Archived Premier League Tips (26th December 2009)

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Archived Premier League Football Betting Tips (26th December 2009)

Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:

Banker

 Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.

Likely

 Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.

Prudent

 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 26th to Sun 27th December 2009.


Archived Premier League football betting tips (26th to 27th Dec 2009)

Sat 12:45 Birmingham v Chelsea
  There's no doubt that Birmingham are the form team at the moment. Their draw at Goodison made it a sequence of nine matches unbeaten, including six victories, which has seen them move above Liverpool into seventh place. McLeish has promised to field his strongest side against Chelsea rather than doing a 'Wolves' and resting his players in the knowledge that they're unlikely to get anything from the game. McLeish should be applauded for his approach and given their form, there's no reason why they can't get something against Chelsea at St Andrews. The Premier league leaders are still four points clear but were fortunate to get a draw at Upton Park last weekend with a generous penalty decision. Chelsea have won just two Premier league away fixtures since mid September and can bank on finding it tough to break Birmingham down. A share of the spoils looks a good bet.
Draw 1-1
Sat 1:00 Fulham v Tottenham
  Fulham comprehensively outplayed United at Craven Cottage last weekend though it shouldn't be forgotten that United were starting on the back foot when they had to play two midfielders as part of a back three. That said, Fulham have dropped just two points (against Bolton) in their last six Premier league home fixtures. Zamora will be keen to continue his hot scoring streak against his old club after netting five times in his last four games. Spurs were mighty fortunate to escape Ewood Park with all three points after Blackburn's luck run out in front of goal, but Crouch was sharp enough at the other end to see Spurs to victory. Spurs are still chasing hard on the tails of Villa and Arsenal in an effort to finish in the top four but picking up points at places like Craven Cottage is vital. It looks like the injuries are easing at White Hart Lane and even Ledley King has been tipped for a game over the festive period after resuming training. Fulham should find this weekend more challenging than last but they should edge this London derby.
Home Win 2-1
  West Ham v Portsmouth
  Clash of the titans! Well, not exactly but the bottom two take on each other at Upton Park that could see either one of them moving out of the drop zone. Portsmouth have picked up just a single point from their last four away fixtures but they did beat Liverpool at Fratton Park last weekend which is sure to give everyone at the club a boost. Grant has done well since taking over but transfer debts could mean that his hands will be tied when it comes to signing new players in January. The Hammers also had good news last weekend with a well earned point at home to Chelsea; they'll probably feel that they deserved all three points only for Chelsea to steal a draw with a dodgy penalty decision. Upson returned for West Ham last weekend and his availability could prove crucial, especially now that Gabbidon looks to be out for three weeks with a hamstring injury. It's another game that could go either way but West Ham might just have enough.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 2:00 Burnley v Bolton
  Burnley are just three points above the relegation places after a run of away defeats and three successive draws at Turf Moor. However, those last three home draws have come against Arsenal, Fulham and Villa so encouragement should be taken from those results rather than disappointment. Owen Coyle's side have lost just the once at Turf Moor this season and will fancy themselves against a Bolton side that've taken only a point from their last four games on the road. The Trotters are still stuck in the bottom three but anything from the game could see them move out of the dreaded drop zone. They've had a bit of an enforced break after their game at Wigan was postponed but Burnley have strong form and should start favourites.
Home Win 1-0
Sat 3:00 Man City v Stoke
  Unfortunately, Hughes's departure from Eastlands was inevitable whether it had happened when Sheikh Mansour took over, now or next year sometime; it was always a question of when! The new man to put himself under the utmost pressure is Roberto Mancini but it's another gamble by the owners; Mancini steered Inter Milan to three successive Serie A titles but their lack of success in Europe was the final straw. Back to the football and City were lucky to escape with all three points against Sunderland. That game highlighted everything about City; great going forward but vulnerable at the back. Mancini's first job is to shore up the defence but injuries have hit their back line with Richards and Onuoha added to the defensive casualties. Their opponents, Stoke, have taken just a point from their last four away fixtures and their home form has also stuttered with draws against Wigan and Wolves. The Potters will want to take advantage of the pandemonium at Eastlands but City should have too much firepower.
