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 19th to Mon 21st December 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Portsmouth v Liverpool|
|Liverpool's win at home to Wigan was a vital one and made it four victories from sixteen games in all competitions despite Torres and Aquilani starting on the bench. The Spanish hitman came on to clinch the three points but he allegedly hasn't trained for the last month though Benitez thinks he'll be ready to take on bottom side Portsmouth. Pompey are still three points adrift of West Ham immediately above them but results have improved under Grant and they look less vulnerable at the back. They've won two of their last three Premier league home fixtures but six defeats at Fratton Park is the sort of stat that'll see them go down. Whenever Liverpool take the field at the moment, they're far from predictable but Benitez has once again hailed a new starting point with the victory over Wigan. A successive win over Portsmouth is achievable but will they shoot themselves in the foot?|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Stoke|
|Villa have risen to fourth in the table on the back of just four points dropped from their last six matches including victories at both Old Trafford and the Stadium of Light. O'Neill has urged his side to remain focused and not let complacency set in now that they know their ambitions can be realised. Their opponents, Stoke, have taken just a single point from their last three away fixtures and will be missing Robert Huth after he picked up his fifth yellow card in the draw with Wigan. The Potters have won just the once on the road and you'd have to back an in-form Villa side to take maximum points.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Blackburn v Tottenham|
|Rovers were second best at St Andrews against a buoyant Birmingham side but their home record is very good with just a single defeat coming on the opening day and 15 points taken from a possible 21 since; however, their last two home fixtures were goalless draws against Liverpool and Stoke. Dunn could be fit to play after overcoming a calf injury but Emerton will miss out after straining his groin. They host a Spurs side that put the Wolves blip behind them by hitting City for three without reply to maintain their challenge for a top four finish. Their recent form on the road has been good with one defeat (at Arsenal) in five Premier league matches and draws at Villa and Everton since. A Spurs victory on the road is still not as coommon as Harry would like with three in the Premier league but they should be worthy of a point.|
|Fulham v Man Utd|
|United were handed victory over Wolves when McCarthy decided to change all ten outfield players from the side that won at White Hart Lane. It probably hides the fact that United are struggling with injuries, especially in defence where Fletcher and Carrick have been roped in to fill the gaps. Ferguson definitely has five defenders out of action and Vidic remains a doubt after sustaining a calf problem during the week. United were beaten at Craven Cottage last season by two clear goals and could be frustrated by a Fulham side that have just qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League and have already beaten the likes of Sunderland, Liverpool and Everton at the Cottage this season. Fulham have dropped just two points in their last five home games and should be a match for a weakened United side that've lost two of their last four Premier league away fixtures.|
|Man City v Sunderland|
|City were disappointing at White Hart Lane and never really carved out any clear cut chances. That defeat made it one victory in ten Premier league matches for City but, more importantly, brought an end to their sequence of thirteen games in all competitions without defeat. Their record at Eastlands is better than those statistics suggest but doesn't hide the fact that Mark Hughes and his expensively assembled players are not hitting the heights expected of them. They host a Sunderland side that dropped two points against Pompey in injury time last weekend and lost out to Villa during the week, both at home. Additionally, their away record has been poor with just a single point to show for their efforts since the opening day victory at the Reebok. This represents the perfect opportuity for Hughes to get City's season back on track.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 5:30||Arsenal v Hull|
|Arsenal looked to be getting things back on track with a good win at Anfield and moved up to third but as soon as their form falters, Wenger is once again blaming other factors for disappointing results. They were fortunate to escape with a point at Turf Moor during the week and as a result, Wenger hits out at the fixture list and bemoans Wolves for their player selection at United. The bottom line is that Arsenal have been hit hard by injuries to key players and the hamstring injury suffered by Fabregas in the first half at Burnley won't have improved the Frenchman's mood. The Gunners have dropped just three points at home (in the defeat to Chelsea) and with the exception of Burnley, host a Hull side with the worst away record in the league. There was an element of shock when the Tigers picked up a point recently at Eastlands but at the Emirates, Arsenal should be capable of putting Hull to bed despite their injuries.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Wolverhampton v Burnley|
|This game pitches together two managers who appear to have very different philsophies when it comes to team selection. McCarthy opted to change all his outfield players for the game at Old Trafford, obviously regarding the result as a foregone conclusion in United's favour, whilst Coyle stuck to his principles of fielding his best possible side against Arsenal and was happy to take a point reward. However, ahead of this fixture, Burnley have the worst away record in the Premier league whilst Wolves will be playing at home with a fully rested side. Wolves are still embroiled in relegation territory but will want to build on the two results prior to the United defeat in which they won at home to Bolton and away at Spurs. Given Burnley's poor away form, Wolves look sure to pick up the points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 3:00||Everton v Birmingham|
|Birmingham are the side proving everyone wrong. Their recent form has been tremendous and five successive victories has seen them move up to seventh, just behind Liverpool on goal difference. In fact, the Blues have now gone eight games without defeat and McLeish will be keen to ensure that his players remain grounded and finish as high as possible this season. They travel to Goodison Park where Everton are still decimated by injuries but managed to take advantage of Chelsea's defensive inadequacies to steal a point at Stamford Bridge and fought back well for a point at home to Spurs though Defoe's penalty miss was partly to blame. The Toffees have drawn four of their last five Premier league home fixtures, losing the other one, and my feeling is that Birmingham will get something out of this game. Giving Everton some credit, it looks both sides will probably be content with a point apiece.|
|Sun 4:00||West Ham v Chelsea|
|Three successive defeats for the Hammers sees them struggling to escape the relegation places but the defeat at relegation rivals, Bolton, must have been a nail in the coffin. To add to their woes, Kieron Dyer who started the game, was forced off with a hamstring injury although it is thought any serious damage was prevented. West Ham have already lost to United and Liverpool at Upton Park although they did make a game of it against the Reds and did fight back for a 2-2 draw against Arsenal. Given Chelsea's recent on the field problems, Zola and Clarke might well relish playing their old club but the Blues still top the table and will be desperate to put a couple of weeks of poor results behind them. However, the win over Portsmouth wasn't a convincing one and they conceded once again from a set piece hinting that their problems aren't behind them. Chelsea have lost three of their last five Premier league away fixtures but West Ham don't look strong enough to take advantage of the Blues' recent deficiencies.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Mon 8:00||Wigan v Bolton|
|A couple of points separates these two sides just above the drop zone with both clubs experiencing mixed results. Wigan recovered from the defeat at White Hart Lane with a home win over Sunderland but they've taken just a single point from the three fixures since including losing to Birmingham at home. Their opponents, Bolton, beat relegation rivals, West Ham, at the Reebok during the week but they've picked up just a solitary point from their last four away fixtures which included hammerings at Villa Park and Stamford Bridge. There's not a lot to choose between them but I suspect home advantage could play a significant part.|
|Home Win 2-1|