The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2018/19: Round 31
It's a reduced Premier League programme this weekend with the FA Cup taking centre stage but the Betting Battle goes on and our editors are here with their latest selections...
"A pumped-up Burnley side, playing at home, will be serious opposition for the Foxes."
Take motivated Burnley to return to winning ways
Back Burnley to beat Leicester @ [3.2]
Burnley's mini-revival has been well and truly snapped but they remain competitive and I think the Betfair market is overly dismissive of them at home to Leicester on Saturday.
After beating Spurs at home the Clarets have stumbled to defeat at Newcastle, at Turf Moor to Crystal Palace and then an entirely understandable beating at Anfield last time out.
But Burnley can't afford to let themselves go at this stage of the season - they're only two points above 18th placed Cardiff with just eight games left. The motivation here is all Burnley's.
And their home record has been pretty decent of late, the Palace result ended a five game unbeaten streak, four of which ended in wins.
Leicester are learning the ropes under Brendan Rodgers and while I like the squad, and the manager encourages exciting football that could see them fly at some point, it's still early days.
A pumped-up Burnley side, playing at home, will be serious opposition for the Foxes.
Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£52.70
Toffees a big price to spring a Sunday surprise
Back Everton @ [4.2] to beat Chelsea
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Everton have recorded back-to-back clean sheets against Chelsea and they've prevented the Blues from scoring in two of their last three meetings at Goodison Park, so that very recent head-to-head history immediately tells me the Toffees have a chance here.
But the main reason I'm opposing Chelsea is that I'm still no convinced by them on the road. True, they've just won 5-0 away in Europe, but let's be honest, this Premier League tie will be far more difficult than Thursday's trip to Kiev.
Maurizio Sarri's men looked pretty toothless at home to Wolves last week and needed a stoppage-time goal to salvage a draw, and their four previous Premier League away games resulted in three defeats by an aggregate score of 12-0, and a 2-1 win at almost relegated Fulham. They're not great on the road.
Everton aren't exactly world beaters either and they've been in poor form themselves recently. But Marco Silva's men held Liverpool to a draw in their last home game and I always sense that this side has goals in them. A couple on Sunday could well be enough to take all three points.
Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: -£19.50
West Ham have too much for rock bottom Terriers
Back West Ham -1 @ [2.52] v Huddersfield
You only have to look at the table to see why I've gone for a handicap bet for West Ham at home; Huddersfield have been terrible in their second campaign in top-flight football and have the second worst away form in the league (W1-D3-10).
The Hammers, however, are enjoying some fine form at the London Stadium, unbeaten in their last five with three wins which has included a 2-0 win over Newcastle and 3-1 win over Fulham. Their confidence to cement a place in the top half of the table will be high against the Terriers who are 16 points off safety with eight games to go.
The [2.52] on the -1 on a home result is more than fair and I wouldn't be surprised if West Ham finish with a bigger gap.
Jasmine Baba 2017-18 P/L: -£51.65
There'll be goals at the Vitality
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Bournemouth v Newcastle @ [2.08]
Harry is away.
Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£114.80
A tight win for the Reds on the Thames
Back Liverpool to beat Fulham 2-1 at [10.5]
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A swift update from me with Cheltenham in full swing but I'll take Scott Parker's Fulham to give Liverpool a game as they did Chelsea a couple of weeks ago.
The Cottagers have been beaten 2-1 in three of their last five home games and with Liverpool looking for their first win in four Premier League away games and not in super fluent attacking form, a repeat looks worth a play at bigger than 9/1.
The Reds have been generally solid but they did concede two against Burnley last time out, and Jurgen Klopp won't mind three points however they come.
Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£136.40
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The Editors' 2018/19 P/L:
1. Joe Dyer +£52.70
2. Mike Norman -£19.50
3. Jasmine Baba -£51.65
4. Harry Phillips -£114.80
5. Dan Thomas -£136.40
Joe Dyer: Back Burnley to beat Leicester @ [3.2]
Mike Norman: Back Everton @ [4.2] to beat Chelsea
Jasmine Baba: Back West Ham -1 @ [2.52] v Huddersfield
Harry Phillips: Back Over 2.5 Goals in Bournemouth v Newcastle @ [2.08]
Dan Thomas: Back Liverpool to beat Fulham 2-1 at [10.5]