Archived Premier League Tips (13th December 2008)

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Archived Premier League Football Betting Tips (13th December 2008)

Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:

Banker

 Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.

Likely

 Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.

Prudent

 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 13th to Sun 14th December 2008.


Archived Premier League football betting tips (13th to 14th Dec 2008)

Sat 12:45 Middlesbrough v Arsenal
  With Champions League progress already assured before the midweek encounter with Porto, Wenger can fret about the impact of the Arsenal fans' booing on Emmanuel Eboue. This incident, plus the Gallas affair and some unexpected poor results have threatened to bring Arsenal's season down around them but they have picked up with surprise victories at key times against United and Chelsea. This is just the sort of fixture the Gunners could be expected to struggle in given recent results but Southgate has something of a defensive crisis with no fully-fit experienced centre-half and Wheater suspended. Boro are caught up in mid-table just 4 points above the relegation places having won just 3 of their 8 home fixtures and no win in their last 4 games. It's tough to back Arsenal for a whole host of reasons but Wenger will expect nothing less than victory.
Away Win 1-2
Sat 3:00 Aston Villa v Bolton
  O'Neill was very generous in his praise of the world class Young (Ashley, not Luke) after his brace in the dramatic last gasp win at Goodison Park. That win kept Villa fifth in the table but some think they lack the self-belief to break up the top four, especially after the goalless draw at home to Fulham. The Villans have lost just once at home as they look to take maximum points off a Bolton side undergoing something of a revival after registering 4 wins in their last 6 games; just defeats at home to Liverpool and Chelsea have interrupted that run. Goals have also started to flow for new striker, Elmander, but they face another good side in Villa and could hit the buffers.
Home Win 1-0
  Liverpool v Hull
  Hull are back to winning ways after striking twice late in the game to rob Boro of a rare away victory. The Tigers have now gone 4 games without defeat and there's been more good news as Phil Brown ruled himself out of the running for the Sunderland job; Hull's rise over the last couple of seasons has been a fantastic journey and to jump ship now would be a pity for football. They travel to Anfield where no side has gone and won this season although 2 goalless draws from their last 2 games will have worried Benitez. Additionally, Liverpool qualified for the Champions League knockout stages by topping their group. Recently, the focus has been on Robbie Keane who hasn't scored since his brace in the 3 goal win over West Brom in early November but he's not a quitter and with more to his game than goals, it's unlikely to be too long without him hitting the back of the net. Hull show plenty of spirit but a home win is the likely outcome.
Home Win 1-0
  Man City v Everton
  City have definitely performed better at home than on the road but they're now fourteenth in the table and Mark Hughes must be feeling pressure to get results; especially with other big names being linked with the job at Eastlands. However, a point away at Craven Cottage without the goal threat of Robinho was a good result and the young Brazilian could be in line for a return this weekend. They host an Everton side that have enjoyed good away form this season with 5 victories from 8 fixtures, though confidence will be low after they conceded defeat at home to Villa in dramatic fashion. The Toffees are suffering a striker crisis with none certain to start and Moyes will be hoping that Lescott can continue his scoring exploits after grabbing a brace in the Villa defeat. Given Everton's dearth in attack, City should have the edge.
Home Win 1-0
  Stoke v Fulham
  Stoke's home form is almost worthy of a place in the top four; they've only been beaten twice at the Britannia and dropped just 2 points in their last 5 home fixtures. It's undoubtedly the reason why they sit as high as thirteenth in the Premier league table and they'll need to keep it up if they are to maintain their top flight status. They host a Fulham side notoriously poor on the road but Hodgson has turned that around to some extent with 3 draws in the last four, although they're still yet to win away from Craven Cottage. Additionally, they've only scored twice in 7 away fixtures this season and with Stoke bound to score, it looks like another away defeat for the Cottagers.
Home Win 1-0
  Sunderland v West Brom
  Despite Roy Keane's departure, Sunderland made a fist of it at Old Trafford and only an injury time Nemanja Vidic goal deprived them of a point. Sbragia is now in caretaker charge until the Sunderland board find a suitable replacement. The Black Cats have lost their last 3 home games but they've a nucleus of good players and they'll be looking for maximum points when West Brom visit the Stadium of Light. The Baggies still prop up the rest of the league after grabbing a point at Fratton Park but now look short on strikers after Ishmael Miller was ruled out for the rest of the season after clashing with David James; it looks like Luke Moore or Roman Bednar will have to step up to the plate. The Mackems lie just 3 points and 2 places above West Brom and this could be a rare victory for them although the threat of relegation remains very real.
Home Win 2-1
  Wigan v Blackburn
  Prior to the defeat at the Emirates, Wigan were unbeaten in their 5 previous Premier league fixtures with the beginning of November marking a significant improvement in results. That said, they were a lot better this time around at the Emirates than when Arsenal's youth side beat them handsomely in the Carling Cup and probably deserved something. Bruce faces his old team-mate, Paul Ince, with the Blackburn manager under huge pressure so soon in his Premier league managerial career and desperate for a result. Rovers are now 10 Premier league games without a win and a point off the bottom. The fixture at Wigan kicks off a run of 6 games that will define Blackburn's season; however, the Latics should not be dismissed and it could be another day of misery for Rovers.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 5:30 Tottenham v Man Utd
  This contest is likely to be a true indication of exactly how far Spurs have come since Redknapp took up the reins at White Hart Lane. This is rarely a dull fixture and rarely one in which Spurs pick up points although they were unlucky last season to concede an equaliser late on. The only disappointments for Spurs since Redknapp's appointment have been defeats at Craven Cottage and at home to Everton but the victory at West Ham propelled them up to fifteenth in the table and 3 points above the drop zone. United left it late against Sunderland to maintain their good home form but their away form has been mixed and they've only taken 12 points from a possible 24. United have Rooney and Evra suspended whilst Spurs will be hoping King will be fit to face Berbatov; whatever the teamsheets, United have strength in depth and should be worth the victory altough any reward for Spurs will be a sure sign of progress.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 1:30 Portsmouth v Newcastle
  Since the defeat at Craven Cottage, Newcastle have managed to string together 4 draws but should have won the 2 home games against Wigan and Stoke. Kinnear has at least got them heading in the right direction although they still remain only a point and a place above the drop zone and the manager himself faces another touchline ban after using foul and abusive language towards the referee's assistant. The big positive is that Owen and Viduka are back but the Magpies still haven't won on the road. Portsmouth are the hosts and put in something af a flat performance at the Hawthorns after going out of Europe the week before. Their recent form at Fratton Park has been a little mixed but they've lost just one of their last 6 home fixtures. Newcastle have improved on the road and should be capable of grabbing a point.
Draw 1-1
Sun 4:00 Chelsea v West Ham
  Before West Ham's game at home to Spurs, 5 points from their last 9 was not a bad return and had brought an end to a run of 5 defeats in 6; however, they created very little against Spurs and gradually ceded the upper hand as the game wore on. That defeat meant that Spurs jumped above their opponents as the Hammers slipped to 16th in the table. No doubt it will be an emotional return to Stamford Bridge for Gianfranco Zola and he'll wish the circumstances were better but they've little option other than to stay in the game as long as possible. Though Chelsea are obvious favourites, their home form has been extremely disappointing with only 3 victories from 8 fixtures. Also, the Blues left it late against CFR Cluj to ensure continued Champions League football. However, Scolari's men lie just 1 point behind the league leaders and to slip up at home to West Ham would be something of a shock.
Home Win 2-0

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