The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2016/17: Round 13

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Another winner for the in-form Mike Norman last weekend saw him stretch his lead over Joe Dyer at the top of the Battle. With all three rivals now in need of a winning bet, find out where their tenners are headed for Round 13...

"It's not often you'll get 3.39/4 on a striker who's scored in four consecutive matches, so I'll throw my tenner on the Tottenham talisman in the hope of getting a rare Battle winner on the board."

Dan Thomas: Back Harry Kane to score v Chelsea at 3.39/4

Mike Norman
Back Leicester Clean Sheet @ 2.47/5 v Middlesbrough
Saturday, 15:00

Leicester's record immediately before a Champions League game is pretty woeful - five played, one draw, four defeats, and 14 goals conceded. But they would then achieve terrific results midweek in Europe's premier club cup competition before playing much better domestically at the weekend.

Although they were disappointing in a 1-2 defeat immediately after drawing 0-0 with FC Copenhagen, the Foxes' previous three results that followed a Champions League game saw them take seven points from a possible nine, score six goals and concede just one.

So given Claudio Ranieri's men are at home to goal-shy Middlesbrough on Saturday I'm going to wager that Leicester will keep a clean sheet.

Boro have scored just 10 league goals this season and that is the joint lowest in division along with Hull City. It's evident that Aitor Karanka much prefers a defensive set-up, playing three defensive midfielders in front of a back four in recent weeks, and it's putting much pressure on lone-striker Alvaro Negredo who now hasn't scored since his debut in August.

Karanka's men are capable of keeping this game very tight but I don't seem the causing Leicester too many problems and I'll be surprised if they find the back of the net during the course of the 90 minutes.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£41.90

Joe Dyer
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.47/5 in Hull v West Brom
Saturday, 15:00

At first glance Hull v West Brom isn't the obvious stop when looking for an over 2.5 goals bet.

Indeed, the Exchange is in agreement - overs at the KCOM Stadium is the longest of all 10 Premier League matches this weekend.

Why the contrarian stance then?

A lazy summary of either team would say they play functional footy, with the emphasis on staying solid and stopping the opponent. It's not quite right though.

The goals against column tells us that Hull's backline is the worst in the league, having conceded 27 in 12 Premier League matches. Sunderland put three past the Tigers last week and Arsenal, Liverpool and Bournemouth have all scored four or more against Saturday's hosts.

West Brom come into the game on the back of a 4-0 defeat of Burnley, another team associated with defence-first tactics. The Baggies' last four have all gone over the 2.5 mark and they are chasing a third straight win. Tony Pulis's side are effective away from home, making half of their 16 points from road games, and the former Stoke manager will fancy his side's chances of adding to that good tally.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£3.45

Luke Moore
Back Chelsea to beat Tottenham at 1.774/5
Saturday, 17:30
Live on BT Sport 1

Luke is away.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£65.00

Dan Thomas
Back Harry Kane to score v Chelsea at 3.39/4
Saturday, 17:30
Live on BT Sport 1

While I suspect Luke may well have a winning bet this weekend in backing Chelsea to end Tottenham's unbeaten run, I'm going to take a chance on the north Londoners being the first team to score against the Blues in seven games, with Harry Kane getting a goal.

The England man has netted in each of his last four Premier League games and he simply loves a London derby. Opta tell us that, of players to have played in 10 or more capital clashes in the league, Kane has the best goals/game ratio (0.82 - 18 goals in 22 games). And the 23-year-old has scored three goals in his last three Premier League matches against Chelsea.

It's not often you'll get 3.39/4 on a striker who's scored in four consecutive matches, so I'll throw my tenner on the Tottenham talisman in the hope of getting a rare Battle winner on the board.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: -£72.50


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The Editors' 2016/17 Season P/L:

Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£41.90

Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: +£3.45

Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£65.00

Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£72.50

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