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


Leicester v Stoke

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Stoke have lost seven of their last eight away games
Expert verdict
Stoke have failed to build on last month’s home win over Huddersfield in Paul Lambert’s first home game in charge and may find their survival prospects dented further at Leicester. The Foxes have lost only four of 17 home games in all competitions this term and should have too much for the Potters.



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