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 11th to Sun 12th February 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Man Utd v Liverpool|
|The pressure is on both clubs to get a result in this one. United won't want to fall further behind City whilst Liverpool need to put together a winning sequence if they do indeed harbour ambitions of taking 4th spot. Both sides drew difficult matches last weekend but wins for their rivals increases the pressure on this match. United staged a magnificent comeback at Stamford Bridge but Ferguson should worry that they leaked 3 goals in the first place. United have won 4 of their last 5 Premier League home matches but Liverpool knocked them out of the FA Cup recently at Anfield. Nani, Cleverley and Smalling are rumoured to be close to a return but are unlikely to start. The big name to return for Liverpool was Luis Suarez but he could only manage a yellow card after coming on against Spurs. Expect him to start this one in place of Kuyt, Carroll or Bellamy with all eyes on the FA-endorsed handshake with Patrice Evra. If Enrique misses a second game, Glen Johnson will likely fill in at left-back with Kelly taking the right-back role. On the whole, Liverpool have been good on the road but recent defeats at City and Bolton have dented their away recod of 6 wins from 12 played; the last of which was a convincing 3-0 win at Molineux. These games are always tight and the best value has to be the draw.|
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v QPR|
|Blackburn were battered at the Emirates and though Givet's dismissal affected the extent of the damage, surely Chris Samba needs to start. No doubt punished for his wish to leave the club, Samba must start if Rovers are to have any chance of escaping relegation. With Givet suspended and Nelsen departed for Spurs, Keane surely has no other option. The manager looks to be under fresh scrutiny after the Indian national team cancelled their trip to Blackburn. Rovers have won just 1 of their last 6 matches in all competitions but more importantly have failed to build on any success they have had. Yakubu is back from suspension but 4 defeats from their last 5 Premier League home matches will have Rangers scenting a potential 3 points in their own bid to survive. QPR are just 1 point above the drop zone and are yet to win on the road under Mark Hughes. Zamora scored on his debut in the defeat to Wolves but he'll be starting without Cisse in this one after the French striker was sent off in the same game. Cases can be made for both sides but Rovers will need Samba and Yakubu for a share of the spoils.|
|Bolton v Wigan|
|Bolton's loss at Carrow Road last weekend ended their run of 4 games without defeat in all competitions which included a home win over Liverpool and a draw against Arsenal. The Trotters have turned around their home form after winning just 1 of their first 8 Premier League fixtures of the season. They've now not lost a game at the Reebok since Boxing Day as they take on bottom side Wigan, just 4 points and 2 places worse off. The Latics' poor form continues although they did hold Everton to a draw at the DW Stadium last weekend. Martinez's side have taken just 2 points from their last 7 Premier League fixtures and the future looks bleak with just 14 games left to play. Of the 2 sides, Bolton have already shown they've the nerves to come out on top when they won at Blackburn just before Christmas. That was a crunch game of similar proportions and Bolton are capable of repeating that performance; a result that could lift them out of the drop zone.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Chelsea|
|Last weekend's entertaining match at Stamford Bridge against United saw both sides of Chelsea; they surprisingly went 3 goals up only to wilt under the pressure that is expected from Ferguson's side and had to settle for a point. Torres again failed to find the back of the net but his cross for Mata's goal was superb. Terry and Ramires are expected to be ruled out although Frank Lampard could be fit and Ashley Cole returns from suspension. The Blues remain in the much-coveted 4th spot but Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool are all breathing down their necks. They travel to Goodison Park where Everton haven't been beaten since early January when Bolton were the surprise victors. We keep stressing this but the Toffees still haven't scored more than 1 goal in a Premier League fixture since last November. With Saha gone and Cahill doubtful, it's unlikely that statistic will change. Pienaar is back to bolster the Everton midfield but Jagielka, Osman and Coleman are all still out injured. Expect a tight game but Chelsea might just edge this one.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Fulham v Stoke|
|Fulham have only been beaten once at Craven Cottage since mid-November; that defeat was a heavy one to United but 4 wins and a draw from the last 6 home fixtures keeps Fulham 7 points above the relegation places. The point at home to West Brom recently wasn't a bad one considering the Baggies great away form. The question is who will fill Bobby Zamora's boots; it looks like Clint Dempsey has been promoted into a striking role after enjoying a purple patch in front of goal. We thought Andy Johnson might fit the bill but a groin injury kept him out of the defeat at Eastlands last weekend. They host a Stoke side without Robert Huth after he saw red in the home defeat to Sunderland. That was the Potters' 3rd successive Premier League defeat and they've not won in the top flight since beating Blackburn at Ewood Park at the beginning of the New Year. Stoke's challenge for a place in Europe has subsequently slipped and Etherington has admitted that his own form has dipped. We're going with what we traditioinally get from both these sides and that's good home form from Fulham and indifferent away form from Stoke.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sunderland v Arsenal|
