The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Midweek Round 37a

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Joe expects Aubameyang and co to run riot at Leicester on Wednesday
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There's almost a full set of midweek fixtures, so we have a bonus Battle column. After a 9/1 winner for Harry at the weekend, all the editors now guaranteed to end the season in profit - can they boost them even further?

"The frontline of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette is firing and there's every chance that the Gunners win with something to spare."

United can bounce back but don't expect a thriller

Adam Baylis
Back Under 2.5 goals in West Ham v Manchester United at [2.02]
Thursday, 19:45
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Things haven't gone Jose Mourinho's way this season, last weekend's 1-0 loss to Brighton underlined that even further but he should be looking forward to a visit to the London Stadium on Thursday. In former United manager David Moyes he faces an opposing manager that he's undefeated against (W7 D3) and furthermore the Hammers have lost 13 of their last 18 against United.

For all that the likes of Moyes and Hernandez will be eager to get one over on their former employers, they don't represent the same sort of test that Brighton did a week ago. While organised for the most part, West Ham's back four lack the discipline of Chris Hughton's side and it's not hard to envisage United finding the back of the net.

That being said, the [2.02] on offer for Under 2.5 goals is worth looking at given United have been far from prolific on their travels this season. They rank fifth in the league for goals scored away from home during the campaign (30), and West Ham have had their own issues finding the net at the London Stadium, scoring on just 21 occasions.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£162.55

Saints to edge huge relegation six-pointer

Dan Thomas
Back Southampton to beat Swansea 1-0 at [8.4]
Tuesday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

Adam keeps on landing those winners and he has a healthy lead again so it's a return to the Correct Score market for me this midweek, with my attention on the massive clash at the Liberty on Tuesday night.

Southampton were desperately close to getting a vital three points at Everton over the weekend, denied by a combination of bad luck, questionable refereeing and poor judgement from Ryan Bertrand in not clearing to touch.

A similar level of performance should prove enough against a Swansea side who have hit the buffers in recent weeks, with just two points from the last six games and only two goals scored. Saints, in contrast, are now unbeaten in three.

It will undoubtedly be a tense affair given what is at stake, with goalscoring chances at a premium, so one goal could well be enough to win it, and I'll take the visitors to get it.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: +£76.25

Foxes to be shot down by Gunners

Joe Dyer
Back Arsenal -2 v Leicester @ 13/2
Wednesday, 19:45

Arsenal may be the only side in the English Football League yet to pick up a point away from home in 2018 but they can't ask for a better opportunity to end that horror run than a trip to Leicester.

The Foxes appear to have simply stopped playing for Claude Puel, picking up just one point from their last five Premier League fixtures.

Arsenal's results are a little mixed but there's no real shame in losing by one goal away to Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, and they of course arrive on the back of a 5-0 defeat of Burnley.

The frontline of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette is firing and there's every chance that the Gunners win with something to spare.

With Adam so far ahead in the Battle I have to hope Arsenal really do cut loose as I am forced to play them in the handicap market giving up two goals! Even then I'll need an even bigger winner next weekend but we only have a small batch of games to pick from and an Arsenal win looks the obvious play to me.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£35.75

The Blues have to go for a big win

Mike Norman
Back Chelsea -3 @ 7/2 v Huddersfield
Wednesday, 19:45

A pretty straightforward reasoning for my midweek selection as I'm thinking, and hoping, that there'll be a lot of tired legs in the Terriers starting XI on Wednesday night following Sunday's superb exploits at the Etihad Stadium.

I'll be amazed if David Wagner's men can hold out at Stamford Bridge, and with Chelsea in great form and facing a must-win game to take their Top 4 Finish push to the last day of the season, then I can't see anything other than a comfortable home win.

But another aspect to the Blues' top four hopes is goal difference. If Spurs somehow drop two points in their next two games - say win narrowly in one game and draw the other - then Chelsea can overhaul them with two big wins.

It's a huge ask of course, and very unlikely, but if Antonio Conte's men do have a comfortable night on Wednesday, go a few goals up with plenty of time to spare, then there's no reason for them not to push on and get a glut of goals.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£27.40

Rafa's men can frustrate stuttering Spurs

Harry Phillips
Back a Draw in Tottenham v Newcastle at [8.6]
Wednesday, 20:00

Harry is away.

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: +£20.30


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The Editors' 2017/18 Season P/L:

1. Adam Baylis +£162.55
2. Dan Thomas +£76.25
3. Joe Dyer +£35.75
4. Mike Norman +£27.40
5. Harry Phillips +£20.30

Combined P/L: +£322.25

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