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Premier League Betting Guide for Matchweek 17

Liverpool recently took over first place in the league table, but will they be able to sustain that position after their matchup with Manchester United this weekend?

Matchweek 17 provides several high=profile matchups, including Manchester City against Everton and Liverpool against Manchester United.

Using FanDuel Sportsbook as the source for lines, let's take a look at some bets you should zero in on this week.

Please note that lines are subject to change after this article is published, which impacts betting advice. All betting lines were taken from Paddy Power, and you cancheck here to see their most updated numbers.

Watford vs Cardiff

Watford to win -160

Watford have been a decent side at home this season (4W-0D-4L) but they have been particularly good at home against teams in the bottom half of the table. Watford are 3-0-0 at home against bottom-half teams, convincingly winning those games by an aggregate score of 7-1.

On the flip side, Cardiff are one of the weaker teams in the EPL, sitting in 14th place in the table and just four points removed from 18th. Cardiff have been abysmal away from home, posting a 0-1-6 record with a -12 goal difference. Cardiff’s only result away from home this season came via a draw against a 10-man Huddersfield side that is currently in 18th place.

Given Watford’s success at home against weaker opponents as well as Cardiff’s struggles away from home, this seems like a game Watford should win fairly easily.

Crystal Palace vs Leicester

Leicester to win - draw no bet +102

Leicester have clearly established themselves as a superior side to Crystal Palace this season as they are 10 points and seven places ahead in the standings. Palace are favored due to being at home, but the recent trends suggest that homefield may not be as beneficial to Palace as one would think.

Crystal Palace are a disappointing 1-2-4 at home this season, which is surprisingly worse than their away record of 2-1-6. Leicester are 3-2-3 both at home and on the road, so they have shown consistency regardless of the venue.

It is also worth mentioning that Leicester is 5-4-0 against teams in the bottom half of the table, so using the draw-no-bet option with Leicester offers some protection.

Liverpool vs Man Utd

Liverpool to win -175

At this point it may be time to admit that Manchester United are not very good as they sit eight points back of a top-four spot. United are 7-5-4 overall, which is narrowly good enough for sixth place and sees them already eight points behind fifth-place Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho’s side are 3-2-3 away from home, and they are 0-2-2 against the other teams in the top six. Sunday’s matchup with Liverpool will prove to be a difficult one as Liverpool are atop the table and own a 6-1-0 home record.

Even though United have fared well against Liverpool in recent years, Liverpool should have no problem with United this weekend as the Reds will look to maintain their first-place position over Manchester City.