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 9th to Sun 10th March 2013.
|Sat 15:00||Norwich v Southampton|
|Two successive defeats for Southampton has seen them sucked back towards the relegation battle going on below them. Whilst defeat at Newcastle was acceptable, losing at home to bottom side QPR was catastrophic and is the one result that'll be pointed to if the Saints find themselves in the bottom three come the end of the season. Currently they've 3 points breathing space between themselves and the bottom three but that's no sort of safety margin considering the ups and downs of this Premier League season. Southampton have won twice on the road this season but they could be without both Lallana and Fox who suffered knocks in the QPR defeat. They travel to Carrow Road where Norwich rediscovered the winning formula recently against 6th-placed Everton. They had to come from behind with 2 late goals but it ended a run of 9 Premier League matches without a win. Not surprisingly, they lost at Old Trafford last weekend but Hughton has acknowledged that the Canaries have a big month ahead of them as they look to ensure they don't get dragged into a relegation battle. Ruddy, Surman and Tettey are unlikely to recover from respective injuries but Hughton still has a strong squad available to him. Very tricky game but recent results suggest both clubs are on the turn, Norwich for the better and Southampton for the worse.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|QPR v Sunderland|
|QPR's third win of the season, last weekend at Southampton, gives them renewed hope in the battle for survival at the foot of the table. Rangers remain bottom of the pile but are now only 3 points adrift of second-from-bottom Reading and 4 points shy of safety. Redknapp's decision to omit Adel Taarabt at Southampton paid off but it remains to be seen whether he'll adopt the same approach on home soil. Rob Green was called to save the 3 points after Cesar was substituted with a dead leg and is likely to continue between the sticks. The only other injury concern is Bobby Zamora who sustained an ankle problem in the 2-0 home defeat to United. This represents another winnable game against a Sunderland side without a win in 5 matches. The Black Cats showed spirit to come from 2 goals behind at home to Fulham last weekend but the 3 preceding defeats, two of them away at Reading and West Brom, make them underdogs going into this game. Fletcher and Graham still haven't scored in their time together on the pitch despite both starting for the first time against Fulham. Rose and Cattermole are still out with injuries although there is hope that Danny Rose could make this game. A win for QPR blows the fight for relegation wide open whilst dragging Sunderland closer to it at the same time.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Reading v Aston Villa|
|This is a massive game for both clubs as they seek to avoid relegation. Just a point and a place separate them in the bottom three as they go head-to-head at the Madjeski. Villa have won just one of their last 11 Premier League fixtures and go into this match on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Man City. A mistake from defender Ciaran Clark cost Villa the game but in all truth they offered little in the way of attack and the 3 points for City never looked in doubt. What's more, Villa haven't managed a clean sheet in their last 17 matches in all competitions. Ron Vlaar is expected to recover from a calf injury and is likely to replace either the afore-mentioned Clark or Nathan Baker. However, Fabian Delph misses this game after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season and Lambert will have to find a likewise industrious replacement. After some recent success, hosts Reading have hit the skids with 4 defeats on the bounce in all competitions. The worst of these was their 3-0 home defeat to relegation rivals Wigan but the other 3 matches all came on the road and victory wasn't really expected. After serious foul play in the Wigan defeat, Pogrebnyak received a 3-match ban and Le Fondre was given his chance but it seems he may be better suited to the role of super sub. McDermott suffered another blow with Jimmy Kebe ruled out with a groin injury and misses some of that pace in midfield. The first goal is sure to be all-important with nerves playing a big part. A very tight game but Reading could well come out on top.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v Swansea|
|Little separates these 2 clubs in the top half of the table. Swansea have already tasted League Cup success and avoided the expected Wembley hangover with the narrowest of wins over Newcastle at the Liberty. The Swans had a good first half but survived strong second-half pressure from the Magpies to nick a fortunate winner. However, they've not played away from home since the League Cup final and their recent away record hasn't been that good. Their last Premier League away victory came just before the turn of the year at Craven Cottage and since then they've taken just 2 points from a possible 12 on the road including their most recent defeat, a 5-0 hammering at Liverpool. Despite their recent top flight disappointments, it shouldn't be forgotten that Swansea beat Chelsea by 2 clear goals at Stamford Bridge on their way to silverware. West Brom have picked up after a major dip in which they took just a point from 6 games but recent successes have included a 2-0 win at Anfield and a home win over Sunderland. Not surprisingly, the Baggies lost at Stamford Bridge but their aim looked to be to stay in the game as long as possible and they rarely threatened until the closing stages. Steve Clarke has no major injuries and West Brom should be at full strength whilst Swansea will have to do without centre-half Chico who has an ongoing ankle problem. Very difficult picking a winner but the Baggies might just edge it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 15:00||Newcastle v Stoke|
|Newcastle failed to make it 4 wins from the last 5 Premier League matches after a single goal defeat at the Liberty last weekend. As a result they dropped to 15th but they played well and probably deserved something from the game. The Magpies have won their last 2 top flight home fixtures, one of which was the late comeback against Chelsea. This week they have the distraction of a Europa League trip to Russia where they face Anzhi Makachkala but Pardew's squad is stronger now and better equipped to handle the rigours of playing domestic and European football. Elliot will continue to deputise for the injured Krul but aside from that the Magpies are relatively free from injury. They host a Stoke side facing a tough time despite their mid-table position. The Potters aren't too much of a threat on the road but even their home form has started to suffer with them losing to a single West Ham goal last weekend. Their last 9 Premier League matches include just 1 victory and 6 defeats. Pulis is still without the suspended Robert Huth whilst Etherington and Owen are rated doubtful. A 2-goal win or better would be enough to lift Newcastle above their opponents and ease any concerns regarding a potential relegation battle.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 16:00||Liverpool v Tottenham|
|Tottenham held on to their prized 3rd spot after beating Arsenal 2-1 at White Hart Lane and once again Bale proved unstoppable despite the Gunners trying to restrict the space in midfield. With defences pushed up that left space in behind which both Bale and Lennon exploited to great effect. Much has been made of Bale's recent heroics and that ties in with Spurs' run of 12 games undefeated. They do have a glamour reunion with Inter in the Europa League this week but the game's at home so no travelling. Both Adebayor and Dembele left the field against Arsenal with injury problems but they're just thought to be niggles. Dembele would be a big miss but Adebayor has been poor and Defoe's return to fitness couldn't have been better timed. They travel to Anfield where Liverpool claim they can still make European competition next season. The Reds have suffered just 1 defeat in the last 6 Premier League matches and have comfortably beaten the likes of Swansea and Wigan in recent weeks. Sturridge still hasn't recovered from a recent thigh problem leaving Suarez to plough a lone furrow up front. Whether or not he features this weekend, Liverpool will be keen to force the game in an effort to make up the 10-point deficit between themselves and the top four. A win for the Reds would see them go above Merseyside rivals Everton on goal difference having played a game more. However, Spurs will look to hit Liverpool on the counter and a win for the away side, reminiscent of West Brom's victory at Anfield less than a month ago, could be on the cards.|
|Away Win 1-2|