Premier League betting: Wednesday's EPL cheat sheet

Aug 19, 2013 |
Aston Villa, fresh off a shocking upset of Arsenal on the weekend, face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a midweek matchup in the Barclay's Premier League. Here is your quick cheat sheet.

Chelsea v Aston Villa (-350, +450, +900)

Why bet Aston Villa:
The Villains will be on Cloud Nine after defeating Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates to open their season. The front three of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann and goalscoring-machine Christian Benteke were all excellent against the London club and not intimidated in the slightest. Benteke netted a pair in leading the Villains to three points and will need to be in top form again if Villa is to get anything from Stamford Bridge.

Key players doubtful: Charles N'Zogbia, Nathan Baker, Chris Herd, Yacouba Sylla

Why bet Chelsea: Chelsea were excellent against Hull and even if Jose Mourinho has to do some shuffling of his lineup (possible rest for Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres, Ramires), Chelsea is deep enough to field a quality XI. Despite a fierce start against Hull, they could have gone on to score more, but Mourinho likes to sit back when he has the lead and the 2013-14 opener was not a departure from the norm. You might remember this fixture from last year. Chelsea won 8-0 on Dec. 23.

Key players doubtful: David Luiz

Key betting note: There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Villa's 12 previous away games in the Premier League.

2012-13 fixture result: Chelsea 8, Aston Villa 0

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