The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 22

Ranieri has done a remarkable job at Leicester
Ranieri has done a remarkable job at Leicester
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No joy for the editors in midweek but no time to wallow with the weekend fixtures just around the corner. Here's where their tenners are headed for round 22 of the Battle...

"West Ham have won four games on the spin now, climbing to fifth in the Premier League table and progressing in the FA Cup, suggesting that their early season form and confidence has returned, especially now that the influential Dimitri Payet is back to full fitness."

Dan Thomas
Back Leicester to win to nil v Aston Villa at 23/10 (Sportsbook)
Saturday, 17:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

The Leicester fairytale shows no sign of ending, with the hard fought win at White Hart Lane on Wednesday evening taking them to level of points with table toppers Arsenal (and already surpassing their total haul from last season).

What has been particularly impressive in recent weeks has been the transformation from the great entertainers of early season to a solid, hard to play against outfit, with that 1-0 win in midweek the Foxes' third clean sheet in a row in the league.

If Tottenham, with 65% possession, 14 shots and 16 corners, couldn't get through the Leicester defence it's hard to see toothless Aston Villa (17 goals scored all season) finding a way.

Remi Garde's men did finally pick up a win in midweek, but it took a howler from Wayne Hennessey to give it to them, and Claudio Ranieri's side should have enough in the tank to nick a goal or two and complete the double over Villa. The straight win is a backable 2.245/4 on the Exchange but I'll take the bigger odds on a win to nil.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: -£0.10

Joe Dyer
Newcastle v West Ham
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.1411/10
Saturday 15:00

Newcastle and West Ham both served up the goals on Tuesday and at odds-against I'll back the pair to break the 2.5 line this weekend.

The Hammers have their main man Dimitri Payet back from injury and he's clearly returned in tip-top form. The Frenchman struck a sumptuous free-kick before setting up Enner Valencia for the go-ahead goal against Bournemouth last time out. Looking at the long-term, West Ham have scored 28 goals in 14 games across all competitions with Payet in the team.

Newcastle are generous hosts, too. Their 17 goals conceded at St James' Park is the joint second worst home record in the Premier League suggesting the visitors will get their chances. The Toon blow hot and cold in front of goal, but they were very warm on Tuesday with even much-derided striker Aleksandar Mitrovic getting in on the act! Moreover, as a relegation-fighting home team I expect them to take the fight to West Ham.

Put it all together and Overs just looks too big to me at 2.1411/10.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: -£1.30

Mike Norman
Back West Ham @ 3.185/40 to beat Newcastle
Saturday, 15:00

West Ham have won four games on the spin now, climbing to fifth in the Premier League table and progressing in the FA Cup, suggesting that their early season form and confidence has returned, especially now that the influential Dimitri Payet is back to full fitness.

You probably won't need reminding that Slaven Bilic's men have already won at the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City this season and that they have one of the best away records in the Premier League, so I'm more than happy to put them up at above 2/1 to beat struggling Newcastle.

Steve McClaren's men have now gone six games without a win and in that time they failed to beat Aston Villa on home soil and went four consecutive games without scoring a single goal.

The Magpies played much better and scored three times in an entertaining draw against Manchester United in midweek, but on their overall form I'm happy to take them on here with in-form West Ham.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: -£14.40

Luke Moore

Back Dimitri Payet to score at any time in West Ham v Newcastle at 3.814/5
Saturday, 15:00

Given that I actually won this competition last season, this isn't going very well. -£60.70 at just past the halfway point isn't ideal and I feel like I need to look a bit further afield in search of a winner, lest I get cut even further adrift at the foot of the table.

Dimitri Payet is one of the best players in this division, and West Ham certainly suffered creatively as a result of his untimely injury. I had reservations about how fit he was when he made his comeback against Bournemouth midweek, but he already looks back to his brilliant best and capped a great performance with a sumptuous goal.

I like 3.814/5 about him to score another against a fairly porous Newcastle at any time during the game on Saturday, and if it comes in, I'll be well on my way to being back in touch with the other editors.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£60.70

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The Editors' 2015/16 Season P/L:

Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£0.10

Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: -£1.30

Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: -£14.40

Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£60.70

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