The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2018/19: Round 10
Harry was the only winner last week as Arsenal obliged on Monday night so there was no change in the standings. Here's where the editors' tenners are headed for round 10...
"There are worse 3/4 shots around than City this weekend but we'll boost the price to 2/1 by taking Tottenham to find the net in eventual defeat. Mauricio Pochettino's men have scored in every game this season, including in losses against Barcelona and Liverpool at Wembley."
Lucky no.12 for in-form Arsenal
Back Arsenal win/Over 2.5 goals double v Crystal Palace @ 6/4
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All good things come to an end eventually but I can't see Crystal Palace snuffing out Arsenal's winning streak this weekend.
Having won 11 straight, the Gunners are the form team in English football right now and this week they pay a visit to a downtrodden Palace outfit on a three game losing streak.
Palace's home record is abysmal this season with a draw against Newcastle their only positive return from four games. Incredibly they have failed to score in those matches with even Southampton leaving Selhurst Park with a clean sheet to go with the three points.
So backing Arsenal to win to nil is the obvious play, but a team with Wilfried Zaha upfront will surely score in front of the home fans sooner or later and the visiting defence is not rock solid.
The attack, however, is very good and I am going to combine an Arsenal win with a poke on over 2.5 goals at 6/4 on the Betfair Sportsbook. All four of their road games in the top-flight have exceeded the 2.5 line with a total of 19 goals scored.
Arsenal must keep pace at the top of the league and Palace are desperate for a positive result. I expect both to go for the three points here and that should result in overs coming in and a 12th straight victory for the Gunners.
Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£63.10
Magpies fancied to record first win of the season
Back Newcastle @ [4.1] to beat Southampton
I've opposed Newcastle successfully a few times this season, but crucially both times were when they were playing at St Jame's Park. The Magpies have a 100% losing record on home soil, but away from home they seem to play with less pressure on their shoulders and have had a few decent performances this term.
Rafa Benitez's men drew at Cardiff and Crystal Palace earlier in the season before losing narrowly to Man City and Man Utd, scoring three goals in those two extremely tough away trips.
Southampton are a bit like Newcastle in that they are yet to win at home this campaign and are struggling at the wrong end of the table. But this is a match where I feel home advantage really isn't an advantage at all, in fact it could well be a hindrance.
In summary I believe there's very little to split these two sides in terms of ability, but with Southampton having the pressure of being favourites and expected to win at St Mary's - where they've had a poor record in recent seasons - then I'm happy to oppose them by backing the away win at [4.1].
Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£55.50
Liverpool to dominate the Bluebirds
Back Liverpool and Over 3.5 @ Evens v Cardiff
It all went wrong in the second half in the Chelsea v Manchester United match last week, so I've decided to play it less risky this week round.
Cardiff come into this match against all odds. They're 28/1 to win and 10/1 to come away from Anfield with a point, which I think is the biggest I've ever seen for a simple Win-Draw-Win market and you can see why. In nine games they've only scored eight goals, and four of them came in one match (against Fulham). The Bluebirds have also conceded the second highest number of goals (19), and with only one win under their belt it seems like the only conclusion will be a Reds win.
Liverpool have a point to prove, they've just come off a rough patch of form but got back to winning ways after beating Huddersfield 1-0 and Crvena Zvezda 4-0. They'll want to build that up by putting a few past Cardiff and showing that those bumps in the road are well and truly behind them. It should be around a 4-0 scoreline for the Reds, so I'm going for Liverpool and Over 3.5.
Jasmine Baba 2017-18 P/L: -£10.30
Blues to cruise past bruised Burnley
Back Chelsea win/Under 2.5 goals double v Burnley @ 11/5
Sarri-ball has swept the nation! The Blues remain unbeaten under their new Italian manager and I'm looking to them for this first time this season in the Betting Battle.
They travel to Burnley this weekend, but the previously impenetrable Turf Moor is no more a stronghold and I expect Chelsea to leave with three points and a clean sheet.
Burnley come into this game off the back of a bruising 5-0 defeat at Manchester City and that has to impact them psychologically. Sean Dyche's side has picked up points here and there this season but they've not been able to push on from where they left off last season.
On the flip-side Chelsea look a team reborn, Eden Hazard is arguably in the form of his life and is providing goals once more. The midfield pairing of Jorginho and N'Golo Kanté has added much needed solidity to last season's Chelsea, so I don't expect Burnley to have much joy.
I think it'll be a hard-fought occasion and expect a stalemate for most of the game but with players like Hazard, Chelsea have what it takes to nick these sort of fixtures.
Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£20.00
City to overcome Spurs in entertaining encounter
Back Man City to beat Tottenham and BTTS at 2/1
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A missed penalty away from a 9/1 correct score you say, Battle Gods? Thanks a bunch... But we move on. And it's to the Monday night game I go as the league leaders take on fifth-placed Spurs.
There are only two points separating the sides ahead of the game but, in reality, City have been far more impressive than the north Londoners this season so far.
Where Tottenham have been grinding out results, Pep Guardiola's men have been imperious at times. Indeed, the City boss described their win over Shakhtar in midweek as the best of his reign. Spurs, meanwhile, were stumbling to a disappointing draw at PSV.
There are worse 3/4 shots around than City this weekend but we'll boost the price to 2/1 by taking Tottenham to find the net in eventual defeat. Mauricio Pochettino's men have scored in every game this season, including in losses against Barcelona and Liverpool at Wembley.
Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£90.00
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The Editors' 2018/19 P/L:
1. Joe Dyer +£63.10
2. Mike Norman +£55.50
3. Jasmine Baba -£10.30
4. Harry Phillips -£20.00
5. Dan Thomas -£90.00
Joe Dyer: Back Arsenal win/Over 2.5 goals double v Crystal Palace @ 6/4
Mike Norman: Back Newcastle @ [4.1] to beat Southampton
Jasmine Baba:Back Liverpool and Over 3.5 @ Evens v Cardiff
Dan Thomas: Back Man City to beat Tottenham and BTTS at 2/1