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 26th to Mon 28th February 2011.
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Blackburn|
|It's been two weeks since both these sides last played and only Saturday's game will tell us whether or not the break has benefitted them. Blackburn are two points better off than Villa but stay a massive five places above them, so congested is the bottom half of the table. Points are vital if both clubs are to stay clear of the relegation scrap playing out just below them. Villa's home form is unsurprisingly patchy given their perilous position but there should be no lack of motivation against a Blackburn side not great on the road having registered seven defeats in their last eight in all competitions. One of those defeats came at Villa Park in the FA Cup back at the end of January and a repeat performance looks on the cards.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Sunderland|
|Everton will be buoyed by their performance at Stamford Bridge in which they knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup on penalties. Generally, the Toffees have been below par this season but their home form has picked up recently with no defeat in their last five games in all competitions at Goodison, including victories over Spurs and Blackpool. However, a hamstring injury suffered in training by Louis Saha means the striker may not yet be fit to start this one. They host a Sunderland side that could welcome back centre-half, Michael Turner, after a long spell out with a knee injury. The Black Cats' away form had improved in January with wins at Blackpool and Villa but February has seen them suffer three straight defeats; at home to Chelsea and Spurs, and away at Stoke. This match is likely to be a close call but Everton look the most likely especially if Saha is available.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Newcastle v Bolton|
|Just a single point and a place separate these two sides in mid-table and both clubs look like they'll finish higher than expected this season. Newcastle's last game at St James Park was that dramatic comeback from four goals down against Arsenal and they've not lost since. Bolton are also in good form with three successive victories under their belt in which they didn't concede, two of those wins coming on the road in the FA Cup against Premier League opposition. Loan signing, Daniel Sturridge, has given the Trotters another option up front but taking him permanently in the summer could cost as much as £10m and Gary Cahill may be sacrificed to satisfy Bolton's European ambitions. Newcastle haven't yet replaced Andy Carroll with a striker of similar quality but the current side shouldn't be underestimated. This is a game that could swing either way with both parties possibly happy with a draw.|
|Wigan v Man Utd|
|United, currently top, take on a Wigan side fighting for survival in the drop zone but the result is a far from foregone conclusion given United's away form. Fergie's side have drawn far too many away fixtures this season, winning just three Premier League away games and most recently lost at bottom club Wolves. They were also unconvincing in their narrow FA Cup victory over non-league Crawley Town and again could only manage a toothless goalless draw away in Marseille this week. The main positive has been Chris Smalling's performances in place of Rio Ferdinand but United have just a point advantage with Arsenal breathing down their necks. Wigan have drawn 12 of their 27 fixtures and it has probably been the story of their season in that they've drawn too many and not won enough games. Such is the degree of unpredictability when the Latics play that a draw might not actually be a bad bet.|
|Wolverhampton v Blackpool|
|Blackpool turned around a poor run of results with a valuable win over Spurs midweek to alleviate some of the relegation pressure. However, they gave Spurs plenty of chances and had the lilywhites brought their shooting boots, then the Tangerines could well have ended up on the losing side. Blackpool have now lost their last four away games in all competitions but they remain a potent scoring threat having netted three at Everton and two at West Brom. They travel to Molineux where Wolves' last home fixture resulted in an astonishing win over previously undefeated United. The two subsequent away fixtures yielded a point and Wolves still prop up the rest of the table. With eleven games to go, it's anyone's guess as to who'll eventually go down but with four wins from their last six Premier League home fixtures, Wolves could give themselves another shot in the arm with a victory over Blackpool.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 1:30||West Ham v Liverpool|
|The convincing FA Cup win over Burnley must've boosted West Ham's confidence a little, especially with Hitzlsperger grabbing a debut goal and Carlton Cole adding a second half brace. However, only goal difference is keeping the Hammers off the bottom of the table and three defeats in their last five Premier League home fixtures doesn't look particularly good for the visit of Liverpool. With the exception of the home draw against Wigan, Dalglish's recent record has been fantastic with four wins on the bounce including a shock victory at Stamford Bridge. Gerrard and Agger are both expected to return for the trip to Upton Park and there's even the suggestion that Carroll could make his debut at some point. West Ham have excelled in the Cup competitions but their league form has suffered and Liverpool appear to have the winning momentum in their favour.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 3:00||Man City v Fulham|
|Spurs' defeat at Blackpool means that City hang on to third place but further progress up the table looks limited and would be Arsenal's and United's to concede. City's home form is good with just a couple of defeats this season and they've won the last six at Eastlands in all competitions. Manicini reckons he's short of fit players with Richards, Milner, De Jong, Johnson and Given all out but surely the most expensively assembled Premier League squad can manage. Fulham are the visitors needing a result with only four points keeping them from the relegation places. The Cottagers have won just a single away fixture this season but it's been their propensity to draw games that has probably cost them a higher position in the table as well as giving them a little breathing space. They've drawn the most games in the top flight with 13 drawn from 27 played. Mark Hughes would probably be satisfied with a point at Eastlands but this really is a match City should win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Mon 8:00||Stoke v West Brom|
|Stoke may have lost at the Arsenal during the week (no shame there) and their away form has been off the boil recently but they've won their last three Premier League matches at the Britannia as well as an FA Cup tie against Brighton. The Potters are mid-table with only six points separating them from the drop zone but their home form is sure to keep them in the top flight. They entertain a West Brom outfit teetering above the relegation places and suffering terribly on the road. Obviously, the Baggies are under new management with Roy Hodgson at the helm but they're yet to win under him and their away record now reads seven straight defeats in all competitions. There's no doubt that West Brom play good football but that counts for nothing in a relegation scrap unless you get a result. Given that Stoke are strong at home and the Baggies are adapting to life under Hodgson, anything other than a home win seems unlikely.|
|Home Win 2-0|