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 9th to Wed 10th November 2010.
|Tues 7:45||Stoke v Birmingham|
|Just two points separates these two sides as they teeter above the drop zone. Birmingham are still proving hard to beat, as illustrated by their comeback at home to West Ham at the weekend, but they're conceding more goals this season. They're yet to win on the road but have drawn three of their five away fixtures whilst losing the other two at Arsenal and West Brom. They travel to Stoke where the Potters will still feel aggrieved after events at the Stadium of Light failed to go their way. Cattermole twice handled to prevent a goal with no subsequent penalty given and Shawcross's dismissal for a second bookable offence means that the centre-half misses this game. Stoke's home form has been mixed but their two defeats came against United and Spurs so they're certainly not a bad side but something about Birmingham's doggedness indicates that the spoils might be shared.|
|Tues 8:00||Tottenham v Sunderland|
|Spurs' defeat at Bolton was a bit like the day after the Lord Mayor's show. They lacked a cutting edge despite scoring twice late on and defensive mistakes proved costly. Bale was kept quiet for the most part and they missed the technical ability of Van der Vaart. That defeat means Tottenham have now slipped to seventh with Sunderland level on points but one place below having scored fewer goals. Spurs have only been beaten at home by Wigan this season and need to get back to winning ways against a Sunderland side that were hammered at St James Park in their last away fixture. The Mackems did bounce back with a win over Stoke but the game could've been very different had some contentious decisions gone in Stoke's favour. Darren Bent missed the Stoke game with a hamstring injury so may not face his old club leaving Gyan to lead the line. No game featuring Spurs is a dead cert but this is one they need to win and should win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wed 7:45||Aston Villa v Blackpool|
|Not only does Houllier have a striker crisis with Delfouneso his only fit attacking option but media reports suggest that Carew has overstepped the mark in publicly criticising his boss, not really a wise move with your contract up at the end of the season. Villa remain undefeated at Villa Park but have drawn their last three and entertain a Blackpool side that are continuing to surprise established Premier league clubs. The Tangerines held Everton at Bloomfield Road last weekend and lie twelfth in the table. They've played six times on the road, winning and losing three apiece, and given Holloway's views on the risk/reward ratio of going for all three points a draw looks unlikely. Villa have conceded just the one Premier League goal at Villa Park this season, it's just a case of whether or not they can nick the win without familiar faces up front.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Chelsea v Fulham|
|Chelsea still top the table despite falling to a convincing defeat at Anfield but their lead has been cut to two points with United snatching an injury-time winner at home to Wolves. Chelsea's away form has been mixed lately but they remain the only Premier League side with a 100% home record and are yet to concede a league goal at Stamford Bridge this season. An injury setback for Lampard keeps him out but Essien will be hopeful of returning to the side after a toe injury. Their opponents, Fulham, lie mid-table but their last away fixture (at the Hawthorns) was their first away defeat of the season having drawn all of the previous four. In previous campaigns the Cottagers have been seen as an easy target on the road but Hughes has addressed that problem to some extent though away victories are still in short supply. However, Hughes's injury problems appear to have eased though Zamora and Senderos remain long-term absentees. This might be a London derby but Chelsea should be expected to win with ease.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Blackburn|
|It's only been a couple of weeks since Chris Hughton's job was believed to have been on the line and the turnaround since then has been nothing less than dramatic. Three successive Premier League victories have lifted them to fifth in the table and include a 5-1 thrashing of their fiercest rivals and a shock one goal victory at the Emirates. Much has been down to the landlord and the lodger, namely Nolan and Caroll, who've scored six of Newcastle's last eight goals between them; such has been Nolan's potency that he jointly tops the Premier League scoring charts alongside Malouda and Tevez. There seems to be a strong core of self-belief running through the team and they'll be eyeing another maximum against a Blackburn side just two points above the relegation places. Rovers lost their last two away fixtures but as you'd expect from a side managed by Sam Allardyce, they refuse to lie down and the result is usually a closely contested one. Much of the same should be expected from their trip to St James Park but the Magpies look unstoppable at the moment.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v West Brom|
