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 20th to Sun 21st February 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Everton v Man Utd|
|United lie just a point behind league leaders, Chelsea, with the title race now looking more like a two horse affair. Rooney is in scintillating form and his goals look sure to see him take the golden boot. The ex-Everton player inspired his colleagues to victory in Milan and no doubt, travelling back to Goodison will inspire him once again. To stop United, you have to stop Rooney and the Toffees will find that a tougher proposition without the likes of Cahill and Fellaini. However, Everton will be no walkover given that they've won their last six at Goodison in all competitions including victories over Man City and Chelsea as well as their latest over Sporting. United's away record is the best in the Premier league and the Milan win lends them further credence but Everton's home form makes this a tough one to predict. A draw looks the best bet though I can't see United losing.|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Sunderland|
|It's official! Sunderland can't win for toffee. Their last three matches, against opposition they should be looking to take maximum points from, have all resulted in draws. The last Premier league encounter they won was at the Stadium of Light (ironically against Arsenal) back in November and they've not won on the road since the opening day. They travel to the Emirates where the Gunners are struggling to sustain their challenge for silverware; with the title race almost beyond their grasp and losing out in their Champions league first leg in Porto, question marks have been raised regarding Wenger's transfer policy and whether their second string are of a good enough quality. Defensive and goalkeeping mistakes have cost them dear as well as lack of strength in depth up front. However, you'd still back Arsenal to win this one though Darren Bent is bound to have a say!|
|Home Win 3-1|
|West Ham v Hull|
|This is a massive game for both sides with Premier league survival the ultimate prize. Both hover just above the drop zone on 24 points though Hull's goal difference is the worst in the league and counts as virtually a point against them. The Tigers survived last season in dramatic fashion but it could be too late for them come May unless they pick up some points on the road. They've yet to secure a win away from the KC Stadium and have just four draws as scant reward from thirteen away fixtures. West Ham have not lost any of their last four Premier league home matches including beating a rejuvenated Birmingham recently and drawing with Chelsea just before Christmas. The Hammers have been boosted by the scoring return of Carlton Cole as well as investing in other striking options during January, all of which should pay dividends over the next couple of months. Hull haven't given up the fight but Zola's side should prove too strong.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wolverhampton v Chelsea|
|Wolves recent win over Spurs made it three Premier league home wins from their last six as well as doing the double over the North London side this season. That victory gave McCarthy's men hope as far as survival is concerned but Chelsea are a far stronger proposition and less likely to crumble on the road despite having won just one of their last six Premier league away fixtures. The Blues still rule the roost by virtue of a point and they won't want to see their title challenge falter at somewhere like Molineux. It's unlikely McCarthy will rest the majority of his first team for this fixture bearing in mind the £25k fine imposed by the Premier league after he adopted that approach when visiting Old Trafford. Wolves have shown they're capable of springing a surprise but Chelsea should have too much.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sat 5:30||Portsmouth v Stoke|
|Portsmouth's fate looks sealed regardless of their financial affairs; they're now seven points adrift of the sides above them having won just four Premier league games this season. However, they won their biggest game of the season when they knocked south coast rivals, Southampton, out of the FA Cup last weekend at St Marys. Any further progression in the Cup will be small change compared to dropping into the Championship; so serious is their plight that they're seeking permission to sell players outside of the transfer window in addition to the key players that've already left. Stoke are the visitors to Fratton Park in search of maximum points but the Potters home form should see them to safety despite their recent spate of draws; five out of their last seven in all competitions have finished on level terms. Stoke's last three on the road have also ended in draws and this looks like more of the same.|
|Sun 12:00||Blackburn v Bolton|
|Sam Allardyce takes on one of his old sides knowing that defeat for Bolton could well play a significant part in sending them down to the Championship. The Trotters are bang in the middle of the relegation battle but new manager, Owen Coyle, finally brought an end to a run of three away defeats with a draw at Wigan this week. However, the trip to Ewood Park promises to be more difficult given that Blackburn are on a run of three successive home victories. Samba remains suspended but Dunn, Grella and Basturk could all be available to Allardyce as he seeks a top half finish. Rovers are more likely to be the side asking the questions and should do enough to take maximum points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 2:00||Aston Villa v Burnley|
|Villa's challenge to the top four appears to have waned slightly over recent weeks with their winning touch deserting them in the Premier League at Villa Park. Their last three have all ended in stalemates but by the same token they've been valuable points picked up against the likes of United and Arsenal. They're three points adrift of fourth placed Man City but can put the pressure back on if they secure a win against a Burnley side with the worst away record in the Premier league. Burnley's sole reward on the road has been a single point (earned at Eastlands) and they're looking in increasing danger of being relegated given their position of second from bottom. This looks like one way traffic for Villa despite Burnley hoping to recall the likes of Alexander and Caldwell.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 3:00||Fulham v Birmingham|
|Birmingham's progress this season has been nothing short of remarkable and just because they've suffered two successive away defeats (at Chelsea and West Ham) is not reason enough to discount them. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham have won their last three games in all competitions without conceding a goal. However, the Europa league kicks back in this week and the Cottagers entertain Shakhtar Donetsk whilst Birmingham have extra time to prepare. To make matters worse, Hodgson is missing several key strikers with injuries to Dempsey and Johnson though Gera could return to partner Zamora. There's no doubt Fulham are a good home side but with their extra midweek game to play, Birmingham shouldn't be underestimated.|
|Man City v Liverpool|
|This looks like being the real battle for fourth place though Spurs and Villa would both maintain that they represent a realistic challenge despite recent results. City currently hold the much coveted spot and have a point and game in hand over their closest rivals but could be without Vieira if his charge for violent conduct is upheld. City are one of only two sides still undefeated on home territory, the other being Chelsea, though Liverpool will be confident of getting something from the game after conceding just a single goal in their last five Premier league games. However, that goal was conceded in a defeat at the Emirates meaning that fourth spot is very much in the balance; the story could've been very different had the Reds beaten the Gunners. Liverpool will set out to defend but if anyone's capable of breaking them down, then that team is City at Eastlands.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:15||Wigan v Tottenham|
|Much has been made of the state of the pitch at the DW Stadium given the sharing of it with rugby league. The theory is that it plays into the home side's hands because they're more familiar with it's surface but against a side like Spurs who traditionally like to play quick football on the deck, there only looks like being one winner. Add to that Spurs' patchy away form; they lost at both Wolves and Liverpool recently with their aspirations for fourth place looking remoter every week. The Latics haven't been the most consistent themselves with no Premier league win on home territory since the end of November but the threat of relegation is likely to drive them harder to victory than Spurs who appear to have lost their self-belief.|
|Home Win 1-0|