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 9th to Mon 11th January 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Hull v Chelsea|
|Chelsea's form on the road has been poor with defeat at Eastlands followed by draws at Upton Park and St Andrews. Their home form has kept them top of the pile but they'd have been under more pressure had Arsenal won their postponed game at home to Bolton. Recent results have proved that the title race is far more open this season and no side can rest on their laurels. Drogba and Kalou will be big misses because of African Nations duty but Ancelotti will be hopeful that Anelka recovers from a muscle strain. They travel to the KC Stadium where Hull have mediocre form and are struggling against the very real threat of relegation. The Tigers lost their last home game (to Man Utd) but know that anything from this game could lift them out of the dropzone and would be a massive result against the league leaders. Realistically, Chelsea should have too much for Hull and a blue day for both sides is most likely.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Everton|
|With their game against Bolton postponed, Arsenal have had extra rest time to prepare for the encounter with Everton but it's still too early for the likes of Fabregas, Bendtner and van Persie. Wenger's preparations have been further hit by the departure of holding midfielder, Alex Song, to the African Nations. Expect Diaby and Ramsey to start and proof that you can never write them off was in evidence at Upton Park last weekend when they came from behind with twelve minutes to go to knock the Hammers out of the Cup. The only blemish on the Gunners' home record was the Chelsea defeat and since then they've dropped just two points in the Premier league. Their opponents, Everton, have seen an improvement in home form against Burnley and Carlisle thanks to goals from James Vaughan but they've taken just two points from their last four fixtures on the road and their recent away form doesn't look like it'll improve at the Emirates.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Burnley v Stoke|
|With Owen Coyle all but gone from Turf Moor, coach Steve Davis has been appointed as caretaker manager for this fixture, but in terms of playing personnel don't expect too much to change just yet. Allegedly, Burnley will block any transfers to Bolton but with the January window now open, who's to say what will happen. Burnley have had to rely on decent home form but four successive Premier league home draws has seen them drop to fourteenth and only two points clear of the relegation places. They host a Stoke side that were one of the few clubs to actually feature midweek but that win against Fulham lifted them a couple of places up the table and provided Sidibe with the opportunity to grab his first goal of the season. However, the Potters are no great shakes on the road with just a single point from their last five away fixtures and Coyle's departure could well leave the Burnley players with something to prove.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Fulham v Portsmouth|
|Fulham did little at the Britannia to dispel the idea that they are anything other than a home side although they did respond well after the break despite being three goals down. At Craven Cottage however, Fulham have now gone eleven games in all competitions without defeat; that last defeat coming back in September to Arsenal. It looks like Hodgson will be without key players Hangeland and Zamora as they both left the Britannia with injuries but they'll still start favourites against bottom side Portsmouth. Pompey remain four points adrift as the financial turmoil continues at Fratton Park and the club once again failed to pay the players wages with Peter Storrie admitting that players may have to be sold. On the footballing side, Portsmouth have taken just a single point from their last five away fixtures but Grant will be without Dindane, Belhadj and Yebda thanks to the African Cup of Nations. This looks a sure-fire three points for the home side.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Bolton|
|It seems Coyle's move to Bolton is imminent but whether or not he takes charge before this fixture remains to be seen. The postponed game at the Emirates meant they missed an almost certain defeat but with just two points from their last five away fixtures, the Stadium of Light will prove similarly tough. Sunderland have seen a dip in form in recent weeks with no Premier league win since the end of November (at home to Arsenal) and Steve Bruce is rightly worried. He's without four of his five recognised central defenders with Turner completing his four match ban whilst Ferdinand, Nosworthy and Mensah are all ruled out through injury. The temptation is to go for a Bolton defeat but they might be worth a point considering Sunderland's recent record and injury problems.|
|Wigan v Aston Villa|
|Villa's good run of form came to a rather surprising end in a convincing defeat at the Emirates and then they succumbed at home to Liverpool in injury time. However, they did respond with a home win over Blackburn in the FA Cup and O'Neill will be hoping that they don't let their assault on the top four falter as it did this time last season. They play a Wigan side that have won just the once in nine successive Premier league starts and as a result have just a solitary point separating themselves from the drop zone. Villa should be fancied to get their top four challenge back on track with a win against the Latics.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 5:30||Birmingham v Man Utd|
|United were the big losers over the FA Cup weekend as Leeds fully deserved their victory at Old Trafford against a lacklustre side. Ferguson is likely to ring the changes after that defeat with Neville, Evans, Obertan, Anderson and Gibson all likely to make way. With regards to the Premier League, United have won three of their last four on the road but will find it pretty tough at St Andrews where Birmingham are playing fantastically well and confounding all the pundits. The Blues have now gone twelve games in all competitions without defeat, a sequence stretching back to mid-October that has seen them rise to the lofty heights of eighth position. Their progress has been built on a solid defence and the likes of Benitez and Jerome holding the ball up with Bowyer supporting from midfield. Along the way Birmingham have drawn against top sides like Liverpool, City and Chelsea and to add further weight to their cause, they've conceded the fewest goals at home of any Premier league side. McLeish is looking to strengthen his squad in the transfer window but for my money, they're doing well enough and I really fancy them to share the spoils with United.|
|Sun 1:30||West Ham v Wolverhampton|
|Only a point separates these two sides just above the relegation places so victory will be paramount. The Hammers were close to putting Arsenal out of the Cup and what a boost to their season that would've been but their concentration slipped with twelve minutes to go and they subsequently fell to another defeat. However, West Ham have lost just one of their last four Premier league home fixtures (against United) and managed a deserved draw against Chelsea along the way. Zola is still without front men Cole and Hines whilst midfielders Noble and Parker are also doubtful. Their opponents, Wolves, have lost three of their last four Premier league games on the road conceding nine goals and scoring just the once; that all important goal at White Hart Lane. The Hammers showed enough against the Gunners last weekend to make them worth backing.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Liverpool v Tottenham|
|Undoubtedly the game of the weekend, this will be a stern examination of both sides top four credentials. Liverpool are sitting in an uncustomary seventh position after a disastrous first half to the season whilst Spurs are four points above in fourth. Even with a first choice eleven, including Torres and Gerrard, Liverpool looked below par at Reading in the FA Cup and were fortunate to take the tie back to Anfield. Benitez keeps stating that his side are making a fresh start but results are the real measure and they dictate that something serious has to change at Anfield. Liverpool have now won two Premier league games on the bounce including that injury time victory at Villa Park but they face a Spurs side that've only lost twice on the road this season in the league. Redknapp will be without Aaron Lennon after the winger failed to recover from a groin injury but it gives the manager the option of playing Kranjcar and Modric on either flank; an attack with less pace but no less guile. Spurs have already beaten Liverpool at the Lane and they'll be more than happy with a point.|
|Mon 8:00||Man City v Blackburn|
|Mancini's 100% record continues but no surprise really; City were never on the slide and the board's patience with Hughes was rather too short. The Italian is starting to make his mark though as the transfer window opens with Vieira rumoured to be moving to Eastlands and Santa Cruz on his way to Spain. City have several players injured and others off to Africa but such is their strength in depth that the absentees should have little bearing on the result. Their opponents, Blackburn, have a pretty poor away record with just a single Premier league away victory this season, two points from their last four away fixtures plus that defeat at Villa Park in the FA Cup. This looks like one way traffic for City.|
|Home Win 3-0|