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 27th to Sun 28th November 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Aston Villa v Arsenal|
|Surely the message from Arsene Wenger to his players has to be focus and concentration. The defeat to Spurs last weekend must have hurt hard, especially since they were two goals to the good, and should've gone top; that's three Premier League defeats this season at the Emirates. The Gunners should be looking forward to getting back on the road where their form is actually better having lost just the once (at Chelsea). Fabregas and Eboue were injured in the midweek defeat in Braga but Wilshere and Sagna should provide able deputies. They're likely to face an old colleague this weekend at Villa Park in the shape of Robert Pires. The ex-Gunner is likely to play given that Stephen Ireland continues to fail to impress Houllier and Albrighton has gone down with appendicitis. Villa's substitute midfield coped well in the draw at home to United but Arsenal keep the ball better and it'll be a tough day for the young Villans. I just can't see Arsenal falling to another defeat so soon as good sides tend to bounce back from adversity.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 3:00||Bolton v Blackpool|
|Blackpool were worthy of their weekend win over Wolves, only their second Premier League victory at Bloomfield Road this season. However, their away form has dipped slightly with just a single point taken (at West Ham) from their last three matches. The Seasiders face a tough trip to high-flying Bolton who are up to fifth in the table on the back of some impressive results. The Trotters haven't lost since the end of October when they were beaten at home by Liverpool, their only home defeat this season, and have since scored nine goals in home victories against Spurs and Newcastle. However, Bolton still concede a few goals and could be susceptible to Blackpool's willingness to attack at all costs. One of the big surprises this season has been the goalscoring form of Elmander who lies second in the Premier League scoring charts and added a brace against Newcastle last weekend. It seems a shame that the big man is being considered for sale in January just as he finally begins to justify his price tag. Goals are guaranteed at the Reebok and it should be Bolton's day.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Everton v West Brom|
|Only goal difference separates these two sides in the wrong half of the table and one wonders whether the general trend of either side is up or down. Everton haven't now won a game since the end of October although they've only lost one of those four (against Arsenal). The obvious problem is that they draw too many games but the bigger problem is that they don't get enough goals and those that they do get generally tend to come from their midfield, namely Tim Cahill. Beckford popped up with an injury-time equaliser against Bolton but their forward line, including Yakubu and Saha, contributes very little in terms of goals. Their opponents, West Brom, have taken just a single point from their last five matches and appear to have failed to build on good form in October when they won at the Emirates and held United to a draw at Old Trafford. If Everton can keep things tight at the back, then a header from Cahill could be enough to win the game.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Birmingham|
|A couple of points separates these two sides towards the wrong end of the table. However, the most recent result from each club paints a very different picure. Fulham were heavily defeated at home by Man City whilst Birmingham pulled off a smash and grab victory over Chelsea at St Andrews. The Cottagers hover above the drop zone by virtue of a better goal difference but their home form is mixed (something that had always been good under Hodgson) and they've drawn a lot of games, eight from fourteen to be exact. Despite notching an impressive win over the league leaders, Birmingham's away form isn't so great. They're one of only four Premier league sides yet to secure an away victory having drawn four and lost three. Expect this to be closely contested, a draw wouldn't be the most surprising result.|
|Man Utd v Blackburn|
|Without being prolific, United have had a very good week. Last weekend's win over Wigan was a great result for them considering that both Arsenal and Chelsea lost leaving United to draw level on points with the league leaders. Then a late penalty from Rooney at Ibrox saw them cement their place in the Champions League knockout stages. Additionally, United's injuries appear to be abating just as Chelsea's seem to be costing them points. Not only is Rooney fit and available but Giggs, Nani and Scholes are all back and playing. They host a Blackburn side that've won three of their last four matches but three of their last four away fixtures have all ended in defeat. Rovers aren't renowned for their travels and though Fergie and Allardyce appear to be good pals, there'll be no favours granted and none expected. The only thing to expect is three points for United.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Stoke v Man City|
