English Premier League Round 31 Betting Tips

The following are betting tips for selected fixtures in Gameweek 31 of the 2017/18 English Premier League. There are only four fixtures in total this weekend due to FA Cup quarterfinal commitments for the remaining teams.

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Stoke City vs. Everton


Back Stoke city +0.5 in the Asian Handicap at 1.42 (Betfair)

Stoke City have only lost 1 of their last 7 at home against Everton. Everton have found away wins hard to come by recently, having gone 1-7-12 away from home over the last 12 months.

Bournemouth vs. West Brom


Back Bournemouth 0 (Draw No Bet) in the Asian Handicap at 1.40 (bet365)
Back Bournemouth +0.5 (Half Ball) in the Asian Handicap at 1.25 (bet365)

Bournemouth are on a six-game winless run but they have a great opportunity to return to winning ways when they take on West Brom, whose manager Alan Pardew’s job hangs by a thread following seven consecutive defeats in all competitions. Bournemouth have gone 7-4-2 as the home favourite over the last 12 months and they haven’t lost at home to a side in the bottom half of the table since Round 2 in August. West Brom, meanwhile, have a dismal 1-6-13 away record over the last 12 months.

Huddersfield vs. Crystal Palace


Back the draw at 3.20 (Palmerbet)

Huddersfield have put their 6-game January losing streak behind them, having gone 2-1-0 since then to stay 4 points clear of the relegation zone. They have gone 5-5-5 at home this season but importantly 1-3-0 as the home favourite. Crystal Palace are on a seven-game winless streak and four-game losing streak, but their last 4 fixtures have all been tough, particularly the last 3 against Tottenham, Man Utd and Chelsea. They lost each of those games by just one goal and importantly they have talisman Wilfried Zaha back. Against Chelsea last week they looked a transformed side when Zaha came on at halftime. Palace won that second half 1-0. I can make decent cases for both sides so I have opted for the draw.

Bournemouth vs. West Brom


Back Liverpool in the head-to-head at 1.22 (Betfair)

I’m normally reluctant to back Liverpool at home against weak opponents because they have drawn 8 of their last 19 home games when installed as the favourite. Liverpool have won their last 4 straight at home against weak opponents, however, and Watford’s two visits to Anfield since promotion resulted in 2-0 and 6-1 defeats. Watford have lost all 4 away fixtures this season against sides ranked 7th and up. Three of those defeats were by more than 1 goal. With Watford looking safe in mid-table and Liverpool still fighting to secure a Champions League spot, I’ll side with the home team despite the short odds.

Back Liverpool -1.5 in the Asian Handicap at 1.55 (bet365)

Of Liverpool’s 11 home wins over the last 12 months, 8 were by more than one goal. All three of Watford’s away fixtures against top-six sides this season resulted in 2+ goal defeats.


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