The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2016/17: Round 10

Mike expects Watford to have too much for struggling Hull
Mike expects Watford to have too much for struggling Hull
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Mike Norman regained the lead from Joe Dyer last weekend after landing a winner, while Dan Thomas and Luke Moore's woes continued. Here's where the editors' tenners are headed for Round 10 of the Battle...

"It will take an almighty effort for Mike Phelan's men to go to Vicarage Road and keep Watford at bay and I just don't see them doing it. A confident home win has to be the call."

Mike Norman
Back Watford @ 1.784/5 to beat Hull
Saturday, 15:00

A relatively safe - famous last words - bet for me this week as I expected to see Watford trading a bit shorter than 1.784/5 to beat hapless Hull.

The Hornets have lost just one of their last six Premier League games, that being a slightly surprising defeat at Burnley but as the season goes on it's becoming obvious Turf Moor is a difficult place to take all three points from.

Watford have scored 10 goals in those six games including five in two home matches against Bournemouth and Manchester United, so I'm confident they can get two or three against an extremely leaky Tigers.

After a promising start to the season Hull have gone into free-fall, losing five league games on the spin and conceding an alarming 19 goals in the process, including 11 in their last two away games.

It will take an almighty effort for Mike Phelan's men to go to Vicarage Road and keep Watford at bay and I just don't see them doing it. A confident home win has to be the call.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£6.60


Joe Dyer
Back Liverpool/Both Teams to Score double @ 23/10 v Crystal Palace
Saturday, 17:30
Live on BT Sport

Liverpool and Palace boast just the one clean sheet between them this season and a goal each looks the minimum we can expect when the pair meet on Saturday evening.

While I try to avoid supporting a team away from home it's impossible to ignore Liverpool's stunning form under Jurgen Klopp. An inexplicable 2-0 defeat at Burnley aside, where they lost despite the opposition having only two shots on goal and less than 20% possession, it's been nothing but wins and draws for Liverpool. And only Spurs and Manchester United were able to stop them taking three points. Why would you not back them?

Thankfully the Liverpool defence is not all that - 11 goals conceded is worse than every other team in the top six - and that allows us to build a bit more juice into the price.

I fancy Palace will be good for a goal, especially with former Red Christian Benteke in opposition, and I will support an away win doubled up with both teams scoring on the Sportsbook at 23/10.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£0.45


Dan Thomas
Back Tottenham/Under 2.5 Goals in Tottenham v Leicester at 14/5
Saturday, 15:00

After their 2-0 win over Manchester City on October 2, Tottenham were being talked of as serious title contenders - they were backed as low as 7.613/2 on the Exchange - but the international break seemed to kill their momentum, and Spurs have gone four games without a win since then, with only two goals scored (and are now 13.012/1). They are clearly missing talismanic striker Harry Kane, while none of the attacking midfielders have really hit their straps yet.

At first glance, the visit of the champions is probably be the last thing Spurs would want but the 2016/17 version of Leicester seems to only be able to win on home turf (as well as in Champions League games, of course).

The Foxes have lost all four away games in the Premier League - including at Hull - conceding 13 goals along the way, and Claudio Ranieri may well rest players again ahead of their trip to Copenhagen in midweek.

I expect Tottenham to win, but they're no price at 1.674/6 so I'll beef it up to 14/5 by adding Under 2.5 Goals - a bet that would have paid out in three of their four home games this season. Spurs have been rock solid defensively all season, and they should have enough firepower to make at least one breakthrough.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: -£42.50


Luke Moore
Back Man United/Under 2.5 Goals in Man United v Burnley at 9/5 (Sportsbook)
Saturday, 15:00

Manchester United were able to record a much-needed win over Man City in the EFL Cup midweek, in what was a pretty drab affair, woefully low on quality when one considers the clubs and players involved. But, a win's a win, and manager Jose Mourinho will be looking to build on it when Burnley come to town.

United are huge favourites to win this game and there really is no value in backing them to win on Saturday, especially when I'm trying to chip away at this deficit. To that end, I'm going to add a bit of spice to my bet and back Under 2.5 Goals as well.

Burnley are a hardworking outfit, especially good at home, but I've been impressed with them overall this season. Manager Sean Dyche has obviously learnt lessons from the last time his side were in the top-flight and I actually fancy them to stay up this year. They won't have enough to beat United, but the Red Devils won't find it easy either. At 9/5, United/Under 2.5 Goals rates as a good bet for me.


Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£68.50


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The Editors' 2016/17 Season P/L:



Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£6.60


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: +£0.45


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£42.50


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£68.50

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