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

Eddie Howe - Bournemouth
Mike expects goals when Eddie Howe's Bournemouth host Everton on Saturday
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Joe landed the only winner last time as Everton obliged bringing him just behind Jasmine and Mike in the early Battle standings, while Dan and Harry await their first returns. Here's where the editors' tenners are headed this weekend...

"Since the Cherries were promoted three seasons ago these two sides have met six times in the league, and among the results of those games include scorelines of 3-3 and 6-3, and a total of 25 goals scored at an average of over four goals per game."

Clean sheets are getting rare

Jasmine Baba
Back Both Teams to Score in Watford v Crystal Palace @ 9/10
Saturday, 15:00

I said I didn't like backing teams to win under evens, and Manchester United proved my point last week. Let's see if I can pick something better this time around.

Watford have started extremely well this season and were slightly underestimated by some (me included) before their curtain raiser against Brighton. Their convincing 3-1 win away at Burnley has definitely made me rethink my opinion about them. Losing Richarlison seems to have not affected them in their attack, netting five in their first two games.

Crystal Palace haven't done too badly either. They've kept a hold of Wilfried Zaha and even though they lost against Liverpool, they look pretty solid under Roy Hodgson's watch.

In terms of the league, it doesn't seem there are many defensively minded teams anymore, that along with the fact defences haven't really switched on after the World Cup summer means we're seeing an influx of goals, e.g. only three matches last week had clean sheets.

I can't pick between these two teams however I think it will be a tasty affair. 9/10 is more than fair for both teams to score.

Jasmine Baba 2017-18 P/L: +£1.80


Expect goals at the Vitality

Mike Norman
Back Over 3.5 Goals in Bournemouth v Everton @ 11/5
Saturday, 15:00

I'll be away on a brief holiday when this week's Betting Battle goes live so I'm penning my selection on Tuesday morning, which means rather than risk a team to win, only for them to be hit by an flu virus later in the week, I'll simply follow some recent trends.

And that trend is for goals to be scored when Bournemouth meet Everton on Saturday afternoon.

Since the Cherries were promoted three seasons ago these two sides have met six times in the league, and among the results of those games include scorelines of 3-3 and 6-3, and a total of 25 goals scored at an average of over four goals per game.

So I'm more than happy to wager that we'll witness at least four goals again at 11/5 given that both teams have started the season very well, and both - Everton especially - look like they have plenty of goals in them this season.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£0.80


Gunners will blow West Ham away but visitors can score

Joe Dyer
Back Arsenal/Both Teams to Score @ 2.56/4 v West Ham
Saturday, 15:00

This pointless pair meet on Saturday knowing that defeat could leave them rock bottom of the league when the final whistle blows.

While Arsenal and West Ham have lost their opening fixtures there is some contrast between the manner of those defeats and it's no surprise to see the home side heavy odds-on to take all three points.

Unai Emery's team were outsiders to beat both Manchester City and Chelsea and while they were humbled in the opening game the Gunners put on a more spirited display last weekend, creating plenty of chances.

West Ham have been abject in both games and it's very hard to see them winning here but they do have a chance of scoring against an Arsenal backline that has been far from convincing.

Put it all together and I will take a chance on the home win coupled with both teams scoring, an option which can be backed at 2.56/4 on the Exchange.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: -£0.20


Magpies to continue good record against Chelsea

Dan Thomas
Back Newcastle to beat Chelsea at 5.95/1
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports Football

It's probably early in the season to be throwing big priced darts, but there's method behind this particular madness. Newcastle only have a point to show for their opening two games, but it could easily have been so much better - they hit the woodwork twice against Tottenham and then missed that last minute penalty at Cardiff last weekend. Chelsea, meanwhile, have maximum points but they were wide open against Arsenal last time out and could have been on the end of a tanking had the Gunners taken their chances.

But more relevant to the bet is Newcastle's recent record against the bigger teams at home - they claimed the scalps of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal last season, frustrating their opponents with a defensive formation and picking them off.

The Magpies' record against Chelsea in particular is impressive; Opta tell us that they've won 11 home Premier League clashes with the Blues, claiming maximum points four of the last five. At just under 5/1, I'm happy to take the chance they'll make it five in six.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£20.00


Wolves will give City a game

Harry Phillips
Back Wolves +1.5 Asian handicap @ 2.226/5 v Man City

Manchester City have made a blistering start to the season under the genius of Pep Guardiola and are rightly strong favourites to notch up their third victory against Wolves. However, despite only picking up a point, Wolves have also made a strong start to the season. They may have lost 2-0 to Leicester last time out but they dominated the shots and XG data. Playing at home in front of a packed out Molineux I fancy this to be a tighter affair than the odds are predicting and with the handicap line at 1.5, we can afford for City to win by a goal and still profit.

While City look something of an unstoppable force again this season, with Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, three players that would walk into any other Premier League team, not even making the starting XI against Huddersfield, I think they will face a tougher ask here against a solid looking Wolves team who were 11/10 to finish in the top half in the ante post markets.

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£20.00


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1. Jasmine Baba +£1.80
2. Mike Norman +£0.80
3. Joe Dyer -£0.20
4. Dan Thomas -£20.00
4. Harry Phillips -£20.00

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