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 March 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Aston Villa v Wolverhampton|
|Despite their current position of seventh, Villa remain strong contenders for fourth spot given their game in hand and three point deficit. So far they haven't faded away as they did last season but having seen relative success on the domestic front in both cup competitions, it may be that the number of games catches up with them. Agbonlahor was forced off at Wigan with a groin problem and may not be fit to face derby rivals, Wolves. McCarthy's side staged only their third away win of the current campaign at Turf Moor last weekend with that result enough to keep them out of the bottom three. Their situation is still perilous but the three point gap and superior goal difference should ensure that they don't slip back into the relegation places this weekend should results go against them. Villa have probably drawn too many home games for their liking but should rule the roost over Wolves though the latter could prove tricky to beat if they go in front.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Everton v Bolton|
|Two wins in the last three for Bolton has seen them move to a position of relative safety with an eight point gap between themselves and the drop zone. Their home form has been pretty good but the way they capitulated at the Stadium of Light after winning at Upton Park raises some concerns. After sustaining a blood clot in his arm, Gary Cahill is finally targeting a comeback at Goodison which is bound to rally those around him. Everton's home record speaks for itself with six league wins on the bounce including victories over United, Chelsea and City. However, Fellaini is a long-term absentee whilst Tim Cahill, Osman and Saha are all doubtful. Landon Donovan's loan spell has also ended with him returning to LA Galaxy and leaving Moyes possibly short of forward options. Whatever the availability of players, the Toffees look good on home soil and should be backed to see off the Trotters.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Portsmouth v Hull|
|If ever there was any doubt about Portsmouth being relegated this season then those doubts were fully realised this week when they were docked nine points for going into administration. However, Pompey have had this hanging over them for a number of months now and the one thing they can't be accused of is lying down. They've only taken two points from their last five Premier league home fixtures but they did beat Birmingham in the FA Cup to progress to a Wembley semi-final. They host a Hull side just a place above them in the table although the Tigers' destiny is far from as certain with several other sides scrapping for survival. To that end, Adam Pearson decided a change of manager was in order and brought in Iain Dowie (not his first choice) for the departing Phil Brown. A new face at the helm can sometimes do the trick but Hull are yet to win away and have lost the last four on the bounce; this could be a rare moment to savour for the Fratton Park faithful.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Stoke v Tottenham|
|Stoke did enough to frustrate Villa last weekend, one of the sides chasing fourth spot, and they'll be looking to do the same again. Pulis has Shawcross available after the centre-half returns from a three-match ban but whether he elects to play him remains to be seen. The Potters' home form has been mixed but they'll be aiming to test Spurs' resilience at set plays with the legend that is Delap's long throw. Spurs know that they need to win to maintain fourth spot with rivals Liverpool, City and Villa all breathing down their necks. Again, Spurs' away form is mixed but it has improved this season despite injuries to the likes of Lennon, King, Woodgate, Huddlestone and Jenas. Pavlyuchenko is sure to start after scoring eight goals in six games but he could partner Crouch rather than Defoe should Redknapp opt for extra height against a Stoke side that will threaten aerially. Spurs have more at stake and should do enough to secure a point.|
|Sunderland v Birmingham|
|Both sides have little to play for; Sunderland should be safe after taking five points from the last nine whilst Birmingham will be aiming to finish as high as possible. The Mackems were on course for back-to-back wins at the Stadium of Light until Adam Johnson curled a great shot into the top corner in injury time to give City a share of the spoils. The home side defended resiliently but to be fair, City should have won it in the second half. The visitors underwent a sequence of three league away defeats recently but gained revenge over Pompey for their FA Cup exit by beating them in their most recent away fixture. Birmingham also showed some resolve after coming from two goals behind at home to Everton to claim a point. With Sunderland drawing five of their last six Premier league home fixtures and Birmingham getting mixed results on the road, a draw looks the best bet.|
