The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2013/14: Round 31

Giroud and co will be looking forward to facing a brittle Spurs defence
Giroud and co will be looking forward to facing a brittle Spurs defence
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After 30 rounds of battle Mike Norman has finally made his way to the top of the standings with a winner last weekend coinciding with losers for Joe Dyer and Dan Thomas. Can Mike hang on, and can Luke Moore find a big price winner to get back in touch?

"The north London derby has generally dished up goals in recent years, particularly in N17, with both teams scoring in 15 of the last 16 meetings at White Hart Lane."

Back Over 2.5 Goals in Tottenham v Arsenal at 2.021/1


Mike Norman
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.166/5 in Everton v Cardiff
Saturday, 15:00

It's hard what to make of Everton's intentions for the rest of the season. They're out of the FA Cup and a top four finish in the Premier League is going to be an almost impossible task. So that just leaves a Europa League slot to play for, and let's face it, who wants that?

I'm not suggesting for one minute that the Toffees won't be trying to win games but sometimes when you know that there's little to play for performances can drop off, almost without knowing it.

I still expect Everton to be too good for Cardiff who I can see setting out to take a point from this game. The Bluebirds have scored just seven league goals away from home all season, while Everton don't concede many and are very difficult to beat at Goodison Park.

For these reasons then I'm all over the Under 2.5 Goals option at a very generous 2.166/5. All of Everton's last three league games have gone this way and they're hardly scoring bucket loads of goals themselves lately.

Mike Norman 2013-14 P/L: + £10.60


Joe Dyer
Back Sunderland @ 2.1411/10 vs Crystal Palace
Saturday, 15:00

Sunderland have suffered heart-ache in both cup competitions in recent weeks but I fancy the Black Cats to put those results behind them and knuckle down in their bid for Premier League survival. And that starts with a win over Crystal Palace this weekend. 

With games against Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs and Everton to come, Gus Poyet will be sizing this fixture up as a must-win against a side with just two road wins in the Premier League this season. 

And, though Sunderland have lost three in a row, there is little shame in losing to Arsenal or Manchester City while team selection at Hull was poor, and all those came away from the Stadium of Light.  Their home form since the turn of the year has been good and my impression of Sunderland is that they are in a somewhat false position - a far better side under Poyet anyway. 

Tony Pulis has done wonders at Palace but three defeats on the bounce doesn't look good and at better than even money I like the look of Sunderland to get the better of the south London side in what will be a hard-fought 3pm KO. 

Joe Dyer 2013-14 P/L: + £8.50


Dan Thomas
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Tottenham v Arsenal at 2.021/1
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

After leading the Battle for the majority of the season so far I somehow find myself in third place so it's time to get back on the winning trail and it's to White Hart Lane I'm heading this weekend.

The north London derby has generally dished up goals in recent years, particularly in N17, with both teams scoring in 15 of the last 16 meetings at White Hart Lane.

With this in mind, both teams to score looks like a runner at 1.748/11, but with Spurs hardly looking secure in recent weeks - their defensive performance in the second half at Chelsea last week was as bad as you will ever see - and Arsenal without an away clean sheet in five, I'm happy to take the bigger odds on Over 2.5 Goals.

I'm writing this before Tottenham's Europa League tie with Benfica but after being publically lambasted by Tim Sherwood this week in the wake of the Stamford Bridge horror show, the Spurs players will surely be on the front foot - which will mean chances at both ends.

Dan Thomas 2013-14 P/L: + £6.99


Luke Moore

Back 2-0 in Everton v Cardiff at 6.86/1
Saturday, 15:00

Let's be perfectly frank here, I need a miracle to win this season's Betting Battle now and a couple of big winners to get back in touch. So I'm starting with a correct score bet which I hope will deliver me some much-needed profit.

Cardiff are woeful away from home, they've won none of their last 11 games on the road and Opta tell us they've failed to score in eight of their last ten away trips. 

On the other hand Everton are pretty solid and traditionally very good in March. I can see them getting their noses in front early and, the Bluebirds knowing they need to start picking up consistent points, picking them off and scoring late on to finish the job thus delivering me hugely important cash in my kitty. 2-0 Everton is the selection.

The other editors better start watching out; as of this weekend I'm officially on a late march...

Luke Moore 2013-14 P/L: - £118.30


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Season P/L

1. Mike Norman: + £10.60
2. Joe Dyer: + £8.50
3. Dan Thomas: + £6.99
4. Luke Moore: - £118.30

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