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.
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 21st to Sun 22nd November 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Liverpool v Man City|
|Just a single point separates these two sides as under pressure Benitez goes up against Mark Hughes. Liverpool have just a single victory to their name in nine matches keeping just one clean sheet in that sequence and conceding fifteen times. However, that solitary win and clean sheet came at home to United. The good news for Benitez is the return of Gerrard and Carragher but Torres, Aurelio, Riera and Benayoun all look unlikely for this clash. City haven't beaten the Reds since 2003 and their recent record of five successive Premier league draws doesn't lend weight to any theories that their richly assembled squad might snatch victory. Robinho is still doubtful despite travelling to Qatar. This one could go either way but given both clubs' recent form, it looks like City could nick a point.|
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Fulham|
|Birmingham are just two points clear of the drop zone but they remain undefeated in their last three on the back of some spirited performances; they beat an in-form Sunderland side at St Andrews before taking a point off visiting City and should have won the game at Anfield had it not been for Ngog conning the ref with an outrageous dive. Christian Benitez and Cameron Jerome both got off the mark in the Liverpool game which should spark some confidence within the camp. Their opponents are a Fulham side that haven't lost in their last five Premier league fixtures including three successive away draws and a convincing win over Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Hodgson will be hopeful that both Murphy and Johnson are ruled fit to return this weekend but the game remains in the balance.|
|Burnley v Aston Villa|
|Villa continue to chase the leading pack but their away form has faltered slightly in recent games with them picking up just two points from their last four fixtures. They've lost at both West Ham and Blackburn but have no fresh injury problems ahead of the trip to Turf Moor. Milner has impressed recently and his work-rate plus appetite for the game make him a strong contender for the World Cup squad. Burnley's home record speaks for itself with that defeat to Wigan the only blip but they put in a great performance at Eastlands just before the international break and probably deserved more than a point from the game; had City not pulled a goal back before the interval the game could've been beyond them. This is another tough one to call but the underdogs have something about them.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v Wolverhampton|
|The Blues are one of only two Premier league sides that still have a 100% home record to protect, conceding just a single goal in their six fixtures to date at the Bridge. Earlier in the week several Chelsea players looked to have been ruled out for this game through injury but Ashley Cole, Drogba, Terry, Ballack and Zhirkov could now all be fit; however, Lampard and Bosingwa remain serious doubts. They host a Wolves side currently second from bottom but apparently the players do not feel under pressure ahead of four tough away fixtures; it seems a bizarre comment given their situation. Wolves have drawn their last two away fixtures after a run of three away defeats and were soundly beaten in their last game at home (to Arsenal). Craddock remains their most potent goal threat but even he's unlikely to find the back of the net at Stamford Bridge, unless it happens to be his own.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Hull v West Ham|
|Just a single point and place separates these two sides at the wrong end of the table with the Hammers occupying one of the relegation spots and Hull just above. Phil Brown's job still looks on the line despite the victory over Stoke but he has the backing of the Hull players according to Bullard who proved instrumental in that win after his return from injury. The biggest news to come out of Upton Park is Katy Perry's West Ham lingerie but if it gets them out of the bottom three, I'm sure Zola won't mind his players giving the fans a taste of their new kit. Realistically, the Hammers have taken just one point from their last four away fixtures with defeats at Stoke, Man City and Wigan plus a loss at Bolton in the Carling Cup. The good news for Hammers fans is the probable return of Carlton Cole but this could end in another defeat.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sunderland v Arsenal|
|The Gunners have climbed up to second on the back of some good performances in recent weeks. They've not lost since the middle of September and have won their last four matches in all competitions and have scored a massive 25 goals since the turn of October. However, they've been affected by recent injuries to a number of players including van Persie and Gibbs. Injury to Clichy leaves a problem filling the position at left back whilst Eduardo may have to start alone up front as Bendtner has still not recovered from a groin injury. Their opponents, Sunderland, have dropped just five points at the Stadium of Light this campaign and conceded only once in the two head-to-head matches last season. However, Jones and Turner are suspended whilst results haven't really fallen for them since they beat Liverpool. They dominated at White Hart Lane but still emerged losers by two goals and maybe lack that killer instinct. Expect Arsenal to run the game despite their injury crisis.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sat 5:30||Man Utd v Everton|
|United slipped to third after their defeat at Stamford Bridge but they've only dropped two points at Old Trafford (against Sunderland) this season. They haven't lost to Everton, home or away, since Duncan Ferguson netted the winner in 2005 and the last five results have all been decided by a goal or less. Vidic will return in the centre of defence but Ferdinand is still ruled out whilst Evans remains doubtful after suffering a calf strain playing for Northern Ireland. Their opponents, Everton, brought an end to a run of seven games without a win by beating the Hammers at Upton Park but the truth of the matter is that Moyes has an extensive injury list and the extra Europa league games haven't helped. A number of them could return at Old Trafford but Bilyaletdinov will be missing through suspension. United have failed to dominate games in recent weeks but a narrow victory should be theirs.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Bolton v Blackburn|
|Both these sides are struggling in the bottom half of the table with relatively little to choose between them. Blackburn have lost all five Premier league away fixtures of the current campaign conceding an average of over three goals per game whilst netting just three of their own. Bolton, on the other hand, have won just once and drawn twice at the Reebok this season. The Trotters have also conceded thirteen goals in their last three games in all competitions; two hammerings by Chelsea and another at Villa Park will have done little for confidence. Before that, Bolton did manage a narrow win at home Everton and given Rovers' away record, expect Bolton to edge another vital three points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 3:00||Tottenham v Wigan|
|Spurs should be happy with their progress this season but the jury's out on whether they can crack the top four. They're in a good position in fourth given that they've played the big four but disappointingly they've only beaten Liverpool whilst losing to the others; as a result, it's imperative that they beat the perceived weaker sides. Their opponents, Wigan, have shown themselves to be a mixed bag by beating Chelsea at home and inflicting Burnley's sole home defeat but shown their other side by losing at Hull and getting battered at Fratton Park. The Latics are capable of causing an upset at the Lane if they turn up. The Lane has been the scene of some strange results lately; Spurs were rampant against Stoke but lost late on after going down to ten men, and Sunderland were by far the better side only the other week but ended up leaving empty-handed. Form points to the home side but be wary of Wigan.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sun 4:00||Stoke v Portsmouth|
|Stoke will be seeking revenge for their heavy Carling Cup defeat at Fratton Park though expect the Potters to field a stronger side this time around. That win for Pompey looked like it was going to kick-start their season as they followed it up with another four goal win against Wigan but defeat at Ewood Park ensured that they remained bottom of the table. A victory for Portsmouth wouldn't see them move out of the bottom three whilst Paul Hart will be hoping that Dindane has recovered from a hamstring problem. Stoke's home form has been fairly reliable with defeats to just Chelsea and United. After loaning Kitson to Boro, Tony Pulis is holding faith with strikers Beattie (2 goals this campaign) and Fuller (yet to find the net) and will be expecting the right sort of reaction this weekend after a draw at home to Wolves and a defeat at the KC Stadium.|
|Home Win 2-0|