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 21st to Mon 23rd February 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Aston Villa v Chelsea|
|Third plays fourth in the early kick-off and these will be unfamiliar league positions for the clubs involved. Villa have performed beyond expectations although the foundation for their position has been their away record of 10 wins from 13 attempts. Contrastingly, Chelsea have under performed and as a result Scolari's been sacked with Hiddink coming in as a temporary replacement until the end of the season, although there has been speculation that he might continue on a permanent basis. The Blues have lost their last 2 Premier league away fixtures (at Old Trafford and Anfield) and they won't want to lose to the only other side above them in the table. Villa aren't as strong a home side as United and Liverpool despite only losing just the once at Villa Park, and a share of the spoils sounds about right although neither side is likely to be happy with that outcome.|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Sunderland|
|With Villa gatecrashing the top four, Arsenal run serious risk of not qualifying for the Champions League. A full 5 points behind Chelsea in fourth place and Everton breathing down their necks, thoughts of slipping any further down the table are almost unthinkable. Three draws from their last 3 Premier league fixtures has been disappointing especially since they failed to come away from White Hart Lane with all 3 points. They've since recovered by demolishing Cardiff in the FA Cup and will be keen to do the same when Sunderland visit the Emirates. The Black Cats haven't lost since Villa visited the Stadium of Light in the middle of January. They've drawn their last 2 fixtures away from home and expect Jones and Cisse to cause the Arsenal defence some problems. However, there only looks like being one winner and the Gunners should have the upper hand, even more so now that Eduardo is back from injury and returned in goal-scoring style.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Bolton v West Ham|
|The Hammers are making great progress under the stewardship of Gianfranco Zola, and the input from assistant, Steve Clarke, shouldn't be underestimated. The narrow defeat at home to United put an end to an undefeated run of 8 games in all competitions giving much cause for optimism for the remaining part of the season. However, injury to Carlton Cole and suspensions for Neill and Noble could leave the Hammers short of options at the Reebok. Bolton are one of several sides just 4 points above the relegation places and have won only 2 of their last 6 home games (against Spurs and Pompey, not exactly great away sides). If the Hammers were at full strength, they should be strongly fancied but with key players missing, they still might be good enough for a point.|
|Middlesbrough v Wigan|
|Boro now extend their run of Premier league games without a win to 13 and their situation looks perilous. Joint bottom with West Brom on 22 points, Southgate must be feeling the pressure although Gibson is unlikely to act until the end of the season. Boro have drawn 4 of their last 5 Premier league home fixtures but their inability to win games could cost them dear. Wigan are a much improved side although how the departures of Heskey and Palacios will affect them is yet to be seen. They've drawn their last 3 games but a point apiece against Liverpool and Fulham, and away at Villa, are not necessarily bad results. I can't see Wigan losing at the Riverside and although a draw may look the obvious result, the Latics are probably overdue a victory.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Stoke v Portsmouth|
|It's ironic that Pompey win the game at home to City immediately after Adams was sacked but maybe it wasn't such a shock. They'd been playing OK under Adams and the manner of defeat at home to Liverpool was a trifle unfortunate, but it was always on the cards that they'd beat City; maybe they wanted Adams out and the timing after the Liverpool game suited Portsmouth better. However, just 2 victories on the road doesn't bode well for the trip to the Britannia where Stoke have home form worthy of many of the sides above them. The Potters are a point the right side of the drop zone but only 3 home defeats all season means they shouldn't be underestimated. Though Pompey are a better side than recent results have suggested, Stoke are strong at home and start favourites.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||Man Utd v Blackburn|
|The midweek win over Fulham means that United stretch the margin over Liverpool to 5 points. Rooney returned from injury as a substitute and scored with his first touch. Fergie's conceded that Chelsea are now out of the title race although he's still keen to ensure that his side's feet stay on the ground despite their growing confidence.Van der Sar extended his unbeaten record between the sticks and now it seems it's not only a challenge to beat United but to score against them. Their opponents, Blackburn, suffered their first Premier league defeat under Sam Allardyce at home to Villa which keeps them in the bottom three. Big Sam won't be getting any favours from his mate, Fergie, as United close in on the title and Rovers are likely to taste their second league defeat under their new manager.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 1:30||Fulham v West Brom|
|Once again Fulham failed to secure any points on the road when they visited Old Trafford but playing them at Craven Cottage is a different kettle of fish. The Cottagers have lost just the once on home soil and their home record has kept them far enough away from the drop zone to raise too many concerns. Not only do Fulham have a fantastic home record but they're playing bottom placed West Brom who've only secured 5 points on the road; however, the Baggies did manage a draw at the KC stadium last time out bringing to an end a run of 7 straight Premier league away defeats. Mowbray knows that points are a must if they're to survive and points on the road will further improve their chances. Defeat is staring them in the face on this occasion and relegation looks a near certainty.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 3:00||Liverpool v Man City|
|Both these sides have been performing below expectations considering the respective ambitions of both clubs. City's away record has been dismal but it seems their samba stars just can't reproduce their dazzling form away from Eastlands. With City managing just a single victory on the road, Hughes has his work cut out matching results to aspirations and the task doesn't get any easier going to Anfield where Liverpool are yet to lose this season. Too many draws has been Rafa's downfall and not converting those into wins has seen United sail 5 points clear at the top. Alonso is suspended for this game but Gerrard could return earlier than expected although Benitez may prefer to take it easy with his star player. The danger for Liverpool is that City are capable of snatching a goal but Liverpool won't want another draw if they're to realistically challenge for the title with 13 games to go.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Newcastle v Everton|
|Everton's fine form was interrupted by the recent narrow defeat at Old Trafford but otherwise they've been going very well in both the Premier league and the FA Cup; the latter has seen the Toffees knock out both Liverpool and Villa. On their travels, Everton have become masters at shutting out the opposition whilst managing to snatch the winning goal and it's largely been down to a system forced on to David Moyes because of a lack of fit strikers. That situation shows no signs of easing but youngsters Gosling and Rodwell have come into the midfield and performed exceptionally well. They travel to St James Park where Hughton and Calderwood have taken over the reins after Kinnear had to undergo heart bypass surgery. Kinnear was absent for the game at West Brom but miraculously the Magpies managed to secure only their second away win of the season. The Toon injury list shows no signs of diminishing and though they've only lost one of their last six at home, Everton are full of confidence and will prove a tough proposition.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||Hull v Tottenham|
|There's no doubt that Harry Redknapp has prioritised the Premier league above the likes of the UEFA Cup, hence his decision to leave key players at home for the trip to the Ukraine with this fixture in mind. Spurs've won just 2 Premier league away fixtures this season and lost 5 of their last 6 on the road. Their opponents, Hull, have taken just 2 points from their last 8 Premier league games but those draws came away at Stamford Bridge and at home to bottom side, West Brom, from their last 2 attempts so maybe there's some sign of improvement from Phil Brown's players. Brown will be disappointed that recent signing, Bullard, is out for the rest of the season but it was a gamble they took when they signed the midfielder from Fulham. The Tigers will be looking to do the double over Spurs but not even a point will be enough for a rested Spurs who are just 2 points clear of the relegation places.|