Premier League Betting Analysis & Odds for Feb 23rd – 25th 2013

by Scott on February 20, 2013

There is a busy weekend of Premier League fixtures to look forward to on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and after some teams were given a rest with the FA Cup taking place last week, they will be desperate to get back out onto the pitch.

So, let’s have a look at which teams are locking horns this weekend.

Fulham v Stoke City – Saturday 1.45PM – Pick: Draw @ 23/10

Huth-Feb25The early kick-off sees two sides that are not in the best of form lock horns as Fulham host Stoke City at Craven Cottage.

Fulham have won once in their last five and Stoke have claimed all three points just once in their last seven Premier League encounters, so this could be a fairly nervy 90 minutes.

The Cottagers are six points clear of relegation and they know a couple more wins should see them over the line, so all three points is what they need on home soil.

Stoke still occupy a place in the top half and Tony Pulis is sure to have a top eight finish in his sites, so he will have his men up for this one.

These two teams play contrasting styles of football, which makes for an interesting match to kick-start the weekend.

Arsenal v Aston Villa – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Arsenal @ 1/3

Arsenal entertain Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon and both of these two are desperate for a win, albeit for very different reasons.

The Gunners are in fifth place after two straight wins and can move to within just a point of Tottenham Hotspur in fourth if they take the spoils here.

Arsene Wenger’s men lost to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup over the weekend though and are in Champions League action during the week, so they might be a bit fatigued and short on confidence coming into this one.

As for Aston Villa, their 2-1 win over West Ham in the league last time out lifted them out of the bottom three and now, Paul Lambert knows his men have to go on a good run.

There is no doubt Villa have the quality to get themselves out of trouble, but they have to continue to pick up points. Even though the Emirates is a tough place to come, the Villains need a result.

Extra Tip – Arsenal to win 3-1 @ 10/1

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

Pienaar-Feb25Norwich City are not in much form at the moment and haven’t won since December in the top flight.

They have however, drawn their last three matches, so are picking up points, but scoring goals has been their problem in recent weeks.

The Canaries have scored just once in five top flight encounters, which isn’t good enough and if they don’t start finding the net, they could be looking worryingly over their shoulders.

Everton are the visitors to Carrow Road this weekend and with just one win in five, they need to take the spoils in Norfolk to keep their Champions League hopes alive.

David Moyes’ men were held to a 2-2 draw at League One Oldham Athletic in the cup last time out, so the Scotsman will be looking for a response from his team.

It should be a very interesting match between two teams that are likely to go all out for a win.

Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Manchester United @ 1/2

With Manchester City not in action until Sunday afternoon, Manchester United can move 15 points clear at the top of the table when they head to Queens Park Rangers.

This is of course top v bottom in the Premier League and if the form book is anything to go by, United will breeze to victory here.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have been superb since the turn of the year and look all but guaranteed to regain the title they lost last year.

Until it is mathematically impossible for City to overhaul them though, Ferguson will not relax and must take each game very seriously.

As for QPR, they have only won twice in the Premier League this season and come into this one on the back of a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Swansea City.

Harry Redknapp’s team are seven points adrift of safety and even though they take on the league-leaders this weekend – they have to get a result.

Extra Tip – Manchester United to win 1-0 @ 7/1

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

Mariappa-Feb25A massive game at the bottom of the table comes from the Madjeski Stadium on Saturday as
Reading entertain Wigan Athletic.

These two sit in 18th and 19th respectively, but could both move out of the drop zone with a win, so it is all to play for.

Reading were defeated 2-1 at Stoke City in their last Premier League outing, which ended their four-game unbeaten run. Now, Brian McDermott needs a response from his men with all three points on home soil.

Wigan are in poor form and haven’t won in seven top flight matches, but did manage a victory at Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup last time out.

Roberto Martinez’s side usually start climbing up the table at this stage of the season and an away win at a fellow relegation candidate might be just the kind of result they need to move away from trouble.

With so much at stake, this should be a fascinating watch.

West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland – Saturday 3PM – Pick: Draw @ 5/2

West Bromwich Albion finally picked up their first win of the year last time out and they did it in style as they went to Anfield and took the game 2-0.

That moved the Baggies up to 37 points and another win here will ensure they reach the all important 40 with eleven games to go, which would be a superb achievement.

They welcome Sunderland to the Hawthorns this weekend and the Black Cats are in need of a result after losing their last two in the league.

Martin O’Neill’s team are just six points away from the bottom three now and another defeat here could drag them back into trouble.

With Romelu Lukaku and Steven Fletcher likely to feature for both sides, this game could see plenty of goals as both front-men have been in fine form this campaign.

Manchester City v Chelsea – Sunday 1.30PM – Pick: Manchester City @ Evens

Lampard-Feb25The pick of the fixtures this weekend comes from the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Chelsea head to the champions, Manchester City.

City are going to have to win all twelve of their remaining Premier League matches to stand a chance of winning the title, therefore three points are a must here on home soil.

With no win in their last three league games, Roberto Mancini’s men are struggling, but will hope that the 4-0 win over Leeds United in the FA Cup would have boosted their confidence somewhat.

Chelsea have had a decent week as they were victorious in the Europa League and FA Cup and now, they can move to within a point of City with a win here.

The Blues know what a tough place the Etihad is to come and pick up points, but if their attacking players are at their best, they have every chance of coming out on top.

Both sides scored four last weekend, so it is sure to be a scintillating 90 minutes of action that you don’t want to be missing.

Extra Tip – Manchester City to win 2-1 @ 15/2

Newcastle United v Southampton – Sunday 1.30PM – Pick: Newcastle United @ Evens

Newcastle United and Southampton both sit on 27 points at the moment and are in 15 th and 16th place respectively, so this is a massive game in terms of the relegation battle.

They have both scored plenty of goals during recent weeks, but also struggle defensively, so the ball could be hitting the net a few times here.

Neither team were involved in the FA Cup last weekend, so have had a chance to rest and should be chomping at the bit to get out onto the pitch on Sunday.

The Magpies have started to click in recent weeks following the arrival of their January signings has seen an improvement in performances at St James’ Park. If at their best, they should win here.

Southampton are a team with a lot of confidence right now though after their 3-1 win over Manchester City earlier in the month.

New manager Mauricio Pochettino seems to be becoming a popular man on the south coast and a win here is just what he needs.

Extra Tip – Newcastle to win 3-2 @ 20/1

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur – Monday 8PM – Pick: Draw @ 12/5

Rounding-off the weekend’s action is a London derby on Monday night and Upton Park is sure to be rocking for the arrival of Tottenham Hotspur.

These two teams have a fierce rivalry and although they have very different ambitions for the campaign, both are desperate to come out on top here.

Sam Allardyce’s men are playing well at home right now, but struggling away, so the manager will be delighted they are at Upton Park on Monday.

Another win would move them to within just seven points of the 40 usually needed to survive, so it is a big game for the Hammers.

As for Tottenham, they might just be a point clear of Arsenal in fifth, which makes a victory here very important.

If Gareth Bale continues his form in front of goal, the Spurs should have too much quality for their opponents on Monday evening.

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