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 24th to Mon 26th March 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Chelsea v Tottenham|
|With Spurs only managing a draw at home to Stoke and Arsenal continuing their run of excellent form, this game has taken on huge significance. A win for Spurs would see them maintain the pressure on the Gunners and open up an 8-point gap over Chelsea whilst victory for the Blues would see a real tussle for 4th spot with the gap just 2 points; a 6-pointer if ever there was one! Since AVB's departure after the West Brom defeat, Chelsea won their next 4 games in all competitions with Torres finally getting on the scoresheet in the FA Cup against Leicester. Di Matteo's first defeat came this week at the Etihad but Chelsea were by no means outclassed. The Blues have taken 10 points from the last possible 12 at Stamford Bridge and should have John Terry back for the visit of Spurs. Harry Redknapp can't put his finger on why Spurs haven't won in their last 4 Premier League fixtures but it looks like a confidence thing after being well and truly beaten by Arsenal and United. Spurs' record against other big sides isn't great and their cause hasn't been helped by injuries to Adebayor and Lennon. They'll really need to up their level of performance if they're to get anything at the Bridge but I can't see it!|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Aston Villa|
|After a miserable start to the season with injuries aplenty, Arsenal's recent run of form has been nothing short of astonishing. The Gunners have won their last 6 Premier League matches including wins at Sunderland, Liverpool and Everton as well as significant victories over Blackburn and Spurs at the Emirates. That dramatic winning sequence has seen Wenger's side move a point above their North London rivals into 3rd and who'd doubt the value of their stock on current form. They host a Villa side that notched their first win for 7 weeks last weekend with a vital victory over Fulham. Whilst Villa have a healthy 10-point advantage over clubs in the bottom three, there's no doubt that they've under-achieved this season. Serious injuries to key players Richard Dunne and Darren Bent have hardly helped. Villa have drawn 8 of their 14 Premier League games though Arsenal knocked them out of the FA Cup at the Emirates back in January after coming from 2 goals behind; ironically, both Villa goals that day were scored by Dunne and Bent. Difficult to see Villa getting any change out of Arsenal this weekend.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Bolton v Blackburn|
|Given the information to hand, Fabrice Muamba's recovery has been nothing short of remarkable and may it continue. The likeable midfielder has received best wishes from near and afar but we'll see this weekend how his fellow Bolton players have been affected. Owen Coyle has excused anyone who believes that playing so soon will be difficult but to date no-one has asked not to be involved. The Trotters dropped back into the bottom three after QPR beat Liverpool this week but at least they've a game in hand. If Bolton fail to get something from this game, they as part of the bottom three could become increasingly isolated especially considering that this is a vital match against relegation rivals Blackburn. Rovers are already 5 points clear of the drop zone after taking 10 points from the last 15 available; only City have beaten them at the Etihad during that sequence. Amazingly they've emerged from the Samba saga stronger and more united, and the goal threat from Yakubu and Hoilett looks to be the key to their survival. It'll be a very difficult day for eveyone at the Reebok but they need to get back on the bike. However, it looks like Rovers will be better equipped to take the 3 points.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Liverpool v Wigan|
|Liverpool's hopes of a Champions League spot are surely lying in the gutter after their late collapse at Loftus Road this week; that is if their hopes before the defeat were realistic anyway. Dalglish could offer no explanation for the defeat but once again their profligacy in front of goal cost them dear. Suarez again fluffed his lines with just the keeper to beat and the Uruguayan still only has 6 goals to his name this season. Admittedly, he's missed a number of games through suspension but he's still deemed good enough to keep Carroll on the bench. The Reds have seen a more enjoyable return to good home form lately with victories over Everton and Stoke and they'll want to continue that against lowly Wigan. Just goal difference is keeping the Latics off the foot of the table. Martinez is confident of keeping the club in the Premier League but too many draws in recent fixtures could conceivably cost them; they need to start winning matches if survival is more than a dream. Wigan have only suffered 1 defeat since the beginning of February but Anfield is intimidating and the home side should prevail.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Norwich v Wolverhampton|
|Wolves boss, Terry Connor, keeps telling us not to write his side off but the bottom line is that they remain at the foot of the table and they've lost their last 3 matches conceding 12 goals without scoring themselves. True enough, Wolves managed a point at Newcastle in Connor's first game in charge but the slope looks very slippery indeed. Injuries don't look good for Wolves either with Henry and O'Hara out, Milijas doubtful and Zubar suspended for the trip to Norwich. The Canaries have had a poor run of results recently and haven't won since they beat Bolton at Carrow Road in early February. Consequently they've slipped to 14th in the table although a win could see them move up to 9th. That said, Norwich have only lost 1 of their last 5 Premier League home fixtures and that was a narrow defeat to league leaders United. Paul Lambert has no fresh injury concerns and they should be fully expected to take maximum points.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v QPR|
