The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 37

Dan expects goals when Shane Long and co visit White Hart Lane on Sunday
Dan expects goals when Shane Long and co visit White Hart Lane on Sunday
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Another winner for Dan Thomas last time out kept him in top spot, while Luke Moore made up ground on Joe Dyer, but all four editors remain in the hunt with just two rounds left. Here's where their tenners are headed this weekend...

"The Canaries will have a mountain to climb to avoid relegation if they don't collect three points in this game while United's hope of a top four finish will be all but over if they fail to win. So hopefully we'll see an open game with both sides going for it, and at least five goals being scored."

Dan Thomas
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Tottenham v Southampton @ 1.84/5
Sunday, 13:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

As they attempt to pick themselves up from the disappointment of drawing at Chelsea on Monday and missing out on the title, Tottenham would have no doubt preferred an easier task than taking on a rampant Southampton team who are still in the hunt for a European spot.

Ronald Koeman's men have scored eight goals in their last two - and 16 in the past six - and will fancy their chances against a Tottenham side who put their heart and soul (and a few flying boots) into the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Spurs will definitely be missing the banned Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli while there are doubts over the fitness of Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, so I won't be rushing to back them at evens. But Mauricio Pochettino's troops will still have plenty of firepower in the ranks so I expect them to net against a team that conceded two against Aston Villa.

Tottenham's 1-1 draw with West Brom last Monday was the first in seven at White Hart Lane to feature fewer than three goals and, with 12 goals in Southampton's last two, 1.84/5 on a repeat looks a cracking price.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: +£44.50


Joe Dyer
Back Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.9420/21 in Aston Villa v Newcastle
Saturday, 15:00

Between them, Aston Villa and Newcastle have conceded 132 times this Premier League season.

Do I need to make much more of a case for taking the almost even money on Over 2.5 Goals when the two meet at Villa Park on Saturday?

Even by their own standards, Villa are on a bad defensive run. Since their last win, 2-0 against Norwich in February, every single opponent has scored against the Claret and Blues with only Swansea and Manchester United failing to get more than one. The following teams have all scored three or more during that run: Watford, Southampton, Chelsea, Man City, Everton and Liverpool.

Happily, as far as this bet is concerned, five goals in their last two games suggest they have rediscovered a bit of attacking intent.

Newcastle are suffering with injuries in defence and they don't bring a great attack to the game, but Andros Townsend and co. did breach the defences of Manchester City and Liverpool in recent weeks. With Premier League survival on the line, they must win this match so must score at least one.

And against one of the worst top-flight defences in history you have to fancy them to do that.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£19.50


Luke Moore

Back Over 3.5 Goals in Leicester v Everton at 2.546/4
Saturday, 17:30

The newly-crowned Premier League champions welcome unreliable and hard-to-predict Everton to the King Power Stadium, amid what is likely to be a party atmosphere in the East Midlands.

Roberto Martinez's team are defensively poor but they do score their fair share of goals - 55 in 35 going into this game isn't too shabby at all - and I wonder just how focused Leicester will be amid all the admiration, partying and release of emotion and intensity after Monday night. But, Jamie Vardy will be back and gunning for that top-scorer trophy, so don't expect him to ease up; he only knows how to play one way.

All this points to goals for me, and I'll happily take 2.546/4 on four or more of them as I bid to put myself into position to successfully defend my Betting Battle title on the final day.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: +£3.30


Mike Norman
Back Over 4.5 Goals @ 7.413/2 in Norwich v Man Utd
Saturday, 12:45
Live on BT Sport

I couldn't have timed my bad run better if I'd have actually planned it! Five straight losers means I'm now at the 'need a 6/1+ winner' stage if I'm to have any chance of winning the Betting Battle for the second time.

So I'm off to Carrow Road in the search of goals. Yes, you've read that correctly. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and believe me I'm desperate!

On the face of it I have little chance of collecting this weekend, Norwich are one of the lowest scoring sides in the bottom half, and only Stoke have scored fewer than Man Utd in the top half. But it's the need for victory, for both parties, that leads me to think we might just witness a glut of goals.

The Canaries will have a mountain to climb to avoid relegation if they don't collect three points in this game while United's hope of a top four finish will be all but over if they fail to win. So hopefully we'll see an open game with both sides going for it, and at least five goals being scored.

Okay, five goals is asking a lot, hence why the price is 7.413/2, but how many of us expected Sunderland to go to Carrow Road and score three times, how many of us expected five goals when Norwich hosted Newcastle in another must-win game, and let us not forget the nine goals scored when Liverpool went to Norfolk.

We might just have a chance you know. My race isn't run just yet.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: -£38.30


*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:


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: +£44.50


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: +£19.50


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: +£3.30


Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: -£38.30

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