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 31st January to Wed 1st February 2012.
|Tues 7:45||Swansea v Chelsea|
|Chelsea once again stuttered, this time at Norwich, with Torres again unable to find the back of the net in what has been a barren run stretching for over 3 months. The Blues did manage to successfully negotiate their way past local rivals, QPR, in the FA Cup over the weekend but it came at a cost with Ramires expected to be out for several weeks. With Drogba and Kalou still away at the African Cup of Nations and Lampard doubtful with a calf injury, Essien's return to action has been a welcome boost though he's yet to start since his return. Another big name still to start is Gary Cahill after his much protracted transfer but now there is genuine pressure on the partnership of Luiz and Terry. Chelsea travel to Swansea to play their 3rd newly-promoted side in as many games. A weaker Swansea eleven were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Reebok last weekend but it's their home form that's raising eyebrows as well as keeping them in mid-table. The Swans have only been beaten at home by United this season and other notable results include a win over Arsenal and a draw with Spurs. Rodgers has a full squad to choose from with the exception of on-loan McEachran who's ineligible to play against his parent club and we reckon the home side could be worth a point.|
|Tottenham v Wigan|
|After Spurs went to the Etihad, played well yet got nothing the FA Cup trip to Vicarage Road couldn't have been more different. The absence of width in the first half played into Watford's hands and they didn't look much better when Lennon came on in the second half although they won the game. Bale is expected to be fit after overcoming a slight thigh strain so normal service should be resumed at the Lane, but it just goes to show that grinding out results are key to success as much as playing well. King should be fit to play but it's likely that he'll be rested with next week's trip to Liverpool in mind. Third-placed Spurs have lost just a single home Premier League fixture this season as they take on bottom side Wigan. The Latics have won just 3 top flight games all season and lost 7 from 11 on the road. Including their FA Cup defeat at Swindon, Wigan have lost their last 4 games on the bounce though they did manage to dig out some interesting results during December with draws at home to Chelsea and Liverpool plus another away at Stoke; prior to that they surprisingly won away at both Sunderland and West Brom. The Latics have proved that they have it in them to take points off the top clubs but in all truth this should be a comfortable win for the home side.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wolverhampton v Liverpool|
|After their shock away defeat at Bolton, Liverpool responded in appropriate fashion by knocking both sides of Manchester out of the respective cup competitions. They salvaged a draw in the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final ensuring that they meet Cardiff at Wembley whilst a late Kuyt goal saw United exit the FA Cup. They need to improve in the league if they're to be certain of qualifying for Europe next season although the Carling Cup win at Wembley would ease pressure in that respect. This could be Carroll's last big chance as Suarez serves the last of his 8-match ban and the big Geordie needs to impress against a Wolves side who haven't won a game in any competition since they beat Sunderland in early December. McCarthy's job hasn't been made any easier after the home derby defeat to Villa with Henry starting a 3-match suspension and on-loan Frimpong doubtful with an eye injury. A point could be enough for Wolves to climb out of the bottom three but recent cup victories for Liverpool should see them full of confidence as they look to get their league form back on track.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Tues 8:00||Everton v Man City|
|Remarkably, Everton managed to score more than 1 goal in their FA Cup victory over Fulham but they've not done that in the Premier League since the back end of November when they won away at Bolton. Stracqualursi's goal last Friday was his first for the club and he could be preferred to Anichebe and Saha. Goals are the primary reason why the Toffees have slipped as low as 14th and recent injuries to Jagielka, Distin, Osman and Rodwell will only add to David Moyes's concerns. Their task this week is to keep out high-flying Man City who've at last shown some vulnerability albeit on the road. Spurs gave them a scare at the Etihad but City still managed to nick the 3 points although Liverpool, United and Sunderland have all beat them recently in various competitions. A big boost for Mancini is the return of Kompany from a 4-match suspension but Balotelli is out with a similar ban after his boot connected with Scott Parker's head. The Toure brothers are still away on African Cup of Nations duty but this still looks like being a sure-fire winner for the away side, especially with Kompany providing that reassurance at the back.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Man Utd v Stoke|
|United could field a very strong side just from their treatment room such is the extent of injuries sustained from back to front. Ferguson will be hopeful that Rooney, Nani and Ferdinand will all be deemed fit for selection whilst the suspicion is that Lindegaard could again come in for De Gea after another nervous performance from the Spaniard in the FA Cup defeat at Anfield. With United still trailing arch-rivals City by 3 points, the FA Cup exit might've been a blessing but United will need to bounce back again as they did after defeats to Blackburn and Newcastle with wins over City, Bolton and Arsenal. They host a Stoke side that seem to stutter every time they come close to breaking into the top 7. The Potters are picking up points on the road, as they did at Anfield in a goalless draw recently, but then a shock defeat at home to the Baggies saw the pressure relieved on the sides above them. Tony Pulis has no reason not to field his strongest side at Old Trafford given that Sidibe is their only injury concern. You can't write Stoke off but United should be backed to come through a tight encounter.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wed 7:45||Aston Villa v QPR|
