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 5th to Mon 7th March 2011.
|Sat 12:45||Birmingham v West Brom|
|Birmingham's Carling Cup victory over Arsenal at Wembley was a shot in the arm for the underdogs but they now need to concentrate on their league position and avoid any "day after the Lord Mayor's show" slip-ups. Brum lost their last Premier League home fixture (against Newcastle) but they'd taken seven points in the three Premier League games prior to that with Zigic scoring in each one; including the Carling Cup final, the Serbian giant has netted in each of his last four matches. They host a West Brom side a place and a point below themselves, just above the drop zone. The Baggies were worthy of their point at Stoke, a result which brought to an end a sequence of seven away defeats in all competitions. Part of Hodgson's remit has been to improve West Brom's defence of set pieces but unless they start to win games, relegation could become all too real. Hodgson's away record at Fulham and Liverpool wasn't exactly great and he faces a mammoth task to keep the Baggies up. A win for either side would be massive in terms of survival and Birmingham, with euphoric home support, should nick it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Sunderland|
|No doubt the manner of Arsenal's Carling Cup defeat at Wembley will stick in the craw of their fans but the Gunners have bigger fish to fry this season. They proved there was no hangover after steamrolling past Leyton Orient to reach the last eight of the FA Cup and set up a quarter-final match at Old Trafford. The title race was blown open after United lost at Stamford Bridge leaving Arsenal four points behind with a game in hand. The Gunners have dropped just two points at the Emirates in their last seven league home fixtures and should be expected to continue their form despite Van Persie joining their growing injury list. Sunderland provide the opposition and look to be on the slide after losing their last four Premier league games. They're still hanging on to eighth position but there's no room for complacency with arch-rivals Newcastle breathing down their necks. Sadly, a trip to the Emirates for Sunderland and Steve Bruce is likely to end in further misery.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Bolton v Aston Villa|
|Bolton have lost just the once in their last seven games in all competitions (at Spurs). The Trotters have only been beaten twice at home in the Premier League this season with much of their recent success down to loan signing, Daniel Sturridge. Rumour has it that the Chelsea striker could quit the Blues for Bolton, no surprise given that he's playing and scoring regularly rather than keeping the bench warm. They host a Villa side that've gradually climbed back up to mid-table although they remain only five points above the relegation places. Their away form is improving with just a single defeat in their last five Premier League away matches. Houllier fielded a weakened midfield at Eastlands in the FA Cup and they struggled to play in the opposition half. A front three of Heskey, Agbonlahor and Delfouneso offered no bite and the likes of Bent, Ashley Young, Albrighton and Downing can all be expected to return at the Reebok. A tricky one to call but Bolton might just have enough.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Blackburn|
|Blackburn's away record is pretty awful having lost eight of their last nine away games in all competitions. Four points is all that's keeping them above the drop zone and their situation has been further hampered by injury to David Dunn. Ryan Nelsen is also suspended after being dismissed at Villa Park last weekend but Chris Samba is likely to return after suffering with illness. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham have dropped just two points in their last four Premier League home fixures. Only goal difference is keeping the Cottagers above Rovers in the table but Fulham can generally be relied upon at home whilst we've already mentioned Blackburn's poor away form. Everything points to a home win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Newcastle v Everton|
|Three points and two places separate these sides in mid-table and there's not much to choose between them. Newcastle have dug out some good results recently but draws against good sides has stalled their progress. Barton remains a doubt after missing the Bolton draw with a thigh injury but Ameobi could make his comeback after training this week with a face mask to protect a fractured cheekbone whilst Ryan Taylor misses out after seeing a straight red last weekend. Everton have their own problems with big players, Fellaini and Cahill, both set to miss extensive periods through injury. Their FA Cup heroics against Chelsea, both home and away, came to nothing after Reading knocked them out of the competition this week at Goodison Park. The Toffees recent Premier League away record has also been poor with two points the reward from their last five matches. This is likely to be a close encounter but the injuries could play a big part and Newcastle might just have the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Stoke|
