Premier League Betting Odds & Tips for Feb 2nd – 3rd 2013

by Scott on January 29, 2013

The Premier League is set for a bumper weekend this time out and once again, there are a number of big matches in terms of the title race, the battle for a European spot and the fight to stay in the league.

The games are coming thick and fast now and with just over a third of the campaign to go, the points up for grabs are precious.

So, let’s see which sides are going to head-to-head this weekend.

Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City – Saturday 12.45PM – Pick: Draw @ 5/2

Adel-Taarabt-Feb2The action all gets underway from Loftus Road and Queens Park Rangers will be looking to move closer to safety with all three points at home to a Norwich City side that are far from out of the relegation battle.

Norwich won this fixture 2-1 last campaign, but a lot has changed at both clubs since then, most notably the managers.

There could even be some new faces in both sets of squads by the time this one gets underway as they are each looking to do business in the dying stages of the January transfer window.

Loic Remy is sure to be the key man for Rangers though and if the service is right for him, then the home side could take full advantage of Norwich’s shaky defence.

However, the likes of Wes Hoolahan and Robert Snodgrass will be just as confident they can break down the QPR back four, so we could be in for a few goals here.

It should be a great way to kick-start the weekend.

Arsenal v Stoke City – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Arsenal @ 4/9

Arsenal’s aim for the season is to finish in the top four, so wins at home to teams such as Stoke City are vital in order to do that.

With Tottenham not in action until Sunday afternoon, the Gunners have a chance to pile some pressure on their North London rivals if they do claim an expected victory.

Stoke’s defence has not been great in recent weeks and they will be wary of the amount of goals Arsenal score at home. They have put seven past Newcastle United and five past West Ham in the last few weeks.

Tony Pulis must get his men well organised for this one and they are likely to come with a point on their minds and then see what they can do on the counter attack.

The onus will be on Arsenal to attack, and that is just what they will do on Saturday afternoon.

Extra Tip – Arsenal to win 3-1 @ 11/1

Everton v Aston Villa – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Everton @ 4/9

Leighton-Baines-Feb2This is certainly a battle between two sides with very different ambitions for the campaign as Everton are chasing a spot in the top four, whilst Aston Villa would be happy just to stay in the league.

The Toffees have drawn too many games this term and it is fixtures at home to the teams in the bottom half where they have struggled.

David Moyes cannot allow that to be the case this weekend though and must send his side out to attack right from the word go.

Villa are another with a very shaky back four right now and they have the worst defensive record in the top flight.

Paul Lambert’s side have to be at their best to take anything from Goodison Park, but they will be confident of claiming something as a few teams around them have managed a result here.

Extra Tip – Everton to win 2-1 @ 8/1

Newcastle United v Chelsea – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 11/4

Newcastle United’s new French signings are likely to have the chance to show the home fans just what they are capable of when the Magpies take on Chelsea this weekend.

Alan Pardew’s men are in a relegation battle – there is no doubt about that and this clash with Chelsea is a massive one for the club.

If they can claim a win – which they are capable of doing – then it might just give everyone at St James’ Park the boost that is needed to get out of trouble.

The Blues are desperate for points as well though and Rafael Benitez will be aware that another defeat is sure to lead to more jeers from the travelling fans.

Demba Ba could go up against his former employers for the first time and it will be interesting to see the sort of reception he gets in the North East.

Reading v Sunderland – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Sunderland @ 15/8

Adam-Le-Fondre-Feb2Reading have found a bit of form in recent weeks and should come into this home encounter against Sunderland full of confidence.

The Royals are still of course in a massive fight to stay in the league, but if they continue to win their home games, then you would expect them to beat the drop this campaign.

Brian McDermott’s men likely to attack and they want to take the game to their opponents right from the off.

Sunderland have also notched up some decent results since the turn of the year though and they now sit fairly comfortably in mid-table.