|The gap may be 7 points but only 2 places separates these 2 sides, such has been Sunderland's rise up the table since O'Neill's appointment. Both were big winners in different senses of the word last weekend; Arsenal battered Blackburn at the Emirates whilst Sunderland took advantage of Huth's dismissal at Stoke to nick the points. The Mackems haven't lost at home under O'Neill despite missing the likes of Bendtner, Bramble, Brown and Cattermole. Sessegnon has provided the inspiration and was again on form at the Riverside as Sunderland progressed to the 5th round of the FA Cup where they'll again meet the Gunners. The only incidental to be added is that the Mackems have played 120 minutes during the week whilst Arsenal have had the week off. Despite their big win over Rovers, Arsenal's away form hasn't been great with 3 defeats suffered in their last 5. Dropped points include a draw at Bolton and defeats at Swansea and Fulham. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Van Persie have been Arsenal's stand-out players but Wenger claims the Dutchman needs rest; something the Gunners can ill afford to do at the moment. Given Arsenal's form on the road and Sunderland's midweek efforts, a draw might be a good result for both clubs.|
|Swansea v Norwich|
|Just 2 points and a place separates these 2 sides in mid-table and both newly-promoted clubs must be pleased with their respective seasons in the top flight so far. The Canaries may have lost recently at the Stadium of Light but prior to that the last time they were beaten on the road was at Eastlands back in early December. Lambert described last weekend's home win over Bolton as the best under his management but it came at a cost with both centre-halves, Whitbread and Ayala, doubtful for the trip to the Liberty Stadium. Their hosts, Swansea, are on a great run of late with just 1 Premier League defeat since Christmas. They've only been beaten by United at home this season, back in mid-November, and recent home results include a win over Arsenal and draws with Spurs and Chelsea. Their away form has even picked up with victories at the Hawthorns and Villa Park since the turn of the year. Possession is a big part of Swansea's game and their expected domination is likely to be telling.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 5:30||Tottenham v Newcastle|
|Tottenham dug in at Liverpool and could even have won the game but they're in a tricky sequence of fixtures that they need to do well in to maintain their momentum and make sure that a Champions League spot is theirs. With a tricky FA Cup tie at little Stevenage followed by games at Arsenal and at home to United, success could see them push United hard for 2nd place. With Harry's court shenanigans a thing of the past, the circus distraction to take centre stage is the England job and the bookies make him a certainty to be the next permanent manager. His departure would almost see big stars leave unless Spurs went for a top manager like Mourinho. Back to the game and Tottenham have lost just one Premier League match at the Lane this season. Defoe, Lennon and Van der Vaart are all doubtful starters after missing the draw at Anfield. They host a Newcastle side that've lost 3 of their last 5 Premier League away fixtures as well as suffering defeat at Brighton in the FA Cup. However, Ba and Cisse were the stars for the Magpies in their win over Villa at St James Park. Pardew might not opt to go with both strikers away from home but if he does it could be a cracking game. Perch may stand in for the suspended Cabaye as Newcastle try to strangle Tottenham's midfield. A win for Spurs but it won't be easy.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 1:30||Wolverhampton v West Brom|
|It looked like Wolves were heading for another defeat at Loftus Road until Djibril Cisse was sent from the field with just 33 minutes gone. That paved the way for a Wolves revival and Kevin Doyle's introduction at half-time was the stimulus for a second-half comeback with the striker assisting for one and scoring the other. That brought an end to a run of 10 matches in all competitions without a win but Wolves have taken just a single point from the last 15 available at Molineux. McCarthy hasn't been helped by Henry's suspension plus Frimpong had to return to Arsenal after suffering a cruciate ligament injury. O'Hara has returned to the side after recovery from injury but West Brom have a great away record. The Baggies have been awful at home but on the road they've won 3 of the last 5 with their only defeat coming at White Hart Lane. Roy Hodgson could be boosted by the return of Graham Dorrans and Shane Long. With Wolves hovering above the drop zone and West Brom just 2 places better off, this is sure to be a tight game with victory paramount.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Aston Villa v Man City|
|City restored the 2-point advantage over United with a convincing home win over Fulham whilst United could only draw at Stamford Bridge. That result maintained City's 100% Premier League home record but their away form has dipped considerably with just 1 victory from their last 6 on the road; that being a narrow 1-0 win at lowly Wigan. Balotelli remains suspended but Kompany is expected to recover from a slight knee problem whilst Nasri is doubtful after sustaining a muscle injury. The player Mancini is really missing is Yaya Toure but he could be back for their next league game in a couple of weeks if fatigue doesn't see him rested. City travel to Villa Park where the Villans have recovered from 4 successive Premier League home defeats with a couple of draws. Keane scored again in the defeat at Newcastle but Agbonlahor, Albrighton and Collins are all doubtful although Stephen Ireland is expected to recover from an ankle knock. One person unhappy with his football, given his Twitter outburst, appears to be Charles N'Zogbia and we'll have to see if McLeish continues to start him. Don't write off Villa but City's away form should improve.|
|Away Win 0-1|