The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 5

Can the Tinkerman get Joe out of a hole?
Can the Tinkerman get Joe out of a hole?
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The editors are back with their best bets of the weekend as the Premier League returns after the international break. Luke Moore got off the mark last time out bringing him closer to Mike Norman and Dan Thomas, while Joe Dyer is still on the hunt for his first winner. Find out where their tenners are headed...

"Watford are still adapting to life in the top flight, and Garry Monk's side should be able to pass them to death and pick up a win at a generous price of 2.829/5."

Luke Moore
Back Swansea to beat Watford at 2.829/5

Mike Norman
Back Everton @ 4.57/2 to beat Chelsea
Saturday, 12:45
Live on BT Sport

The international break couldn't have come any sooner for Chelsea, they've looked really poor so far this season and Jose Mourinho probably needed more than a fortnight to get his house in order if truth be told. So while I have no doubts that the Blues will hit top gear sooner rather than later I simply have to oppose them at such short odds, away from home to an improving Everton side.

Chelsea won the title in a canter last term but they were far from impressive as the season came to a climax, they looked out of sorts in pre season, and they've done nothing so far in this campaign to suggest they can retain their title. Diego Costa doesn't look committed, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard are miles off their usual high standard, and John Terry has had a nightmare first month or so.

In other words, I believe Chelsea's problems run a lot deeper than just a poor run of form, something doesn't seem right.

Everton were very impressive in beating Southampton 3-0 away from home and there was no disgrace in losing at home to Man City a week later. The clean sheet they kept at Tottenham before the international break shows that they are well organised, and I fancy that man John Stones and his teammates will frustrate Chelsea even further in this early kick-off.

Roberto Martinez's men should get a few chances in front of goal against a remarkably unsteady and leaky Blues defence, and I believe odds of 4.57/2 about a home victory are very generous indeed.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£12.80

Dan Thomas
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Norwich v Bournemouth at 2.021/1
Saturday, 15:00

The less said about my last bet - Liverpool (-1) v West Ham - the better! It would have been the worst Betting Battle selection of all time, had Joe not backed Sunderland to get a draw at Southampton last season, prior to them getting tonked 8-0 (sorry Joe).

Onwards and upwards, however, and it's a reasonably confident selection this weekend as two of the newly promoted sides face off at Carrow Road.

You suspect both managers will be targeting this game as one they can get maximum points from and that should make for an open game, with plenty of goalmouth action. Norwich's two home games so far this season have seen a total of six goals, while Bournemouth have scored eight in their past two away trips so I'm happy to get on Over 2.5 Goals at better than evens.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: -£4.00

Luke Moore
Back Swansea to beat Watford at 2.829/5
Saturday, 15:00

It was important to get off the mark with a win last time out - a 0-1 win for Arsenal at St James's Park meant my Under 2.5 Goals tip came in - and I've chosen to return to a team that have already let me down once this season. I'll never learn!

Last time I tipped Swansea to win, they were only able to get a 1-1 draw away at Sunderland, but I honestly think they're the 'best of the rest' in the Premier League and should have more than enough to get past the goal-shy Hornets. Watford are still adapting to life in the top flight, and Garry Monk's side should be able to pass them to death and pick up a win at a generous price of 2.829/5.

I just can't see Watford getting past Ashley Williams' well-drilled unit at the back and so the Swans should head back west with three points safely tucked under their belts.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£18.80

Joe Dyer
Back Leicester Win/Both Teams to Score @ 11/4
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

Leicester have put together a promising start under Claudio Ranieri - the joint-third highest Premier League scorers sit third in the table and are warmly fancied to dismiss Aston Villa in the late Sunday kick-off.

In fact, after Arsenal and Manchester City, they are the third shortest price in the Premier League Match Odds this weekend.

But whether it's an early season anomaly or not I fancy them for the three points against rivals Villa.

And given I have a negative P&L following my hapless start to the season I am going to play up the home win with Both Teams to Score in a double that pays at 11/4 on the Betfair Sportsbook.

Leicester haven't kept a clean sheet yet and, bar an opening day blank of Bournemouth, neither have Aston Villa. Both teams have some high-scoring games in their results and this could be quite an entertaining encounter. The Foxes tend to allow the opposition most of the possession but will surely be targeting a win here, and that should give Villa opportunities to score.

And, as we know, Leicester don't have much trouble doing that either.

Joe Dyer 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.

Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£12.80

Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£4.00

Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£18.80

Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: -£30.00

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