The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2019-20: Round 11

Unai Emery - Arsenal
Jake doesn't expect life to get any easier for Unai Emery on Saturday

Dan extended his lead at the top to a healthy £80 last time out so the other editors are in need of some winners to stay on his tail. Here's where their tenners are headed this weekend...

"What is going on at Arsenal? Well, the same thing that has been happening for years.They still can't defend, and even more worryingly, their attacking process is on the decline under Unai Emery, so all in all, this is just not a very good Arsenal team."

Eagles to bring Foxes back down to earth

Dan Thomas
Back Crystal Palace to beat Leicester at 3.65
Sunday, 14:00
Live on Sky Sports

Now, backing against a team who made English football history in their previous away game may seem a little strange to many but I just sense that the layers are now slightly overrating Leicester, which presents us with an opportunity.

There is absolutely no question that Leicester have been the success story of the Premier League season so far, sitting in third place with a handsome +17 goal difference, but should they be around 11/10 against a strong Palace outfit?

I'm not so sure. When they last had an opportunity for a 'statement' win at Old Trafford, the Foxes fluffed their lines a bit and Palace's style won't necessarily suit them - Roy Hodgson will be happy to sit back and let the visitors have the ball, which negates the ball over the top for Jamie Vardy.

The sixth-placed Eagles have had a fine season themselves and will be high in confidence after coming back from 2-0 down at the Emirates last time out. History is also in our favour - Palace have won their last four Premier League meetings with Leicester by an aggregate score of 13-1.

Double chance is the safe option here, but I'll take a chance on the home win at an enticing price.

Dan Thomas 2019-20 P/L: +£93.20

Villa to put in respectable effort against Reds

Mike Norman
Back Aston Villa +2 @ 1.9420/21 v Liverpool
Saturday, 15:00

Liverpool's tempo and attacking prowess was a delight to watch for long periods against Spurs last weekend but the fact remains that Jurgen Klopp's men conceded yet again, won by only a single-goal margin, and were in danger of conceding again late in the game.

From the Reds' last 10 games in all competitions the only two teams they beat by more than one goal were Genk and MK Dons, while away from home they've won only one of their last six Premier League games by more than a single goal.

So with Villa scoring regularly of late - they've avoided defeat in five of their last six outings, scored at least two in all of those five games and 14 in total - I can see them putting in a decent performance against Liverpool on Saturday.

I'm not sure Dean Smith's men can win the match - after all, Liverpool are unbeaten in 45 league games - but I can see them drawing or suffering just a narrow defeat. If they can score one or two at Villa Park on Saturday then Klopp's men will need to be at their very best to win the game comfortably. I'm not convinced they're in that sort of form right now.

Mike Norman 2019-20 P/L: +£13.40

Toon to frustrate again

Joe Dyer
Back under 2.5 goals in West Ham v Newcastle @ 2.0621/20
Saturday, 15:00

I think we can all predict Steve Bruce's gameplan for this weekend's trip to West Ham - sit back, soak up pressure and hope to nick one on the break.

It's an approach that has seen the Toon stage a mini revival since suffering a 5-0 battering at Leicester. A defeat of Manchester United was the reaction to that humbling result followed by a close-but-no-cigar 1-0 loss at Chelsea and then a point from a home tussle with Wolves.

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They go to London to face an out-of-form West Ham side that is currently without a win in five (three losses and two draws). That run was started by a 4-0 League Cup defeat at Oxford and has seen the club beaten by Palace and Everton and held by Bournemouth and Sheffield United.

While the Hammers are capable of both scoring and shipping goals it looks to be getting a bit tighter in recent games and I fancy this will be a close one where they will have to knuckle down at both ends to break Newcastle's resistance and stop the visitors sneaking a goal of their own.

But should Steve Bruce's side do that they are more than capable of locking up shop and securing a win of their own.

Joe Dyer's 2019-20 P/L: -£4.30

Goodison to prove too much for Kane-less Spurs

Jasmine Baba
Back Everton to win @ 2.68/5
Sunday, 16:30
Live on Sky Sports

Jasmine is away.

*Due to Kane being out injured, the Jasmine's initial bet of Kane to score anytime is now void and has been replaced with a new bet.

Jasmine Baba 2019-20 P/L: -£8.70

Wolves to bite Arsenal

Jake Osgathorpe
Back BTTS and Wolves or Draw @ 2.92 (SGM) vs Arsenal
Saturday, 15:00

What is going on at Arsenal? Well, the same thing that has been happening for years.

They still can't defend, and even more worryingly, their attacking process is on the decline under Unai Emery, so all in all, this is just not a very good Arsenal team.

Based on xG, the Gunners rank as only the 10th best team in the league this season, with a negative process (1.58 xGF 1.65 xGA per game), and their underlying numbers have actually got considerably worst since Arsene Wenger left - #WengerIn.

Their performance, and the media storm that followed it, against Crystal Palace last weekend was another poor one, and Wolves will be looking forward to sticking their teeth into this Arsenal defence.

After a slow start to the season, Nuno's side have started finding some consistency, and have only lost twice this season in 10 games, going down at Everton and at home to Chelsea.

Obviously the 2-0 win at Manchester City will stick in everyone's mind, and rightly so, as it shows just what they are capable of, and in their last 15 games against the 'big six', Wolves have picked up 20 points, including a 1-1 draw at the Emirates last season, and a 3-1 win at Molineux over Emery's men.

Wolves' counter-attack is expected to be too hot to handle, and I fancy them to get at least a point from their trip to London, but goals will likely flow at both ends, so I'm taking the 2.92 on a Same Game Multi that both teams will score and Wolves will avoid defeat.

Jake Osgathorpe 2019-20 P/L: -£27.60


For more tips and insight on the Premier League weekend - and beyond - check out this week's episode of the Football...Only Bettor podcast

The Editors' 2019/20 P/L:

1. Dan Thomas +£93.20
2. Mike Norman +£13.40
3. Joe Dyer -£4.30
4. Jasmine Baba -£8.70
5. Jake Osgathorpe -£27.60

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