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 13th to Mon 15th March 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Tottenham v Blackburn|
|Spurs still hold that all important fourth place but will be fully aware that City have a game in hand and Villa two. As long as Spurs keep winning, they'll give themselves every chance of making it into the Champions league but the missing quartet of Huddlestone, Jenas, Bentley and Lennon threatens to derail their hopes over the next couple of weeks. However, Spurs haven't lost at White Hart Lane since Wolves beat them before Christmas and they'll be confident of dispatching a Blackburn side that have a poor record on the road. Rovers have managed just six points away from Ewood Park this season though their home form looks to have been enough to save them from relegation fears. Nelsen is still a big miss for Big Sam's side and Spurs should have a comfortable day.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Everton|
|At one point it looked like Everton might make a late surge for fourth spot but successive away defeats at Liverpool and Spurs leaves them mid-table whilst defeat in Lisbon saw them exit the Europa League. They're just a place and two points below a Birmingham side that looked to have gone off the boil recently but avenged their FA Cup exit last weekend at Fratton Park by beating Pompey there during the week in the league. McLeish's side have scored the fewest goals at home bar Wigan and Wolves but they've a miserly streak and join United as the side to concede the least on home territory. It was Birmingham that knocked the Toffees out of the FA Cup back in January at Goodison but if revenge is on Moyes's mind, then it won't be easy as the home side haven't lost at St Andrews since September. Additionally, the Everton manager has a number of players including Cahill, Fellaini, Osman and Saha undergoing treatment. Though Birmingham are tough to beat, I reckon the Toffees could do enough to take home a point.|
|Bolton v Wigan|
|Just a point and place separates these two sides in a battle to escape the clutches of relegation. Both have had a good result recently but four or five points is not enough breathing space with everyone below them desperate to pick up points themselves. Bolton were well worth their victory at Upton Park over the weekend but failed to turn up on Tuesday at Sunderland and went down to the tune of four goals without reply. Meanwhile Wigan made the most of their newly relaid pitch on Monday night by beating an out-of-sorts Liverpool side. There's very little to choose between these two but Bolton should've received a rocket after their midweek performance and could prove too strong at the Reebok.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Burnley v Wolverhampton|
|Burnley's first point after four successive defeats was enough to see them move up a place but they remain third from bottom knowing that they need to rediscover their home form if they're to have any chance of surviving in the top flight. The Clarets have the best home record of any of the bottom seven sides and put in a great second half performance to get back into the game against Stoke. They host a Wolves side that are in equal peril and are only above the drop zone by virtue of better goal difference. A home win will see their positions in the table reversed whilst one for Wolves would see the visitors stretch the gap; the worry for both sides is that a draw would see the teams above them possibly moving away. However, Wolves have taken just a single point from their last five Premier league away fixtures whilst Burnley will take heart from their midweek fightback.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v West Ham|
|After successive victories over Birmingham and Hull, it looked like West Ham were making their way up the table but subsequent defeats at Old Trafford and at home to Bolton have scuppered their progress and they remain three points above the relegation places. Their performance against Bolton raised cause for concern as two goals from the Trotters within sixteen minutes seemed to knock the stuffing out of them. The Hammers have won just the once on the road this season and I don't rate their chances at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea side looking to move above league leaders United, at least overnight. However, the Blues lost their undefeated home record a couple of weeks ago to a Tevez/Bellamy inspired City side, another shock result. Chelsea bounced back in the FA Cup with a home win over Stoke and they should be expected to resume normal service in the league.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Stoke v Aston Villa|
|It's Villa's turn to see if they can cope with the Delap long throw where so many have gone before and failed. Stoke rely heavily on this unique set-piece but it works time and again, as recently as the midweek draw at Turf Moor. The Potters are struggling with injuries to Higginbotham, Fuller and Whelan though two of the three could recover in time for this clash. Another big miss is Shawcross who serves the last match of his suspension after that infamous Ramsey tackle. The problem for Villa could be the distraction of the FA Cup; they started poorly against Reading but a half-time rant from O'Neill ensured that they made it through to the next round with some ease. Agbonlahor missed that game but he should've recovered from illness to travel to the Britannia. Villa have lost just three Premier league away fixtures this campaign and are still in the chase for fourth spot with games in hand but their domestic success could damage their chances of playing Champions League football next season. Having said that, this one could go either way and a draw looks the best bet.|
|Sat 5:30||Hull v Arsenal|
|This is not the sort of game Hull want when fighting against relegation. Currently second from bottom, their last three results have all been away defeats in which they've conceded nine times and scored just the once. That won't have done much for confidence despite the Tigers losing just the once in the last ten on home soil; that being a 3-1 defeat to United. They face an Arsenal side that've consolidated third place but don't actually look too bad a bet for the title given that they're only two points behind United and have a relatively easy run-in with the game at White Hart Lane probably their most tricky. The Gunners have won three of their last five Premier league fixtures on the road and despite missing a hatful of chances against Burnley, Bendtner netted a superb hat-trick against Porto and could be a thorn in Hull's side. Campbell has ably deputised for the injured Gallas but Fabregas is looking less likely to feature after suffering further hamstring problems. Both sides have plenty to play for but Arsenal should prove too strong.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 1:30||Man Utd v Fulham|
|United and Rooney were resplendent in their victory over Milan with the striker proving himself the best in the land and keen to progress even further. Fergie's side are currently top by two points after playing a game more than Chelsea but it's difficult to bet against a club well used to coping with the pressure during the run-in. United have dropped just five points at Old Trafford this season and host a Fulham side that have to travel to Turin and have a days less rest than the hosts before facing them at the Theatre of Dreams. It's rumoured that Hodgson could welcome back the likes of Murphy, Pantsil and Dikgacoi but tiredness is bound to be a factor come Sunday. That's without mentioning the Cottagers away record which is unsurprisingly dismal; just a single Premier league away victory this season. This should be a nailed-on United victory.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sun 4:00||Sunderland v Man City|
|Just when I stop backing Sunderland they go and pull a handsome victory out of the bag. It seems Bolton must've just rolled over as Darren Bent did his England hopes no harm with another hat-trick. That was the Mackems first win in fifteen games but I'm not going to start backing them now. The thing is they face a City side that swept Chelsea aside at Stamford Bridge with Tevez and Bellamy causing the Blues all sorts of problems. Given that those two are likely to start at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland should enjoy their moment of euphoria while it lasts. City look the favourites to take fourth spot given that they've a game in hand over Spurs and if Mancini can resolve their awayday blues then why not? Whilst neither side are over their problems, City look the favourites to come out on top in this encounter.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Mon 8:00||Liverpool v Portsmouth|
|It's fair to say that Portsmouth's season rests entirely on the FA Cup given that they're five points adrift at the botoom of the table and have a nine point penalty hanging over them; either relegation or a winding-up order look a certainty in the near future. It has to be said however that their performances in the FA Cup have been passionate and Grant has to take some of the credit. Pompey did win at Turf Moor in their last Premier league away fixture but prior to that they'd been on a run of five successive away league defeats. They travel to Anfield where Liverpool have a great home record (the best outside the top three) despite failing to convince on the pitch. The Reds couldn't pass for toffee on Monday night at the DW Stadium and rightly deserved to lose despite having all their big name players back from injury. Benitez's side have played more games than the other three sides challenging for fourth spot and the reality seems to be dawning on the manager that the Champions League qualification is probably beyond them this time around. However, this is a home game that I can't see them losing; there could be repercussions if they do!|
|Home Win 2-0|