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 Fri 26th December 2008.
|Fri 12:45||Stoke v Man Utd|
|United come back from the Far East as World Club Champions but have seen themselves slip to fourth in the Premier league table after Aston Villa jumped above them courtesy of victory at West Ham. The win over Quito should give United the confidence to defend their title a little more convincingly than during the first half of the season; they currently lie 7 points behind league leaders, Liverpool, but have 2 games in hand. United have won just 3 games on the road and travel to the Britannia to face a Stoke side that have enjoyed good home form losing only 2 of 9. However, Stoke were beaten all hands down last weekend at Ewood Park and just 2 points separates them from the relegation places. The Potters are likely to find it difficult competing for possession and Fergie's men should be expected to push on for all 3 points.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Fri 1:00||Chelsea v West Brom|
|Carvalho may be forced into an early return to the Chelsea side after Terry was dismissed at Goodison Park in the goalless draw that saw them miss out on the opportunity to go above Liverpool. The Blues have secured just 1 victory from their last 5 Premier league fixtures including just 2 points from their last 3 home games. The visit of West Brom to Stamford Bridge should at least see Scolari's side return to winning ways given the Baggies' precarious position at the bottom of the pile. Mowbray's side managed to heap more misery on Man City last weekend but they've lost 7 of their 9 games on the road conceding an average of almost 2 goals per game and scoring just 3. This looks like one way traffic in Chelsea's favour.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Portsmouth v West Ham|
|Portsmouth couldn't start a game much worse than they did at the Reebok last weekend when they were 2 goals down inside 3 minutes. Crouch managed to pull one back and they came close to levelling late on but it was another defeat for Tony Adams. Portsmouth are still mid-table but their last home game was a 3 goal defeat and they'll want to put that right when West Ham visit Fratton Park. The Hammers haven't had a great time of it lately either and sit just a place and a point off the drop zone. Their home form has been woeful but they've been decent on the road with a run of 4 games undefeated including draws at Liverpool and Chelsea. However, with the exception of Bellamy, West Ham look short on ideas up front and the day could be Pompey's.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Tottenham v Fulham|
|It was Fulham that inflicted Redknapp's first defeat of his reign at Tottenham Hotspur; that result came at Craven Cottage where Fulham have rightly established themselves as a force to reckon with. Hodgson has also transformed his side's away performances; though they're yet to win on the road this season they've only lost once in the last 5 attempts. Brede Hangeland has been seen as the man responsible for a much improved defence and has been linked with plenty speculation especially with the transfer window looming. Spurs will have been disappointed to lose in injury time at St James Park and with King playing the full 90 minutes, he might not be available for this encounter; their defensive crisis has worsened with Woodgate still injured. Harry Redknapp has had a fantastic start to life at White Hart Lane but there's a lot of work to be done and the honeymoon might just be over. A draw sounds a fair result.|
|Sat 3:00||Liverpool v Bolton|
|Liverpool head into the Christmas period top of the pile having lost just once all season (at Spurs) and taking 7 points off their other 'big four' rivals. They've probably drawn too many games for Benitez's liking and goals have been in short supply without Torres; in fact, the Reds have drawn their last 3 Premier league home games against average opposition; Hull, West Ham and Fulham. Their opponents, Bolton have seen a massive improvement in their away form with 4 victories from their last 6 on the road. Megson will no doubt be wary of keeping his players during the transfer window given that Allardyce has found new employment at Blackburn and will no doubt be looking to his old club for reliable replacements. Though Liverpool aren't playing great, they always manage to keep themselves in the game and this could be another one they nick.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man City v Hull|
|Twelve places separate these 2 sides and both occupy vastly different positions than what was expected at the beginning of the season. Hull have performed way beyond expectations although the late collapse at home to Sunderland after Ricketts was sent off will have disappointed Brown, but prior to that they'd gone a run of 5 games without defeat. In stark contrast, City have been gradually sliding down the table and now find themselves amongst the relegation places. Last minute defeat at the Hawthorns will have been a bitter pill to swallow, especially after Hughes set out his game plan not to get beaten and then managed to get back into the game with 4 minutes to go. However, the manager has been told he's the man in charge for the foreseeable future but the dreaded vote of confidence is not something you ever want to hear. This one could go either way but Hull might just do enough to salvage a point.|
|Middlesbrough v Everton|
|Boro have not enjoyed a victory in 6 games now. Their last win came at Villa Park but they've failed to build a run of results with just 3 draws the only compensation. Southgate remains confident that his side can bounce back to winning ways over the Christmas period but finding some level of consistency has proved a hard nut to crack. They host specialist away side, Everton, who've notched up 6 wins and a draw from 9 games on the road this season. The Toffees could also be considered unlucky not to beat Chelsea this week after doing their best to press home a one man advantage for almost two thirds of the game. Despite Moyes having no fit strikers available, Cahill and Fellaini have caused problems in opposition boxes and should be fancied to nick a winner.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sunderland v Blackburn|
|Both clubs have recently lost their managers for whatever reason but those decisions have seen an immediate improvement in results. Blackburn, under new manager Allardyce, kicked off last weekend with a 3 goal win over Stoke whilst Sunderland have seen heavy victories against West Brom and Hull under caretaker manager, Ricky Sbragia; in fact, it's looking more likely that Sbragia might be offered the job on a permanent basis. So, with these two sides set to face each other, who has the advantage? Although Allardyce will make Blackburn harder to beat, they've lost 4 of their last 5 on the road whilst Sunderland have built up a head of steam and have their fans firmly behind them. The Black Cats won't score 4 but they'll probably get the 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v Newcastle|
|Wigan enjoyed last weekend off as they were due to play a United side involved in World Club Cup commitments in the Far East. The Latics have now gone 4 home games without defeat but face a resurgent Newcastle side level on points and just one place below. The Magpies snatched an injury time winner at home to Spurs last weekend and broke their duck on the road the weekend before when they smashed 3 goals past Portsmouth. Newcastle are now unbeaten in 6 games but it seems that reversal in fortune hasn't been enough to convince Michael Owen to sign on the line just yet. These two sides met back in mid-November and the result was a 2-2 draw; again, it's difficult choosing between them but it should be an exciting game.|
|Fri 5:15||Aston Villa v Arsenal|
|Not only did Arsenal fail to hold on to their single goal lead at home to Liverpool last weekend but injury to Fabregas and a red card for Adebayor means Wenger will be without 2 key players for a difficult trip to Villa Park. It was only 5 weeks ago that Villa left the Emirates with 3 points after a well-earned 2 goal victory. No doubt everyone at Villa Park will be keen to do the double over the Gunners this season and consolidate their 3rd place in the table; victory would put 6 points breathing space between the two sides as Villa prepare to gatecrash the big four in style. Arsenal have won less than half their away games this season and if they defend as high up the pitch as they did at home to Liverpool, the likes of Agbonlahor and Young will revel in the space.|
|Home Win 2-1|