2016-17 Premier League: Week 30 and 31 Betting Preview

2016-17 Premier League: Week 30 and 31 Betting Preview

Another International Break had halted league play as we head towards a crucial final stretch in the season. Week 29 value plays hit on Bournemouth +115 but lost on Arsenal -141, earning +0.15 units to go up +10.93 units on the season. Week 30’s matches will be Saturday/Sunday highlighted by Liverpool/Everton and Arsenal/Manchester City, while Week 31 is right around the corner on Tuesday/Wednesday. However, I’ll only be previewing Week 30’s matches due to the small time frame in between.

Week 29 Results:
Everton -174 vs. Hull
Man United -148 at Middlesbrough
Tottenham -145 vs. Southampton
Chelsea -143 at Stoke
Crystal Palace -106 vs. Watford
Bournemouth +115 vs. Swansea
Sunderland/Burnley Draw +217
Leicester +222 at West Ham
Man City/Liverpool Draw +280
West Brom +485 vs. Arsenal

Season Trends:
Home: 139 wins of 283 (+32.77 units)
Away: 79 wins of 283 (-62.79 units)
Draw: 65 wins of 283 (-19.73 units)

Title Odds at 5Dimes and Current Points:
Chelsea -2350 (69)
Tottenham +2200 (59)
Man City +2500 (57)
Liverpool +15000 (56)
Man Utd +25000 (52)
Arsenal +50000 (50)

Chelsea appear to be a lock for the title, and they’re big -330 favorites against Crystal Palace this weekend. The real race is now for the top 4 and a qualifying spot for next season’s Champions League.

The first value play this week will be on Watford -115 against Sunderland. Watford are coming off a loss at Crystal Palace while Sunderland most recently earned a point against Burnley at home so I’m buying very low here. Sunderland are in dire need of points as they’re in dead last in the Premier League, and surprisingly nearly 50% of moneyline tickets is taking Sunderland +375 to win outright. Sure, the price seems great against a 14th-place club, but there’s no escaping the relegation zone for Sunderland this season. Sunderland have also found success against Watford in recent years so I can understand why bettors like this line, but I’ll fade the public in this one.

As you can see from the line graph at Pinnacle, the line came down initially on Watford but has risen since. Only 35% of the market is on Watford right now despite being favorites, so look for them to secure a nice home victory on Saturday.

The other value play this week will be on the Swansea/Middlesbrough Draw at +243 odds. Again, I’m surprised that public bettors are so heavy on a poor Swansea side, as they’re getting more than 70% of moneyline tickets as slight -102 favorites. Both teams have struggled for results in the past couple weeks and I cannot wrap my head around the love for Swansea. At the time of publication, just 8% of tickets was taking the draw but I’m envisioning a 1-1 result here.

Most Lopsided Around the Market: 79% on Leicester +109, 73% on Swansea -102

Biggest Line Moves at Pinnacle: Hull +162 to +147, West Brom +1142 to +955

Value Plays (+10.93 units): Watford -115, Swansea/Middlesbrough Draw +243

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Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. You can find him on Twitter (@ArsenalDMC) and he can be reached directly at dan.mcguire@actionnetwork.com.

  • James
    03/31/2017 at 5:39 pm

    Dan, this has been fantastic to follow all season. As a big Premier League fan and member of insights I have finally been able to play these matches with confidence. Now the questions for you is how much longer does Wenger have at Arsenal?

      • James
        04/01/2017 at 9:56 pm

        Agreed. I’m a Liverpool fan and the difference between the two is that Arsenal is a London club and Arsenal has the money. Both of those factors will draw big name players. I believe outside of Man United, Madrid, Barca, Bayern etc that it is one of the top jobs any manager would want.

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