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 Sun 26th to Mon 27th December 2010.
|Sun 12:00||Fulham v West Ham|
|This is a massively important game at the foot of the table. West Ham still prop up the rest of the league but cut the gap between themselves and Wolves to two points after salvaging a valuable draw at Blackburn last weekend. However, the pressure is still on Avram Grant to get something from this game although Fulham are also in a precarious position with only goal difference keeping them out of the drop zone. The Hammers are yet to win on the road whilst Fulham have won just two games this season, both at the Cottage. Neither side will be entirely happy with a draw but that's the sort of result I can see being played out.|
|Sun 3:00||Blackburn v Stoke|
|Two mid-table sides take on each other at Ewood Park. The main headlines still revolve around Blackburn and the manner in which Sam Allardyce was sacked. Several players are allegedly unhappy with how the new owners have dealt with the situation and there appears to have been no basis on which to get rid of the much-liked manager. No big name has been appointed as you'd expect; instead caretaker manager, Steve Kean, has been given the job until the end of the season. Rovers have only dropped two points at home since the end of October when they were beaten by Chelsea. Stoke had also been on a good run recently but that came to a shock halt when they were beaten by Blackpool at the Britannia. Away form isn't typically Stoke's strongest suit but Pulis will be pleased with four points from their last two games on the road. However, with the January transfer window looming, I can imagine some Blackburn players putting themselves in the shop window as they look for the exit door given recent circumstances. This remains a close call but Rovers look the likelier for a win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Blackpool v Liverpool|
|Looking at this fixture, the most attention-grabbing fact is that only goal difference separates the two sides in ninth and tenth, something you'd not have predicted at the beginning of the season come the festive period. There's no doubt that Blackpool have been the surprise package of the Premier League this season whilst Liverpool have been immense disappointments. The Reds away form has been appalling with just a single win and two draws to their name. They've lost their last three on the road; at Newcastle, Spurs and Stoke. Their opponents, Blackpool, have taken eight points from their last four games but their home form remains difficult to determine given the lack of games at Bloomfield Road. With the bad weather still playing havoc, I wouldn't be surprised to see this match postponed but should it go ahead, the stats don't favour the away side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Bolton v West Brom|
|Bolton missed out on the chance to go fifth in the table after they were beaten at Sunderland but they've impressed under the stewardship of Owen Coyle. The Trotters have lost just the once at the Reebok this season and take on a Baggies side striving to lose their 'Boing Boing' tag. West Brom's mid-table position is evidence of good progress but the gap between themselves and the relegation places is only six points. They've had some good results on the road such as victories at Everton and Arsenal but they've failed to build on those performances and Bolton is no easy place to go.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Everton v Birmingham|
|Everton's fourth Premier League win of the season was a highly creditable one at Eastlands. Despite their lack of goals, they approached the City match with a gameplan and it paid off. It wasn't a surprise to see Cahill get on the scoresheet but Leighton Baines' curling shot was a worthy winner; the problem for Moyes is getting his strikers amongst the goals. The Everton manager is also without Anichebe and Jagielka after the former was sent off against City and the latter suffered a thigh injury. They host a Birmingham side yet to taste victory on the road although they've proved tough to beat. However, McLeish's men are only a couple of points away from the bottom three. Not sure where the goals will come from but Everton are always a threat with Tim Cahill in the side.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man Utd v Sunderland|
|City's home defeat to Everton means they failed to take advantage of last weekend's postponed matches and go above United at the top of the table. United remain the only undefeated Premier League side and have dropped just two points at Old Trafford. The home side are in a very strong position considering they tend to move up a gear or two in the second half of the season. Even Michael Owen has declared himself fit and ready for action in an attempt to get some game time. United old boy, Steve Bruce, has vowed to attack at Old Trafford as Sunderland look to improve on their current position in sixth. The Mackems haven't had great success on the road; they've won just the once and were hammered at arch-rivals Newcastle. With Arsenal playing Chelsea, United know this is a great opportunity to increase the gap over their closest rivals.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Man City|
|Another big game this weekend and Pardew's second in charge. Newcastle saw off Liverpool as the new manager got off to a winning start but the visit of City should prove a tougher test. You can never really be sure what you're going to get with the Magpies in terms of results but they've got their big players back from suspension and injury. They've already held Chelsea at St James Park so they're well equipped to handle a City side that fell to a shock defeat at home to Everton last weekend. Kolo Toure is suspended after being sent off in that match but at least the latest Tevez saga looks to be over. City remain third and despite performing better on the road this season, they shouldn't take the challenge of Newcastle lightly.|
|Wolverhampton v Wigan|
|A crunch clash at the bottom of the table as second from bottom takes on third from bottom. Wolves' home form is key to them staying in the top flight and three victories from their last five at Molineux has kept them in touch with the sides above them. Good performances haven't always been rewarded in terms of points but a win over Wigan will take them above the Latics and possibly out of the drop zone. Martinez's men put an end to a run of four straight defeats on the road by holding Everton to a goalless draw but fifth yellow cards in that match for Figueroa and Thomas means they miss this game. Wigan look like certain relegation candidates and Wolves are likely to be the big winners in this six pointer.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 5:30||Aston Villa v Tottenham|
|There seems to be much unrest at Villa Park with rumours of fallouts between manager and players becoming commonplace. A number of players are likely to be put up for sale in January and it sounds like there could be a few bargains. Villa did manage a crucial win over local rivals, West Brom, which stopped them sliding ever closer to the relegation places but their away record is poor and their home form is mixed. They host a Spurs side that've proved resourceful in coming from behind this season and that grit has seen Redknapp's side climb to fifth. They now need to consolidate and bridge the four point gap between themselves and Chelsea. Spurs still have good players out injured but the likes of Dawson and Van der Vaart are fit and available again; there was even some gossip that Woodgate could make a return sometime soon. Usually, I'd plump for a draw in this one but Spurs are looking good whilst Villa are struggling, so a rare away win features.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Mon 8:00||Arsenal v Chelsea|
|Second plays fourth as both sides endeavour to move back to the top of the table. Both Arsenal and Chelsea have dropped points recently as they giftwrap top spot to United. Chelsea have stopped the rot of three defeats by drawing against Spurs, Everton and Newcastle but it's not the Chelsea we know and even John Terry has gone public in his belief that the Chelsea squad lacks depth. Arsenal also have their own problems with recent defeats at home to Newcastle and Spurs. With a few notable exceptions, the Arsenal players just haven't been playing to their potential. Wenger's defence looks susceptible without the rock that is Vermaelen and there was more bad news for the manager with his centre-half being sidelined for what looks like another month. These big games can go either way and with both sides failing to live up to their billing, a draw looks the best value.|