The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2016/17: Round 9

Joe expects Bradley's Swansea to be on the front foot against Watford
Joe expects Bradley's Swansea to be on the front foot against Watford
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Into Round 9 of this season's Betting Battle, with Joe Dyer remaining in the lead despite drawing a blank last weekend, while Dan Thomas landed a winning bet leaving Luke Moore adrift in fourth. Here's where their tenners are headed this weekend...

"I'm not concerning myself with how Mourinho approaches the game. He may well set out for a draw again, but if Chelsea make a breakthrough then the whole complexion changes. And United have plenty of attacking talent in their side to get on the scoresheet."

Joe Dyer
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.0621/20 in Swansea v Watford
Saturday, 15:00

Swansea showed an admirable commitment to attack when losing 3-2 at Arsenal last weekend and I'm hoping they'll continue in that vein when hosting Watford this weekend.

Once again I will take my chances in the over/under 2.5 goals markets with a back of the higher total at an odds-against price (2.0621/20).

Neither team is much cop in defence - the Hornets picked up their first clean sheet of the season only last weekend, and that tally of one shutout is matched by Saturday's hosts.

Watford have been involved in some high-scoring matches and with Swans' manager Bob Bradley keen to make an impact in his first home match by going all out for the win, I'm pretty sure the visitors will get more than a few chances in what may be an entertaining affair.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£10.45


Mike Norman
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.111/10 in Chelsea v Man Utd
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports

I have to admit to being surprised at the praise Jose Mourinho has received for achieving a goalless draw at Anfield on Monday night. Niall Quinn on Sky Sports on Wednesday night called it genius. Genius. Really?

The game finished goalless largely because of circumstances, namely that David de Gea pulled off two world class saves and that Zlatan Ibrahimovic fluffed a glorious far post header. United offered little threat and defended well, admittedly, but Liverpool weren't at their best and it was simply a poor game.

Over 2.5 Goals was available to back at around 1.84/5 ahead of that game yet I dare say the market has been influenced by the outcome as it now trades at 2.111/10 ahead of United's trip to Chelsea.

But will Chelsea offer any less threat than Liverpool did? The Reds had been scoring plenty (against the likes of Hull and an out-of-form Leicester to a large extent) but I actually think Chelsea have the better attackers.

I'm not concerning myself with how Mourinho approaches the game. He may well set out for a draw again, but if Chelsea make a breakthrough then the whole complexion changes. And United have plenty of attacking talent in their side to get on the scoresheet.

I just feel the odds on seeing Over 2.5 Goals has changed too much from one United game to the next, just because of what happened at Anfield, so at 2.111/10 to back I'm willing to take a chance on witnessing at least three goals.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: -£4.40


Dan Thomas
Back Jermain Defoe to score against West Ham at 3.185/40
Saturday, 15:00

A rare foray into the goalscorer markets for me here, but the case for backing Jermain Defoe to net against West Ham is pretty compelling.

Despite Sunderland's woes, the former England hitman has been in decent nick, scoring four of the Black Cats' six goals, including at Man City and Southampton. Indeed, the 34-year-old enjoys road trips, with 15 of his 23 league goals for Sunderland coming away from the Stadium of Light.

And despite the ongoing abuse from the Hammers faithful who still haven't forgiven him for joining hated rivals Tottenham in 2003, Defoe has scored six times against the east Londoners since then. Better than 2/1 on him making that seven is fine by me.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: -£32.50


Luke Moore
Back Under 1.5 Goals in Burnley v Everton at 3.412/5
Saturday, 15:00

Everton have enjoyed a decent start to the season, but they've started to stutter of late. Ronald Koeman's men haven't managed to win any of their last three Premier League games and have only scored twice in that mini-run, and a trip to Burnley isn't exactly known for its charitable status.

Indeed, Sean Dyche's side have only conceded three goals at home in five games this season, and that's included visits of Liverpool, Arsenal and Swansea - a game they were very unlucky to lose 0-1. I don't expect Burnley to become free-scoring themselves when the Toffees visit, either, so all this points towards a low-scoring, tense encounter.

I expect Burnley to work their socks off and make it very difficult for the away side - and for that reason I'm happy to take a big 3.412/5 on the game containing one goal or fewer.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£58.50


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The Editors' 2016/17 Season P/L:


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: +£10.45


Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: -£4.40


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£32.50


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£58.50

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