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 26th to Wed 27th January 2010.
|Tues 7:45||Portsmouth v West Ham|
|As further reports surface of Portsmouth's ongoing financial instability, fears continue to grow as to their survival hopes, not least as a top flight club. They still prop up the rest of the Premier league with the gap between them and nineteenth now at four points. However, their recent home form suggests that all is not lost (on the footballing front); Pompey have lost just one of their last five at Fratton Park in all competitions including wins over Burnley, Liverpool and Sunderland. No doubt they'll be seeking revenge for their recent two goal defeat at Upton Park with the intention of making West Ham's relegation scrap all too real. The Hammers grabbed their first away point since November with a draw at Villa Park but they're short on options up front though Carlton Cole is nearing a comeback. This remains close to call but the evidence suggests that Pompey haven't given up just yet|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Tottenham v Fulham|
|Tottenham's defeat at Anfield was a real blow and coupled with the goalless draw at home to Hull, many have taken the opportunity to re-evaluate Spurs credentials as a top four contender. Without Aaron Lennon, Spurs have struggled to create decent chances and resorted to playing through the middle without much success. The FA Cup has failed to provide a welcome distraction with League 1 Leeds holding Spurs to a draw at the Lane with an injury-time penalty. Their opponents, Fulham, survived a nervy first half at the Crown Ground to progress to the next round but their Premier league away record has been poor with just a single point their sole reward from their last five fixtures. Hodgson has confirmed that Zamora is closer to a comeback than was initially predicted but the striker will be itching to play against his old club should he be given the chance. If Lennon is fit enough to make the bench, Spurs should win comfortably if only for the fact that Harry can change things should their current gameplan not work out.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wolverhampton v Liverpool|
|Wolves will be eager to ease their relegation fears against a Liverpool side without Torres, Gerrard, Johnson and Benayoun. Wolves fans could be forgiven for thinking that there's no better time to play the Reds but they showed after the Reading defeat that there's life in the old dog yet with a draw at Stoke and victory at home to Spurs. Liverpool's football might not be pretty but it was effective and Rafa should be expected to adopt the same tactics at Molineux. Wolves have lost their last three Premier league fixtures conceding seven times whilst failing to score themselves. They remain above the drop zone on goal difference but could find themselves in it as Liverpool continue their charge for the coveted fourth place, much buoyed by the Spurs result and knowing that they're within touching distance.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Tues 8:00||Bolton v Burnley|
|Burnley's slide towards the relegation places continues with their home form faltering and their away record proving their downfall. They've the worst form on the road in the Premier league with just a single point from eleven games and a massive 34 goals conceded, over three per game. Laws was boosted by the return of McCann and Paterson for their FA Cup tie but they still lost out at the Madejski. Obviously, the players will want to do well against their recently departed boss but likewise, Owen Coyle should know the best way to take three points off his old side. Bolton are in the middle of a releagtion dogfight and Coyle lost his first two games in charge; unfortunately, the cruelties of the fixture list dictated that he face Arsenal home and away. There was reason for optimism in the Emirates fixture until Gallas's tackle changed the game but at least the Trotters continued their FA Cup journey with a win over Sheffield United. This game should be meat and drink for Bolton.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wed 7:45||Aston Villa v Arsenal|
|This game represents the start of make-or-break time for the Gunners, a sequence of games that could see the title swing their way or against them. First up is Villa away, closely followed by United, Chelsea and Liverpool. Wenger doesn't have the same depth of squad as some of the other big four sides and it was no surprise to see him field a weaker team in the FA Cup defeat at Stoke, but don't expect him to rest any fit first teamers for the trip to Villa Park. Up until the last week , Villa had kept things pretty tight on home territory but games against Blackburn and Brighton in the Cups have seen the Villans concede six times despite winning both matches. O'Neill obviously rested some players that'll no doubt be back but this game has a ring of Liverpool's last minute win about it and I suspect Arsenal might just do enough to win it.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Chelsea v Birmingham|
|Birmingham's tremendous run continued at Goodison where they knocked last year's beaten finalists out of the FA Cup. That takes their unbeaten sequence to fifteen games but now they face last year's FA Cup winners in the league and there's a very real danger that their great undefeated run is about to come to an end. Victory would force Birmingham into contention for fourth place, not only because of their league position but also because they'd be the first Premier league side to win at Stamford Bridge this season. Chelsea have dropped just two points at home this campaign and remain the only 'big four' side in the FA Cup whilst competing well on both Premier and Champions League fronts. Such is their strength in depth that players departing for the African Cup of Nations and others such as Ashley Cole picking up knocks has had little impact. The last time Chelsea failed to win was at St Andrews on Boxing Day but the home side are likely to have their revenge.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wed 8:00||Blackburn v Wigan|
|Just two points and places separate these two sides in the mid-bottom half of the table and a win for either would go some way to improving their chances of not being dragged into the relegation scrap. Up until last week, goals had been in short supply from Blackburn but they hit Villa with a four goal blitz at Villa Park in the Carling Cup, though it was still not enough to see them progress to Wembley. As a result, Allardyce's problems continue but now he doesn't know whether to strengthen in attack or defence. Their opponents, Wigan, brought an end to a poor run on the road with a good win at Wolves but failed to build on it at Meadow Lane and were held to a draw in the FA Cup by Notts County. With the exception of Burnley, the Latics have conceded the most goals away from home in the Premier league and that defensive record will be a rag to a bull for a Blackburn side that've just found an appetite for scoring.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Sunderland|
|Despite Birmingham's great form, it was something of a shock to see Everton lose to the Blues in the FA Cup especially after taking a point off Arsenal and beating Man City at Goodison in the last couple of weeks. Moyes has been boosted by the return of Arteta, though the midfielder is still well short of his best, whilst signing Senderos on loan has given him improved defensive options. The Toffees take on a Sunderland side that haven't won in the Premier league since the November win over Arsenal at the Stadium of Light, though their last (and only) Premier league away victory was at Bolton on the opening day. Despite their poor form, Darren Bent still keeps finding the back of the net on a regular basis though strike partner, Jones, has struggled. Both sides played at the Stadium of Light in a 1-1 draw on Boxing Day but there only looks like being one winner in the return fixture.|
|Home Win 2-1|