The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2014/15: Round 23

Matic and co can dominate a Toure-less City
Matic and co can dominate a Toure-less City
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The Battle returns after the break for FA Cup weekend and the Editors are refreshed and looking for winners. Can Dan, Mike or Luke rein in clear leader Joe Dyer? Here's where their tenners are going...

"I feel that Chelsea's big price with a handicap is probably partly due to Diego Costa's suspension, but Chelsea are a side that can still perform without him. Take one or two big players out of City's side and they start to struggle."

Back Chelsea-1 v Man City at 3.613/5

Joe Dyer
Back Crystal Palace @ 2.9215/8 v Everton 
Saturday, 15:00

Once again punters look to be over-rating Everton in the Premier League and I have to oppose them at in-form Crystal Palace this weekend. 

The home team come into the game off the back of an impressive FA Cup victory at Southampton to cap a four-match winning streak in all competitions whereas Everton haven't won since a 3-1 defeat of QPR back in the middle of December, a run of eight fixtures. 

All bad runs must end at some time of course - as do good runs for that matter - and the Toffees clearly possess enough classy attacking talent to be a danger to anyone.

But it's just not ticking at the moment and the Eagles, clearly still on an Alan Pardew-induced high, could well inflict a seventh Premier League away defeat on Everton. 

It all boils down to value, though. Palace just shouldn't be underdogs to win this game and I'd rather be with a form side, playing at home, than a talented but misfiring team on the road. 

Joe Dyer 2014-15 P/L +£60.50


Dan Thomas
Back Both Teams to Score in Hull v Newcastle at 2.1211/10
Saturday, 12:45
Live on BT Sport 1

On the face of it, this is an odd choice for a televised game given both teams' struggles in front of goal this season but I actually think BT Sport viewers might be in for a treat

Both Steve Bruce and newly appointed Magpies interim boss John Carver will surely be targeting three points here and that could lead to a more open game than the Betfair markets are anticipating.

While the Tigers have misfired more often than not at home this season, the Newcastle defence is prone to offering gifts - conceding two or more goals in each of their last five league matches - and Bruce's men should have enough in the locker to net at least once. 

The Hull backline is equally as porous, conceding 17 goals in their last 12 home league games, so the visitors should also be able to break them down, which makes both teams to score a sound selection in my eyes at odds against.

Over 2.5 Goals is also attractive at 2.546/4 but I'll stick with the safer bet for a lunchtime winner.

Dan Thomas 2014-15 P/L: +£8.75


Mike Norman
Back Burnley @ 3.814/5 to beat Sunderland
Saturday, 15:00

Despite there being eight or nine clubs that are genuine relegation candidates this term the one I fear for most is possibly Sunderland. They just don't score enough goals or win enough matches for my liking.

No club in the Premier League has won less than Gus Poyet's men (just three wins from 22 matches) and only Aston Villa have scored fewer than the Black Cats' poor return of 19 league goals.

The north-east club seem over reliant on Steven Fletcher, Adam Johnson, and Connor Wickham, and if at least two of those three underperform - as so often is the case - then Sunderland normally struggle. So the reliance now turns to Jermain Defoe, but until he's back amongst the goals then it's impossible to argue the former Spurts man will be Sunderland's answer.

Burnley are no world beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but what they are is an extremely hard-working side and one that is finding the back of the net with regularity of late - 12 goals in their last six league and cup appearances for example.

I genuinely found it hard to split these two here, so the fact that Burnley are trading at a lot bigger odds and are the side that gives me more confidence of finding the back of the net then Sean Dyche's men have to be the call.

Mike Norman 2014-15 P/L: -£45.80


Luke Moore
Back Chelsea-1 v Man City at 3.613/5
Saturday, 17:30
Live on Sky Sport 1

Call me crazy, call me mad, but I think Chelsea will put Man City to the sword on Sunday. I've not been at all impressed with Manuel Pellegrini's men recently, and moreover, without Yaya Toure they tend to look poor in these big games, especially away from home.

What's more, Sergio Aguero isn't fully fit yet, Vincent Kompany doesn't have a consistent centre-back partner and Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas (if fit) can dominate that all-important midfield area in the absence of the big Ivorian. 

I feel that Chelsea's big price with a handicap is probably partly due to Diego Costa's suspension, but Chelsea are a side that can still perform without him. Take one or two big players out of City's side and they start to struggle.

Luke Moore 2014-15 P/L: -£58.70


A £10 bet is placed on each selection on Betfair's Exchange. Profits are calculated before commission.


Editors 2014/15 Season P/L

1. Joe Dyer: +£60.50
2. Dan Thomas: +£8.75
3. Mike Norman: -£45.80
4. Luke Moore: -£58.70

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