The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 38

Can Jamie Vardy end his dream season on a high note at Stamford Bridge?
Can Jamie Vardy end his dream season on a high note at Stamford Bridge?
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It's the final weekend of a gruelling season. Who will be crowned as the third winner of the Editors' Premier League Betting Battle? Dan Thomas holds a lead, but Joe Dyer, defending champion Luke Moore and Mike Norman have all placed bets that could see them steal the crown. Here's where their final tenners are headed...

"So congratulations to Dan, Joe, and Luke on finishing what has been an incredibly difficult season in profit, and may the best man win on Sunday afternoon, it's been great fun."

- Mike Norman

Dan Thomas
Back Jamie Vardy to score against Chelsea at 2.35/4
Sunday, 15:00

Like a golfer heading to the last with a lead, my quandary is whether to aim for the flag and risk going in the water, or just hit the green.

The lads are all going for big-priced winners that will see them overtake me at the top should they come in - and rightly so - but I'm going to play it relatively safe, and back Jamie Vardy to end his dream season in style by netting at Stamford Bridge.

The Leicester frontman, who is just one behind Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot, has five goals in his last three games - and has taken over penalty duties from Riyad Mahrez.

Against a Blues defence that has conceded nine in the last four at Stamford Bridge, Vardy should have a few chances to score and I'd expect him to convert at least one.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: +£52.50

Joe Dyer
Back Leicester Win/Over 3.5 Goals @ 6/1 v Chelsea
Sunday, 15:00

I start the final weekend a little more than £30 behind Dan, but while a winner at 4.3100/30 might be enough I have to assume our leader will enjoy another successful weekend.

The way I see it I have to be ambitious. I've got to hit a winner at 5.59/2 or bigger if I am to win the competition. And given I have come this far and still have a shot at winning the bugger I might as well go for it!

To Stamford Bridge then where I think Chelsea can be opposed with Leicester.

There may well be an after the Lord Mayor's Show atmosphere with neither club having anything to play for, but that could aid my bet as neither defence may be fully tuned up and I am wrapping up the Leicester win with Over 3.5 Goals on the Betfair Sportsbook at 6/1.

The league's second highest scorers - that's Leicester by the way - bring the league's best away record to west London.

Chelsea, just five home wins in the top flight this season, got themselves up for the Tottenham test a few days back but they're limping home, having suffered three defeats and a pair of draws in the last six.

I'm sure Claudio Ranieri would like to add a win at his former club to the list of Leicester wins, and he might just persuade his team to put up one last big performance from his Foxes.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£19.90

Luke Moore

Back Swansea to beat Man City at 6.611/2
Sunday, 15:00
Live on Sky Sports 2

I've managed to ensure that I'll finish in profit this season, whatever happens on the final day, and in a year where the Premier League has been just about as unpredictable as I've ever known it, that's something to be proud of.

However, if I'm going to have any chance of defending my 2014/15 crown, I need to pull out a big winner on the final day to leapfrog both Joe and Dan. And I'm not interested in coming second so that's what I'm going to do.

I actually think Swansea are an incredibly good price to win this one anyway - they've had good results against Liverpool, Chelsea and West Ham recently - and Man City are unpredictable at best, especially on the road. Their performance in what was a key game against Southampton wasn't just bad, it was woeful.

At 6.611/2 I'm happy to take a punt on those Swans. Here's hoping I'll be celebrating with them come Sunday evening!

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: +£18.70

Mike Norman
Back Over 6.5 Goals @ 16/1 in West Brom v Liverpool
Sunday, 15:00

My Over 4.5 Goals punt in Manchester United's away game to Norwich never looked like landing last Saturday, so it was bit frustrating to see a Manchester United away game go over the 4.5 goals mark just a few days later at West Ham, followed by Norwich being involved in a six-goal game 24 hours later!

I'm now on my longest losing run - six losing bets in a row - since the Betting Battle commenced just shy of three seasons ago and unless I come up with a 6.05/1 winner or higher I'll be the only person to finish the season with a negative balance. And I'll need a 10.09/1+ winner, and a bit of luck elsewhere, to win the Battle.

So congratulations to Dan, Joe, and Luke on finishing what has been an incredibly difficult season in profit, and may the best man win on Sunday afternoon, it's been great fun.

There's always a high-scoring game on the last game of the season and I have a feeling we might witness goals at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon when Liverpool come to town.

Remember the 5-5 draw when West Brom hosted Man Utd on the last day of the season a few seasons back, and Liverpool's 6-1 defeat at Stoke 12 months ago? And Liverpool have been the great entertainers of late, with scorlines of 4-3, 4-0, 2-2, and 3-1 in recent weeks.

Jurgen Klopp is sure to field a much-changed side for this game with the Europa League final just days away, so West Brom will see this an opportunity to end the season on a winning note. It should be a cracker therefore, and I'll be amazed if we don't witness goals.

Okay, we're unlikely to get at least seven goals, but at 16/1 I'm willing to pay to find out as it's the sort of price that will go a long way to winning me the Battle, even if I will be deeply embarrassed should it happen.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: -£48.30

*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: +£52.50

Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: +£19.90

Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: +£18.70

Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: -£48.30

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