The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Round 35

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha
Mike expects Wilf Zaha's Palace to beat Watford while Dan is predicting goals in the same game
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Dan briefly went top last Sunday when Newcastle won but an incredible winner for Adam - backing West Brom to get a result at Old Trafford - saw him extend his lead. With Mike and Joe by no means out of the race, it's going down to the wire. Here's where the editors' tenners are headed...

Joe Dyer: Back Newcastle to beat Everton @ [3.4]

Baggies can complete another giant-slaying

Adam Baylis
Back West Brom double chance v Liverpool at [2.74]
Saturday, 12:30
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

Last week's battle winner at Old Trafford was at least some mild compensation for the misery that West Bromwich Albion have subjected me to this season, you just have to wonder why the Baggies board didn't turn to Darren Moore sooner. 'Big Dave' has got his side purring and they rolled back the years when sauntering to victory on Sunday, and I don't expect the streak to end on Saturday lunchtime.

Opta tell us that West Brom have lost just five of their last 14 games against Liverpool (W4 D5 L5) and the Reds have lost two of their last three Premier League games against sides starting that day at the bottom of the table.

With a crucial Champions League tie next week at the forefront of their minds, Jurgen Klopp will likely rest a handful of key players on Saturday and complacency will be their biggest enemy. As the stats suggest, West Brom have enjoyed a good deal of recent success against Klopp's side, including knocking them out of the FA Cup this season.

Revenge for that will obviously be on Liverpool's agenda but the Baggies showed last weekend just how resolute they can be. Take full advantage of the [2.74] on offer for them to come away with more points on Saturday.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£134.15

A goal fest at the Vicarage

Dan Thomas
Back Over 3.5 Goals in Watford v Crystal Palace at [3.95]
Saturday, 15:00

Just the one Saturday 3pm kick-off this weekend but I'm expecting it to be a good one when Crystal Palace make the short trip north to Watford looking for the win that will most likely secure safety.

The Eagles have been the great entertainers in recent weeks, with their last six featuring 22 goals including a pair of 3-2s and a 2-2, while Watford's past six have seen 17 goals.

Having seen his side lose a number of points late in games, Roy Hodgson has clearly decided to let the handbrake off and Palace have been a real threat in front of goal led, of course, by talisman Wilfried Zaha.

The Hornets, meanwhile, appear to be coasting slightly but they're more than capable of finding the net in front of their own fans, with that 4-1 win over Chelsea still fresh in the memory. Just under 4/1 on four or more goals is my bet for the weekend.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: +£106.25

Back the Toon for an upset

Joe Dyer
Back Newcastle to beat Everton @ [3.4]
Monday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

At this time of the season I am looking to oppose teams drifting toward the end of the campaign and in Everton I think we have just that.

Neither fans, manager or players seem particularly happy at Goodison Park and they meet a Newcastle side that, although safe, is playing with plenty of energy and no end of enthusiasm under Rafa Benitez right now.

That has caused Everton to drift to [2.36] to win this match and Newcastle to sit at [3.4] for the three points. Some will think both prices are big but I'd far rather be on the Geordies for an upset than relying on the Toffees in a game where they may struggle for motivation.

No-one seems to know if Big Sam will be at the helm next season and it appears to be affecting the team.

After good wins for Adam and Dan in last weekend's battle I need to take a few chances but Newcastle offer just that and they have every chance of pulling off the upset.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£65.75

Palace need three points on Saturday

Mike Norman
Back Crystal Palace @ [2.6] to beat Watford
Saturday, 15:00

Palace sit 16th in the table and probably require just one more win to be safe from relegation. If that win comes at Watford on Saturday they'll move above the Hornets who currently sit 12th in the table.

The Eagles have won just two of their last eight in the league, but when you consider that they've faced Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham in that sequence then it's easy to forgive their current form. Perhaps a better reflection of their form ahead of this match is that Roy Hodgson's men haven't lost to a bottom half side for over three months, and away from home they beat Huddersfield 2-0 and drew with Bournemouth 2-2 in their last two road trips.

Watford have taken just one point from the last 15 available, and suffered heavy defeats - conceding eight goals - to Arsenal and Liverpool in that time. They've failed to win their last two home games against Bournemouth and Burnley, and there's a sense that their season is petering out a little.

On paper this should be a close match, and Palace being favourites to win it given that they are the away team is perhaps a bit unjustified, but like the layers I believe the Eagles are the team with the momentum, they look more motivated, and they have a greater need for the points. Let's hope it turns out that way.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: +£57.40

Goals, goals and more goals for the Eagles

Harry Phillips

Back Over 4.5 goals in Watford v Crystal Palace @ [7.6]
Saturday, 15:00

*Harry is away this week*

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: -£49.70


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The Editors' 2017/18 Season P/L:

1. Adam Baylis +£134.15
2. Dan Thomas +£106.25
3. Joe Dyer +£65.75
4. Mike Norman +£57.40
5. Harry Phillips -£49.70

Combined P/L: +£313.85

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