Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:
Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.
Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.
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 31st January to Sun 1st February 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Stoke v Man City|
|It seems that Stoke's break in Dubai did them no favours as they went down 3-1 at White Hart Lane and find themselves just 4 goals off the bottom of the table. The Potters have lost just 1 of their previous 9 Premier league games at the Britannia (a narrow defeat to United) but Pulis will be expecting a better performance from them against a City side that have won just the once on the road. Hughes has finally managed to attract new players to Eastlands and it was new signing, Bellamy, that grabbed the clincher at home to Newcastle. Robinho has been the focus of attention this week for various reasons but had a hand in the first goal to lift City's spirits. City have drawn 3 of their last 4 away fixtures but they could well go down against a spirited Stoke side that are scrapping for survival.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v West Ham|
|Robin van Persie grabbed Arsenal a very late equaliser at Goodison Park during the week but they remain in fifth position and a massive 5 points behind Villa. The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 9 Premier league matches but both Villa and Everton remain thorns in their side as far as Champions League qualification is concerned. They've won 3 of their last 4 at the Emirates and will start favourites against a West Ham side that've improved in recent weeks and now gone 7 games in all competitions without defeat. Di Michele looks more than a useful addition to the squad and was instrumental in the Hammers' win over Hull. A Bobby Zamora goal won the points here for West Ham in 2007 but Arsenal have ground to make up and nothing less than a win will satisfy Arsene Wenger.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Aston Villa v Wigan|
|Villa have shown themselves the masters of counter-attacking football; 9 wins from 12 on the road and their smash and grab at Fratton Park was exactly that. The signing of Emile Heskey will no doubt prove to be a wise one and his debut winning goal was perfectly timed. Villa are now 5 points clear in fourth place and the Champions League carrot is there for them if they want it but they need to turn home draws into wins if they're to keep up the pressure on those around them. It's ironic that Heskey faces his old side so soon but Wigan could struggle a little without him and Palacios; Mido may have scored against Liverpool but he's not a worthy replacement and Bruce is likely to realise that before the end of the season. Wigan are in 7th position on merit but they've lost 3 of their last 4 on the road and Villa are definitely the stronger side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Bolton v Tottenham|
|Only 4 goals separates these 2 sides just below mid-table on 24 points apiece. Both have major concerns regarding their close proximity to relegation (just 3 points above bottom-placed West Brom) and a result for either could send them into the top half. Bolton managed to end a run of 5 successive defeats in all competitions with a point at Ewood Park after going in at half-time 2 goals to the good. Tottenham got back to winning ways at home to Stoke after going 6 Premier league fixtures with just 3 draws to show for their efforts. Modric is adjusting to the pace of Premier league football and Defoe's scoring touch hasn't deserted him on his return to the club. Chimbonda is also a returning face but Spurs will need to harden up that soft centre if they're to get anything at the Reebok. A game that could go either way but Spurs would be the happier with a draw.|
|Fulham v Portsmouth|
|Fulham's home form is as good as their away form is bad; just 1 defeat and 21 of their 26 points have come at Craven Cottage. No doubt Hodgson feels better off without Jimmy Bullard's services but they could well miss some of the guile that the cheeky chappie brought to the table. They host a Portsmouth side struggling for form with just 1 point from their last 6 Premier league games but their gutsy display at home to Villa deserved more; they pressed the play well but failed to convert from a glut of set pieces. Pennant did well on his debut but Adams is still probably short of a few players given that several of his midfielders remain injured. Without the Fratton Park faithful behind them, they'll do well not to succumb to another defeat.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Hull v West Brom|
|Hull's performance at Upton Park was ordinary and it was only Duke's performance between the sticks that kept the home side down to just 2 goals. The Tigers are now down to tenth after 6 straight defeats and they need to halt the slide against West Brom to avoid dropping further. The visitors will be low on confidence after being hammered at home during the week by United but there is good news for Mowbray after Robinson's red card was overturned leaving him available for selection. The Baggies have secured a paltry 4 points on the road and are on a run of 8 successive away defeats. Just 4 goals scored away from the Hawthorns underlines their problems and Hull must know that this is a golden opportunity to take all 3 points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Middlesbrough v Blackburn|
|Boro did well to only lose by 2 goals at Stamford Bridge but the truth of the matter is that they failed to create a single worthwhile chance the whole game and are a poor side. They're in the bottom three and their goal difference isn't much better than those below them. Southgate has guided his side to 11 successive Premier league games without a win although the FA Cup win at Molineux may have lifted confidence a little. They host a Blackburn side just a single place and point above them and still undefeated under Sam Allardyce, although Rovers left it late to equalise at home to Bolton. Santa Cruz didn't start that game but he came on after 58 minutes and turned it in Blackburn's favour; as long as he remains at the club, Allardyce can't risk leaving him out. These two sides have drawn a lot recently and another draw looks on the cards.|
|Sat 5:30||Man Utd v Everton|
|Now that we've hit the business end of the season, United have shifted up the gears and are 2 points clear at the top with a game in hand. Fergie appears to have won his mind games with Benitez (no surprise there) as Liverpool relinquish their advantage. United have dropped just 2 points at Old Trafford and will be full of confidence after demolishing West Brom at the Hawthorns during the week. However, they have an extensive injury list and face an Everton side that are hard to beat. The Toffees have their own injury concerns but the key one could be Tim Cahill if he fails to recover from the foot injury sustained at home to Arsenal. In the absence of more established strikers, Cahill has made Moyes's gameplan work ploughing the lone furrow up front. Everton are still tough to break down but United should be backed to find the answer.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Newcastle v Sunderland|
|A north-east derby in which Newcastle will be out for revenge after losing at Sunderland earlier in the season. The Magpies are just 2 points above West Brom at the foot of the table and have a growing injury list with Owen and Barton the latest casualties in the defeat at Eastlands. Newcastle have drawn 3 of their last 5 home Premier league fixtures and entertain a Sunderland side buoyed by the news that Kenwynne Jones has signed a new four and a half year contract. Recent results for Ricky Sbragia have been mixed but he'd be more than happy to leave St James Park with a point.|
|Sun 4:00||Liverpool v Chelsea|
|Third plays second in the big game of the weekend and both sides should be going all out for maximum points in an effort to keep tabs with United; a draw (more than likely) could be the worst result for both parties if United have already beaten Everton on Saturday. Against Wigan, Benitez hauled off both Gerrard and Torres with this game in mind but yet another draw has severely dented their title hopes; seven draws from their last ten Premier league fixtures is most definitely not title-winning form. However, Liverpool are yet to lose at Anfield but host a Chelsea side that have lost just the once on the road; that defeat was actually their last away fixture and was a heavy one at Old Trafford. Since then, Scolari has had some key players return from injury and they should be more resolute than against United. This looks like having draw written all over it.|