The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Round 28

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City
Joe says Vardy and co should have too much for Stoke in the Premier League opener
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Mike cut Adam's lead at the top of the Battle last time out, while Joe landed a good winner leaving him just a couple of quid behind Harry. Here's where their tenners are headed as the Premier League returns this weekend...

"I will back the Cherries to do the job in the second half. No team has been level at half-time more than these two this season (both 15 times out of 27) while only Swansea (7) have scored fewer first half Premier League goals than Newcastle (9)."

Evrton to suffer another miserable away day

Adam Baylis
Back Watford to win v Everton at [2.34]
Saturday, 17:30
Live on BT Sport

Watford's dramatic downturn in form after Everton's courting of Marco Silva has been well documented and I have a feeling the Toffees' management will be casting eyes at the new man in the Vicarage Road dugout, Javi Gracia, when this one finishes on Saturday evening.

The Hornets' form has been a little in-and-out since that saga, but the standout result under the Spaniard came in their sole home match of his reign when they put four past Chelsea. Season-wide, for all that they've only picked up four wins at Vicarage Road, that has mainly come down to defensive failings, conceding no less than 26 goals, more than any other Premier League side at home.

The good news then is that they come up against an Everton side that have only managed to net on nine occasions away from Goodison, and have conceded 28 in the process. Watford's issues at the back haven't prevented them from scoring, with messieurs Doucouré and Richarlison in decent form throughout the campaign. The January acquisition of former Toffee, Gerard Deulofeu has proved an astute one too and the Spaniard was a stand-out performer in the victory over Chelsea.

It might be that Everton do manage to breach the Watford back four on Saturday but, just like Jack Lang in his BB preview, I expect the home side to have too much going forward and the [2.34] looks well worth taking.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£77.35

Confident Swans an excellent price for victory

Mike Norman
Back Swansea @ [4.1] to beat Brighton
Saturday, 15:00

When you're unbeaten in 10 games, have defeated three of the top seven clubs in the Premier League including Arsenal and Liverpool, scored eight goals in one FA Cup tie, then confidence within the camp must be sky high.

I'm talking about Swansea of course who have been an absolute revelation since Carlos Carvalhal took over, and I don't see any reason why they should be opposed in their current form, and more importantly, trading at [4.1] to beat lowly Brighton. That seems like an excellent price to me.

True, the Seagulls are in decent form too, going five games unbeaten currently. But two of those games were against lower league opposition in the FA Cup and the fact remains that they've won just two of their last 16 Premier League games.

A victory for either team here will be like gold dust, but at the prices I much prefer to back in-form Swansea to continue their excellent form under Carvalhal.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£47.40

Bad Baggies bound for another beating

Harry Phillips
Back Huddersfield to beat West Brom @ [4.8]
Saturday, 15:00

I'm backing David Wagner's men to continue West Brom's miserable run at the Hawthorns.

Huddersfield have been on a poor run themselves but bounced back to form with a thumping victory over Bournemouth in their last match.

West Brom visited Barcelona for a warm weather training camp during their FA Cup break with the trip ending in acrimonious circumstances and several senior players publicly apologising for allegedly stealing a taxi. Alan Pardew was heavily backed during the week to be next manager to go and with the CEO recently sacked crisis appears to be enveloping the club.

At odds of [4.8] Huddersfield look too big to sneak an away win at a shambolic Baggies.

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£27.70

Stoke to slip up again

Joe Dyer
Back Leicester to beat Stoke by two goals or more @ 11/5
Saturday, 12:30
Live on Sky Sports

Stoke are showing signs of life since Paul Lambert's appointment but I have to back Leicester to get the better of their opponents in this Saturday showdown.

The Foxes are in good nick under Claude Puel, close to being the best of the rest behind the big six and boasting a decent record at home, beaten only by Manchester City and Crystal Palace. In Jamie Vardy they have a reliable goalscorer, and a good supporting cast of attacking talents. Andrew Atherley makes a good case for backing Leicester in his BB preview.

The Potters' improved form has largely come at home - three of his four have been played at the Bet365 - and their one game on the road under Lambert ended in defeat, beaten 2-1 by Bournemouth.

I'm sure Stoke will set out defensively but with Vardy, Mahrez and the rest pulling the strings Leicester should be able to get through. Given my negative P&L I will take a risk and back them to ultimately win the game by two goals or more.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: -£29.25

Bournemouth can bounce back

Dan Thomas
Back Draw/Bournemouth in the HT/FT market v Newcastle @ 4/1
Saturday, 15:00

Bournemouth delivered one of their worst performances of the season last time out, getting thrashed 4-1 at Huddersfield, but I'm prepared to forgive them that on their return to home soil, where recent form has been excellent.

Eddie Howe's men are unbeaten in five at the Vitality and are looking for their third win in the spin in front of their own fans. They're facing a Newcastle side, who are without a win in three on their travels, and haven't won back-to-back games since September.

The [2.2] on the home win looks a solid enough bet, but I need bigger wins so will back the Cherries to do the job in the second half. No team has been level at half-time more than these two this season (both 15 times out of 27) while only Swansea (7) have scored fewer first half Premier League goals than Newcastle (9).

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£69.25


For individual match previews of every single Premier League game visit our dedicated Premier League section here on Betting.Betfair.

The Editors' 2017/18 Season P/L:

1. Adam Baylis +£77.35
2. Mike Norman +£47.40
3. Harry Phillips -£27.70
4. Joe Dyer -£29.25
5. Dan Thomas -£69.25

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