The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2018/19: Round Four
It was a great weekend for the Battle selections last week with four out of five bets prevailing, and the team are confident of landing more winners with this week's picks...
"Palace simply have been on a different level to Saints in the last few months of Premier League football and in Wilfried Zaha boast the sort of game-changing player that the visitors do not."
Walk in the park for Toffees
Back Everton -1 to Win @ [2.6] v Huddersfield
Everton remain unbeaten this season but only they will know how they haven't picked up nine - or at least seven - points from their opening three league games. The Toffees led twice against Wolves, and 2-0 against Bournemouth but ended up drawing both games.
Still, the Toffees have scored at least two goals in all four of their games this term, and even though Richarlison is suspended for this game I can still see them getting on the scoresheet at least two or three times against Huddersfield.
The Terriers have had a very poor start to the season, conceding three at home to Chelsea, six at Man City, and even losing 2-0 at Championship side Stoke in midweek. I don't see them troubling Marco Silva's men at Goodison Park and I fully expect the home side to run out comfortable winners.
Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£22.80
Everything points to Palace picking up all the points
Back Crystal Palace to beat Southampton @ [2.02]
It's just a simple win bet for me this week and I think Crystal Palace are a great price to get the better of Southampton in this Saturday 3pm KO.
Palace simply have been on a different level to Saints in the last few months of Premier League football and in Wilfried Zaha boast the sort of game-changing player that the visitors do not. Roy Hodgson's men have only played once at home in four competitive fixtures this season, that being a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in which they were competitive, and I'm confident they will be keen to put on a show for the faithful.
By the looks of it, Mark Hughes hasn't turned Southampton around yet - just one point secured from three top-flight games - and the gulf between these two makes Palace a very solid pick for me.
Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£14.80
Theo to maintain his impressive start to the season
Back Theo Walcott to score v Huddersfield @ [3.05]
I don't think Everton v Huddersfield will be as easy as the match odds say and I've been unsure of backing them after their draws to Wolves, Bournemouth and they nearly threw away their lead against Southampton too. They're also missing a number of key players. Both Phil Jagielka and top scorer Richarlison are suspended, Yerry Mina is ruled out with an ankle injury and Michael Keane will be out for a while after a horrific head injury.
However there's an Everton player who has been stepping up to the plate with two goals in the first three league games. Enter, Theo Walcott.
Hitting the net against Southampton and Bournemouth, he is the perfect stand-in for Richarlison. Huddersfield have conceded nine goals so far and crumble under decent attack. With the experience and form that Walcott has so far, I fully expect him to get one in against the Terriers. [3.05] is far too big on a prolific anytime goalscorer against such a weak defence.
Jasmine Baba 2017-18 P/L: +£10.80
Hammers to finally taste victory
Back West Ham to beat Wolves @ [2.62]
Although West Ham have got off to a far from ideal start, there were signs of promise last week against Unai Emery's Arsenal, especially in the first 30 minutes with the Irons taking the lead before capitulating, but it's worth remembering that they were in this game until the 90th minute where a Danny Welbeck goal really rubbed salt in the wounds. Felipe Anderson started to show glimpses of what he can bring and a link-up with Marco Arnautovic could be key to getting their season underway.
Wolves, have shown they're a team who can hold their own in the top-flight, however they're still yet to pick up a win, with a draw and a loss coming against teams finishing the game with 10-men, so perhaps lack that finishing blow.
I think West Ham can build from last week's Arsenal performance and the odds are very favourable for a team with Premier League experience playing against a newly promoted side so hope they can do the business and get off the mark.
Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£7.80
The Seagulls will soar
Back Brighton to beat Fulham @ [2.34]
I'm away this week so keeping it short and sweet but I was pleasantly surprised to see Brighton as big as [2.34] this weekend.
The Seagulls were superb last time out at the Amex, dismantling Manchester United, and they performed creditably at Anfield last Saturday, losing by a solitary goal.
Fulham have actually played pretty well this season, despite only picking up one win, but they look wide open at times, conceding seven already. The Amex will be bouncing for this one after that famous win over United and I'll take Chris Hughton's men to take maximum points.
Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£30.00
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The Editors' 2018/19 P/L:
1. Mike Norman +£22.80
2. Joe Dyer +£14.80
3. Jasmine Baba +£10.80
4. Harry Phillips -£7.80
5. Dan Thomas -£30.00
Mike Norman: Back Everton -1 to Win @ [2.6] v Huddersfield
Joe Dyer: Back Crystal Palace to beat Southampton @ [2.02]
Jasmine Baba: Back Theo Walcott to score v Huddersfield @ [3.05]
Harry Phillips: Back West Ham to beat Wolves @ [2.62]
Dan Thomas: Back Brighton to beat Fulham @ [2.34]