The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2018/19: Round Six
Glenn Murray's late penalty sent Joe Dyer to the top of the Battle but Mike Norman is only 30p behind. The other editors remain in negative territory and need wins to get back in contention. Here are their selections...
"Back on home soil and with Zaha again in the starting line-up I fully expect Crystal Palace to beat winless Newcastle and I'm more than happy to be able to back them to do so at [2.18]. I was expecting to see odds-on quotes in all honesty."
Wolves to get another big result
Back Wolves win/draw @ [2.6] v Manchester United
Ordinarily I'd be looking for bigger odds than [2.6] about Manchester United not winning a match at Old Trafford but Wolves have impressed this season and I fancy them to get something from Saturday's trip.
Nuno Espirito Santo's side are level on points with Jose Mourinho's outfit, and like their opponents come into the fixture on a three-game winning streak.
The respective strengths of either side's form can be overplayed, but I like the fact that Wolves have kept clean sheets across that sequence and I think they have enough about them to frustrate United. They certainly did that to Manchester City earlier in the season.
It's too early in the season for fatigue to really have much of an effect but it's in the visitors' favour that United were playing Champions League football in Switzerland on Wednesday.
With draw and away win on my side I'm happy to take a chance on Wolves getting at least a point at [2.6].
Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£28.30
'Zaha Palace' to win again
Back Crystal Palace @ [2.18] to beat Newcastle
Zaha Palace, Crystal Zaha, if the Eagles are thinking of changing their name any time soon then surely their talisman would have to form part of it. Crystal Palace lose when Wilfried Zaha isn't in their starting XI - they've lost their last 11 league games when he hasn't started - but when he does start their chances of victory increase dramatically.
Take last Saturday for example. Palace were under the cosh for long periods at Huddersfield, and although they hung on well it was Zaha who provided that match-winning moment.
Back on home soil and with Zaha again in the starting line-up I fully expect Crystal Palace to beat winless Newcastle and I'm more than happy to be able to back them to do so at [2.18]. I was expecting to see odds-on quotes in all honesty.
Newcastle have endured a very tough start to the season, coming up against four of the 'big six' already this term. They lost them all however, failed to beat or even score against Cardiff, and lost in the EFL Cup at Championship side Nottm Forest despite fielding a relatively strong side. Failing to win becomes a habit, and it's a tough one to break.
Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£28.00
An entertaining win for Gunners
Back Arsenal to beat Everton and both teams to score at 2/1
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Jasmine is away.
Jasmine Baba 2017-18 P/L: -£9.20
Cottagers and Hornets to serve up lunchtime treat
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Fulham v Watford at [1.84]
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Watford have started the season in fine form, and I thought they deserved at least a point against United last week (this may be related to me tipping them up on the double chance here).
Fulham haven't racked up as many points but they've been unlucky in a couple of their games and would be higher up had lady luck been on their side. On paper, I think these teams are evenly matched and as the season goes on I think we'll see it even out.
Cottagers frontman Aleksandar Mitrovic has amassed four goals which isn't to be sniffed at in his first five games back in the big time, with a further 20 shots showing the team's ambition going forward.
Watford's away games have been goal-laden - last season seeing 50 in their 19 games - and there has been with no sign of this slowing down, home or away, this year with them averaging three goals a game so far.
The early kick-off is a slight concern, but I'm confident we'll see three goals or more.
Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£27.80
Cherries to leave Clarets feeling blue
Back Bournemouth to beat Burnley and both teams to score at 4/1
My hunt for any sort of win goes on after I inspired West Ham to play like Barcelona at Goodison last week so the good news for Burnley fans is that I'm opposing Sean Dyche's men on Saturday.
The early exertions in the Europa League seem to have derailed the Clarets thus far this season, and they've now lost four league games in a row - their worst ever run in the Premier League - leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, have made their best start to a league season since 2009/10 with 10 points from five games, so it's easy to see why they are favourites to win at around 13/8.
I'm going to fatten that price up to 4/1 by adding both teams to score. Opta tell us that each of the last six league encounters between these two have seen both sides on the scoresheet, sharing 18 goals.
Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£50.00
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The Editors' 2018/19 P/L:
1. Joe Dyer +£28.30
2. Mike Norman +£28.00
3. Jasmine Baba -£9.20
4. Harry Phillips -£27.80
5. Dan Thomas -£50.00
Joe Dyer: Back Wolves win/draw @ [2.6] v Manchester United
Mike Norman: Back Crystal Palace @ [2.18] to beat Newcastle
Jasmine Baba: Back Arsenal to beat Everton and BTTS at 2/1
Harry Phillips: Back Over 2.5 Goals in Fulham v Watford at [1.84]
Dan Thomas: Back Bournemouth to beat Burnley and BTTS at 4/1