BPL Betting Odds, Previews & Tips: Feb 9th – 11th 2013

by Scott on February 5, 2013

The Premier League weekend looks like being a cracker once again this time out with a number of big matches taking place.

The fight to stay in the league could not be much closer and in truth, any team in the bottom half of the table could still face the drop.

At the top, Manchester United now lead Manchester City by nine points, so it is going to be tough to stop them.

So, let’s take a look at the games taking place this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United – Saturday 12.45PM – Pick: Tottenham Hotspur @ 4/6

Moussa-Sissoko-Feb9The early kick-off this weekend sees two sides in a decent bit of form lock horns as Tottenham host Newcastle.

The two teams do have very different ambitions for the campaign as Spurs are breathing down Chelsea’s necks in the fight for third place, whereas Newcastle are looking to move further away from the bottom three.

It is all about Gareth Bale for Spurs right now as he showed his class once more in the 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion last time out, rounding off a fantastic week for the Welshman.

With Jermain Defoe injured, Tottenham are relying a lot on Bale to come up with that bit of magic in front of goal.

Newcastle have notched up back-to-back wins in the Premier League and are now six points clear of the bottom three.

Alan Pardew will not allow any complacency though and as his men are in decent form, can expect a result here.

Extra Tip – Tottenham to win 2-1 @ 7/1

Chelsea v Wigan Athletic – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Chelsea @ 1/3

Chelsea are becoming desperate for points and anything other than a win here could leave them on the hunt for a new manager as Rafael Benitez is under a lot of pressure.

The European Champions are in danger of slipping into fourth place this weekend, which could leave them looking nervously over their shoulders.

Benitez simply has to take all three points in this encounter, especially as it is against a Wigan side in the bottom three right now.

The Latics haven’t won in five matches either, so are shot of a bit of confidence and know they face a difficult afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Never right Wigan off though as they could be about to spring another surprise here and cause Chelsea more misery.

It should be a very interesting 90 minutes and with these two teams involved, goals are all but guaranteed.

Extra Tip – Chelsea to win 3-0 @ 8/1

Norwich City v Fulham – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 12/5

Damien-Duff-Feb9Norwich City and Fulham are separated by just one point at the moment and the winner of this one might breathe a little easier, whereas the loser could get dragged into the relegation battle.

Norwich are without a win eight top flight encounters, but have taken good points at home to Tottenham and at Queens Park Rangers recently.

As this is at home against a team around them though, this is a must win for the Canaries and if they can get Carrow Road rocking, they should come out on top.

Fulham don’t usually travel well, but they do have an excellent record against Norwich and of course thrashed them 5-0 on the opening day of the season.

Dimitar Berbatov will be the key man for the West Londoners and if he gets on the ball on Saturday afternoon, he can cause real problems.

Stoke City v Reading – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 5/2

Stoke have now lost four of their last five Premier League matches and host a Reading side in very high spirits at the moment.

The Potters are struggling for form at the moment and although they side in the top half of the table, Tony Pulis is sure to be concerned that his men are in freefall.

They are always a strong outfit at home and might look to get the better of Reading physically and stop them playing their natural game.

Reading have won three of their last four and keep scoring late goals, which is sure to have delighted Brain McDermott.

The Royals have moved out of the bottom three as well, which is remarkable considering how far adrift they were a few weeks ago. They know that Stoke is a tough place to come and pick up points, but should be confident of claiming a draw at the very least.

Sunderland v Arsenal – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Arsenal @ 10/11

Lucas-Podolski-Feb9Sunderland would have been disappointed to concede late on at Reading last time out, but must put that behind them and look to take something at home to Arsenal.

The Black Cats are still eight points clear of the bottom three, so don’t look like being in much danger, however, a few defeats could put them back in trouble.

You can be sure that Martin O’Neill will have his team up for this one and if they perform how they did in the 1-0 win over Manchester City on Boxing Day, then the home side should be winners once more.

Arsenal are trying to close the gap on the top four though, so come to the Stadium of Light desperate for points.

