The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 1

Luke is backing a surprise as Pellegrini's City head to West Brom on Monday night
Luke is backing a surprise as Pellegrini's City head to West Brom on Monday night
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The Premier League is back which means the return of the Editors' Betting Battle, with Luke Moore looking to defend his crown against former winner Mike Norman, and Dan Thomas and Joe Dyer, who are aiming for their maiden victory. Find out where their tenners are headed on the opening weekend...


"West Brom under Tony Pulis are sure to be super-organised, are a good side at home and there's no way they should be 5/1 on the opening day at the season at the Hawthorns. Let's get this ball rolling with a big winner! Come on the Baggies!"

Luke Moore
Back West Brom to beat Man City @ 6.05/1
Monday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

It's always difficult to get these right at the very start at the season - no-one apart from the clubs themselves know what stage they're at in terms of fitness and integrating new players into the squad. But I want to defend my title successfully and so need to make a winning start, so no excuses!

I've not been hugely impressed with Man City in pre-season; it seems like whenever they've played someone half-decent they've been beaten, I don't know how long Manuel Pellegrini will be in a job for (I'm surprised he's lasted this long actually) and some of their players look to have aged overnight.

West Brom under Tony Pulis are sure to be super-organised, are a good side at home and there's no way they should be 5/1 on the opening day at the season at the Hawthorns. Let's get this ball rolling with a big winner! Come on the Baggies!

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: +£0.00


Dan Thomas
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Bournemouth v Aston Villa at 2.26/5
Saturday, 15:00

Two attack minded managers come head-to-head with both sides wanting to make an impression on the opening weekend. Goals right? The layers don't think so but the Overs/Unders market looks the wrong way around to me, which means a betting opportunity.

It's obviously hard to gauge how Bournemouth are going to approach the Premier League before a ball is kicked but Eddie Howe surely isn't going to ditch the principles that have served him so well in his time on the south coast. Opta tell us that his Cherries side scored 98 league goals in 2014/15; only MK Dons (101) scored more in the top four tiers.

And we do know that Tim Sherwood wants his teams to attack. In his 17 games in charge last season (we're including the Leicester cup game), Villa and their opponents netted 54 goals - an average of 3.17 per game. I'm more than happy to back at least three more in this season opener to get my Battle campaign off to a solid start.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: +£0.00


Joe Dyer
Both Teams to Score in Stoke v Liverpool @ 1.9210/11
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

Another year of this? No! I feel like I've been in a betting funk for the entirety of 2015 and the prospect of digging out a winning footy wager every week gives me the sweats. One thing is for sure I am definitely the rank outsider in this race against the skills of (Lucky) Luke, (Deadly) Dan and (Mystic) Mike.

But I'm contractually obliged to play so let battle bloody well commence!

I've dug out a daring odds-on poke for the first round - Both Teams to Score in Stoke's Sunday afternoon set-to with Liverpool.

Stoke are a handy outfit under Mark Hughes. They improved throughout the last campaign to claim a top-half finish and capped the season with that infamous 6-1 trouncing of Brendan's boys.

It's too simplistic to say that Rodgers and co will be desperate for revenge. A competitive showing, a point - or better still three - would be enough I think. Liverpool go to Stoke with a pair of new attacking talents, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, in the lineup and I think the visitors are good for a goal.

And you can certainly say the same of the home side. Opta tell us that the Potters have scored in their last 11 home games, only Chelsea have a better record than that.

All of which makes BTTS the bet for me.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£0.00


Mike Norman
Back Crystal Palace @ 2.982/1 to beat Norwich
Saturday, 15:00

I'm keeping it very simply for the first Betting Battle wager of the season by backing Crystal Palace to beat newly-promoted Norwich.

My reasons are, as I say, simple, in the fact that I'd have the Eagles as favourites to win this game.

They were a revelation under Alan Pardew in the last few months of the season, and while their form was good enough to lift them from the threat of relegation to a top half finish it doesn't actually tell the full story. The reality is, Palace's form under Pardew was top six material no less.

The acquisition of Yohan Cabaye is a real coup in my opinion, and Pardew has also strengthened in other areas of the field meaning Palace really ought to finish top half again this term. And they should be good enough to win this game.

I haven't been at all convinced by Norwich's summer transfer activity, and although boss Alex Neil has tremendous potential the fact remains his managerial career so far consists of a season in Scottish League One, half a season in the SPL and half a season in the Championship. His inexperience could cost the Canaries and an opening day defeat is a real possibility.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£0.00


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