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 4th to Wed 5th January 2011.
|Tues 8:00||Blackpool v Birmingham|
|As Bloomfield Road has been unplayable because of the weather in recent weeks, this is Blackpool's first home game since they beat Wolves in mid-November. But recent away games have seen the Tangerines maintain their mid-table position with unexpected wins at Sunderland and Stoke as well as a draw at Bolton. Their visit to Eastlands was always going to be a tough fixture but the Tangerines gave a good account of themselves despite losing by a single goal. Though Blackpool have shown no fear in attacking opponents, they've not let themselves down defensively and the last time they were beaten heavily was by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge back in September. They host a Birmingham side that now find themselves second from bottom after a heavy defeat at home to Arsenal and other results went against them. There's speculation that Bowyer could miss this game and the next two matches if the FA deem his alleged stamp on Sagna to be malicious. Birmingham are the only Premier League side without an away win and the way Blackpool are playing, there's likely to be little joy for McLeish's side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Fulham v West Brom|
|West Brom looked dangerous against a United side not at their best and had the chances to come out on top but a missed penalty from Odemwingie probably sealed their fate. The Baggies have had a disastrous Christmas, slipping down the table after four successive defeats. They've been playing well but not winning and that can be more demoralising than playing badly. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham find themselves in relegation territory but the Cottagers know that a win for them would lift them above West Brom and out of the drop zone. Fulham lost their crunch home clash against West Ham but bounced back with their first away win of the season (at Stoke). They played well at Spurs without getting anything from the game but they have to hit the ground running against West Brom if they're to give themselves a chance of staying up.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man Utd v Stoke|
|Stoke will have been disappointed with the home defeat to Fulham but a good win at Blackburn and another at home against Everton made it a decent Christmas. The Potters find themselves in the chasing pack along with Sunderland and Bolton and travel to Old Trafford on the back of seven points from their last three away fixtures. However, United remain the only undefeated Premier League side although they were run mighty close at the Hawthorns despite emerging winners by the narrowest of margins. There's doubt as to whether Rooney will be fit for this game but Nani could make a return to the starting lineup. United have dropped just two points at home all season and they usually get stronger at this point in the season rather than fade away. With City breathing down their necks, United have the extra motivation to push hard for the title.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wed 7:45||Arsenal v Man City|
|A massive game as third takes on second with only two points separating the two sides. Only inferior goal difference is keeping City from top spot after a decent Christmas period during which they secured a maximum nine points, including avoiding the Blackpool banana skin. Arsenal have also had a good Christmas; the highlight will undoubtedly be beating Chelsea but throwing away a lead at Wigan was disappointing especially after squandering so many chances. This game is unlikely to resemble anything close to the Arsenal win at Eastlands; City being reduced to ten men after only five minutes played a significant part in Arsenal's victory. A win for the Gunners would at least move them into second but a draw wouldn't actually be a bad result for either party.|
|Aston Villa v Sunderland|
|A point for Villa at Stamford Brige proved valuable as otherwise they'd find themselves teetering above the drop zone; as it stands only two points separates them from the bottom three with a fairly unhealthy goal difference. Villa had been awful in the defeat at home to Spurs and the following away trip to Eastlands but they stopped the rot against Chelsea with an inspired performance; at one point they were leading the Blues but showed desire to pull a draw out of the bag after going behind late on. Their opponents, Sunderland, suffered the Blackpool sucker-punch over Christmas and following the expected defeat at Old Trafford, it was important that the Mackems got back to winning ways with a good home win over Blackburn. That victory came at a cost with Cattermole out and both Bent and Elmohamady doubtful with an eye injury and dizziness respectfully. Sunderland have won just one away fixture this season and Villa look certain to get something from this game; it's just a question of one or three points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Newcastle v West Ham|
|West Ham finally find themselves out of the bottom three after a crucial win over Wolves at Upton Park. With so many clubs scrapping to avoid the drop, the Hammers must feel that they now have a chance of retaining their Premier League status come the end of the season. Avram Grant has thrived under the pressure with his side taking eight points from the last possible twelve. They travel to St James Park where Newcastle had been doing well until City put an end to a three game unbeaten home run including a win over Liverpool and a draw against Chelsea. Andy Carroll is out with a thigh injury but Ameobi proved himself a capable deputy with a valuable winner at the DW Stadium last weekend. It won't be easy going for the Magpies but they'll be favourites for the three points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wolverhampton v Chelsea|
|Post-Christmas and Wolves find themselves bottom of the pile. The win at Anfield was a fantastic victory but the defeats to West Ham and Wigan were far more significant in terms of their relegation fate. It's all so tight at the bottom that Wolves will still feel confident that they can dig themselves out of the situation. However, they face a wounded Chelsea that've slipped as far as fifth after a less than impressive sequence of results. The Blues have managed just two points on the road in two months and their impregnable mask appears to be slipping. They got back to winning ways against Bolton but conceding three goals at home to Villa and what turned out to be a late equaliser is hardly likely to fill them with confidence. That said, their big players scored in the Villa draw and should be counted on to dig out a result at Molineux.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Wed 8:00||Blackburn v Liverpool|
|There's no doubt that Blackburn's form has dipped since the departure of Sam Allardyce and many thought that Rovers would be on a non-stop slide towards relegation but a surprising win at the Hawthorns has us thinking again. The hero/villain of that game, Kalinic, misses out because of suspension but Kean will be hoping that Chris Samba is fit enough to resume his role in the centre of defence. They host a Liverpool side that put the Wolves defeat behind them with a much-needed win over Bolton. Apparently the Reds were much-improved against the Trotters but their away form is poor with just one win this season and their recent record reading three straight defeats. To increase the uncertainty, rumour has it that Hodgson intends to rest the likes of Gerrard and Torres at some point to avoid old injuries flaring up. As and when Hodgson throws the dice, this is likely to be a gamble that could cost dear. Samba's return is key to Blackburn's hopes of registering three points against a Liverpool side vulnerable on the road.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Bolton v Wigan|
|Same old Wigan! As soon as we start to back them based on previous good results, they don't turn up against Newcastle and lose to an Ameobi goal. Martinez labelled their performance as the worst of the season and just two points separate them from the bottom of the table. The Latics have won just four of twenty Premier League encounters and won't find it easy against a Bolton side that harbour ambitions of European football next season. Successive away defeats at Stamford Bridge and Anfield have hit those hopes hard but their home form is good with just one defeat at the Reebok and two points dropped from the last fifteen. Expect Bolton to bounce back against a Wigan side many have installed as strong candidates for the drop.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Everton v Tottenham|
|Spurs have had a fantastic Christmas period in which they won all three games and find themselves back in the top four above Chelsea. Their festive winning sequence extended their undefeated run in all competitions to eleven games. Defoe and Kaboul miss out through suspension but other than that, Spurs have a strong squad for the trip to Goodison. Moyes still hasn't found a solution to his side's lack of goals and their last three games, all away, have yielded just a point. It hasn't helped that their most prolific scorer, Tim Cahill, has departed for the Asian Cup. The Toffees' home form hasn't been great either with just two points from the last four games in front of their home fans. That said, Everton are resilient and it won't be easy for Spurs to get on the front foot. A point at Goodison is always a valuable one.|