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 30th January to Mon 1st February 2010.
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Tottenham|
|As expected, Birmingham's fantastic undefeated run came to an end at Stamford Bridge but that achievement will probably be enough to ensure their safety in the top flight for another season. McLeish will be looking to name the same starting line-up for the eleventh game on the trot unless he elects to start Craig Gardner who should be eligible to play by Saturday. The Blues have a formidable defence especially at St Andrews, and will be looking to suck Spurs in and hit them on the break through Benitez and Jerome. Spurs have three points breathing space in the race for fourth place after Liverpool and Villa could only draw during the week. Spurs were hardly tested at home to Fulham but Birmingham are bound to provide a sterner examination. Expect Huddlestone and Bentley to retain their places given the doubts over the fitness of both Lennon and Kranjcar. Birmingham won't be too scarred by Wednesday's defeat and look good to bounce back against Spurs; at the very least, it will be a much better indication as to whether Spurs have the fight for a fiercely contested Champions League place.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Aston Villa|
|The Cottagers were once again true to form on the road with an expected defeat at White Hart Lane. However, they've not lost at home in any competition since the end of September when Arsenal beat them by a single goal. Fulham have injury concerns still at both fullback positions meaning Smalling (the new Utd signing) again comes into the centre of a re-jigged defence. Their opponents, Villa, held off the challenge of Arsenal at Villa Park but they've not won any of their last four Premier league games. One wonders if Villa's assault on fourth place will falter as it did last season but their fixture list has been heavily impacted by domestic Cup action with them through to the Carling Cup final and the fifth round of the FA Cup. Both Young and Downing can be expected to give the Fulham fullbacks the runaround but whether Villa will have enough to put the Cottagers to bed remains to be seen.|
|Hull v Wolverhampton|
|Just a single point and a couple of places separate these two sides at the wrong end of the table making this an important relegation scrap. Hull finally have a home fixture after going four successive games on the road, a sequence that yielded two points and exit from the FA Cup. Prior to the home defeat by United, the Tigers had gone on a run of six home fixtures without losing and to add to the optimism, both Bullard and Zaki could be fit to play some part. Their opponents, Wolves, took a point off Liverpool at Molineux during the week but they don't score enough goals; they haven't scored in the Premier league since before Christmas. Wolves will be tasked with closing down hard and stopping the home side from playing, a gameplan that should earn them a share of the spoils though not enough to ease their relegation concerns.|
|Liverpool v Bolton|
|As soon as Liverpool look to be getting their season back on track, they slip up when least expected with the latest blip coming at Molineux. The Reds were marginally the better side but they failed to conjure a goal even with the talismanic Gerrard back in the side; such is the club's desperation to rescue their faltering season that the captain is required for action regardless of his fitness. Torres, Johnson and Benayoun will still be out for some time but Liverpool's recent Premier league form at Anfield has been pretty good with three wins on the bounce and just one defeat from their last nine. They host a Bolton side that notched their first victory under new boss Owen Coyle, ironically coming against his old club. However, the Trotters' away form has been poor with no win on the road since the end of September. At least their win over Burnley moved them out of the drop zone but Liverpool are likely to represent tougher opposition with the home side desperate for another three points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|West Ham v Blackburn|
|The Hammers went in front at Fratton Park but failed to hold on to their lead and had to settle for a point. They remain a point above the drop zone knowing that three points against Blackburn is an absolute must. Carlton Cole returned to action in the draw against Pompey and though Parker failed to recover from a hamstring injury, the combative midfielder should be available come Saturday. They host a Blackburn side that gave themselves some much needed breathing space above the relegation places with a vital win at home to Wigan but their recent away record has been poor. Rovers have taken just two points from their last five Premier league fixtures but conceded thirteen in their last three in all competitions (losing them all) despite scoring four in their Carling Cup exit at Villa Park. Dunn and Samba are both expected to return against the Hammers but the home side desperately need this win and should have enough given Blackburn's away form.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v Everton|
