The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2018/19: Round 25
Jasmine was the only winner in the midweek Battle as Wolves did the business for her. Where are the editors' tenners as we head into round 25 of the Premier League?
"I'll back Unai Emery's team to find the net in eventual defeat; they've only failed to do so in one away trip this campaign. And to give me a price of bigger than 5/1, I'll add in Shkodran Mustafi to get his seventh yellow of the campaign, with Arsenal likely to face wave after wave of attack and the pace of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in behind."
United can get back to winning ways
Back Man Utd win/Both teams to score double v Leicester @ [3.85]
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Leicester are a real conundrum, capable of anything it would seem. That includes losing to Newport County in the FA Cup just weeks after beating Chelsea and Manchester City.
They come into this home game with Manchester United on the back of another impressive showing, drawing 1-1 with Liverpool at Anfield, but I'm willing to back another swing of the pendulum and will support the visitors to pick up three points here.
And I'm going to factor in both teams to score to boost the odds further.
Prior to Tuesday night's draw at home to Burnley, United had been on an eight-game winning streak and I expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play the fit again Anthony Martial while return Marcus Rashford to his spot in the centre of the attack.
A top four spot is within United's grasp and I'd be surprised to see them drop points two games in a row. I do think they're in for a test, however, and backing an away win including a goal for the home side at nearly 3/1 looks worth a go. The Foxes have scored in every game they have played in 2019 and looked dangerous at Liverpool in midweek.
Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£65.30
Eagles can secure crucial win
Back Crystal Palace @ [2.1] to beat Fulham
I might end up regretting not putting up Over 2.5 Goals in the Everton v Wolves match as I genuinely believe that should be an odds-on price - full reasons why the [2.14] is worth a bet here - but I'm confident Crystal Palace can beat Fulham at a similar price.
Wilfried Zaha is suspended, and the Eagles don't have a great home record this season, but this is a team that on their day are extremely strong, like when winning comfortably at Wolves, beating Man City away, scoring three at Anfield, and taking advantage of a weak Spurs line-up in the FA Cup last week.
But the main reason for the bet is that Palace are facing the worst away team in the country. The Cottagers have taken just two points from a possible 36 on the road, they are yet to win in the league on their travels, and they have by far the worst defensive record of all Premier League clubs.
True, Fulham will be buoyed by their midweek win over Brighton but we shouldn't forget that the Seagulls are poor on the road too and that a home win was expected - according to the betting - in that match, so it wasn't a huge surprise.
Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: -£0.30
Hornets to sting Seagulls
Back Watford to beat Brighton at [3.05]
On paper Brighton look to have with a respectable home record, with five of their seven league wins coming at The Amex, but the expected goals performance indicates they should be five points worse off in those games and much closer to the bottom three.
Watford are good travellers; they have the seventh best away record in the league, scoring 10 goals on the road in their last five. Javi Gracia certainly doesn't shy away from attacking and he'll look to take on a usually cautious Seagulls outfit.
I wouldn't be surprised if we saw goals in this game and was toying with the idea of a Watford over 2.5 goals double but, at a shade over 2/1, I'll play safer and go straight on the Hornets win.
Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£54.80
Dancing with Wolves again
Back Wolves to beat Everton @ [3.45]
Jasmine is away.
Jasmine Baba 2017-18 P/L: -£72.65
A Same Game Multi for Etihad showdown
Back Man City to beat Arsenal, BTTS and Mustafi to be booked at [6.3]
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The biggest game of the weekend takes place at the Etihad with Man City badly needing the win after the shock reversal against Newcastle in midweek and Arsenal looking for points in the increasingly tight top four race.
Pep Guardiola's men have been in imperious form at home - winning the last four with an aggregate score of 25-0 - and they should have more than enough to beat a Gunners side who have been beaten in three of their last four away games in the league.
But I'll back Unai Emery's team to find the net in eventual defeat; they've only failed to score in one away trip this campaign. And to give me a price of bigger than 5/1, I'll add in Shkodran Mustafi to get his seventh yellow of the campaign, with Arsenal likely to face wave after wave of attack and the pace of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in behind.
Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£168.40
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The Editors' 2018/19 P/L:
1. Joe Dyer +£65.30
2. Mike Norman -£0.30
3. Harry Phillips -£54.80
4. Jasmine Baba -£72.65
5. Dan Thomas -£168.40
Joe: Back Man Utd win/Both teams to score double v Leicester @ [3.85]
Mike: Back Crystal Palace @ [2.1] to beat Fulham
Harry: Back Watford to beat Brighton at [3.05]
Jasmine: Back Wolves to beat Everton @ [3.45]
Dan: Back Man City to beat Arsenal, BTTS and Mustafi to be booked at [6.32]