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 7th to Mon 9th November 2009.
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Bolton|
|Villa could have gone fourth had they won at Upton Park but a late goal undid them although they looked untroubled until Beye was debatably dismissed. Cuellar will likely return for Beye whilst Milner could recover from a calf injury to inject some much needed energy into the Villa side. Villa haven't played in front of their own fans since the middle of October so should be buoyed by the extra support whilst not forgetting that they drew with City and beat Chelsea in their last two home fixtures. Their opponents, Bolton, arrive off the back of a couple of maulings by Chelsea, firstly at the Bridge in the Carling Cup and then at home in the league. Back in September, the Trotters won at both Fratton Park and St Andrews but have since lost at Old Trafford and this could be another defeat.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Blackburn v Portsmouth|
|Portsmouth's emphatic win at home against Wigan would seem to indicate that they have indeed turned the corner and victory at Ewood Park would not only move Pompey off the foot of the table but also above their opponents. Piquionne and Dindane have proved a handful with six goals between them in the last two games and though the former was stretchered off with concussion last weekend, he should be fit for the trip to Blackburn. Portsmouth have suffered just a single defeat in their last five games in all competitions but they face a Rovers side that have won their last four at Ewood Park. It looks like Blackburn are injury-free and have put the swine flu outbreak behind them but Allardyce will be anxious that they tighten up at the back after conceding seventeen goals since the beginning of October. However, Rovers have shown they're capable of scoring and opinion is divided on whether Pompey can reproduce their home form on the road.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man City v Burnley|
|Burnley are yet to secure a point on their travels and five successive Premier league away defeats have seen them concede a massive seventeen goals whilst scoring just two; it could easily have been more had Brian Jensen not been at his best between the posts. City moved into the top four last weekend courtesy of a point at St Andrews and other results going their way. That draw was City's fourth successive Premier league stalemate but they still have an undefeated record to protect at Eastlands. Adebayor and Toure should return for this fixture after missing the Birmingham game lending strength to the view that City should get a much needed win.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Tottenham v Sunderland|
|Expect Redknapp to ring the changes after Spurs' woeful defeat at the Emirates last weekend; they were OK for the first half hour but started to go to pieces soon after and the comedy minute just before the interval waved goodbye to any hopes of a fightback. Tottenham lost at home to Stoke in their most recent fixture at the Lane but gave a good account of themselves only to lose out to the Potters after Lennon limped off with all subs used. Defoe should return after suspension and Lennon could well replace Bentley if fit. There's likely to be some familiar faces disembarking from the Sunderland coach after moving to the Stadium of Light but the one most anxious to make an impression will be Darren Bent. His strike partner, Kenwynne Jones, misses out after being sent off against West Ham but the Mackems did fine without him, pulling a goal back for a share of the spoils. However, Sunderland have taken just a point from their last four away fixtures and Spurs know this is a must win game if their challenge to the top four is not to falter.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:30||Wolverhampton v Arsenal|
|Wolves have brought an end to their losing streak with a run of three successive Premier league draws but face a tough proposition against an Arsenal side not frightened of enjoying their football. Arshavin proved the inspiration at home to AZ Alkmar and their form at the Emirates has been faultless. However, on the road they've switched off late in games losing twice in Manchester and letting the Hammers back into it at Upton Park. Wolves have been resilient but still hover just above the drop zone on goal difference and can't always rely on Jody Craddock to rescue them; he popped up with a brace to give them a share of the points at the Britannia Stadium. The first goal will be all important but the Gunners should be expected to take control.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 1:30||Hull v Stoke|
|Stoke tend to be a side you can bank on at home whilst steering well clear of them on the road but their away form has undergone a drastic improvement with three successive Premier league away draws followed by that late winner at White Hart Lane. They travel to the KC Stadium where Hull's form is mixed and Phil Brown's job looks to be on the line after Adam Pearson took over as boss. The new chairman watched the horror show at Turf Moor last weekend and it looks like Brown needs results fast if he's to remain in charge. He'll be without Geovanni who's suspended but then should the Brazilian playmaker be playing a defensive holding role? Though the Tigers have beaten both Wigan and Bolton at the KC, Stoke are on the up and may prove too strong.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 3:00||West Ham v Everton|
|The Hammers moved out of the drop zone and up the table three places courtesy of Zavon Hines's late winner at home to Villa. That was West Ham's second win of the season (their first since the opening day) and could prove the turning point in their fortunes. They've not lost at home for three on the bounce now and face a depleted Everton side that are struggling to compete in both the Premier and Europa leagues. There was more bad news for David Moyes with Arteta suffering another setback in his return from a cruciate knee ligament problem. To add to the injury worries, the likes of Cahill and Fellaini have struggled to replicate their goal-scoring form of last season. Both sides have disappointed so far but West Ham's recent win will give them confidence and they should nick it at home (again).|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wigan v Fulham|
|Just a point and a place separate these two sides in the middle of the table. Wigan are the most inconsistent and unpredictable Premier league club; they were hammered at Fratton Park last weekend and deservedly so. However, they have had decent results with a home win over Chelsea and a draw against City plus they've inflicted Burnley's only home defeat of the current campaign; so it beggars belief how they can lose at Hull and Pompey. They host a Fulham side that are traditionally poor on the road but have recently drawn at both Eastlands and Upton Park plus don't forget they beat Liverpool at Craven Cottage last weekend without the likes of Murphy and Johnson whilst Duff came off at the interval. This one has every chance of going either way hence one of those 'straight down the middle' predictions.|
|Sun 4:00||Chelsea v Man Utd|
|Top plays second in what could prove a strong indication as to the likely champions this time around. Chelsea haven't lost at the Bridge in seven matches versus United since the 2001/02 season, winning three and drawing four of their previous meetings. Both sides qualified for the Champions League knockout stages during the week but must have been disappointed that they were held to draws by significantly weaker sides. Both have also suffered two Premier league away defeats which would lead one to believe that home advantage could be an important factor for Chelsea, especially since the Blues are now one of only two sides to still have a 100% home record (the other being Arsenal). Expect a fiery encounter but as so often happens on these occasions, they end up cancelling each other out.|
|Mon 8:00||Liverpool v Birmingham|
|Liverpool's season is in meltdown and Lyon's late equaliser now means that qualification for the Champions League knockout stages is now out of Liverpool's hands. Their defeat at Craven Cottage last weekend saw both Carragher and Degen dismissed for straight red cards meaning they should miss this fixture but Carragher's suspension is still pending appeal. They could also be missing the likes of Torres, Skrtel, Riera, Gerrard, Johnson and Aurelio depending on their respective recovery from injuries. Had Benitez not been in such a powerful position at Anfield maybe he would've been shown the exit door by now but financial constraints may mean that it'll be his decision to walk (if that ever happens). Their opponents, Birmingham, have lost four of their last five Premier league away fixtures but have had something of a hoodoo over Liverpool in recent seasons; they beat them both home and away in the 2004/05 season and have drawn all four Premier league fixtures between them since. Given Liverpool's poor form and injury crisis, Brimingham are probably worth a point.|