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 1st to Mon 3rd February 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Newcastle v Sunderland|
|Another Tyne-Wear derby where Newcastle will again start favourites. However, Sunderland have won the last two despite being very much the underdog. Don't be surprised if the trend continues given Sunderland's improving form under manager Gus Poyet. This week they beat Stoke at the Stadium of Light to move 2 points clear of the relegation places. The Mackems have lost just one of their last 8 Premier League matches and are through to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley after putting United out. Admittedly their away form isn't great and goals have been in short supply but new striker, Ignacio Scocco, could be the answer. From a Newcastle point of view the garden doesn't look so rosy. Cabaye's departure was always on the cards and not surprisingly Pardew will find it extremely difficult to replace the gifted French midfielder. They could also miss striker Loic Remy after he saw red in the midweek goalless draw at Carrow Road; Remy is appealing but faces a 3-match ban should he fail. Also out are Cisse, Coloccini and Gouffran with respective injuries. After a recent run of 3 defeats, the Magpies bounced back with a win at West Ham and the afore-mentioned draw at Norwich but derby games are always tight and there seems a lot more passion and unity in the Sunderland ranks right now.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Ham v Swansea|
|The Hammers slipped into the bottom three despite a well-earned point at Stamford Bridge. Accused by Mourinho of playing 19th-century football, that will hold no concerns for Sam Allardyce who's gameplan worked to perfection. Their hosts were frustrated and it proved that West Ham are a better side for the players that've been unavailable in recent weeks. Whilst they offered little attacking threat, Andy Carroll proved an asset defensively but they're under pressure to approach this game differently as they search for maximum points. They've won just one of their last 10 Premier League matches (at Cardiff) but should be confident after this week's draw. They host a Swansea side who managed their first win in 9 top flight games this week after beating Fulham by 2 clear goals at the Liberty. The Swans were buoyed by the goalscoring return of Jonjo Shelvey plus De Guzman started with Dyer coming off the bench. However, prior to the Fulham win Swansea had taken only a single point from the last 18 and they're bound to find West Ham a tougher prospect now that the Hammers have a few players back. Allardyce's side have won only 2 Premier League matches at Upton Park this season but I suspect the home fans might be in for a treat.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 15:00||Cardiff v Norwich|
|Cardiff remain bottom after their expected 2-goal defeat at Old Trafford but they're far from adrift with only 3 points separating them from safety. A much-needed win could change the outlook considerably were it not for the fact that the Bluebirds have only won one of their last 13 top flight fixtures. The only games that Solksjaer has won whilst in charge have been the FA Cup matches at Newcastle and Bolton whilst they've lost 6 of the last 7 in the league. Mutch could recover from a knock after being subbed off in the United defeat but, no disrespect to Norwich, this is a game they must take something from. The Canaries are 5 points clear of the relegation places after a single-goal win over Hull and a goalless draw with Newcastle. It looks like they've bounced back from the recent run of 3 defeats in 4 games but results still show a lack of goals. The jury's still out on whether the likes of Hooper and Van Wolfswinkel have been good buys whilst the signing of Elmander was always a questionable one given his time at Bolton. Johnson's red card against the Magpies means he starts a 3-match ban whilst Michael Turner's hamstring injury keeps him out. However, Norwich haven't been too bad defensively and they could do enough to earn a point.|
|Everton v Aston Villa|
|Not only were Everton embarassed at Anfield by local rivals Liverpool but they also saw striker Lukaku stretchered off with an ankle injury. The question is who replaces the Belgian; his replacement on the night, Steven Naismith, looks likely but Ivory Coast striker, Lacina Traore, is probably the preferred option if fit. Everton's challenge for a top four spot has waned a little in light of recent results in which they've picked up just 5 points from the last 12. Despite the heavy Liverpool defeat, you'd have expected the Toffees to pick up more than a couple of draws at Stoke and West Brom. As soon as possible is the best chance to put the derby defeat behind them with Aston Villa the visitors to Goodison. This week the Villans came from 2 goals down at home to West Brom to win 4-3 and as a result have consolidated their mid-table position. On the road a counter-attacking game has suited them well and they've lost just 3 of 11 away fixtures. Benteke's back in scoring form with 3 in the last three games and could be supported by Agbonlahor if fit. Villa have lost just one of their last five Premier League matches (against Arsenal) and look capable of taking something from an Everton side lacking striking options.|
|Fulham v Southampton|
|As expected, Fulham dropped into the relegation places after their midweek defeat at Swansea. It was their third defeat on the bounce including a 4-1 defeat at home to Sunderland, partly why the Mackems are now a couple of points and places above them in the table. Not only have the Cottagers conceded the most goals in the top flight this season, 50 to date, but they appear to have forgotten how to hang on in games for at least a share of the spoils; they've drawn only one of 23 Premier League fixtures. They host a Southampton side gradually finding their feet again after a sequence of poor results. The Saints are undefeated in the last three and will take confidence from their 2-2 draw with Arsenal at St Mary's, a game in which they actually led at half-time. Lambert missed that game with a hamstring problem but could return at the weekend. Other absentees are Lovren, Ramirez and Osvaldo; the latter rumoured to be on his way out of the club. Fulham's Riise and Amorebiata are close to fitness but luxury player Taarabt could be on his way to Milan. Statistically the draw looks unlikely and can't see Southampton losing so it looks like another Fulham defeat.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Hull v Tottenham|
