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 25th to Sun 26th February 2012.
|Sat 3:00||Chelsea v Bolton|
|Chelsea's dip in form has been alarming and Villas-Boas must be fearing for his job unless results improve immediately. The dressing room is rumoured to be split after alleged bust-ups between AVB and the more established players with Ivanovic the latest to issue a rallying call. The Blues are yet to win in February and face possible exits from both the Champions League and the FA Cup. Terry and Bosingwa are both out injured whilst it remains to be seen if there are starting roles for Torres and Lampard. They host a Bolton side fighting for their life in the bottom three. A single point is keeping them off the foot of the table but just 2 points separates the bottom 5 clubs and any sort of result will be welcome. The Trotters haven't won any of their 3 Premier League matches this month, the last of which was a home defeat to Wigan. Kevin Davies remains doubtful after picking up a knee problem during that game. Chelsea should have too much for their opponents but then again they could only draw against Birmingham at Stamford Bridge. However, the Blues are still in the hunt for 4th spot and that alone should prove incentive enough for a much-needed victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Newcastle v Wolverhampton|
|The big news is all about Wolves since they sacked Mick McCarthy after that humiliating 5-1 defeat at home to local rivals West Brom. A number of candidates have been interviewed but only Steve Bruce appears to be keen to take the role, yet at the time of writing they've still not appointed him. They could go into this game managerless which is unlikely to help their fight against relegation. Wolves did actually win their last away game, a 2-1 victory at QPR, their only 3-pointer since early December. Bassong is expected to recover from a hamstring injury to resume his place in the heart of defence at St James Park. Newcastle have some injury problems with fringe players though Ryan Taylor could return in some capacity. Alan Pardew will be expecting a reaction after his side's woeful performance in the 5-0 defeat at White Hart Lane. Spurs were good but for once this season it looked like the Magpies had forgotten to compete. Newcastle have won their last 4 home games in all competitions and that winning sequence is likely to continue.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|QPR v Fulham|
|A West London derby in which the focus point is bound to be Bobby Zamora. The English striker made the move from Fulham to Loftus Road only weeks ago and will no doubt be anxious to prove Martin Jol wrong to get rid of him. Zamora scored on his debut for Rangers but is yet to be on the winning side after they lost to both Wolves and Blackburn. QPR may be 16th but only 2 points separates them from bottom-placed Wigan and Hughes must be feeling the pressure. It doesn't help that Cisse is still suspended. Fulham are mid-table but their away record is awful with their only victory coming at the DW Stadium. The Cottagers are traditionally poor on the road and have drawn 5 of their 11 other away matches. With Zamora gone and Johnson injured, it's likely to fall to Clint Dempsey or new signing Pogrebnyak to lead the line. There looks to be little to separate these two sides and we're plumping for the draw.|
|West Brom v Sunderland|
|West Brom's season of poor home form and great away form continues. Last time out they smashed Wolves at Molineux but they've taken just a single point from their last 6 Premier League matches at the Hawthorns. They've lost 3 of those games plus an FA Cup tie against Norwich by a 2-1 scoreline. Their away form has kept them out of the relegation scrap with 8 points breathing space. Injuries to Brunt and Scharner will probably keep them out against Sunderland. The Mackems succumbed to the Henry factor in their last Premier League game when the French striker scored the winner deep into injury time. However, they put Arsenal to the sword in the FA Cup return last weekend. Sunderland have won 3 of their last 4 Premier League games on the road; the defeat was a narrow one at Stamford Bridge in which they deserved something. The O'Neill factor continues to play it's part in Sunderland's revival and we expect this one to go again on form i.e. West Brom poor at home and Sunderland generally strong.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wigan v Aston Villa|
|Wigan remain bottom despite their crucial victory at the Reebok last time out. It was a 6-pointer for both sides and now the Latics have given themselves as good a chance of staying up as any of the bottom five. Wigan have won just a single home game this season (QPR back in August) and drawn 5 of their 11 other Premier League home matches. Martinez has remained faithful to 3 at the back but it may look more like 5 at times given the pace that Villa have got in their side. Robbie Keane plays his final game before returning to Los Angeles but Cuellar will deputise for Dunne after the Irishman landed awkwardly in the closing minutes of their home defeat to City. Villa are living dangerously in 15th place but the 7-point gap between themselves and 16th-placed QPR gives them some breathing space. The Villans have drawn half of all their Premier League away fixtures and another draw looks on the cards.|
