The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Round 8

Mike expects Pochettino's men to finally break the Wembley curse
Mike expects Pochettino's men to finally break the Wembley curse
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The Battle returns after the international break with three of the editors in profit, and Harry 'Watford' Phillips continuing to lead the way. Here's where their tenners are headed this weekend...


Harry Phillips: Watford/Draw v Arsenal at 2.44
Joe Dyer: Back Burnley to beat West Ham at 2.8
Adam Baylis: Under 1.5 in Southampton v Newcastle at 3.35
Mike Norman: Tottenham -2 v Bournemouth at 13/8
Dan Thomas: West Brom to beat Leicester at 4.2

Harry Phillips
Back Watford @ 2.447/5 in Double Chance v Arsenal
Saturday, 17:30
Live on BT Sport

This is the type of game where you can sense an upset, if you could even call it that against Arsenal these days. Arsenal's away record has been poor this season, losing to Stoke and also suffering a heavy loss against Liverpool. They've had a run of four consecutive victories but those were largely played at home against teams with little attacking potency.

Watford have started the season really strongly and a point was the least they deserved against West Brom in their last fixture. Putting their result against Manchester City aside, they've looked capable of being competitive against some of the bigger teams and ran Liverpool close at home in their opening fixture.

Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: +£61.10

Adam Baylis
Back under 1.5 goals in Southampton v Newcastle @ 3.3512/5
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports Main Event / Premier League

Much has been made of Southampton's woes in front of goal and I have little doubt their barren run will end soon however I don't expect it to be this weekend. Outside of the current top four in the league only Burnley's defense has been more miserly than that of Newcastle, and while entertainment may be in short supply, Rafa Benitez knows that if his side are to survive they must build from the back.

With Rafa's focus lying with the rearguard it's no surprise that they've been quiet in front of goal, notching just seven times so far this season - two more than Southampton - and I expect Mauricio Pellegrino's men to keep Joselu under wraps on Sunday. All of this, unfortunately, looks to add up to a pretty drab affair at St Mary's with perhaps one side stealing a goal and holding on for dear life.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£19.75

Joe Dyer
Back Burnley to beat West Ham @ 2.89/5
Saturday, 15:00

Burnley's home form kept them up last season but while it looks like they're trying to do the reverse this year I'll be backing them to win at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Sean Dyche's team have defeated Chelsea and Everton on the road while also picking up a point apiece in trips to Spurs and Liverpool. That is stunning form and if they can recreate that level should surely beat West Ham in this 3pm kick-off.

But the home form has not matched their road play and the market isn't convinced they will get back on the winning trail making them 2.89/5 to defeat Slaven Bilic's side.

West Ham are slowly overcoming a miserable start to the season that saw them lose their first three matches all on the road. They've recovered a touch since then but were abject until finding themselve 3-0 down to Spurs and were second best for most of their 1-0 defeat of Swansea at the London Stadium.

It's not quite come together for the Hammers this season while sixth-placed Burnley are ticking along nicely, and I think the home side aren't quite being respected by the market. Time for Dyche's team to improve that home record.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: +£4.75

Mike Norman
Back Tottenham -2 to Win @ 13/8 v Bournemouth (Sportsbook)
Saturday, 15:00

Tottenham host Bournemouth at Wembley on Saturday afternoon and it's a great opportunity for Mauricio Pochettino's men to record their first league win of the season at their temporary home.

On paper, failing to beat both Burnley and Swansea on 'home' soil was a disappointment and more fuel to keep burning the 'Spurs can't play at Wembley' fire, but if we're being honest the Lilywhites should have won both those games convincingly - they recorded 54 shots at goal, 13 on target, in those two matches.

With Harry Kane in sensational form, and Bournemouth struggling, it really does feel like that this will be the game that Spurs record their first home league win of the season, and it could be by a wide margin too.

The Cherries have lost all three league away games this term, including a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, and against Tottenham they have conceded 12 goals in their four meetings. That man Kane scored six goals alone in those four meetings, and he'll surely be key again in what will hopefully be a very comfortable Spurs victory.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: -£16.25

Dan Thomas
Back West Brom to beat Leicester at 4.216/5
Monday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports Football

Newcastle almost did me a favour last time out when going close to a late winner against Liverpool, and I'm sticking to the policy of looking at big prices in the match odds this weekend, with a punt on West Brom.

Tony Pulis' men have been decent enough on their travels this season, picking up solid wins at Burnley and Accrington and playing well in unlucky defeat at Arsenal. It was only the Brighton game they didn't perform and the manager made it clear how unacceptable that performance was.

Leicester have only picked up one win in the league so far - against the aforementioned Seagulls - and just over evens on a team one place outside the relegation zone looks short to me.

The Baggies have picked up two wins and a draw on their last three trips across the Midlands and I'll take them to make it three wins from four at a nice price on Monday.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£41.25


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The Editors' 2017/18 Season P/L:

1. Harry Phillips +£61.10
2. Adam Baylis +£19.75
3. Joe Dyer +£4.75
4. Mike Norman -£16.25
4. Dan Thomas -£41.25

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