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 Mon 4th March 2013.
|Sat 15:00||Chelsea v West Brom|
|The majority of Chelsea fans will be happy at the confirmation from Benitez's own mouth that he'll be leaving the club at the end of the season. The news comes in the aftermath of their FA Cup win at Middlesbrough despite fielding a below strength side. However, the Spaniard's legacy may last longer than desired if they fail to finish in the top four and subsequently fail to qualify for next season's Champions League. Currently 4th, they were leapfrogged by Spurs last weekend after losing at Eastlands and now 5th-placed Arsenal are just 2 points behind. The Blues should be back at full strength for the visit of West Brom although Cahill and Azpilicueta missed the FA Cup tie through illness and injury respectively. The Baggies hit 40 points (and recognised safety) with a win over Sunderland, their second successive victory including the win at Anfield. Those 2 victories end a run of 6 top flight matches without a win but Clarke will be without top scorer Lukaku who's ineligible to play against his parent club. That could see Odemwingie start his first game after he unsuccessfully tried to engineer a move to Loftus Road. Prior to the Liverpool win, West Brom had lost their previous 3 away fixtures and on this occasion Chelsea should have the upper hand.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Everton v Reading|
|Both these sides failed to avoid unexpected defeats last weekend making it two on the bounce apiece. Everton lost at Norwich after leading until the 84th minute whilst Reading were caught cold in a 5-minute spell either side of half-time at home to relegation rivals Wigan. The Royals dropped a place after that defeat but remain just a point shy of safety so shouldn't be too disheartened. However, they've taken just 5 points on the road this season losing 10 of 13 away matches. Pogrebnyak serves the first of a 3-match ban after seeing red against Wigan for an ugly challenge on Figueroa which should see Le Fondre given a rare start. Hosts Everton bounced back from their defeat at Carrow Road with a win over League 1 Oldham in the FA Cup replay at Goodison Park. The Toffees have lost just one Premier League game at home this season and whilst the Champions League may be unachievable, the Europa League has to be their aim. Fellaini and Anichebe have slight niggles but David Moyes should have his whole squad available for selection. Both sides have had a wobble but this should be a home win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man Utd v Norwich|
|Norwich ended a 10-game winless run with a last-minute victory over Everton last weekend at Carrow Road. Holt's injury-time strike netted the 3 points but it was substitue Kei Kamara's headed equaliser that turned the game. It keeps the Canaries in mid-table and should allay any fears over possible relegation. Whilst 30 points probably won't be enough to stay up, they should pick up enough points in the remaining 11 matches to see themselves safe. However, they've won just a single top flight away match this season, a statistic that doesn't bode well ahead of a trip to runaway league leaders United. At Old Trafford, United have dropped points on just one occasion over the course of this campaign when Spurs beat them 3-2 back in late September. They remain 12 points clear as they seek to regain their Premier League crown and not many would give Norwich a prayer. Van Persie is a doubt after falling down a camera bunker at Loftus Road last weekend and leaving the field after 40 minutes with a hip problem. Scholes and Jones are Ferguson's only other high-profile casualties but United should still prove too strong for Norwich.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Southampton v QPR|
|This isn't quite the relegation battle it would've been several months ago, mainly because Southampton now have a 10-point advantage over QPR, but the drop remains a threat to both clubs albeit to a lesser or greater extent. Nothing has changed much for Rangers after their expected defeat at home to United except that they now have 1 game less in which to make up a 7-point deficit and any escape now would be remarkable. They've just a solitary Premier League win on the road this season although that did come at Stamford Bridge at the turn of the year. The Saints have improved dramatically over the course of the campaign and have registered just 2 defeats in their last 10 top flight matches. They lost to a new look Newcastle side at St James Park despite scoring twice but most recently at St Marys they deserved their 3 points in a 3-1 win over defending champions City. Shaw and Do Prado are Pochettino's only injury concerns as they seek to widen the gap over their opponents and ease their own relegation fears.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Stoke v West Ham|
|West Ham didn't do too much wrong at home to Spurs on Monday night but Gareth Bale once again proved the difference. They fought well to get back into the game after going a goal down but in all truth Jussi Jaaskelainen had a blinder between the sticks and didn't deserve to be on the losing side. However, recent form hasn't been great for the Hammers with 7 defeats in their last 10 Premier League matches. Coupled with the fact that they've taken just a single point from the last 24 available on the road doesn't make very good reading ahead of a trip to Stoke. Nolan limped off in the Spurs defeat whilst Noble and Tomkins are also doubts although Collins has finally overcome injury to continue at centre-half. Despite Stoke's formidable reputation at the Britannia, the Potters have suffered a dip in form of late failing to see off the likes of Wigan and Southampton. They've won just under half their home matches this season whilst taking three points on only one occasion in the top flight since they beat Liverpool 3-1 on Boxing Day. Tony Pulis looks like he'll be without Robert Huth who was the subject of a 3-match retrospective ban after aiming an elbow at Philippe Senderos in last weekend's defeat at Fulham. Wilkinson is the likely candidate to replace him whilst the only other doubt is Etherington who's battling with a back problem. Despite Stoke's poor run of form, a home win looks good value considering how poor the Hammers have been on the road.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Fulham|
