Archived Premier League Tips (1st March 2008)

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Archived Premier League Football Betting Tips (1st March 2008)

Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:

Banker

 Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.

Likely

 Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.

Prudent

 Worth a flutter, small stake, be prudent and stick to matches where you can spot the value.


Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 1st to Sun 2nd March 2008.


Archived Premier League football betting tips (1st to 2nd Mar 2008)

Sat 3:00
Arsenal v Aston Villa
  Last Saturday was not a good day for the Gunners; not only did Eduardo suffer an horrific injury but they dropped 2 points in the dying seconds. After giving away the penalty at St Andrews, any leadership qualities went walkabout and Gallas's continued sulk after the final whistle gives an indication as to the mood of the Arsenal dressing room. The Gunners have dropped just 4 points at the Emirates but Wenger has his work cut out uniting his players prior to the visit of a Villa side that stand a realistic chance of breaking into the top four. Villa have lost just 2 of 13 Premier league away fixtures and are capable of taking points off of Arsenal; it could be a good time to visit the Emirates and one wonders whether or not Arsenal have the bottle and the team ethic to carry themselves to the Premier league title.
Draw 1-1
  Birmingham v Tottenham
  Not only was Tottenham's Carling Cup victory fully deserved but it was a victory for every club outside the top four of the Premier league. Spurs were first class in taking the game to Chelsea and were resolute in defence when they needed to be but the same side is unlikely to be unleashed at St Andrews given the delicate state of Ledley King's knee and the continued partying of certain individuals. Spurs still have plenty to challenge for and Ramos was right to cancel any plans for a premature bus ride down the Seven Sisters Road. Their away record hasn't been great this season but they aim for a victory over a Birmingham side that rescued a point at home to Arsenal in the dying seconds. Taylor's tackle on Eduardo means he'll miss out whilst Kapo sustained a hamstring injury which will keep him out for a month. Birmingham are desperate for points to stave off the threat of relegation but Spurs will be out for revenge after the opposition sneaked all 3 points in the reverse fixture at the Lane.
Away Win 1-2
  Derby v Sunderland
  Everyone at Pride Park appears to have accepted Championship football next season (not surprisingly) but this fixture gives the Rams a fitting opportunity to at least try and avoid the label of 'lowest Premier league points'; Sunderland are the current holders with 15 points from the 2005/06 season. Derby have won just a single fixture this season (at home to Newcastle) and defeat looks a foregone conclusion. However, Sunderland have not won away from the Stadium of Light and Roy Keane has shown that he's not a manager to be messed with. Miller's punctuality has cost him a place on the transfer list where he joins a number of other Sunderland players that haven't quite fitted the bill. The Mackems have lost their last 6 successive away matches but they need all the points they can get and venues don't come easier than Pride Park.
Away Win 0-1
  Fulham v Man Utd
  Relegation is looking a reality for second from bottom side Fulham, although the late defeat at home to West Ham was one where the officials made the difference and Hodgson and his players had no choice but to accept it. The Cottagers have won just 3 games all season and taken only 4 points from their last 6 home games, so any thought of survival seems a trifle optimistic; their only hope of salvation comes from the fact that there are a number of sides facing a similar situation and positions are changing week by week. The visitors to Craven Cottage are a United side that have been granted another title lifeline after Arsenal slipped up last weekend. United have dropped 5 points in their last 6 Premier league away fixtures and know that they can't continue to drop points if they are to overtake the Gunners and make it another Premier league title. United exposed Newcastle's weak defence last weekend and they're likely to find the Fulham defence almost as generous.
Away Win 0-3
  Middlesbrough v Reading
  With a strong side, Boro still huffed and puffed their way past Sheffield United in the FA Cup replay and looked unconvincing for the majority of the game. However, they are gradually climbing away from the relegation situation thanks to 7 points from their last 3 home matches. Aliadiere misses out after his ban was farcically extended to 4 games and maybe Tuncay will start with Alves, replacing the largely ineffective Mido. They take on a Reading side experiencing a miserable run of form with their future as a Premier league club hanging in the balance. Coppell has threatened to ring the changes in an effort to provoke a positive reaction but the Royals have secured just a measly 3 points on the road and Boro have to start favourites despite their own inconsistencies.
