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 28th to Sun 29th November 2009.
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Stoke|
|Big Sam will no doubt be recovering as his charges kick off this weekend but his absence failed to have a positive effect at Craven Cottage and Blackburn went down by three goals to nil; it wasn't a wholly unexpected result but Rovers must've been hoping that they'd turned the corner with regards to away form after the win at the Reebok last weekend. On the other hand, Blackburn have won their last four home fixtures though their defence has struggled for clean sheets. Their opponents, Stoke, have had mixed results lately although Pulis would've been pleased to see Fuller grab his first of the season with the winner against Portsmouth. However, the Potters recently lost at Hull and could only draw at home to Wolves whilst a second string got hammered at Fratton Park in the Carling Cup. Fair enough, they snatched victory at White Hart Lane but were under pressure for virtually the whole game. Rovers should edge this on home territory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Fulham v Bolton|
|Bolton slipped into the bottom three after they lost at home to Blackburn; it was their fourth successive defeat and they've conceded 15 goals with just one in reply in those four games. Megson hinted that he may be losing the dressing room and now rumours abound that the Trotters are lining up a new manager with Walter Zenga thought to be in the frame. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham are looking impregnable; they've won their last three home fixtures including that eventful game against Liverpool. They did struggle for the first half against Blackburn but ran out convincing winners in the end after Nevland's goal stirred them from their slumber. This should be a comfortable win for the Cottagers against a Bolton side in disarray.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man City v Hull|
|Hull's rejuvenated home form has seen them move up the table and looks to have kept Phil Brown in a job, at least for the moment, but their form on the road is a different story with four successive defeats and just a single point salvaged from six games. Jimmy Bullard was rested for the victory over Everton and is bound to be raring to go at Eastlands. City have fallen slightly behind the title challenge pace after drawing their last six Premier league matches. Scoring goals hasn't been an issue but they've conceded more than Hughes would have liked. They need to make up for points dropped at home to Burnley and Fulham. Robinho should be back for City and their strength should see them stride to a welcome victory.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Portsmouth v Man Utd|
|Portsmouth may still be rock bottom but was sacking the manager the best option? Paul Hart wasn't doing that bad a job with the resources available to him but with Pompey's finances all over the place, he never really stood a chance. Avram Grant has been named as the new manager although he'll have to wait for his work permit to be changed before taking up the new role. He'll be in charge as 'director of football' but he'll have little time to work with the players ahead of the United game. Ironically, Portsmouth won their last home game when they battered Wigan and before that they also beat Stoke by four goals in the Carling Cup, but the Wigan victory has been their only Premier league home win of the season. Their opponents, United, rested big names for the Champions League defeat to Besiktas but expect normal service to be resumed at Fratton Park. United have lost their last two Premier league away fixtures (at Chelsea and Liverpool) but Pompey represent easier prey.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|West Ham v Burnley|
|West Ham's point at Hull was enough to carry them out of the drop zone after other results went their way but really they should have taken all three points after leading by two goals at the eleven minute mark; so erratic has their form been recently that they were actually losing by three goals to two at the break in that game. The Hammers have won just a single home fixture this season but there is hope as they're up against a Burnley side that only registered their first point on the road at Eastlands just recently. However, Burnley were full value for their only away point of the current campaign and look capable of springing a surprise at Upton Park if the Hammers become complacent. This game should be a tight one but the Hammers need to pick up points at home against the newly promoted sides.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v Sunderland|
|Everyone will be watching to see how Wigan react after that 9-1 mauling at White Hart Lane last weekend; they fell apart in the second half and conceded an unthinkable eight goals. No doubt the players and manager will be wanting to get back on the horse as soon as possible to put things right but a less spicy encounter than against the last Wigan manager, Steve Bruce, may have been more welcome. To add fuel to the fire, chairman Whelan has hit out at Bruce saying that weak players signed by the afore-mentioned were to blame for that record defeat although Martinez has attempted to salvage some dignity by accepting responsibility. Martinez should be boosted by the news that Figueroa could be fit to replace the woeful Erik Edman. Sunderland have taken just a single point from their last five away fixtures and have problems up front with Jones suspended and Bent injured in the win over Arsenal. With recent events and everything that's been said, there won't be anyone lacking motivation but expect goals to be in short supply.|
|Sat 5:30||Aston Villa v Tottenham|
|Fifth plays fourth in what will be seen by many as a crucial game in underlining credentials with regard to gatecrashing the big four. Both sides have been tipped for greater things this season but even a win for Villa is unlikely to move them above their opponents. The Villans have dropped just two points from their last five matches at Villa Park including a win over Chelsea and that emphatic victory against Bolton but O'Neill's bound to be concerned about Lennon and Defoe. The two Spurs players tore Wigan apart last weekend in that 9-1 victory but Spurs haven't shown themselves to be as potent against the better sides; they've played the big four but have only beaten Liverpool. Their last away fixture resulted in a three goal defeat at the Emirates but at least confidence should have been restored by the Wigan victory. This promises to be a tight affair and as the league table illustrates, there might not be too much to choose between the two sides.|
|Sun 12:00||Wolverhampton v Birmingham|
|Birmingham have now gone four games without defeat, taking eight points from those fixtures including a 2-2 draw at Anfield, a game in which Ngog denied the visitors maximum points with an outrageous dive for a penalty. The Blues have proved very competitive in midfield and have Barry Ferguson back from suspension. According to the Scotsman, they now know how to win ugly when not playing well and that theory is backed up by recent results. They travel to Molineux where Wolves are finding the reality of the Premier league tough; they currently sit second from bottom and McCarthy hasn't been slow in letting his players know they've got a relegation battle on their hands. They've suffered recent heavy defeats against Arsenal and Chelsea and though they won't be shamed by the scoreline this time around, Birmingham might just snatch the points.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 1:30||Everton v Liverpool|
|A Merseyside derby with both clubs struggling for form; injuries have played their part but both Liverpool and Everton have slipped to positions in the table that they're not accustomed to. Several Liverpool players have returned from injury but Torres is still out and Babel twisted his ankle at Eastlands so remains doubtful. The Reds' victory in Hungary (only their second win from eleven games in all competitions) wasn't exactly convincing but other results didn't go their way, sealing their exit from the Champions League. They've suffered three successive Premier league away defeats but the side across Stanley Park have only managed three successive Premier league draws at Goodison. It looks as though Moyes can add Rodwell to the injury list but at least he'll have the likes of Fellaini and Cahill available. No quarter is usually given in this derby fixture and finding a winner can be difficult.|
|Sun 4:00||Arsenal v Chelsea|
|Another derby game with possibly more at stake as third plays first. Arsenal crashed to defeat at the Stadium of Light last weekend and it looks like Bendtner, van Persie, Clichy and Gibbs won't have recovered in time for this one. That was the first time Arsenal had failed to score this season and the likes of Eduardo, Vela and Walcott didn't have the same impact as their injured strikers. The Gunners 100% home record is still intact but they'll face a stern examination against a Chelsea side that look stronger on paper. Like the Gunners, the Blues finished top of their Champions League group with a game in hand but they've lost two of their last three Premier league away fixtures (at Villa and Wigan). Those defeats came back in late September and mid October but they seem to have recovered since then and have been further boosted by the news that Lampard could be fit. There's usually little to choose between the top sides but Chelsea have already beaten United and Liverpool though those victories did come at Stamford Bridge.|
|Away Win 0-1|