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 Sun 28th to Tues 30th December 2008.
|Sun 12:00||Newcastle v Liverpool|
|This is the test to see how far Newcastle have improved since Kinnear came in on a temporary basis. The manager could well see out the rest of the season after, excluding the defeat at Wigan, go the previous 6 games without defeat. At St James Park, the Magpies have avoided defeat in their last 5 fixtures but will be far from favourites against the current league leaders. Liverpool keep doing just enough to stay top of the pile and their away form has been fairly impressive with just 1 defeat all season. Additionally, in Torres's absence, Robbie Keane has finally come good with 3 goals in his last 2 games but the question is, will Benitez hang on to him with the transfer window looming? Despite Newcastle's improvement, Liverpool should do enough to win.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 2:00||Arsenal v Portsmouth|
|Just when Arsenal were being battered at Villa Park, they managed to hang on in there and responded with 2 goals completely against the run of play. However, the Gunners showed their softer side when they conceded an equaliser in injury time and surely Wenger must concede that they have no title aspirations. They've currently ceded fourth place to Villa and lie 10 points behind Liverpool; the title's long gone but a top four finish must be a priority. Their opponents, Pompey, have been poor in recent weeks losing their last 3 successive Premier league fixtures. There must be concern over Adams's role but the Gunners are unlikely to be charitable to one of their most successful ex-captains. Pompey are gradually slipping down the league and Arsenal could put them to the sword at the Emirates.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Bolton v Wigan|
|Two points and one place separate these 2 sides in mid-table but neither are safe from the drop; just 3 points separates Bolton in 10th position from Stoke in 18th. Bolton have improved of late but results have still been mixed and they've failed to get anything from the better sides. Their opponents are also improving, having won 4 of their last 5 games; however, those victories all came at the JJB. Their last result on the road was a slender defeat at the Emirates but they've only lost 4 away from home this season. This is bound to be a tight affair but Wigan seem to have a tad more to offer and they could might well sneak a vital 3 points.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Everton v Sunderland|
|Everton have shown themselves the masters of the single goal smash and grab away from home this season and it's a testament to their workrate that they've managed to do so, especially with no fit strikers available. However, home form has not been as impressive with just 1 win in 9 attempts although they've lost only 1 of the last 6. Their opponents, Sunderland, are doing well under the stewardship of Ricky Sbragia and have taken 7 points from his 3 games in charge conceding just a single goal. Whether or not Sbragia is the man for the job, the departure of Roy Keane certainly seems to have lifted the club. However, the Toffees have improved in recent weeks and are capable of holding on to a one goal lead should they get that vital goal.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Chelsea|
|Fulham have now stretched their unbeaten run to 8 games. Hodgson has added a steely side to his defence in the shape of Hangeland and they've been difficult to breach; just 1 goal conceded in their last 6 games. The Cottagers have lost just once at Craven Cottage this season, back in September against West Ham, and will fancy their chances against local rivals, Chelsea, given their strong home record. The Blues might have enjoyed an easy victory at home against West Brom on Boxing Day but recent results have not been as good as expected having dropped points in 4 of their last 6 fixtures. However, up until the goalless draw at Goodison, Chelsea had won every single away game this season. Despite the Blues' away form, Fulham shouldn't be underestimated and Chelsea may have to settle for a point.|
|West Brom v Tottenham|
|West Brom still languish at the bottom of the table though the home win over City saw them close the gap on Blackburn to 2 points. That victory wasn't a boost enough for them to take anything at Stamford Bridge but the 2 goal scoreline was far from an embarassing result. However, the Baggies have still lost more games at the Hawthorns than they've won and they face an uphill task if they're to escape the drop. Spurs are the visitors and Harry Redknapp must know that the hard work is just beginning. With the bottom half of the table so tight, Spurs are struggling to fight off the threat of relegation and are only out of the bottom three courtesy of a better goal difference. Spurs have only won 2 away fixtures this season but the pressure is on for them to get a result and they'll be throwing the kitchen sink at West Brom.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Ham v Stoke|
|Despite West Ham's off the field problems, they've still managed to pull some good results out of the bag in recent weeks; notably, draws at Chelsea and Liverpool plus the emphatic win at Portsmouth. However, their form at Upton Park has been awful with just 1 point from the last possible 18. The Hammers' Premier league status could hinge on whether or not they manage to keep Bellamy who's been in outstanding form recently. They face a Stoke side narrowly beaten at home by United on Boxing Day and struggling to accumulate points on the road. With no win away from home, the Potters are currently third from bottom on goal difference. With 2 draws from their last 4 away fixtures, there is cause for some hope but this is more likely to be a turning point for West Ham as they give their home fans something to cheer about.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:15||Blackburn v Man City|
|Mark Hughes travels back to Ewood Park to see Sam Allardyce getting the best out of his old squad of players. Rovers may still be entrenched in the relegation places but 4 points from Allardyce's 2 games in charge with no goals conceded is a magnificent start for the ex-Bolton manager. Hughes had not enjoyed the same run of success until Boxing Day when his City side went 4 goals up against Hull within 36 minutes; a 5-1 result which saw them move out of the drop zone. However, City have secured just 6 points from 9 games on the road but 2 draws from their last 3 shows some improvement. Hughes might be tempted to start Caicedo for only the second time after an impressive 45 minutes on Boxing Day but Blackburn are not the rollover they once were. Both parties may have to settle for a stalemate.|
|Mon 8:00||Man Utd v Middlesbrough|
|United returned from the Far East as World Club Champions to face Stoke in the nitty gritty of the Premier league but still emerged victorious despite a hard fought encounter. Tevez left it late on to come up with the winner but United can ill afford to drop any further behind the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea if they're to hang on to their title. United are yet to lose at Old Trafford this season but will have to do without the services of Rio Ferdinand after the defender injured his back during the warm up at Stoke. They host a Boro side fresh from defeats away at Fulham and at home to Everton and by all accounts were well beaten in both. Boro just can't put together a decent run of results and still search for some consistency. A victory for United should not be in doubt.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Tues 8:00||Hull v Aston Villa|
|Hull were completely battered by City in the first 45 minutes at Eastlands on Boxing Day. At the interval they were already 4 goals down and Phil Brown made them stay on their pitch for their half-time talk, such was his displeasure at their performance. To their credit the scoreline didn't get much worse in the second half but the game was already won. Though the Tigers have had a fantastic first half to the season, they've registered 3 defeats in their last 5 home fixtures. They host a Villa side that only managed a last gasp draw at home to Arsenal despite dominating them for long periods. Villa could have consolidated their fourth position further but will be content that the gap over the Gunners is still 3 points. Villa have won 4 of their last 5 on the road and they should edge victory at the KC Stadium.|
|Away Win 1-2|