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 22nd to Sun 23rd February 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Chelsea v Everton|
|League leaders Chelsea held on to top spot after a disappointing draw at the Hawthorns but only because City's game at home to Sunderland was postponed due to the weather. Since then the Blues were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Etihad with Mourinho unable to conjour a gameplan to match City's attacking fluency. The Chelsea manager has been quite vocal of late in a bid to destabilise his rivals but runs the risk of possibly saying too much. Chelsea remain undefeated at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and have dropped points in just two home fixtures. They host an Everton side rocking a little in recent weeks after losing at Liverpool and Tottenham, both rivals in their chase for a top four finish. They now lag five points behind fifth-placed Spurs although an FA Cup victory over Swansea at Goodison should've bolstered team spirit. Traore has stepped into the injured Lukaku's boots and scored four minutes into his debut whilst Martinez has other options with Barkley and Deulofeu now fit. Chelsea's major doubt is John Terry who's yet to recover from a muscle problem but the home side should have enough against an Everton team that've lost the last two on the road.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 15:00||Arsenal v Sunderland|
|More woe for another English side in the Champions League. A catastrophic error by keeper Szczesny effectively handed the game to Bayern Munich and in all likelihood the tie. Wenger was correct in saying the referee's decision killed the game but them's the rules and no amount of voicing opinions will change the outcome. The Arsenal manager still believes they can turn things around in the away leg but the odds are most certainly against them. On the domestic front they remain second after a goalless draw at home to United and they're struggling to get back on track after the 5-1 wobble at Anfield. They trail Chelsea by a point but City are lurking in third with a game in hand. They host a Sunderland side back amongst the relegation places after suffering a 2-goal defeat at home to Hull. Wes Brown's early dismissal in that game proved key and the subsequent suspension means he's unavailable for the trip to the Emirates. Others to miss out are Steven Fletcher and Kieren Westwood, both of whom are injured. Gus Poyet has certainly given the club a great shot at survival and they've won away at Fulham and Newcastle recently but taking something off the Gunners is a big ask.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Cardiff v Hull|
|A goalless draw at home to Aston Villa was enough for Cardiff to stretch their advantage over bottom side Fulham to two points but they remain shy of safety by the same margin. Results are picking up under Solksjaer but they were heavily beaten at Welsh rivals Swansea and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side and FA Cup holders Wigan. Bellamy is suspended and Medel is out with a muscle injury but Jordon Mutch could be close to a return. The Bluebirds host a Hull side almost mid-table but only three points above the the relegation places. The Tigers secured only their second win on the road recently at the Stadium of Light but were handed victory with Brown's sending off as early as the fourth minute. They failed to build on that at home to Southampton losing by a single goal and now face an FA Cup replay after only managing to draw away at Brighton. Bruce has a strong side available for the trip to Cardiff but they've struggled to score away from home and a draw looks a likely outcome.|
|Man City v Stoke|
|February hasn't been the greatest of months for Manuel Pellegrini and his side. It began with City losing their 100% home record to Chelsea but they've since made up for that by dumping Mourinho's side out of the FA Cup. However, a goalless draw at Norwich and a subsequent postponed game at home to Sunderland means they remain third and three points behind league leaders Chelsea albeit with a game in hand and vastly superior goal difference. This week's defeat at home to Barcelona wasn't entirely unexpected but the chances of a win in the Nou Camp are unlikely with the consequence that their Champions League dream is over. They host a Stoke side aiming to avoid the relegation fight below them but only three points separates them from the drop zone. Five points from their last three matches is something of an improvement but the bottom line is that they've won only one of their last nine Premier League fixtures. On the road the Potters have been true to form with just a single win from 13 matches. Whilst the atmosphere at the Etihad might be a little flat after the midweek disappointment, City should be strong enough to take all three points.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v Fulham|
|Yet more changes at Craven Cottage as Bayern coach Felix Magath comes in for Meulensteen. Also out go the Dutchman's backroom staff including Ray Wilkins and Alan Curbishley. Unfortunately that's what happens in today's Premier League when you're bottom and four points adrift of safety. Only time will tell if the owner's decision is vindicated by staying up. However, there had been recent signs of improvement for Fulham with a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford followed by a harsh defeat at home to Liverpool in which Gerrard denied the Cottagers with an injury-time penalty. That said, they're on a run of 7 games in all competitions without a win and travel to relegation-threatened West Brom. The Baggies have suffered a similar run of results and find themselves teetering above the relegation places on goal difference. However, their last three games at home have come against Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea, tough matches in which West Brom have managed to draw 1-1 on each occasion. They're still without the likes of Olsson, Sessegnon, Anelka and Popov but they could have too much for bottom side Fulham.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Southampton|
