The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 2

A result at the Etihad will be just what the doctor ordered
A result at the Etihad will be just what the doctor ordered
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It was a good start to the Battle for Mike Norman as Palace beat Norwich and he takes an early lead with the other three editors failing to land a winner. Find out where their tenners are headed for round two...


"While Dick Advocaat's men looked shaky at the back they created lots of chances and scored two themselves once the game had opened up so it's fingers crossed for a similar type of encounter this weekend."

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.35/4 in Sunderland v Norwich
Saturday, 15:00

Mike Norman
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.35/4 in Sunderland v Norwich
Saturday, 15:00

Whether it was first game nerves, not being up to scratch, or just simply a bad day at the office, it's hard to get away from how poor Sunderland were defensively at Leicester last week and I'm not convinced they will have rectified the problems for the visit of Norwich.

But while Dick Advocaat's men looked shaky at the back they created lots of chances and scored two themselves once the game had opened up so it's fingers crossed for a similar type of encounter this weekend.

The Canaries impressed me in defeat, they missed some golden opportunities and had what looked a perfectly good goal disallowed. Alex Neil's men will see this as a winnable game and try to play on Sunderland's fragile confidence.

An early goal either way will open up this encounter and while I'm finding the outcome of the match impossible to call I can easily envisage the ball hitting the back of the net at least three times.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£19.80


Luke Moore

Back Under 2.5 Goals in Man City v Chelsea at 1.910/11
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

Man City looked imperious against West Brom on Monday night and they are clearly a confident, vibrant side at the moment. But Chelsea aren't West Brom.

Jose Mourinho is the master of these types of games, and I fully expect his side to have the wherewithal to keep things really tight at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, despite their indifferent start to the season at home to Swansea last week.

Seven of Chelsea's eight games played against Man City, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool went under 2.5 goals last season, with the only exception being a 1-2 for the Blues at Anfield in November last year.

That's why I'm surprised to see the price on this outcome so long, and I'm happy to hoover the value up in an attempt to get my first Battle win of the season.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£10.00


Dan Thomas
Back Arsenal to beat Crystal Palace and both teams to score at 13/5 (Sportsbook)
Sunday, 13:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

Crystal Palace were as good as Arsenal were bad on the opening weekend - and I'm expecting Alan Pardew's men to have a very good season - but I like the look of the north Londoners to bounce back when they head across the Thames on Sunday lunchtime.

As we saw against West Ham, Arsene Wenger's men are perfectly capable of throwing in absolute shockers but they rarely go on long losing runs and have a great recent record against Palace, winning each of the last five games.

As Andrew Atherley points out, the Eagles are happy to attack the bigger sides, with six out of their nine games against top-half sides under Pardew going over 2.5 goals, so I expect them to at least find the net but the Gunners should have too much in the end.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: -£10.00


Joe Dyer
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Aston Villa v Man Utd @ 2.26/5
Friday, 19:45

Aston Villa may have kicked off their season with a 1-0 win but I don't think Tim Sherwood has suddenly become George Graham in the off-season and I like Overs at odds-against for Aston Villa's Friday night set-to with Manchester United.

Sherwood is clearly in the mood for a scrap regardless of the opposition this season, saying: "We fancy ourselves against any team. You have to have that mindset."

If Tim fancies a win his side has gotta serve up the goals and that spells danger against Louis's boys. They too kicked off the season with a 1-0 victory and I'm concerned that, these days, United aren't quite the attacking machine we consider them to be after the rich entertainment they served up throughout the Fergie era. But they retain some serious attacking talent and are clearly a real threat, especially if the opposition come at them.

I like the Friday night factor and imagine both sides will press for the three points. I really don't think Overs should be such a big price, in fact I expected it to be favourite in the market.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: -£10.00


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


2015/16 Betting Battle P/L


Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£19.80


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£10.00


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: -£10.00


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£10.00

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