The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2013/14: Round 25

Mike's banking on RVP and Wazza to score plenty of goals at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon
Mike's banking on RVP and Wazza to score plenty of goals at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon
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A win for Joe Dyer edged him closer to Dan Thomas who still leads this season's Battle, but for Mike Norman and Luke Moore it's time to go on a Manchester City-style winning run to get back into contention...

1. Dan Thomas: + £34.79
2. Joe Dyer: + £8.30
3. Mike Norman: - £22.50
4. Luke Moore: - £87.90

Dan Thomas
Back Under 2.5 Goals in Swansea v Cardiff at 1.9210/11
Saturday, 17:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

After perusing this weekend's Opta stats, which revealed Liverpool's penchant for starting quickly then fading and Arsenal's excellent record at recovering against the Reds, I briefly flirted with backing Liverpool/Draw in the HT/FT market at an enticing 15.5

It's definitely worth a chancy couple of quid, but it's been solid winners that have brought me into the lead in the Battle and it's on safer ground I'm treading.

It's said that 'the formbook flies out of the window' in derby clashes but, with both sides in the relegation mix, I can't see beyond a nervy, low scoring encounter on Saturday evening. Neither Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer nor Garry Monk in his first game in temporary chance will want to lose the game. 

Given that the fixture has ended 1-0 in each of the last three (two wins for Cardiff, one for Swansea), Under 1.5 Goals is definitely a runner at 3.613/5, but a touch under evens for Under 2.5 Goals represents very good value so that's the bet.

Dan Thomas 2013-14 P/L: + £34.79

Joe Dyer
Back a Spurs-Everton Draw @ 3.55
Sunday, 13:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

Plenty of options this week, but rather than back a Sunderland clean sheet or big-priced wins for Cardiff or Arsenal I've been sucked in by another Draw Bet. When will I learn?!

I've backed a stalemate on a few occasions in this competition, largely without success.

But it's been a tactic that has worked for me in the past. People don't like backing it yet, in certain matches, it's the likeliest result for me. 

So when Spurs - average home record and all - take on Everton - stalemate specialists - I'm, well, drawn, to the draw. 

I've gone into the bet in more length in my match preview, but suffice to say the fixture has finished honours even on a regular basis in recent years and there seems little to split the two this year. 

With a top four spot still up for grabs a point apiece will not suit either club, but it would give me a big boost in this four man battle!

Joe Dyer 2013-14 P/L: + £8.30

Mike Norman
Back Any Unquoted Score @ 3.412/5 in Man Utd v Fulham
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

If Manchester United are to have any chance of making the Top 4 this season (4.1 to do so) then they need to go on a winning run, or at the very least, a long unbeaten one.

With Fulham on Sunday, and Crystal Palace, West Brom, and West Ham to come in the next month now is the time to put down a marker. The signs are that David Moyes will start with Juan Mata, Robin van Persie, and Wayne Rooney against the Cottagers and that could pave the way for a confidence-boosting big victory against Rene Meulensteen's men.

True, the threesome didn't deliver the goods against Stoke last Saturday but I'm expecting a big improvement on Sunday afternoon.

Fulham are awful and Meulensteen's management doesn't inspire an ounce of confidence; for me, he's much worse than Martin Jol. Under the Dutchman's guidance Fulham can't stop shipping goals, 27 in their last nine league games to be precise, and they've conceded at least four (the number required for a pay-out here) in four of those games.

If United can get an early goal then I can see a thrashing for Fulham. And if that's the case then I wouldn't mind playing up my winnings on Meulensteen being given a big almighty kick out of the Craven Cottage door.

Mike Norman 2013-14 P/L: - £22.50

Luke Moore
Back Crystal Palace to beat West Brom 1-0 at 7.613/2
Saturday, 15:00

After Liverpool (and more specifically Kolo Toure) lost concentration and let me down last week, desperate times call for desperate measures. It's time to go for something at a big price.

Crystal Palace under Tony Pulis are solid; Opta tell us that the Eagles have kept five clean sheets in their last seven games at Selhurst Park. But perhaps more tellingly, they have the fewest goals in the Premier League and so are unlikely to score many. And what's more, West Brom can't keep clean sheets, especially away from home.

I expect Palace to get their noses in front and do what Everton and Liverpool failed to do against a Baggies side managed by Pepe Mel - see the game out.

Luke Moore 2013-14 P/L: - £87.90

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