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 8th to Sun 9th February 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Liverpool v Arsenal|
|League leaders Arsenal increased their lead over second-placed City to 2 points by beating Palace and relying on Chelsea to do them a favour at the Etihad. However, Mourinho's side are now level on points with City and both are breathing down Arsenal's neck. To put things in perspective, Arsenal are only third favourites for the title despite having that 2-point advantage on their closest challengers. The Gunners have won 6 of their last 7 top flight matches but showed their fallibility at St Mary's recently and could only draw 2-2. We won't mention rogue signing Kallstrom who's injured and joins Ramsey, Walcott and Flamini on the sidelines although Wilshere could make a return from an ankle injury. They travel to 4th-placed Liverpool who thrashed local rivals Everton 4-0 recently but have been guilty of dropping points at home to Villa and away at West Brom. Former Gunner, Kolo Toure, was responsible for letting West Brom back into the game and will be aiming to do better against his old side. The Reds failed to sign Ukraine's Konoplyanka but given their injuries, you'd have thought a defender might've featured on their radar. An exciting game to kick off the weekend but difficult to pick between the two.|
|Sat 15:00||Aston Villa v West Ham|
|West Ham remain in the bottom three despite their 2-goal win over Swansea last weekend at Upton Park. It was only the Hammers' second win in 11 top flight matches but the benefit of having Nolan, Carroll and other key players returned from injury is there for all to see. However, Carroll's sending off means he's suspended for 3 games with West Ham's appeal to the FA failing. The Hammers are now allegedly seeking legal action in a bid to see their striker eligible to play but the reality is he'll join the likes of Joe Cole and O'Brien on the sidelines. West Ham have struggled on the road this season with just 2 wins from 12 and Villa Park is another difficult away trip. Villa remain in the top half of the table despite their 2-1 defeat at Everton last weekend. Their form after Christmas has improved with 2 draws, defeats and victories from those 6 matches. Lambert has had key players return from injury and will be hopeful that Agbonlahor and Vlaar will both be fit to face West Ham. Expect a dramatic game of ebb and flow but Villa to have the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v Newcastle|
|Mourinho's tactics masterclass at the Etihad on Monday night proved that the title race is far from over despite Man City still favourites to wrest the Premier League from champions United. It was a perfect performance by Chelsea and the winning margin could've been wider were it not for the City woodwork. The Blues remain third but are now only a couple of points behind league leaders Arsenal. Expect Mourinho to change again without the need for a pair of holding midfielders against a Newcastle side unlikely to finish any higher than they currently are, eighth! The sale of Cabaye to PSG was criminal considering everything goes through the French playmaker and Kinnear's failure to replace him before the transfer window closed after sanctioning the deal has ultimately cost him his job. They were hammered at home by Sunderland last weekend, not scoring for the fifth time in six top flight games, and Pardew has admitted that their style of play may have to change following Cabaye's departure. Additionally without the likes of Remy, Gouffran and Coloccini, they'll do well to avoid another heavy defeat.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Crystal Palace v West Brom|
|Only goal difference separates these two sides in the wrong half of the table. A solitary point is keeping both above the bottom three but the trend for both sides has been distinctly different. Both have new managers at the helm but Pulis has had longer at Palace than Pepe Mel at the Hawthorns and it shows. Pulis has dragged Palace off the bottom by tightening their defence and producing just enough to nick the win, especially at home. At Selhurst Park recently they beat both Stoke and Hull by a single goal and were by no means embarassed by their latest defeat at the Emirates. Mel is still adjusting to life at West Brom but recent draws at home to Liverpool and Everton were both decent results. However, they've won only 1 of their last 15 matches in all competitions and only won a single game on the road this season. Around a month ago Palace knocked the Baggies out of the FA Cup at the Hawthorns and I can see a similar result recurring. Anelka, Morrison, Olsson, Popov and Sessegnon are doubts for West Brom whilst the Eagles are relatively injury-free. A narrow home win for me.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Norwich v Man City|
|City's first top flight defeat at the Etihad this season and their first in domestic football since losing at Sunderland in mid-November leaves them second on level points with Chelsea and lagging 2 points behind league leaders Arsenal. Admittedly Pellegrini was without key players Aguero and Fernandinho but the result was still a surprise given the strength in depth of the squad available to him. Mourinho got his tactics spot on and deserved the victory but City remain favourites to take the title. Garcia and Nasri also look unlikely to recover from a knock and knee problems respectively. Whilst City's success on the road hasn't been on a par with their home form, they travel to Carrow Road where Norwich are sure to face a stern examination. The Canaries' home form is mixed with 4 wins, draws and defeats and their 2-1 loss at Cardiff last weekend leaves them just 2 points clear of the bottom three. Hughton is still without the injured Turner and Howson but the bigger problem is their recognised strikers are struggling to get on the scoresheet. Four defeats and just a single win in the last seven isn't great form and can't see them troubling visiting City too much.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Southampton v Stoke|
