The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2018/19: Round 26
Mike cut Joe's lead with a winner last time out, while Jasmine landed a second in a row thanks to Wolves. Meanwhile, Dan continues to find weird and wonderful Same Game Multi bets. Here are this weekend's selections...
"If United play like they have been, with Marcus Rashford continuing to cause havoc then I can't see any way that they won't have the better of the Cottagers. But, as Burnley, Brighton, Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Cardiff have all shown, there's certainly a way through that United defence so I expect to see plenty of goals."
Unreliable Arsenal to stop the defensive rot
Back Arsenal to win to nil v Huddersfield @ [2.82]
Huddersfield are having a decent stab at one of the Premier league's worst ever seasons and even this notoriously unreliable Arsenal backline must fancy its chances of recording a clean sheet on Saturday afternoon.
The Terriers have scored a frankly abysmal five goals in front of the home fans this season and haven't found the back of the net in the last five games.
A stunning 13 games have passed since the west Yorkshire outfit recorded a win and it's just a miserable picture at the club right now.
Away from home, Arsenal are not a reliable betting proposition - winning just four of 12 Premier League fixtures on their travels - and especially at the back where they are yet to record a clean sheet on their travels.
All bad things come to an end though! And there is no better chance of Arsenal stopping the defensive rot than at the Kirklees Stadium.
Factor in a win and we get a bet that pays out at [2.82] on the Exchange, and potentially a bit bigger nearer the off.
Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£55.30
Goals likely at Vicarage Road
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ [1.98] in Watford v Everton
Whenever Everton play goals are always likely. The Toffees' defence has been very disappointing this season and while that continues we have to back Over 2.5 Goals in their fixtures, especially when it's not trading at [1.7] like it really should be.
Four of Everton's last six away games have resulted in at least three goals being scored, with those four games alone witnessing 18 goals at an average of 4.5 per match. That alone makes being able to back 'overs' here at very near even money a very worthy punt.
But consider also that nine of Watford's 11 home games this season have also gone over the 3.5 goals mark, and that recent games between these two have often thrown up entertaining games, then we're in business. Since the Hornets were promoted they've played out two 2-2 draws with Everton and two 3-2 games.
And with the Toffees desperate to get back t winning ways, and Marco Silva visiting his old stomping ground, then this promises to be another very exciting affair.
Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£10.70
Reds to get back on track against Cherries
Back Liverpool and Over 3.5 goals v Bournemouth @ 7/5
Liverpool have had two disappointing draws on the bounce, just one win from five Premier League matches and instead of being a healthy seven points ahead of Manchester City, they're now trailing on goal difference (although they're a game behind the current defending champions). Luckily for the Reds, they should have an easy task at home to Bournemouth.
The Cherries are a weird team. After absolutely thumping Chelsea 4-0 a fortnight ago, they followed it with a 2-0 defeat at Cardiff, a result that highlights how bad their away form actually is; they've only won three times on the road, losing the other nine.
Losses against the Big Six away from home have included 3-1 against Man City, 5-0 against Tottenham and 4-1 against Manchester United. Facing a Liverpool side who need a win above all else, and this could be another drubbing for the south coast side.
Not only that but Bournemouth are missing David Brooks, who has been influential in their team as of late, as well as Callum Wilson and Nathaniel Clyne. It's hard to see how they'll cope at Anfield and predict the Reds could put quite a few past their defence.
Jasmine Baba 2017-18 P/L: -£48.15
There's Gunnar be goals at the Cottage
Back Man Utd to beat Fulham and Over 3.5 Goals at 13/5
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Only Arsenal spring to mind when I try and think of a Premier League team that has more of a complete neglect for the defensive side of the game than either of these two sides.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought a new breed of attacking football to Manchester United, based on scoring more than the opposition - and it seems to be working - while Fulham have been trying that all season, it's evidently not working, with an incredible 55 goals conceded.
If United play like they have been, with Marcus Rashford continuing to cause havoc then I can't see any way that they won't have the better of the Cottagers.
But, as Burnley, Brighton, Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Cardiff have all shown, there's certainly a way through that United defence so I expect to see plenty of goals.
Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£64.80
Batman to inspire Palace to derby win
So Man City won and both teams scored last week but I missed out on my winner when Shkodran Mustafi went off injured and therefore didn't get booked. But I'm sticking to the Same Game Multi route this weekend, backing Crystal Palace to overcome West Ham at Selhurst.
The Hammers were excellent against Liverpool on Monday night - as they typically are against the better sides and when on television - but their recent away form is wretched, losing four in a row - to Wolves, Wimbledon, Bournemouth and Burnley.
They face a Palace side who have won three of the last four at home in all competitions, and looked sharp against Fulham with the returning Christian Benteke and new boy Michu Batshuayi adding zest to the attack. The on-loan Chelsea man marked his debut with an assist and I'll take him to go one better and find the net on Saturday.
Rounding off my Same Game Multi is backing Luka Milivojević to be shown a card. The combative Serb has been shown seven yellows this season and another in a raucous London derby against an often physical West Ham side would not be a surprise.
Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£178.40
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The Editors' 2018/19 P/L:
1. Joe Dyer +£55.30
2. Mike Norman +£10.70
3. Jasmine Baba -£48.15
4. Harry Phillips -£64.80
5. Dan Thomas -£178.40
Joe Dyer: Back Arsenal to win to nil v Huddersfield @ [2.82]
Mike Norman: Back Over 2.5 Goals @ [1.98] in Watford v Everton
Jasmine Baba: Back Liverpool and Over 3.5 goals v Bournemouth @ 7/5
Harry Phillips: Back Man Utd to beat Fulham and Over 3.5 Goals at 13/5
Dan Thomas: Back Crystal Palace to beat West Ham, Michy Batshuayi to score and Luka Milivojević to be shown a card (Same Game Multi) @ [20.02]