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 Sun 2nd March 2014.
|Sat 15:00||Everton v West Ham|
|On paper West Ham are the form side over the last month. Allardyce has turned things around and the Hammers now have a 7-point safety margin after taking 13 of the last 15 points available. What's more, they've conceded just once in those five matches, that goal coming early in the 3-1 win over Southampton at Upton Park last weekend. Andy Carroll is available for selection after serving a 3-match suspension but Allardyce could well opt to start the striker on the bench given the successful run they've had without him. They travel to Goodison where Everton are currently three places better off but the margin is a huge 14 points. However, the Toffees have suffered a setback of late having lost three of their last four top flight matches, a sequence in which they only managed to score in the 2-1 home victory over Villa. Lukaku's injury has had an adverse effect but rumours are that he could be fit to face the Hammers, a blessing given news of Lacina Traore's recent injury suffered during the warm-up at Chelsea. There's enough to suggest from both sides that a draw looks a fairly good shout.|
|Fulham v Chelsea|
|Bottom versus top in the West London derby at Craven Cottage. Felix Magath returned from the Hawthorns with a point in his first game in charge but Fulham remain bottom of the pile and four points shy of safety. It's been eight top flight matches since the Cottagers last won a game but at least they've stopped the run of defeats with a couple of draws in the last three. We've heard plenty about Magath's emphasis on workrate and discipline and to be fair they started well against the Baggies but the concern has to be where the goals to keep them up are going to come from. Opponents Chelsea are on an impressive run of twelve Premier League games without tasting defeat. That said, a draw at West Brom followed by defeat in the FA Cup at the Etihad and an injury-time winner at home to Everton last weekend haven't been the most convincing of recent performances by the Blues. Also Mourinho's striker comments haven't exactly endeared him to his players although he does have a point. By the same token however, he's had the opportunity to strengthen in that department without doing so. This should be a win for Chelsea but not necessarily a foregone conclusion.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Hull v Newcastle|
|Hull are up to eleventh after their resounding win at Cardiff last weekend. It was their second successive victory on the road including their 2-goal win at the Stadium of Light. Sandwiched in between was a narrow defeat at home to Southampton and progression to the next round of the FA Cup after seeing off Championship side Brighton in the replay at the KC Stadium. Looking at Hull's recent results, it's evident that they run a tight ship and haven't conceded more than a goal a game in all competitions since they were beaten 2-0 at home by Chelsea in mid-January. They host a Newcastle side back up to eighth after their single-goal victory over Villa at St James's Park. That win was the Magpies' first in five games and stopped the rot of three successive defeats. It was an improvement following the heavy home defeat to Spurs but owed much to Remy's return from suspension. Without a suitable replacement for Cabaye until possibly the summer, it's likely that Newcastle will continue to struggle for goals and the trip to Hull could be far tougher than some would give the home side credit for.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Stoke v Arsenal|
|A good win over Sunderland saw Arsenal get back on track after a stuttering couple of weeks in which they lost heavily at Anfield and could only draw at home to United. The Gunners remain second with the top four title contenders all winning. Ozil was rested for the Sunderland win with him apparently not having recovered from the penalty miss against Bayern but it remains to be seen if he's selected for the trip to Stoke. The Potters might've lost last weekend, as expected at the Etihad, but they only conceded the once and recent weeks has generally seen an improvement in results. They beat United and have since drawn with Southampton and Swansea but they drop to 15th and are only three points clear of the relegation places. Stoke will be without on-loan striker Assaidi after he suffered a knee ligament injury but Robert Huth has supposedly returned to full training although he's unlikely to be fit enough to start against the Gunners. Wouldn't be too surprised if Stoke took something from this game but if Arsenal don't want to see their title aspirations go up in smoke then this is a game they have to win.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 17:30||Southampton v Liverpool|
|The Saints were surprisingly second best at Upton Park last weekend and the subsequent defeat ended an unbeaten run of six Premier League matches. Southampton will most likely finish the season in the top half of the table but there have been some inconsistent results along the way. Centre-half Hooiveld missed that game with an eye problem but they do have Lovren fit and available again after injury. They face a Liverpool side that are really pushing hard for a good finish. The Reds are only four points behind league leaders Chelsea and will at the very least want to end the season in fourth spot. Currently they're on a run of eight top flight matches without defeat, the only sour note in recent weeks an FA Cup 2-1 defeat at the Emirates. Their defence has looked shaky far too often but their ability to outscore opponents, as in last weekend's 4-3 win over Swansea, sees them sitting pretty. Despite raining goals, Suarez hasn't scored since the 4-0 win over Everton in late January but that should serve as testament to the Uruguayan striker's talent of providing scoring opportunities for others. Expect this to be a game with goals but Liverpool to have the final say.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Sun 16:30||Aston Villa v Norwich|
|Just goal difference separates these two sides in the bottom half of the table with inconsistency ravaging the performances of both clubs this season. Only four points separates the two sides from the relegation places making this is a 'must win' game for both. Norwich's single goal victory over Tottenham was only their second win in all competitions since their victory at the Hawthorns back at the beginning of December. However, Chris Hughton's job will be under pressure for as long as they're seen to be flirting with the threat of relegation. Opponents Villa have taken just a single point from the last twelve available, a goalless draw at Cardiff. By far the most disappointing of recent results will have been the two-goal defeat at home to in-form West Ham. However, the Hammers have shown that a good run of four or five games can change everything. Unfortunately the goals have dried up for Villa with none scored in their last three. No glut of goals I'm afraid! This could well pan out to be a goalless draw.|
|Swansea v Crystal Palace|
|Despite an industrious performance at home to United, Palace eventually lost the game with a penalty given away by Chamakh proving the trigger for United's win. The Eagles have made the most of their home fixtures to lift themselves above the bottom three but currently only two points and places is keeping them there. On the road their recent form hasn't been so good with five defeats from the last six and ten defeats in twelve away fixtures this season. They travel to mid-table Swansea who are actually only a couple of points better off. New manager Monk appears to have stabilised the club since Laudrup's departure and gave Liverpool as good as they got in last weekend's 4-3 defeat at Anfield. The Swans have recently beaten both Cardiff and Fulham at home as well as drawing with Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League tie. In fact, the only disruption ahead of the game with Palace is the return leg in Naples but Swansea will be hoping that they can prove up to the job on both domestic and European fronts. Regardless of Thursday's big game, the home side should have too much.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Tottenham v Cardiff|
|Spurs were once again undone at Norwich and the gap between themselves and fourth-placed Liverpool stretched to six points. It comes straight on the back of a similar Europa League single-goal defeat in the Ukraine at Dnipro. Poor starts to both games eventually cost them and fourth spot is starting to look a big ask. Sherwood has been quick to state that his side face a test of character if they're to claim a Champions League place but given their tag of 'nearly men' over the last few seasons, the odds are against them, especially when they so often look fragile in defence. Injuries have again struck with Capoue, Chiriches, Walker, Kaboul, Lamela, Rose and Sigurdsson all doubts. They host second-from-bottom Cardiff who were extremely poor in the 4-goal defeat at home to Hull. So bad was the performance that Solksjaer scrapped a warm-weather break in Abu Dhabi and he'll be expecting a reaction at White Hart Lane. The Bluebirds have won just a single away fixture this season and will be without Gary Medel and possibly Jordon Mutch. Cardiff will be playing to prove they're not guaranteed relegation fodder but this really is a game Spurs can ill afford to lose.|
|Home Win 2-0|