|QPR stormed to only their 6th win of the current campaign after going 2 goals behind at home to Liverpool. Rangers left it until the 77th minute when Shaun Derry headed them a lifeline, Cisse equalised on 86 minutes and Jamie Mackie grabbed the all-important winner in injury time. Hughes believes that this fightback can fire them to Premier League survival but they're only 2 points above the relegation places and there's bound to be further twists and turns. On the road QPR have taken just a single point from the last 15 available as they face a tough trip to Sunderland. The Mackems surprisingly lost at Ewood Park this week and the FA Cup game/replay with Everton has obviously been detrimental. That replay is scheduled for next Tuesday and the question has to be asked whether or not that will influence O'Neill's selection. Lee Cattermole is still suspended but Sessegnon is available again and will bring some much-needed guile to the side. A tricky game to call not knowing who'll play but backing the home side would be more prudent.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Swansea v Everton|
|March has been a great month for Swansea and they're up to 8th on the back of 3 successive wins. Winning away at Wigan may have been expected but following that by beating Man City at the Liberty and smashing 3 past Fulham at Craven Cottage was surely beyond many expectations. The added bonus has to be that they didn't concede in those 3 fixtures either. Dyer serves the last match of his suspension whilst Ashley Williams is expected to return after missing the Fulham victory through illness. They host an Everton side that've slipped up over the last week or so; they lost heavily at Merseyside rivals Liverpool, salvaged a replay in the FA Cup against Sunderland and lost at home to Arsenal. Up until the Anfield defeat, Everton had been reasonably consistent in terms of not losing but that unbeaten sequence of 11 games in all competitions is now a distant memory. The Toffees are once again without Jack Rodwell after more hamstring trouble but Jagielka is fit again although yet to start a game. On current form you'd have to back Swansea but Everton are rarely ever out of the game.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||Stoke v Man City|
|It's time to stick our necks on the line and note that Sir Alex Ferguson could well be raising a glass to Tony Pulis come Saturday evening. City tail United by a single point and face the more difficult run-in. They came from behind at home to beat Chelsea this week but it was far from smooth sailing; a fortuitous penalty followed by some magic from Tevez belied a lack of shots on target. Whilst the Argentine striker mightn't be deemed fit enough to start, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him called into action later in the game. City have lost 3 of their last 5 Premier League away fixtures as well as that Europa League match in Lisbon and are missing 2 experienced centre-halves in Kompany and Lescott. They also travel to one of the strongest grounds in the country; fortress Britannia might not have been at it's most resolute this season but Stoke have won their last 2 home fixtures and gave Spurs a scare at White Hart Lane this week. The Potters will relish taking the game to City and they might just be worth a share of the spoils.|
|Sun 4:00||West Brom v Newcastle|
|Looking at recent form it'd probably make sense to back West Brom but results don't always tell the whole story. Newcastle have lost 4 of their last 5 Premier League fixtures on the road but they were probably worth a point at the Emirates with Vermaelen's late winner costing dear. To add weight to West Brom's cause, the Baggies have won their last 2 home fixtures (against Sunderland and Chelsea) but the win over Chelsea was slightly fortuitous in that the Blues were desperate for maximum points and piling forward when they conceded. Before those 2 home victories, West Brom had endured a very poor run of form at the Hawthorns. Ryan Taylor is likely to miss out though Tiote should be fit and Odemwingie should recover from a calf strain for the Baggies. On paper it looks like a home win but I've a sneaking feeling that the Magpies could snatch a point.|
|Mon 8:00||Man Utd v Fulham|
|United remain top of the pile after hammering Wolves at Molineux, a result that did their goal difference no harm. Their advantage over City remains a single point but United surely have the easier run-in. True to form, Ferguson's men move up the gears in the second half of the season and they've taken 25 points from the last 27 available. Injuries also appear to have eased with Nani possibly the latest to recover from a knock. They host a mid-table Fulham side that've suddenly gone off the boil; after notching 3 successive victories, losing away at Villa was a slight surprise but the big shock was being humbled at home by Swansea. The worry for Martin Jol is that Fulham, along with Wolves, have the worst away record in the top flight with only 2 wins and 5 draws from 14 fixtures. Given that United's goal difference still trails City's by 4, you can be sure that Ferguson will be directing his players to be merciless and Fulham could again be on the wrong end of a one-sided scoreline.|
|Home Win 3-0|