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 4th to Mon 6th December 2010.
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Fulham|
|Fulham hover a point and a place above safety with just two Premier League victories to their name this season. The Cottagers are yet to win on the road and have only a point to show from their last three away fixtures. Their striker crisis continues with Zamora and Dembele definitely out whilst Johnson remains touch and go after suffering a hamstring injury. They travel to the Emirates knowing that Arsenal can be undone if you attack them but with Fulham lacking resources in the forward department, they're likely to offer little in the way of trouble to the Gunners. The thing about Arsenal is that they always bounce back and that's exactly what happened at Villa Park after losing successive games at home to Spurs and away in Braga. They also ensured their progression to the Carling Cup semi-finals with a comfortable home win over Wigan. The chink of light for Fulham is that Arsenal can be vulnerable having lost four Premier League fixtures this season, three of them at home. Fabregas and Vermaelen are obviously big misses but the Gunners should be strong enough to cast aside a Fulham outfit that requires some strengthening.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Birmingham v Tottenham|
|It's been a good week or two for Birmingham; they're now on a run of four games unbeaten in all competitions and those results have come against decent opponents. First they managed to shut City out for a point followed by victory at home over a weakened, out-of-form Chelsea outfit. Then they got a draw at Craven Cottage before knocking arch-rivals Villa out of the Carling Cup with a late winner from Nicola Zigic. Birmingham are resilient and they'll have to be against a Spurs side now up to fifth in the table on the back of four straight wins in all competitions. Spurs have shown themselves to be less than solid at the back but it's their attacking resolve that's given them the belief that they can at least cement their place in the top four. Harry's men have come from behind so many times to claim points that any side would be foolish to write them off. Both Arsenal and Liverpool were leading in recent fixtures only to see the lilywhites snatch victory towards the end of the game. Injuries still hamper Spurs' progress with Van der Vaart out with a hamstring injury and Kaboul doubtful with a hip problem. Dawson was supposed to make his comeback in the reserves this week but that was postponed because of the weather so it looks like Bassong may continue to partner Gallas at the back. Spurs haven't kept a Premier League clean sheet since the opening day and Birmingham can be expected to go ahead but don't discount Spurs; I rate them for a share of the spoils.|
|Blackburn v Wolverhampton|
|Wolves notched only their third win of the current campaign last weekend when they beat Sunderland at Molineux. They were behind until the 81st minute when goals from Stephen Hunt and Ebanks-Blake gave them a rare victory. However, it wasn't enough to lift them out of the relegation places and they remain three points adrift of safety with a significantly weaker goal difference. Their away form is nothing to shout about with just one point secured from seven attempts despite some impressive performances. They travel to Ewood Park where Blackburn are doing enough to stay in mid-table. However, Allardyce's men were trounced at Old Trafford last weekend with the manager admitting that their performance just wasn't acceptable. That said, everything came off for United and at times they were unplayable. Rovers' record at home is much better having won the last two (against Villa and Wigan) and losing just twice all season (to Chelsea and Arsenal). Allardyce's attacking options should be bolstered with the return of Kalinic and Pedersen and form suggests that Blackburn will be good value for the three points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v Everton|
|Just a single point from Chelsea's last three Premier League fixtures has seen them relinquish top spot to United with Arsenal drawing level with the Blues, although a weaker goal difference leaves the Gunners in third. Injuries have obviously played their part in Chelsea's recent failings but one wonders how much effect the Wilkins episode and other management issues have had on the players. However, rumour has it that both Terry and Lampard could be fit to feature against an Everton side currently heading in the wrong direction. The Toffees haven't won since the end of October and successive home defeats (to Arsenal and West Brom) has seen them drop to sixteenth and just two points clear of the relegation places. Arteta is still banned and their strikers are still misfiring; Beckford missed a host of chances when coming on against West Brom and Moyes seems unconvinced that the ex-Leeds man can make it at the top level. However, Everton always give it 100% despite lacking a cutting edge. The trouble is that Chelsea will probably start winning again sooner rather than later and their blips don't last long. Playing at home coupled with the possible return of two of their talismanic players should be enough to lift the Blues to victory.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man City v Bolton|
|After a rare home defeat to Arsenal and home goalless draws against United and Birmingham, City finally got back to winning ways at Eastlands with a decent victory over Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League. City still hang on to that all important fourth place but once again it's Spurs breathing down their necks. Balotelli has now served out his ban which gives Mancini other options alongside Tevez; the Italian's brace against Salzburg is surely enough to convince the manager that he deserves a Premier League starting place with his Argentinian counterpart. City host a Bolton side only three points and two places below them and should the Trotters manage to beat the home side, it could see them leapfrog City in the table. Bolton are on a run of five Premier League games undefeated although the home draw against Blackpool must've been something of a disappointment; that said, they were two goals down and their late comeback must've felt like a win. Also, the Trotters are on a run of five Premier League away fixtures unbeaten and will be no pushover for the men in blue. However, City are under enormous pressure and winning home fixtures like these is a must.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v Stoke|
