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 weekend fixtures Sat 6th to Mon 8th December 2008.
|Sat 12:45||Fulham v Man City|
|Fulham are undefeated in their last 4 games including fixtures away at Liverpool and Villa, both of which finished goalless. The rejuvenation of their away form has been a surprise but it is their assured home form that sees them in the top half of the table. Fulham have dropped just 5 points at Craven Cottage and look favourites on paper against a City side that are drifting towards the bottom three and have picked up just 5 points on the road. City players weren't happy with the treatment of Wright-Phillips in the derby defeat to United but both he and Robinho should be fit to travel after missing the goalless draw at home to PSG. However, the Cottagers will be high on confidence and just need to keep their feet on the ground but should be worth the 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Wigan|
|No matter the turmoil going on at the Emirates, the Arsenal still manage to dig out a result when it counts. Their victory at Chelsea keeps them in the title race and one wonders why they can't get results against the lesser teams having already lost to City, Villa, Stoke, Hull and Fulham. The young Gunners have already beaten a full strength Wigan by 3 goals in an earlier round of the Carling Cup but the latest round at Burnley proved a step too far for them. Since that defeat at the Emirates, Wigan have been unbeaten with a draw at Newcastle and home victories against Everton and West Brom. However, it looks like Steve Bruce will have his work cut out hanging on to a number of players in January with Heskey, Zaki and Valencia all having their admirers. If the Chelsea result was a turning point then this should be a routine victory for Wenger's men.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Blackburn v Liverpool|
|Blackburn are having a torrid time at the moment and a section of the fans appear to already have lost patience with Paul Ince as Rovers struggle to escape the bottom three. They exited the Carling Cup at Old Trafford to an under-strength United side but did at least show some fight by pulling back to 4-3 before eventually going down 5-3. Their Premier league form has been poor with 5 defeats and just 1 point from their last 6 fixtures; not the sort of form to take into a game against the league leaders. Though Liverpool are indeed leading the title challenge they've misfired in the last 2 fixtures against Fulham and West Ham; games which both ended goalless. Torres looks to be ruled out until the New Year with a hamstring injury and the goal scoring responsibilities will fall to Robbie Keane and Dirk Kuyt, despite the Irishman failing to make an impact since moving from Spurs. The good news for Benitez is that Gerrard is fit and will settle for nothing less than the 3 points.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Bolton v Chelsea|
|Chelsea suffered the blues again last weekend as they lost at Stamford Bridge for the second time this season; this time to an out of sorts Arsenal side but so far they've failed to take any points off of their title challengers having already lost to Liverpool and drawn against United. Ironically, they've fantastic away form having won all 7 away fixtures and conceding just 1 goal so the Reebok should hold no fears. Bolton have enjoyed something of a revival having won their last 2 games in convincing manner. Striker, Elmander, now has 4 goals to his name with 3 coming in the victories at Boro and Sunderland. However, Chelsea are a different proposition and are unlikely to be so generous in defence. Those 2 wins have propelled Bolton up to 9th in the table but defeat could see them drop significantly should other results go against them. Chelsea should roll out comfortable winners.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Hull v Middlesbrough|
|Three successive draws for Hull has put an end to the run of 3 defeats but one wonders if alarm bells are beginning to ring and has the Hull bubble burst. However, they still sit 6th in the table above the likes of Everton and Portsmouth and only 3 points behind Arsenal. Brown has admitted he is likely to add to his squad in the January transfer window in an effort to maintain their good start to life in the Premier league. They host a Boro side undefeated on the road in 4 games including a good win at Villa Park. Southgate appears to be sticking by Alves despite his lack of goals insisting that the goals will come as long as he puts in the hard work. It's difficult to see either side losing this one and is likely to be a close contest; both will be happy with a point.|
|Newcastle v Stoke|
|Newcastle hover just above the relegation places on goal difference but 3 successive draws, including a point at Stamford Bridge, and 2 victories from their last 6 fixtures have seen Kinnear continue at the helm. Michael Owen must be feeling pressure for his place, especially after he failed to have a shot against Boro. Kinnear may be missing the creativity of Barton but at least Viduka came on at the Riverside and suffered no adverse reaction. They host a Stoke side that have enjoyed good home form and risen to 14th in the table. The Potters will have been disappointed to exit the Carling Cup at home to Derby but at least they'll be able to concentrate on maintaining their Premier league status. However, Stoke have the worst away form of any side in the top flight with just 2 points from a possible 21; with that sort of record, it's difficult to see much changing at St James Park.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 5:30||Man Utd v Sunderland|
|It was so important for United to beat local rivals, City, given that both Liverpool and Chelsea failed to pick up maximum points last weekend. Fergie's men have now moved within 5 points of Chelsea and are poised to push on as Christmas approaches. United have dropped just 2 points at Old Trafford this season enjoying 5 victories on the bounce which doesn't offer much hope to a Sunderland side now managerless after Roy Keane walked away from the club. Six defeats in 7 games with the last a heavy one at home to Bolton have proved too much for the young Irishman to stomach. Keane has spent a lot of money but the new signings haven't performed as expected; most notably the strike partnership of Cisse and Jones has failed to spark. Richardson is suspended so will not return to his former club. Saturday could be a dark day for Sunderland.|
|Home Win 4-0|
|Sun 3:00||West Brom v Portsmouth|
|The Baggies still prop up the rest of the Premier league and are in danger of being cast further adrift should their dreadful run of just 1 point from their last 8 games continue. They've lost to both their promotion rivals with that sole point coming against Blackburn, the side 1 place and 2 points above them also involved in the relegation battle. They host a Portsmouth side currently 8th in the league and challengin for honours ini the UEFA Cup. Pompey haven't lost in their last 5 games in all competitions including that great draw at home to AC Milan, a game they should've won. Tony Adams is gradually getting his house in order and although their away form hasn't yet matched that of last season, they should have too much for a good Championship side.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Everton v Aston Villa|
|The Toffees have won just 1 home game this season and need to improve if they are to ensure European football next season. Ironically, they've won 5 times on the road but can't seem to translate that to performances at Goodison. The danger is that at home the onus is on Everton to attack and now that Yakubu is out for the rest of the season, Vaughan is out until the New Year and Saha is doubtful, Anichebe remains their only fit striker. Additionally, they'll have to be aware of the pace of Villa's attacking trio of Agbonlahor, Young and Milner. With Carew having to rest, Villa will be keener than ever to hit Everton on the break. After goalless draws at home to United and Fulham, O'Neill will be keen to push on and they may just have enough to secure victory at Goodison.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||West Ham v Tottenham|
|The Hammers put an end to a run of 3 home defeats with a point at home to Portsmouth, then followed that with victory at Sunderland (Zola's first) and another valuable point at Anfield. Unfortunately, in light of the Carlos Tevez saga, West Ham are desperate to raise funds and a whole host of players could be sold in January including Ashton, Quashie, Bowyer and Boa Morte. Spurs travel to Upton Park on the back of a successful Carling Cup quarter-final at Watford but they have faltered slightly in the league with 2 defeats from the last 3. However, Harry is still working his magic as they strive for success in the UEFA Cup as well as making the Premier league their priority. No doubt he'll come in for some stick from the West Ham fans but Spurs should do enough to take a point.|