A much better week for Mike Norman. Not only did he end his own goal drought by tipping a winner but he also saw his three rivals Dan Thomas, Joe Dyer, and Luke Moore fail to hit the target. Who will be a match-winner in week 11 of the Editors' Betting Battle?
"If Arsenal can beat Borussia Dortmund, one of the very best club sides in the world, in Dortmund, then they can win at Old Trafford for the first time since 2006."
Back Under 2.5 Goals in Aston Villa v Cardiff at 1.834/5
I flirted with backing red hot Arsenal to win at Old Trafford at a very enticing 3.39/4 but Manchester United have got themselves into good form in recent weeks, so I talked myself out of that one and am sticking to the tried and trusted Overs/Unders route this weekend.
Supporters heading to Villa Park for the game against Cardiff could be forgiven for not getting over excited about the game. The Villains (or 'the Lions' as I'm told real Villa fans call themselves) have gone six hours and 15 minutes without scoring a goal in the Premier League, while Cardiff have only conceded eight goals in five away games.
The Bluebirds showed what a good defensive unit they were in defeating local rivals Swansea 1-0 last weekend, a day after Villa only had two shots in a dire goalless draw at West Ham, so I can't see how there will be more than two goals in this game. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, to see Under 2.5 Goals trading at 1.834/5 and that's my bet for the weekend.
Dan Thomas 2013-14 P/L: + £44.59
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.166/5 in Spurs v Newcastle
Live on Sky Sports 1
There is a very clear trend for Spurs games to go under 2.5 goals so I cannot see why I can back that at odds-against for Sunday's set-to with Newcastle.
With seven clean sheets in 10 games, Spurs lead the league's defensive statistics and you have to imagine they will again be defensively sound. Andre Villas-Boas' men have mislaid their Premier League shooting boots and it would be a real surprise were they to locate them all of a sudden.
Newcastle are hardly in poor form at the back either, having seen off the Chelsea attack last time out and also blanking Manchester City for 90 minutes in the Capital One Cup prior to that.
I thought unders should be odds-on or, at biggest, even money, so 2.166/5 looks plain wrong.
Joe Dyer 2013-14 P/L: - £9.00
Back Arsenal to beat Manchester United at 3.39/4
Live on Sky Sports 1
I wasn't convinced that Arsenal could win at Old Trafford this weekend initially. David Moyes' men have been in decent form and haven't lost in eight games. Then I saw the Gunners in Dortmund and was very impressed indeed. Here they were playing a side of immense quality, defending well and showing excellent mental toughness, not being overwhelmed by an intimidating atmosphere and technically superb opponents.
The way they played after scoring was also a joy to watch, and I expect Man United to have trouble dealing with their pace and movement, especially in midfield areas. If Arsenal can beat Borussia Dortmund, one of the very best club sides in the world, in Dortmund, then they can win at Old Trafford for the first time since 2006. The price of 3.39/4 seems to me to be very generous indeed.
Luke Moore 2013-14 P/L: - £17.20
Back Luis Suarez To Score @ 1.84/5 in Liverpool v Fulham
It looks a difficult weekend in terms of coming up with a solid even money shot so I'm going to dip just below those odds by backing Luis Suarez to score yet another goal this season when Liverpool host Fulham on Saturday afternoon.
The Uruguayan striker has been in sensational form since his return from suspension, scoring six goals in four league games prior to last week's blank against Arsenal.
The Reds have scored seven goals (Suarez got four of them) in their last two home games against similarly weak opposition to Saturday's opponents Fulham, and with the Cottagers in fragile form at present I can see the home side recording another comfortable win - which should result in Suarez getting on the scoresheet.
Mike Norman 2013-14 P/L: - £60.50
A £10 bet is placed on each selection on Betfair's Exchange. Profits are calculated before commission
Editors' Battle P/L
1. Dan Thomas: + £44.59
2. Joe Dyer: - £9.00
3. Luke Moore: - £17.20
4. Mike Norman: - £60.50