Premier League Tips & Predictions: Weekend Rundown

Mike Richardson

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:24 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 9:24 PM UTC

Saturday, 2 February is Groundhog Day, again and I'm getting a real sense of déjà vu ahead of the English Premier League matches, which means that winning money off the bookies is just a click away if you follow my Premier League picks.

There was a massive six pointer on Tuesday night at the wrong end of the table, a game that Newcastle United won, and took a huge step to avoid relegation while Aston Villa lost it and took quite a large step towards Championship football. At the top of the table, Manchester City dropped points against QPR which doesn't make the league a foregone conclusion, at least not any more than it already was.

Enough with the table settings…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?

There is a another massive match for Queens Park Rangers at the weekend, this time they're at home to Norwich, and Norwich are in need of a decent result. QPR need the points, however with just 14 cup finals to go to avoid relegation, I think that some of the players may subconsciously have given the ghost and I’m backing Norwich to take the points in this game they're available at 3/1 on a win, while a draw, still worth a bet is at 13/5. And naturally the smart sports pick is QPR being relegated is at 4/6.

There’s a considerably more exciting fixture on my radar as Arsenal are at home to Stoke. Stoke always look a little bit sticky away from home, and have had a couple of unwelcome results in recent weeks, Arsenal should they beat Liverpool on Wednesday night, will feel that they can make a real concerted effort and push for a top four finish this season. Stoke aren't that great away from home with just one victory on their travels with Arsenal only been defeated three times at home in the league this season and have outscored their visiting opponents 30 goals to 16. I am placing my Premier League picks on a home victory in this one, and I suggest you do the same, that’s at ½.

That's where the money is and that's where my money is going.

Everton host Aston Villa and likely and while it’s likely that the Villains will continue to implode and ship goals and fail to win games or collect any points I feel betting on the Toffees (at 4/9) would be a little bit too much like kicking side when they're down there for I am keeping my money away from this one and investing very heavily in Chelsea beating Newcastle United at St James's Park on Saturday at 4/7.

It’s an unpatriotic pic but it's the pick that can happen.

There's another wild card when Reading take on Sunderland, one of those sides stuck in the relegation zone one just out of the relegation zone. Either way this should be a hard-fought and bloody encounter, likely decided by a random goal.  Reading winning is available at 6/4 an away win for Sunderland is available at 2/1. The best Premier League odds from the bookmakers are all easily laid out on SBR Forum.

The biggest match of the weekend is an absolute banker where the lion's share of my wife's cash is going Manchester United who travel to Fulham and as we have enjoyed an embarrassment of riches of recent clashes between the two sides everything points towards a United win. Bet on Fergie and his Red Devils to do the business against Fulham, at 11/17, stay away from the draw at 3/1 and even a Cottagers win at 3/1, but I don't think that they are going to happen. Manchester United have faced Fulham three times in the last 12 months and have won each and every game out scoring them 8 goals to 3, you might well say that that's all well and good but all three of those games were played at Old Trafford, but the fact the last time the sides met in London it was Manchester who ran out 5-0 winners.

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