Archived Premier League Tips (4th February 2012)

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Archived Premier League Football Betting Tips (4th February 2012)

Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:

Banker

 Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.

Likely

 Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.

Prudent

 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 4th to Mon 6th February 2012


Archived Premier League football betting tips (4th to 6th Feb 2012)

Sat 1:00 Arsenal v Blackburn
  Arsenal dropped points at the Reebok this week but they dominated the game without making the breakthrough. Van Persie hit the post and the bar with Oxlade-Chamberlain causing havoc down the wing. However, Wenger's decision to replace the youngster with Henry in an attempt to break the deadlock remains questionable. The Gunners dropped to 7th, 5 points shy of a Champions League spot, and are still chasing their first Premier League victory of the new year. Since the turn of the year Wenger's side is probably at its strongest yet, although Vermaelen is still having to fill in at full-back and Wilshere is expected to miss further games with another stress fracture. They host a Blackburn side that did themselves proud with their effort at home to Newcastle but ill fortune conspired against them. They've taken 4 points from their last 4 matches but they're struggling to escape the bottom three and it's increasingly looking like 3 of the current bottom 5 will drop. Yakubu serves the last of his 3-match ban whilst Keane has to decide whether Samba's fit to return to the starting line-up. One centre-half who won't be returning is Ryan Nelsen after Rovers cancelled his contract; he's subsequently travelled south to Spurs. Expect plenty of fight from Blackburn but this is one that Arsenal should be winning.
Home Win 3-1
Sat 3:00 Norwich v Bolton
  Since just before Christmas, Bolton have raised their game and are playing the sort of football that could possibly see them escape relegation. They're currently 2 points clear of the bottom three but it was the crucial encounter they won at Ewood Park that appears to have restored their confidence. Since that victory the Trotters have played 9 more games in all competitions and lost just twice, at home to Newcastle and away at Old Trafford. The only personnel change has been Gary Cahill's departure for Chelsea but Bolton are beginning to find goals from other areas of the pitch. They travel to Carrow Road where Norwich have played just a single Premier League home game this year, a deserved draw with Chelsea. Their away form had been going fantastically well also until they were well beaten at the Stadium of Light by a very fluid Sunderland side. Last time the Canaries were beaten this heavily was at the Etihad where City won 5-1 but Lambert's side bounced back from that with a 4-2 home win over Newcastle. Expect a closely contested match but the home side should prevail.
Home Win 2-1
  QPR v Wolverhampton
  Mark Hughes must be fairly pleased with the start of his tenure at Loftus Road. His first game was a defeat at Newcastle and they were knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend by Chelsea but their other 2 league games have yielded 4 points. The draw at Villa Park saw new signing Djibril Cisse grab a debut goal within 12 minutes but they couldn't hang on for the win. Bobby Zamora should also be eligible to play for his new club and with Onuoha at the back, Rangers are already looking a stronger outfit. With 3 points the gap between themselves and the drop zone/Wolves, QPR shouldn't be holding back when Wolves come to town. McCarthy must be fearing for his side, and his job, after suffering 3 defeats on the bounce in all competitions. They haven't won since early December when they beat Sunderland at home and so poor was the manner of their defeat to Liverpool that Steve Morgan felt he had to address the squad. They've brought in Bassong to bolster the defence but Wolves are in trouble whilst Rangers look like they're heading in the right direction.
Home Win 2-1
  Stoke v Sunderland
  Sunderland's revival under O'Neill has been astonishing and they now find themselves above Stoke after a convincing win over Norwich. The Canaries hadn't lost since late December but the Mackems made them look average. Sessegnon was the livewire in midfield whilst Frazier Campbell showed what we've been missing while he's been injured. His looping volley was his second in as many games whilst Sessegnon's header was a fine example of team play. Since O'Neill took over, Sunderland have lost just twice; both defeats coming on the road at Spurs and Chelsea and many could argue that they deserved something from the game at Stamford Bridge. Bridge and Kyrgiakos have come in to reinforce the back line and they'll go to Stoke full of confidence. The Britannia can usually be considered something of a fortress but the Potters have faltered there of late losing to West Brom last time out and drawing against Wigan and Villa before that. If Sunderland keep playing to the same level, then who's to say they won't get a result at Stoke.
Away Win 1-2
  West Brom v Swansea
  West Brom are one of those sides very difficult to predict mainly because their away form is impressive whilst their home results have been dismal. The Baggies have taken a single point from their last 5 Premier League home fixtures plus you can throw in the FA Cup defeat to newly-promoted Norwich for good measure. Hodgson managed to poach Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell but points are a must if they're to avoid being dragged into the relegation scrap amongst the bottom five. They host a talented Swansea side just a point and place better off than themselves. The Swans have managed a single win on the road (away at Villa Park) but they've taken 4 points from their last 2 home games (to Chelsea and Arsenal) after dominating possession; really they should've taken maximum points against Chelsea but an unfortunate own goal in injury time cost them. This must be a 3-point target for Brendan Rodgers given West Brom's poor home form and success could lift his side into the top half of the table.
