The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2014/15: Round 37

Will Steven Gerrard - and Luke Moore - be celebrating on Saturday evening?
Will Steven Gerrard - and Luke Moore - be celebrating on Saturday evening?
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Just three rounds left of the 2014/15 Betting Battle and it remains tight at the top, with just a few quid separating the top three and Mike Norman a couple of big priced winners away of getting back into the mix-up. Find out where the editors' tenners are headed this weekend...

"Swansea's hard fought victory at the Emirates on Monday night made it three in a row for Garry Monk's men and they will be quietly confident off pulling off another shock against poor travellers City. While Manuel Pellegrini's men will have their tails up after battering QPR 6-0 last week at the Etihad, they have lost four of their last five on the road."

Joe Dyer
Back Hull to beat Spurs @ 5.04/1
Saturday, 15:00

Hull are already relegated according to the Betfair market but I don't think they are dead yet and if they could handpick an opponent an out-of-form Spurs would be up there.

We've seen in recent weeks that teams fighting the drop can pull off remarkable victories - Hull themselves beat Liverpool in late April while Sunderland have dismissed Southampton and Everton in successive weekends.

And with a final game against Manchester United following this visit to White Hart Lane now would be an opportune time for Steve Bruce's side to pull off another against-the-odds win. Hull have Spurs old boys Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore in the ranks and the trio might be revitalised by a visit to their former club.

Tottenham have produced their standard late season collapse and may slip out of the Europa League places if their current run continues. A solitary win against John Carver's awful Newcastle side is their only victory in the last six.

With six league defeats at White Hart Lane, Spurs' home form has been unimpressive this season, and this is a big opportunity for a pumped-up Hull side to strike a blow in the battle to beat the drop.

Joe Dyer 2014-15 P/L -£7.90


Luke Moore
Back Steven Gerrard to score at any time in Liverpool v Crystal Palace at 2.89/5
Saturday, 17:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

Some bets just make sense from a logical perspective; you can make a selection based on form, track record, course and distance, and any other almost endless parameters to justify why you're making it.

And some bets in football are simply written in the stars - a player scoring against his old club, a newly relegated team winning, the fabled 'new manager bounce' etc. And this is one of those bets. Steven Gerrard will make his last appearance at Anfield come Saturday teatime in what will be an emotional affair for anyone associated with the club, not least him. He also goes into the game in pretty rude goalscoring health having scored in both of his last two appearances.

When we also take into consideration that he will be on penalty and free kick duty and just about every teammate will be aware how much it'll mean to him to score, it makes sense to back him. Some things are just pre-ordained in football and I think this is one of them. I'm surprised it's not 1.011/100.

Luke Moore 2014-15 P/L: -£18.30


Dan Thomas
Back Swansea to beat Man City at 5.39/2
Sunday, 13:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

With just three rounds of the Battle left, time for one last throw of the dice at a big priced winner and I'm off to south Wales to back one of the Premier League's form teams.

Swansea's hard fought victory at the Emirates on Monday night made it three in a row for Garry Monk's men and they will be quietly confident off pulling off another shock against poor travellers City.

While Manuel Pellegrini's men will have their tails up after battering QPR 6-0 last week at the Etihad, they have lost four of their last five on the road and the only victory in that run, over Spurs, was somewhat fortunate, with Joe Hart forced into a number of saves.

As Michael Lintorn notes, the Swans have the best 2014/15 record against the division's top four (P7 W4) owing to their doubles over Man United and Arsenal and have kept clean sheets in two of City's last three visits to the Liberty Stadium.

Double Chance on Swansea/Draw will be better than evens nearer kick-off and is probably the sensible bet, but I'm happy to go full pelt.

Dan Thomas 2014-15 P/L: -£20.55


Mike Norman
Back Aston Villa @ 5.24/1 to beat Southampton
Saturday, 12:45
Live on Sky Sports 1

The race to avoid Europa League qualification is how the excellent Jeff Stelling described both Southampton and Tottenham's end of season, and while that was said firmly tongue in cheek it's hard to disagree with him.

Even as a Middlesbrough fan, where the Europa League gave us our first venture into Europe and a glorious run to the final nine years ago, I still believe the competition is awful and as a fan I really wouldn't want my club to be involved in it. Pretty harsh I know, but I just don't like it.

So whether Southampton feel the same - to a lesser extent than me of course - remains to be seen but their form isn't great and you just wonder how motivated they will be to win this game.

The Saints have won just one of their last six league matches, against struggling Hull no less, whereas Villa are in fine form, winning three of their last four league games as well as reaching an FA Cup final. Tim Sherwood will be demanding one more big performance this weekend to guarantee Premier League survival and I believe his men are a great price to win at St Mary's.

Mike Norman 2014-15 P/L: -£93.80


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: -£7.90
2. Luke Moore: -£18.30
3. Dan Thomas: -£20.55
4. Mike Norman: -£93.80

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