Impressive Lukaku new Golden Boot favourite

After shocker Saturday it was back to a more routine set of Premier League results as Manchester United and Tottenham justified their billing as odds-on favourites to claim maximum points.

Bookmakers were suitably impressed by United's easy 4-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford with Jose Mourinho's side cut to 11-4 for the Premier League title after Romelu Lukaku marked his debut with an impressive double.

Substitute Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba added to the Hammers' woes with United laying down a marker for the season, although Manchester City remain market leaders at 6-4.

Lukaku was promoted to Golden Boot favourite following his double and is 9-4 to finish the season as the top goalscorer as the Belgian started his United career in fine fashion.

It was this type of fixture that tripped United up last season - they drew ten home fixtures - but the Red Devils were rarely troubled by West Ham and will fancy their chances of continuing the excellent start at Swansea on Saturday.

Spurs have a more difficult contest next up against champions Chelsea but they will arrive at Wembley in confident mood following a 2-0 success at ten-men Newcastle, who had Jonjo Shelvey sent off for a foolish stamp on Dele Alli early in the second half.

Alli punished the ten men with the opener before Ben Davies wrapped up the points. Tottenham are 8-1 to win the title but Kane is out to 5-1 for the Golden Boot after a frustrating afternoon on Tyneside where he could quite easily have scored twice.

Instead it was Alli who found a way past Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot and he is 33-1 for the Golden Boot, while bet365 rate the former MK Dons man 8-1 to notch at least 20 Premier League goals this term.

It was a miserable return to the top flight for Newcastle, who are 3-1 to be relegated again and West Ham can be backed at 8-1 to drop down to the Sky Bet Championship.

Sunderland beat Norwich 3-1 in the second tier and Wigan thrashed Bury 4-1 in Sky Bet League One.

Match in Focus

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AZ Alkmaar v Ajax

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Ajax have scored three goals or more in each of their last seven away matches.
Expert verdict
Third-placed AZ are having a very good season but may suffer a fourth league defeat of the campaign against Ajax, who are this week's visitors to the AFAS Stadion. Both teams are on 35 points but second-placed Ajax are the leading scorers in the division and have the greater potential to kick-on.

 

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