Aston Villa vs. Chelsea Soccer Picks: Side With The Blues on this Premier League Saturday Game

Steven Suarez

Friday, February 6, 2015 6:56 PM GMT

Even though they're the away side on this occasion, the Blues should be able to control the tempo of this weekend's match against Aston Villa. Let's examine the soccer odds for this one.

Odds Overview
There's no doubt about who the favorite is on the soccer betting odds board for Saturday's Premier League action.

Chelsea has been the cream of the crop in England so far, while Aston Villa has been struggling immensely overall. The odds show the Blue favored at a price of around -260, which leaves the Villans listed at a crazy high line of +900 to get an outright win. A draw is quoted in the range of +350 to +400, so obviously oddsmakers are expecting one outcome here.

 

Aston Villa
Villa just got handed a brutal 5-0 loss away to Arsenal, so spirits aren't going to be high at all for the club. Overall results have been far from encouraging too, with the Villans currently in 16th place in the Premier League standings. 

Goalscoring, or a lack thereof, has been the major issue for Villa so far this season. If you can believe, the Villans have scored just 11 times in the league, which is easily the worst mark out there. Every other side in the Premier League has scored at least 20 goals, so it's been a brutal cold spell for the side in 2014/15. 

Right now the Villans are safe from the relegation zone, but it's getting uncomfortably close if you're a fan. They're only three points clear as it stands, so they're going to need some good results here going forward to stay afloat and survive into next season. More immediately, you have to have your doubts about Aston Villa's chances of scoring against Chelsea's top-notch defense and world-class keeper, even in spite of the fact they'll be buoyed by the home support.

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Chelsea 
The Blues remain atop the Premier League (by five points), but they haven't been quite as dominant as we've seen them be earlier in the season. They've only won one of their last four matches across all competitions, having to settle for draws with Liverpool and Manchester City and then losing to Bradford City at home in the F.A Cup in one of the biggest upsets you're bound to see in soccer.

Despite the shaky form, Chelsea is still in the driver's seat, and now that they have one less competition to focus on, they're going to be able to get a little more rest in between some matches. That holds true heading into Saturday's match, as the Blues have had an entire week to rest up and prepare.

Giving Jose Mourinho ample time to get his tactics in order is a dangerous proposition. Whereas the Villans haven't been able to score many goals, the Blues have, and even though they'll be rather shorthanded this weekend (Diego Costa and Cesc Fabgregas, among others, are out), they've got the depth to cope.

 

Pick
We feel very good about Chelsea's chances this weekend.

It's quite simple as to the reason why: Aston Villa cannot score goals. The Villans have been the most anemic team in the entire Premier League. Eleven goals in all through 23 league matches, and that's just not going to cut it at this level. If I was a Villa fan, I'd definitely be worried about my team's chances of surviving the relegation zone. You have to be able to score goals in order to win matches - the Villans have earned just five wins all season long.

On the other side, you've got a ruthless Blues team that has no issue scoring goals. They've scored more goals (52) than any other team in the league and should be able to get at least a couple against the Villans. Let's back Chelsea and add them to your Saturday soccer picks to get the job done in winning this matchup.

Free Soccer Pick: Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 2

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