The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2013/14: Round 35

Mike is expecting a Liverpool win while Luke is hoping for goals when the Reds host Man City on Sunday
Mike is expecting a Liverpool win while Luke is hoping for goals when the Reds host Man City on Sunday
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Dan Thomas has returned to the top of the table after Manchester United thrashed Newcastle last weekend, but with Joe Dyer and Mike Norman within striking distance the Editors' Betting Battle is entering a crucial stage of the season...

"So why do I think they'll beat City on Sunday in a potential title decider? I just feel that the Reds' attacking line-up is irresistible at the moment. Well, to be honest it's been irresistible practically all season."

Mike Norman
Back Liverpool @ 2.447/5 to beat Man City


Dan Thomas 
Back Chelsea to beat Swansea at 1.794/5
Sunday, 16:07
Live on Sky Sports 1

A few goals bets took my fancy this weekend - over 2.5 at both the Hawthorns and St Mary's looks likely - but after Manchester United secured me a win very easily last week I'm sticking to match odds and backing the Blues to pick up maximum points in south Wales.

While Chelsea have lost their last two Premier League away games, against Villa and Palace, it's hard to see Garry Monk's men making that three - and not only because Opta tell us that Jose Mourinho has never suffered three successive league away defeats within a single season before.

Swansea may have beaten Norwich last time out at the Liberty, but the previous two home games saw them picking up just one point from West Brom and Palace, and their form in front of their own fans has been patchy with just five wins all season. Mourinho may been insistent that his team are out of the title race but they remain just two points behind leaders Liverpool and will be desperate for the three points. Their extra quality should shine through on the day and an away win is a confident selection at the price.

Dan Thomas 2013-14 P/L: + £9.99


Joe Dyer
Back Stoke @ 2.26/5 to beat Newcastle
Saturday, 15:07

After foolishly backing two of the Premier League's most unreliable teams to lose my battle lead over the last fortnight I'm following the form book for this week's selection. 

Opposing Newcastle has been a successful tactic in recent weeks and I'm very keen to get against the Toon with Mark Hughes' Stoke this weekend. 

Opta tell us that the in-form Potters do most of their winning in front of their own fans - only the Premier League top-five have better records at home. 

Since Alan Pardew received his ban for headbutting Hull's David Meyler five games ago, the Magpies have lost all form suffering four defeats from five games. Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy are again absent through injury, and they will probably be joined by Tim Krul and Loic Remy, both of whom are doubtful.  

Stoke were beaten last weekend, but most teams lose to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and they were on a decent run before that. Despite a few wobbles this has been a promising season for Mark Hughes at the Britannia, who will be seeking a best ever finish for Stoke in the Premier League, and odds of 2.26/5 look pretty generous on his team achieving a ninth home win of the season. 

Joe Dyer 2013-14 P/L: + £2.00


Mike Norman
Back Liverpool @ 2.447/5 to beat Man City
Sunday, 13:37
live on Sky Sports 1

Last week's bet on Cardiff has to rank as one of my worst recommendations of the season - what was I thinking? I'm still shaking my head now!

So while my head is in a whirl I'm going to go for a bet from the heart this week, though I have a strong feeling that it will land. I really want Liverpool to win the title (despite tipping Chelsea pre-season), their attacking football has been a joy to watch, I'm a big fan of Steven Gerrard, and I'm liking Brendan Rodgers more and more each day.

So why do I think they'll beat City on Sunday in a potential title decider? I just feel that the Reds' attacking line-up is irresistible at the moment. Well, to be honest it's been irresistible practically all season.

The stats don't lie when it comes to Liverpool's 'Goals For' column - 90 in the Premier League alone and it's now a remarkable 23 games in succession that they've scored a goal in the first half. I can easily see Luis Suarez and Co scoring two or three against a Man City defence that has looked far from solid at times this season.

Whether or not two or three will be good enough to win we'll have to wait and see, but at 2.447/5 to back I'm willing to wager it will be. And who knows, they might just score four or more... cue Luke Moore's bet.

Mike Norman 2013-14 P/L: - £7.20


Luke Moore
Back Any Unquoted Score @ 7.06/1 in Liverpool v Man City
Sunday, 13:37
Live on Sky Sports 1

It's the biggest game of the season so far, and so it would be remiss of me to not have a wager on the outcome. I've watched a lot of Liverpool this season and have been hugely impressed with their fluidity and tactical flexibility going forward, and I think they have what it takes to beat Manchester City at home. But Mike has bagged that bet and I still need a bigger priced winner or two to give myself a chance.

The Reds were unfortunate at the Etihad earlier in the season to go down 2-1 and there was no shortage of chances in that game, and I feel this Sunday will be the same. I don't see this as a game where two good teams cancel each other out; Liverpool aren't convincing enough at the back and City have their weaknesses in their rearguard as well, and so I am predicting a barn-burner. 

I couldn't believe Any Unquoted was such a big price when I saw it, and can't resist going after it. 

Luke Moore 2013-14 P/L: - £158.30


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Season P/L

1. Dan Thomas: + £9.99
2. Joe Dyer: + £2.00
3. Mike Norman: - £7.20
4. Luke Moore: - £158.30

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