The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Round 34

Newcastle manager - Rafa Benitez
Dan is hoping to close the gap this weekend with a Newcastle victory
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It's as you were in the Battle with no winners last time out meaning Dan remains just a few quid behind Adam at the top, with Joe and Mike not far behind. Early leader Harry requires some big prices to land to get back into contention. Here are this weekend's bets...

Dan Thomas:
Back Newcastle to beat Arsenal at [3.45]

Baggies can give fans something to cheer about... finally

Adam Baylis
Back West Brom double chance at [5.7]
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports Main Event

Given how Dan has closed the gap in recent weeks, to say this selection comes with a health warning is putting it mildly, but I do genuinely believe West Brom have a good chance of coming away from Old Trafford with something.

Opta tell us that Man Utd have won just four of their last ten games against the Baggies (W4 D3 L3) and the Red Devils haven't secured six consecutive League wins since January 2017.

For all that things have gone off-piste, Darren Moore's side did look an improved outfit against Swansea last weekend and can consider themselves unlucky to have not claimed all three points. Moore was a defensive rock in his playing days at the Hawthorns and he'll likely have been turfing Tony Pulis' defensive training manuals out of the bin for this encounter.

The likes of Jonny Evans and Ben Foster will have a real point to prove at their previous employers and I can't envisage them just rolling over making the [5.7] available on the Double Chance market, an attractive proposition.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£87.15

Magpies to continue good home run

Dan Thomas
Back Newcastle to beat Arsenal at [3.45]
Sunday, 13:30
Live on Sky Sports Football

I've backed Arsenal in the last two weeks in this column but they're an entirely different proposition away from home, having lost four on the bounce on the road, and Newcastle look an excellent price to make it five on Sunday.

Rafa Benitez's men are looking for their fourth win in a row and have only lost once in the last eight, away at Anfield.

History isn't in our favour here - the Magpies have lost the last 10 against Arsene Wenger's men - but with the north Londoners having travelled back from Moscow and with little to play for in the league, I'm happy to back the hosts to end that run in style.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: +£81.75

Burnley a big price for fifth win on the bounce

Joe Dyer
Back Burnley to beat Leicester @ [2.76]
Saturday 15:00

I still can't believe that Manchester City lost from 2-0 up playing at home against their biggest rival with a full house ready to celebrate a title win. They were so close to the win that the sky blue ribbons had been attached to the Premier League trophy and the champers was perfectly iced! It was a famous defeat and of course they went on to lose again proving that even the most trustworthy teams can go off the rails.

One team that is showing fantastic form right now is Burnley and I certainly think they're worth a bet at home to Leicester this weekend, the Betfair market only making them slim favourites to beat a Leicester in middling form.

Sean Dyche's men come into the game on a four-game winning streak in the Premier League as they push hard for seventh place (or better) in the top-flight.

And in Saturday's opponents they face a team that is struggling a little, coming into the game on the back of a home defeat to Newcastle.

Burnley's greater momentum looks enough to see them past Leicester and at the price they certainly warrant a bet.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£48.15

Goals to flow at Turf Moor

Mike Norman
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ [2.46] in Burnley v Leicester
Saturday, 15:00

It appears the 'Goals' markets in this match have been priced up on reputation, in that it is assumed that Burnley regularly play out some low-scoring affairs.

The facts tell a different story however. The Clarets haven't kept a clean sheet at Turf Moor for six league games now, conceding nine goals in those matches, and with Leicester the visitors on Saturday afternoon then a punt on Over 2.5 Goals at the massive price of [2.46] is extremely tempting.

And that's because Leicester's last five away games have finished 1-5, 2-1, 5-1, 1-4, and 0-2. That's 22 goals scored in those five games, at an average of close to 4.5 goals per match.

Consider also that these two teams are battling it out for seventh, and that both arrive in pretty confident mood - Burnley have won four on the spin, Leicester have won their last two away games - then I think there's a real chance that we will witness at least three goals.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£42.80

Goals galore at Wembley

Harry Phillips
Back Both teams to score in both halves in Man City v Spurs at 17/2 (Sportsbook)
Saturday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Main Event

**Harry is away this week**

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£39.70


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 +£87.15
2. Dan Thomas +£81.75
3. Joe Dyer +£48.15
4. Mike Norman +£42.80
5. Harry Phillips -£39.70

Combined P/L: +£230.15


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