The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 6

Steve McClaren's Newcastle are rock bottom, but Mike Norman thinks they can get a win this weekend
Steve McClaren's Newcastle are rock bottom, but Mike Norman thinks they can get a win this weekend
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A superb 7/2 punt on Everton beating Chelsea has seen Mike Norman extend his lead at the top of the Battle, but Dan Thomas and Joe Dyer both landed winners as well so it could all change very quickly. Find out where their tenners are headed this weekend...

"Because of the home side's results we're getting a generous price about McClaren's men taking all three points here and I'm happy to jump on board."

Mike Norman
Back Newcastle @ 2.68/5 to beat Watford
Saturday, 15:00

It might not seem the smartest idea putting up the team that sits rock bottom of the Premier League as my Battle bet this week but I have a strong hunch for Newcastle at home to Watford.

My thinking is that the Magpies have had a tough start, on paper that is (as well as results wise) - trips to Manchester United and Swansea, as well as home games against Arsenal and Southampton means they've faced four of last season's top eight clubs already, and West Ham away wasn't easy either, the Hammers finished one point off ninth last term and have already won at Arsenal and Liverpool this season.

So although a return of two points is disappointing I don't think Newcastle fans need to worry just yet. Steve McClaren's men scored six times in their two opening games at St James' Park this season before performing admirably with 10 men at home to Arsenal.

Watford have done well to pick up six points already but goalscoring is very much a problem (as it is for Newcastle admittedly) as prior to last weeks' excellent 1-0 win over Swansea they had gone four games without scoring a single goal, against weaker opposition than what Newcastle have faced.

Because of the home side's results we're getting a generous price about McClaren's men taking all three points here and I'm happy to jump on board.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£47.80

Dan Thomas
Back Both Teams to Score in Stoke City v Leicester at 1.910/11
Saturday, 15:00

Norwich and Bournemouth did the business on the goals front for me last weekend, taking me into (small) profit, and I'm sticking with the 'solid if unspectacular' betting approach this week, with another goals-based bet.

These two have had hugely contrasting starts, with Leicester absolutely flying and Stoke languishing in the relegation zone, but one thing they've got in common is an inability to keep clean sheets.

As I noted in the match preview, both teams have conceded in every game this season - including against Luton and Bury respectively in the Capital One Cup - with Leicester's games in particular seeing plenty of entertainment: 23 goals in six games.

Over 2.5 Goals looks decent at 2.1211/10 but given that Stoke have only managed three goals all season, BTTS looks the safer bet at just under evens.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: +£6.20

Joe Dyer
Back a Swansea-Everton draw @ 3.45
Saturday, 15:00

Funny old game is betting. I may have struck a winner last weekend, but it needed three Leicester goals in the final 20 minutes of their clash with Aston Villa to get a return on my money. I guess I read the game right, and I got a payout in the end, but it looked like I'd struck my fourth straight loser midway through the second-half.

On to this week and there are a number of fruity fixtures in the Premier League with Crystal Palace appealing at a big price and even Sunderland making eyes at me at a chunky price. Instead, I am going to give good old Dyer's Draws an airing again, this time at the Liberty Stadium for Swansea's clash with Everton.

Near identical records put these two right next to each other in the table. While Swansea suffered their first defeat of the season last time out with an unexpected loss to Watford, Everton were revelling in a 3-1 win over the current Premier League champions.

There's no huge tactical insight to the bet, I just think these two are very closely matched as a pair of league draws last year seems to confirm. I expect the Swans to react to dropping points last time and I expect the Toffees to keep it very competitive.

And when it's all over it wouldn't surprise if the two were reflecting on a third draw of the season.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: -£2.50

Luke Moore
Back Chelsea to beat Arsenal at 2.56/4
Saturday, 12:45
Live on BT Sport 1

It's been an indifferent start to the season for Chelsea, and even that is perhaps being generous. But, a confidence-boosting and convincing win against Maccabi Tel Aviv midweek would have steadied the ship somewhat and Jose Mourinho's record against Arsene Wenger is an excellent one.

In fact, Opta tell us that Arsenal have only scored twice against the Blues in their last seven outings, and the great Mourinho has never lost back-to-back games at home in his entire managerial career.

What's more, this is exactly the sort of game Arsenal will lose - their mental fortitude is questionable, especially in the big games, and if Mourinho gets his selection right it's hard to see the Gunners avoiding defeat.

Chelsea's season starts here. I'm backing them for the win at one of the biggest prices you'll get on them at home all year.

Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£28.80

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.

The Editors' 2015/16 Season P/L:

Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£47.80

Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: +£6.20

Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: -£2.50

Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£28.80

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