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Betting public backing favorites heavily in 3 of 4 Saturday EPL matches

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We break down betting splits for the English Premier League’s first weekend back since restarting.

A general view during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on February 29, 2020 in Watford, United Kingdom. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The English Premier League heads into its first weekend since restarting on Wednesday, and we get some critical matchups in the race for Champions League and Europa League berths. DraftKings Sportsbook is offering a rundown of betting splits for the four Saturday matches, and the public is primarily backing the favorites.

Watford vs. Leicester City

The morning gets underway with Leicester City traveling to face Watford at 7:30 a.m. ET. Although Liverpool has all but locked up the EPL title, Leicester is in solid position to secure one of the four Champions League berths. They are in third place, five points up on Chelsea and eight up on Manchester United. They trail Manchester City by seven points for second place on the table.

Meanwhile, Watford is tied with AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United for the third relegation spot. The public does not like Watford’s chances to even come away with a point in this match.

Watford (+265): 3% handle, 5% bets
Tie (+250): 2% handle, 10% bets
Leicester City (+105): 96% handle, 86% bets

Arsenal vs. Brighton

Arsenal is sitting in ninth, five points back of Manchester United for the Europa League berth. On the other side, Brighton has a two-point lead on the trio battling to stay out of the final relegation spot. Arsenal was thumped 3-0 in their Wednesday return, but bettors think they can bounce back on Saturday.

Brighton (+200): 4% handle, 4% bets
Tie (+235): 3% handle, 15% bets
Arsenal (+143): 92% handle, 81% bets

West Ham United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Wolves are in seventh place, two points back of Manchester United for the Europa League berth and five back of Chelsea for the fourth Champions League berth. West Ham is tied with Watford and Bournemouth for the final relegation spot. The public is heavily backing the favored Wolves.

West Ham United (+270): 10% handle, 7% bets
Tie (+235): 7% handle, 14% bets
Wolves (+108): 82% handle, 79% bets

AFC Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace is playing out the string, 12 points up on the final relegation squads. Bournemouth is tied with Watford and West Ham for the third relegation spot. The public is fairly evenly split in total bets, with the largest share going to a tie. This match has the most total handle on tie and underdog of the four matches on Saturday.

AFC Bournemouth (+150): 22% handle, 28% bets
Tie (+225): 22% handle, 38% bets
Crystal Palace (+195): 56% handle, 34% bets

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