Home Win 3-1
  Sunderland v Everton
  Steve Bruce is all too aware of Sunderland's dip in form with a single point their sole reward from their last five matches. They've been competitive in all of those fixtures and none more so than at Eastlands but City's superior firepower proved the telling factor. Michael Turner was dismissed in that game for a flailing elbow and now misses the next four fixtures after appealing. Their opponents, Everton, haven't won a Premier league match since the beginning of November (at Upton Park) and that itself was a very rare win as they've only won four Premier league games this season. The Toffees' injury problems show no signs of easing after Rodwell was ruled out for four weeks with a hamstring injury but Moyes has been boosted by the loan signing of Landon Donovan, though the American won't join the club until the new year. Everton have just a point reward from their last three away games whilst Sunderland are probably overdue a victory.
Home Win 2-1
  Wigan v Blackburn
  Prior to Wigan's home defeat to Birmingham at the beginning of December, the Latics had dropped just four points in their five previous home games. They've had a week and a half's rest owing to the fact that their game against Bolton was called off. They remain just above the drop zone and face a Blackburn side just a point better off knowing that a win could lift them several places up the table. Rovers were slightly unfortunate to lose at home to Spurs last weekend but hey've taken just three points from their last six matches and only one point from their last three away games. This looks like being another defeat for Allardyce, not great for someone who's just had heart surgery.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 5:30 Liverpool v Wolverhampton
  So much for yet another fresh start for Liverpool. Defeat at Fratton Park came as something of a shock but Pompey totally deserved their victory. Benitez's sarcasm was shameful given that Mascherano's dismissal was deserved and Liverpool were never really in the game. One wonders how much longer the manager deserves at the helm, especially considering Hughes's situation last weekend at Eastlands. The Reds did grab a rare victory at home to Wigan recently and should be capable of winning against Wolves but much could depend on whether McCarthy decides to rest his first team again. The Wolves manager will feel vindicated for resting players at Old Trafford after they beat Burnley at home but will he view the game at Anfield as a foregone defeat ahead of a busy Christmas schedule. Pompey proved that Liverpool are a side on the ropes but I'm not sure Wolves will have the bottle to go for the jugular.
Home Win 1-0
Sun 1:30 Arsenal v Aston Villa
  Just goal difference separates these two sides in third and fourth respectively. The Gunners have a game in hand but the outcome of this match could go some way to determining the look and feel of the top four, not forgetting that United are only two points above in second. Arsenal have one small blot on their home record, a heavy defeat to Chelsea, whilst Villa have put together a string of four Premier league victories without conceding a goal, including visits to Old Trafford and the Stadium of Light. Heskey sustained a groin injury against Stoke but Carew is more than an adequate replacement. Arsenal's injuries have been well documented leaving them with a weakened attacking line and problems at left back. Fabregas suffered a hamstring injury at Burnley and is hopeful to face Villa but the Gunners could suffer without him. Villa have proved that they're a good counter-attacking side and coupled with a tight defence, they stand a good chance of nicking victory at the Emirates.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 4:00 Hull v Man Utd
  What a time to play United! Defensive crisis threatens to wreck their season and Fergie will be praying that any or all of Gary Neville, Rafael or Vidic can return so that he can abandon the back three containing Fletcher and Carrick that let three in at Craven Cottage. To be fair, it wasn't just an unfamiliar defensive system that was responsible for that defeat but slackness in midfield and a very organised Fulham side. That was United's third defeat in five Premier league away fixtures and Hull will be scenting a big scalp. The Tigers are a point and a place above the drop zone but remain undefeated at the KC Stadium since late September. Despite their recent run of home form which hasn't included a top four side, it's debatable whether they're organised enough and have the spark to take advanted of United's recent problems.
Away Win 0-1

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