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 10th to Mon 12th March 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Bolton v QPR|
|Another relegation dogfight between two of the Premier League bottom 5 sides. Only goal difference is keeping Bolton off the foot of the table whilst QPR are just 2 points better off. Around January Bolton's home form started to improve significantly but their last home fixture back in mid-Feb resulted in a surprise defeat to relegation rivals Wigan taking their tally of Premier League home defeat to 9 from 13 games. They host a QPR side that haven't won on the road since mid-November and have only won 1 Premier League fixture since the beginning of December. However, Djibril Cisse is back from a 3-match suspension and is likely to resume his partnership up front with Bobby Zamora. After last weekend's home draw with Everton, Rangers will again be looking to keep 11 players on the pitch as they failed to do in recent home fixtures with Fulham and Wolves. Another tough one to call and we're going to have to stick with the draw.|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Fulham|
|It has to be said Villa have been one of the under-achievers this season; they've won just 6 of 27 Premier League fixtures but their reputation as draw specialists has seen them take a single point on 12 occasions. Their propensity to draw matches goes some way to explaining why they're as low as 15th yet have 8 points breathing space over 16th-placed QPR. Villa Park hasn't seen a victory since the beginning of November and their cause has hardly been helped by serious injuries to Darren Bent and Richard Dunne. Usually, one might think Villa have a chance against a Fulham side traditionally poor on the road but the Cottagers are on a winning streak of 3 games thanks to goals from loan signing Pavel Pogrebnyak. The Russian striker has netted 5 times in the last 3 matches including a hat-trick in the 5-0 demolition at home to Wolves. The recent win at Loftus Road was only Fulham's second Premier League away win of the season and whilst we're not sure they'll repeat it, Villa don't look capable of winning either.|
|Chelsea v Stoke|
|What a busy week at Stamford Bridge! The straw that broke Andre Villas-Boas's back proved to be the defeat at the Hawthorns last weekend and as ever, Abramovich wasn't slow to react. Di Matteo is in control for the rest of the season but rumour has it that some of the senior players have even less respect for the old assistant manager. Away from the controversy and at least Di Matteo's tenure got off to a winning start with a comfortable win at St Andrews to progress to the next round of the FA Cup. There were further positives with John Terry fit enough to start on the bench and Ashley Cole is expected to recover from an ankle knock. They host a Stoke side that've got back to winning ways at the Britannia but their last 2 Premier League away fixtures have both ended in defeat. The game at Stamford Bridge begins a nightmare sequence of 4 tough matches for the Potters; next up is Liverpool away in the FA Cup followed by Spurs away and City at home. Stoke have lost 7 of 13 Premier League games on the road and with change in the air at the Bridge, this might not be the best time to play Chelsea.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Liverpool|
|The O'Neill honeymoon looks to be over with results suffering slightly after early impressive form under the new manager. The Mackems have taken just a point from their last 3 Premier League fixtures although the games have been tight with the exception of the hammering at the Hawthorns. Henry's injury-time winner for Arsenal proved the difference in the recent Premier League fixture but Sunderland gained revenge the following week by knocking the Gunners out of the FA Cup. The draw at St James Park last weekend marked an improvement for Sunderland in that fixture although the game was a heated one and only a late Shola Ameobi equaliser robbed the Mackems of all 3 points. It came at a cost though and both Cattermole and Sessegnon are banned for 4 and 3 games respectively. Sessegnon's absence is a real blow ahead of a clash with a Liverpool side struggling for consistency. They were fortunate Carling Cup winners but their propensity to hit the woodwork cost them dear at home to Arsenal last weekend. Their last Premier League away victory was a resounding one at Molineux back at the end of January but Johnson and Gerrard could return to the Liverpool starting line-up. A tight game but Liverpool might just win it with Sessegnon's absence a key factor.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wolverhampton v Blackburn|
|Both sides will be scrapping for their Premier League lives and couldn't be closer matched with just a few goals separating them either side of the drop zone. Both have won 5 games, drawn 7 and lost the remaining 15 with Wolves' home record better than Blackburn's away. That said, Wolves' recent home form is abysmal with 1 point from their last 6 matches as well as suffering an FA Cup home defeat to Championship side Birmingham. Manager Terry Connor saw his side battle back for a point at St James Park but that all went to pot at Fulham last weekend when they were hammered 5-0. Henry's hamstring strain sustained in that defeat only adds to the problems. Their opponents, Blackburn, can't seem to sustain any sort of decent form and a late header from David Dunn last weekend saw them salvage a point at home to Villa. Rovers lost their last 2 away matches (heavily) at City and Arsenal but don't forget that they did run out winners at Old Trafford just before the turn of the year. This game could go either way but the thing that swings it for me is that Blackburn have more matchwinners and may benefit from the absence of their own protesting fans.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 5:30||Everton v Tottenham|