|Everton have been flying in the Premier league lately with no defeat since succumbing to Liverpool at Goodison. Moyes's injury problems have eased considerably and as a result their football's improved. They comfortably beat Sunderland during the week which saw them rise into the top half of the table. Donovan scored his first goal for the club and having two up front (him and Saha) is bound to make the Toffees play more on the front foot. Whether or not Moyes will stick with that formula on the road remains to be seen and I suspect another draw is probably on the cards with their last three away from home all ending similarly. They travel to the DW stadium where Wigan have drawn three of their last five Premier league fixtures and lost just the once. Their league position remains precarious with a paltry two points separating them from the drop zone so any result will be gratefully accepted though a win is fast becoming necessary. They did win at Wolves recently to ease their relegation fears but have not built on that success since. Recent results for both sides suggest a draw but Everton have looked strong lately and they might just sneak it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 5:30||Burnley v Chelsea|
|Other results went against Burnley during the week but inevitably their defeat at the Reebok, and against their old manager, meant that they dropped into the bottom three for the first time. Laws' introduction to life at Turf Moor hasn't been great with three defeats and not a goal scored. To make matters worse McCann, Alexander and Duff all look doubtful ahead of the visit by Chelsea. At the beginning of the season Burnley's home form couldn't be faulted but they've drawn the last four at Turf Moor plus heads are bound to be down after their recently departed manager put one over on them. Chelsea, however, are back on top of the pile after their win at home to Birmingham and have now gone on a run of five successive victories in all competitions whilst scoring seventeen times. There's further bad news for Burnley with both Drogba and Kalou possibly available for selection by Ancelotti. Chelsea don't look like slipping up at the moment and there could be a few goals to be had.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|Sun 1:30||Man City v Portsmouth|
|City will be hurting after exiting the Carling Cup at Old Trafford in dramatic fashion thanks to an injury-time Wayne Rooney header. Hopes of silverware are still alive with them in the fifth round draw of the FA Cup; anything to remove the '34 years' banner at United. That result was Mancini's second defeat but the common concensus is that they look the strongest candidates for fourth place; they're three points adrift of Spurs but they do have a couple of games in hand. City are yet to lose at home this season and this should provide a much needed pick-me-up against a Portsmouth side that remain rock bottom and have taken just a single point from their last four on the road. There has been better news for Pompey with their transfer embargo being lifted but they're still only permitted to bring in loan signings or free transfers. Brown, Diop and James look set to miss a second successive game and the outlook for Portsmouth looks very gloomy indeed.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sun 4:00||Arsenal v Man Utd|
|There was bad news for Wenger at Villa Park despite being held to a goalless draw; Vermaelen went off with a suspected broken leg whilst Eduardo suffered a hamstring strain meaning that both will miss Sunday's visit by United. This could mean Campbell plays his biggest game since Portsmouth's FA Cup final last May and the fans will be hoping that they're the only ones with the jitters. Fortunately, Bendtner has recovered in time to replace Eduardo but what will worry Wenger is the manner of their defeat to Chelsea earlier in the season, their only loss at the Emirates this campaign. Their opponents, United, will be confident after knocking their local rivals out of the Carling Cup in dramatic circumstances but their recent Premier league away form has been mixed including a defeat at Fulham and a draw at St Andrews. Vidic could return to the starting line-up in place of Ferdinand should Ferdinand's appeal against a violent conduct charge not go his way. This is a critical game for both sides with title ambitions but by the same token neither side will want to lose, hence the non-comittal prediction!|
|Mon 8:00||Sunderland v Stoke|
|No shock that Sunderland lost again on the road, this time at Everton by a couple of goals, but their home record is better despite not having won at the Stadium of Light in the Premier league since their single goal victory over Arsenal in November. Unfortunately, Bruce looks like he'll be without Turner, Bardsley, Richardson and Cattermole but at least Bent is still contributing in the goals department. Sooner or later, Jones is bound to regain his confidence and then you'll start to see a different Sunderland. Their opponents, Stoke, aren't the best of travellers having notched just a single win on the road in the Premier league and four of their last five all ending in defeat. Delap's long throw is certain to cause problems despite it being far from an unknown threat, somehow opponents still fail to deal with it. There's not much to choose between these two but home advantage might just carry the day.|
|Home Win 2-1|