The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Round 29

Tottenham forward Heung Min Son
Heung Min Son has scored 13 goals this season - Dan hopes he can add at least two more on Saturday
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With Adam continuing to streak away at the top of this season's Battle, the other editors are turning to some big priced selections in an attempt to stay competitive...

"Reputation alone must be the only thing keeping Arsenal at odds-on to win away from home. And even that is somewhat odd, as Arsenal's reputation couldn't be much lower at the moment!"

Burnley can claim long-awaited win

Adam Baylis
Back Burnley to win @ [2.56] v Everton
Saturday, 12:30 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

After a few weeks of battle disappointment, Watford's winner in probably this season's most dull game so far was very welcome, and I'm hoping to keep the streak alive at Turf Moor on Saturday.

However both Sean Dyche and Sam Allardyce have their own losing streaks to worry about, Burnley are without a win in 11 games and Everton have picked up just one victory from their last 22 Premier League away trips.

But I'm backing the Clarets to turn things around this weekend in what will be their manager's 250th game in charge; vitally they have both Chris Wood and James Tarkowski back from injury to strengthen them at both ends of the pitch. Wood's return is particularly timely given Everton's defensive woes away from Goodison - they've conceded on no less than 29 occasions and have hardly been prolific up top, netting nine times.

Burnley's scoring record at home doesn't make for pretty reading either, with just 10 goals so far this season - the lowest of any team in the league - but Wood's reinstatement should serve to inspire some confidence and they're incredibly solid at the back. I hovered over backing the draw for a long time and if Big Sam parks the bus then we may come unstuck but on a landmark day for Dyche, let's side with the Clarets to get their season back on track against Allardici & Co.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£90.75

Goals can flow at the Liberty

Mike Norman
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ [2.34] in Swansea v West Ham
Saturday, 15:00

I fancy goals to be scored at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon when Swansea host West Ham in yet another relegation six-pointer.

The Swans have been much improved in front of goal under Carlos Carvalhal and will be confident of getting back to winning ways given that they've won six on the spin in front of their own fans. They've had some high-scoring games in that spell too, including a 3-1 win over Arsenal.

But what makes a price of [2.34] about witnessing at least three goals look very generous is that fact that West Ham are in town.

The Hammers' last three away games have ended 1-4, 3-1, and 4-1, while throughout the season their league away games have averaged almost four goals per match. Only Liverpool's away games (56 goals) have witnessed more than West Ham's (52) this term.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£37.40

Newcastle can take advantage of complacent Liverpool

Harry Phillips
Back Draw/Newcastle Double Chance @ [5.10] v Liverpool
Saturday, 17:30
Live on Sky Sports

A big win for Huddersfield last week dragged me back into profit and hot on the heels of Mike in second place. However, there's no prizes for placing in this battle and with Adam landing yet another winner I'm rowing in with another big price to get me up the leader board.

Step up, Newcastle. It's always hard to oppose a team in the kind of form Liverpool are, having scored nine goals in their past two games in thumping Porto and West Ham. However, I'm hoping some recency bias has been factored into Liverpool's price here as Newcastle are no pushovers. They've only lost once in their past six league matches, against an irrepressible Manchester City, and that run has included a victory against Manchester United. They should have beaten Bournemouth last weekend and Burnley at home and I sense that had those results gone their way they would be a shorter price here.

Crucially, Newcastle have the second best defensive record in the bottom half of the Premier League. Benitez will have a game plan and I'd imagine they will keep things tight knowing that Liverpool's defensive frailties mean they always have a chance of scoring on the break.

While Liverpool are in good form, this is the classic type of game that they've struggled in under Klopp, when a seemingly obvious home victory awaits. I'm hoping that a sense of complacency creeps in and that Newcastle can capitalise on that and get some sort of result from the game.

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: +£10.30

Seagulls a big price to beat under fire Gunners

Joe Dyer
Back Brighton to beat Arsenal @ [4.5]
Sunday, 13:30
Live on Sky Sports

I'm putting in a poor defence of my Battle crown and to be frank I need to get ballsy with my bets.

Thankfully, Brighton are here to (hopefully) save the day at a handsome price.

Reputation alone must be the only thing keeping Arsenal at odds-on to win away from home. And even that is somewhat odd, as Arsenal's reputation couldn't be much lower at the moment!

Yet they are [1.9] to beat Brighton despite picking up three points just three times on their travels in the top-flight this season.

Brighton are digging in for Premier League survival, picking up some notable results in recent weeks. In fact they've picked up eight points from their last four matches after suffering a 4-0 spanking by Chelsea in late January.

Against an Arsenal side in a bad way, a confident Brighton could just pull off an upset win which really shouldn't come as that much of an upset at all.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: -£39.25

Son to make hay against Terriers

Dan Thomas
Back Heung-Min Son to score 2 or more v Huddersfield at [9.6]
Saturday, 15:00

If attempting a HT/FT bet last time out was a touch funky, I'm going completely leftfield this weekend and throwing a dart at a player, who blows hot and cold, to hit form in style.

After scoring six goals in December and January when he was in an unplayable mood at times, Heung-Min Son has had a quiet period by his high standards, not scoring in February until Wednesday night's replay with Rochdale.

But the South Korean looked back to somewhere near his best in that game, scoring two and having a penalty strangely ruled out. Given that Mauricio Pochettino subbed him off, leaving Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela on the pitch for the full 90, I expect Son to start.

And with his propensity to go on good scoring runs, I'll take Son to score at least two against a Huddersfield side who were beaten 4-0 by Spurs at home and have taken a few beatings on their travels this season.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£79.25


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The Editors' 2017/18 Season P/L:

1. Adam Baylis +£90.75
2. Mike Norman +£37.40
3. Harry Phillips +£10.30
4. Joe Dyer -£39.25
5. Dan Thomas -£79.25

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