Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 20th to Mon 22nd December 2008.
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Stoke|
|Sam Allardyce is the man tasked with rescuing Blackburn's season and maintaining their Premier league status. Paul Ince was sacked after a run of 6 successive defeats and only 3 wins from 17 games has left Rovers second from bottom and 5 points adrift of Sunderland immediately above them. Such is the pressure on clubs to retain their top flight status, you can understand why Blackburn felt they had to act but Ince never really got a good run at the job and can count himself unfortunate. Big Sam's first job will be to put an end to the run of defeats starting with Stoke at Ewood Park. The Potters are yet to win on the road although they have drawn 3 of their 8 away fixtures including draws at Anfield and at a resurgent Newcastle just a couple of weeks ago. It'll be no consolation for Ince but Rovers are better than their position suggests and this is a winnable fixture for them regardless of the manager.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Bolton v Portsmouth|
|After beating the likes of Boro and Sunderland away, Bolton could only follow that up with defeats against Chelseaand at Villa. Megson will be pleased that his defenders won't be facing the pace of Young and Agbonlahor this weekend but Crouch and Defoe pose different problems and his defence will need to up their game. Their opponents, Pompey, exited the UEFA Cup during the week but finished off with a good victory against Heerenveen. Although meaningless, Adams will be glad they've put the heavy defeat at home to Newcastle behind them. Pompey have experienced a mixed bag on the road but should be worthy of a point at the Reebok.|
|Fulham v Middlesbrough|
|Results have certainly improved for Fulham, especially away from home with 3 draws from their last 3 fixtures on the road. It's a shame that that improvement has been somewhat overshadowed by Pantsil's theatrics at the Britannia Stadium last weekend where the defender feigned injury in an attempt to get an opponent sent off. Fulham's home form is worthy of a place in the top four with their last defeat at Craven Cottage back in September to West Ham. They entertain a Boro side that did well to take a point at home to Arsenal last weekend but 3 points from their last 5 games sees them in mid-table and, like the sides from 8th downwards, all too aware of the threat of relegation. Boro have lost half their away fixtures and another defeat is likely as the Cottage looks more like a fortress for the home side.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Hull v Sunderland|
|Stories seem to be emerging that the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light has somewhat improved since the departure of Roy Keane and may go some way to explaining the performances at Old Trafford and against West Brom. Sunderland remain managerless although Sbragia is happy taking a caretaker role; his focus will be solely on dragging the Black Cats out of the drop zone. They travel to the KC Stadium to face a Hull side still flying high in 6th place and proving that their performances so far have not been one-offs. The Tigers' bubble has certainly not burst as evidenced by the home win over Boro and then a draw at Anfield; a game they were leading by 2 goals only for Gerrard to pull Liverpool back into it. Hull have gone the last 5 games without defeat and should have too much for Sunderland even though the Mackems are in more optimistic mood.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||West Ham v Aston Villa|
|Martin O'Neill rested some of his more established names for the midweek Hamburg defeat, no doubt realising that the league has become increasingly more important, especially since they gatecrashed the top four last weekend. Villa have won 5 of their 8 away fixtures this season and will be aiming for maximum points at Upton Park as they look to jump above United who have other distractions in the Far East and don't play this weekend. Their opponents, West Ham, battled for an excellent point at Stamford Bridge last weekend; a result that saw them move up a place but relegation remains a very real threat. The Hammers' form on the road has been good but they look devoid of ideas at home; something Villa are likely to exploit.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 1:30||West Brom v Man City|
|Despite the season not yet reaching the halfway mark, the Baggies are looking likely candidates for the drop. The safety margin currently stands at 6 points but with no win from their last 10 games heads are likely to drop unless they pull a win out of the bag soon. It seems there is belief at the Hawthorns that Mowbray is the man to keep them up but they need to improve on the 4 goal defeat at the Stadium of Light last weekend. They host a City side currently struggling and slipping to just above the relegation places with a positive goal difference enough to keep them out of the drop zone. City have registered just 1 victory on the road and it's hardly news that Hughes will be splashing the cash in the January transfer window as he attempts to bolster his squad. His players need to start playing for their places if they're to stay with the City revolution. This could be tight but the away side might just edge it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 3:00||Newcastle v Tottenham|
|Both these sides have enjoyed a period of rejuvenation with new managers shaking things up and nothing to separate them in the table. Kinnear saw Newcastle secure their first away win of the season last weekend and they've not lost at home in 5 games. Owen has proved his value since returning from injury scoring 4 in 5 and Kinnear will be hoping he puts pen to paper on a new contract. Likewise, Spurs have struck gold under Redknapp losing just 2 of their last 13 games in all competitions. Even their away form has improved with 7 points from the last 4 games on the road. Spurs have already won at St James Park in an early round of the Carling Cup but this is bound to be a more fiercely contested game and both should be happy with a share of the spoils.|
|Sun 4:00||Arsenal v Liverpool|
|Undoubtedly the big game of the weekend as league leaders, Liverpool, travel to the Emirates to take on an Arsenal side replaced in the top four last weekend by Aston Villa. The Gunners have already lost 5 games this season and have been discarded by many as title challengers. However, they've managed to raise their game when playing their title rivals with victories at Stamford Bridge and at home to United. It shouldn't be forgotten that Liverpool have also won at Stamford Bridge and beaten United at home but north London has not proved a happy hunting ground with league and Carling Cup defeats at White Hart Lane. The Reds have dropped points in just 2 away games this season but Torres is still out injured and only Gerrard seems to be contributing with goals. Keane's been left on the bench, even when Liverpool failed to net a winner at home to Hull. Arsenal are capable of victory if they raise their game sufficiently.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Mon 8:00||Everton v Chelsea|
|This could be Chelsea's chance to go back to the top should Liverpool slip up at the Emirates. The Blues haven't had a great time at Stamford Bridge of late but they've been record breakers on the road with 8 successive away victories. They travel to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side that, bar Blackburn, have the worst home record in the Premier league. To make matters worse for Moyes, their striker crisis shows no signs of abating with Vaughan and Yakubu ruled out until next year and Anichebe and Saha only 50/50. On a positive note, midfielders Cahill and Fellaini are familiar with the back of the net as Cahill showed by popping up with the winner in injury time at Eastlands last weekend. However, given the respective home and away records this looks like being a surefire Chelsea victory.|
|Away Win 0-2|