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 1st to Sun 2nd January 2011.
|Sat 12:45||West Brom v Man Utd|
|United are still top despite conceding a late equaliser at St Andrews, a result that leaves City hot on their heels on goal difference as the two Manchester sides top the Premier League table for the first time. United remain undefeated past the halfway point but Rooney's goal contribution is a sticking point with the striker not having scored in open play since March; at least Berbatov is finally making a telling contribution himself and tops the scoring charts. United's habit of drawing on the road could cost them dear unless they remedy it soon; seven draws and a win from eight away fixtures isn't title material and they need to maintain their concentration for the full 90 minutes. They travel to the Hawthorns where the Baggies are stuggling just as sides below them are beginning to pick up points. West Brom have lost their last three games and now lie just three points above safety. Defeat at arch-rivals, Villa, will have hurt them hard but losing heavily at home to Blackburn was a far worse result against a side many expected to struggle after Allardyce's departure. The stats strongly suggest a draw but United have got to start winning on the road soon and the Baggies look vulnerable.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 3:00||Liverpool v Bolton|
|Liverpool are once again in disarray and the defeat at home to Wolves saw the visitors leave as worthy victors. The Reds showed no desire or commitment and even when they were chasing the game in the last ten minutes, they were still second best. Experienced players' first touch was poor and there was no leadership; it's obvious Gerrard's not fit but so desperate is Hodgson that he's left with no alternative. The manager's decent but the players haven't responded to him and without Carragher on the pitch, there's no one to give them a kick up the backside. Liverpool are in the melee three points above the drop zone and a similar performance could easily find them in deeper trouble. They host a Bolton side disappointed they didn't get something at Stamford Bridge but they remain in sixth and their European challenge remains undiminished. Wolves' performance will have given the Trotters self-belief despite having lost their last three away fixtures. No doubt the Trotters will adopt a similar gameplan but they're likely to cause the home side a few more problems at the back. It's difficult to see Liverpool getting back to winning ways after such a dire defeat.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Man City v Blackpool|
|City have bounced back from the home defeat to Everton with a couple of emphatic victories and find themselves second only to United on goal difference. January is just around the corner and already talk is underway of transfer targets and City seem keen to act quickly in terms of getting who they want; they've got the funds and no doubt their transfer activity will spark a merry-go-round amongst everyone else. Obviously City are contenders but Blackpool are the talk of the Premier League after securing yet another away victory. The Stadium of Light has proved a difficult place for many sides to go but the Tangerines went with a plan and came back with three points. Their goal led a charmed life as it has done much of the season but it was their fifth away win of the campaign and they still have three home fixtures to catch up on. As much as Blackpool's record should be respected, the amounts invested are poles apart and City will start strong favourites.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Stoke v Everton|
|Everton's goal scoring problems continue but they always seem to manage to chalk up one in their favour and invariably that's enough to earn them something from the match. They've now gone four games without defeat including that astonishing win at Eastlands despite their strikers unable to find the back of the net. They travel to the Britannia Stadium where Stoke gifted Fulham their first away win of the season during the week. The Potters went behind to two early goals and couldn't find their way back into the match. They've now taken just a single point from their last three home fixtures but Pulis has his finger on the pulse and I can see them bouncing back. At least the defeats haven't been successive with an away victory at Blackburn enough to keep them in mid-table. Don't expect too many goals in what will probably be a stalemate.|
|Sunderland v Blackburn|
|Darren Bent has often been noted by people within the game for fluffing his lines and it seems like Tuesday's defeat at home to Blackpool might've been another bad day at the office. Sunderland went behind but threw everything at Blackpool only to find that the ball just wasn't going to hit the back of the net. It was the Mackems' first Premier League defeat at the Stadium of Light this season and there's unlikely to be too many more. They host a Blackburn side that decided to ignore the average Joe's thoughts on the events at Ewood Park and ran out determined winners at the Hawthorns. Though many have tipped them to fall into a downward spiral after Allardyce's departure, that result proves there's life in the old dog yet. How much was down to the players' resolve and how much was due to Steve Kean's management remains to be seen. A win at the Stadium of Light will take them above Sunderland and most of us will be forced to eat our words. Though the last set of results saw a Sunderland home defeat and a Blackburn away win, we're sticking to our guns and reckon on a home victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Fulham|
