Premier League table predicted by stats geeks: Man Utd in 7th, Liverpool 3rd, Chelsea 2nd

Premier League table predicted by stats geeks: Man Utd in 7th, Liverpool 3rd, Chelsea 2nd

The Editors Premier League Betting Battle 2018/19: Round 12

Twitter Facebook Reddit Maurizio Sarris Chelsea may concede this weekend Join today View market Mike Norman climbed above Joe in last week's battle to take the lead in this year's competition. Find out who our five are backing with their 12th selections of the season…

“Maurizio Sarris outfit have not been rock-solid at the back recently and it wouldnt surprise were they to edge a bit of a shootout so Ill take the 17/10 on a Chelsea win with both teams scoring.”

Remarkably Southampton have won just one of their last 16 Premier League games at St Marys but this isnt the only poor run of form theyve had in recent seasons on home soil. A couple of seasons back Southampton found it very difficult to score in front of their own fans resulting in another long stretch of matches without too many wins.

The reality is that Mark Hughes men just arent a very good side, and although on paper they look to have enough quality to avoid relegation they just arent performing to the best of their ability right now.

Watford are the visitors to St Marys on Saturday and given they are eight places above Southampton in the table, have won five more games than them this term, and have a vastly superior goals scored tally, then Im surprised they are as big as [3.15] to win.

Admittedly the Hornets lost at Newcastle last week – another side who struggle on home soil – but they really should have had that game won in the first 45 minutes. Im happy to forgive them that defeat and back them to return to winning ways this weekend.

Joe Dyer Back Chelsea win/Both teams to score double v Everton @ 17/10 Sunday, 14:15 Live on Sky Sports

In most Premier League seasons 27 points from 11 games would have a team clear at the top but in 2018-19 its only just enough to keep you in the top four.

Unbeaten in the league this season, Chelsea have won eight and drawn three from their 11 fixtures but still trail leaders City by two and have plenty of competition close around them in the chase for Champions League qualification spots.

The pressure is on to keep winning and the Blues should achieve that on Sunday, although visitors Everton will no doubt make it competitive.

Marco Silvas side have picked up a good head of steam in recent weeks, scoring in six straight games, winning four and only losing at Old Trafford where they gave United a thorough test.

Maurizio Sarris outfit have not been rock-solid at the back recently and it wouldnt surprise were they to edge a bit of a shootout so Ill take the 17/10 on a Chelsea win with both teams scoring.

Unfortunately and frustratingly, last week was a missed chance to put me back into a positive amount. Watford failed to capitalise and somehow gave Newcastle their first victory of the season.

So I return to my trusty stead of a bet, which is Liverpool at home, and its paired with a newly-promoted side. The Reds have won all eight home Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp against newbies, Opta tell us, scoring 25 goals and conceding just three. But this isnt just any newbie that Liverpool are facing, its the team that have conceded the most goals this season so far.

Fulham are disastrously open, even allowing Cardiff to double their goals tally in their 4-2 defeat to the Bluebirds (from four goals to eight). I dont need to tell you that Liverpool are a better attacking side than Cardiff.

A fornight ago I said The Reds had a point to prove in the league after a few draws and losses in other competitions and after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade, theyll be wanting to bounce back yet again. So expect a drubbing of Fulham this weekend. The Liverpool to Win and Over 4.5 Goals bet at 8/5 is good enough for me.

Manchester United really left it down to the wire last week for me, but a wins a win and my nails have just about recovered enough to type up this weeks tip.

Its Bournemouth again for my selection this week, but this time Im backing Eddie Howes men go get the three points. The sixth placed Cherries may have struggled against top competition but theyve dealt with teams in the lower half with aplomb – cruising past the likes of Fulham and Watford.

Newcastle, on the other hand, really are having a tough time of it. Rafa Benitez still hasnt cracked the code, theyre three wins behind where they were at this point last year and I think theyre going to struggle throughout the season.

The Cherries should have more than enough to power past the Magpies, even in front of the Toon Army faithful and [2.64] is a great price.

One of the most striking stats of the season so far is Arsenals reliance on second half goals to get wins in the bag.

Unai Emerys men have been level pegging in a league-high nine of their 11 games at the break so far this season, going on to win seven of them.

They face a Wolves side who have been drawing at half-time in seven of their 11 games, but are on a three-game losing run.

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1. Mike Norman +£58.50 2. Joe Dyer +£43.10 3. Jasmine Baba -£10.30 4. Harry Phillips -£19.40 5. Dan Thomas -£110.00

Mike Norman: Back Watford @ [3.15] to beat Southampton Joe Dyer: Back Chelsea win/Both teams to score double v Everton @ 17/10 Jasmine Baba: Back Liverpool and Over 4.5 Goals against Fulham @ 8/5 Harry Phillips: Back Bournemouth to beat Newcastle at [2.64] Dan Thomas: Back Draw/Arsenal in the HT/FT market v Wolves

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We’re diving into another weekend of Premier League and fantasy football before pausing once more for the international break.

But don’t despair, because we’ve got some big fixtures to sink our teeth into – including the highly anticipated Manchester derby.

So ahead of that mouthwatering showdown, we’re having a look at which players have been transferred in the most this week ahead of Dream Team Game Week 12?

The Man City defender has been one of the most consistent players in the league this season and has made a big splash on Dream Team.

At the moment, he’s the second-best player on the game with 89 points, coming just behind Eden Hazard (110 pts) in the table.

The Frenchman has netted five goals in their last six matches, including the winner against Newcastle and two at Chelsea.

He’ll be an important figure for the weekend derby clash and is certainly popular with you lot.

His mammoth price certainly isn’t putting any of you off, with Aubameyang becoming a firm Dream Team favourite.

What’s more, Auba is knocking on the door for the league’s Golden Boot gong this season, currently matching Hazard and Sergio Aguero in terms of goals scored.

His relationship with Lacazette in Arsenal’s attack has been a key part of their success, with the duo notching 12 league goals combined so far.

But it’s not been all about Hazard, with Willian contributing heavily to their attacking play under Maurizio Sarri.

And it shows; with 80 points on Dream Team at the moment, making him one of the best midfielders you can have.

We implore you to get him while he’s still relatively cheap, as his recent good form will surely see his bargain price rise.

It’s been a pretty poor start to the season for Salah, considering how incredible he was last term.

But he’s slowly getting back into shape, and recently racked up an eye-watering 38 points against the likes of Huddersfield, Cardiff and Red Star.

Having been one of the most transferred out players on Dream Team a month ago, managers are now rushing to get the Egyptian King back into their line-ups, just in time for Liverpool’s weekend clash against Fulham and their leaky defence.

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