Home Win 2-1
  Newcastle v Blackburn
  Keegan's management continues without a win and his side drop ever closer to the dreaded relegation places. Just 6 points separates them from third from bottom Reading and there are still those that believe Newcastle are too good to go down; if anything, it's their strikers that might possibly keep them up. The Magpies have just 3 draws as reward from their last 5 Premier league home fixtures and are rapidly finding that not many sides in this league will let you walk all over them. Blackburn are certainly not one of those and will be hoping
for a win to boost their chances of a place in Europe next season. They're currently ninth but only 1 defeat from their last five fixtures on the road leaves scope for some optimism. This game for Rovers is a bit of a 'no lose' situation in that they just need to go out and play; if they lose away from home, it's not the end of the world but victory could lift them into 7th place. The heads will be down at St James Park after the 5-1 mauling by United and Blackburn are capable of adding to the misery on Tyneside.
Away Win 1-2
  West Ham v Chelsea
  After defeat in the Carling Cup final, it seems that the knives are out for Avram Grant. Chelsea were certainly below par last Sunday but the manager has to shoulder his share of the blame for initial team selection and questionable substitutions; why out-of-position Anelka over Joe Cole and why an unfit Lampard instead of Ballack to name but a few worrying decisions? I can't imagine for one minute that Grant will repeat the same mistakes at Upton Park as Chelsea can't afford to drop points if they're to capitalise on any mistakes by the two clubs above them. The Hammers were fortunate to sneak all 3 points last weekend at Craven Cottage and their mid-table position leaves them safe although they're probably too adrift for any hope of European football next season. They've not lost in their last 5 home Premier league fixtures but Chelsea have a point to prove and don't often lose two on the bounce.
Away Win 0-1
Sat 5:15 Man City v Wigan
  City's great early season home form has taken a turn for the worse with only 3 points to show from their last 5 home fixtures and goes some way to explaining their slide down the table. Sven is without Richards who is recovering from surgery and Petrov will be unavailable after being dismissed for an innocuous flick at Leon Osman. City are still in the chase for a European place but they can't afford to drop off the pace with a number of clubs vying for the 2 or 3 UEFA Cup spots. Wigan travel to Eastlands on the back of a decent home victory over Derby and Bruce is certainly doing a creditable job in steering his charges away from the threat of relegation. The Latics are still some distance from safety but 5 points from their last 5 away matches lends some support to the theory that they might not emerge from the City of Manchester empty-handed.
Draw 1-1
Sun 1:30 Bolton v Liverpool
  Liverpool are trailing their Merseyside rivals by 3 points with the last Champions League spot being the sought after prize. The Reds cannot afford to take their eye off the ball with just 12 games left to play as further slip-ups could cost them a place in Europe altogether. It seems thay have no drive or end product without the services of Gerrard and Torres leaving Benitez with no option but to play them. Liverpool haven't won on the road in their last 4 attempts and even the recent victory at home to Boro was a close run thing. Recent results for Bolton have not been too flattering but progression through to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup at the expense of Atletico Madrid has been a remarkable achievement given their domestic league position. Relegation issues remain close at hand for Bolton and without Anelka's goals it's difficult to back them.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 4:00 Everton v Portsmouth
  Portsmouth have had a knack of winning on the road with 8 victories from 14 games but Everton are proving that their current position of fourth is no fluke. Not only are they keeping Liverpool out of a Champions League spot but they won through to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup in some style with an emphatic 8-1 aggregate win over SK Brann. Given Everton's recent schedule, tiredness might have been a factor in their subsequent match at Eastlands but they returned with a comfortable 2 goal victory. As good as Portsmouth are away from home and even considering that new striker, Jermain Defoe, has scored 2 in 2 league games, Everton look very strong at the moment and should have too much for them.
Home Win 1-0

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