Aston Villa at Fulham Odds
|Aston Villa Odds||+140 [BET NOW]|
|Fulham Odds||+200 [BET NOW]|
|Draw||+235 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||2.5 (+100/-124) [BET NOW]|
|Time||12:45 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||Peacock|
By the end of Leicester’s 5-2 upset over Man City, one which saw the Foxes become the first team in the history of the league to convert three penalties in the same game, we were on pace for 319 penalty kicks this season.
Ironically, none of Leicester’s penalties came via the Premier League’s ludicrous new handball rule that is leading to a record-setting number of spot-kicks and, quite frankly, wreaking havoc on the game.
The handball rule also changes the way bettors and bookmakers need to approach each match. The obvious wrinkle is that more penalties means more scoring, so Over/Unders will likely tick up. But, the new rule will also change the way defenders have to play and makes their job really difficult.
Everybody, including managers whose teams benefited from the law, seems to be in agreement that something has to change. Until then, though, bettors need to keep in mind that every game could turn on its head in an instant.