The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2016/17: Round 7

Mike expects Sanchez and co to continue their good form with a comfortable win over Burnley
Mike expects Sanchez and co to continue their good form with a comfortable win over Burnley
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Mike Norman and Joe Dyer both remain in profit after six rounds of the Battle but both Luke Moore and Dan Thomas are in need of a win to avoid getting cut adrift. Here's where their tenners are headed this weekend...


"A key hallmark of a really bad team is when they get beaten, they are beaten badly, and the Potters have conceded four goals against Man City, Spurs and Crystal Palace already this season. As a result, I don't think they're going to be able to deal with Manchester United at Old Trafford."

Mike Norman
Back Arsenal -1 @ Evens to beat Burnley
Sunday, 16:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

Arsenal have suddenly stepped up a gear and are brimming with confidence after securing four straight Premier League wins.

The Gunners also recorded an excellent draw at PSG in that time, scored four in the EFL Cup in a rout at Nottm Forest, and comfortably beat FC Basel in the Champions League. They've scored 13 goals in their last four outings, and now travel to Burnley, the early-season favourites for relegation.

The Clarets have enjoyed some excellent results at Turf Moor, most notably when beating Liverpool 2-0, but that was a freak game in which they had just 19% and scored with both their shots on target. Arsenal will dominate possession here, just like Liverpool did, and I fully expect them to score two or three, if not more.

The Gunners have won by at least two clear goals in each of their last four games, two of which came away from home (eight goals scored, one conceded), so at Even money on the Sportsbook to cover the -1 goal handicap, that's were my Battle tenner is going this week.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£15.60


Joe Dyer
Back Liverpool/Both Teams to Score double @ 15/8
Saturday, 12:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

The market is sweet on Swansea and Liverpool serving up goals in their Saturday lunchtime clash, but I think I have found a way to chisel a bet out of that angle all the same.

Liverpool are the great goalscorers, scoring 16 in six Premier League matches, but zero clean sheets shows they are not quite up to scratch at the back yet.

Swansea are one of seven teams to have conceded double figures this year so must be fearful of the Reds' attack. But they are no mugs in attack having scored against both Manchester City and Chelsea in their last two Premier League games.

The Welsh side look in disarray and confident Liverpool should have too much for the hosts, but the Swans look capable of scoring themselves so the Liverpool win and both teams to score double looks a decent price at 2.87 on the Sportsbook.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£1.70


Luke Moore
Back Man United to win both halves v Stoke at 7/4
Sunday, 12:00
Live on BT Sport 1

Man City let me down last week and, in contrast to my record in my regular football column, I'm having a pretty torrid time in the battle. I need a quick fix, and I think betting against Stoke is probably a pretty good strategy. I've decided to plump for Man United to win both halves on Sunday.

In short, Stoke have been woeful all season. I don't know if Mark Hughes knows what type of team they are, and it's only Sunderland's utterly dreadful form that's keeping them off the bottom of the table. A key hallmark of a really bad team is when they get beaten, they are beaten badly, and the Potters have conceded four goals against Man City, Spurs and Crystal Palace already this season. As a result, I don't think they're going to be able to deal with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

There is one caveat to this, however. If Jose Mourinho picks Wayne Rooney to start I wonder if they're going to be able to play with the tempo and verve that typified their demolition of champions Leicester last time out, and I'd be worried about them being able to win both halves for my bet to come in. That said though, Stoke are so bad that it might not matter. Fingers crossed. Sorry, Stoke fans!

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£38.50


Dan Thomas
Back Draw and Both Teams to Score in Tottenham v Man City at 29/10
Sunday, 14:15
Live on Sky Sports 1

Having stopped the Everton train by backing them last weekend (cue violins) I should probably do Spurs fans a favour by tipping up Man City in the game of the weekend, but I do like the look of a stalemate at White Hart Lane.

Pep Guardiola's side lost their 100% record at Celtic Park in midweek and their defending on the night will have provided plenty of encouragement for a Spurs side who are just four points behind the current league leaders.

Tottenham did the double over City last season, in what were two of their best performances of the campaign, and will head into the fixture in fine spirits after a hard fought win at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

But the Blues have, of course, been mightily impressive so far and I don't think Mauricio Pochettino's men will have quite enough for a win, so the draw stands out. And given that a 0-0 is unlikely with the striking talent on show, I'll bump the price up by adding BTTS.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: -£40.00


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The Editors' 2016/17 Season P/L:


Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£15.60


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: +£1.70


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£38.50


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£40.00

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