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 midweek fixtures Tues 15th to Wed 16th December 2009.
|Tues 7:45||Sunderland v Aston Villa|
|Darren Bent scored his tenth goal of the season at home to Portsmouth but they dropped points for the second time in three home games when Kaboul popped up with a late equaliser. Sunderland have fared well against the big boys at the Stadium of Light this season; they were beaten by Chelsea in their opening home fixture but have beaten both Liverpool and Arsenal plus they were more than worthy of their draw at Old Trafford. The last time these two sides played was in the Carling Cup at Sunderland when Villa went through on penalties after a goalless draw. Villa proved themselves kings of the counter-attack at Old Trafford when Agbonlahor's goal was enough to see them take maximum points but resolute defending from the Villa back four was key. That was Villa's first real Premier league success on the road for some time and was enough to push them up into fourth spot. The first goal will be all important but a draw looks the right result.|
|Tues 8:00||Birmingham v Blackburn|
|Blackburn's last three Premier league games have all finished goalless, which isn't necessarily a poor return given that they've hosted Liverpool and had to travel to rejuvenated Hull but the lack of goals will concern Allardyce; just five scored in eight away fixtures. The Blackburn manager has been missing from the touchline since heart surgery but don't expect him to heed doctor's advice for too much longer before returning to dugout duty. They travel to St Andrews where they go up against a Birmingham side that haven't tasted defeat in their last seven Premier league games. The Blues have won their last four fixtures with Lee Bowyer grabbing the only goal in three of them to see his side to victory. On the back of some controlled defensive displays, McLeish's side are now up to eigth and while this looks like being short on goals, don't discount Bowyer popping up with the winner.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Bolton v West Ham|
|Expect an unattractive relegation scrap at the Reebok as second from bottom Bolton take on the Hammers, just a place above them. With the exception of goal difference, Bolton's home record is an exact match for West Ham's away record with one win, three draws and four defeats. The Trotters proved themselves a match for the moneybags of Man City scoring three in an eventful draw. That was Bolton's first point in three home fixtures and Megson may have finally found a decent striker in Klasnic who's netted three times in their last three games. The Hammers have once again been hard hit by injuries, so much so that Kieron Dyer actually played the last 22 minutes against Birmingham and even hit a post. Robert Green has said that when you're down the bottom you get kicked; if it was bad at St Andrews, wait until they get to the Reebok! Carlton Cole and Hines are still injured, Noble's suspended after picking up a second yellow at Birmingham but the biggest miss could be Matthew Upson against the aerial power of Bolton. The Trotters might just have enough to pull a much needed win out of the bag!|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man Utd v Wolverhampton|
|With last weekend's results in mind, you could be forgiven for backing Wolves for victory at Old Trafford but McCarthy's men were just one of several benefactors of a weekend of unexpected results. That said, Wolves's win at Spurs moved them above the relegation places and, coupled with the win at home to Bolton the weekend before, were their first back to back victories in the top flight for 26 years. On Saturday, United appeared to have similar problems to Spurs in that they couldn't get back on level terms after Villa scored despite hitting the bar and Downing clearing off his own line. This fixture represents a chance for United to play well, score goals and get the confidence back whilst any points for Wolves will be a bonus. Barring lightning striking twice, this should be a comfortable victory for the home side.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wed 7:45||Burnley v Arsenal|
|Burnley's home form looks to have dipped slightly in recent weeks. They had a fantastic start winning their first four at Turf Moor but since then they've only taken five points from a possible twelve. They probably deserved the point they earned against Fulham but Jensen was again in inspiring form after pulling off quality saves to keep his side in the game. The talismanic goalkeeper will again need to be at his best against Arsenal, as he was last season against Arsenal's youngsters in the Carling Cup when he saved no fewer than six one-on-one attempts to see Burnley through by two clear goals; expect a maturer, though somewhat depleted, Gunners side to take the field at Turf Moor this time around. Arsenal were one of the few winners last weekend and Wenger's halftime rollicking at Anfield saw his charges stroll to victory in the second half and close the gap on both United and Chelsea above them, plus they still have a game in hand. You can't be certain if a committed Gunners side will turn up but providing they do, the three points should be theirs.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Chelsea v Portsmouth|
|Chelsea's defence appeared to go walkabout at home to Everton when set pieces were their undoing and have been over the last couple of weeks. Until Saturday, the Blues had conceded just a single goal at Stamford Bridge and they've now hit a sequence of four games in all competitions without a win. Chelsea's defensive problems have stemmed from sitting too deep and in turn confidence has suffered but these are solvable issues. Their fans wasted no time in showing their displeasure and is an indication of how spoilt Chelsea fans have become. They have a perfect opportunity to put things right against bottom-placed Portsmouth but beware the consequences should they fail to record a win. Pompey's form has improved with four points from their last two games thanks to Kaboul's late, late equaliser at the Stadium of Light though the centre half will be missing after his goal celebration warranted a second yellow card. It shouldn't be forgotten that Avram Grant will be returning against his old club and will only be too keen to take advantage of Chelsea's fragile state of mind. However, I can't see Chelsea's blip continuing for much longer.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wed 8:00||Liverpool v Wigan|
|The home defeat to Arsenal rammed home the point that not everyone at Anfield is singing from the same hymn sheet. Benitez should've waited for the Gunners banana skin to pass before announcing that Liverpool were on the verge of a fresh start. The worrying factor for everyone involved at Anfield is that they fielded their best possible eleven against Arsenal but were found sadly wanting in the second half and are now five points adrift of a top four finish. With just three wins from their last fourteen games in all competitions, the visit of Wigan is by no means an assured victory. The Latics have responded positively after the thrashing at White Hart Lane with four points from a possible nine; the Birmingham defeat was disappointing but they'll feel that they can pose a threat at Anfield. Figueroa demonstrated his long-range sharp-shooting skills against Stoke so Reina had best not venture too far off his line. The bottom line is that Benitez could well be looking for another job should Liverpool fail to secure a much needed victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Man City|
|Fifth plays sixth in what should be an exciting game as both sides seek to enhance their Champions League ambitions. Both these sides should've expected to notch victories at the weekend; Spurs couldn't find a cutting edge at home to Wolves whilst City found Bolton rather more prolific in front of goal than expected. City will be missing Bellamy after he was debatably dismissed against Bolton but they're now unbeaten in thirteen games although they've picked up just eleven points from their last nine fixtures. City don't lack for spirit and can't be discounted until the final whistle which is something that Spurs had against Villa but have missed in subsequent games at Everton and at home to Wolves. Robbie Keane has looked off the boil in recent games and Redknapp could be forced to start with Crouch and Defoe, with Modric also in the reckoning for a starting place. Difficult to pick a winner from this one.|