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British Football: Weekend Betting Tips 27-Feb-2010

Here are About A Ball’s betting tips and predictions for the big matches in England and Scotland on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of February 2010. For the latest form guides visit the About a Ball Form Lab. For betting techniques and systems visit the About a Ball Betting Guide.

Saturday 27 February 2010

English Premier League

Chelsea v Man City 12:45
Chelsea return from Wednesday night’s excursion to Milan to face a Saturday lunch time kick off against Manchester City, themselves losers at Stoke on Wednesday night. There are likely to be some tired legs on both sides and Chelsea will be without a recognised left-back in Ashley Cole’s absence due to injury. Goalkeeper Petr Cech is also likely to be out following the injury he suffered in the San Siro. City hope to have Tevez available again after the recent premature birth of his child and it’s the first match-up between John Terry and Wayne Bridge since the tabloid revelations. Chelsea are unbeaten at home whilst City’s form is wobbling so a home win looks likely.
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PREDICTION: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City

Birmingham v Wigan 15:00
Birmingham’s form is becoming patchy of late whilst Wigan’s is simply atrocious. Both sides lost last lime out, against Fulham and Tottenham respectively last weekend, but Birmingham are solid at home and should have enough to see off the Latics and maintain their challenge for a European spot.
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PREDICTION:Birmingham City 2-0 Wigan Athletic

Bolton v Wolverhampton 15:00
This fixture has the air of a must win game for Bolton if they are to get their fight for survival back on track. With no wins in their last seven games (all competitions) and not even a goal to show for their last six Premier League outings, and coming off the back of a 4-0 FA Cup hiding by Spurs in midweek, Owen Coyle’s arrival has plainly failed to rejuvenate the team. Wolves aren’t faring much better, with only one win in their last eight and it’s likely to be a nervy affair at the Reebok Stadium with both teams fearful of losing so we foresee a draw.
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PREDICTION: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Burnley v Portsmouth 15:00
Many bookmakers have refused to compile odds in advance of this match as Portsmouth’s parlous financial situation means they are likely to enter administration on Friday. Hopefully they will be able to fulfill their remaining fixtures but a points deduction would remove any hope of Premier League survival and leave the team with nothing to play for. With no wins in eight league outings and facing a Burnley team who are strong at home, it looks like another defeat for Pompey.
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PREDICTION: Burnley 1-0 Portsmouth

Stoke v Arsenal 17:30
Stoke are unbeaten this year and knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup 3-1 on home turf a month ago. Arsene Wenger is likely to take this game a bit more seriously but it’s rare for any visitors to take three points away from Stoke. Arsenal had the luxury of a free midweek to prepare for this fixture whereas Stoke were taken to extra time by Manchester City on Wednesday night and will perhaps already have one eye on next weekend’s FA Cup quarter final against Chelsea so circumstances could favour the Gunners as they strive to hang on to the coat tails of the leading pair.
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PREDICTION: Stoke City 1-2 Arsenal

Sunday 28 February 2010

English Premier League

Tottenham v Everton 13:00
Spurs have found their shooting boots this week with 3-0 and 4-0 wins over Wigan and Bolton respectively. Their Wednesday night cup win over the latter wasn’t too taxing so they should be considerably fresher than their opponents, who play away in Lisbon late on Thursday night and won’t have much recovery time between touching down on Merseyside and this early Sunday kick off in London. Everton have been in fine form recently, beating both Chelsea and Manchester United at home, but this will be just as tough a test of their mettle and their thin squad may start to feel the toll of so many big games in such a short space of time.
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PREDICTION: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Everton

Liverpool v Blackburn 15:00
Two wins on the bounce and a clear week to prepare for this fixture are encouraging signs for Sam Allardyce’s Rovers side, although both those wins were at Ewood Park against weak opposition and their recent away form is dreadful. Liverpool will no doubt be tired following their Thursday night Europa League game in Bucharest, Romania, but they know that nothing less than a win will do in order to keep pace with their adversaries in the race for fourth spot. The simply must capitalise on home games against bottom half opposition, and with Torres back in the squad they will surely be too strong for Blackburn.
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PREDICTION: Liverpool 3-0 Blackburn Rovers

