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 12th to Mon 14th February 2011.
|Sat 12:45||Man Utd v Man City|
|A key fixture in Manchester that will not only decide top dog in the city but could also play some part in deciding the eventual title winners. United still top the table and have a five point advantage over City despite losing their 'unbeaten' tag at Molineux last weekend. However, United's home record is almost perfect with just two points dropped all season but Ferdinand is likely to miss out with the calf injury sustained in the warm-up last weekend. City's away form has suffered recently and they've taken just two points from their last three away fixtures. Striker, Carlos Tevez, was left out of Argentina's win over Portugal allegedly because of a poor attitude but Mancini is unlikely to have similar problems with his talisman's motivation against his old club. Mancini won't want to get beat at Old Trafford and I expect him to start similarly to the way they played at the Emirates. That was an uneventful bore draw and unless there's an early goal, this could be more of the same.|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Wolverhampton|
|This should be a walk in the park for Arsenal but nothing is certain after the Gunners' collapse at St James Park last weekend; leading by four clear goals with half hour gone, they could only leave with a point. Djourou and Diaby will miss this one, the former because of a knee injury and the latter because of a red card, both sustained in that defeat. Squillaci is likely to return to partner Koscielny in the heart of defence whilst both Fabregas and van Persie are expected to recover from illness. Arsenal have dropped just two points in their last five Premier league home games and will be hoping to take advantage of any potential upset at Old Trafford. They host a Wolves side that should be buoyant after shattering United's unbeaten record last weekend. McCarthy's side have also beaten City, Liverpool and Chelsea this season and will be looking to complete the set at the Emirates. However, Wolves are poor on the road having recorded ten defeats from twelve although their narrow victory at Anfield provides the sole bright spot. Anything is possible in this league but all the stats point to an Arsenal win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Birmingham v Stoke|
|Birmingham moved out of the drop zone after their narrow win at Upton Park thanks to a Zigic second-half goal. That was the giant striker's sixth goal of the season and second in two games. With on-loan David Bentley revelling in playing regularly, things look to be on the up for Brum and now Obafemi Martins can be added to their list of attacking options after finally being permitted to play. They've drawn four of their last five Premier League home fixtures but they'll be more optimistic of victory against a Stoke side that've registered three straight away defeats. The Potter's away form hasn't been impressive and they only beat Sunderland at the Britannia last weekend thanks to Craig Gordon's powder-puff goalkeeping. With Carew and Huth, Stoke will always be a threat at set pieces but Birmingham have the personnel to match them. This is likely to be close but the home side might just have the edge.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Blackburn v Newcastle|
|Newcastle's comeback at home to Arsenal last weekend will rate as one of the best in history but before we declare the Magpies world-beaters, let's temper that with some facts. They were four down in 26 minutes and their comeback was preceded by Diaby's red card on 50 minutes. Though Pardew will be a relieved man, primarily because they didn't get hammered and secondly because they got a point, he must be concerned. The subsequent stop-gap signing of Shefki Kuqi is another understandable but desperate measure; with Carroll gone and Ameobi injured, Pardew had few other options but is Kuqi good enough to do a job for Newcastle. They travel to Ewood Park where Blackburn are traditionally strong and have only lost once since the turn of the year; against Spurs recently. Rovers have suffered three defeats on the bounce lately in all competitions but they could well get something against the Magpies. Only goal difference separates them in mid-table but a victory for either side would stave off any relegation fears.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Blackpool v Aston Villa|
|Just a single point separates these two sides in the bottom half of the table but whilst Villa's trend appears to be generally upward, Blackpool's is most definitely in the other direction. The Seasiders are only a couple of points above the relegation places and have won just one of their last nine games in all competitions, losing all of the other eight. Holloway strengthened during the transfer window with the addition of James Beattie and others but scoring goals isn't really their problem; it's keeping the door shut at the other end of the park that's letting them down. Their attacking football is refreshing but they're susceptible to the counter and that could play into Villa's hands. With the signing of Bent, competition for places up front is fiercer and the end product has been an upturn in results. Prior to the defeat at Old Trafford, Villa took five points from the previous three away fixtures plus they won at Sheffield United in the FA Cup. Villa are desperate for points themselves whilst a defeat for Blackpool could theoretically see them drop into the bottom three; a scenario which could well play out although the Tangerines' goal difference is superior to most of the sides below them.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Liverpool v Wigan|