|Spurs have had a great Christmas and Harry is predicting an even better new year; they even enjoyed a brief sojourn into the top four before Chelsea's win over Bolton restored the Blues to fourth. Tottenham have enjoyed two victories over the festive period although it has come at a cost; both Defoe and Kaboul received needless red cards so will miss this encounter. As Harry said, it opens the window of opportunity for other players and with such a big squad there should be someone ready and able to step up to the plate. The win over Newcastle was only Spurs' second clean sheet of the campaign, the first coming on the opening day at home to City. They host a Fulham side that immediately pose more threat after notching their first away win of the season with three points at Stoke. The Cottagers struck early with two goals inside ten minutes and did a fine job of keeping the Potters at bay. They're still in the relegation places but only on goal difference and will be looking for any kind of result at the Lane to lift them out. Spurs have dropped just two points in their last four home games and look to have too much attacking threat as long as they don't go down to ten men for the third game in succession.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Wolverhampton|
|In a way, you have to have some sympathy for Avram Grant; the man is allegedly given three games to save his job, gets another five points on the board and still finds his side bottom of the pile. At least the gap between the Hammers and safety is now only two points but such is the unpredictable nature of the Premier League that the bottom sides are nicking points everywhere and only five points spans the bottom half. Forget how many games Grant has to save his skin because this fixture could prove crucial. Wolves are just a place and a point above West Ham and a win for either side could give them a huge lift whilst almost sealing the other's fate. Wolves notched an unforgettable victory at Anfield last night against all the odds to secure their first away win of the season but Liverpool were toothless and I can't see McCarthy's side getting such an easy ride at Upton Park. Up until yesterday evening, Wolves had the worst away record in the country and one result doesn't change the fact that their away form is poor. Despite this being a massive fixture for both sides, the hangover from Anfield could play into West Ham's hands.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:30||Birmingham v Arsenal|
|Once again, Birmingham deserve credit for their resilience as they pulled out yet another gutsy performance; this time it was Lee Bowyer grabbing a late equaliser at home to United. Birmingham may be teetering above the drop zone on goal difference but they've not lost at home since the beginning of October when they were beaten by Everton. They face an Arsenal side that threw away two points at Wigan against ten men; once again, it was a tale of wasted opportunities by the Gunners and they missed the chance to go second, equal on points with both halves of Manchester. It has to be said that even the win over Chelsea was somewhat gifted to the Gunners with two costly errors from the Blues, and Arsenal's defence like many of the top sides this season has looked vulnerable at times. Everything points to a draw but this is one that could swing both ways.|
|Sun 1:30||Chelsea v Aston Villa|
|The Bolton fixture could easily have been a banana skin for Chelsea but they held on to their one goal lead and returned to fourth, remaining in the elite pack hunting for Premier League glory. That was Chelsea's first Premier League win since early November and easier fixtures could pave the way for an upturn in fortune. Lampard looked almost back to his usual self against the Trotters and his long-awaited return must've been a big boost for Ancelotti. One of those easier fixtures mentioned has to be the visit of a struggling Villa side just a point above the relegation places. The Villans have lost their way with defeat at home to ten men Spurs followed by a battering at Eastlands where City could've had more. Villa must be dreading stepping out at Stamford Bridge knowing that the likes of Drogba are due a good game soon and not wanting to be on the end of another kicking. Houllier needs to earn his salt by preparing his side mentally so they don't look beaten before they leave the dressing room. If Chelsea don't grab this opportunity to show the Premier League that they're back, they might end up going backwards again.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Wigan v Newcastle|
|It's about time we accepted that Wigan probably deserve more credit than they've been given despite their lowly position just a point above the relegation places. Recent weeks have seen the Latics difficult to beat; they won a 'must win' game at Molineux and followed that with a draw at home to Arsenal even though N'Zogbia was sent off for the home side late on. Wigan haven't been beaten at home since the middle of September when City won by a couple of clear goals and they'll want to continue that run at home to Newcastle. The Magpies' Christmas hasn't been great with defeats to City and Spurs and they'll probably think that Wigan are easier prey. After some early good form on the road, Newcastle have now lost their last three Premier League away fixtures and conceded ten goals in those three games. So we're backing Wigan having taken into account their home form but such is the season we're having it wouldn't surprise me to see Newcastle romp to a heavy victory. Well, it would actually!|
|Home Win 2-1|