|Sat 5:30||Man City v Blackburn|
|Roberto Mancini must be hugely grateful for the safe return of Yaya Toure. The Ivory Coast midfielder is a key performer for City and has started both of City's wins over Porto in the Europa League after returning from the African Cup of Nations. Tevez has also returned to the fold after he and City agreed to put matters behind them and the Argentinian striker could be back playing in a couple of weeks. City have a 2 point advantage at the top of the table and their 100% Premier League home record is still intact. They host a Blackburn side that may be out of the bottom three on goal difference but the bottom line is that they're 1 of 5 clubs battling for survival. Rovers have won just the once on the road this season, a victory which came most surprisingly at City's neighbours United, but don't read that as an omen! Blackburn may have beat QPR at Ewood Park last time out but expect this game to go more like the 7-1 thrashing they received at the Emirates. Givet and Lowe are suspended whilst Samba is apparently out with a hamstring injury. A resounding win for City!|
|Home Win 4-0|
|Sun 1:30||Arsenal v Tottenham|
|4th plays 3rd in this much-awaited North London derby but the gap is a massive 10 points. Spurs have lost just 4 Premier League fixtures this season, the latest coming at Eastlands where the end result could've been so different. Their last 2 away matches have been goalless draws at Liverpool and little Stevenage. A number of changes are likely after the Stevenage draw with King, Modric, Van der Vaart and Adebayor all likely to return. Questions are once again being asked about the Arsenal set-up after the Gunners exited the FA Cup at Sunderland and face an almost certain exit from the Champions League after losing heavily in Naples. Prior to that it shouldn't be forgotten that they won at Sunderland in the Premier League and hammered Blackburn 7-1 at the Emirates. However, Henry has returned to New York whilst Coquelin, Koscielny, Squillaci and Ramsey are fresh doubts for Arsene Wenger. Injuries to the back line has been a problem all season and Ramsey will be sorely missed if he fails to recover from an ankle injury sustained in the Sunderland defeat. The game could go either way but Spurs look the stronger side and could do the double over Arsenal for the first time since 1992-93.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Norwich v Man Utd|
|It was definitely a weaker Norwich side that were knocked out of the FA Cup by Leicester but the Canaries are up to 8th in the table, just 4 points behind Liverpool. Paul Lambert's side have lost only 3 Premier League matches at Carrow Road this season (to Spurs, Arsenal and West Brom) and despite losing at Old Trafford, gave United plenty of problems. Ayala is definitely out whilst Whitbread is still a doubt. Their opponents, United, have injury problems of their own though Rooney and Giggs are both expected to recover for the trip to Norfolk. United remain just 2 points behind City so nothing less than maximum points will be acceptable. Ferguson's side have only lost once on the road in the Premier League this season; at Newcastle just after the turn of the year. Since then they've fared reasonably well against the big sides in various competitions; the only exception being the FA Cup defeat at Liverpool. This'll be tighter than some might expect but United should prove too strong.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 3:00||Stoke v Swansea|
|A mid-table battle between 2 sides going in different directions. Stoke have slipped to 13th after suffering 4 successive Premier League defeats, two of those coming at fortress Britannia to Sunderland and West Brom. At the time of writing, the Potters are facing a likely exit from the Europa League as they go into the return leg in Valencia a goal down on aggregate. Tony Pulis is obviously concentrating on the domestic season after leaving 9 senior players at home for the trip to Spain. At least he avoided the Crawley banana skin as his side rediscovered the winning formula. Huth is suspended explaining why he's made the Europa League match. They host a Swansea side that've now won twice on the road in the top flight. Most recently they won at West Brom but that wasn't a surprise given that the Baggies are so poor at home. However, Norwich secured a shock victory at the Liberty last time out; only United have managed that this season. Typically, the Swans are poor on the road and Stoke will look to get back to winning ways.|
|Home Win 1-0|