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 27th to Sun 28th February 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Chelsea v Man City|
|No doubt this match will be billed as Terry v Bridge but there's far more at stake then the pride of individuals. Chelsea are a point clear at the top of the table with a game in hand and a win at home would put the pressure back on United with ten games to go. The Blues remain unbeaten at Stamford Bridge having dropped just two points there this season when Everton held on for a draw back in December. Cech remains a doubt after suffering a calf injury during their Champions League clash with Inter whilst long-term absentees Bosingwa, Cole and Essien are still recovering. If their opponents, City, really believe in themselves to snatch fourth place then they must start to pick up points on the road. They've taken just a point from their last three Premier league away fixtures (at Stoke), could only manage a goalless draw at home to Liverpool and were knocked out of the FA Cup by the afore-mentioned Stoke only this week. Tevez is expected to return and stir his colleagues into life but City have had problems in defence and haven't lived up to their hefty price tag. Also, both Adebayor and Vieira will be unavailable for selection following recent red cards. Mancini must be just about realising the full scale of the City job and another defeat won't help his mood.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Wigan|
|Wigan have been as inconsistent as ever but they've actually had slightly better form on the road than at their mudbath of a pitch at the DW Stadium. That situation looks to be remedied at the end of the month when the pitch will be relaid. The Latics have now gone eight games in all competitions without a win and need to dig out a result soon with just two points separating them from the relegation places. They travel to St Andrews where Birmingham have had a great season despite losing their last three away fixtures. Some reckon that the Blues have had their day but they've not lost at home since September and only lost at Fulham to an injury-time Zamora winner. Ferguson limped off in that game but McLeish is confident that the midfielder will be fit for action. A narrow win for the home side looks like the most probable result.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Bolton v Wolverhampton|
|Only Portsmouth have won fewer Premier league matches than Bolton this season and one wonders if Coyle jumped from the frying pan into the fire; with Burnley level on points and a place below them in the drop zone maybe he didn't. Coyle has got the Trotters playing more attractive football but I remember Sammy Lee tried to do that and failed miserably. Players were rested for the FA Cup defeat at Spurs with this game in mind highlighting the importance of victory against a Wolves side just a point and two places above. Wolves recently completed a double over Spurs at Molineux with the away win being their last back in December. They just don't score enough goals and join Portsmouth as lowest scorers with a measly 21 goals in the top flight. Bolton's experience should come to the fore as these two sides battle it out for Premier league survival.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Burnley v Portsmouth|
|For a side in the bottom three, Burnley have staggeringly good home form having lost only twice at Turf Moor this season; just a point on the road has been the reason for their lowly position. Laws saw his side notch their first Premier league win under him last time out at Turf Moor against West Ham and he'll be expecting more of the same against a Portsmouth side propping up the rest of the league. Pompey remain seven points adrift as it emerges they'll go into administration this week unless a buyer is found meaning a nine point deduction and certain relegation. The south coast side have struggled for results all season, especially away from Fratton Park having lost the last five and notching just four points in thirteen away fixtures. This looks like a nailed-on win for Burnley but for one player, Clarke Carlisle, it won't compare to his victory on Countdown!|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 5:30||Stoke v Arsenal|
|Travelling to the Britannia Stadium represents a potential banana skin for an Arsenal side that have not been at their most convincing in recent weeks. Defeats against United and Chelsea have seen them slip from being title contenders, a defeat in Porto sees them face a tricky return in the Champions League and don't forget that it was defeat at Stoke in January that sent them crashing out of the FA Cup. The Potters needed extra time during the week to see off the challenge of Man City and progress to the last eight of the prestigious competition whilst their Premier league survival is virtually assured. Stoke have lost just three home games this season and Rory Delap's long throw still causes problems for all those who come to the Britannia despite the much publicised weapon. Campbell is still deputising for the injured Gallas but Pulis could welcome back both Etherington and Higginbotham. Stoke will cause Arsenal problems and I don't think they'll lose.|
|Sun 1:00||Tottenham v Everton|
|Spurs made it to the last eight of the FA Cup after a resounding home victory over Bolton but now that they've snatched back fourth place, their focus should be on keeping it. Pavlyuchenko has been a revelation after scoring four in the last two games and could be set for a starting place against Everton whilst Lennon and King have suffered setbacks. Spurs last defeat at the Lane was back in December when Wolves led from early on and thwarted the home side continuously. They host an Everton side that've recently beaten both Chelsea and United at Goodison though they did lose the derby encounter at Anfield. The Toffees' confidence and results have been boosted by key players returning from injury such as Arteta as well as playing two up front with both Saha and Donovan fit, not forgetting that youngsters Gosling and Rodwell came on to put the game beyond United. The bad news is that Fellaini will be out until next season after rupturing ankle ligaments whilst Cahill is still a couple of weeks away. Spurs have been frustrated by several teams at White Hart Lane this season and this could be more of the same although they need to have a keen eye on any counter-attack.|
|Sun 3:00||Liverpool v Blackburn|
|Liverpool have become far more resilient in recent weeks, a tactic that has served to stop the rot but yielded little in terms of goals and failed to convince the doubters that the Reds have turned the corner. They remain in the hunt for fourth, currently just a point and two places adrift but the competition between themselves and Spurs, City and Villa is fierce with just a point separating them all. Benitez can count on the services of Torres to add to that of Gerrard and Benayoun but Kyrgiakos is serving the last match of his ban and Johnson is yet to return to full fitness. Their opponents, Blackburn, look to be holding a safe position in the table with a seven point advantage over the side below them. However, Rovers away form is poor with just a single away victory in the Premier league this campaign and Nelsen exited the Bolton game with a knee injury that could keep him out for up to six weeks. Given Blackburn's away record and Liverpool returning to strength this should go the way of the home side.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Fulham|
|Sunderland's run without a Premier league win continues and so long has it gone on that I can't be bothered to trawl back and see when that last victorious day was; actually it came back in November against Arsenal at the Stadium of Light! The Mackems are relatively injury-free with just Henderson and Reid out and this represents a great opportunity to get another win under their belts against a Fulham side that have the distraction of a midweek game in Ukraine and have at least four key players out. Additionally, the Cottagers have far from the greatest track record on the road with just a single away victory in the Premier league all season. Sunderland will be further motivated by just three points breathing space between themselves and the drop zone with this becoming a must win game.|
|Home Win 1-0|