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 23rd to Mon 25th February 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Fulham v Stoke|
|Stoke are currently 4 points and 2 places better off in mid-table than opponents Fulham but their away record is poor, especially in recent weeks. They've lost their last 3 successive Premier League away matches and taken just 2 points from the last 15 available on the road. Coupled with the fact that they've won just a single top flight away fixture all season, the Potters won't be going into this match high on confidence. In their last game, they beat Reading at home 2-1 but prior to that you have to go back to Boxing Day for their last victory; a 3-1 win over Liverpool at the Britannia. Fulham have had a season fraught with inconsistency but Jol looks to have a full-strength squad available. Recent defeats to United and City were probably expected but the win over West Ham at Craven Cottage and draw away at Norwich gives them some encouragement ahead of the match with Stoke. Both sides should be capable of fielding first-choice line-ups but Stoke's poor away form should see Fulham digging out an expected win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 15:00||Arsenal v Aston Villa|
|Villa's first Premier League win since before Christmas, a narrow 2-1 victory over West Ham, was enough to move them out of the drop zone and gives them renewed hope in their relegation battle. Lambert is under no illusion as Villa face '12 cup finals' in order to hang on to their top flight status. The confidence is high after that long-awaited victory but they're still without Albrighton, Dunne, Gardner and Herd. Both Agbonlahor and El Ahmadi are expected to recover from illness for the trip to the Emirates where Arsenal are struggling to uphold their reputation. Currently reeling from a FA Cup defeat at home to Blackburn followed by a Champions League 1st leg whipping by Bayern Munich, Arsenal are under pressure to regain some credibility. Facing another season without a trophy, anything other than a win over Villa could see the gap widen between themselves and 4th-placed Spurs and put their chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League in severe jeopardy. What's more, after this fixture the Gunners face both Spurs and Everton in successive matches that could determine who finishes in the all-important 4th spot. In the Premier League, Arsenal have taken 9 points from the last 10 available and they should bounce back from recent disappointments with a crucial victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Norwich v Everton|
|Christmas marked the beginning of a decline in Norwich's season and it's taken the best part of a month or more for them to start picking up points again. The FA Cup exit at home to non-league Luton piled on the misery but they've drawn 4 of their last 5 Premier League matches, the exception being a 5-0 hammering at Anfield. Goals have been in short supply with just a Hoolahan strike their only contribution since the early January FA Cup win over Peterborough. They host an Everton side also struggling a little despite placing 6th in the league and challenging for Europe. The Toffees were held at League One Oldham in the FA Cup and have won just one of their last 5 Premier League matches, 3 of the other 4 ending in draws. No doubt they'll be seeking revenge for Norwich's last-minute equaliser at Goodison back in November but this looks like a game of few goals. Anichebe is a doubt after coming off at half-time with a knock at Oldham whilst Pilkington's hamstring will have to be assessed. A very tight game but a stalemate looks on the cards.|
|QPR v Man Utd|
|Bottom hosts top in what surely must be a more important game for QPR than it is United. United will obviously be expected to win but they're 12 points clear of title rivals City with just 12 games left to play. Betfred and Paddy Power have already paid out on United winning the title and though they occasionally get it wrong, it reflects United's dominance of the Premier League this season. United have dropped points on the road but they've won 9 of 13 away fixtures and not lost in the top flight since mid-November despite playing several of their biggest rivals. Ferguson will almost certainly be without Scholes and Jones whilst Rooney remains a doubt after missing the win over Reading with a sinus problem. Opponents Rangers were beaten heavily last time out at Swansea and that result leaves them 4 points adrift at the bottom of the table, 7 points shy of safety. The defeat at the Liberty also marked an end to a 5-game unbeaten run and hammered another nail into QPR's coffin. Rangers have won just 2 Premier League matches all season and they'll be forced to attack United to stand any chance of staying up; in all likelihood that will leave them open to United on the counter and I can see no joy for Redknapp's side.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Reading v Wigan|
