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 17th to Sun 19th January 2009.
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Newcastle|
|The postponement of Blackburn's game at Craven Cottage last weekend means that their undefeated record under Sam Allardyce stays intact but they remain in the bottom three. They've won just 2 home games this season but a victory could possibly move them up three places. They host a Newcastle side that haven't won any of their last 5 games in all competitions; the most recent defeat was the FA Cup exit at home to Hull, a game in which Kinnear was again involved in a touchline bust-up. The queue in the Magpies' treatment room shows no signs of abating and though they've made it as high as eleventh, only 3 points separates them from the drop zone. Newcastle have still only won once on the road and I suspect this will be Blackburn's day.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Bolton v Man Utd|
|United moved up to second and just 2 points behind league leaders, Liverpool, after their narrow win over Wigan. Given that Liverpool don't play until Monday, United have the chance to go top whilst it shouldn't be forgotten that they still have a game in hand. Rooney may have scored a very early winner against Wigan but a hamstring injury in the 8th minute means he'll be out until February. His absence should be the catalyst for Ronaldo to step up to the plate after not yet reproducing last season's form despite winning every individual honour going. Fergie's men have now kept 9 successive Premier league clean sheets and Bolton must be wondering how to pierce the United defence given their lack of firepower. Interestingly, Megson decided Denilson wasn't the right option because of their current plight but he at least may have given them some more offensive options. The Trotters have lost their last 4 games in all competitions and will be hard-pushed to keep United at bay.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Chelsea v Stoke|
|Chelsea managed to avoid the banana skin that was the FA Cup replay at Southend but they suffered a setback early on and the new zonal defending appeared to be to blame. Scolari had his head in his hands when they conceded so whether or not they stick with it remains to be seen. The Blues have taken just 6 points from their last 5 games and slipped into third place, 2 points behind United who gave them a beating at Old Trafford last weekend. Their opponents, Stoke, are hovering just above the relegation places knowing that the drop is a very real possibility. The Potters have the worst away record in the Premier league with no wins and 3 draws. As poor as Chelsea have been in recent weeks, it's unlikely they'll drop points at home to Stoke.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man City v Wigan|
|Prior to the midweek defeat at Old Trafford, Wigan were the Premier league form side although much of this had been based on a run of 5 successive home victories. Truth be told and the Latics were a little unlucky early on in the second half against United and holding their own for much of the game. Success breeds problems and now Bruce could struggle to hold on to Palacios, Valencia and Heskey. They travel to 'moneybags' City where everyone seems to have gone bananas and a select group have been tasked with bringing Kaka to Eastlands at any price. One would have thought putting together a decent defence would've been the priority but someone has a dream; the question is 'Can money buy everything?'. If all goes according to plan, Hughes will do very well to stay in his job come next season. City's home form has been very mixed and don't forget that pummeling by little Nottingham Forest. With the transfer circus, Hughes could be accused of taking his eye off the ball and Wigan could spring a surprise.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sunderland v Aston Villa|
|It's no surprise that the better players at struggling sides are being unsettled by covetous clubs during the transfer window. Kenwynne Jones is a fine example and Sbragia, unsurprisingly, is unwilling to let him go at any price, especially to any relegation rivals. Sunderland have lost 3 of their last 5 Premier league home games although their form has improved under Sbragia's stewardship. They host a Villa side enjoying an impressive period and still in touch with the three sides above them. On the road Villa have won 5 from their last 6 Premier league fixtures with effective counter-attacking football; something Tony Mowbray fails to appreciate. It looks like being another good day on the road for the Villans.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Brom v Middlesbrough|
|West Brom still hold on to bottom spot but Boro are once again in a familiar position fighting off the threat of relegation. A six pointer that could see a victory for either side altering the table significantly; West Brom might not get out of the bottom three but Middlesbrough could drop that far if they were to lose and other results went against them. Boro haven't won in their last 11 Premier league attempts and have lost their last 3 on the road. The Baggies have taken points from 4 of their last 5 home games but are without Miller who's out with a long-term knee injury and Bednar who's suspended. Goals could well be in short supply and both may have to settle for a point apiece.|
|Sat 5:30||Hull v Arsenal|
|The Tigers may have finally overcome Newcastle at St James Park to go through to the next round of the FA Cup but the Premier league has been a different story with 4 successive defeats including hammerings by Sunderland and Man City. Hull have to be realistic and though they started the season in fantastic form, they're only 7 points above the drop zone and anything's possible with the league being so tight. They host an Arsenal side that appear to have steadied the ship after having a torrid time in November; it's now been 7 Premier league fixtures without defeat including victory at Stamford Bridge and draws against Liverpool and Villa. They remain in 5th position but will not want to drop further behind their main rivals.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 1:30||West Ham v Fulham|
|Since the beginning of November, Fulham have become a difficult side to beat; they've not lost in 9 Premier league outings and Hodgson has even made them a tricky proposition on the road with no defeat in their last four although that away win remains ever elusive. As ever, when sides start to see some signs of success there are always casualties and it seems Jimmy Bullard falls into that category; however, even Bolton have decided not to follow up their initial inquiries into taking the cheeky chappie. They travel to Upton Park where Craig Bellamy is the talk of the town, apparently wanted by several clubs but the Hammers are still hanging onto him despite turning down a third bid from Man City. West Ham have lost 4 of their last 6 home fixtures but a draw against the Cottagers looks a solid bet.|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Portsmouth|
|Expect Pompey fans to create plenty of noise when they visit the Lane; as if Sol Campbell's abuse wasn't enough of a motivating factor, Redknapp and Defoe are now Spurs employees and David James has been stoking the fire ensuring the fans know their responsibilities. Neither side is enjoying the best of form; Portsmouth have 2 points from the last 4 away games and Spurs have the same amount from their last 3 home fixtures. Only 3 points separates them but Spurs are back in relegation territory and Redknapp has not minced his words when it comes to criticising his own players. Work rate has been the biggest criticism and while some players have been given a pat on the back, others are treading a very thin line and could be out before the end of January. Given Harry's hard line, you should see a reaction Sunday afternoon, especially against his old club, and it could be a valuable 3 points for the home side; that is as long as they don't concede in the final stages.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Liverpool v Everton|
|With United hot on their tail, Liverpool know that maximum points from the Merseyside derby would be a very welcome contribution towards their title challenge. If United win at Bolton on Saturday, then Liverpool will be the ones playing catch-up and one questions whether collectively they have the stomach for a scrap. One criticism could be that they've dropped points in too many games but they remain undefeated at Anfield and have lost just once in the Premier league (away at Spurs). Their opponents, Everton, have proved themselves masters of the smash and grab away win with 7 victories from 10. Because of their striker crisis, Moyes and his players have had to adapt and their gameplan has worked wonders. No doubt the Toffees have eyes on Europe and won't lack motivation with Arsenal only 3 points above themselves. Fellaini is suspended but Everton are capable of getting at least a point.|