|Tottenham have every right to feel aggrieved after having a goal disallowed and Rose wrongly sent off at home to Man City. To be fair City were on top for most of the game but key decisions change matches and nothing went right for Spurs on this occasion. That result leaves them 3 points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and Rose now misses this game. Other players out include Lamela and Townsend but the likes of Paulinho, Sandro and Vertonghen are rumoured to be back in training. Spurs will be happy to get back on the road again after winning 8 of their 11 away fixtures but opponents Hull are strong at the KC Stadium. The Tigers have only lost 3 of their 11 home fixtures but are currently on a poor run of 5 defeats in the last six plus they've not scored in the last four. Recently they've lost at home to both United and Chelsea and this time they'll be without suspended keeper McGregor and Jake Livermore who's ineligible to play against his parent club. For Spurs, things can only get better after City's visit and expect them to bounce back with a much-needed win.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Stoke v Man Utd|
|Stoke are in a perilous position just 3 points and 2 places above the bottom three. They've taken just a single point from the last 18 and host the wounded animal that is Man Utd. Moyes's side bounced back from recent disappointments with a win over Cardiff but it's the wrong time to be playing the Red Devils with players returning from injury and new signings keen to make an impact. They currently lie 7th, 6 points off a Champions League place, but the mood remains optimistic that they can close the gap. Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney have returned from injury to bolster the attack, Carrick is close to recovery whilst Juan Mata could be the midfield architect to rescue their season. Vidic serves the last of a 3-game ban so expect Smalling to continue to partner Evans in defence. The Potters are still missing Huth and Wilkinson plus N'Zonzi is suspended after being sent off in the single-goal defeat at Sunderland. Coupled with a similar recent defeat at Palace, Stoke are falling to the sides around them let alone clubs aiming for bigger things. Can't see new signing Odemwingie having much of an impact but time will tell. United to make it two wins on the trot.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 13:30||West Brom v Liverpool|
|A resounding win for Liverpool over Merseyside neighbours Everton keeps them in a Champions League spot although they lag 4 points behind 3rd-placed Chelsea. It was the perfect reaction after a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Villa with the clean sheet an unexpected bonus. Defensive injuries have hit them hard but with Sturridge and Suarez up top, they're always a threat. You'd have thought defensive cover might've been high on Rodgers's agenda but the latest rumours are that he's hopeful of tying up a deal for Ukraine winger Konoplyanka. They travel to the Hawthorns where West Brom are slowly slipping towards the wrong end of the table. The Baggies have won just one of their last 14 matches in all competitions and fell to defeat at Villa Park this week despite scoring three times. They haven't been particularly weak at the back in recent games but conceding 4 at Villa must have Liverpool's SAS licking their lips. Anelka is back in the starting line-up but injuries are keeping out Popov and Sessegnon. Goals but Liverpool to score more.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Sun 16:00||Arsenal v Crystal Palace|
|Only a point from a lacklustre display at Southampton this week means Arsenal slip to second in the table, a point behind new league leaders City. The Gunners have lost just one of their last 12 top flight fixtures and a win over Palace could see them reclaim top spot should Chelsea salvage something at the Etihad. Palace are much improved under the stewardship of Tony Pulis and their midweek win over Hull lifted them several places and 4 points clear of the drop zone. Despite the lack of goals, it's their defensive organisation that's effectively keeping the points ticking over. Since Christmas the Eagles have kept 4 clean sheets in all competitions and only conceded more than a single goal once including a 1-0 defeat at Man City in which they had chances to take something from the game. Arsenal are without Flamini who was sent off late on at St Mary's although Wilshere is expected to recover soon from an ankle problem. Despite Palace's improvement, difficult to see Arsenal losing at home this weekend.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Mon 20:00||Man City v Chelsea|
|Chelsea will be aiming to do what no other Premier League side have managed to do this season and that's go to the Etihad and come away with at least a point. City's home record is immaculate and their convincing win at White Hart Lane lifted them above Arsenal into pole position. Despite key decisions going their way against Spurs, City were always on top and never looked in doubt of getting maximum points. A minor hamstring injury saw Aguero subbed off and it remains to be seen if he's fit enough to play Monday evening. Not surprisingly City have other options with Negredo having to settle for a place on the bench this week. Chelsea remain third after their goalless draw at home to West Ham. Mourinho accused the Hammers of playing 19th century football, similar to when Spurs parked the bus several seasons ago, but the Blues could well employ the same tactics at Eastlands. Despite not having lost 8 Premier League games on the bounce, Chelsea have won only 5 of their 11 away fixtures this season. Mourinho no longer has the option of Mata from the bench, a player that could potentially have unlocked the door at home to West Ham. A great game in prospect but difficult to look beyond City at the moment.|
|Home Win 2-1|