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 18th to Mon 20th December 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Sunderland v Bolton|
|Very little separates these two sides in the top half of the table; sixth and seventh are split by two points. Sunderland are one of only two sides still undefeated on home soil (the other being United) whilst Bolton have lost just twice on the road. Onuoha has been a revelation at centre-half in the absence of long-term injuries to Turner and Bramble. Meanwhile Bolton are eyeing up a European place on the back of some good performances, mainly at home where they've won four of the last six. Their away form has also proved solid; before the recent defeat at Eastlands they'd not been beaten in the previous five (drawing four and winning one). A win for either side could see them leapfrog Spurs into fifth should the lilywhites not get anything at Blackpool. However, a draw seems the more likely option with both sides probably looking not to get beat.|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Stoke|
|After losing at Old Trafford and subsequently conceding top spot to United, Arsenal will be keen to get back to winning ways. Before their latest defeat, the Gunners had managed a run of three wins in all competitions but their recent Premier League record hasn't been to the required standard; their home form has been particularly poor with three defeats in their last six matches. Wenger's injury problems have abated somewhat with Vermaelen their only major casualty. The goalkeeper situation appears to be reaching a conclusion with Almunia rumoured to be on his way in January and Szczesny filling in for Fabianski against United; it wasn't a match the Polish stopper was really tested in but his kicking needs some improvement. They host a Stoke side that've slipped back down to mid-table after dropping points against City and Wigan before losing at home to Blackpool. The Potters' away form has improved this season but I can't see them getting anything at the Emirates. That assumes that Arsenal don't get carried away playing over-elaborate football and just concentrate on getting the goals that'll net them three points.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Birmingham v Newcastle|
|Newcastle got off to a winning start under Alan Pardew and were worthy of their victory over Liverpool. They lead the mid-table pack courtesy of their positive goal difference and the return of Barton, Nolan, Coloccini and Williamson will leave them confident that they can cement their position in the top half of the table. The Magpies have surprised on the road with three victories this season despite losing three of their last five. They travel to St Andrews where Birmingham feel threatened by their close proximity to the relegation places. McLeish's men might've lost away at Molineux last weekend but prior to that they'd been on a run of five games unbeaten in all competitions. They've also proved resilient on their own patch and haven't been beaten at St Andrews since Everton's win there in early October; Blackpool, Chelsea and Villa have all lost there recently. No doubt this is a tough one to call and both parties might have to settle for a draw.|
|Blackburn v West Ham|
|An interesting fixture given the respective managerial situation of both clubs. It seems that Allardyce was sacked this week mainly because the new owners didn't like his playing style regardless of results and they seem in no rush to appoint a replacement although rumours appear to be surfacing of a row over transfer policy. Blackburn have been left in a healthy mid-table position and their recent home form has been good with three straight victories. In the opposite corner, Avram Grant allegedly has three games to save his job with Allardyce reckoned a front-runner to replace him. The Hammers still find themselves at the bottom of the pile but are now three points adrift after losing at home to City and other results going against them. The three all important fixtures are Blackburn and Fulham away followed by Everton at Upton Park; not one of them represents a decent chance of three points. West Ham are yet to win on the road and have just three away points in the bag. It looks like being Blackburn's day despite the absence of a manager.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v Aston Villa|
|We keep writing Wigan off but they keep surprising us by picking up points. They've now gone seven games unbeaten in all competitions at the DW Stadium despite sinking to 18th in the table. Figueroa and Thomas are suspended but Cleverley has insisted he'll be fit after scans revealed his rib wasn't cracked in a collision with Fellaini last weekend. Their opponents, Villa, are just four points and four places better off than the Latics. Their derby victory over West Brom at Villa Park last weekend halted a run of four successive defeats in all competitions. That said, they've taken just a single point from their last five away fixtures and didn't even turn up at Anfield recently when Liverpool strolled to a comfortable win. Agbonlahor and Reo-Coker are both in contention to start whilst Luke Young has an outside chance of playing. Wigan don't look like losing this one but I'm not sure they look like winning it either.|
|Sat 5:30||Liverpool v Fulham|