|Back-to-back defeats at the Emirates and then at home to United has seen Spurs chase for the title slip away whilst the gap over 4th-placed Arsenal has been reduced to just 4 points. They managed to get back to winning ways against League 2 Stevenage in the FA Cup replay despite a poor start but it came at a cost with both Lennon and Dawson out injured. The one positive was Defoe's well taken brace but time will tell if it was a good enough performance to displace Saha, Adebayor or Van der Vaart in league fixtures. Spurs form has dipped on the road with no Premier League win since the day after Boxing Day when they won at Carrow Road. They travel to Goodison Park where mid-table Everton have lost ony 1 home game in 2012 and beaten both Chelsea and Man City in the last 2 months. The good news for David Moyes is that Phil Jagielka came through 90 minutes of reserve football this week although loan signing Steven Pienaar is ineligible to play against his parent club. Form would point to an Everton win but if Spurs can get their game going again, they might be worth a point.|
|Sun 2:00||Man Utd v West Brom|
|Without playing particularly well, United safely negotiated their way past Spurs at White Hart Lane to keep the pressure up on local rivals City in the race for the title. The gap remains 2 points and United will be hoping that Swansea can do them a favour. At the time of writing, Ferguson's men face a tricky Europa League home tie against Athletic Bilbao and will want to avoid the scare that Ajax gave them a couple of weeks ago. The treatment room is still too busy for Ferguson's liking but there are signs that it's emptying gradually with Smalling and Cleverley possibly available for selection this weekend. They host a West Brom side that've hit a good run of form that climaxed with a narrow win over Chelsea last weekend. Three victories on the bounce for the Baggies has seen them score 10 goals and concede just the once. A word of warning to United that Roy Hodgson's side have only lost 1 of their last 7 away matches; a narrow defeat at Spurs. A closer contest than you might think but United should have the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Swansea v Man City|
|As far as the title race is concerned, City are still setting the pace but their advantage over local rivals United is still only 2 points. City's away record isn't as strong as their home form and they've lost 3 of their last 6 Premier League away fixtures (at Everton, Sunderland and Chelsea). However, they've won every match since the beginning of February. We reported last week that City had been fortunate with injuries and whilst that remains the case, Zabelata is out for a couple of weeks with a thigh injury and Richards is rated only 50/50. City have the added distraction of a Europa League trip to Lisbon but such is the squad's strength in depth that it's unlikely to have much impact on the Swansea game. However, the Swans would like to feel that they have a say in the outcome of this match. Up until recently when Norwich won at the Liberty, United had been the only side to win there with the likes of Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal all dropping points. Rodger's side have also started winning on the road with 3 victories from their last 5 Premier League away matches. Nathan Dyer starts a 3-match suspension after seeing red in the win at Wigan but other than that the Swans will be strong. City will have to disrupt Swansea's possession play if they're to land the 3 points.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Norwich v Wigan|
|Wigan remain bottom of the table after last weekend's home defeat to Swansea. Questions were asked regarding Martinez's reasons for starting Moses, Rodallega and Diame on the bench but Whelan has assured his manager that his job isn't on the line. However their current form is atrocious with just a single victory from their last 13 games played in all competitions. Their away record is marginally better than that at the DW Stadium and that solitary win actually came at the Reebok in their last away fixture. It looks like Martinez has no injury concerns ahead of the trip to Carrow Road where Norwich will be looking to get back on track after taking nil points from 2 tough fixtures; narrow defeats at home to United and away at Stoke. That said, recent results haven't derailed Norwich's hopes for a European spot with them looking comfortable in mid-table. The Canaries have lost just 4 Premier League home games this season and will be aiming to bounce back from some difficult results.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Arsenal v Newcastle|
|The bite returned to the Newcastle midfield for their draw at home to local rivals Sunderland, something that appeared to have gone astray since the Magpies were hammered at White Hart Lane. It remains to be seen whether Pardew's men will carry that passion into Monday's game at the Emirates with 5 of their previous 7 away matches in all competitions ending in defeat. Newcastle must be considering this game a 6-pointer if they harbour ambitions of snatching a Champions League spot. Arsenal are the present 4th-place incumbents and well deserved are the accolades after important wins over both Spurs and Liverpool. This week they humbled Milan in the Champions League 2nd leg but it proved just short of the 4 goals required after a dismal 1st leg performance several weeks ago. Robin van Persie has been on fire and could be tempted to sign in the summer following news that Lukas Podolski is set to join from Cologne. However, results have come at a cost and the Gunner's injury list continues to grow; Wenger will be hoping that Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott can recover from knocks sustained in the win over Milan by Monday. Surely the bet has to be for Arsenal to come from behind and win!|
|Home Win 3-1|