The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Round 30

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Can Wilfried Zaha help Palace to a point or better from Crystal Palace's visit to Chelsea?
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Four out of five winning bets means all but one of our writers are in profit in this year's battle so can we keep the good run going? Here's where the writers' tenners are headed this weekend...

"Huddersfield have played 12 times in 2018 and not one of those games has featured fewer than two goals, and a total of 37 goals were scored in total, at an average of just over three per match."

Mike: Back Over 2.5 Goals @ [2.6] in Huddersfield v Swansea

Resolute Burnley can claim point at London Stadium

Adam Baylis
Back The Draw in West Ham v Burnley at [3.25]
Saturday, 15:00

Sean Dyche's men did me a good turn last week, coming back to win against Everton and I'm sticking with the Clarets this week. However I'm not sure they'll be as fortunate when they visit the London Stadium on Saturday.

According to Opta, Burnley have won just one of their last 16 away top-flight games against West Ham (D4 L12). They do however come up against a West Ham side devoid of confidence having been hammered 4-1 by Swansea last Saturday and Liverpool the week prior.

David Moyes' initial impact has been short-lived and he's yet to record a win over Dyche in four meetings. With Burnley's iron curtain of a back four - only Man City have conceded more on the road - and West Ham's struggling strike-force, I think this could end all square, and the [3.25] makes plenty of appeal.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£106.35


Stick with Goals when Swans visit Huddersfield

Mike Norman
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ [2.6] in Huddersfield v Swansea
Saturday, 15:00

Like Adam I'm sticking with a team that did me a favour last week, and it's exactly the same bet as I fancy goals to be scored when Swansea visit Huddersfield in what is a huge relegation six-pointer.

I can understand - just about - why Under 2.5 Goals is trading at just [1.6], in that both these teams don't exactly spring to mind when you think of high-scoring games or teams. But just a quick glance at recent results suggests that their games are far more open than usual, and that's probably because of the desperate need to win.

Swansea have been in terrific form of late, and last week's 4-1 win over West Ham means that exactly 50% of their last eight matches have witnessed at least four goals, never mind three goals.

And as for Huddersfield, they've played 12 times in 2018 and not one of those games has featured fewer than two goals, and a total of 37 goals were scored in total, at an average of just over three per match.

The stats are in our favour, both teams should be relatively confident given some good results of late, and the fact that the match has so much riding on it might just mean that we see two teams going for a win rather than trying to avoid defeat. I fancy it will be a cracker.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£50.80


A narrow win for Rafa's troops

Dan Thomas
Back Newcastle to beat Southampton 1-0 at [9.0]
Saturday, 15:00

Son Heung-min brought me right back into the Battle mixer with his brace against Huddersfield last time out and I'm sticking with the big odds this weekend when Southampton travel to Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez's men are unbeaten in five at St James' Park -including that fabulous win over Manchester United - and have only conceded three goals along the way.

I expect the Magpies to get on the scoresheet and it's hard to see a Southampton side who have looked bereft of attacking ideas for much of the season - scoring only one goal per game - breaking them down once they have done so. The 8/1 on a 1-0 win is where my tenner is headed.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: +£6.75


Palace to pull off a shock?

Harry Phillips
Back Crystal Palace Double Chance @ [4.0] v Chelsea
Saturday, 17:30

In my quest to get back up the leader board, I'm continuing my policy of selecting outsiders to pinch a result. This week the pin falls on Crystal Palace, who played well against Manchester United on Monday, before eventually losing 3-2 after a last minute wonder strike from Nemanja Matic.

Palace showed in that match that they still have the fight and, in my opinion, one of the better managers in the bottom half of the table. Crucially, Wilfried Zaha, their key attacking outlet, could be back to play a role in proceedings. It's no surprise that their downturn in form has coincided with Zaha's injury and it's hard to think of a team in the league right now that rely more heavily on one player than Palace.

Chelsea are on a bit of a slide at the moment. Coupled with the fact that they play Barcelona in the week and I think they are worth opposing at [1.33]. Chelsea are now five points off the Spurs in fourth and put in a thoroughly abject display against Manchester City.

There is strong sense that all is not well at Stamford Bridge. It's highly likely Conte will leave at the end of the season, while Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have suitors in Real Madrid. Alvaro Morata isn't firing at the moment and Chelsea could be vulnerable again here. They have been beaten by Watford and Bournemouth recently and could easily suffer the same result at the hands of Palace again. At the prices I think it's worth backinng Palace to come away with a point at least.

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: +£0.30


Go with goals as Albion seek a much-needed win

Joe Dyer
Back Over 2.5 Goals in West Brom v Leicester @ [2.34]
Saturday, 15:00

You can read my thoughts on this fixture in my absolute must-read preview here, and I will repeat one of my recommendations there for this week's battle bet.

The reasoning is ultra simple (not sure if that's a good thing to be honest!) in that neither team is all that at the back and in a game that West Brom simply must win kickstart a limp relegation fight the price on overs is just too long. I can't see any tempting long odds shots to boost me up the table elsewhere this week, so this will have to do.

In 29 Premier League games this season, the Baggies and Leicester have managed to keep a clean sheet seven times and have conceded 43 and 42 goals respectively. West Brom's last three home games have seen 11 goals scored. There should be opportunities for both sides at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

But with the pressure all on Albion to pull off a much-needed victory I think there will be ample chances for the Foxes to break and inflict more pain on their Midlands rivals.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: -£4.25

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The Editors' 2017/18 Season P/L:

1. Adam Baylis +£106.35
2. Mike Norman +£50.80
3. Dan Thomas +£6.75
4. Harry Phillips +£0.30
5. Joe Dyer -£4.25

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