The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2014/15: Round 34

Christian Benteke has been in good goal scoring form for Aston Villa of late
Christian Benteke has been in good goal scoring form for Aston Villa of late
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It's 'as you were' in the Betting Battle after all four editors drew a blank last weekend so, with the games running out, the pressure is on to dig out a winner. Find out where their tenners are headed for the latest round of fixtures...

"And when Villa get on the scoresheet, it's invariably that man Christian Benteke who gets it, so I'm going to back him to find the net any anytime at a decent looking 11/4."

Joe Dyer
Back QPR @ 2.47/5 v West Ham
Saturday, 15:00

I've already made a case for QPR elsewhere on the site and despite temptations from other quarters - I came this close to backing Draw/Villa on the Double Chance market v Man City - I will stick with the west Londoners.

The reasoning is simple (when isn't it with me?) and will hopefully lead to a winner.

Rangers were very competitive against Chelsea last time out, and though they lost 1-0, the result doesn't look so bad given they really tested the champions-elect. Previous games saw them smash West Brom and draw with the in-form Aston Villa. Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora offer plenty of threat up top.

West Ham are on a bad run - winning just one of their last six - though it must be stated that they have been up against tough opponents with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City among the teams played. It's hard to escape the smell of a mid-table team coasting through the final few weeks, however.

By contrast QPR have just five games left to save their Premier League status and Saturday's game is firmly in the 'Must Win' category. At 2.47/5 they aren't a bad price to do just that.

Joe Dyer 2014-15 P/L -£22.70

Dan Thomas
Back Christian Benteke to score v Man City @ 11/4 (Sportsbook)
Saturday, 17:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

Much like Joe, I was tempted to go ballsy and back Villa to get a result at the Etihad on Saturday but was, in the end, put off by City's good home form.

While Manuel Pellegrini's men have struggled on the road in recent weeks, they have won the last four on home soil, scoring 12 without reply, so it's a big ask to expect Villa to prevent the hosts from grabbing another three points.

But Tim Sherwood's men will travel north full of confidence after their superb Wembley victory over Liverpool, which came hot on the heels of a deserved win at White Hart Lane, and I'm expecting them to cause City some problems and at least get on the scoresheet.

And when Villa get on the scoresheet, it's invariably that man Christian Benteke who gets it, so I'm going to back him to find the net any anytime at a decent looking 11/4. The Belgian is in red hot form - Opta tell us his Wembley goal was his ninth in nine games - and in this sort of mood he's virtually unplayable.

Dan Thomas 2014-15 P/L: -£23.55

Luke Moore

Back Leicester to beat Burnley at 3.185/40
Saturday, 15:00

Leicester are on a decent run, their best run of the season in fact, are full of confidence and are playing a side bottom of the table. What's more, Burnley haven't actually scored a Premier League goal since March 14th, so well over a month ago and their record against fellow struggling teams isn't actually that good.

Well of course, they're bottom of the table, so their record against anyone isn't that good, but you take my point - last time they played a team around them it was Sunderland in January and they were fairly comprehensively beaten.

Sean Dyche's men haven't beaten Leicester in their last eight encounters, either. And with just one goal to their name in the last 10hrs, 39mins of football, it's hard to see them doing the business against an in-form, confident side. I'll side with Leicester at a price larger than 2/1.

Luke Moore 2014-15 P/L: -£49.80

Mike Norman
Back 'Any Other Home Win' in Stoke v Sunderland @ 15.014/1
Saturday, 15:00

I went very close to landing a Correct Score bet last week when Man City led West Ham 2-0 with plenty of time to get a third. But it wasn't to be and the quest for a big price winner continues.

The theme this weekend in the Premier League seems to be taking on the out of form sides like Newcastle, West Ham, Hull, and of course Sunderland.

The Black Cats are in huge danger of being relegated after recording just one win in their last 10 outings - that being a derby success over the Magpies. They've conceded four goals to both Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in recent weeks, and there's every chance that they could do something similar at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke aren't renowned for scoring a bag full of goals, hence the price, but Mark Hughes' men are a very decent side and if everything clicks into gear on Saturday they have the ability and mentality to go for goals against a Sunderland side devoid of confidence. The bet requires a home win with Stoke scoring at least four times. I think we have a better chance than the odds imply.

Mike Norman 2014-15 P/L: -£145.80

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: -£22.70
2. Dan Thomas: -£23.55
3. Luke Moore: -£49.80
4. Mike Norman: -£145.80

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