The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Round 23

Dan expects Big Sam's Everton to keep it tight at Wembley on Saturday
Dan expects Big Sam's Everton to keep it tight at Wembley on Saturday
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The Premier League returns after a brief interlude for the Cups with Adam and Mike showing a healthy profit at the top of the table. Here's where the editors' tenners are headed this weekend...

"While Spurs are unbeaten in 10 league games at Wembley, it's been goalless at the break in half of these, while Everton have seen a half-time 0-0 in seven of their Premier League encounters this season."

Adam Baylis
Back West Brom to win v Brighton @ [2.2]
Saturday, 15:00

West Brom have now gone 20 Premier League games without a win - twenty - but I think that might be about to change on Saturday when Brighton visit the Hawthorns. The Baggies gained a confidence boosting victory last week in the FA Cup against Exeter, and while bringing in a new striker is at the top of Alan Pardew's January wish-list, both Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez have found their shooting boots in recent weeks.

Brighton however continue to struggle in front of goal while on their travels, no side has failed to score in more games away from home in the league this season, and for all their frailties up top, West Brom are still a formidable force defensively. I certainly don't expect a repeat of the 3-1 thriller that we saw at the Amex earlier in the season but the home side are well capable of extending their record of nine games without defeat against the Seagulls on home soil.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£62.75


Mike Norman
Back Chelsea to Win to Nil @ 6/5 v Leicester
Saturday, 15:00

In a tricky weekend of games I like the chances of Chelsea beating Leicester without conceding a goal when they play at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues have a formidable record on home soil under Antonio Conte, winning 25 of their 30 Premier League games since the Italian arrived in London, and they're currently on a run of seven straight wins at the Bridge, keeping five clean sheets in the process.

Leicester have a terrible record away to the 'big six' clubs having won none of their last 12 such matches, losing their last five on the spin. The Foxes also have a very poor record against Chelsea, losing 12 of their last 14 games in all competitions.

Conte's men are just [1.3] to win the match so let's play the bigger odds by backing them to win and keeping yet another clean sheet along the way.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£49.00


Joe Dyer
Back the draw in Crystal Palace v Burnley @ [3.35]
Saturday, 15:00

Crystal Palace have been resurgent under Roy Hodgson but I think their upward progress will be checked by Burnley on Saturday.

A quick look at the Lancashire side's recent results suggests the wheels have come off with no win in their last six. But they were good enough to secure three draws away from home - one at Old Trafford - while any team can be excused defeats to Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Saturday's hosts are suffering from a few absences at the back and while they are very hard to beat at home they often share the points with their opponents, drawing four of 10 under Hodgson. The stalemate is Burnley's most regular result on their travels and that is where my tenner is headed this weekend.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: -£1.25


Harry Phillips
Back Bournemouth Double Chance @ [2.28] v Arsenal
Sunday, 13:30
Live on Sky Sports

I'm keen to take a stance against Arsenal at this time of the year. It would be premature to say Arsenal are in crisis but it wouldn't take much for them to get to that stage.

With Alexis Sanchez seemingly set for a departure it's hard to see him playing a full role in this match and even if he does you'd have to question his commitment. In addition to this, Aaron Ramsey is still out of action, Mezut Ozil wasn't fit to play during the week and Jack Wilshere has now been ruled out after spraining an ankle against Chelsea. Given the litany of injuries to their best players and the negative atmosphere surrounding the team, it feels ripe for a solid Bournemouth outfit to get a result at home.

Bournemouth have been in and out this season but on their day they can perform to a good standard and picked up a good win against Everton in their last home match. Bar the long term injury to Jermain Defoe they go into this game with a fully fit team and have had additional recovery time after a hectic Christmas period. All in all, I think it's worth backing Bournemouth to get a result at home to an Arsenal team that are never far away from crumbling.

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£44.50


Dan Thomas
Back 0-0 at Half-Time in Tottenham v Everton at 12/5
Saturday, 17:30
Live on BT Sport 1

I feel like an English bowler on a dead wicket in the Australian heat in this year's Battle - especially with my losses approaching three figures. But just like the indomitable Jimmy Anderson, I'm soldiering on regardless, and it's to the Saturday teatime game for my bet this weekend.

Tottenham have been in good nick at 'home' in recent weeks with five wins from their last six, but if often takes them a while to get going against what is usually a packed defence from the opposition. And with Sam Allardyce in the opposition dugout, we can expect plenty of men behind the ball for Everton on Saturday

While Spurs are unbeaten in 10 league games at Wembley, it's been goalless at the break in half of these, while Everton have seen a half-time 0-0 in seven of their Premier League encounters this season. Happy to chuck my tenner on a repeat on Saturday.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£95.25


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The Editors' 2017/18 Season P/L:

1. Adam Baylis +£62.75
2. Mike Norman +£49.00
3. Joe Dyer -£1.25
4. Harry Phillips -£44.50
5. Dan Thomas -£95.25

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