Matchday 17 is a full round of midweek fixtures as we enter the grueling Christmas Schedule. While most leagues in Europe prepare for their winter breaks, the Premier League ramps up with each side playing five games over the next 20 days. This period can make or break your season with a good run of form propelling your club up the table or a serious injury to your side’s star player costing you in the second half of the season.
If you’re unsure about what markets to bet on this Matchday, you can read on to see my analysis and check out our Premier League Betting Guide. You can always hit me up on Twitter @AlexJBlowers for advice, your picks, and thoughts on what’s happening in the world of soccer.
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Let’s take a look at the 2021-22 Premier League Matchday 17 Betting Lines, Analysis, and Tips.
PREMIER LEAGUE GUIDES
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 16 ROUNDUP
QUESTIONABLE PENALTY DECISIONS BALE OUT MANCHESTER CITY, LIVERPOOL AND CHELSEA
When you’re at the top of the Premier League, decisions tend to go your way, and the top three all benefitted from questionable penalty decisions. I’m not convinced João Moutinho handled the ball, Tyrone Mings was unfortunate to be penalized after awkwardly tangling with Mohamed Salah, and Antonio Rüdiger made the most of Mateusz Klich’s challenge.
Raheem Sterling, Salah, and Jorginho all converted to earn their sides three points. Two points separate Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea, and let’s hope it stays this tight come May.
BRENTFORD HALFWAY TO SAFETY
Brentford never gave up hope against relegation rivals Watford. Pontus Jansson equalized on 84 minutes with a close-range header, and Bryan Mbeumo held his nerve to convert a 94th-minute penalty.
The win puts Thomas Frank’s side on 20 points which is halfway towards the mythical 40 that many believe is enough to guarantee Premier League survival. With 22 games left, Brentford are looking good to beat the drop, and Sportsbooks think so too. Draftkings have them priced at +750 to get relegated.
TIM SHERWOOD IS A CLOWN OF A PUNDIT
Is Tim Sherwood a calculated shock jock or a diehard Premier League connoisseur who doesn’t care or respect anything that happens outside of English football? Either way, he’s a clown, and it’s disappointing to see someone this uninformed given a platform when there are so many better pundits around.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 17 LINES
**Odds Taken from DraftKings Saturday, December 11th, 9:15 PM EST
PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ANALYSIS AND TIPS
- Aston Villa’s Moneyline at +110 is very tempting. Since Steven Gerrard took over, they have won three and lost two, with the defeats coming against Manchester City 2-1 and Liverpool 1-0. Their former manager Dean Smith is now in charge of Norwich City, who are looking a lot more organized and better under him. I think Villa will have enough to get the three points.
- I like Both Teams To Score YES and Over 2.5 Goals at +110 for Brentford vs. Manchester United. The Brentford Community Stadium is a tough place to go, and the fans will be pumped to see their side take on the Red Devils. The atmosphere they generate will result in goals.
- A Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea Moneyline Parlay comes in at -172. I know these three are the standout teams this season, but that’s low odds for a league deemed the most competitive in the world. It’s difficult to find value with these three at the moment, and I recommend avoiding their games.
WHERE TO BET PREMIER LEAGUE IN THE US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in more than two dozen states. You can bet online in some states, but only in-person betting is allowed in most of them.
DraftKings Sportsbook is available in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
FanDuel Sportsbook is available in Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.