The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2014/15: Round 32

Joe Dyer is backing Louis van Gaal's boys to do the business in the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon
Joe Dyer is backing Louis van Gaal's boys to do the business in the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon
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We're in the final stretch of this year's Betting Battle and it's getting tense at the top, with Luke Moore now just pennies behind Joe Dyer in second place after his fifth winner in six and both within reach of leader Dan Thomas. Mike Norman, meanwhile, is playing the big odds as he looks to catch up. Here are this weekend's selections...

"United's 13 home wins is the most in the Premier League this season and is the main reason they occupy such a lofty position in the table. They go into the derby in fine form, having won their last five league matches and the memory of their dismissal of Liverpool in the last high-pressure fixture at Old Trafford is strong in the memory."

Dan Thomas
Back Both Teams to Score in QPR v Chelsea at 2.1411/10
Sunday 13:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

After my both teams to score bet in QPR's game at Villa on Tuesday night paid out within nine minutes, I'm happy to stay on the goals bus for the west London derby on Sunday.

Chris Ramsey's men have now scored in each of their last eight games, with seven goals in the past two, reflecting their desperate need for wins as the season approaches its finale. The Rs manager has obviously decided that attacking is the only way given their struggles at the back - just one clean sheet in 2015.

QPR will be fired up, as always, against neighbours Chelsea and will fancy their chances of netting against a side who have conceded in six of their last eight away trips, including two against struggling Hull and one against Paul Lambert's Villa.

The Betfair markets are expecting goals - Over 2.5 Goals is trading at around 1.84/5 - but I'll bank on QPR getting at least one of them at a decent looking price.

Dan Thomas 2014-15 P/L: -£3.55


Joe Dyer
Back Manchester United to beat Manchester City @ 2.6813/8
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

I won't waste any time lamenting my HORRENDOUS LOSING RUN and TOTAL LACK OF FORM and just go straight into this week's selection.

Manchester United to beat City @ 2.6813/8 looks a cracking bet to me.

United's 13 home wins is the most in the Premier League this season and is the main reason they occupy such a lofty position in the table. They go into the derby in fine form, having won their last five league matches and the memory of their dismissal of Liverpool in the last high-pressure fixture at Old Trafford is strong in the memory.

City come into the game in poor form. Though they enjoyed plenty of possession at Crystal Palace, they lacked a cutting edge and looked ponderous throughout. Sergio Aguero, seemingly unstoppable earlier this season, has not scored for six games. City have lost their last three matches on the road and have won just once on their league travels since the turn of the year. They're so bad even City fan Stephen Tudor is tipping a United win!

I think the betting should be skewed far more towards United so it's Rooney and co. for me.

And if I can't get the league's best home side across the line for a winner, I'll know that I really am cursed.

Joe Dyer 2014-15 P/L -£29.50


Luke Moore

Back Olivier Giroud to score at any time against Burnley at 2.111/10 (Sportsbook)
Saturday, 17:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

Another winner for me last week as United clinched a 3-1 win over Aston Villa and the -1 handicap was paid out. I've now had five winners in six bets and am in good form going into the final stages of the season. I'm confident I can get into profit by season-end!

My bet this week is based on sound logic - Burnley concede loads of goals (only QPR have conceded more in the league) and Olivier Giroud is in tremendous nick. The French forward has scored ten goals in his last ten games, and surely, SURELY, Sean Dyche's men can't keep him out, not with the steamrolling form that Arsenal are currently in.

The Gunners have won nine of their last ten, now find themselves in second place in the league and are simply light years ahead of the Clarets despite their admirable work ethic. The facts are the facts and Dyche's team have won just one of their last ten. I can't see them keeping Arsenal out and if the Arsene Wenger's charges are to score it's most likely to be Giroud that bags it.

Luke Moore 2014-15 P/L: -£29.80


Mike Norman
Back Over 4.5 Goals @ 6.25/1 in Tottenham v Aston Villa
Saturday, 15:00

From a trends perspective you'll be hard-pushed to find a better value bet than backing Over 4.5 Goals in the game at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Obviously trends are there to be ended, and that's why the selection is priced up on its merits rather than on the amount of high-scoring games both Spurs and Villa have been involved in recently, but I'm still happy to wager we witness a goal-filled encounter.

Tottenham's last six league games on home soil have produced scorelines of 5-3, 2-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, and 4-3 for an average of exactly five goals per match. And Villa's last two away games have witnessed exactly four goals in each, while in midweek Tim Sherwood's men played out a 3-3 draw with QPR.

Villa remain in grave danger at the bottom of the table so just like in midweek they'll give it a real go under their new attack-minded boss, and with Sherwood desperate to make an impact on his White Hart Lane return I'll be absolutely amazed if we don't see plenty of goals in this fixture.

Fingers crossed for at least five.

Mike Norman 2014-15 P/L: -£125.80


A £10 bet is placed on each selection on Betfair's Exchange. Profits are calculated before commission.

Editors 2014/15 Season P/L

1. Dan Thomas: -£3.55
2. Joe Dyer: -£29.50
3. Luke Moore: -£29.80
4. Mike Norman: -£125.80

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