Premier League Action Resumes This Weekend
Following the two-week layoff for international soccer matches, the Premier League resumes this weekend in England and the early game sees Aston Villa welcome table-toppers Chelsea.
Chelsea won last season's match at Villa Park by a single Nicolas Anelka goal and most online bookies believe history will repeat itself this Saturday with BetFred.com, Coral.co.uk and WilliamHill.com offering the visitors at odds of 8/11 to win.
After eight games, Chelsea sits at the top of the Premier League, two points ahead of Manchester United, with StanJames.com listing the Londoners at odds of 4/5 to win on Saturday while SportingBet.com, PaddyPower.com and Bet365.com are offering 5/6.
Even worse reading for Aston Villa fans is VictorChandler.com offering Chelsea at odds of 17/20 to win while Betfair.com is going with 7/8 followed by WBX.com with 8/9. Rounding out the offerings is BetDaq.com with Chelsea at 9/10 to triumph followed by SkyBet.com, BlueSq.com and 888Sport.com with 10/11.
Aston Villa finished in sixth spot in the Premier League last season and currently sits in seventh, eight points behind Chelsea. Despite being at home, BlueSq.com, VictorChandler.com and 888Sport.com list the Birmingham-based team at odds of 11/4 to win while SportingBet.com is showing 14/5.
Slightly longer, BetFred.com, StanJames.com and WilliamHill.com show odds of 3/1 on a home win with SkyBet.com offering 16/5 followed by Bet365.com, PaddyPower.com and Coral.co.uk with 10/3.
Under these circumstances, a tie could be seen as a victory for Aston Villa but most online bookmakers believe this is a long-shot with Coral.co.uk offering 11/5 on this eventuality. Following this, BlueSq.com and 888Sport.com currently show 9/4 on a draw while SkyBet.com is offering 20/10.
VictorChandler.com, StanJames.com, Expekt.com, WilliamHill.com and PaddyPower.com currently show odds of 12/5 on a draw followed by BetFred.com with 5/2. Even longer, punters can get 13/5 from Bet365.com while BetDaq.com is showing 45/17.