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 9th to Wed 10th February 2010.
|Tues 7:45||Man City v Bolton|
|Mancini has failed to arrest the slump in City's away form with the defeat at the KC Stadium making it three defeats from the last four away games in the league, plus they lost that important Carling Cup semi-final match second leg at Old Trafford. The City players received the three minute warning at half time last Saturday and Mancini might now be realising exactly what he's taken on. However, at Eastlands, City are a vastly different proposition having won their last seven games in all competitions. Bolton provide the opposition and their draw at home to Fulham did little to improve their survival chances as they hover immediately above the drop zone. It seems that the Trotters were denied a last minute Kevin Davies winner by Mark Clattenburg which would have eased their situation considerably. Gary Cahill's absence with a blood clot has been a big blow both defensively and for his goal contributions, and it now looks like he'll be out for several months. Bolton haven't won on the road since the end of September and this looks like being another defeat.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Portsmouth v Sunderland|
|Portsmouth are now adrift of the rest of the league by six points and survival looks a big ask with fourteen games to go. They were soundly beaten at Old Trafford and didn't do much to help their cause by scoring three own goals but their home form's not been too bad with seven points taken from the last twelve. They host a Sunderland side that are suffering a terrible run of form with no win from their last eleven Premier league matches. The Mackems are nowhere near safe and further slip-ups will see them slide closer towards relegation. Pompey haven't given up on Premier league survival just yet and a win would do much for morale as well as giving their relegation rivals food for thought.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v Stoke|
|Stoke's win over Blackburn saw them move above their opponents in the table and give themselves a little bit of breathing space although the bottom half is so tight that any of them could still go down. Rory Delap's long throw caused all the damage against Rovers but their form on the road has not been good with just a single Premier league away victory all season. They travel to Wigan where the hosts have had an erratic season (both home and away) and not won since mid-January when they travelled to Molineux. Since then they've been knocked out of the FA Cup by Notts County but Martinez believes that his raw, talented players are well equipped to handle a relegation fraught couple of months. Just two points and places separates them from the bottom three, and their form makes this very tricky to predict.|
|Tues 8:00||Fulham v Burnley|
|Fulham have been hit hard with injuries and were unsurprisingly short on creativity at the Reebok last weekend but still escaped with a point. Dikgacoi was substituted with an ankle problem, adding to their growing injury list, but there are hopes that Gera and Zamora will be available for selection. The Cottagers still can't take survival for granted although their home form should see them stay up. Villa have been the only side to win at Craven Cottage since the end of September and on paper you wouldn't rate Burnley's chances of an upset. Burnley have the worst away record in the Premier league with just a single point gained from twelve attempts. Their win at home against the Hammers halted what would have otherwise been a slide into the bottom three. Fulham should have the beating of Burnley even with an injury list as long as they have.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wed 7:45||Arsenal v Liverpool|
|This is a seriously big game for both sides bearing in mind recent results and their respective positions in holding off other challengers to the big four. Five points may separate the two sides in third and fourth but Liverpool have shown spirit and resolve in climbing back into the top four. They've taken 17 from the last 21 points at stake and not conceded in four starts; to be fair, they haven't been that prolific at the other end but that's no surprise with Torres, Benayoun and Johnson still out. Benitez will need to reshuffle the defence following Krygiakos' dismissal for a two-footed tackle. Arsenal, on the other hand, have experienced a drop in form exactly when they needed results. The Gunners were top with Villa, United and Chelsea to play but took just a point at Villa Park making this a must win fixture. Much has been made of Arsenal's possession without cutting edge football against the better sides but I'd still expect them to have the last laugh against a Liverpool side that are bound to play a pressing game with even less cutting edge.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Aston Villa v Man Utd|
|Villa didn't threaten Spurs too much last weekend but they defended exceptionally well especially the longer the game went. The trio of Friedel, Dunne and Collins have performed well all season, hence the reason for them conceding just eighteen goals this season. So the tightest team in the league takes on United, the most prolific with 61 goals from 25 games. As if that wasn't enough they'll have to face a Wayne Rooney leading the Premier league scoring charts with a massive 21 goals and only two thirds of the season gone. Villa have played some decent sides lately and are still in contention for fourth place but they've scored just two goals in their last six Premier league matches and that's unlikely to change against a United side almost as miserly as themselves. United proved that they're back to their best at the Emirates and are likely to give the Villa back four a few more problems than they're used to.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Ham v Birmingham|
|The Hammers were responsible for bringing about their own downfall at Turf Moor last weekend, a result which saw them slip back into the bottom three and still facing a battle for survival. New signing, Ilan, scored on his debut and both him and Mido looked good value when they came on in the second half but it wasn't enough to salvage the game. They'll find it tougher against a resolute Birmingham side that have now gone eighteen games with just the one defeat coming at Stamford Bridge. The Blues left it late at the weekend with Wolves leading at St Andrews until Kevin Phillips came on and changed the game with ten minutes to go, but the way they earned that result shows that Birmingham have what it takes. Phillips may be rewarded with a rare start if Benitez is ruled out. It's not often you bet against Birmingham these days and they look worthy of a draw at least.|
|Wolverhampton v Tottenham|
|The Wolves dressing room at St Andrews must've been a depressing place to be with Birmingham stealing victory after being a goal down with ten minutes to go. McCarthy was pleased with his side's performance but they just had no answer for Kevin Phillips. Hull beating Man City means that Wolves slip to second from bottom and McCarthy knows that if they're to have any hope of Premier league survival, they must win their home games. Wolves have taken just a single point from their last three fixtures at Molineux and host a Spurs side out for revenge following Wolves' victory at the Lane back in December. Spurs slipped to fifth in the table after they failed to pierce Villa's defence at the weekend but their form on the road this season has improved with just three defeats. Lennon is still out and may be facing a hernia operation but Bentley has covered well in that position and should start over Kranjcar. The onus will be on Wolves to come forward and providing they don't score early, it should leave space behind for Spurs to attack.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wed 8:00||Blackburn v Hull|
|Hull's win at home against Man City saw them move three points and four places clear of the bottom three but relegation is still a very real threat. Their away form is poor with just four points (all of them draws) from twelve fixtures and only Burnley have a worse record on the road. The Tigers now have to travel to Ewood Park where Blackburn have lost just one of their last eleven Premier league fixtures. Rovers were soundly beaten at the Britannia last weekend but Allardyce will be expecting a suitable reaction from his players. Dunn should be fit to make his comeback but Samba is suspended after receiving a second yellow at Stoke. Hull will be buoyed by last weekend's result but Blackburn should be the stronger of the two sides.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Chelsea|
|Everton are undefeated in five Premier league home games, winning their last three, but they failed to carry that form to Anfield despite Liverpool being reduced to ten men after just 32 minutes. The Toffees rarely threatened their counterparts and will need to improve against Chelsea but could be without Fellaini (thanks to Kyrgiakos' tackle) whilst Pienaar is suspended. Their opponents, Chelsea, are back at the top of the table with a win over Arsenal after United briefly held that position Saturday night. In all honesty, Chelsea beat Arsenal with ease and whilst they might not have dominated possession, they showed more cutting edge in the final third. Terry's bound to be the victim of voluble abuse but you'd back the Chelsea captain to get on with the job and lead his side to another victory. They're undefeated in their last four Premier league away fixtures although they've won just one of those but with Drogba back and looking unstoppable, they might just sneak a win at Goodison.|
|Away Win 0-1|