The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2015/16: Round 9

Coloccini and co. have been terrible this season. Can Joe profit from their awfulness?
Coloccini and co. have been terrible this season. Can Joe profit from their awfulness?
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The editors return after the international break with just a few quid separating all four in what has been a tight Battle so far. Find out where their tenners are headed for round nine...


"Steve McClaren’s Newcastle shipped six goals last time out in the Premier League and their 17 conceded is the joint second-worst total in the top-flight, second only to neighbours Sunderland. It’s been five games since they let in less than two goals in a match and tricky Norwich are the sort of side that could put this faltering unit under pressure."

Joe Dyer
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Newcastle v Norwich @ 1.981/1

Joe Dyer
Back Over 2.5 Goals in Newcastle v Norwich @ 1.981/1
Sunday, 16:00
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Two of the Premier League's worst defences are on display at St James' Park on Sunday and I can't resist a dabble on Over 2.5 Goals at nearly even money.

Steve McClaren's Newcastle shipped six goals last time out in the Premier League and their 17 conceded is the joint second-worst total in the top-flight, second only to neighbours Sunderland. It's been five games since they let in less than two goals in a match and tricky Norwich are the sort of side that could put this faltering unit under pressure.

The Canaries have been a reliable Overs bet throughout the season with six of their eight matches breaching the 2.5 line. Only Southampton have managed to blank Alex Neil's side and their ability to score on Sunday will come as a real worry to the home side who won't want the St James' Park crowd on their backs again. Their ability to concede (they're up to 14 already) is what makes the bet for me, however. Newcastle will see this as a chance to finally win a Premier League game.

But with no.1 Tim Krul out of the game the pressure will really be on reserve keeper Rob Elliott and I'm happy to be on Overs in Sunday's sole top-flight match.

Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£28.60


Mike Norman
Back Everton @ 3.412/5 to beat Man Utd
Saturday, 15:00

Everton have won their last three home games against Manchester United and I rate them a great bet to make it four when the two sides meet on Saturday afternoon.

The Toffees are unbeaten in five league games, a sequence that included that very impressive win over Chelsea, and although the Blues have been way below par this season I actually don't believe Louis van Gaal's men are any better.

True, United have been picking up the points but they've barely played well all season and were ripped apart at Arsenal just before the international break. That was a very tough defeat and they'll do well to bounce back at a ground where they have a poor recent record.

As Michael Lintorn explains here, Everton have the best recent record in the Premier League in games immediately following an international break with just adds further confidence in a home win.

The return of John Stones is a big plus, and if the likes of Ross Barkley and Romalu Lukaku can continue their excellent early season form then I fully expect Everton to take all three points.

Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£17.80


Dan Thomas
Back Over 3.5 Goals in Southampton v Leicester at 3.185/40
Saturday, 15:00

While I suspect that both Sam Allardyce and Jurgen Klopp will both get positive starts in their first games for their respective new clubs - the latter especially, given Tottenham's lack of fit midfielders - I am going to stay on safer ground and stick with the banker bet of the season so far: goals in a Leicester game.

There have been goals at both ends in every single one of the Foxes' games so far, with 24 scored in their previous six alone. Ronald Koeman's men have also offered up plenty of entertainment, with their last half dozen games seeing the net bulge 22 times.

Saints come into the game on a high, having dismantled Chelsea last time out, and I expect them to take the game to Claudio Ranieri's men, leaving space for the Foxes to counter, as they do so well.

I was surprised to see Over 2.5 Goals trading as high as 1.84/5 but I'll take my chances on another goals packed encounter and go for four or more to be scored at better than 2/1 on the Exchange.

Dan Thomas 2015-16 P/L: +-£4.80


Luke Moore
Back Chelsea-1 to beat Aston Villa at 2.0621/20
Saturday, 15:00

It has clearly been a disastrous start to the Premier League season for Chelsea by their own high standards, yet the defending champions would have benefited from an extended break and should be ready to go again against a truly poor Aston Villa side with a beleaguered manager.

Despite the difficult beginning to their season, there have been some bright spots as far as Chelsea are concerned - Willian, Cesar Azpilicueta and Asmir Begovic have all done well - and it's a chance for Jose Mourinho to tinker and bring some young players in, as he's intimated he may start to do so.

Regardless, Villa are dreadful at the moment and it's hard to see any way back for them under Tim Sherwood who is floundering and flip-flopping around in style and formation; it's the classic hallmark of a manager that knows he's had his chips. This game may not quite seal his fate, but I predict a fairly simple win for the Blues on Saturday.


Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£5.80


*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:


Joe thumbnail 50 x45.PNGJoe Dyer
P/L: +£28.60


Mike thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGMike Norman
P/L: +£17.80


Dan thumbnail 50 x 45.PNGDan Thomas
P/L: -£4.80


Luke thumbnail.PNGLuke Moore
P/L: -£5.80

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