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 5th to Sun 6th December 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Portsmouth v Burnley|
|Pompey may still be propping up the rest of the league but they stand a chance of notching only their second home win as they face a Burnley side that are the only Premier league side without an away victory to their name. Avram Grant took charge for the home defeat to United and had nothing to lose but more will be expected of him after a week at the helm and Burnley in the frame. Again, they conceded heavily in the Carling Cup defeat to Villa despite scoring a couple of their own whilst resting their first choice stikers Dindane and Piquionne. Their opponents, Burnley, have picked up just a point on the road (at Eastlands) whilst conceding a massive 25 goals. They managed to score three at Upton Park but the game was beyond them by that stage and their travel sickness threatens to derail their bid for Premier league survival if their home form starts to falter. I'm going for a rare Pompey win but anything could happen.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Stoke|
|Two successive defeats for the Gunners has obviously done nothing for Wenger's mood but at least he stuck to his principles of playing the youngsters in the Carling Cup tie at Eastlands. What will have concerned him more is the manner of the defeat at home to Chelsea; they defended badly and are missing strikers van Persie and Bendtner with Eduardo looking low on confidence. That defeat was their first at the Emirates this season and though Wenger will never concede it, the title looks beyond them. Their opponents, Stoke, have proved more resilient on the road this season with just two defeats from seven fixtures and did win at White Hart Lane. The Potters are hopeful that they can take advantage of Arsenal's recent disappointments but they're likely to experience more of a backlash. Whitehead for Stoke and Song for Arsenal are suspended. The Gunners' injuries have been well documented but Wenger will be less than happy with anything other than the three points.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Aston Villa v Hull|
|Villa haven't tasted defeat at home since the opening day against Wigan but were held to a draw last weekend by Spurs, their rivals in competing to crack the big four. During the week Villa cast Pompey aside in the Carling Cup win at Fratton Park with Downing scoring his first for Villa and Heskey scoring his second in three games which is good news considering Carew is still doubtful with a hamstring problem. Hull are the visitors to Villa Park after experiencing a turnaround in form since the beginning of November. Phil Brown is still in a job and the Tigers have taken eight points from a possible twelve including a win against Everton and a draw at Eastlands. There's no doubt that Jimmy Bullard has played his part, not only by converting a couple of penalties but by boosting the spirit of the squad as could be seen by last weekend's goal celebration. Though Hull have improved, Villa should be expected to secure the points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Blackburn v Liverpool|
|Blackburn haven't been defeated at Ewood Park since the opening day when Man City beat them by a brace. Since then they've enjoyed a home victory over Villa and managed to knock Chelsea out of the Carling Cup on penalties only this week. Allardyce is expected to be back in his usual place for Saturday's game following heart surgery and David Dunn should be fit to play after sitting out the Chelsea game with a tight calf. They host a Liverpool side that got back to winning ways with a much needed win which happened to come against local rivals, Everton, and was only their second win in the Premier league since September. After moving up to fifth, Benitez claims the win over Everton represents a turning point but when they beat United at Old Trafford they went on to lose at Arsenal in the Carling Cup and at Fulham in the league. Liverpool's recent record on the road in the Premier league is one win and three defeats. Torres's absence has proved crucial and he could be missing again but Blackburn will be buoyed by Wednesday's result and will feel they're more than a match for the Reds.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Man Utd|
|The Hammers are out of the bottom three after four points from their last two fixtures but Carlton Cole will be missing for a number of weeks with a knee injury, although the original thinking was that he could miss the rest of the season. West Ham have had no problem hitting the back of the net in recent weeks but they've also conceded more than their fans or manager would've liked. You don't want to be conceding that many goals when you're just about to face United. Fergie's side responded to two successive Premier league away defeats with a convincing win at Fratton Park last weekend and his younger players ran out winners in the Carling Cup against Spurs with Darren Gibson proving his finishing prowess on two occasions. Vidic and Brown are likely to continue in the centre of defence unless Evans or O'Shea recovers. This should be a win for United but the Hammers remain a goal threat.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Wigan v Birmingham|
|Wigan got back on the horse after their 9-1 thumping at White Hart Lane by picking up maximum points and not conceding against a much fancied Sunderland side. The embarrassment of that defeat had to provoke some sort of reaction and Martinez's side responded in the right fashion. The Latics will want to build on that result and three wins and two draws from their last five home games provides the perfect foundation. However, they face tough opponents in Birmingham City; the Blues have now gone five games without defeat including draws against Liverpool and Manchester City. To add weight to their credentials, they don't concede many; just fourteen goals conceded in fourteen games is one of the better records in the league. I suspect that both sides will want to keep things tight and a point apiece minght not be too wide of the mark.|
|Wolverhampton v Bolton|
|Wolves have lost their last three games but it will have been the home defeat to Birmingham that will have hurt the most, not only because of their local rivalry but because they've lost to a side in a game that would've been marked down as a potential victory. Wolves remain second from bottom and like the clubs alongside them have struggled for goals scoring just twelve in the current campaign, an average of less than one per game. They host a Bolton side just two points and a place above them and one that will be without the influential Kevin Davies after he picked up a fifth booking of the season last weekend in the draw at Craven Cottage. That point was their first in four games and I can see the Trotters getting something out of this one though it should be tight with goals at a premium.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 5:30||Man City v Chelsea|
|No doubt this fixture will be billed as the money of Roman Abramovich versus that of Sheikh Mansour but it is the contrasting fortunes of the respective managers that is likely to take centre stage. Ancelotti's side are five points clear of closest rivals, United, and a huge ten points clear of third placed Spurs where as City have set a new record of seven successive Premier league draws, a statistic that has seen them lose ground in the title race. There was good news for Hughes during the week when his side put Arsenal to the sword in the Carling Cup at Eastlands, a scoreline that was a repeat of Chelsea's visit to the Emirates last Sunday when the Blues finished off Arsenal in clinical fashion. There's been no shortage of goals from either of these two sides and the match promises much but it's a tricky one as far as picking a winner's concerned.|
|Sun 3:00||Fulham v Sunderland|
|Just a single point separates these two sides in mid-table with Sunderland's away form letting them down. In fact they've picked up just a single point from their last six away fixtures losing at places like the DW Stadium, St Andrews, Turf Moor and the Britannia. However, Steve Bruce remains optimistic that Kenwynne Jones will be fit to partner Darren Bent in attack after serving a three game suspension. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham have dropped just two points in their last four games and are fast making it something of a fortress. The only factor to be wary of is Fulham's involvement in the Europa league which could impact their success domestically. However, Danny Murphy should be fit and is expected to start in the Europa league game against CSKA Sofia. Given the respective form of both these sides, this should go the way of the home side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Everton v Tottenham|
|Everton qualified for the Europa league knockout stages courtesy of a narrow win over an AEK Athens side which hasn't been paid for six weeks; that was the reason for six players turning up late to find they were keeping the bench warm so one can't be sure how many positives Moyes will be able to take from the game. The last four home games for the Toffees haven't been great with three successive draws and that defeat to bitter rivals, Liverpool, last weekend. Everton are just two places and three points above the drop zone and are desperate for a result. As if injuries haven't hit them hard enough, Heitingha is suspended after picking up five bookings. Spurs visit Goodison after being knocked out of the Carling Cup by United but Dawson earned them a valuable point at Villa Park with an uncharacteristic drive. It's unlikely they're going to score nine again in a very long time but they reacted well after going behind at Villa and dominated for long periods at both Villa Park and Old Trafford. Spurs will pick up something but it maybe only a point.|