The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 27

How many points will you get this weekend, Tony?
How many points will you get this weekend, Tony?
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A lovely 3/1 winner took Mike Norman to the top of the table ahead of the break for the Cup weekend and the other three have some catching up to do, as the Premier League returns. Here's where their tenners are headed this weekend...

"Norwich have lost six of their last seven in all competitions (drawing the other) and they've conceded 21 goals in the process. In their last away game they trailed at the interval and lost to bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa. It doesn't get much worse than that."

Mike Norman
Back Leicester HT/Leicester FT @ 2.47/5 v Norwich
Saturday, 15:00

After hitting the front in this year's Battle (probably 11 rounds too early) with Stoke's win at Bournemouth a fortnight ago I was very tempted to consolidate my position by backing Leicester just to win, but I'm getting a bad feeling about putting up a 1.51/2 shot or thereabouts.

I'll stick with the Foxes however and back them to lead at the interval before seeing off struggling Norwich on Saturday afternoon, and the wager is as much about the hapless Canaries as it is Claudio Ranieri's superb Leicester.

Norwich have lost six of their last seven in all competitions (drawing the other) and they've conceded 21 goals in the process. In their last away game they trailed at the interval and lost to bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa. It doesn't get much worse than that.

Leicester won their last two home games against decent sides without conceding and I see no reason why they shouldn't record a comfortable win against Alex Neil's men.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£0.80


Dan Thomas
Back the Draw in West Brom v Crystal Palace at 3.259/4
Saturday, 15:00

I got stung by the Hornets last time out, with a first half Watford strike scuppering my 0-0 half-time bet in their game against Palace, but I'm sticking with Eagles and stalemates this weekend when they travel to the west Midlands.

These two had differing fortunes in the Cup last weekend, with West Brom crashing out at Reading and Palace pulling off an excellent win at Tottenham, but Alan Pardew's men have struggled in the league in recent weeks and one suspects they'll be happy with a point, as they were at Swansea last time out.

Tony Pulis will badly want the win against his former employers, but his Baggies side has been unable to put teams away at the Hawthorns in recent weeks, with four draws on the bounce in all competitions.

Both teams are happiest when sitting back and hitting teams on the counter so another cagey encounter is on the cards, and a draw looks a fair price.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: -£24.90


Joe Dyer
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 2.021/1 in West Ham v Sunderland
Saturday, 12:45
Live on BT Sport 1

West Ham are one of six Premier League teams to breach the 40 goal mark this season and I fancy they'll add a few to that tally when Sunderland roll into town on Saturday lunchtime.

The Black Cats are not the archetypal Sam Allardyce team, principally because they concede bucket loads of goals. The Sunderland faithful have seen the opposition score 50 times in the top-flight, including a league worst 36 on the road.

Thankfully for my bet they are halfway decent at the other end of the pitch - 32 goals scored is better than nine of their Premier League rivals.

Better still, both teams have plenty to play for; West Ham are pushing for a top six finish, Sunderland are battling relegation.

I think Over 2.5 Goals should be odds-on so I'm happy to have the bet at a tickle better than even money.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: -£29.90


Luke Moore

Back Southampton in the Half Time market against Chelsea at 3.613/5
Saturday, 15:00

Chelsea may well be the form team in the Premier League at the moment under the unifying and diplomatic presence of Guus Hiddink, but Southampton aren't in bad nick themselves. Winning five of their last six (and drawing the other one), Ronald Koeman's men have made a decent push for European football next year, finding themselves currently in sixth place, just one point behind Man United in fifth.

All this brings me on to the bet I've selected. In three of those recent five wins the south coasters have been ahead at the break, and Opta tell us that four goals have been scored inside the first 20 minutes in the last three meetings between these two.

I'm clearly hoping that at least one of those early goals that seem sure to happen on Saturday go for the home team, and at good odds of 3.613/5 on them being ahead at half time, I'm prepared to take the chance.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£47.70


*For individual match previews of every single Premier League game visit our dedicated Premier League section here on Betting.Betfair.

The Editors' 2015/16 Season P/L:


Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£0.80


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£24.90


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: -£29.90


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£47.70

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