|Hodgson hasn't endeared himself to the Liverpool fans after misleading them over the likely teamsheet for the midweek Utrecht game. It finished goalless, featured ten changes from the side that lost at Newcastle and Torres remained on the bench despite the game lacking any bite. That said, Liverpool have won their last four Premier league home fixtures although their league position has suffered as a result of poor away performances. With the exception of Carragher, Hodgson is likely to field his best available side though Gerrard still faces a battle with fitness. Fulham are the visitors to Anfield and find themselves teetering above the drop zone on goal difference. The Cottagers haven't won a game since beating Wigan at the end of October, only their second Premier league victory of the season. They've lost three of their last four on the road and another defeat would increase the pressure on Mark Hughes.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 12:00||West Brom v Wolverhampton|
|West Brom experienced derby defeat last weekend when they lost at Villa Park and this home fixture against Wolves represents a good chance for the Baggies to get back on track. The home side have experienced mixed results of late but their mid-table position leaves much room for optimism going into the Christmas break. A groin injury kept striker, Peter Odemwingie, out of the Villa game and Di Matteo rates him as doubtful ahead of this fixture. Their opponents, Wolves, notched a second successive home victory last weekend but it wasn't enough to move them up the table, let alone out of the drop zone. However, they're now only a point shy of safety although their goal difference needs some work. Wolves' lowly position can be blamed squarely on their poor away record; just a single point from eight away fixtures and their recent away form reads defeat after defeat. Though Wolves' away performances probably deserved more, you can't argue with the stats and another defeat looks likely.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 1:30||Blackpool v Tottenham|
|Blackpool's mid-table position with a game in hand defies belief but their performances have been brave and incisive especially away from home. Because of the lottery of the fixture list and the weather, the Tangerines have only played six fixtures at Bloomfield Road this season; a sequence which has seen mixed results but only two defeats. Midfield playmaker, Charlie Adam, is suspended after receiving a fifth yellow card in the win at Stoke but their attacking intent is likely to test Spurs' porous defence. The predicament however is that Spurs are also well equipped to hit sides on the counter and have the quality to take advantage of gaps that Blackpool are likely to leave. Spurs are up to fifth and are on a run of eight games in all competitions without defeat. A victory won't see them break into the top four but would be vital to keeping them in touch with the title challenge. This should be a game with plenty of chances and the side that shows composure in front of goal will leave happy.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Chelsea v Man Utd|
|Recent results mean that this is now fourth plays top but maybe the billing should be champions versus most likely challengers. United saw off Arsenal last weekend to take top spot and they know that beating Chelsea at the Bridge would install them as this season's favourites to win the title. United are the only defeated side in a season where many points have already been dropped by the top clubs. That explains why they're still top despite drawing six and winning just one of their seven away fixtures. Chelsea started the season in magnificent form though the fixture list did play into their hands somewhat. The departure of Ray Wilkins appeared to be the catalyst for a downturn in their fortunes and the Blues haven't won in the Premier League since they beat Fulham in early November. Abramovich is not known for his patience and the papers are hinting that Ancelotti could go at the end of the season. However, Chelsea know that a win could lift them above United and would be enough to paper over any cracks. Given the recent records of both clubs and how important a fixture this is, it looks like finishing with a point apiece.|
|Mon 8:00||Man City v Everton|
|The Tevez saga looks like it could run and run but the important factor for Mancini is that their matchwinner plays and fulfills the vital role that'll see City challenge for the title. Despite United winning, last weekend was still a good one for City and points dropped by Arsenal and Chelsea saw the blue half of Manchester rise to third on equal points with the Gunners. City have lost just the once at Eastlands this season (to Arsenal) and are on a run of three succesive wins in all competitions. De Jong is suspended after receiving a fifth yellow card last weekend but City have plenty of cover in that area. They host an Everton side who appear to be heading back down the table after suffering a goal drought; they create chances but all too often they go begging by strikers suffering from lack of confidence. The Toffees haven't won since the end of October when they beat Stoke. Although they've proved tough to break down, they'll struggle to keep City from scoring and given their strike rate, another defeat looks on the cards.|
|Home Win 1-0|