One thing is for sure though, Martin O’Neill will not allow his men to ease off the pace as he can now have realistic ambitions of finishing in the top half.

It should be a cracking game at the Madjeski Stadium.

West Ham United v Swansea City – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Swansea City @ 9/4

West Ham United are by no means out of the relegation battle at the moment and they host Swansea City this weekend knowing that all three points could really ease the pressure.

These two play a contrasting style of football, with Swansea likely to get the ball down and play, whereas West Ham are often much more direct.

The Swans were 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture back in August and do look to be the stronger team.

As we know, if the service is right for Miguel Michu, he is going to stick the ball in the back of the net.

The Hammers are a strong side though, especially on home soil and there is no doubt that they will be looking for revenge against their opponents this time out.

Both teams are sure to fancy their chances of coming out on top, so it makes for a decent 90 minutes of action.

Wigan Athletic v Southampton – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Wigan Athletic @ Evens

Rickie-Lambert-Feb2This is usually the time of the season where Wigan Athletic start picking up wins and moving clear of trouble, so Roberto Martinez will hope that is the case as they take on Southampton in a relegation six-pointer.

Wigan’s recent form has not been good enough and they are conceding too many goals at the moment. If they don’t sharpen up at the back, then it could be a long few months for the Latics.

However, Southampton are a side that are very unpredictable at the moment, especially with new manger Mauricio Pochettino in charge.

You don’t know whether the new boss at the club has had a chance to get his ideas across on the training pitch yet, so what sort of performance you will get from the Saints remains unclear.

One thing is for sure, both sides are desperate for the points and whichever one does claim a win will fancy their chances of survival.

Extra Tip – Wigan to win 1-0 @ 7/1

Fulham v Manchester United – Saturday 5.30PM – Pick: Manchester United @ 8/13

These two clubs only met in the FA Cup on Saturday evening and Manchester United ran out 4-1 winners at Old Trafford. They meet again, at the same time, and the Red Devils are sure to be confident about coming out on top.

Fulham are a much stronger side on their home soil than on their travels, but they still know just how tough this one is going to be.

They have conceded seven goals in two games against their opponents, so that is where their problem lies. Dimitar Berbatov didn’t impress on his return to Old Trafford and he simply must be at his best here.

Sir Alex Ferguson brings a team with plenty of confidence to West London and if United are at their best, it should be a comfortable evening for them.

Last season, Ferguson’s outfit were 5-0 winners at Craven Cottage, so they certainly have the knowhow on this ground.

Extra Tip – Manchester United to win 2-0 @ 15/2

West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur – Sunday 1.30PM – Pick: Draw @ 12/5

Clint-Dempsey-Feb2West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur started the season in a similar fashion, but Spurs have been the side to progress in recent weeks and currently occupy a space in the top four.

The Baggies have hit a slump in form since the turn of the year, but do still have a Europa League place in their sites. Although it might be a tough ask, that has to be their aim.

Steve Clarke’s side have beaten the likes of Chelsea at the Hawthorns this season, so should be confident they can claim another three points against one of the league’s big boys.

Tottenham’s attacking players should have too much for West Brom though and players such as Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale can cause a number of problems.

Andre Villas-Boas men can be red-hot on their day, but have the tendency to go ice-cold as well, so the Portuguese will hope they are the former this time out.

Manchester City v Liverpool – Sunday 4PM – Pick: Manchester City @ 5/6

The Super Sunday fixture this weekend really does look like living up to the billing as Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens will be happy with their performances over recent weeks and should target another three points on Sunday afternoon.

Although the league suggests that City are the much stronger team, they will know just how good Liverpool can be on their day and shouldn’t take them lightly.

It is all about the attacking players in this one, with in-form Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge sure to be key for the Reds, whereas the home side will hope that Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez are on top of their game.

It has the potential to be one of the games of the season and should be a fitting way to round-off the weekend’s action.

Extra Tip – Manchester City to win 3-2 @ 25/1

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