The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 31

Rafa Benitez won the Europa League with Chelsea and takes charge of his first home game at Newcastle on Sunday
Rafa Benitez won the Europa League with Chelsea and takes charge of his first home game at Newcastle on Sunday
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With only table-topping reigning champion Luke Moore in profit, the editors head back into the Premier League maelstrom looking for more winners...

"The Hammers have already won at Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, and Man City in the league this term so they are more than capable of going to mid-table Chelsea and avoiding defeat."

Luke Moore

Back Newcastle to beat Sunderland at 2.245/4
Sunday, 13:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

Six winning bets in the last nine picks has seen me rocket to the top of the Betting Battle table. It's important I consolidate my place at the top, and with this bet I think I will do so. I realise that some reading this will think that Newcastle are hardly a safe bet given their trials and tribulations this season, but hear me out...

It was an almost unimaginable coup to get a manager of Rafa Benitez's quality in at St James's Park, but that's what the Magpies have done, and although they lost at the King Power against Leicester in his first match in charge, there's no need to be too downhearted. The performance was greatly improved, they looked a lot more compact, and let's face it, Sunderland are no Leicester.

What's more, Benitez's side are well overdue a win against their fiercest rivals, and I think his first home game in charge will be played in front of a pumping atmosphere. I'm taking a home win.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: +£23.10


Mike Norman
Back Draw or West Ham @ 2.35/4 in Double Chance at Chelsea
Saturday, 15:00

I was very tempted to put West Ham up as the selection here at a juicy price of 5.49/2, but there are still at least eight rounds left in this season's battle, so still plenty of time to catch Lukey, who admittedly is in red hot form.

But I'll stick with backing West Ham to avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge, and my thinking behind the selection is mainly that Slaven Bilic's men are in fine form (three straight wins), are chasing a top four finish, and have been superb on the road this season.

The Hammers have already won at Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, and Man City in the league this term so they are more than capable of going to mid-table Chelsea and avoiding defeat.

Consider also that it can be argued that the Blues now have absolutely nothing to play for. Out of all cup competitions, no chance of finishing in the top four, and I'm not certain they'll really want to qualify for the Europa League. So their intensity might just drop off a little, and the Hammers can take advantage.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: -£1.30


Joe Dyer
Back Over 3.5 Goals in the Manchester derby @ 3.814/5
Sunday, 16:00

With Lucky Luke hitting an outrageously hot run of form I have fallen well off the pace in this year's Battle.

So, desperate times call for desperate measures, and I need bigger than even money winners if I am to haul myself up the table.

Thankfully, here comes the Manchester derby with a decent opportunity to turn a profit this weekend.

Though there has been the odd dull fixture, this is a game that regularly goes goal crazy with United inflicting a 4-2 defeat on City last season as revenge for a 4-1 loss the year before. Seasons before have thrown up a trio of 3-2s, and that infamous 6-1 win for the blue half of Manchester at Old Trafford.

So, with Vincent Kompany likely to sit the game out, City the league's highest home scorers by a country mile and the two teams locked in a tight battle for the Champions League places this game has the potential to serve up a generous portion of goals.


Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: -£46.90


Dan Thomas
Back Leicester to beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at 8.615/2
Saturday, 15:00

I can't get a winner for love nor money at the moment and am in danger of getting cut adrift at the bottom so it's time to pull out the big guns - a correct score punt...

Leicester look a very tasty price indeed at 6/4 to beat Palace on Saturday afternoon - this is a team with the best away record in the top flight (31 points) up against a team who have lost their last five at home. Opta also tell us that Palace are the only side in the top four tiers in England yet to win in 2016.

Since losing to Arsenal, Claudio Ranieri's men have won three games out of four - all by 1-0, so I'll bank on another professional performance against a struggling side at an attractive price.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: -£64.90


*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:


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: +£23.10


Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: -£1.30


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: -£46.90


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£64.90

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