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 2nd to Sun 3rd February 2013.
|Sat 12:45||QPR v Norwich|
|QPR remain 4 points adrift at the bottom of the table after their creditable home draw with Man City but current form could see them escape the drop with 14 games left to play. Of the bottom three, Rangers have the best recent form including a win at Stamford Bridge and goalless draws at home to Spurs and City; taking points off the top sides is key to survival. At the time of writing Harry Redknapp is trying to work his magic in what's left of the transfer window with Samba and Crouch set to sign. Samba will be a great replacement for the outgoing Nelsen whilst Crouch gives Rangers another option up front. However the workrate of Mackie will be sorely missed if he goes to Stoke as part of a makeweight deal. Opponents Norwich are also keen to bring in a striker but have allegedly had 3 bids turned down by Celtic for Gary Hooper though Becchio has moved from Leeds with Morison going the other way. The Canaries are slipping down the table after a run of 5 defeats and 2 draws in their last 7 Premier League matches. They've lost their last 3 on the road and were heavily beaten at Anfield a couple of weekends ago. Chris Hughton's side need to pick up a win if they're to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle. QPR are obviously already in one but on form they're the better side and Redknapp will have this pencilled in as a must win game.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 15:00||Arsenal v Stoke|
|Another side currently going through a sticky patch are Stoke. Usually so strong on home soil, they've not won at the Britannia in the league since Boxing Day having drawn with both Southampton and Wigan whilst Chelsea hit them for four. Also City knocked them out of the FA Cup there thanks to a late Zabaleta strike. On the road the Potters have never been great and this season is no exception. They've won just a single Premier League away fixture and have taken only 2 points from the last 12 available on their travels. Tony Pulis will have one fewer attacking option if Crouch makes the expected move to QPR cementing Jones as his preferred striker. They travel to the Emirates where Arsenal could only draw with Liverpool after staging a spirited second-half comeback. If they start against Stoke as they did against the Reds, they'll once again likely find themselves going behind. A thigh injury saw Andre Santos replace left-back Gibbs during that game but Wenger may think again with Vermaelen shifting to the left and Koscielny partnering Mertesacker in the centre. The Gunners remain 4 points shy of a Champions League spot but Wenger must be happy with his squad as there's no rumours of any late signings. Arsenal need to improve but they should have enough to beat Stoke.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Aston Villa|
|The Toffees were the big winners this week after making up ground on the teams around them in the chase for the last Champions League spot. They held on to a 2-1 lead over West Brom whilst the likes of Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool could only draw their respective matches. That leaves them just a point behind 4th-placed Spurs and 3 points clear of Arsenal. However, Jelavic started the game on the bench after his barren run leaving Mirallas as the lone striker but it was left-back Baines who netted the all-important brace. It's no surprise to see David Moyes in for Spanish striker Negredo with Sevilla keen to sell because of financial problems. They host a Villa side who soon won't be able to slip any further down the table if they continue their current rate of regression. Paul Lambert is still at the helm but they've now gone 7 top flight matches without a win as well as suffering cup exits to lower league opponents. This week's game at home to Newcastle was a relegation 6-pointer; they lost that and now only QPR prop them up. It appears they're after Yacouba Sylla but the defensive midfielder is just 22 and has only played in the second tier of French football let alone the Premier League. Everton will be kicking themselves if they don't win this one.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Newcastle v Chelsea|
|Newcastle notched their first Premier League away victory of the season with a new look French side at Villa Park. It was main stiker Cisse and fit again Cabaye that got the all important goals but Pardew wasted no time in crediting Moussa Sissoko as the key factor in the win. The return of Steven Taylor to the centre of defence alongside Coloccini no doubt helped but the relief was tangible as the Magpies put an end to a run of 5 top flight games without a win. However their position is still a perilous one with just 3 places and 4 points separating them from the drop zone. They host a Chelsea side held to a 2-2 draw at the Madjeski after leading by 2 clear goals with just 3 minutes to go. It's not the first time the Blues have slipped up in recent weeks; there was the draw at home to Southampton followed by the League Cup exit to Swansea and the FA Cup draw at League 1 side Brentford. Benitez finds these results difficult to explain which leaves me to question why Abramovich is suddenly being so patient. Chelsea remain 4 points clear of 4th-placed Spurs although they're without Cech, Hazard, Luiz and Mata is a doubt. Demba Ba will surely want to do well against his old club but he's not scored since the 2-2 draw with Southampton in mid-January. Usually it seems sensible to plump for the Chelsea win but they're faltering of late and Newcastle appear to have found a bit of passion. Maybe a draw.|
|Reading v Sunderland|
|Reading staged another great fightback this week at home to Chelsea to rescue the all-important point that keeps them above the relegation places. Adam Le Fondre again proved the inspiration from the bench with a late brace similar to the one that stole the points recently at Newcastle. Surely Le Fondre has to start after netting 5 times in the last 3 Premier League matches, games from which the Royals have taken 7 points. Reading's form gets better though with just 1 defeat from the last 8 games in all competitions. They face a tough match against a Sunderland side that are starting to pick up results though not always great to watch. The Mackems were disappointing at home to Swansea this week but clung on for the draw earning them 7 points from their last 3 top flight matches. On the road they've won 2 of their last 3 Premier League games (at Wigan and Southampton) but were soundly beaten at Anfield. It looks like Martin O'Neill will complete the signing of striker Danny Graham, an area where Sunderland are short on options. This is a very tight one to call but Reading have shown a tremendous amount of character in recent weeks and this could be another vital victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Swansea|
