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The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2016/17: Round 34

Can Marco Silva conjure another Hull home win?
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Joe Dyer hit the front of the battle last weekend but there's less than £20 between the leader and the chasing two with Luke Moore some way back but not out of it either. This is where the editors' tenners are being deployed this week as they chase the Betting Battle crown...

"Chelsea are absolutely gunning for the league title and will want to bounce back in style after the defeat at Old Trafford and the FA Cup semi-final (whatever the result is), 3/1 on a -2 handicap works for me."

Back Chelsea-2 v Southampton at [4.0]

Joe Dyer
Back Hull to beat Watford @ [1.95]
Saturday, 15:00

Surely everybody knows that incredible stat about Marco Silva's unbeaten home record by now? Apologies if you have but I'm afraid I am going to have to wheel it one last time as I justify this week's bet.

The Portuguese manager has not tasted defeat in a home match for the best part of three years, a run of 40 matches.

Hull are just shy of even money to beat Watford on Saturday and while I couldn't countenance backing the Tigers any shorter I am just about happy to support them at the current [1.95].

Silva's side have a handy two point advantage over Swansea as they bid to beat the drop but there will be no resting on laurels and Silva will have them primed for a home win over mid-table Watford.

With the KComm - cliché alert - such a fortress there's every chance of a motivated Tigers over-running a Watford side running out of puff.

Joe Dyer 2016-17 P/L: +£48.20


Mike Norman
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ [2.0] in Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Saturday, 15:00

After more than 30 rounds of leading this season's Battle I've been overtaken with just a handful of rounds to go, and I'm certainly by no means confident of getting back to the top soon. And that's because I really struggled for a selection this week.

I've eventually gone for goals between Bournemouth and Middlesbrough, for much the same reasons I went for goals when Boro travelled to Hull a few weeks back (that game ended 4-2) in that the away team simply have to win.

Or put another way - and you can have this one for free - this really is Middlesbrough's last bite of the Cherries.

Bournemouth have had some defensive shockers this year - conceding six at Everton a few months ago for example - and all of their last three games have witnessed at least four goals, while at home to West Ham last month that game finished 3-2.

With Boro desperate for a win I'll be amazed if Steve Agnew lines up with the usual 'bore everyone to death' defensive formation that he and his predecessor Aitor Karanka seem to love - then again, I've been saying that for weeks - and I think even money about witnessing at least three goals is worth a bet.

Mike Norman 2016-17 P/L: +£35.70


Dan Thomas
Back Everton win/Over 2.5 goals double @ 21/10
Saturday, 15:00

Dan is away.

Dan Thomas 2016-17 P/L: +£28.40


Luke Moore

Back Chelsea-2 v Southampton at [4.0]
Tuesday, 19:45

I was close with my 0-0 bet in the Watford game last time out, but Etienne Capoue snuffed that out with a well-taken goal and so I'm left scratching around again for a big price to put me in contention. And I think I've found a good one.

Southampton's season is over, it peaked when they made the EFL Cup final. They have nothing left to play for at all; currently ninth but with no chance of making seventh and a Europa League spot and certainly no chance of being relegated, it's a case of going through the motions.

What's more, they haven't beaten a top-six side all season in the league, which cements their reputation as flat-track bullies - more than good enough to stay in the division but not likely to challenge for any major honours. Ally that to the fact that Chelsea are absolutely gunning for the league title and will want to bounce back in style after the defeat at Old Trafford and the FA Cup semi-final (whatever the result is), 3/1 on a -2 handicap works for me.

Luke Moore 2016-17 P/L: -£52.30


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The Editors' 2016/17 Season P/L:


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: +£48.20


Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£35.70


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: +£28.40


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£52.30

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