|A convincing win at Fulham last weekend extended Southampton's recent unbeaten run to 6 games in all competitions and keeps them within touching distance of Newcastle and Man Utd, both of whom lost. That sequence includes a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal plus they've lost just three times at St Mary's this season. Osvaldo left the club on loan as expected but the Saints have been reluctant to place a timescale on when Lovren and Ramirez will recover from their respective injuries. They host a mid-table Stoke side that ended a run of 1 point from 6 games by beating United at the Britannia. On balance they were probably worth the 3 points although they rode their luck for Charlie Adams's opener with a Carrick deflection beating De Gea. However, the Potters have taken just 5 points on the road this season and are still without key centre-half Robert Huth although the rumours are that the German has now returned to training. Expect the Saints to make this 2 wins on the bounce.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Hull|
|Gus Poyet should be recognised for having done a great job at Sunderland in the short time he's been there. Despite a lack of resources he's lifted them off the foot of the table as high as 14th. Their emphatic win at St James's Park last weekend was their third in four top flight fixtures and leaves them 2 points above the relegation places. They've lost just one of their last 9 Premier League matches and are benefitting from fielding a steady side. Cattermole has opted to stay and the Black Cats now have 2 holding midfielders with Bridcutt signing from Brighton. Fletcher missed the win over the Magpies with an achilles injury and Saturday could come too soon for him to feature. Hull are the visitors to the Stadium of Light with less than enviable away form. The Tigers are the worst performers on the road along with Stoke but their home form has been good enough so far to keep them above the drop zone. That said, the safety margin is currently only 2 points and they've won only one of their last 11 Premier League matches. Livermore returns after missing the draw with Spurs though keeper McGregor is still banned. Both sides are level on points but the momentum is with the home side.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 17:30||Swansea v Cardiff|
|A rare Welsh derby in which Swansea will be seeking revenge for their single goal defeat at Cardiff earlier in the season. However, Swansea decided to rid themselves of manager Laudrup replacing him with club captain Garry Monk. Whilst former manager Brendan Rodgers has voiced his approval regarding Monk's capabilities, the pressure is all on the novice to rescue the Swans from their precarious position. Despite being mid-table Swansea are only a couple of points off the relegation places and their win over Fulham just over a week ago is their only victory in the last 10 top flight matches. They failed to build on that result at West Ham prompting Michael Laudrup's exit. Opponents Cardiff recorded their first Premier League victory under Solksjaer ending a run of 6 defeats and a draw. However, they're entrenched in relegation territory and are considered near favourites by many for the drop. A win over their local rivals could be enough to lift them to temporary safety but they've won only once on the road this season. Both clubs are having a tough time of it but expecting Swansea to come out on top this time around.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 13:30||Tottenham v Everton|
|Sixth plays fifth with just a point the difference between the two and both sides need the win if they're to entertain hopes of finishing in the top four. With Arsenal, City and Chelsea way out in front it looks like that all important fourth spot will be fought out between Liverpool, Spurs and Everton. Like so many sides, Tottenham could only draw last weekend at Hull with the consequence that Everton go into the game with the slight points advantage. It should also be noted that Spurs' form at White Hart Lane hasn't been great, their last match a humiliating 5-1 defeat by Man City. That said, Sherwood should be able to field his strongest line-up with Lamela the only notable injured absentee. The same can't be said of Everton whose only fit striker is Naismith. The Toffees have only lost 3 Premier League games all season, their most recent away fixture a 4-goal beating at Anfield and last weekend at home they had to come from behind late on to beat Villa. Can't see too many goals and a draw looks the best bet.|
|Sun 16:00||Man Utd v Fulham|
|Following last weekend's disappointing defeat at Stoke, United finally have a game where a home win should be a foregone conclusion. Fulham dropped to the foot of the table with their heavy loss at home to Southampton and are now 4 points shy of safety. Things got even worse for them this week when they were knocked out of the FA Cup by struggling League One side Sheffield United. Meulensteen admits that they've hit a new season low and the only way is up but that's not entirely correct. If results don't improve, life in the Championship could become a reality. They've lost 5 of their last 6 Premier League matches and are now without Berbatov who opted for an easier life at Monaco. United's own failings have been well documented as they slip to 7 points short of a Champions League place. They've lost 3 of their last 5 top flight matches although they've taken maximum points from their last 2 home fixtures with wins over Swansea and Cardiff. Players are returning from injury but rumours abound that Old Trafford is not a happy camp. Regardless, United should win this comfortably.|
|Home Win 2-0|