|Only three places separates these two sides but the gulf is a massive eleven points. Both have hit some good form and for West Ham the turnaround in fortune couldn't have been better timed. Allardyce was always going to be the best positioned to get them out of the mire rather than going with a new manager but they're not out of the woods just yet. The Hammers have taken 10 points from the last 12 available with four clean sheets into the bargain including a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. Andy Carroll serves the last of a 3-match suspension whilst Ravel Morrison has moved to Championship side QPR on loan. Their opponents, Southampton, have now gone six top flight games without defeat after a disappointing run of a single win in the previous nine Premier League matches. The Saints' away form is pretty much on a par with their record at St Mary's but they're still without the injured Ramirez and Lovren. Finishing high enough for Europe looks beyond Southampton this season but they're almost assured of a top half finish and have the platform on which to build next season. Difficult to pick a winner between two sides hitting form at an important time.|
|Sat 17:30||Crystal Palace v Man Utd|
|Palace are undefeated in four Premier League home fixtures having won their last three. Admittedly all four opponents are in the bottom half of the table but Palace's priority is to win the games against the clubs around them. The Eagles are currently two points clear of the relegation places despite their recent form and now test their mettle against last season's Champions. Results this campaign show that United are no longer the force they once were, two points from the last three games leaves them 7th and 11 points shy of the top four. However, the recent goalless draw at the Emirates points to an improvement in form although the game itself was a turgid affair. The table shows that United's away form is no better than that at Old Trafford but this is a game they really have to win if David Moyes's hopes of finishing in the top four are to stand a chance of becoming reality. Evans, Jones and Nani will unlikely be available for United but they should still have too much for Palace.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 13:30||Liverpool v Swansea|
|Swansea should be back to full strength after fielding a weaker side in the 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Goodison. Monk's appointment appears to have galvanised the Swans with the loss at Everton their first since the centre-half took charge. His other results were an emphatic 3-0 win over Welsh rivals Cardiff and a draw away at Stoke. That leaves Swansea in mid-table but they're only 4 points off the relegation places such is the battle for survival in the bottom half. Michu and Shelvey remain their biggest injury concerns ahead of the trip to Anfield. Liverpool remain fourth following their comeback at Craven Cottage to pinch maximum points. They've now gone 7 Premier League matches unbeaten but were knocked out of the FA Cup at title rivals Arsenal. That's right, the Reds can consider themselves title challengers now that a measly four points separates them and league leaders Chelsea. Liverpool have no new injuries to report but at least have Agger fit and available again. Rodgers's side have only dropped points in two home games this season and the manager will be keen to take all three points against his former club.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Aston Villa|
|A game between two clubs struggling for form but Newcastle having a tougher time of it recently. The Magpies might be three places and nine points better off than their opponents but injuries, suspensions and transfers have really cost them over the last month. They've taken just a single point from their last four Premier League fixtures, games in which they've not scored with the last three seeing them concede ten times. However Remy returns from suspension whilst Coloccini and Tiote are not thought to be too far away from fitness although there's no replacing midfield maestro Yohan Cabaye. Opponents Villa are three games without a win and drifting closer to the bottom three. They might be classed as mid-table but only four points separates them from the drop zone. However, Villa's away form makes better reading than that at Villa Park with them losing on just four occasions on the road this season. The long-term injuries excepted, Paul Lambert's side are pretty much at full strength and look a good value bet to prevail at St James's Park. Newcastle could well break their scoring duck but they'll leave space for Villa to exploit.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:00||Norwich v Tottenham|
|Rumours continue to circulate that Sherwood will be replaced as Tottenham manager come the summer with Cesare Prandelli the latest name to be associated with the job. The current incumbent has done little wrong to justify rumours of a replacement having lost just a single Premier League fixture since taking charge. Spurs are up to fifth on the back of a tight home win over Everton and an easy victory at St James's Park. They're only 7 points behind league leaders Chelsea and a 5-point gap separates them and 6th-placed Everton. Tottenham shouldn't be discounted from challenging for at least a top four finish but the competition is fierce. However, their away record is now the best in the top flight with 9 victories, 2 draws and just 2 defeats from their 13 games. On another positive, injuries have eased significantly in recent weeks allowing them to maintain both domestic and Europa League challenges. They travel to Carrow Road where only a point is keeping Norwich out of the bottom three. Norwich chief exec has warned Chris Hughton that the Canaries must improve if the manager is to keep his job. They've won just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions with the reason for such a dismal run undoubtedly down to the lack of goals. Norwich's recognised strikers have only six Premier League goals amongst them all season, Gary Hooper grabbing five of them. The Canaries will do their best to snuff out Spurs' attacks but their lack of possession will ultimately cost them.|
|Away Win 0-1|