The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2013/14: Round 28

Adebayor and co are better than evens to beat Norwich on Sunday
Adebayor and co are better than evens to beat Norwich on Sunday
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Another winner for Dan Thomas saw him extend his lead over Joe Dyer and the others last week, and the chasing pack will be keen to make up ground this weekend. Here are their bets...

"Spurs have found the net on each of Sherwood's ten league games in charge, averaging over two goals a game (2.1) so it's hard to see the Canaries keeping them out."

Back Tottenham to beat Norwich at 2.1411/10

Dan Thomas
Back Tottenham to beat Norwich at 2.1411/10
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

Much as I was pleasantly surprised to see a side as strong at home as Manchester City at better than 2.26/5 to win in front of their own fans last weekend, I was also expecting Tottenham - the best away side in the Premier League with nine wins at two draws from their 13 trips this season - to trade odds-on against Norwich on Sunday.

So, to see Tim Sherwood's win at much better than even money makes my Battle selection for this weekend an easy one. Norwich are coming off the back of a hugely creditable goalless draw with Man City but they played Manuel Pellegrini's men at a good time and have only scored twice in their last five games at Carrow Road (it's five in 11 league games overall).

Spurs, meanwhile, have found the net on each of Sherwood's ten league games in charge, averaging over two goals a game (2.1) so it's hard to see the Canaries keeping them out. 

Tottenham do face a long journey back from Dnipro ahead of the game, but a number of first team regulars including Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor did not make the trip so tiredness shouldn't be an issue and it's an away win for me.

Dan Thomas 2013-14 P/L: + £36.99

Joe Dyer
Back under 2.5 goals @ 2.01/1 in Chelsea v Everton
Saturday, 12:45
Live on BT Sport 1

I'm torn between playing big odds to catch our runaway leader in one fell swoop or playing the slow game by chiselling away with value even money shots, while hoping Mr T's bets lose of course. I've gone for the latter! 

I've written in my Chelsea-Everton preview that I fancy a low-scoring game featuring two of the league's best defences. 

Moreover, while both possess fine attacking talent they don't tend to blow the opposition out of the water. 

It really wouldn't surprise me if this game were decided by a lone goal so at even money I'm very happy to make under 2.5 goals my bet this week. 

Joe Dyer 2013-14 P/L: - £2.70

Mike Norman
Back Any Unquoted Score @ 3.8514/5 in Liverpool v Swansea
Sunday, 13:30

With a dozen or so Betting Battle rounds left this is no time to start backing odds-on shots, so true to my word (my word to the other guys that is) I'll be mostly wagering on my favourite bet - Any Unquoted Correct Score - from now on.

I can see a number of the big clubs in the Premier League giving someone a good hiding some time soon and this week I believe it's most likely to be Liverpool. It's no secret that the Reds are right up there with Manchester City in the scoring stakes this season but it's their scoring record when they win that is very impressive - they don't just record 1-0 victories anymore, they generally thrash teams.

Brendan Rodgers' men have scored a staggering 40 goals in their last 10 league wins which - assuming they'll beat Swansea - gives us a great chance of landing the Any Unquoted Score here (any side to score at least four goals).

We can also consider that Luis Suarez has gone off the boil of late, yet Liverpool have still scored 20 goals in their last six league outings. Swansea have had a relativley disappointing campaign, and if Suarez returns to form and the Reds win like they've been winning then I think the wager has a great chance of landing.

Mike Norman 2013-14 P/L: - £42.50

Luke Moore
Back Crystal Palace to beat Manchester United at 7.06/1
Saturday, 17:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

I came tantalisingly close to a win on Monday when Brighton went within five minutes of seeing out a 1-0 win over Premier League Hull in the cup, but alas the Tigers managed to bag an equaliser and that was that. Oh well, onwards and upwards.

Although there's still enough time for me to make this deficit back up and emerge victorious in this season's Betting Battle, I feel like going for something a bit more box office this week - and Crystal Palace are a huge price to beat Manchester United at home. 

Palace have won their last three home games in the league and United haven't won away since they beat Norwich 1-2 at Carrow Road almost two months ago. Pulis' men are also above Moyes' team in the form table and I can't see any reason at all why they're way out at 7.06/1 to win at home to an inconsistent side currently in such bad form.

United are an astonishing 1.68/13 to win this game, which you'd have to be mad to take. I'm hoping the Eagles can do the business for me and put me right back in the Betting Battle race.

Luke Moore 2013-14 P/L: - £88.30

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Editors' Battle P/L

1. Dan Thomas: + £36.99
2. Joe Dyer: - £2.70
3. Mike Norman: - £42.50
4. Luke Moore: - £88.30

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