|A relegation 6-pointer at the Madjeski and Reading are looking the side most likely to escape the drop. Currently the Royals have a 2-point advantage over Wigan but both would love a win to potentially lift themselves out of the bottom three. Reading have only lost 2 of their last 8 Premier League matches, at Stoke and Spurs, and at home their form is even better with 3 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 including a 2-2 draw with Chelsea. Jimmy Kebe is expected to return after missing the FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford with a knock. A win for Wigan would lift them above their opponents but they've only managed a single Premier League win in their last 13 attempts. Ironically, their last win preceding that depressing statistic was a 3-2 win over Reading at the DW. On that occasion, Reading equalised with 10 minutes to go only for Gomez to clinch a 90th-minute hat-trick and net the 3 points. Wigan still have defensive problems with Alcaraz, Boyce, Ramis and Watson all out injured but Scharner has come in to fill the defensive hole. Reading will be after revenge for the defeat earlier in the season and on form you'd have to say they deserve it.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v Sunderland|
|West Brom conjured up the unlikeliest of victories with a 2-0 win at Anfield. That win ended a run of just 1 point from the previous 18 and should've put a smile back on Clarke's face. Despite looking comfortable on 37 points and virtually safe, Clarke was keen to stress that 40 points and safety was always their first target. One more win this weekend will see the Baggies achieve that with 11 games to spare. Popov serves the second of his 3-match suspension for spitting but other than that West Brom are at full strength. They host a Sunderland side that've lost their last 2 matches and lost 4 of their last 6 Premier League games on the road. They've a stalwart defence when everyone's fit but Rose is a doubt with a recurrence of a hamstring injury and Wes Brown is still out with an ongoing knee problem. Up front Fletcher is still the main man responsible for scoring but he's not netted in 3 matches and new signing Danny Graham is yet to start. Expect this game to be tight and the draw might not be a bad shout but confidence should be high amongst the Baggies after the Liverpool win and they're good odds to edge this one.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 13:30||Man City v Chelsea|
|Second plays third in a match where there's still much to play for despite United leading the title race with a 12-point cushion. A win for City will at least keep pace with United and hopefully close the gap whilst the same for Chelsea would see them move within a point of City and give them some breathing space over 4th-placed Spurs. City are finally seeing the silver lining of their European exit which is midweek-free football whilst Chelsea have to see off the challenge of Sparta Prague. City suffered a recent disappointment losing 3-1 at Southampton whilst Chelsea lost 3-2 at Newcastle after going 2-1 ahead with half-hour to go. However, both clubs have bounced back since then with comprehensive victories over lower league opposition in the FA Cup. Prior to those matches both sides had drawn a few games and this is likely to be a very cautious affair with neither side wanting to lose it. Chelsea are at full strength whilst City are sweating on the fitness of Vincent Kompany who hasn't featured since limping off in the win at Stoke just under a month ago. Gareth Barry and Javi Garcia are also doubts after succumbing to recent knocks. A game that could go either way but the draw looks most likely.|
|Newcastle v Southampton|
|Just goal difference separates these 2 sides with relegation still a very real threat. Just 4 points separates them from the bottom three but the good news is that current form is pushing them up the table rather than down. Since the introduction of several French players, Newcastle's form has improved with wins at Villa and at home to Newcastle whilst Gareth Bale proved their undoing at White Hart Lane. Pardew won't relish the midweek trip to the Ukraine as they look to nick the tie after a stalemate in the first leg at St James Park. That could play into Southampton's hands who are fresh from beating Man City 3-1 at St Marys. The Saints have an impressive run of form behind them with just a single Premier League defeat in the last 9; that being a 2-1 loss at Old Trafford. Plus on the road they've lost just 1 in 6 (the afore-mentioned Old Trafford defeat) and drawn 4 of the remaining 5. Ramirez and Shaw should both be available to Pochettino after injury whilst Newcastle will be hoping to welcome back Gouffran and Santon. Despite Newcastle's improvemnt, Southampton look good enough to take something from this match.|
|Mon 20:00||West Ham v Tottenham|
|In-form Tottenham go to Upton Park hoping to capitalise on any slip-ups by Chelsea at Eastlands. Should Chelsea fail to beat City, Spurs can leapfrog them into third with a win over West Ham. AVB's side are undefeated in their last 10 Premier League matches and have taken 11 points from the last 15 available on the road. They could easily be accused of being a one-man team given that Bale looks unstoppable having scored 6 times in their last 4 games in all competitions. The manager must be counting his blessings given that Defoe's injured and Adebayor's been disappointing. Their opponents, West Ham, are comfortable in mid-table but their season's been one of inconsistency. The 1-0 win at home to Swansea brought some relief but they've taken just 4 points from the last 18. Games at Upton Park have been tight recently, even when they've lost, but it'll be interesting to see if they can handle Spurs' pace especially if they give them space. Reports are that Collins has returned to full training but it remains to be seen whether he or the recovering O'Brien will be selected. A typical London derby but Spurs' pace and Bale to be the difference.|
|Away Win 1-2|