|Surely there can be no doubt that Dalglish has proved the right man for the job, even after such a short space of time. Everyone is behind him including the fans, the players, the board and even the neutral on the street. Four successive Premier League victories has seen the Reds move up to sixth in the table although the gap on further progress is a massive six points. The win at Stamford Bridge against a lacklustre Chelsea, including a below-par Torres, must've been Dalglish's most satisfying result to date. Carragher made a successful return in that game but doubts remain over the fitness of Gerrard and Skrtel. They host a Wigan side that, for once, did us the honour of backing our tip and winning a game last weekend. That said, they remain in the bottom three and are likely to continue their season in unpredictable fashion. Given Liverpool's recent run of success, this looks like being a home banker.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v West Ham|
|This is a massive game at the foot of the table and a draw won't be good enough for either side. West Ham again find themselves bottom of the pile after losing at home to Birmingham in what was another crunch game whilst West Brom lost at City with Roberto di Matteo paying the ultimate price with his job. The Hammers may have the backing of Olympic bosses but the 2012 stadium could be playing host to Championship matches in that case. West Ham don't seem able to build on good results as evidenced by the Birmingham defeat after a good win at Blackpool. As far as West Brom are concerned, most of their problems are on the road but a win over Blackpool and a draw with Wigan (both at the Hawthorns) keeps them teetering above the relegation places. Chris Hughton looks the likely candidate to take the Baggies job although caretaker manager, Michael Appleton, is also interested. West Brom have one of the better home records amongst those sides fighting relegation and look favourites to come out on top against a West Ham side that seem to take a step forward only to take two backwards.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:30||Sunderland v Tottenham|
|This game could be coming at the right time for Sunderland. Spurs have a massive game next week in Milan and whilst their creative trio of Bale, Modric and Van der Vaart are rated doubtful for this weekend, it's likely they'll be rested in the hope that they'll definitely be fit for the Milan game. On the domestic front, Spurs are pushing Chelsea hard for that all-important fourth spot and have only been beaten once in the league (at Everton) since they lost at Bolton in early November. They also lost heavily at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup but look to have put that behind them with a win at Blackburn. Sunderland may have lost their last two games but they've only lost twice at home in the league all season. Bent may have departed for Villa but Richardson has taken up goalscoring responsibilities with four in the last three games. Bruce has further strengthened with Sessegnon and Sulley Muntari, a player once at Portsmouth and admired by Redknapp. If Spurs are distracted by next weeks fixture and lacking their three most creative players, a Sunderland win looks the only outcome.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Bolton v Everton|
|This is likely to be a game of substance over style but the fundamental difference between the two sides could be Louis Saha. The French striker is the focal point Everton have been missing for a long time and the threat he carries was there for all to see last weekend against Blackpool; five goals in the last two games can't be underestimated. The Toffees have taken just a single point from their last three away fixtures but those games came at Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal. They travel to the Reebok where the Trotters are on a slide towards mid-table after some promising form before the turn of the year. Since their win over West Brom on Boxing day, they've only beaten York in the FA Cup and Wolves in the Premier League. Daniel Sturridge has provided the goal threat in recent games but I expect Saha to outshine the youngster.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||Fulham v Chelsea|
|Torres's Chelsea debut couldn't have gone much worse and it looks like Ancelotti's decision to drop Malouda to accomodate Torres, Drogba and Anelka was the wrong one. It would be surprising to see him start with three strikers at Craven Cottage but he may be tempted after their last three away games in all competitions have seen them rewarded with two wins and a draw. Some at Stamford Bridge may have conceded that the title is beyond them but United's first defeat of the season last weekend must surely have lifted their hopes a little. Their opponents, Fulham, are mid-table but only four points separates them from the bottom three. However, their form has improved in recent weeks; five successive home victories in all competitions and just one defeat (at Liverpool) since New Years Day. Fulham shouldn't be underestimated at Craven Cottage and are capable of holding Chelsea to a draw.|