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 11th to Mon 13th December 2010.
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v West Brom|
|A derby fixture that sees the pressure mounting on the home side after a heavy defeat at Anfield leaves them just two places and two points above the drop zone. It wasn't just the manner of Villa's defeat at Liverpool but more Houllier's love-in with the Reds fans that has prompted much criticism. The Villans are currently on a run of four defeats including a Carling Cup knockout at arch-rivals Birmingham, though they were unbeaten at Villa Park before the defeat by Arsenal at the end of November. There is some good news for Houllier with Young back from suspension and Heskey possibly fit to play some part. They host a West Brom side up to ninth in the table. The Baggies took just a single point from five games in November but they turned things around with an emphatic win at Goodison and haven't looked back since. They're now on a three match unbeaten run including the Carling Cup win at Ipswich and should be confident travelling to Villa Park. Derby games are notoriously tough to predict but given the individual circumstances, a draw would probably suit both parties.|
|Everton v Wigan|
|About a month ago, Everton appeared to be moving in the right direction (i.e. up the table) but the home defeat to Arsenal seems to have set them back. Since then they've managed two draws on the road but were hammered at home by newly-promoted West Brom; Arteta being sent off with half hour to go didn't help and the Spaniard is still suspended. However, the late equaliser at Stamford Bridge from Jermain Beckford could represent an upturn in their fortunes. Moyes is still struggling to get his strikers on the scoresheet but has admitted that throwing Beckford in at the deep end was wrong, and letting the young striker come on when games are more stretched is proving the solution. The Toffees host a Wigan side still in the relegation places, albeit courtesy of having a significantly weaker goal difference. The Latics have lost their last five away games in all competitions and scored just twice in those five defeats. There is some good news for Martinez with Rodallega available after suspension although Figueroa may be a new casualty. Everton should win this one and the bonus of a clean sheet will be a welcome one.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Sunderland|
|Fulham are another side facing the threat of dropping into the relegation places should events conspire against them. The Cottagers have taken just two points from their last five games and drawn 9 of their 16 Premier League matches. Their lack of firepower has proved costly with Zamora the biggest casualty, although Dembele could be fit to return to action this weekend. Sunderland are the visitors to Craven Cottage and some generally good form sees them lying seventh in the table. They've recovered from the derby thrashing at St James Park with 11 points from the last 18 including an emphatic victory at Stamford Bridge although Steve Bruce will have been disappointed at how they lost at Wolves after leading with nine minutes to go. The Mackem's first choice centre-half pairing are still out injured but Mensah and Ferdinand are again likely to deputise. Sunderland have drawn half their away fixtures and Fulham have drawn half their home ones so another draw wouldn't surprise too many.|
|Stoke v Blackpool|
|The Potters have lost just one of their last seven Premier League home fixtures and are currently on a run of five games unbeaten. Their recent form has been better than their mid-table position suggests and they've worked hard to turn things around after losing their opening three league games of the season. Pulis only needs to look at the league table to see that Blackpool will be no pushover; the Tangerines are only two points and three places below the Potters. Blackpool should be fresher after having to postpone last weekend's home fixture against United becasue of a frozen pitch but if you're playing well and getting points on the board, sometimes the last thing you want is a break in games. Holloway's side have drawn their last two away fixtures but they must've been a bit disappointed after being two goals ahead at the Reebok only to share the points with Bolton in the final minutes. Though Blackpool aren't a side to be taken lightly, Stoke are looking strong at home and seem to have their mojo back.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Man City|
|Man City's assault on the Premier League title remains a realistic prospect despite drawing three of their last five fixtures. The fact that the sides above them keep dropping points has obviously helped them enormously. With Arsenal, United and Chelsea all involved in massive games later this weekend, this is City's big chance to really put the cat among the pigeons and gatecrash the top three. Tevez is City's leading goal threat and his return to Upton Park is bound to be an emotional one but it won't stop the Argentine striker from increasing the pressure on his old club. The Hammers stay bottom of the pile after losing by a single goal at the Stadium of Light although Grant believes his side are making progress. That belief has some founding given that West Ham have been beaten just once (by Newcastle) in their last 8 home games in all competitions; a run which includes an emphatic victory over United in the Carling Cup to reach the semi-finals. That said, City can be expected to string five across the midfield and hit the Hammers on the counter; once they score it could prove very difficult for the home side to get back into the game.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 5:30||Newcastle v Liverpool|