|Mark Hughes should be pleased with his players since taking over at Loftus Road. An FA Cup replay win over MK Dons saw them take on Chelsea last weekend; a game of few chances in which they lost out to a Juan Mata penalty. Their first Premier League game under Hughes resulted in a narrow defeat at Newcastle but they bounced back with a good victory over Wigan and they already look more solid under the Welshman. Onuoha has come in from Man City to bolster their back line whilst Barton's place under the new manager no longer looks in doubt. They travel to Villa Park to face a mid-table Villa side smarting from an FA Cup exit at the Emirates. Villa should've won the game only for some kamikaze defending in a second half 7-minute period that saw them throw the game away. That aside, they ended a run of 4 successive Premier League home defeats with a draw against Everton and followed that up with a great victory at Molineux thanks to a brace from Robbie Keane. Collins should be back to partner Dunne whilst Albrighton is likely to recover from a thigh strain. Rangers need the points to escape the clutches of relegation but if Villa can cut out the silly mistakes, a rare home win should be theirs.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wed 8:00||Blackburn v Newcastle|
|These two sides have already met 3 times this season and we're none the wiser on which way this encounter is likely to go. The first was back in September at St James' Park where a Demba Ba hat-trick won the game. Next was the Carling Cup meeting at Ewood Park that went to extra time where Givet headed the winner just before the final whistle. Last was the FA Cup match several weeks ago where Gutierrez won the game for Newcastle at home deep into injury time. Though Demba Ba has returned from the African Cup of Nations, along with new strike partner Cisse, it remains to be seen whether either will be fit enough to play any part. Blackburn will be without the banned Yakubu whilst the Samba saga leaves us uncertain as to whether he will play. Steve Kean will be thankful that Scott Dann has returned to fitness to partner Gael Givet in the centre of defence. Rovers are still desperate for points but they've won just 3 Premier League home fixtures this season although they did beat Fulham recently with 10 men and not long before that, they won at Old Trafford. If Demba Ba plays, it begins to swing Newcastle's way but these games have shown to be tight and Blackburn could be worth a draw.|
|Bolton v Arsenal|
|Bolton bounced back from the defeat a couple of weeks ago at Old Trafford with 3 successive victories. The FA Cup wins over little Macclesfield and a weakened Swansea aren't exactly much to shout about but they sandwiched an important win over Liverpool in which the Trotters were by far the better side. That victory was enough to lift Bolton out of the drop zone but the margin of safety is just a single point. Despite being club captain, Kevin Davies is struggling to hold down a starting place and Martin O'Neill has declared his interest; the bid has allegedly been rejected but there's still a day or so of the transfer window open. The Trotters will want to continue their promising recent run against an Arsenal side that can count themselves fortunate to have made their way past Villa in the FA Cup. A defeat would've spelt 3 on the bounce for the Gunners after recent losses to Swansea and United. However, Wenger has some key figures back with Sagna, Vermaelen, Arteta, Coquelin and Henry all fit; that's without the great confidence that young Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown in the start to his Premier League career. Bolton might've stopped the rot at home but Arsenal should prove too strong for them.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Fulham v West Brom|
|Fulham will have been disappointed with their FA Cup exit at Goodison especially after leading the game through a Danny Murphy penalty. However, their home form is more relevant here and they've won 4 of their last 5 Premier League home fixtures. Added to that, Clint Dempsey has been in hot scoring form with 2 recent hat-tricks; one in the FA Cup win over Charlton and the other in the Cottagers' 5-2 win over Newcastle. Jol is likely to have very few injury concerns with both Dembele and Sa expected to return to training. They take on a West Brom side that've been absolutely awful at home recently but the Baggies have managed 3 wins from their last 4 Premier League away fixtures including victories at Stoke and Newcastle. Hodgson hasn't been so lucky with injuries and Jara and Thomas are possible casualties from their FA Cup exit whilst Brunt and Scharner remain sidelined. West Brom are obviously a danger on the road but we're sticking by Fulham.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Norwich|
|A mid-table battle between 10th and 9th with just 2 points separating them. Both clubs are in great form; Norwich haven't lost in any competition since the end of December, a run of 6 matches, whilst O'Neill has worked wonders at Sunderland since taking over. The Mackems were surprisingly held to a draw last weekend by Middlesbrough in the FA Cup but they've not yet lost at the Stadium of Light since he took control and that includes a win over Man City. O'Neill is without Bendtner and Bramble whilst both Brown and Cattermole are doubtful but the good news is that Fraizer Campbell made a goalscoring return against Boro after missing the last 18 months with a knee injury. The Canaries shouldn't be taken lightly as their last defeat on the road was back at the beginning of December at the Etihad. Last weekend they beat the Baggies for the second time in as many weeks at the Hawthorns and previously they won at Loftus Road. Paul Lambert has been fortunate with regard to injuries and he'll take his strongest side to Sunderland. Very difficult to pick a winner here and a draw looks to be the value.|