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 6th to Sun 7th February 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Liverpool v Everton|
|Derby day at Anfield is usually a fiercely fought occasion and this promises to be no different. Both sides are in good league form though there's bound to be more pressure on Liverpool playing at home. The Reds are unbeaten in their last six league matches scoring only eight times but have won their last four on home turf. They lie just a point behind Spurs and can count themselves contenders for fourth place and the remaining Champions League spot. Benitez is still without Torres, Benayoun and Johnson whilst Gerrard is struggling a little with his form since returning from injury. Their opponents, Everton, have gone nine Premier league games without defeat but have the luxury of players returning from the African Cup of Nations and the treatment room. Neither side is exactly free-scoring and as with most derbies, there's probably very little to choose between them.|
|Sat 3:00||Bolton v Fulham|
|Fulham edged to a narrow victory over Portsmouth at Craven Cottage during the week but their away form is wretched with just a single point from their last six outings; to make matters worse, Villa were convincing winners at the Cottage last weekend. Just recently, injuries have crippled Roy Hodgson's side especially in the striking department and their prospects didn't look much better when loan signing, Okaka, sent a four yard header wide of the net against Pompey. They travel to the Reebok where Bolton have lost just one of their last five Premier league fixtures. Owen Coyle finally got his first three points in charge of the Trotters with a much needed victory over his old side, Burnley, but they failed to build on that result at Anfield. Only goal difference is keeping Bolton out of the drop zone and the pressure is on Coyle to deliver after losing difficult matches against Chelsea and Liverpool. They should have enough against a side renowned for being poor travellers.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Burnley v West Ham|
|Burnley are still looking for their first point under Brian Laws but this game against the Hammers represents his best chance of breaking that duck. Currently lying second from bottom, from now until the end of the season they have a relegation battle on their hands though I'm not sure the loan signing of David Nugent is the sort of deal that's going to see them escape the drop. Burnley may have lost the recent home fixture against Chelsea but that was only their second Premier league home defeat of the season and they should get back to winning ways soon on home territory. The Hammers have only a point advantage over Burnley but Zola now has a few more options with players returning from injury and new signings made by Sullivan and Gold; of those signings, I'm not sure that Hammers fans will be that happy (Mido is the player that comes to mind). The Hammers have drawn their last three games, two of them on the road, but goals have been in short supply and they may come undone at Turf Moor.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Hull v Man City|
|Hull shouldn't be underestimated at the KC Stadium after they held Chelsea to a surprise draw. Although that result won't do anything to ease their relegation concerns, it will give them confidence that could see them survive the drop. Myhill was again largely responsible for keeping the opposition out (bar the once) but the Tigers were not afraid of taking the game to the league leaders. They host a City side that've failed to shake their dodgy away tag but it's something they need to improve upon if they harbour ambitions of fourth this season and bigger things in successive seasons. City have won just once on the road in the Premier league since the beginning of September (at Molineux); however, they've been strengthened by Adam Johnson from Boro and Vieira claims he's now fit to make his debut. Given recent results, Hull are perfectly capable of shutting out their opponents; it just depends how ambitious they get as the game goes on.|
|Man Utd v Portsmouth|
|It seems United's victory over City in the Carling Cup gave them fresh impetus to take the Premier league by the scruff of the neck and they showed their true colours at the Emirates. United cut Arsenal to shreds with Rooney in sparkling form and even Nani making an important contribution. They're just two points behind Chelsea in the title race and, given the Terry turmoil at Stamford Bridge, could be considered favourites to surge past the current league leaders. Fergie still has defensive worries with Ferdinand banned, O'Shea out and Vidic doubtful. Their opponents, Portsmouth, have worries of a different nature with relegation looking more certain by the week and a new owner, their fourth this season. Five points is now the margin between Pompey at the foot of the table and everyone else, plus they lost more players in the transfer window with Begovic and Kaboul leaving whilst Nugent extended his stay at Turf Moor. Pompey need a miracle at Old Trafford.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Stoke v Blackburn|
