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 20th to Wed 21st March 2012.
|Tues 8:00||Blackburn v Sunderland|
|No doubt an element of the Blackburn faithful at Ewood Park will be advocating Kean's exit but they face a tough game in anyone's book against Sunderland. Rovers' recent form has seen them climb out of the bottom three and build up 3 points breathing space. They've taken 7 points from their last 4 home fixtures and crowned that off the weekend before last with a convincing win at Molineux. The only note of caution is that those victories have come in the main at home against weak opposition; there were defeats in February at Arsenal and City, and at home to Newcastle. Whilst it's true that their opponents, Sunderland, are a weaker side without the suspended Sessegnon, the Mackems did enough to beat Liverpool and draw at Newcastle recently. Lee Cattermole is also suspended and there are some doubts over the fitness of Bendtner and Richardson although Wayne Bridge could make his second start. Sunderland are our pick for this one but with the added caveat that they've not won on the road since beating Stoke back in early February, so expect it to be tight.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wed 7:45||Man City v Chelsea|
|A Premier League clash that both sides seriously have to win. City are 4 points shy of United, this being their game in hand, whilst Chelsea are chasing Arsenal and Spurs hard with the intention of snatching 4th place. Despite Chelsea's run of 4 successive wins in all competitions since the departure of Villas-Boas, the stand-out statistic is City's 100% Premier League home record. Even when they were 2-0 down at home to Sporting last week, they still came back to win the game although it wasn't enough to prevent their Europa League exit. Meanwhile Di Matteo's dependence on Chelsea's old guard has proved the right decision after Drogba, Terry and Lampard all netted in the nail-biting win over Napoli in the Champions League. The Blues remain the only Premier League representatives in Europe's elite competition and there was further good news for the stand-in manager with Torres grabbing a brace in the FA Cup win over Leicester; it brought an end to a run of 24 games without a goal and maybe the Spanish striker can start living up to his massive price tag. The one point of note is that Chelsea are untested on the road under Di Matteo whilst City's home record speaks for itself. A close game but not sure Chelsea will be the first to go home with points from Eastlands.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Stoke|
|First and foremost, we wish Fabrice Muamba well after the events at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening. It's difficult to predict how the Spurs players will react after witnessing those upsetting scenes but football will recover and more importantly, hopefully so will the Bolton midfielder. Kaboul and King didn't start the FA Cup tie but should return against Stoke though there are doubts regarding Lennon and Adebayor. Spurs could well start again with Bale on the left and Modric in the centre; the choice will then be whether to play with 2 strikers and Van der Vaart on the left or whether the Dutchman takes up a supporting striker role. Spurs haven't won a Premier League game at the last 3 attempts but they're still clinging to 3rd and the solitary point advantage over Arsenal should motivate them accordingly. They host a Stoke side that haven't won on the road in the Premier League since just after the turn of the year and as a result have slipped to 14th in the table, although it must be said that only 1 point separates them from Sunderland in 9th. Ricardo Fuller is still suspended after seeing 2 yellows in the narrow defeat at Stamford Bridge but other than that Tony Pulis has few injury problems. A number of ex-Spurs players could potentially play for the Potters and all will want to make the right impression but this is a game Spurs have to win if they're to fulfill the promise they've shown through so much of the season.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wed 8:00||Everton v Arsenal|
|Mid-table Everton had been on a great run of form until they lost heavily at arch-rivals Liverpool last week. Their previous 3 Premier League home games had seen them beat City, Chelsea and Spurs and they came close to knocking Sunderland out of the FA Cup over the weekend with a late double-save from Mignolet keeping the Mackems in the tie. Moyes' focus is surely on the FA Cup this season but they won't want to give the Gunners an easy ride. Arsenal are pushing Spurs hard after winning 5 Premier League matches on the bounce including victories over Sunderland, Spurs, Liverpool and Newcastle; games in which they've come from behind proving you can't write them off. The Gunners go into this game knowing that a better result than Spurs get at home to Stoke will see them take 3rd place; something inconceivable at the turn of the year. Good recent form for either side could suffer a blow at Goodison but Arsenal's bid to finish above Spurs is bound to motivate them to another important 3 points.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|QPR v Liverpool|
|QPR haven't played for over a week but could've done with a game sooner after losing away at relegation rivals Bolton. They didn't get the rub of the green at the Reebok with Clint Hill's headed goal not awarded, although Djibril Cisse's equaliser sometime later was offside. A week without a game hasn't done much to alter Rangers' position and they remain in the bottom three who're all tied on 22 points although QPR have a better goal difference. Rangers have lost 4 of their last 6 home fixtures and take on a Liverpool side that've lost 4 of their last 5 Premier League away matches. However, the Merseyside derby last week saw the hat-trick return of Steven Gerrard and they immediately looked a better side. The Reds followed up at the weekend with FA Cup progression at the expense of Stoke and they'll now have their sights set on Newcastle in 6th place. Liverpool's away form isn't great but QPR aren't exactly convincing and Gerrard could prove the difference.|
|Away Win 0-1|