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 19th to Sun 20th March 2011.
|Sat 12:45||Tottenham v West Ham|
|Spurs have lost just the one Premier League game at White Hart Lane this season and have been further boosted by news that everyone is fit and available with the exception of longer term injuries to Huddlestone and Palacios. Despite making the quarter-final stages of the Champions League, they'll be all too aware that their fifth placed league position isn't good enough and they need to make up the three points to catch Chelsea. London derbies are never foregone conclusions and West Ham will be no exception even though they're in the midst of a relegation battle. The Hammers have done well to climb off the bottom of the table but they remain in the bottom three although only a weaker goal difference is keeping them in the drop zone and survival looks more likely than a month ago. West Ham might've won only two Premier League away fixtures this season but they've lost just one of the last six including victories at Fulham and Blackpool. There'll be plenty of attacking talent on display at both ends of the pitch but Spurs should have the upper hand.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Wolverhampton|
|Whichever way you look at it, this is a massive fixture in an ongoing battle to avoid relegation. Villa lie thirteenth in the table but only two points are keeping them from the bottom three whilst Wolves are still struggling to escape the drop zone. McCarthy's side are undefeated in their last three including a draw at the Hawthorns but their away record is poor with just five points chalked up on the road. They don't have to travel far to take on a Villa side that've taken seven points from their last three Premier League matches at Villa Park. However, much has been made of some of the Villa's players alleged unhappiness with fitness coach Robert Duverne's training methods; as a result, Dunne and Collins are facing disciplinary action after a bust-up on a team-building break in Leicestershire. Dunne is still out with a shoulder injury but both Collins and Cuellar are thought fit enough to feature. It's another derby game but given Wolves' poor away record, this should really be a home win for Villa.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Blackburn v Blackpool|
|There's absolutely nothing between these two sides with both struggling to avoid the drop and only a single point keeping them the right side of the line. Rumour has it that Steve Kean's job was on the line after taking just one point from Blackburn's last five Premier League matches, an allegation denied by owners Venky's. However, it's been their away form that's largely to blame and they've lost just the once at home in all competitions (against Spurs) since Boxing Day. Their opponents, Blackpool, have suffered on the road since the turn of the year losing their last five in all competitions. The Tangerines will welcome back Charlie Adam after suspension but DJ Campbell remains banned for this match and the next against Fulham. Blackpool proved early on in the season that they're capable of getting a result anywhere but that form appears to have deserted them and Rovers look favourites on paper.|
|Home Win 3-2|
|Man Utd v Bolton|
|Recent away defeats for United has seen their lead at the top cut to three points having played a game more than Arsenal but their home form remains impeccable with just two points dropped all season. Rooney appears to be getting back to his best and his partnership with Hernandez is improving as a result. However, United's problems at the back continue with both O'Shea and Rafael forced off with injuries in their Champions League win over Marseilles. Vidic's suspension has ended but a calf injury threatens to keep him out of the Bolton game. The same problem looks like affecting the rest of Rio Ferdinand's season giving further incentive to Bolton's Gary Cahill to put in a good shift with him potentially on Ferguson's summer shopping list. The Trotters should be safe this season but their Premier League away form has suffered; they've three successive away victories in the FA Cup but they've taken just a point on the Premier League road since mid-November. This should be a comfortable win for United, as comfortable as playing against Bolton gets anyway.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Stoke v Newcastle|
|Only a couple of points separates these two sides in mid-table although the threat of relegation is still hanging around like a bad smell. Stoke have looked strong at the Britannia in recent weeks with ten points from the last possible twelve and a FA Cup win over West Ham to take them to their first semi-final for 39 years. Their obvious strength is at set-pieces and Newcastle will have to be on their toes to keep the Potters at bay. The Magpies are affected by injuries with both Barton and Enrique touch and go for this game whilst a thigh injury keeps Ireland out and Ryan Taylor is suspended. Newcastle's recent away form has been mixed but they've surpringly won more games on the road than at St James Park this season. This is likely to be a close contest but Stoke should prevail.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v Arsenal|