|Wigan v Burnley|
|Just four points and three places separate these two sides in what should be a fierce relegation scrap. Martinez will be hoping that both Melchiot and N'Zogbia will be passed fit to play, especially the latter who's proved instrumental in recent games. Wigan not only have home advantage but are the better off of the two and should benefit from playing on their recently relaid pitch. It didn't come to their aid against Villa but Burnley lack the quality of Wigan's previous opponents, hence their bottom three position. The Clarets have taken just a single point on the road all season and the club had to come out this week and dismiss newspaper talk that they're seeking a replacement for new manager, Brian Laws. Not sure that this is a nailed-on win for the home side but it should be given Burnley's woeful away record.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:30||Arsenal v West Ham|
|The Gunners have just put together a run of five successive wins in all competitions and can rightly consider themselves as contenders for the title. They maybe third still but the gap between themselves and leaders, United, is only two points and Arsenal have the easier run-in. If any more weight needed to be added to that theory, then it's the news that Fabregas has resumed full training and should be available for selection. They host a Hammers side that are struggling at the other end of the table with avoiding relegation the main focus. West Ham have won just the once on the road this season and have only three points breathing space between themselves and the bottom three. They'll want to avoid a heavy defeat similar to that at Stamford Bridge last weekend but it looks like one-way traffic and Arsenal should be expected to take maximum points.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sun 1:30||Man Utd v Liverpool|
|There's no doubt that Liverpool have blown hot and cold this season; well, mainly cold actually but Aquilani and Rodriquez excelled in the heavy win over Portsmouth at Anfield on Monday night. However, the theory is that Benitez could well go back to Kuyt and Lucas for this fixture whilst it shouldn't be forgotten that Liverpool won at Anfield earlier in the season after exiting the Champions League and won by a 4-1 margin at Old Trafford this time last year. United will be all too aware what Liverpool are capable of and will probably opt for the same starting eleven that saw off both Milan and Fulham. Evans and Rafael are fit again but unlikely to feature whilst Ferguson may prefer Park's industry to Nani's flair. United have dropped just five points at Old Trafford this season whilst Liverpool's away record has been dismal and eighth best in the league which just isn't good enough. Also, United have had a week's rest where as Liverpool face a crucial Europa league tie at Anfield. On their day, Liverpool could spring a surprise but you wouldn't put money on them on current form.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 3:00||Fulham v Man City|
|Fulham have probably sacrificed movement up the Premier league for progression in Europe over the course of this campaign and their small squad has suffered from fixture overload. Tiredness against City would be an expected factor after the Juventus game but Murphy and Greening are suspended whilst Shorey is ineligible for the midweek fixture, so at least those three should be fresh. The Cottagers have dropped points in just five home games this season and shouldn't be cast aside because their only potential domestic success is the FA Cup. Their opponents, City, are a strong contender for fourth place but a Champions League spot would've been far more certain had they improved their performances on the road. After the emphatic win at Stamford Bridge, it looked like they'd addressed the problems but then they just about avoided defeat at the Stadium of Light with a sublime Adam Johnson equaliser. This is a very tricky one to call; I can't see City winning it which leads me to think that a draw might be the favourable result.|
|Sun 4:00||Blackburn v Chelsea|
|A Champions League exit during the week could work in Chelsea's favour if they use it to their advantage and concentrate wholly on the Premier league title race. Currently lying in second and with a game in hand, they know that the prize will be theirs should they win their remaining nine games. All the top teams have lost more than expected on the road this season and the Blues are no exception with four Premier league away defeats. They travel to Ewood Park where Blackburn have a formidable home record this season having lost just two home league fixtures. Rovers have won their last four successive home games but injury to Robinson in the defeat at Spurs could be a big blow just when his experience is most required. Rovers occupy one of those mid-table positions with nothing to play for and could feel the backlash of a Chelsea side not having had the best week.|
|Away Win 1-2|