The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2018/19: Round 36

Maneul Pellegrini
Jas is hoping Manuel Pellegrini can manager the first team to win at Tottenham's new home

Tension is rising in the Battle with less than a tenner separating Joe and Mike at the top with three rounds to go. Can one of them strike a key blow this weekend? Here's where the editors' tenners are headed...

"While West Ham will no doubt be desperate to score the first visiting goal at Spurs' new ground their road record this year doesn't inspire confidence. In the seven away Premier League fixtures played in 2019 the Hammers have scored just two goals."

Go against the market in London derby

Joe Dyer
Back under 2.5 goals in Spurs v West Ham @ 2.6813/8
Saturday, 12:45
Live on Sky Sports

Spurs are yet to concede in their new home and I think the market is overly keen on the Saturday lunchtime meeting with West Ham delivering a goal glut.

Over 2.5 is just 1.594/7 to back which just looks too short to me and I can't resist a nibble on Under 2.5 at 2.6813/8.

While I think this could be explosive - West Ham are always up for this particular derby and have a decent record in away fixtures against their hated rivals - there are plenty of signs that it could be slow-burner. Firstly, Spurs have a Champions League semi-final next week and are in the middle of a real fixture glut so tired limbs are guaranteed. The attack is without Harry Kane so is blunted a touch (with all due respect to Fernando Llorente).

At the other end of the pitch, the Spurs defence is in decent form, especially at home where they are yet to concede since moving back to Tottenham.

And while West Ham will no doubt be desperate to score the first visiting goal at Spurs' new ground their road record this year doesn't inspire confidence. In the seven away Premier League fixtures played in 2019 the Hammers have scored just two goals.

Joe Dyer 2018-19 P/L: +£42.70

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Bluebirds can secure valuable three points

Mike Norman
Back Cardiff @ 3.185/40 to beat Fulham
Saturday, 15:00

A relatively straightforward pick for me this week with a simple and brief explanation. And it's all down to the stage of the season that we're at.

I'm a big fan of ignoring form to a large extent at this time of the year and instead believing that when a team needs to win - and they're playing against a side with nothing to play for - then they usually do. Cardiff need a win big time, that goes without saying.

I'm very surprised that the Bluebirds aren't favourites to take all three points against already-relegated Fulham. True, the Cottagers have won their last two, but they beat teams with nothing really to play for. Cardiff will be a different kettle of fish all together.

Neil Warnock's men must win to keep their slim survival hopes alive, but on top of having the desire, determination, and need to win they've actually been in quite decent form of late. They beat Brighton 2-0 in their last away game when they simply had to win and a price of 3.185/40 about them beating a relaxed Cottagers side with virtually nothing to play for makes a lot of appeal.

Mike Norman 2018-19 P/L: +£32.90

Hornets to sting Wolves once again

Dan Thomas
Back Watford to beat Wolves 2-1 @ 11.521/2
Saturday, 15:00

We have a repeat of the thrilling FA Cup semi-final at Vicarage Road on Saturday and I'm expecting another entertaining encounter between two of the best non top-six sides in the league.

Watford have only lost once at home in 2019 - and that was to Arsenal when they played with 10 men for 80 minutes and were the better team - and I'll take them to defeat a Wolves side they've already beaten twice this season, in that memorable Cup clash and at Molineux in the league.

With the Hornets conceding in their last 11 matches and Wolves without a clean sheet in their past 13 away trips, goals are likely at both ends and I wouldn't put anyone off taking the hosts to win and BTTS at 4/1.

But I need bigger wins to catch the leaders so will have a dart on the 2-1 correct score at a decent looking 11.521/2.

Dan Thomas 2018-19 P/L: -£81.40

Hammers to make a dent in new Tottenham Stadium

Jasmine Baba
Back West Ham to beat Tottenham @ 7.87/1
Jasmine Baba 2018-19 P/L: -£101.65

West Ham have a chance to inflict the first defeat on Tottenham in their new stadium for two main reasons. Firstly, thanks to Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all dropping points in their last match, Top Four is all but certain for Spurs, meaning they can look forward to their Champions League semi-final against Ajax on Tuesday.

Secondly: Injuries.

Take a chance on the value West Ham brings. They love to try and get one over their rivals.

Where's Harry?

Harry Phillips

Harry is nowhere to be seen!

Harry Phillips 2018-19 P/L: -£143.00

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The Editors' 2018/19 P/L:

1. Joe Dyer +£42.70
2. Mike Norman +£32.90
3. Dan Thomas -£81.40
4. Jasmine Baba -£101.65
5. Harry Phillips -£143.00

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