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 midweek fixtures Tues 28th to Wed 29th December 2010.
|Tues 3:00||Man City v Aston Villa|
|City slipped to third on goal difference after Arsenal outplayed Chelsea to move second. City's home form has been mixed; they were caught cold by Everton recently and found themselves unable to claw back the deficit. However, they host a Villa side that were awful at home to Spurs and made little impact on the game despite having a man advantage for over an hour. Villa are only four points clear of safety and have taken just a single point from their last five away fixtures. Their youth and enthusiasm is welcome but they're missing valuable experience in the centre of the park. City should win this comfortably.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Stoke v Fulham|
|Fulham's Boxing Day defeat at home to the Hammers came as something of a shock and is a sure indication of where the Cottagers are heading. Their situation was perilous before that defeat and Wigan's win at Wolves means Fulham slip into the relegation places and two points adrift of safety. They now face two difficult away trips to Stoke and Spurs and it seems their position will only got worse should other results go against them. On a brighter note, Fulham have salavaged five points on the road despite not winning, though three of their last four away days have all ended in defeat. They travel to the Britannia where Stoke's home form has been OK although the recent defeat at Blackpool was unexpected. However, the Potters bounced back from that with a fantastic win at Blackburn and it's their improved away form that has seen them cement their hold on eighth position. Stoke are improving, Fulham are poor; a home win looks fairly certain.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Blackpool|
|Blackpool still lie in mid-table despite playing two or three games less than most of the other sides. The blame lies squarely on their frozen pitch but the games they've missed have been against United, Liverpool and Spurs. Holloway would rather have the points in the bag than have to rely on those difficult fixtures when they hit them further into the season. The Tangerines' away form has carried them this far and it has surprised many with them taking 14 points from a possible 30. However, they travel to the Stadium of Light where Sunderland are still unbeaten this season. They were beaten, as expected, at Old Trafford on Boxing Day but on home soil they've won four of their last five. This match is still a bit dicey to predict given Blackpool's potential to shock but you have to go with Sunderland's home form.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Newcastle|
|Van der Vaart's return to action made all the difference at Villa Park as ten man Spurs held off a late fightback to seal three valuable away points. To be fair, Spurs were the better side for most of the game despite having Defoe sent off before the half-hour mark. That'll mean he'll miss the next three games unless any appeal is made and subsequently upheld; unlikely! Spurs have held on to fifth though Bolton did replace them for a few hours, but keeping tabs on the top four is all important. The home side have lost just the one Premier League fixture at White Hart Lane this season as they take on a Newcastle side still getting to grips with a new manager. Pardew kicked off his reign with two home fixtures, a win over Liverpool and defeat to City, but this'll be his first away day. The Magpies certainly have the capacity to beat anyone on their day and Andy Carroll is a constant threat, but they've lost three of their last five on the road. Pardew's focus is on keeping his best players but he also needs results, especially when working at St James Park. Spurs, on their own patch, look too strong for Newcastle but the Magpies won't be short on effort.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|West Brom v Blackburn|
|Blackburn's decision to sack Sam Allardyce and not back it up by putting their faith in experience could cost the club dear. Rovers were expected to beat both the Hammers and Stoke at Ewood Park but drew against West Ham, and were beaten by the Potters without even raising a shot in anger. They were poor against Stoke and all the factors stem from the owners' decision to sack Big Sam. The dressing room seems to have been lost and new manager, Steve Kean, has no experience at this level. That coupled with their away form (they've lost five of their last six) doesn't bode well for the trip to the Hawthorns. The Baggies got back to winning ways at home with a victory over Newcastle but subsequent away trips to Villa and Bolton both ended in defeat. West Brom's only two home defeats have come in their last three home fixtures but they should be poised to take advantage of a Blackburn side lacking spirit and organisation.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Tues 5:30||West Ham v Everton|
|Avram Grant was in celebratory mood after a shock win at Craven Cottage and no wonder considering that he was allegedly given three games to get three points on the board. He's exceeded all expectations by getting four points from two of the three fixtures but the Everton game is their first home game of the three; it represents a real chance for them to go above Fulham and possibly break out of the drop zone should they win and United do them a favour at Birmingham. Another bonus for Grant was Carlton Cole's brace at Fulham and that might prove the catalyst for the striker to go on and get the goals to keep the Hammers up. They host an Everton side desperately trying to avoid being dragged into the relegation battle and their win at Eastlands was a sure sign of that but Moyes must still be concerned about where the goals will come from. The Toffees defend valiantly but again it was Cahill on the scoresheet at City, alongside a stunning curler from Baines, but the worry is that the strikers still aren't contributing. This bears all the markings of a game that could go either way but neither manager will want to lose it. A draw looks the best bet as it's very difficult to call.|
|Tues 8:00||Birmingham v Man Utd|
|As we hit the halfway point of the season, United are two points clear at the top of the table and look capable of stepping through the gears should they need to. Ferguson has challenged his players to up the ante and leave the competition trailing in their wake. That coupled with setting Berbatov a 25 goal target could be the tonic to see United wrest the title from Chelsea. United are the only Premier League side unbeaten which makes them especially dangerous but they've only won one of their seven away fixtures. As they head to St Andrews, drawing too many games is possibly their only criticism. Birmingham have only lost the one Premier League match at home but they find themselves teetering just above the relegation places with a two point safety margin. We've commented many times that Birmingham are a resilient side and coupled with United's tendency to draw away, you could be forgiven for thinking nailed-on draw. However, United are about to step up to the plate and are unlikely to be found wanting.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wed 7:45||Chelsea v Bolton|
|Bolton will have plenty to focus them at Stamford Bridge. Should the Trotters actually win this game, they'll jump above Chelsea and the Blues could fall as far as sixth if Spurs beat Newcastle. However, Bolton have lost their last two away fixtures (at Sunderland and Man City). That said, Chelsea are on a run of six Premier League matches without a win and the impregnable Bridge is no longer the fortress it once was. The Blues are conceding goals and lack any precision or incisiveness in the final third. Bolton are up to sixth on merit and shouldn't be written off.|
|Wigan v Arsenal|
|Wigan's much needed victory at Molineux lifted the Latics out of the drop zone and they keep surprising us. They've won only two Premier League matches at the DW Stadium this season but lost just three. They host an Arsenal side buoyant after last night's win over Chelsea; a victory that lifted the Gunners to second and within two points of United. Arsenal's away form is looking good this season although the back four do look vulnerable without Vermaelen. As long as they don't become complacent, this should be an important win for the Gunners.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Wed 8:00||Liverpool v Wolverhampton|
|Liverpool were gifted more time to ensure Gerrard's recovery from injury when Blackpool's frozen pitch put paid to their trip to Bloomfield Road. Another home fixture represents a further chance for Roy Hodgson to galvanise team spirit and build some confidence. The Reds have won their last four Premier League home matches including victory over Chelsea back in early November. They host a Wolves side that dropped to the bottom of the table after a disastrous Boxing Day. The previous incumbents of that position, West Ham, pulled off a surprise win at Fulham whilst Wolves were beaten at home in their own relegation battle by Wigan. The thing is that Wolves hadn't been playing that badly but dropping to the bottom of the pile plus losing to the Latics could've knocked the stuffing from them and McCarthy faces a tough job to turn them around. The thing is, Wolves' record on the road is poor with just one point the sole reward from eight away fixtures and their recent away form reading defeat after defeat. Taking all that into account, this looks a straight forward victory for Liverpool.|
|Home Win 2-0|