Away Win 1-2
  Wigan v Everton
  Everton are one of those sides that are always in the game but the game is finely balanced. They've still not scored more than a single goal in a Premier League fixture since November; that's 11 successive matches but a Darron Gibson goal was enough to earn them all 3 points against Man City this week, and that was with a makeshift centre-half pairing of Heitinga and Hibbert. Moyes has obviously recognised lack of goals as a problem and subsequently let Saha go to bring in Jelavic from Rangers. They travel to the DW Stadium where bottom side Wigan have taken just 3 points from the last 8 Premier League matches and have lost the last 5 games in all competitions. Not only are Wigan bottom of the table but a 3 point gap has now developed leaving them stranded with a substantially worse goal difference than the sides above them. Martinez isn't helped with doubts surrounding the availablility of Di Santo, Alcaraz and Diame. Goals will be at a premium making it very difficult to pick ourselves a winner.
Draw 1-1
Sat 5:30 Man City v Fulham
  City were surprisingly beaten at Goodison Park this week but they remain top by virtue of superior goal difference. They're the only Premier League side with a 100% home record having won all 11 fixtures to date. Kompany is back but Balotelli remains suspended whilst the Toure brothers are not yet returned from the African Cup of Nations. They host a Fulham side not too hot on the road and looking weaker for having sold striker Zamora to London rivals QPR. The consolation has been Clint Dempsey's rich scoring form and he was once again on target against the Baggies but the Cottagers failed to hold on to their lead. Fulham's only win on the road came at the back end of October at Wigan and no-one would really give them a prayer at the Etihad.
Home Win 3-0
Sun 1:30 Newcastle v Aston Villa
  Newcastle moved up to 5th after their victory at Ewood Park. They've won their last 3 games at home in all competitions including that 3-goal thrashing of United. After a lack of goal threat in recent matches, Pardew should have the services of Demba Ba and new signing Cisse available to him as both should've recovered from African Cup of Nations fatigue. They host a mid-table Villa side that've scored 8 goals in their last 3 games in all competitions. They were 2 goals to the good at Arsenal in the FA Cup but crazy defending in a 7 minute period cost them the game. The Villans were behind in both games against QPR and at Wolves but fought back to take 4 points. Darren Bent now has 4 goals from the last 4 matches and is looking Villa's most potent threat. However, the Magpies have the defence to handle Villa and if Ba plays, the attacking instinct to take the 3 points.
Home Win 2-1
Sun 4:00 Chelsea v Man Utd
  We're now at the stage of the season where United come into their own and go on an unbeaten run that usually leaves the competition trailing in their wake. United are out of both domestic cup competitions and are level on points with league leaders City after their rivals were beaten at Everton. Since the defeat at Newcastle, United have won all 3 Premier League fixtures including victory at the Emirates. Ferguson may have to play Ben Amos between the sticks but there's not usually a tougher test than against Stoke and he came through that OK. The manager could be boosted by the return of Rooney, Nani and Young and he'll see it as a great time to play Chelsea if some of his big names return. That's because the Blues have been far from convincing of late and are struggling with players out. Cole is suspended, Drogba and Kalou are still away at the African Cup of Nations whilst Lampard, Mikel, Ramires and Terry are all doubts. Chelsea are just about hanging on to a Champions League spot but the pressure is growing on them from Newcastle, Liverpool and Arsenal. Torres still can't find the back of the net and United will be seeking to take advantage.
Away Win 1-2
Mon 8:00 Liverpool v Tottenham
  Liverpool have been doing fantastically well in the Cup competitions coming out on top against the likes of City and United but it's taken an emphatic win at Wolves to get their Premier League form back on track. They currently lie 6th and need to make up a 4-point deficit for a Champions League spot. Prior to the Wolves win, Liverpool had lost at City and Bolton as well as drawing at home to Stoke but Andy Carroll netted at Molineux and Dalglish now has to decide if Suarez, who's served his 8-match ban, will return to the starting line-up. When Liverpool visited White Hart Lane at the beginning of the season, Spurs ran out convincing winners but only because Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel were sent from the field. Expect this game to be very different with Spurs learning from their bitter defeat at the Etihad just recently. Spurs could've won the game but a last-minute penalty cost them all 3 points. Spurs have lost just 4 Premier League matches this season and may have their eyes on the title after City yet again dropped points. There are doubts over the fitness of Walker, van der Vaart, Lennon, Defoe and Adebayor whilst we'll have to see if King plays two games in a row. With Bassong gone to Wolves, it seems Redknapp has gone for the injury-prone Ryan Nelsen as extra cover. Louis Saha has also come in in place of the departing Pavlyuchenko. Assuming that Spurs' injuries aren't as extensive as painted, they should be worth a point.
Draw 1-1

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