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 30th October to Mon 1st November 2010.
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v West Ham|
|Arsenal's win at Eastlands last weekend lifted the Gunners over City and United into second place but five points remains the deficit between all three clubs and league leaders Chelsea. Walcott and Fabregas have hit the ground running after returning from injury; Walcott netting a brace at St James Park whilst Fabregas was outstanding in the victory at Eastlands. Vermaelen is probably Wenger's biggest casualty but is expected to return in mid-November whilst Wilshere serves the last of his three match suspension. They host a West Ham side that looked like they'd improved before last weekend but the home defeat to Newcastle has again raised doubts over their appetite for a relegation scrap. However, the Hammers did manage to progress in the Carling Cup after beating Stoke in extra time. They remain bottom of the Premier League and will need something special to prevail at the Emirates, an unlikely scenario.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Blackburn v Chelsea|
|There's no doubt that Blackburn, under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce, are a difficult side to beat but they teeter above the drop zone on goal difference and have taken just a single point from their last three Premier league matches. Paul Robinson made some great saves in the defeat at Anfield and there's room for optimism with Chris Samba returning from suspension whilst Ryan Nelsen could also make it back after failing a fitness test prior to the Liverpool game. However, Chelsea will start as favourites at Ewood Park given their dominance in the Premier League. The Blues leave everyone trailing at least five points behind though Blackburn will take hope from the fact that Chelsea have taken only a point from their last two Premier League away fixtures; a draw at Villa Park and defeat at Eastlands without a goal to show for their efforts. Benayoun looks to be the only player suffering a long-term injury leaving Ancelotti with plenty of options. Blackburn will look to stifle Chelsea as much as possible but the Blues should prove too strong.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Everton v Stoke|
|Everton have turned around their poor early season form and have now gone four Premier League games without defeat, a run which leaves them in eleventh place and on the same points as this weekend's opponents. The Toffees defended well at White Hart Lane but created very little, something that should be remedied with the hopeful return of Miguel Arteta. Yakubu limped off during that game but Saha is now fit and came on as a replacement. Moyes doesn't have many attacking options and it's no wonder that he's interested in bringing Landon Donovan back to Goodison Park. Stoke were knocked out of the Carling Cup at West Ham this week and their away record has not been good with three defeats from four Premier League fixtures, the other result was a win at Newcastle. This is bound to be a physical encounter but Everton look to have turned the corner and should be worth a narrow win, though they'll have to be careful of a second-half rally from Stoke.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Fulham v Wigan|
|Just a single point separates these two sides in the bottom half of the table. Fulham have had their problems with injuries, especially in the attacking half, but the likes of Davies, Duff, Etuhu and Murphy are all close to being fit. Injuries have affected their form with them losing the last two fixtures and drawing the three Premier League games before that. In recent seasons Fulham have been strong at Craven Cottage and if Hughes isn't too hampered by injuries, then Fulham should be more than a match for Wigan. The Latics have stabilised somewhat after a disastrous start to the season and remain unbeaten in all competitions since City defeated them at the DW in mid-September. Additionally, they've not yet been beaten on the road in the Premier League this season. However, Fulham can be expected to bounce back with a vital win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wolverhampton v Man City|
|City saw themselves slip to fourth after they fell to defeat against Arsenal at Eastlands. The fifth minute dismissal of Boyata played a key part in the subsequent proceedings and the result forms no realistic basis on which to make any predictions. Prior to that, City had won their previous four Premier League fixtures including beating Chelsea at Eastlands. City have won their last two on the road but rumour has it that they'll be without Tevez although they're still expected to stick with 4-5-1, especially for an away fixture. Wolves haven't won in the Premier League since the opening day when they beat Stoke and as a result are second from bottom on equal points with West Ham. Despite the poor run of results, McCarthy's side played some attractive and incisive football at Chelsea last weekend belying their table position and reputation. That said, it remains to be seen if Karl Henry starts after serving his three match suspension. After City, Wolves have games against Arsenal and United so any points will be gratefully received however unlikely that may be.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 5:30||Man Utd v Tottenham|