|It's been a nightmare couple of weeks for the Gunners as they've seen potential trophies slipping from their grasp one by one. All that remains is the Premier League and they lie three points behind United with a game in hand. Their focus has to be firmly set on each and every remaining fixture if they're to finally realise some silverware. Recent defeats haven't been kind to Wenger in terms of injuries; Almunia has had to return to first team action and rumour has it that Lehmann will sign until the end of the season plus Koscielny and Squillaci are the only recognised centre-halves. Fabregas also remains a doubt for the trip to the Hawthorns where West Brom have drawn their last three Premier League fixtures. The Baggies are just a point above the bottom three with Hodgson trying to make them harder to beat. Their defensive attributes are sure to be tested against the wounded animal that is Arsenal, who'll be seeking revenge for the West Brom victory at the Emirates earlier in the season.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wigan v Birmingham|
|Another massive game at the foot of the table as bottom side Wigan host Carling Cup winners Birmingham. Just a single goal is keeping Brum above the drop zone and the poisoned chalice that can be the Carling Cup appears to have affected their form. Defeat at home to West Brom followed by a draw at Goodison and then another defeat at home to Bolton saw them exit the FA Cup. A whole host of Birmingham players are rated doubtful or returning from injury so the lineup against Wigan has an element of 'finger in the air' about it. Wigan have lost their last three games in all competitions without scoring a goal but they've had a two week break since the single goal defeat at Eastlands and should be much the fresher of the two sides. However, they've won just five Premier League matches this season though this could be such an important victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||Everton v Fulham|
|Everton have a 100% record against Fulham at Goodison Park but they'll do well to keep that up without the services of their most creative midfield players Arteta, Cahill and Fellaini. Phil Neville is also rated doubtful after suffering a hamstring injury. The Toffees haven't been beaten at home in the league since the end of November but Reading knocked them out of the FA Cup at Goodison only a couple of weeks ago. Neither side is safe from the drop and Everton will take some hope from the fact that Fulham aren't rated as a strong away side. The Cottagers have won just a single Premier League away fixture this season but they've managed eight draws from fourteen matches; they don't often win but they don't often lose either. With Everton short on creativity in the middle of the park, this could easily turn out to be a missable bore draw.|
|Sun 1:30||Sunderland v Liverpool|
|Sunderland halted a slide of four successive Premier league defeats with a goalless draw at the Emirates but the pressure doesn't ease any with Liverpool next up at the Stadium of Light. Both Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez are expected to start for the Reds although Gerrard looks to be out after not recovering in time from a groin injury. Liverpool are still guilty of occasional poor performances but Dalglish must be pleased with the general improvement. They bounced back from their defeat at Upton Park with a convincing win over United at Anfield courtesy of a Dirk Kuyt hat-trick. Prior to the Hammers defeat, Liverpool had won back-to-back away fixtures at Wolves and Chelsea so Sunderland won't be taking anything for granted. Steve Bruce will be boosted by the return of Lee Cattermole but Meyler and Turner are still out. I fancy Liverpool to sneak this and Carroll and Suarez to cause Sunderland all sorts of problems.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Chelsea v Man City|
|If either of these sides harbour any hopes of challenging for the title then this is a 'must win' game. However, both will probably believe that that's beyond them and their focus is likely to concentrate on consolidating their place in the top four. Mancini will be setting out not to lose the match whilst Chelsea know that a win will lift them above their opponents. City's recent form on the road hasn't been good with just two points from their last four Premier League away fixtures plus a draw and a defeat in their last two Europa League away legs. Similarly, aside from the home win over United, Chelsea have struggled against big sides with their most recent disappointment being the goalless draw against Copenhagen at Stamford Bridge. Torres is yet to score for his new club and the jury's still out, as well as Ancelotti, as to their best strike partnership. This is obviously one of those games either side is capable of winning but if Mancini adopts the negative tactics expected, a draw looks to be on the cards.|