Sunderland v Fulham 15:00
Fulham are another team who faced a long trip in Europe on Thursday night. They’ll be flying back from Ukraine on Friday and presumably travelling up to Sunderland the next day or early on Sunday whereas it will be eight days since Sunderland lost to Arsenal last time out. However, Steve Bruce’s team are without a win in seven and slipping down the table so morale is low and nerves are starting to show. They’ll see this game as a great chance to return to winning ways but goals have been hard to come by since the turn of the year and the well organised Fulham defence is unlikely to present them with any gifts. It’s been a great February so far for Roy Hodgson’s team, for whom Zamora is in fine form, but their best results have all come at Craven Cottage and they’ve struggled slightly on the road this year.
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PREDICTION: Sunderland 0-0 Fulham

Carling Cup Final

Aston Villa v Man Utd 15:00 (Wembley Stadium)

Cup football, a neutral venue, will Fergie play his strongest team? The form book goes out of the window for this one. Not that it would have told us much anyway as both sides have been impressive in recent weeks. It’s Villa’s big chance for a first trophy in over a decade and you can be sure that Martin O’Neill’s men will go all out for the win, playing their usual speedy, counter-attacking brand of football. Sir Alex Ferguson may take the opportunity to give some of his second string players a chance to star in a showpiece occasion, as he did against Spurs last year, but it’s still likely to be a stong side fielded by the holders. Both teams played in midweek so that shouldn’t affect matters too much. United have Ferdinand and Giggs on the injured list and Nani suspended following his dismissal in the 1-1 draw at Villa Park two weeks ago but Nemanja Vidic is back and looked impressive against West Ham. Anderson is now out for the season. Villa have few injury worries now that Stephen Warnock is fit again and Stiliyan Petrov is expected to overcome a virus. This could be a close and high scoring affair with extra time.
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PREDICTION: Aston Villa 2-3 Manchester United (aet)

Scottish Premier League

Rangers v Celtic 12:30
Rangers are unbeaten domestically since November and have a seven point lead over their rivals with a game in hand having sat out last weekend’s fixture due to a frozen pitch. Celtic beat Dundee United 1-0 last weekend and know that they must match that result at Ibrox to revive their ailing title challenge. January additions to the forward line such as Keane, Rasmussen and Kamara have shaken things up and given the team something of a new lease of life but they are still inconsistent, unpredictable and dodgy at the back. It will take a monumental performance for the to overcome Rangers on their own patch and I don’t think they have it in them.
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PREDICTION: Glasgow Rangers 3-1 Glasgow Celtic

Champions League Betting Preview – AC Milan v Man Utd

What a cracking match this is set to be, United have Vidic and Giggs out but new England captain Rio Ferdinand returns to the side whilst it looks unlikely Beckham with start for Milan.

The best way to preview a match is to check out what the bookies make of it because it pays for them not to be wrong! The best odds I could find at the time of writing had Milan at 15/8 with United favorites at 13/8 and the draw an outside bet at 11/5. United may be flying at the moment but without Vidic and the experience of Giggs away at the San Siro a draw would be a great result. At 11/2 the lowest odds you can get is on a 1-1 draw which makes a lot of sense although I fancy 0-0 which you can get at 7/1. The first legs of these champions league ties are often cagey low scoring affairs even when they include the likes of Rooney and Pato.

Talking of the top marksmen Rooney is odds on to score first at 9/2, Beckham is 11/1 to score first and only 7/2 to get a goal at some point during the match. If I was taken a punt of first goal scorer I’d go for Darren Fletcher at 16/1.

Enjoy the game and good luck!

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