|Wigan have lost their last three games in all competitions although those three have all come on the road; at Old Trafford, Upton Park and the Emirates respectively. The biggest miss for them has been the suspension of Rodallega but Victor Moses suffered a shoulder injury in the Carling Cup defeat against Arsenal and is likely to be out for four to six weeks. They host a Stoke side that've really turned things around since the defeat at Sunderland at the beginning of November. The Potters have taken ten points from the last possible twelve including a comprehensive victory at the Hawthorns, a home win over Liverpool and an injury-time equaliser at home to Man City (a game they might easily have won). Stoke aren't usually a team you fancy on the road but the way they went about their job at West Brom was impressive and I can see them condemning Wigan to another defeat, one that would keep the Latics in the relegation places and could even see them slip further towards the bottom should other results go against them.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 5:30||Blackpool v Man Utd|
|Blackpool are continuing to defy the odds and they look destined to be in the Premiership for longer than just this season. Their mid-table position doesn't lie and they've now suffered just one defeat in their last six Premier League fixtures. They were outstanding at the Reebok in shutting out an in-form Bolton and were looking good for victory but it was their natural attacking instinct that inevitably cost them two points; call it naivety but it sure makes for entertaining football. Despite United putting seven past Blackburn last weekend, Blackpool remain unfazed by the United goal threat and vow to stick to their principles of attacking football i.e. what they do best. However, United surely have the personnel to take advantage of any gaps in the Tangerine defence should the Seasiders adopt the gung-ho approach. United were a class apart against Rovers and none more so than Berbatov but the Red Devils landed with a bump at Upton Park when West Ham knocked them out of the Carling Cup. It has to be said that United didn't field their best eleven in the Carling Cup exit and Fergie is likely ro revert to a more orthodox selection for the trip to Blackpool. Not only are United now top of the pile but they remain the only side yet to suffer defeat in the Premier League, and the return of Rooney coupled with the form of Berbatov might just be the catalyst to get United's season firing on all cylinders. Blackpool's attitude should be admired but it's hard not to back United despite them having drawn six of their seven away fixtures this season.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Sun 1:30||West Brom v Newcastle|
|Both these sides are on 19 points in mid-table and formwise there isn't much to choose between them. The Baggies have lost five of their last seven games in all competitions including their last two home fixtures and a midweek Carling Cup exit at Portman Road; missing out on the Carling Cup semi-finals must feel pretty devastating for a newly promoted club as it represented their only real chance of silverware. They host a Newcastle side still without the centre-half pairing of Coloccini and Williamson although Taylor and Campbell did a better job at home to Chelsea than their counterparts did away at Bolton the week before. You can never be really sure what you're going to get with the Magpies but they should be better with the return of Barton from suspension although Nolan may miss out with an ankle injury. Newcastle have only drawn one away fixture whilst winning three and losing three but if they can win at places like the Emirates then why not at the Hawthorns, although it remains a risky call!|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 4:00||Sunderland v West Ham|
|Sunderland were in the driving seat at Molineux only to throw it all away by conceding two late Wolves' strikes. The main contributory factor has been undoubtedly the injuries to the centre-half pairing of Bramble and Turner. John Mensah was drafted in to play at the heart of defence despite still recovering from a dislocated shoulder but only lasted 83 minutes. The Mackems were nowhere near as solid and far too open with individual errors proving costly. Against the better sides, missing both first choice centre halves could be catastrophic but Sunderland are yet to lose at the Stadium of Light and are playing bottom side, West Ham, who are yet to win on the road. However, the Hammers have just put together back-to-back wins with a vital win at home to Wigan and an emphatic Carling Cup victory over United. No longer are West Ham cast adrift of the rest of the relegation candidates and only three points separates them from safety. The Hammers have drawn three of their seven away fixtures and a point at Sunderland is a realistic target considering the opposition's defensive frailties.|
|Mon 8:00||Liverpool v Aston Villa|
|Just a couple of points separates these two sides as they fail to reach the dizzying heights that they've been used to in seasons past. Injuries to key Liverpool personnel have hit them hard and now Carragher faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a shoulder dislocation suffered in the last gasp defeat at White Hart Lane last weekend. Rumour has it that Gerrard is targeting this game for his return but a more likely scenario is the Newcastle fixture next week. Liverpool's performances are clearly improving althought they don't look like winning away from home. However, Anfield remains something of a stronghold having won the last three there against West Ham, Chelsea and Blackburn. The return of Cole could also provide a spark up front with Torres likely to reap any benefit. Villa travel to Anfield on the back of some poor away form having take just a single point from the last possible twelve. Not only that, they were knocked out of the Carling Cup by arch-rivals Birmingham at St Andrews this week in a game that represented a realistic path to silverware. Houllier has inherited a multitude of injury problems forcing him to play youngsters in key positions, and a return for the ex-Liverpool manager is unlikely to prove a fruitful one.|
|Home Win 2-1|