The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 4

Can Gylfi Sigurdsson help Joe Dyer bag a winner this weekend?
Can Gylfi Sigurdsson help Joe Dyer bag a winner this weekend?
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Mike Norman has built a handsome profit through the first three rounds of the battle but can Dan, Luke or Joe strike back this weekend? Read on for the Betting.Betfair editors' best bets...


Opta tell us that West Ham are without a win in their last 42 visits to Anfield, and have only scored seven in the past 30 trips to the ground."

Dan Thomas

Back Liverpool-1 v West Ham @ 2.111/10
Saturday, 15:00

Mike Norman
Back Man City-2 v Watford @ 13/10
Saturday, 15:00

Manchester City have blasted out of the blocks in highly impressive fashion this season, recording three wins from three, scoring eight goals in the process and conceding zilch. Two of those games were against Everton and last season's champions Chelsea, so it's not as if they've had an easy ride either.

The fact is Manuel Pellegrini's men have been fantastic. The addition of Raheem Sterling, although the £49m capture hasn't scored yet, is clearly having a positive impact on how the team are playing, and the likes of Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure already look far happier than they were at times last term.

And going back to that Chelsea game, it's no exaggeration to say that the Citizens could have scored five or six in that match. An early goal against Watford and I feel the floodgates will really open.

The Hornets have failed to score in their last three games, two at Vicarage Road and also in midweek against Championship side Preston where they fielded a much-changed side. No one stepped up to the plate and impressed at Deepdale, so Watford will revert back to the team that has drawn their last two games 0-0. They'll probably get nil again at the Etihad, but they're likely to concede a lot more.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£22.80


Dan Thomas
Back Liverpool-1 v West Ham @ 2.111/10
Saturday, 15:00

Liverpool have not hit their stride yet this season, needing a wonder strike to beat Stoke and a hand from the officials to overcome Bournemouth but, as Mike Norman says in his Saturday preview, they were much better at the Emirates on Monday night despite only picking up a point in the end.

They will be hugely confident of getting three points at home against a West Ham side who were shambolic in defence in conceding four at home to Bournemouth last week and the market agrees, pricing the Reds at just 1.42/5 for the win.

So to get some extra juice, I will be backing Brendan Rodgers' men for a comfortable win against one of their favourite opponents - Opta tell us that West Ham are without a win in their last 42 visits to Anfield, and have only scored seven in the past 30 trips to the ground.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: +£6.00


Joe Dyer
Back The Draw @ 3.412/5 in Swansea v Man Utd
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

Swansea look a very smart outfit under Garry Monk and I like their chances of getting something out of the Sunday 4pm KO against Manchester United.

But will it be a win or draw bet? The Swans did the double over United last year of course and the biggest price in the Match Odds certainly appeals, but I'll be airing Dyer's Draws for the first time this season for a number of reasons.

Two of Swansea's three games this season have finished a point apiece, most recently against Sunderland after the opening day 2-2 against Chelsea. Monk's men were fancied for the win at the Stadium of Light but picking up away victories in the Premier League is always tough, especially against an opponent desperate for a first Premier League point.

United bring the top-flight's joint best defensive record to the Liberty Stadium, but, like their great rivals Liverpool, are misfiring in attack. That defence, however, is a fearful weapon and looks like keeping the game very tight.

With Swansea holding home advantage, United unbeaten but tough to break down I just see this being a close fought game with the points shared so the stalemate it is for me.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: -£20.00


Luke Moore
Back Under 2.5 Goals in Newcastle v Arsenal at 2.1211/10
Saturday, 12:45
Live on BT Sport 1

Neither of these sides have made a great start to the season, but one thing that's really stuck out is Arsenal's inability to find the back of the net. They've scored just twice in their three Premier League games so far, and they laboured badly in front of goal in the games against West Ham and Liverpool.

At some point they're going to find their scoring boots of course, but I was impressed with the fighting spirit and organisation for large parts shown by Newcastle at Old Trafford last week. Steve McClaren gets a decent amount of stick from the media but is an astute tactical operator when given the opportunity and can set up a team to keep a misfiring Arsenal at bay.

The Magpies are unlikely to score a hatful themselves, so Under 2.5 Goals at an odds-against price looks like the best call to me.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£30.00


A £10 bet is placed on each selection on Betfair's Exchange or Sportsbook. Profits are calculated before commission.


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


2015/16 Betting Battle P/L


Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£22.80


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: +£6.00


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: -£20.00


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£30.00

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