The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2016/17: Round 6

Joe is backing Leicester to get at least a point from their Old Trafford visit on Saturday
Joe is backing Leicester to get at least a point from their Old Trafford visit on Saturday
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The BB editors have scoured the Premier League betting and made their minds up, so read on to find out where their tenners will be deployed this weekend...

"Stoke boss Mark Hughes has had the dreaded vote of confidence, which was quickly followed by, "we need a win and the sooner it comes the better", so I feel the Potters have no option but to go for the victory here. They have plenty of ability in their side and I'm very confident that they'll get on the scoresheet, but the problem they have is keeping the goals out at the other end."

Mike Norman: Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.265/4 in Stoke v West Brom

Mike Norman
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.265/4 in Stoke v West Brom
Saturday, 15:00

There's nothing in the world like football betting when it comes to making you look like an absolute fool. I once tipped up an in-form Everton side to beat Arsenal at Goodison Park. They lost 1-6!

But even I was embarrassed last Saturday when, after telling everyone at a family wedding that West Ham were a good bet to beat West Brom, my FlashScores app (other good apps are available) kept bleeping at me to tell me the Baggies were running riot.

It was a game, and a tip, to forget that's for sure.

I very much doubt that West Brom will get four goals this weekend but I believe the 2.265/4 price about them being involved in a game containing at least three goals is very generous indeed.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has had the dreaded vote of confidence, which was quickly followed by, "we need a win and the sooner it comes the better", so I feel the Potters have no option but to go for the victory here. They have plenty of ability in their side and I'm very confident that they'll get on the scoresheet, but the problem they have is keeping the goals out at the other end.

Hughes' men have already conceded eight times in just two home games this season, and with the Baggies scoring four last week they themselves must surely be confident of getting amongst the goals once again in the Potteries.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£25.60


Joe Dyer
Back Draw/Leicester @ 2.3811/8 v Manchester United
Saturday September 24, 12:30

It's like last season never happened. Leicester City are nearly 5/1 to emerge triumphant from Saturday's trip to Old Trafford. Surely some mistake?

The Foxes will meet a wobbling Manchester United in that game and Claudio Ranieri will be able to pick from a near fully fit squad as he searches . The only doubt is Kaspar Schmeichel, and deputy Ron-Robert Zieler is a very able no.2 having been a part of the German squad that won the World Cup. Yes, Leicester went out of the EFL Cup on Wednesday, but they performed pretty well to go 2-0 up on Chelsea and would ride out that game on most occasions. Ranieri's side were on a pleasing run beforehand, too.

By contrast, United had embarked on a horror run before beating Northampton in a game they simply could not afford to lose. It seems clear that Jose Mourinho is searching for his best XI and United just do not look a reliable proposition right now.

I am happy to oppose the home side and will build a little insurance into my bet with a play on the Double Chance at 2.3811/8. I'll get paid out if the Foxes win or draw.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£11.70


Luke Moore

Back Man City-2 v Swansea at 5/2 on the Sportsbook
Saturday, 15:00

Manchester City are the best team in this division and, if things continue like this, they're going to walk the Premier League this season. No club can boast a better manager, squad of players or more momentum than them currently, and they should have far too much for Swansea on Saturday. Pep Guardiola's men have scored 15 league goals already this season and were able to smash four past Bournemouth last week despite their best striker being suspended.

The Swans on the other hand are in absolute disarray. They've lost key players, their manager looks confused and out of his depth, and he doesn't even know how long he's going to be in the job for; the press have spent all week discussing his replacement. Hardly the best preparation for one Europe's best teams coming to town.

With their tactical ingenuity, movement and tempo, I think City should have more than enough to get past Francisco Guidolin's side, and I like the price of 5/2 about the away side giving them a two goal start. This should be a cakewalk, and I'd be surprised if Guidolin stays in the job long enough to survey the wreckage.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£28.50


Dan Thomas
Back Everton/Over 2.5 Goals double v Bournemouth at 9/4
Saturday, 15:00

As Luke says, Man City are the best team in the league but Everton haven't been far behind, dropping just two points all season to leave them sitting pretty in second place.

Despite a much changed team losing to Norwich in midweek, the Toffees will be travelling down to the south coast in confident nick and they should have too much for a Bournemouth side who have only picked up four points from their five games this season.

I wouldn't put anyone off taking the 2.26/5 on Ronald Koeman's men, but I need a bigger winner to get me back into contention, so I'll make it a Match Odds/Over 2.5 Goals double and take the 9/4.

There have been 10 goals in Bournemouth's three home games this season, while both of Everton's away trips have gone over 2.5.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: -£30.00


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The Editors' 2016/17 Season P/L:


Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£25.60


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: +£11.70


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£28.50


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£30.00

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