|Stoke were involved in a truly awful game at the Stadium of Light last Monday evening but they held on for a point. On home territory, they play better despite the heavy reliance on set pieces. Recent results at the Britannia have been a win over Arsenal in the FA Cup, a point against Liverpool and victory over Fulham. Tony Pulis has virtually no injury concerns ahead of a game against a Blackburn side one place and two points better off in the league. Rovers have won just a single game on the road this campaign but have improved recently with three draws from their last five. Allardyce has only three strikers after selling McCarthy to West Ham so is likely to play just one up top but he'll be sweating on the fitness of David Dunn, key to Blackburn playing on the front foot. Rovers aren't half as effective without him and the day should be Stoke's.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sunderland v Wigan|
|Sunderland are two points better off than Wigan but recent results over the last couple of months have seen them slide down the table to thirteenth. The Mackems have won just once in their last fourteen matches and lie three points clear of relegation territory. Bruce signed Benjani on loan from Man City to add to his side's firepower and the expectation is that he'll replace Jones who hasn't scored since before Christmas, where as Bent has continued to score fairly regularly. Their opponents, Wigan, are still a picture of inconsistency; they won at Molineux but have since lost at Ewood Park and at home to Everton before being beaten by League Two side, Notts County, at the DW Stadium in the FA Cup. Somehow Wigan managed to steal Victor Moses from under everybody's noses; Martinez must be able to talk the talk because Wigan certainly aren't walking the walk. On the one hand there could be something of a backlash from the Latics after their FA Cup exit whilst on the other, it's about time Sunderland registered a win though I said that last week as well.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||Tottenham v Aston Villa|
|Spurs managed to avoid the FA Cup banana skin against Leeds at the second attempt but the race for fourth spot takes centre-stage this weekend. Spurs currently hold fourth but only two points separates all four sides, including Villa, challenging for the right to play Champions League football next season. Despite Spurs' attacking qualities, they've been stopped at home by Hull, Wolves and Stoke with the latter two sides actually nicking the game. This gameplan is tailor made for Martin O'Neill's men who have the best away record outside of the top three and have conceded just eighteen goals all season. Spurs may fail to trouble a resolute Villa defence without the pace of Aaron Lennon despite Bentley proving an able deputy. It may not be squeaky-bum-time just yet but the next couple of games will see seasons made or broken. This match will be tight but Villa might just sneak it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 1:30||Birmingham v Wolves|
|Some thought that Birmingham's season might fall apart after the Chelsea defeat but they were always going to lose at Stamford Bridge, and did well to bounce back and salvage a point at home to Spurs in injury time last weekend. That loss at Stamford Bridge was their sole defeat in seventeen games, an amazing run considering they've played some good sides and were only promoted back to the top flight this season. Both local and promotion rivals, Wolves, provide the opposition at St Andrews with no win in the Premier league since before Christmas. Not only that but they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Crystal Palace and makeshift striker, Danny Butterfield, the hat-trick scorer who had netted just once in six years. McCarthy will be expecting an improvement in performance but Birmingham will be strong favourites.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Chelsea v Arsenal|
|Undoubtedly the crunch game of the weekend as far as the title's concerned. Chelsea are leading the way whilst Arsenal have fallen six points behind and know that defeat at Stamford Bridge could spell the end of their title challenge. The Gunners have now gone three games in all competitions without a win but it was the manner of the defeat to United at the Emirates that will have given Wenger cause for concern; very reminiscent of the loss against Chelsea, also at the Emirates. The Blues will try to stay focused after John Terry's extra-curricular activities came to light but I don't expect them to be too troubled at the Bridge with home support behind them. Drogba returned to action and grabbed an important equaliser at the KC Stadium despite looking a little rusty but he's sure to start against the Gunners. No doubt Arsenal will want revenge but Chelsea are yet to lose at home this season and there only looks like being one winner.|
|Home Win 2-0|