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

Sergio Aguero - Man City
Dan expects Sergio Aguero and friends to make a winning start at the Emirates
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The Editors' Betting Battle returns for the new season with a refreshed team. Last season's champ, Adam Baylis, departs undefeated and is replaced by Jasmine Baba. All five editors made a profit last season - can they do it again? Here are their picks for the weekend...

"If you look at the head-to-head between the two, last season's fixtures both ended up 4-1 in the Reds' favour. If you go to the season before that there was another 4-0 win for Liverpool and a 2-2 draw. That's 18 goals in the last four games."

Liverpool have far too much quality for Hammers

Jasmine Baba
Back Over 3.5 goals @ 2.186/5 in Liverpool v West Ham
Sunday, 13:30
Live on Sky Sports

Liverpool have mostly impressed this preseason, putting four goals past Manchester United and five against Napoli, whilst West Ham have slugged it out against Championship outfits Ipswich and Aston Villa.

If you look at the head-to-head between the two, last season's fixtures both ended up 4-1 in the Reds' favour. If you go to the season before that there was another 4-0 win for Liverpool and a 2-2 draw. That's 18 goals in the last four games.

It should be mostly the home side to push goals over the 3.5 market, but we all know Liverpool are prone to conceding one too!

Jasmine Baba 2017-18 P/L: +£0.00

Champions to set down early marker

Dan Thomas
Back Manchester City beat Arsenal and BTTS at 23/10
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

The season has come around far too quickly for my liking, but at least we have a mouthwatering clash to look forward to on Sunday as the Unai Emery reign begins with a visit of the champions.

The new Gunners boss has done some smart business this summer and I expect them to have a good campaign, but he would rather have not faced Pep Guardiola's men first up and I'm backing City to come away with maximum points.

Opta tell us that Arsenal are without a victory in their last five league meetings with City (D2 L3), and have won just two of their last 12 against them, while the champions have won 17 of their last 20 away Premier League games, including the last six in a row.

I wouldn't put anyone off the even money on City to win, but there are usually goals in this one and I'll take the juicier prices on Arsenal to score in eventual defeat.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: +£0.00

Let's have a nibble on the Cherries at a tasty price

Joe Dyer
Back Bournemouth Win/Over 2.5 Goals double @ 2/1
Saturday, 15:00

Bournemouth are a handy Premier League side and I fancy their chances of making a winning start to the season at the expense of newly promoted Cardiff City.

Eddie Howe's side were no great shakes at home last year but they were accomplished against lower half sides, which I fully expect Cardiff to be, and a confident Bournemouth should emerge victorious.

Maybe it's greedy but I will boost the odds by factoring Over 2.5 Goals into the bet, too. The Cherries conceded 30 times in home games last season and the visitors may well score here. But there's enough attacking quality about the home side to outscore Neil Warnock's men.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£0.00

Deja Vu as Spurs set to start with a win at Newcastle

Mike Norman
Back Tottenham @ 2.0811/10 to beat Newcastle
Saturday, 12:30
Live on Sky Sports

Twelve months ago Tottenham went to Newcastle on the first weekend of the Premier League season and won 2-0, live on Sky Sports. A very similar outcome has to be backed on Saturday.

The Magpies have endured a miserable pre-season, failing to score a single goal in their last three pre-season friendlies, while off the pitch Rafa Benitez has been bemoaning the lack of funds spent by owner Mike Ashley. It seems that all is not well at St James' Park.

Tottenham have hardly been red hot in the transfer market either, but they have a very settled squad, a star-studded starting XI, and an opening day win looks extremely likely.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£0.00

Back Cottagers to start campaign in style

Harry Phillips
Back Fulham to beat Crystal Palace at 2.546/4
Saturday, 15:00

It may pay to keep Fulham on-side this season and they should be backed to make a fast start against Crystal Palace this weekend. Slavisa Jokanovic's men ended last season in supreme form, winning the play-off final having also notched up a 23-game unbeaten streak. That run included a comprehensive 2-0 victory against Wolves, who are 2.111/10 to finish in the top 10 this season, and was achieved playing a really attractive passing game.

Everything about Fulham's performances suggested they would more than hold their own in the Premier League, and recent history suggests that promoted teams from the Championship are more than able to hold their own against established opposition, with Brighton, Huddersfield and Newcastle all staying up last season.

In addition to this, Fulham have invested heavily and wisely in the transfer window, with Jean Michael Seri a real coup. They've also secured Alfie Mawson and Aleksander Mitrovic on a permanent deal and crucially kept the spine of the team together with Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon both remaining.

Palace should be fine this season, with Roy Hodgson a competent manager at lower Premier League level and Wilfried Zaha staying a huge bonus, but the bet here has to be Fulham who have the home advantage and desire to make an impact on their first game back in the big time.

For those interested in an antepost outright play, Fulham +45 on the handicap is worth a look.

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: +£0.00


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1. Jasmine Baba +£0.00
1. Dan Thomas +£0.00
1. Joe Dyer +£0.00
1. Mike Norman +£0.00
1. Harry Phillips +£0.00

Combined P/L: +£0.00

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