The Gunners are hit-and-miss this season and you never really know what you are going to get from them.

At times, Arsene Wenger’s men can run riot and score over five goals at ease, but they also struggle to create chances in matches. Wenger will be hoping for the former this weekend and wants the likes of Theo Walcott and Oliver Giroud to continue their good form.

Extra Tip – Arsenal to win 2-0 @ 8/1

Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 5/2

Swansea City are all but safe this season and are aiming for a top half finish, something they look well on course to achieve.

The Swans are eighth at the minute, but must bounce back from their defeat at West Ham United last weekend.

The Welsh side are also looking to build momentum for their Capital One Cup final match against Bradford City later in the month.

Queens Park Rangers, however, are desperate for the points to try and stay in the league and they have to take something from this one.

Harry Redknapp’s men have spent big in the January transfer window, but are five points adrift from safety right now, so they have to show some superb form.

It is going to be tough to pick up points at Swansea, so Redknapp will hope they have one eye on their trip to Wembley in a few weeks time.

Southampton v Manchester City – Saturday 5.30PM – Pick: Manchester City @ 8/15

Edin-Dzeko-Feb9The evening kick-off on Saturday looks set to be another cracker as Southampton host Manchester City.

The Saints are of course fighting to beat the drop this season and are in decent form at the moment, losing just one of their last eight matches. However, only one win has come in this run.

Another point would delight the South Coast side though, but with how much Man City need the win, it is going to be tough.

The Citizens have to go on a remarkable run and hope their closest rivals slip-up a few times in the coming weeks.

Roberto Mancini says they need to win every game in order to retain their Premier League title, so that makes three point a must here.

Both teams love to play attacking football, so we should see plenty of goals in this one.

Extra Tip – Manchester City to win 2-1 @ 8/1

Aston Villa v West Ham United – Sunday 1.30PM – Pick: West Ham United @ 7/4

Aston Villa let a 3-1 lead slip at Everton last time out and only ended up taking a point from the match, which would have disappointed Paul Lambert.

The Scotsman knows that his men need to start winning matches as they find themselves in the bottom three right now.

The Villains have lost at home to Southampton, Wigan and Newcastle in recent weeks and they simply cannot add West Ham United to that list.

The Hammers’ 1-0 win over Swansea last weekend really eased the pressure on the team and they now sit on 30 points.

Sam Allardyce should bring his side here in good spirits and if at their best, there is no doubt they can win this one.

In truth, this is the biggest match of Villa’s season and if they do lose, there might be calls for a change in manager.

Manchester United v Everton – Sunday 4PM – Pick: Draw @ 3/1

Wayne-Rooney-Feb9Many will remember the fantastic 4-4 draw Manchester United and Everton played out last season and Manchester City will hope for something similar this weekend.

United were not at their best at Fulham last Saturday, but still won the game 1-0, which is a sign of just how strong they are this campaign.

If Robin van Persie isn’t firing on all cylinders, you can be sure that Wayne Rooney is and after three goals in two games, the latter is the in-form striker right now.

Everton are now three points off the top four, and know that could be six by the time this one kicks-off.

With the players that the Toffees have at their disposal, they should come to Old Trafford in search of all three points.

Leighton Baines is sure to be the one to watch and if his set-piece delivery is spot-on, Everton have a chance.

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion – Monday 8PM – Pick: Liverpool @ 2/5

There is a Monday Night Football fixture rounding off the Premier League action and it sees Liverpool entertain West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

The Reds have hopes of a Champions League finish this campaign and if they perform how they did at Manchester City last time out, they will take all three points here.

Daniel Sturridge is in superb form at the moment and is likely to create a lot going forward on Monday evening, along as he recovers from injury.

West Brom have had a shocking start to 2013 as they have taken just one point, so they could be dreading this one.

However, Steve Clarke’s men are still in 34 points, so aren’t going to be in a relegation battle and if they can win here, which they are capable of doing, it might just spring their season back into life.

It should be a cracking way to round-off the action in the Premier League.

Extra Tip – Liverpool to win 3-0 @ 11/1

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