes markets tend to over react if one of the top 3 go mad with a side with history.
It should be fun.
Also, only 9 days to transfer deadline day and Jim White's jaws to be surgically maintained in a constant smile. I can't wait.