|Only 3 points separate these 2 sides in the lower half of the table despite the 4 places between them. Sunderland have lost their last 3 matches and only scored twice in their last four. Both Fletcher and Graham started a game for the first time when they lost at West Brom but it was Sessegnon who popped up with the consolation goal. Fletcher hasn't scored since netting twice in the win at Wigan but has started each of the subsequent 4 matches. Their opponents Fulham have been very patchy of late and likewise have found scoring a problem. Berbatov's winner at home to Stoke last weekend has been their only effort that's counted over the last 3 matches. Simon Davies looks to be fit again and possibly provides Martin Jol with an option from the bench whilst Sunderland will probably have to make do without the injured duo Cattermole and Rose. Both sides will want something from the game to ease any potential relegation fears but it's difficult to see a clear-cut winner.|
|Swansea v Newcastle|
|Difficult game for Swansea considering their recent Wembley victory. It was always likely that they were going to beat Bradford comfortably but they did it in Swansea style. As has happened before with other clubs, the aftermath of League Cup success can be disappointing; the most recent example has got to be Birmingham who won the Carling Cup only to be relegated in the same season. Not that the Swans are in any danger of relegation (far from it) but a resurgent Newcastle represents a tough fixture. The Magpies have recovered from the home defeat to Reading by winning 3 of the 4 Premier League fixtures since and steered their way past Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League without conceding. Key to those performances has been Pardew's French invasion with only Gareth Bale good enough to outscore them. Moussa Sissoko has attracted most attention after scoring 3 times since his arrival. Rob Elliott is expected to keep his place after replacing the injured Krul in the win over Southampton whilst Coloccini and Cabaye are expected to recover from a back problem and illness respectively. Swansea have few injuries but I suspect there may be something of a cup hangover at the Liberty this weekend.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 17:30||Wigan v Liverpool|
|Allegedly Liverpool still reckon they can qualify for the Champions League next season despite trailing the top four by 10 points; even the Europa League would be an achievement considering their season to date. However, they've shown signs of improvement recently and have lost just 1 of their last 5 Premier League matches, a surprising home defeat to West Brom. On the road they've drawn their last 2 fixtures but they were up against tough opponents in Arsenal and City and were actually ahead in both games. The latest news from the Liverpool camp is that youngster Raheem Sterling is suffering from fatigue but fortunately the Reds aren't too hampered by injuries and shouldn't miss him. They travel to the DW Stadium as we approach the last 10 games of the campaign and Wigan usually decide that they need to produce their best football and stave off the threat of relegation. This season they actually find themselves just above the drop zone albeit on goal difference but fresh from a 3-0 win at Reading last weekend. That put an end to a run of 6 top flight games without a victory although they've won just 2 Premier League fixtures at the the DW this season. Injuries are easing for the Latics but the Liverpool strike partnership of Suarez and Sturridge is likely to be too much for Wigan to handle.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:00||Tottenham v Arsenal|
|Once again Spurs and Arsenal go head-to-head with a place in Europe's elite competition up for grabs. Spurs are currently in the box seat after leapfrogging Chelsea into 3rd and have a 4-point advantage over 5th-placed Arsenal. Spurs are on a great run of form having not been beaten in the last 11 top flight matches but much of the credit has to go to Gareth Bale who's netted 8 of their last 10 goals in all competitions and single-handedly given them a great shot at Champions League football. No doubt AVB will have to persist with Adebayor up front in Jermain Defoe's absence but the Togo striker has been disappointing. One of his 2 Premier League goals this season came in the 5-2 defeat at the Emirates but a rash tackle saw him sent to the stands early on. The Gunners have won both recent north London derbies 5-2 (both played at the Emirates) but Spurs won the previous one at the Lane 2-1 so this could swing either way. Arsenal have now gone 5 games unbeaten in the Premier League despite some disappointing results in other competitions. Wenger is without full-backs Sagna and Gibbs so both Jenkinson and Monreal are likely to continue in those roles. Aside from that the manager has no injury problems and we should see him field his strongest side. This being a derby game I can't see Bale getting any space and a draw looks a likely outcome.|
|Mon 20:00||Aston Villa v Man City|
|Aston Villa find themselves back in the bottom three after their defeat at the Emirates with Wigan winning away at relegation rivals Reading. Villa themselves go to Reading next weekend in what can only be described as a relegation scrap. When Lambert's side beat West Ham recently, it was conceivable they might get out of their predicament but the defeat at Arsenal and the looming game at home to City could easily dent any confidence they might've had. Their form since Christmas is poor with their only victory the one over the Hammers. Vlaar missed the Arsenal defeat and is touch and go for the City game with Baker waiting in the wings to replace him. Opponents City apparently still have faith that they can overhaul the 12-point gap and catch United but few of us are that optimistic. City's away record is the weakest of the top four this season and that was underlined only recently when they lost 3-1 at Southampton. Mancini sacrificed flair for workrate in the win over Chelsea and it's an approach he may stick to at Villa Park. This game could come too soon for centre-half Kompany plus Barry may also not be risked. Whilst City will be looking to close the gap, Villa know that anything from the game could lift them out of the bottom three but it's difficult to see City failing so dismally again.|
|Away Win 0-1|