The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Round 19

Adam is backing Hodgson's men to net at Swansea
Adam is backing Hodgson's men to net at Swansea

Joe Dyer was the only winner in the last round of the battle and leapfrogged Harry Phillips into third with his wager, though still some way behind Mike Norman and Adam Baylis at the top of the table. Here's where our tenners are going on the weekend before Christmas...

"Howe's men have lost 5-1 and 4-0 on their last two visits to the Etihad, so being able to back Man City -2 on the handicap looks quite appealing."

Mike Norman
Back Man City -2 @ 2.56/4 v Bournemouth
Saturday, 15:00

I know it's a busy schedule, and the last thing any team will want to be doing at this time of the year is keep putting the foot down if in a comfortable position, but I fear for Bournemouth in this game and believe they could be in for a bit of a hiding.

And that's because Eddie Howe's men are very likely to go to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon and give it a right go, they don't know any other way to play. But to get a result they'll need absolutely everything to fall in their favour, including Man City underperforming. I don't see that happening.

We saw last week how the Cherries can be picked off (no pun intended) against the better sides when they try to go on the front foot against the big boys, and I'm happy to wager on a similar scoreline this week. Howe's men have lost 5-1 and 4-0 on their last two visits to the Etihad, so being able to back Man City -2 on the handicap looks quite appealing.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£44.00

Adam Baylis
Back Both Teams To Score in Swansea v Crystal Palace @ 2.111/10
Saturday, 15:00

Only two teams in Premier League history have scored less goals from their opening 18 games of the season than Swansea (10) and Palace have only netted on five more occasions so backing both to score in this clash might sound a little strange... However when these sides met last season at the Liberty, the Swans emerged victorious in a 5-4 thriller to extend their strong home record against the Eagles (W6 D6 L1).

I'm also banking on the fact that Paul Clement's departure will buoy the team somewhat and there's definitely a feel good factor around Leon Britton's appointment as caretaker manager. Wilfried Bony's hamstring injury rules him out of this but that might give the new man in charge a bit more flexibility with how he lines his side up rather than opting for a more route one approach towards the Ivorian.

Palace meanwhile have found their feet under Roy Hodgson and are now seven games unbeaten, netting 11 times in the process. And they shouldn't have too many issues penetrating Swansea's back-line; especially when you take into account Christian Benteke's stellar record against them - three goals & two assists from four appearances.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£41.55

Joe Dyer
Back Huddersfield/Draw double chance @ 2.568/5 v Southampton
Saturday, 15:00

Southampton seem routinely short in the betting and I'm happy to get Huddersfield and the draw on side at odds-against this weekend.

Just one game has been won by Saints in the last six and while home form is certainly better than their road results, three wins from 10 isn't going to frighten any opponent.

And Saturday's opposition, one place above Southampton in their debut Premier League season, ought to be respected even if they've lost nine of six on their travels.

David Wagner's side did, however, win their last game away from home - a 4-1 thumping of Watford - and there is a far more positive vibe about the visitors than the home side in this Saturday set-to.

With Southampton still searching for the winning habit there's every reason to support sides like Huddersfield at long odds when they pay a visit to St Mary's.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: -£6.85

Harry Phillips
Back Liverpool to beat Arsenal @ 2.942/1
Friday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports

Harry is away.

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£24.50

Dan Thomas
Back West Ham/Under 2.5 Goals v Newcastle at 16/5
Saturday, 15:00

David Moyes has certainly proved a few people wrong in his first few weeks at the London Stadium.

After an abject 4-0 reverse at Goodison, West Ham looked bang in trouble but since then the Hammers have pushed Manchester City all the way at the Etihad, held Arsenal, beaten Chelsea and thrashed Stoke.

They look a cracking price at 2.26/5 to beat struggling Newcastle, who have picked up just one point in their last nine, and are seemingly treading water just waiting for Mike Ashley to sell up.

But I'll plump the price up to bigger than 3/1 by adding in Under 2.5 Goals - three of West Ham's last four have seen three goals or fewer, while there have been only two goals scored in Newcastle's last two.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£75.25


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The Editors' 2017/18 Season P/L:

1. Mike Norman +£44.00
2. Adam Baylis +£41.55
3. Joe Dyer -£6.85
4. Harry Phillips -£24.50
5. Dan Thomas -£75.25

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