The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2018/19: Round 23

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One editor has Tottenham down to win comfortably at Fulham..

Joe Dyer had the sole winning bet last week and extended his lead over Mike Norman. Can the rest of the B.B editors catch up? They're back with their bets...

Wolves a solid selection at home to Foxes

Joe Dyer
Back Wolves to beat Leicester @ 2.3811/8
Saturday, 12:30

These are two spectacularly unpredictable teams but I know which is the more stable and settled and with home advantage also on their side I'm happy to support Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves at a healthy odds-against price.

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Both come into the match after Premier League defeats last time out. However, Wolves can almost take credit from a 3-0 loss at Manchester City when reduced to 10 men while there's almost no positive that can be taken from losing 2-1 to a relegation-threatened Southampton side playing the best part of an hour with 10 men!

Of course, Leicester have picked up some remarkable results in recent weeks to suggest they can beat just about anybody on their day so there's a danger in opposing the visitors.

There is undoubtedly an unsettled vibe at the club though, and the rumours of ill-feeling between Claude Puel and some of the squad persist so backing an organised and capable Wolves outfit keen to get back to winning ways looks a wise play to me.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£61.50

Kane and Son absence won't prevent another away win

Mike Norman
Back Tottenham -1 @ 15/8 to beat Fulham
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports

Tottenham are trading at 1.84/5 on the Exchange just to win this match which is a price that I believe is incredibly generous, and I may end up regretting not putting that up as my selection.

The reason for Spurs' kind price is because of the injury to Harry Kane and the absence of Son Heung-min, but the last time I looked Tottenham had the best away record in the league and on Sunday they travel to Craven Cottage to play a Fulham side second bottom of the table who have only beaten fellow relegation rivals on home soil.

Lucas Moura will almost certainly start in place of Son while Fernando Llorente could play instead of Kane, and while the loss of the England hitman is a huge blow, against the lesser lights in the division I expect Llorente to be a more than capable deputy.

So put simply then, I expect Tottenham to win this game and I expect them to do so in comfortable fashion. They can be backed at 15/8 to win by at least two goals and that's the wager I'll be sending into battle this weekend.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£19.70

Magpies to find Welsh Gold

Harry Phillips
Back Newcastle to beat Cardiff @ 2.0421/20
Saturday, 15:00

We shouldn't be quick to judge Newcastle's form. Yes they haven't had a win in five Premier League games but they've had to face Chelsea, Man Utd and Liverpool in that time. They drew their other two games away at Watford and at home to Fulham. They could have done with a win over the latter but it has been a tough fixture run.

On the flipside, it's not much better reading for The Bluebirds. They picked up a win against Leicester but a draw at home to relegation rivals Huddersfield, crashing out of the FA Cup to League One side Gillingham and losses to Tottenham and Man Utd has seen them drop to one point just ahead of the drop zone. They've only got one win on the road this year (only Fulham have a worse away record), and there aren't any signs of improvement.

Newcastle should find this game a lot easier than the tough games they've had recently and in front of the Geordie faithful, I'm hoping it'll be a walk in (St James') Park.

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£55.20

Both birds won't find the net

Jasmine Baba
Back Under 1.5 Goals in Newcastle v Cardiff @ 3.052/1
Saturday, 15:00

As Harry has already mentioned, these two teams aren't the best in the Premier League and are both fighting for safety as they're currently occupying 17th and 18th places in the table.

Newcastle have the second worst home form in the league (W2-D1-L8), only scoring seven times at St James' Park and Cardiff match that by also having the second worst away record (W1-D2-L7). As Alex Keble mentions in his Premier League Tactical Preview, the Bluebirds have scored just one goal in their previous five matches while the Magpies have scored three in their last six.

Should the hosts find the net, it's not likely they'll score another, as Opta tells us Newcastle haven't scored more than once in any of their last nine league games. And again, it's another dire stat from the visitors to match it, as no other team has failed to score in more Premier League games than Cardiff this season (10 games). Even the reverse fixture was 0-0. Under 1.5 Goals at 3.052/1 is more than generous.

Jasmine Baba 2017-18 P/L: -£74.05

Gunners to win entertaining London derby

Dan Thomas
Back Arsenal to beat Chelsea and both teams to score at 4/1
Saturday, 17:30
Live on BT Sport 1

It's not often you'll see a side who have lost once at home all season in the league by mid-January trading at bigger than 2/1 to win a game in front of their own fans, but that's what we have got when Arsenal host Chelsea in the Saturday teatime match.

The Gunners have been inconsistent on the road in recent weeks, but they remain a force at the Emirates, winning eight of their 11 games there this season, including the last four on the spin, where they've scored 12 goals.

I'll take them to beat a Chelsea side who have also been in inconsistent form, losing to Leicester and being held by Southampton in recent weeks, and only just about doing enough to edge past Crystal Palace and Newcastle.

A price of 3.185/40 on the home win is more than fair, but I'll boost to a tasty 4/1 by taking both teams to score as well. Struggling Burnley and Fulham managed to net in defeat at the Emirates and Eden Hazard and co should have enough to do the same.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£148.40

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The Editors' 2018/19 P/L:

1. Joe Dyer +£61.50
2. Mike Norman +£19.70
3. Harry Phillips -£55.20
4. Jasmine Baba -£74.05
5. Dan Thomas -£148.40

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