|This game could well be closer than some may care to suggest. Stoke's home record is an almost perfect match for City's away record with four wins, one draw and two defeats. Not only that but when considering Stoke's last four home games and City's last four away fixtures, both have won three and lost one. One thing you can be sure of is that the Potters will put up much more of a fight than Fulham did when they let City play them off the park at Craven Cottage. And don't forget that Stoke were convincing enough in putting Liverpool to bed at the Britannia only a couple of weeks ago. My only fear is that Stoke will find it tough to break down City with City playing deep, which in turn could result in something of a stalemate and we might end up seeing something along the lines of the recent Manchester derby. At the end of the day, City are unlikely to lose; it just depends if Stoke make the mistakes that'll allow City to capitalise.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Ham v Wigan|
|If Avram Grant hasn't pencilled in this game as a 'must win' then the man's a fool. Grant lost his number two this week and he'll lose his own job unless things pick up at Upton Park. The Hammers are still rock bottom and the gap between themselves and safety remains five points after they fell apart at Anfield. Not surprisingly, there seems to be some dissension within the West Ham camp but it's not anything that a much needed win won't cure. Parker should be expected to recover from a chest infection after missing the Anfield trip and there might not be a better time to play Wigan. The Latics will be without both Rodallega and Alcaraz as they are both serving bans, whilst their last three Premier League away fixtures have all ended in defeat. Wigan themselves are in the drop zone, albeit on goal difference, and that should be the motivation for them to give it a go but this could be a good day for the Hammers. They might even register only their second win of the season.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wolverhampton v Sunderland|
|Wolves are still being widely credited for good perfomances but only goal difference is keeping them off the bottom of the pile and they've now suffered four straight defeats. McCarthy will be further disappointed with the news that captain Karl Henry suffered knee ligament damage in the defeat at Blackpool and is likely to be out for up to two months. They host a Sunderland side that are up to seventh in the table but injuries have hit Steve Bruce's first choice defensive pairing of Bramble and Turner leaving the way clear for Anton Ferdinand to make the most of the opportunity. Sunderland have suffered two away defeats this season, the most obvious one being the derby thrashing at St James Park, but they bounced back well with a shock victory at Stamford Bridge. Don't expect a similar performance but a draw could well be on the cards. Anything that stops the rot will please McCarthy although a win would obviously please him more.|
|Sun 1:30||Newcastle v Chelsea|
|Chelsea still top the Premier League on goal difference but the Blues have had a couple of weeks to forget. Successive Premier League defeats at home to Sunderland and then at Birmingham were thankfully brought to an end by a narrow win over Zilina this week at Stamford Bridge. The root of the cause has been injuries to the centre-half pairing of Terry and Alex but rumour has it that Alex is now fit and should start at St James Park. Chelsea haven't been too hot on the front foot either and are missing the drive of Essien who won't be back from suspension until next weekend. Newcastle's home form is erratic and last weekend they were hammered 5-1 at Bolton. The Magpies still have Barton suspended whilst their centre-half pairing of Williamson and Coloccini can also be added to that list meaning that Campbell and Taylor are likely to deputise. As bad as Chelsea have been, it would be a major shock to see them suffer three successive Premier League defeats and they should have enough to take advantage of a Newcastle side missing key personnel.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Liverpool|
|Spurs have had a fantastic week culminating in qualification for the Champions League knockout stages after disposing of a very weak Werder Bremen outfit. The other highlight was of course last weekend when they came back from two goals down to beat Arsenal at the Emirates, something they haven't done for 17 years and a comeback that stopped the Gunners from going top. However, Spurs aren't the strongest at the back and the clean sheet against the Germans was their first since winning 4-0 against Young Boys back in August. That said, Gallas has been a key performer in recent weeks and deserves much of the credit for recent successes. Spurs host a Liverpool side that have climbed to mid-table but their away form is still lacking having won just one of seven away encounters. The Reds are still without Gerrard although Joe Cole could make a return from injury. Spurs have won the last three encounters in all competitions between the two at White Hart Lane and barring any Champions League hangover, a home win looks likely.|
|Home Win 3-1|