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 midweek fixtures Tues 3rd to Wed 4th March 2009.
|Tues 7:45||Portsmouth v Chelsea|
|Pompey still have outstanding issues with regard to a permanent manager and the ownership of the club; Paul Hart remains in caretaker charge whilst Gaydamak rejected the Swiss takeover bid after being deemed unacceptable. The players finally ended a run of 4 successive home defeats by beating City and then going on to get a draw at Stoke. Since then they've had a 10 day break but visitors don't come much more difficult than Chelsea. The Blues left it late at home to Wigan but once again their English heartbeat of Terry and Lampard saved the day. With Liverpool losing at the Riverside, that victory means Chelsea leapfrog their rivals but still remain 7 points behind the league leaders. Chelsea may not be filling their fans with confidence but Hiddink has won every game since taking over at the Bridge and he'll want to continue that trend at Fratton Park.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Brom v Arsenal|
|Saturday's goalless draw at home to Fulham made it their fifth consecutive Premier league draw, the last four all ending goalless. Injuries to key players including Adebayor, Eduardo, Fabregas and Walcott are obviously a factor but strikers Bendtner and van Persie have failed to step up to the plate. Sections of the Arsenal fans aren't happy at falling 6 points behind Villa in fourth place whilst Everton are now only 2 points adrift of the Gunners and look better on form. They travel to the Hawthorns where they take on bottom side, West Brom, who are now 4 points adrift after the defeat at Goodison. Mowbray's men have lost their last 4 games in all competitions and have injuries to key players but surely Wenger will have his guns firing if Arsenal harbour any ambition of Champions League football next season.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Tues 8:00||Liverpool v Sunderland|
|After the fantastic victory in Madrid, the week couldn't have finished on a worse note than the manner of the defeat at the Riverside. When Boro's second goal went in Liverpool's heads dropped, their passing game disappeared and they virtually conceded the title was United's to lose. Gerrard and Torres remain doubtful for this clash but Liverpool are still to lose a game this season at Anfield despite drawing 4 of their last 6 at home. Their opponents, Sunderland, will be hoping that both strikers, Jones and Cisse, will be passed fit in an effort to build on three successive Premier league away draws. Sbragia appears to have made the job his own and has done well to gradually pull his side away from the drop zone, although the margin is still only 5 points. If Liverpool have key players absent, Sunderland could be worth a draw.|
|Wed 7:45||Man City v Aston Villa|
|Once again Man City faltered on the road, this time at Upton Park where a Collison goal was enough to separate the sides. Bellamy has proved inspirational since moving to City but may miss out after succumbing to injury against his old club. At Eastlands, City have proved far more threatening with four successive home victories but they face Aston Villa, the away day specialists. The Villans have won their last 7 Premier league fixtures on the road but there have been signs in other competitions that the consistency isn't quite there yet. The draw at home to Stoke at the weekend must have felt more like a defeat after they conceded 2 very late goals and as a result dropped 2 points. However, they still look comfortable in fourth place with a 6 point margin over Arsenal. City will be weaker without Bellamy but this one could go either way.|
|Newcastle v Man Utd|
|The Magpies are only 2 points clear of the relegation places and need a home victory after drawing their last three Premier league games at St James Park. There's just one problem; they face a United side looking to retain their title and already 7 points clear at the top. The weekend saw United take their second trophy this season after they cast aside Spurs in a Carling Cup final penalty shoot-out. What shouldn't be forgotten is that Fergie rested many of his first team players, for whatever reason, so it should be a fairly fresh side that travels to St James Park. The manager may be playing down talk of the quintuple but he'll still want to win very game United play this season.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Stoke v Bolton|
|The Potters staged a mighty comeback in the dying minutes at Villa Park and that point could yet prove valuable if Stoke manage to stay up. It was only Stoke's fourth point on the road but they're a different proposition at the Britannia Stadium where they've lost just 3 Premier league fixtures. They host a Bolton side that saw off Newcastle at the Reebok thanks to a Ricardo Gardner goal but the Trotters have taken just 1 point on the road from their last 5 attempts. Sections of the Bolton support are still unhappy with Megson but the manager has been offered a new contract and will have done a fantastic job should Bolton stay up this season; after all, they're just about in the top half of the table. However, form dictates that this might just be Stoke's day.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wigan v West Ham|
|Only a single point and place separates these two sides in the top half of the table. Wigan came so close to earning a point at Stamford Bridge only to have it snatched away from them by Lampard in injury time but they've plenty to take heart from; most unlikely was an outstanding display from Titus Bramble. The Latics are now undefeated in 8 Premier league home games including a win over Everton and a draw against Liverpool. West Ham are the visitors to the JJB on the back of two away defeats; a Premier league defeat at the Reebok followed by FA Cup misery at the Riverside although they did beat City at home to lift the gloom. There is a tendency to underestimate Wigan but the Hammers will come a cropper if they do.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wed 8:00||Blackburn v Everton|
|Blackburn's win at the KC Stadium took them out of the drop zone but they remain level on points with two other sides also struggling to escape. Rovers' form has been mixed and they need to start winning games if they're to avoid the drop. Importantly for them, plenty of sides are still in the mix but they'll find it tough getting any change out of Everton. The Toffees are intent on grabbing some Champions League action next season and with Arsenal within touching distance, anything's possible. There was good news for Moyes with Saha scoring on his return to Premier league action although Cahill has performed exceptionally in the absence of any fit strikers. A single goal will be enough to settle the game in Everton's favour.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Fulham v Hull|
|There's no doubt that Hull are definitely on the slide and the latest nail in the coffin was defeat at home by another of their relegation rivals, this time it was Blackburn. The Tigers have managed to scrape the odd point here and there of late but they face a difficult trip to Craven Cottage where Fulham have lost just the once. The Cottagers managed to shut out Arsenal at the Emirates but it is their home form that's been impressive and worthy of a side much higher in the table. Anything other than a home win would be a shock.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Tottenham v Middlesbrough|
|Spurs missed the boat at Wembley and fell painfully short when it came to taking on United at penalties. Ironically, with their relegation battle in mind, it could prove a blessing in disguise; remember last year when they won the Carling Cup, after that success their season fell apart. That can't be allowed to happen this time around and defeat at Wembley may make them more focused in their remaining Premier league fixtures. Spurs have only won 7 league games this season and now each remaining one will be like a Cup final. Their opponents, Boro, sprung the surprise of the weekend by beating Liverpool at home and that makes 2 successive wins after they beat the Hammers in the FA Cup. However, Boro have lost 9 of their 13 Premier league away fixtures and Spurs should have the edge with the likes of Keane and Palacios available after being cup-tied.|
|Home Win 2-1|