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The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2017/18: Round 9

Dan expects Eriksen's Spurs to be held by Liverpool
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Harry stretched his lead at the top of the Battle last weekend as Watford delivered for him yet again. Dare he back the Hornets at Chelsea this weekend? Find out where his and the other editors' tenners are headed...

Selections

Harry Phillips: Watford/Draw v Chelsea at [3.55]
Adam Baylis: Stoke to beat Bournemouth at [2.18]
Joe Dyer: West Brom/Draw v Southampton at [2.14]
Mike Norman: Under 2.5 Goals in Huddersfield v Man Utd at [1.96]
Dan Thomas: Draw and BTTS in Tottenham v Liverpool at 10/3

Harry Phillips
Back Watford/Draw v Chelsea at [3.55]
Saturday, 12:30
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

I'm always looking for an angle to oppose teams that played in the Champions League or Europa League mid-week given the players have less recuperation time and less preparation for the weekend fixtures.

Chelsea are having a minor blip in form at the moment with a home reverse to Man City compounded by a huge shock loss to Crystal Palace and a draw with Roma during the week. They've conceded five goals in those three games and it's no coincidence this has happened with key player N'Golo Kante out injured. Without him the usually solid defensive unit looks significantly weaker and exploitable.

Conte also has to contend with midweek knocks to David Luiz and Bakayok to add to ongoing injuries to Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses.

I don't need to go into too much detail about Watford, given anyone who reads this column regularly will be bored to death of my chat on them now, but they are clearly the surprise package so far this season and have shown they are capable of competing with the best.

With Chelsea looking a very short [1.36] and Watford as big as [10.0] I'm happy to take a chance that Watford can spring yet another surprise and get a result at the Bridge.


Harry Phillips 2017-18 P/L: +£75.50


Adam Baylis
Back Stoke to beat Bournemouth at [2.18]

Saturday, 15:00

Adam is away.

Adam Baylis 2017-18 P/L: +£9.75


Joe Dyer
Back West Brom/draw v Southampton @ [2.14]
Saturday, 17:30
Live on BT Sport 1

Neither Southampton nor West Brom have been particularly impressive this season and they sit firmly in the middle of the Premier League table ahead of their Saturday evening meeting at St Mary's.

The Baggies may not have tasted victory since August but they've had a large portion of draws and I am confident they'll get at least a point again.

Saints have been thoroughly unimpressive under Manuel Pellegrino, winning just two games, and I can't comprehend the odds-on quotes about a home win. It wouldn't surprise me in the least were Saints to come unstuck against Tony Pulis' streetwise battlers.

Getting odds-against on the double chance looks a golden opportunity.

Joe Dyer 2017-18 P/L: -£5.25


Mike Norman
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ [1.96] in Huddersfield v Man Utd
Saturday, 15:00

Under 2.5 Goals was trading at around the [2.1] mark earlier in the week for small amounts but I can understand why it's now no bigger than the price it is.

Huddersfield haven't scored a single goal in any of their last four matches in all competitions, they are winless in their last seven games and have failed to find the back of the net in six of those outings. Under 2.5 Goals paid out on six occasions too.

The Terriers now face a United side with the meanest defence in the country. Jose Mourinho's men have already kept nine clean sheets this term, including seven in eight Premier League games.

But I also fear that United have gone slightly off the boil. They looked pretty toothless themselves at Anfield last week and needed a goalkeeping blunder to register a goal in their midweek clash at Benfica. Admittedly, a trip to Huddersfield should be a lot easier on paper, but I can see it being a tight, low-scoring affair, so two goals or fewer is this week's wager.

Mike Norman 2017-18 P/L: -£26.25


Dan Thomas
Back Draw and BTTS in Tottenham v Liverpool at 10/3
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

It was once again close but no cigar for me last weekend as West Brom were unable to hold on to the lead against Leicester, so my P/L is beginning to look a bit shabby.

Time then to add a bit of juice to a match odds bet by going for a double on the Sportsbook, namely a draw when Liverpool head to Wembley to face Spurs, with both teams netting.

Both sides come into Sunday's game in confident mood after impressive performances in the Champions League in midweek and I expect them to create chances but I sense they may cancel each other out.

The 7-0 win over a poor Maribor side ended a run of three consecutive draws for Jurgen Klopp's men, while Tottenham have already drawn with Burnley and Swansea at Wembley this season, so the stalemate looks the most attractive price in the match odds, at 13/5. With the firepower on both sides, a 0-0 looks unlikely, so I'm happy to bulk it up to 10/3 by adding BTTS.

Dan Thomas 2017-18 P/L: -£51.25


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The Editors' 2017/18 Season P/L:

1. Harry Phillips +£75.50
2. Adam Baylis +£9.75
3. Joe Dyer -£5.25
4. Mike Norman -£26.25
4. Dan Thomas -£51.25

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