|West Ham have just a single win to their name in 9 Premier League games and their home form is under pressure to keep them above the relegation battle going on below them. Their away form has been poor whilst they've managed a win and a draw from their last 4 home matches in the top flight. The most recent was a draw against bottom side QPR and Allardyce was undoubtedly hoping for better but his side showed plenty of positives in coming from behind to rescue a point. Big Sam is still without centre-half Collins but Carroll is now fit and there's optimism that Diame will stay. They host a Swansea side on a 7-match unbeaten run in the Premier League whilst not forgetting their success in reaching the Capital One Cup final. Having done so well in that competition, they could easily have taken their eye off the ball at Sunderland but they deserved their point and probably should've snatched all three. It seems that the Swans are vying for their Wembley place though one who won't be is Sunderland bound Danny Graham. Aside from that, Agustien is probably Laudrup's biggest injury concern whilst goalkeeper Vorm can't be far away from a return. Swansea might fall away after their date at Wembley but the suspicion is that they're good enough for a draw at Upton Park.|
|Wigan v Southampton|
|Wigan might've thought a draw at Stoke would be enough to drag them out of the relegation places but they didn't bargain on Reading's never-say-die spirit at home to Chelsea. That leaves the Latics in the drop zone on goal difference but there's 3 sides on 20 points and Wigan have managed just a single victory in their last 11 Premier League matches. Last season they staged a stunning escape from the drop but they're going to need to do the same again if results don't improve soon. Paul Scharner has returned to the fold on a loan deal and defensive injuries could mean he'll start. The Latics have lost 7 of their 12 Premier League home matches and face a Southampton side just 2 places and 3 points better off. That doesn't paint the whole picture as prior to the Old Trafford defeat the Saints were on a 6-game unbeaten run. They also earned rare praise from Alex Ferguson after their second-half display and were unfortunate not to take something from the game. Do Prado and Fonte are out but Lallana came off the bench at half-time against United and could be set to start at the DW. Pochettino hasn't done much wrong yet and the Saints stand a good chance of notching their first win under the new manager.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 17:30||Fulham v Man Utd|
|A win at home for Fulham was just what Martin Jol needed to give his side breathing space in the middle of the table. They hadn't won at Craven Cottage since before Christmas and the 3-1 win over West Ham was enough to lift them above their opponents. Jol's brave decision to field Berbatov, Ruiz and Rodallega from the start paid off but the likelihood is that he'll be more cautious when United visit Craven Cottage. Arriving on loan until the end of the season is Milan's Urby Emanuelson, a versatile midfielder that'll give Fulham more options in central midfield and wide. Their opponents, United, restored their 7-point advantage over City after holding on to beat Southampton at Old Trafford whilst City failed to score at Loftus Road. It's not often that Ferguson admits they've been fortunate but the Saints pushed them hard and were unlucky not to be rewarded. That said, United have dropped points in only 5 of their 24 top flight matches this season and it's difficult to see beyond an away win. Obviously Berbatov will be keen to do well against his old club but only last weekend Fulham lost heavily in the FA Cup at Old Trafford and United are sure to have too much.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Sun 13:30||West Brom v Tottenham|
|Tottenham produced a spirited second half at Carrow Road to earn themselves a point thanks to a solo goal from Gareth Bale. It stretches their unbeaten run in the league to 8 matches and was enough to keep them in 4th place although Everton are breathing down their necks. It seems Defoe is having to play with an injection but playing without a recognised striker cost Spurs dear in the FA Cup defeat at Elland Road. AVB was rumoured to be in the market for another striker but so far nothing has materialised although new signing Lewis Holtby made his debut after coming on at Norwich. They travel to the Hawthorns where West Brom are having a tough time. The Baggies last won on home soil just before Christmas when they beat Norwich and have since lost to Fulham in the league, QPR in the FA Cup and drew with relegation threatened Villa the other weekend. This week their poor form continued with a defeat at Goodison Park and they've now dropped to 9th in the table. The Baggies bubble has truly burst after a great start to the season. Steve Clarke has few injuries; Gera is a long-term absentee with a knee injury whilst Odemwingie hasn't trained for personal reasons. If Spurs continue where they left off at Norwich, they should have too much pace for a West Brom side low on confidence.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:00||Man City v Liverpool|
|City's attempts to catch United suffered another blow when they were held at QPR despite testing keeper Julio Cesar on numerous occasions. They now have a 7-point gap to make up if they're to hang on to their title. City's home form is strong though with just 5 points dropped all season at Eastlands; only United have performed better on home territory. Bad boy Balotelli was finally sold to AC Milan but it's looking like Mancini won't be replacing him with 3 top strikers already at the club and time short. The City manager is still without a number of players including the Toure brothers and Kompany is a doubt but either Nastasic or Garcia are likely to fill in for the Belgian centre-half. They host a Liverpool side unlikely to be given the opportunities that the Arsenal defence presented them with. Despite taking a 2-goal lead the Reds failed to hold on and the game could've swung either way in the final minutes before ending level. Liverpool are up to 7th but are inconsistent and rely too heavily on a nucleus of players. Jamie Carragher has been restored to the centre of defence with Skrtel paying the price but still they concede. However, Rodgers was pleased with the improvement after the FA Cup exit at Oldham. As long as City aren't wasteful they should have too much for Liverpool especially considering they're yet to concede in 2013.|
|Home Win 2-0|