The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2014/15: Round 4

Will RVP, Wayne Rooney, and the rest of the stars on show score plenty of goals when Man Utd host QPR on Sunday?
Will RVP, Wayne Rooney, and the rest of the stars on show score plenty of goals when Man Utd host QPR on Sunday?
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It's been a slow start to the Editors' Battle this season, with only Joe Dyer showing a profit so far, so they're all keen to nab a winner this weekend. Here are their selections...

Luke Moore says;
Back Over 3.5 Goals @ 2.89/5 in Manchester United v QPR

"I can't see there not being goals in this game, given the signings United have made and their continued lack of confidence at the back."


Joe Dyer
Back Crystal Palace to beat Burnley at 2.265/4
Saturday, 15:00
 

I'm on holiday this week so will keep it short and sweet, but I'm all over Palace to beat bottom-of-the-table Burnley at home at better evens thank you very much. 

While their last outing at Selhurst was a poor one, in losing 3-1 to West Ham, they were manager-less that day (with all due respect to Keith Millen) and with Neil Warnock back at the helm we should see a return to a more resilient Palace side.

Signs were good last time out when a last gasp Wilfred Zaha goal won them a point at Newcastle in Warnock's first game and they should have enough in the tank to beat a Burnley side whose workrate and organisation hasn't quite made up for lack of quality in their early games.

Joe Dyer 2014-15 P/L +£5


Dan Thomas
Back the draw in Arsenal v Man City at 3.613/5
Saturday, 12:45
Live on BT Sport 1

It's not been a stellar start to the Premier League season for these two, with Arsenal managing just the one win so far - and that was only thanks to a last gasp goal against Crystal Palace - and City licking their wounds after a shock home defeat to Stoke (who were matched at 23.022/1 for the win).

I suspect, therefore, they will both be happy to avoid defeat in the weekend opener and am more than happy to jump on at an attractive price.

The champions are excellent at bouncing back from defeat - Opta tells us they have not lost two consecutive league games since October 2010 - but I'm not sure they'll do enough to beat an Arsenal side, who are unbeaten in 19 Premier League games at the Emirates and will likely feature a confident Danny Welbeck up front.

In the corresponding game last year, both teams had periods of dominance but they ended up cancelling each other out in what was an entertaining 1-1 draw and I can see something similar happening on Saturday. 

Dan Thomas 2014-15 P/L: -£11.30


Mike Norman
Back Everton @ 2.26/5 to beat West Brom
Saturday, 15:00

There's perhaps nothing worse in football - especially when you're a club expected to struggle - than knowing that you've played well but had little reward. That was the case in West Brom's first two league games where they were deemed the better side against both Sunderland and Southampton but failed to win any of those matches.

The Baggies were then swept aside at the Liberty Stadium a fortnight ago in losing to Swansea and you have to wonder how their confidence has been affected. Opta tell us that Alan Irvine's men have now won just one of their last 10 Premier League home games.

Talking about confidence you have to wonder where Everton are at in that regard following three league games in which they've conceded a total of 10 goals - easily the worst in the division. But the six goals they conceded in that 'freak' game against Chelsea are best forgotten, and at the other end of the pitch they've been scoring plenty themselves - seven in three league games to be precise.

You sense that it's only a matter of time before the Toffees click into top gear and if they can maintain their excellent goal-scoring form at the Hawthorns then they ought to be good enough to take all three points against a side who clearly struggle in front of their own fans.

Mike Norman 2014-15 P/L: -£30


Luke Moore
Back Over 3.5 Goals @ 2.89/5 in Manchester United v QPR
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

I can't see there not being goals in this game, given the signings United have made and their continued lack of confidence at the back. It's not Harry Redknapp's style to shut up shop, and he lacks the tactical astuteness to go to Old Trafford and play for a draw so will likely try to go toe-to-toe with Louis van Gaal's men.

I think Charlie Austin will have a sniff playing around that nervous United defence, too.

This to me spells goals, and we could finally see United click into gear and deliver a performance. To be honest, I don't care who wins, I just want to see that net bulge, and with Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney available to him, if Van Gaal doesn't deliver that then he may as well jack in the whole foul jamboree and let someone else have a go.

The time has come for me to deliver a winning bet in this season's Betting Battle. That time is now!

Luke Moore 2014-15 P/L: -£30


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Editors 2014/15 Season P/L

1. Joe Dyer: + £5.00
2. Dan Thomas: - £11.30
3. Mike Norman: - £30.00
3. Luke Moore: - £30.00

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