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 20th to Mon 22nd November 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Arsenal v Tottenham|
|Another North London derby between two sides that've begun the season well although there have been surprising slip-ups along the way. Arsenal have lost two of their last four home games, against Newcastle and West Brom, with the goals attributable to defensive mistakes mainly by goalkeeper Fabianski. That said, the stopper has played exceptionally well in some games and Wenger will be looking for some consistency from his number 1. Koscielny returns from suspension but may not be able to displace Squillaci or Djourou from the starting lineup. Spurs, like the Gunners, look great going forward with the likes of Bale and Van der Vaart but their patched-up defence of Kaboul and Gallas have shown themselves vulnerable. Rumours are that Defoe has resumed training so could start on the bench but Huddlestone is expected to be out for a matter of months with ankle surgery required. Spurs have lost three of their last four Premier League matches on the road and to worse sides than Arsenal. Despite this being a derby fixture it promises to be an open game with the home side likely to have the best of the chances.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Chelsea|
|Chelsea messed up big time at Stamford Bridge against Sunderland and that three goal victory for the away side goes down as the shock of last weekend. That defeat was brought about by injuries to Alex and Terry, and Ancelotti's decision to play a pair of experienced full backs in the centre of defence rather than giving a chance to an up and coming centre half. Also key is the suspension of lynchpin midfielder, Michael Essien, and the continued absence of Frank Lampard. Chelsea's record on the road is no match for their home form and they've won just one of their last four away fixtures. They travel to St Andrews where Birmingham have lost just the once this season. McLeish's side find themselves in the bottom three but only a point separates them from safety. They've drawn four of their last five games in all competitions, including a goalless draw last weekend at Eastlands, and they'll do well to perform a similar feat this weekend against Chelsea.|
|Blackpool v Wolverhampton|
|Wolves find themselves at the wrong end of the Premier League, being kept off the foot of the table on goal difference. Just a single point on the road, secured at Everton back in August, plus two successive home defeats is not the sort of record to take into a crunch game at Bloomfield Road. Mick McCarthy has vigorously defended his players and rightly so in the wake of some gritty performances at places like Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford but the results just don't seem to be falling their way. Despite playing the fewest home games, Blackpool have the worst home record in the Premier League with just five points from five attempts. However, the Tangerines have shown that they've got goals in them and can't be discounted. Holloway's tactics always promise an open entertaining game and this should be no exception but picking a winner remains a close call.|
|Home Win 3-2|
|Bolton v Newcastle|
|High-flying Bolton are up to fifth on the back of some great performances. They've taken seven points from their last three games and only an injury-time goal from Jermaine Beckford at Everton stopped the Trotters from making it nine. Bolton haven't lost the physically intimidating side of their game but Elmander's goal last weekend at Molineux was a fine example of a big man with twinkly-toed feet grabbing a strike anyone would be proud of. Unfortunately the financial situation at the Reebok is not so good and their better players may soon be sold in order to balance the books. Likewise, Newcastle haven't disappointed this season and are up to eighth, only a point behind Bolton. Their away form has been fantastic with victories at Arsenal, West Ham and Everton but suspensions will hit them hard this weekend with both Tiote and Barton unavailable. Andy Carroll has grabbed the headlines of late, not only because of his goals for the Magpies but also after making his first start for the national side and proving himself one of the better players in the home defeat to France. However, if anyone can be expected to tame Carroll it's likely to be Bolton as they're no strangers to playing a big man up front. Newcastle have shown themselves to be dangerous but Bolton are on a good run of form.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man Utd v Wigan|
|United remain the only Premier League side yet to be defeated this season. They're currently third with just three points the gap between themselves and league leaders Chelsea. United have drawn 7 of their 13 fixtures and they look a dangerous threat primarily because sooner or later they'll hit some decent form and start turning draws into victories. Rumour has it that Rooney is back in the country after spending a week at a training camp in the States and he's bound to play some part in Saturday's match. United have dropped just two points at Old Trafford this season and the visit of Wigan should pose them no problems. The Latics find themselves just above the drop zone and have lost their last two away matches (at Blackburn and Fulham). United could go second if they beat Wigan and that should motivate them to make it a convincing win.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|West Brom v Stoke|
|Just goal difference separates these two sides in mid-table. Stoke were well worthy of their home win over Liverpool last weekend but they've suffered five defeats in six on the road. Back-to-back wins at the Britannia has heralded a call from Stoke captain, Ryan Shawcross, for more consistency and the trip to the Hawthorns will provide an indicator as to whether they can match those expectations. The Baggies have taken just a single point from their last four games but they've only lost once on home soil, a couple of weeks ago against Man City. Olsson and Miller remain the biggest injury concerns for Roberto di Matteo but at least striker, Odemwingie, is back and firing on all cylinders. Given that Stoke's away record is so poor, this could prove a vital win for the home side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:30||Liverpool v West Ham|
|We were right in thinking that Liverpool's problems run deeper than the home victory over Chelsea may have glossed over. Subsequent trips to Wigan and Stoke were rewarded with just a single point from the two games and the news gets worse for Roy Hodgson. He's left with a midfield crisis after Steven Gerrard limped off the Wembley pitch against France and is expected to be out for a month whilst Lucas is suspended. Their opponents, West Ham, prop up the rest of the Premier League after winning just one Premier League game all season. On the road they've drawn three and lost three despite being ahead on several occasions. Confidence must be low on both sides but if the Hammers get a result at Anfield, it could do wonders for their self-belief and might even possibly lift them off the bottom of the table. That said, if Liverpool don't beat the bottom club on their own patch then God help them!|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Blackburn v Aston Villa|
|Before the defeat at Spurs, Blackburn managed to string together back-to-back wins against Wigan and Newcastle. Rovers have proved themselves hard to beat at Ewood Park with Arsenal and Chelsea the only sides to leave with maximum points. They host a Villa side with a glut of injuries to key players but Houllier could boost his options with the signing of Robert Pires, currently training with Arsenal. Houllier has been playing his youngsters in recent games and with great results, especially when you consider they've been playing in the heart of the midfield. The home draw against United was a good result despite them losing a two goal lead and it means they've now gone on a run of five games in all competitions without losing. This looks like being a tight affair and a draw would probably suit both parties.|
|Sun 4:00||Fulham v Man City|
|Two goalless draws in their last two games has seen City drop to fourth in the table and left everyone wondering if Mancini's cautious tactics have left them toothless up front. Tevez will probably lead the line on his own but the likes of Milner, Johnson and Silva really need to work harder in getting up the pitch to support. Balotelli is banned whilst Joe Hart misses out with a back injury leaving the way for a rare start for Shay Given. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham have been traditionally strong but their home form is a little mixed despite losing just the once. They're further down the table than Mark Hughes would prefer them to be but even a point could lift them several places. Missing key players Zamora, Salcido and Senderos has dented any aspirations they may have had but they're probably strong enough at the back to keep out City.|
|Mon 8:00||Sunderland v Everton|
|The unbelievable win for Sunderland last weekend at Stamford Bridge must've more than made up for their dismal failings only a couple of weeks ago at St James Park. That victory took them up to sixth in the table and they now need to defend their undefeated record at the Stadium of Light. They've manged three wins from their last five home fixtures and will believe they can notch another three points against an Everton side four points and seven places below. The Toffees may have been beaten at home by Arsenal last weekend but they've now gone four games without losing on the road. Fellaini is serving a three match ban whilst Osman and Anichebe are thought to be several weeks from a return. This is a typical Monday night fixture with little interest to the neutral but on paper Sunderland look like they might just nick it.|
|Home Win 1-0|