|The shock sacking of Chris Hughton has, not surprisingly, stolen most of the headlines this week and one can't help feeling sorry for the ex-Newcastle manager who'd experienced good and bad results this season. He leaves the Magpies in mid-table and it seems Ashley's lack of patience and the club's lack of continuity could prove costly as it has done in the past. Now Ashley plumps for Pardew, a manager never really successful in the top flight, but is one of few probably willing to accede to his new boss's stringent terms. Not only that but Ashley risks alienating certain players with his treatment of Hughton. Back to the game and two points from their last five games has been disappointing, especially considering the heavy defeats at West Brom and Bolton although they did hold Chelsea to a draw at St James Park. They host a Liverpool side up to eighth in the table on the back of some promising home form. However, the Reds have notched just a point from their last three away fixtures although they should have both Gerrard and Torres back. Newcastle still have their first choice centre-half pairing suspended and both Barton and Nolan remain injury doubts. The timing of events at St James Park appears to have played into Liverpool's hands and if they harbour European ambitions, they need to take advantage.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 1:30||Bolton v Blackburn|
|Despite losing at Eastlands and only drawing against Blackpool at the Reebok in their last two matches, Bolton remain sixth in the table. They head the pack chasing the top five with only six points separating sixth and sixteenth place showing that there aren't any hiding places in this season's Premier league. The Trotters have lost just the once at the Reebok this season and as a result will start favourites against a Blackburn side that've lost four of their last five on the road. Rovers find themselves in mid-table and it's their habitual poor away form that is once again letting them down. The one note of caution is that Bolton have drawn more games than they've won on home soil, the draw against Blackpool a case in point, but this is really a game they should be looking to win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wolverhampton v Birmingham|
|Only goals scored is keeping Wolves off the foot of the table but a second successive home win would be enough to see them move up a place should Wigan lose at Everton. McCarthy had cause for optimism when they staged a late comeback against Sunderland to take all three points but their subsequent defeat at Blackburn raises concerns over their defensive frailties. However, there is cause for hope as they host a Birmingham side yet to win on the road and without the creativity of Alexander Hleb. That said, Birmingham are a very resilient outfit and haven't lost any of their last five games in all competitions including a win over Chelsea and draws against City and Spurs. This being a derby game means it could go either way but Wolves have home advantage and it's about time a little luck went their way.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Chelsea|
|It seems that all Sky Sports viewers are in for a Sunday afternoon treat! Chelsea have recently been toppled off the top of the table whilst Spurs are chasing hard in fifth. Looking at recent form, it appears that Spurs certainly have the momentum whilst key injuries have cost Chelsea points and they lack someone in midfield to pull them all together as a team. Spurs have lost just a single Premier league fixture at the Lane this season and are through to the Champions League knockout stages after winning all their home games. However, injuries have left them depleted in midifield although Modric should have recovered from flu. There's been further good news with Defoe scoring on his return in Holland and Dawson fit to start on the bench; even Van der Vaart is yet to rule himself out. Chelsea's form couldn't be more different having won just one of their last six games in all competitions; a late comeback against minnows, Zilina, in the Champions League. Ivanovic continues to deputise for the injured Alex whilst Bosingwa has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Lampard could return but hopes of inspiring them to victory on his first game back could prove far-fetched. Both sides aren't the strongest defensively but currently Spurs are far more potent a goal threat, a factor that could turn the game in their favour.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Man Utd v Arsenal|
|For once, Monday Night Football should not disappoint as 2nd takes on 1st with just a point separating the two. United are yet to lose a Premier League fixture this season and have dropped just two points at Old Trafford (against West Brom). Ferguson's men hadn't been that prolific this season until Rooney returned against Blackburn and Berbatov ended up netting five. United won't be resting players for this must win game and expect both Ferdinand and Scholes to play if anywhere near being fit. Arsenal's recent form hasn't been great having lost two of their last three Premier League fixtures at the Emirates although they have won their last four on the road. Fabregas and Vermaelen remain the biggest casualties for Arsene Wenger and it's their defence that has looked uncharacteristically generous in recent weeks. Although Nasri has excelled in Fabregas's absence, the back four has let them down and that looks like being the key factor United seek to exploit as they look to move back to the top of the table.|
|Home Win 2-1|