|West Ham remain bottom of the table after throwing away two points at St Andrews last weekend. The Hammers were two goals to the good but missed the chance to record only their second win of the season. That said, their performance was a good one and Carlton Cole was unlucky not to net his second goal of the season when Ben Foster threw himself to tip Cole's shot on to the post. The jury's out as to whether West Ham are turning the corner but points are what they need and fast. They host a West Brom side that've done themselves proud so far this season and look more than capable of losing the Boing! Boing! tag. Odemwingie finally made his return in the home defeat to City but that was their second successive loss although there is still more to come from the Baggies. Jara and Mulumbu miss out because of suspensions but this remains a tough call given the recent results of both sides. West Ham need the win but a draw looks more likely, a result West Brom would probably be happy to settle for.|
|Wigan v Liverpool|
|Much has been said of clubs turning corners and one that certainly appears to have done that is Liverpool. Successive Premier League victories over Blackburn, Bolton and Chelsea have lifted Liverpool out of the drop zone and up to ninth. Their performance against Chelsea was the telling one; Torres produced two great strikes, they kept Chelsea reasonably quiet and the return of Dirk Kuyt has probably been the most understated factor. The Dutchman's industrious attitude was infectious and Hodgson must be glad that he's back fit and playing with as much zeal as before. The Reds can't afford to slip up at Wigan now that they're on a roll and any sort of win against the relegation threatened Latics will be enough to maintain Liverpool's momentum. Wigan have lost their last two games but can't ever be discounted given their inconsistent record. They've won just two Premier League fixtures this season although they've only lost three of six at the DW. N'Zogbia has looked their most potent threat in recent matches but for them to turn over Liverpool now that the Reds appear to be finding their feet would be nothing short of a major upset.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wed 8:00||Everton v Bolton|
|Bolton's win over Spurs moved them up to ninth in the table and was a fine example of what Bolton do best. They stopped Spurs playing, especially Bale, and took advantage of their opponents' insecurities. You know what you get with Kevin Davies but even Elmander was proving a handful, a big improvement on last season. The Trotters have drawn their last three away fixtures and travel to Goodison Park where Everton have won their last two matches without conceding. Seamus Coleman was the latest Everton starlet to provide the sparkle as he grabbed his first ever Premier League goal at Blackpool to rescue a point. The Toffees have more than enough about them to match Bolton in the physical department but they've a couple of other players capable of changing the game. Parts of this match won't be pretty but Everton should have enough to take all three points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man City v Man Utd|
|This Manchester derby is obviously attracting a lot of attention given that both parties are so closely matched and in contention to wrest the title from league leaders Chelsea. United have a three point advantage and remain the only undefeated Premier League side this season. However, their away record isn't particularly great having drawn four of five fixtures and conceded eight goals although they've looked better at the back now that Ferdinand has returned to partner Vidic. City bounced back from two straight defeats with a win at the Hawthorns but Balotelli's red card means he misses this fixture. City have suffered just one home defeat this season; Arsenal came and went home with three goals and three points but the fifth minute sending off of Boyata was instrumental in the Gunners' win. The big plus for Mancini has been the return of Tevez and he can take heart from the fact that the Argentinian will be all fired up against his old club. Given United's injuries, City look the better side on paper and will be looking to make home advantage count.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wolverhampton v Arsenal|
|Fabianski was back to his old tricks against Newcastle and the Gunners paid the price with their second Premier League home defeat of the season. They were also on the wrong end of a defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk last week and left it late the weekend before at home to West Ham when Song salvaged a winner as late as the 88th minute. However, Wenger now has the likes of Fabregas and Walcott back in action and even van Persie came on for half hour against Newcastle. The disappointment will be Koscielny's second red card of the season meaning that he misses this and the next game. They play a Wolves side second from bottom but the performances of McCarthy's side belies their true position of second from bottom. They played well at Chelsea and lost, beat Man City at home and were so close to taking a point at Old Trafford the weekend just gone. As McCarthy said, he's not interested in playing well and getting beat. This game is definitely a match of substance versus style and seems impossible to call given each side's recent results. Therefore the draw beckons...|