|As West Ham get the nod for their move to the Olympic Stadium, they find themselves off the bottom of the table again with the weekend's fixtures approaching. Things could well be looking up for the Hammers after going three games in all competitions without defeat including eleven goals scored and a win over Liverpool. Grant has been at a loss to explain his side's inconsistency but Parker's performances this season have been a rare bright spot on an otherwise dull horizon. They take on a Stoke side renowned for their poor form on the road. The Potters have lost their last five away fixtures in which they've scored just a solitary goal. They may be mid-table but their position remains precarious and defeat is bound to see them slip closer to the drop zone. There's no such thing as a sure bet at Upton Park but this is looking like a winnable game.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||Man City v Wigan|
|City could be forgiven for thinking they're still bang in the title race after United's defeat by Chelsea but five points from their last five Premier League matches means Chelsea and Spurs are chasing them hard having played a game less. That said, City have dropped only two points in their last five home fixtures and their star-studded bench in the comfortable FA Cup win over Villa suggests that they'll be more than a match for a fragile Wigan side. The Latics lost last weekend at home to the red half of Manchester and find themselves bottom of the Premier League table. There's no doubt that they'll be most people's bet for the drop given that they've won just five of 28 Premier League games this season. Surprisingly, Wigan have only lost one of their last six Premier League away fixtures but City should win this one comfortably.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sun 1:30||Liverpool v Man Utd|
|It seems Dalglish's honeymoon period is over after a dip in form in Liverpool's last two league games. The Reds could only muster a draw at home to bottom side Wigan and they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Upton Park last weekend. The visit of United provides another strong test for Dalglish's Liverpool but they won at Stamford Bridge so there's no reason why they shouldn't prevail. United themselves lost at Chelsea last weekend and the fallout was far worse with Vidic red-carded and banned for this game. Ferguson will have to go to a makeshift back four with Ferdinand out and both Evans and Evra doubts. United have now lost two of their last three Premier League away fixtures and another defeat is unthinkable as they see their lead cut to four points. United's defence may be makeshift but Liverpool have been short on goals lately with four in their last five games in all competitions; to that end, it's possible Andy Carroll could make his debut at some point. These sides hate each other with a passion and it may be that both would prefer not to lose the game.|
|Sun 4:00||Wolverhampton v Tottenham|
|Wolves have won four of their last six Premier League home fixtures and their emphatic victory over Blackpool last weekend saw them move up to eighteenth and just a point short of survival, as the current table stands. Their home record is the strongest of any side in the bottom half of the table with seven wins and two draws from fourteen matches. It mustn't be forgotten that Wolves recently put United to bed at home also. However, the influential O'Hara will be ineligible as he can't play against his parent club. Spurs haven't played much recently since their mid-February victory in Milan; their only game since then was a defeat at Blackpool in which they missed a whole host of chances. The lilywhites have just returned from a trip to Dubai and news on the injury front is good with Van der Vaart, Woodgate and Defoe all expected to be fit but Redknapp may be tempted not to take too many risks with the return leg against Milan in mind. Whichever way you look at it, Bale's persistent back injury is likely to keep him out of this one. Both sides have plenty to play for but this really could swing either way.|
|Mon 8:00||Blackpool v Chelsea|
|Blackpool's heavy defeat at Molineux last weekend means they drop closer to the relegation places. Most significant was the absence of Charlie Adam in that game and he's suspended again for the visit of Chelsea, along with DJ Campbell after receiving a straight red in the Wolves defeat. The Tangerines had revived their home form with a draw against Villa and a win over Spurs but Chelsea have also seen their form take a turn for the good with last weekend's victory over league leaders United. Whilst most will consider the twelve point gap too large to close, Chelsea's move back into a Champions League spot should fuel their ambition to consolidate their position. It seems that Torres will continue to start despite yet to score for the Blues and Drogba may have to settle as an impact player coming from the bench. That worked against United and Ancelotti could well stick to it although they need inspiration before going behind. Failure to win at Bloomfield Road will be seen as a severe setback, especially with Seasiders playmaker, Adam, unavailable.|
|Away Win 0-2|