|No doubt that this is the big game of the weekend and is expected to provide entertainment in abundance. Spurs lie in fifth, only two points behind United and a win for the lilywhites would see them leapfrog their opponents. Spurs have only lost twice in the Premier League this season whilst United are the only side yet to be beaten. The side that Spurs field may be affected by next Tuesday's date with Inter Milan, a win in which would almost give them one foot in the Champions League knockout stages. Owing to their early Carling Cup exit, Spurs have had a week's rest ahead of the United game which gives the likes of Huddlestone and King further time to be fit. United haven't been as dominant as usual this season having drawn five of their nine league fixtures although they've won their last three in all competitions. Rooney and Giggs are both out but United have enough strength in depth and Berbatov will be eager to put one over on his old club. Spurs of old would've gone to Old Trafford expecting defeat but the new Spurs could be worth a point.|
|Sun 12:00||Aston Villa v Birmingham|
|Villa have already won one derby game this season, away at Wolves, whilst Birmingham have lost their only derby fixture so far, a convincing defeat at West Brom. Only a point separates these two sides in mid-table; Villa have drawn their last two at home and Birmingham have only taken two points from four away fixtures having lost the last two. However, McLeish's side were only narrowly beaten at the Emirates and recovered to beat Blackpool in the league and managed to eliminate Brentford from the Carling Cup on penalties. Hleb is expected to recover from a knock sustained against Blackpool but the injury news is not so good for Villa. Stiliyan Petrov may require surgery, Agbonlahor and Luke Young are still injured whilst Albrighton misses out after receiving red against Burnley. Carew is also a doubt after missing the Carling Cup game with Burnley through illness. One player who's thrived under Houllier has been Emile Heskey and with the big man sure to start, what price for a goal? However, Birmingham won't let Villa have it all their own way and can be expected to hang in there for a point.|
|Sun 1:30||Newcastle v Sunderland|
|Maybe the expection at St James Park has proved too much because they've managed just a single point from the last three home games whilst they appeared to have fared better on the road. The heavy Carling Cup defeat at home to Arsenal has led to calls for Hughton's head but as a result the Magpies boss has received the dreaded vote of confidence. The match against local rivals Sunderland is obviously a massive game for players and fans alike and one wonders if Hughton's position remains the same should they lose this derby fixture. Sunderland are making progress under Steve Bruce and have lost just once in the Premier League this season, against West Brom in their first away game of the campaign. To be fair, the Mackems have drawn six of the other eight fixtures including the last three on the road. A win for either side will see them move above the other and maybe a draw sounds the right outcome, but Sunderland are probably worth a good win whilst Newcastle have flattered to deceive at St James Park (the home win over Villa apart).|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Bolton v Liverpool|
|If Liverpool think they've turned the corner then think again! They still make up one of the bottom three and though they were worth the win at home to Blackburn, it is their away form that raises the most concern. A poor away record was the biggest factor in Liverpool's fall from grace last season and just a single point on the road this campaign isn't good enough. They face an improving Bolton side under Owen Coyle; the Trotters are up to eighth and are yet to lose at the Reebok this season. In fact, the only place they've lost at was the Emirates after losing Cahill to a red card, plus they also held United at home after leading twice. A win for Liverpool here would definitely indicate some improvement but I suspect this is likely to be Bolton's day.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Mon 8:00||Blackpool v West Brom|
|West Brom haven't looked back since they were beaten in their first two away games of the season, at Stamford Bridge and Anfield. They've taken points from every game thereafter including beating Arsenal at the Emirates after going three goals up and coming back from two goals down at Old Trafford to salvage a draw, and are now up to sixth in the table. Odemwinigie could return for the Baggies after missing the last three games in all competitions because of a knee injury. They travel to the seaside where they take on a Blackpool side that are holding their own in the top flight although the general trend appears to be downwards. The Tangerines have taken just a point from three home fixtures and they could be without the influential Charlie Adam after he sustained an ankle knock in the defeat at Birmingham. Blackpool know that this game and the next (another home date with Everton) are chances for them to address their home form but like many others, I'm not sure I rate their chances.|
|Away Win 1-2|