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Premier League Betting Guide for Matchweek 31

Chelsea have a crucial match this weekend against Everton that could play a major role in deciding whether or not the Blues make the top four. How should you approach that match from a betting perspective?

Matchday 31 provides a short slate of matches, as only 10 teams will be in action this weekend.

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.

Everton vs. Chelsea

Chelsea to win -110

Overall, Chelsea are having a vastly superior season to Everton as they are 20 points clear of the Toffees in the table and 20 goals ahead of them on goal difference.

Chelsea are a strong 8W-1D-5L away from home this season, equating to a 57% winning percentage in away matches. Everton, meanwhile, are 6-4-5 at home for only a 40% winning percentage. Even when factoring in for home-field advantage, Chelsea are clearly the better side, and they should be able to take home the full three points in a match that's key for the Blues' top-four ambitions.

Burnley vs Leicester

Burnley to win (draw no bet) +114

Burnley are 5-2-7 at home this season with a -8 goal differential, and Leicester are 5-3-7 away with a -4 goal differential. Burnley’s home winning percentage (36%) is actually slightly higher than Leicester’s away winning percentage (33%).

Overall, Burnley’s home form is extremely comparable to Leicester’s away form, so this should be an evenly-matched game. Given the slightly favorable odds of +114, a bet on Burnley could pay off, and the Clarets have been in nice form of late, winning four of their past six home matches in all competitions, with one draw and one loss mixed in.

West Ham vs Huddersfield

West Ham to win -180

West Ham are currently sitting 11 places ahead of Huddersfield in the table, holding a massive 25-point lead over the Terriers. West Ham are 7-3-5 at home, compared to Huddersfield’s 1-3-10 away record.

Huddersfield have been poor all season, but they have a particularly abysmal 1-1-15 record since the start of December. They continue to prove that they are outmatched in this league this campaign, and they will be hard-pressed to earn a victory on the road against a top-half West Ham side. It's not the most bang for your buck, but taking the Hammers to win at home against the EPL's worst side is a safe bet.