The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Round 17

Mike is backing Claude Puel's Leicester on his return to St Mary's
Mike is backing Claude Puel's Leicester on his return to St Mary's
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It was a blank weekend for all five editors but they have an immediate chance to land a winner with a full midweek programme in the Premier League. Here's where their tenners are headed...

"I think Leicester are a better team than Southampton, and although the Saints have home advantage, while their form in front of their own fans remains questionable then I'm more than happy to take them on, especially with Foxes boss Claude Puel desperate to show his former employers that they were wrong to sack him."

Adam Baylis
Back Over 2.5 goals in Newcastle v Everton @ [2.12]
Wednesday, 19:45

It's been more 'Allerdici' than 'Big Sam' so far at Everton with victories against West Ham, Huddersfield and an excellent - albeit controversial - point at Anfield on Sunday.

However my enthusiasm for a Toffees win has been tempered slightly by their woeful away record so far this season. Not to mention the fact that Rafa Benitez - through his unbridled dislike for the opposing manager - will likely wheel out the Spanish Armada to prevent Allardyce taking three points from his former employers.

While a stalemate seems likely, both sides have only managed to keep three clean sheets so far this season with Everton shipping 29 goals and Newcastle just the 25. Conversely, both seem to have found their shooting boots in recent outings - combining for 11 goals in their last three - so Over 2.5 goals at [2.12] is how I'll be playing it.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£61.55


Mike Norman
Back Leicester to beat Southampton @ [4.0]
Wednesday, 19:45

They may have put four past Everton - who were in dreadful form at the time - and drawn with Arsenal in their last two home games but it's still difficult to ignore Southampton's form at St Mary's prior to those matches, and I'm willing to take them on with improving Leicester on Wednesday night.

The Saints had failed to score in 10 of their 14 home games prior to their improved recent form and I'm happy to base my wager on that poor record rather than what they did against the Toffees and the Gunners.

But my main reason for the bet is that Leicester are on a great run of form at present, losing just one of their last 11 matches - and that was against Man City so no shame there - while they've won three on the spin in the Premier League including a victory over Tottenham.

The bottom line is that I think Leicester are a better team than Southampton, and although the Saints have home advantage, while their form in front of their own fans remains questionable then I'm more than happy to take them on, especially with Foxes boss Claude Puel desperate to show his former employers that they were wrong to sack him.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£24.00


Harry Phillips
Back Under 2.5 Goals in Swansea v Man City at [2.8]
Wednesday, 19:45

Manchester City may well run riot here given the way they've taken apart many teams this season, but there is a case to be made for the unders here.

Despite sitting 19th in the table, Swansea have only conceded 18 goals. That is the sixth best record in the Premier League after City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs and Burnley. Both Arsenal and Liverpool have conceded more. No team since Manchester United in August has scored more than two goals vs Swansea and United were flattered by that score line. So all in all, Paul Clement's men are actually pretty solid defensively.

Swansea's issue has come at the other end, having only scored nine goals, a stat which works just fine for this bet. City have obviously scored for fun this season but, in recent weeks, they haven't been as flashy only winning courtesy of late goals and by one-goal margins. This, added to the fact that Pep Guardiola is likely to rotate, and that City may have a hangover from the Manchester Derby at the weeked, makes the unders value.

While I highly doubt Swansea will get anything out the game, hopefully they set up nice and compact and can keep the score at a respectable level.


Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£4.50


Joe Dyer
Back Burnley to beat Stoke at [2.32]
Tuesday, 19:45

Joe is away.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: -£39.85


Dan Thomas
Back Over 3.5 Goals in Crystal Palace v Watford at [3.4]
Tuesday, 20:00

Palace have been struggling to get a win this season but no one can deny that they have been giving it a good go - at Selhurst Park at least. Although they were eventually held by Bournemouth on Saturday, Roy Hodgson's men had 22 shots - with an incredible Expected Goals rating of more than five.

Trouble is, they seem unable to manage game situations - case in point when allowing Jermain Defoe to equalise less than a minute after Scott Dann put them 2-1 up at the weekend.

That was Palace's third 2-2 draw in the past four home games, and I'm expecting something similar when they host Watford on Tuesday. The Hornets have been involved in some thrillers on their travels this season, including a 4-2 defeat at Chelsea, a 3-2 loss to Everton and a 2-2 draw at West Brom.

Over 2.5 Goals looks a rock solid bet at [1.92] but I'm in need of bigger wins right now, so I'll push the boat out and back Over 3.5 at a decent [3.4]. Just don't let Benteke take any penalties...

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£55.25


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The Editors' 2017/18 Season P/L:

1. Adam Baylis +£61.55
2. Mike Norman +£24.00
3. Harry Phillips -£4.50
4. Joe Dyer -£39.85
5. Dan Thomas -£55.25

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