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 24th to Wed 25th March 2010.
|Tues 8:00||West Ham v Wolverhampton|
|This fixture has become a crucial encounter for both clubs as they struggle to avoid being sucked into the bottom three with just a point and a place separating them immediately above the drop zone. The Hammers may have home advantage but they've lost their last four league games although three of those have come against United, Chelsea and Arsenal; however, it's the home defeat to Bolton that'll have raised most concern. Wolves, on the other hand, have taken four points from their last two away fixtures at Turf Moor and Villa Park. McCarthy's side have the best away record of any club in the bottom half of the table and that is what makes this such a tough outcome to predict. Whilst points are paramount at this stage of the season and a win would be preferable, maybe both would settle for a point and extending their advantage over fellow strugglers Hull and Burnley.|
|Wed 7:45||Aston Villa v Sunderland|
|Sunderland have no need to fear relegation after taking eight points from their last four games, all played at the Stadium of Light. Darren Bent took his Premier League goal tally to 21 prompting further speculation that he deserves a seat on the plane to South Africa. However, Sunderland's form on the road is woeful with just six points from fourteen matches and they'll need Craig Gordon to continue his heroics between the sticks if they're to come away with anything from Villa Park. Villa are currently on a run of nine games unbeaten in the Premier league but they're in danger of losing pace in the race for fourth spot after drawing six of those nine matches. Martin O'Neill's men need to make up five points on Spurs if they're to keep alive their Champions League dreams although they do have a game in hand. There are doubts over the fitness of Agbonlahor and Dunne for Villa and Bent and Jones for Sunderland. This should prove a welcome win for Villa and keep them challenging for that all-important fourth place.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man City v Everton|
|City are now unbeaten in six Premier league games and have taken seven points from their their last three fixtures, all on the road, to move within two points of Spurs with a game in hand. City are the only Premier league side yet to be defeated on home soil and that statistic coupled with a revival in their away form makes them favourites to steal the last remaining Champions League spot; to beat both Chelsea and Fulham away from home in the last couple of weeks is a great platform for the rest of the season. Their opponents, Everton, continued their great home form with a win over Bolton at the weekend. Arteta reckons the Toffees need six wins from their remaining eight games to clinch a place in next season's Europa League but they've taken only a point from their last three away fixtures and the statistics bear out the fact that Eastlands is no easy place to go. City have the perfect incentive to chalk up another important victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Portsmouth v Chelsea|
|Administration may have cost Portsmouth nine points and certain relegation but there's no questioning the spirit within the camp; the players seem intent on proving that they would've stayed up had the Premier league not imposed their penalty. Though Pompey have struggled to put together back-to-back Premier league victories, they've managed three wins from their last five games in all competitions and they couldn't have left it much later than they did last weekend at Fratton Park against Hull. However, Avram Grant faces a wounded animal in his old side after Chelsea suffered a week not to remember. The Blues were knocked out of the Champions League by Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan last week and then were pegged back in the second half at Ewood Park after leading from the sixth minute, a draw which saw them drop to third in the table with a game in hand. No doubt Chelsea will be all fired up at Fratton Park and they should prove too strong for a Pompey side still playing for pride.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Wed 8:00||Blackburn v Birmingham|
|After falling behind to an early Drogba goal against Chelsea at the weekend, Blackburn staged a gritty comeback in the second half to take a share of the spoils. That draw meant that Rovers have lost just the once in their last fifteen home games and it was young centre-half, Phil Jones, making his debut at eighteen that stole the plaudits. Big Sam was playing cagey with regards to his side's continued Premier league status but they should be safe and a win over Birmingham should seal it. Birmingham's form has slipped a little after that great run they went on and it's now just one win from their last five Premier league away fixtures; that three points coming at Fratton Park. McLeish's men found the Sunderland keeper in inspired form and played with spirit but again they got off to the worst possible start by conceding twice in the first eleven minutes. If they start badly again, Blackburn are sure to take advantage on home territory.|
|Home Win 1-0|