Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:
Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.
Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.
Worth a flutter, small stake, be prudent and stick to matches where you can spot the value.
Below were the predicted outcomes for the midweek fixtures Tues 29th to Weds 30th January 2008.
|Tues 7:45||Arsenal v Newcastle|
|These two sides met at the Emirates last weekend in the FA Cup and the result was as expected, but the Gunners didn't have it all their own way and the Magpies were the better side in the first half. Arsenal have shown a more vulnerable side in recent weeks; the lowlight was obviously the heavy Carling Cup defeat at their north london neighbours, and the draw at home to Birmingham allowed United to jump above them in the Premier league. However, the Gunners have dropped just 4 points at home this season and it remains difficult to write them off. At St James' Park, the Keegan effect is already noticeable amongst the Newcastle players but there's much work still to be done. There are bound to be some ins and outs but so far he's been unable to add to the playing staff. Newcastle have lost 4 of their last 5 Premier league away fixtures and there could easily be a repeat of Saturday's FA Cup scoreline.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Middlesbrough v Wigan|
|Despite Boro's lofty 13th position they remain just 2 points off the relegation places and their goal difference of -17 is worse than several of the sides below them. Given their predicament, it was a surprise to see Woodgate sign for Spurs and piles the pressure on young defender, David Wheater. Boro may have notched a scalp at the Riverside this season (Arsenal) but 2 victories from 11 home fixtures is not good enough. Wigan are also flirting dangerously with relegation and though they have improved under new manager, Steve Bruce, the Latics have managed just 1 victory on the road; ironically, they haven't been defeated in their last 3 Premier league away fixtures. Of these 2 sides, Wigan look more like they're heading in the right direction and could earn themselves a valuable point.|
|Tue 8:00||Bolton v Fulham|
|Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Fulham since Roy Hodgson's appointment and the Cottagers are in grave danger of accompanying Derby down to the Championship. They couldn't beat lowly Bristol Rovers in their FA Cup replay and are yet to win an away fixture all season. Bolton should start favourites given their resurgent home form under new manager, Gary Megson, although recent home defeats to Sheffield Utd and Blackburn have blotted their copybook. The Trotters are one of eight sides walking the relegation tightrope and though they may be in 15th place, only 1 point separates them from Sunderland and the drop zone. This fixture is a 6 pointer and home advantage is likely to carry the day.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Birmingham|
|Only 9 goals and 2 places separate these 2 sides with the home side occupying relegation territory and Birmingham avoiding a drop place by the skin of their teeth. Sunderland have lost only 3 Premier league home games all season and just a single defeat in their last 6. Keane has strengthened his side with new signings, Bardsley and Prica, and along with the Mackems support should be fancied to beat a Birmingham side that have struggled away from St Andrews in recent weeks; just 1 point from their last 4 away fixtures is not good and McLeish has not had much of a honeymoon period since travelling down from Scotland. A win for either side will do much for short term confidence and the importance of 3 points can't be overstated; it will be tight but Sunderland look the stronger side at home.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wed 7:45||Chelsea v Reading|
|Chelsea find themselves in third place and 4 points behind both Arsenal and United; a perfect place to be should either of the top two start to falter. The Blues are doing just enough to win matches but recent results have come despite several key players still absent through injury. The signing of Anelka was a shrewd one indeed and he finally scored his first Chelsea goal in the FA Cup victory at Wigan. They remain undefeated at Stamford Bridge this season and entertain a Reading side 2 points above the relegation places. Things are very tight from 13th position downwards and the Royals will be looking for their first win since before Christmas when they beat Sunderland at the Madjeski. Reading are yet to win on the road this season and that statistic is unlikely to change when they travel to the Bridge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Derby v Man City|
|Every cloud has a silver lining and in Derby's case the new American owners are certain to provide funds for their push back to the Premier league next season. However, the cloud still hangs over Pride Park and a heavy defeat at home to Preston in the FA Cup did little for confidence. The Rams have won 1 Premier league game this season and their recent form reads defeat after defeat; Paul Jewell's job really starts in the summer when he has to rebuild Billy Davies's side, although his January signings appear to have made little difference. Their opponents, City, have won just 2 games on the road this season and were outfoxed at Stoke in the FA Cup where their own balloons contributed to their downfall. They're still in the mix for 4th spot despite their current 7th position and the prospect of 3 points at bottom placed Derby should be enough to keep them in the chase.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Ham v Liverpool|
|What has happened to Liverpool? They're currently on a calamitous run of form and unable to buy a league victory anywhere. Drawing too many games against mediocre sides has caused them to drop out of the top four, and they even conceded 2 goals at home (going behind twice) against the mighty Havant and Waterlooville. Only Champions League success is likely to save Benitez's neck come the summer and his rotation policy has been responsible for a poor Premier league record in which the club have slipped to sixth, two places behind the blue half of Merseyside. West Ham need a victory if they are to keep tabs with the UEFA chasing clubs above them and as injured players return, they look more capable of digging out the desired results. They've lost just the once in their last 6 Premier league games at Upton Park and even came from behind to beat United; they have the class to make it another miserable away day for the Reds.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wed 8:00||Everton v Tottenham|
|There are many neutrals that would have preferred these two sides to be competing in the Carling Cup final next month but Everton were not up to the job in the second leg against Chelsea, unlike Spurs who took Arsenal apart. On the Premier league front, Everton are exceeding expectations in 4th position and currently lead local rivals, Liverpool, by 2 points. At home the Toffees have won 5 of their last 6 in the Premier league and should not be underestimated. Spurs travel to Goodison without Dawson after his red card at Old Trafford but Ramos has been active in the transfer market and is keen to make signings in key weak areas; Woodgate has already committed himself to the club and others are allegedly imminent. Under Ramos, Spurs have started to creep up the league but their last three on the road have all ended in defeat (Chelsea, Villa and Arsenal) but the Carling Cup win over Arsenal will have boosted confidence and Spurs should be capable of snatching a draw; the return of King will be key.|
|Man Utd v Portsmouth|
|Top dogs, United, have dropped only 2 points at Old Trafford this season but they're up against the away day specialists, Portsmouth, who have won 7 from 12 on the road. Without Harry's African contingent, Pompey succumbed to defeat at Sunderland and Redknapp has already stepped in to bolster his squad by signing Baros on loan from Lyon. After an impressive first half of the season Portsmouth are gradually sliding down the Premier league table and the trip to Old Trafford is unlikely to yield them any points. Last weekend in the FA Cup, United cast aside a rejuvenated Spurs team and Ronaldo once again reinforced the fact that he is currently the best marksman in the country. United do little but take 3 points at Old Trafford and Portsmouth are almost guaranteed to be their next victims regardless of their form on the road.|
|Home Win 2-0|