Saturday Premier League Soccer Pick: Chelsea vs. Burnley

Steven Suarez

Saturday, February 21, 2015 1:19 PM GMT

Not only are the Blues atop the Premier League, but they also have one of the easiest matchups on the board this weekend. Needless to say, the soccer odds are firmly in Chelsea's favor against Burnley.

Odds Overview
No surprise here: Chelsea is easily the biggest favorite on the board for the entire weekend of Premier League play. The Blues are listed at anywhere from -450 to -500 to get the outright win at Stamford Bridge, which leaves Burnley as a humungous underdog in the soccer odds . They're at right around +1500 to score an upset, with the draw (+600) also considered a longshot.

 

Chelsea
Though they had managed to win consecutive Premier League matches (over Aston Villa and Everton), the Blues weren't able to keep that winning streak going in a midweek Champions League showdown with PSG. That being said, getting a draw in the first leg away from home is hardly a bad result, especially against a team like PSG.

It was Chelsea that got the first goal, thanks to a headed goal from Branislav Ivanovic, which came off a nice flick from Gary Cahill from a cross from John Terry. Yes, that's three defenders that combined for that crucial Blues goal. Now Chelsea will head back to London for the second leg with a clear advantage to advance on to the quarter-finals of the competition.

What's more, the Blues get the luxury of being at home for this weekend's meeting with Burnley, a situation that sets up beautifully for them to grab another key three points. Chelsea currently holds a seven-point edge on the nearest competitor, which is Manchester City at this time. It would take a number of slip-ups for the mighty talented Blues to cough up that type of lead. Jose Mourinho has been to this dance before and should be able to keep his boys on top of the table. 

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Burnley
The Clarets have been going through a rough patch lately, having gone winless over their last five matches. They've outright lost four of those matches, and that includes an F.A. Cup exit at the hands of Tottenham and a few Premier League defeats. That's nothing new for Burnley though, who are currently in 19th place in the standings. If the season were to end today, the Clarets would be relegated.

What that means is Burnley really has to get points wherever they possibly can. Easier said than done, especially when you just take a quick glance over the upcoming schedule. The Clarets will be facing Chelsea, Swansea City, Liverpool, Manchester City and Southampton over their next five league fixtures, an ominous stretch that doesn't bode well for the newly promoted side whatsoever.

One of the only bright spots for the club this term has been the play of striker Danny Ings, who has shown he belongs in the top flight by scoring a team-best 11 goals. He's been garnering interest from some of the bigger clubs in the country because of his performances, but the Clarets will have his services for the remainder of the season it looks like. They're going to need all the help they can get to have any chance of surviving relegation.

 

Premier League Pick
Once again, we have to go with the chalky play and back the Blues to win with ease.

Chelsea has the advantage of being at home and we're not concerned about tired legs after a tough Champions League fixture during the week. The Blues most certainly have the depth in their squad to cope just fine.

In order to maximize your value with your soccer picks, consider adding a Chelsea win by two or more goals, which would offer a much better return than a strict moneyline play. The Blues should be able to get back to their winning ways at home against a much less talented Burnley outfit.

Free Soccer Pick: Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

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