Friday February 6th, 2015

Chelsea failed to win at home for the first time this season, but kept its undefeated record at Stamford Bridge intact with a 1-1 draw against Manchester City. This Saturday, Chelsea will look to avoid a road upset against Aston Villa.

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The EPL leaders are a -375 favorite on the road according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. While Chelsea has been nearly flawless at home, the road has been another story as the club is 6-2-4 with a 2-2-2 record over its last six. Aston Villa is a +1100 underdog to win outright and +450 to play to a draw, sporting a lowly 2-4-5 record at home. Chelsea is 5-1-0 in its last six games against Aston Villa, but did lose 1-0 in its last trip to Villa Park.

Tottenham hosts Arsenal on Saturday in a North London derby game where both sides are looking to crack the EPL's top four. Arsenal is currently tied with Southampton on 42 points while Tottenham lurks just behind with 40 points. Despite being at home, Tottenham is a +220 underdog as Arsenal is paying +115 to win on the road while the draw pays +260. Arsenal is 6-1-1 over its last eight games and has outscored its opponents 10-0 over its last three.

Southampton had a 5-0-1 undefeated streak snapped last week with a surprising 1-0 home loss to Swansea City as a -175 favorite on the soccer betting lines. The club will try not to disappoint its backers again as a -125 road favorite against Queens Park Rangers. QPR is just 5-14-4 on the season, but 11 of those losses have come on the road as the club is 5-3-4 at home.

Manchester United visits West Ham United on Sunday as a -110 favorite. West Ham is a +300 underdog at home and is going off at +255 to force a draw. Manchester United has just three road wins so far this season with a 3-2-6 record away from home. Since 2008, West Ham is 1-12-2 in 15 games against Man United.

 

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