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 15th to Sun 16th January 2011.
|Sat 3:00||Chelsea v Blackburn|
|Chelsea's post Ray Wilkins slump has been far worse than most of us would've thought possible. They've slipped to fifth on the back of just one win from the last nine Premier League fixtures and would've been further adrift from the top four had Spurs not lost at Everton. The seven goal thrashing of managerless Ipswich in the FA Cup could paper over some of the cracks but only as long as they start getting things right against Premier League opponents. Rumour has it that Drogba could be dropped as Ancelotti instigates changes to kickstart the new year. They host a Blackburn side that've won three of their last four games in all competitions. Steve Kean appears to be getting it right at Ewood Park but their away record isn't great with seven Premier League defeats this season. Chris Samba is one of a number of players that could make a welcome return after missing the FA Cup win over QPR but it's a big ask to get anything at Stamford Bridge despite recent poor performances from Chelsea.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man City v Wolverhampton|
|Wolves' fantastic win over Chelsea lifted them out of the drop zone but a difference of just two points spans the bottom seven sides so Wolves have to build on good results like the Chelsea victory and the win at Anfield if they're to stay up. Unfortunately they seem to be unable to put a winning run together and losing to teams around them like Wigan and West Ham does them no favours whatsoever; a draw at Doncaster in the FA Cup was hardly a recipe for boosting confidence. Elokobi is suspended after being sent off in that game but Karl Henry is close to a return after suffering knee ligament damage in November. They travel to Man City where Mancini already has his cheque book out. Dzeko comes in whilst Santa Cruz and Adebayor are rumoured to be departing at some point; good news since Balotelli is out for a month with a knee injury. City have won three of the last four at Eastlands and are pushing United hard; they could even go top if Spurs defeat their biggest rivals. Wolves have taken just four points on the road and this looks a game beyond them but they'll take heart from their win at Anfield and Everton's win at Eastlands just before Christmas.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Stoke v Bolton|
|Of the two sides, Bolton might have a little bit more guile about them under Owen Coyle but essentially this promises to be a blood and thunder affair with the ball spending more time in the air than it does on the ground. Bolton have lost their last four away games, all by the odd goal, but to decent opposition i.e. Liverpool, Chelsea, Sunderland and Man City. The Trotters could welcome back a number of injured players including Gardner, Holden, Samuel and Steinsson so the outlook is fairly positive. Stoke are also likely to restore several players to the starting lineup that missed the FA Cup draw with Cardiff. The Potters' home form has been fairly mixed but the two goal victory over Everton was a big result. A game that could pitch either way but both sides would probably be happy with a draw.|
|West Brom v Blackpool|
|People are starting to believe in Blackpool especially after doing the double over Liverpool. The astonishing thing is that the Tangerines have actually taken more points on the road this season, a result of having played more away fixtures but the games still have to be won. They may have lost their last Premier League away match, a narrow defeat at Eastlands, but they've taken eight points from the four away games prior to that defeat. They travel to the Hawthorns, having already beaten West Brom at Bloomfield Road this season, where the Baggies are struggling for form. They've lost their last six games in all competitions including an FA Cup defeat at Reading, a game in which substitute Olsson was dismissed for two yellow cards meaning he'll miss this one. West Brom play some good football but they're not getting the results and it wouldn't surprise me to see Blackpool notch their sixth Premier League away win of the season.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wigan v Fulham|
|Only a single point separates these two sides despite Wigan being second from bottom and Fulham holding on to fourteenth; such is the close nature of the relegation battle this season. The Cottagers recently notched their first away win of the current campaign (at Stoke) but failed to follow that up at Spurs, losing out to a solitary Bale goal. They travel to the DW Stadium where Wigan get our vote for one of the most inconsistent sides in the top flight. Before the Latics were defeated at home by Newcastle they'd been on a good unbeaten run at home but they've bounced back from the Magpies defeat with a draw at Bolton and a FA Cup win at Hull. Given that Fulham are traditionally poor on their travels, we're going to go for a home win but betting on Wigan is a risky business.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:30||West Ham v Arsenal|
|Usually this would be a Gunners banker but I'm not so sure. They failed to score against a very defensive City side, Fabregas's injury-time penalty saved them from exiting the FA Cup at home to Leeds and Ipswich have the upper hand after the first leg of the Carling Cup semi. Silverware this season doesn't look the foregone conclusion that Arsene Wenger may have expected after making it through to the Carling Cup semi-finals. The manager has added problems with Sagna serving the last match of his suspension and Squillaci joining Vermaelen in the treatment room with a hamstring injury. West Ham find themselves bottom again after being humiliated at St James Park whilst other results went against them. However, the margins are so small in the bottom half of the table that any sort of result could be enough to lift them off the foot. Good cup form continues for the Hammers but Obinna misses three important games after being sent off in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg win over Birmingham. They're still plagued by injuries and Grant's position is effectively under constant threat but something from this game would do wonders for confidence. Upson will be incentivised to put in a good shift after rumours persist that Wenger may move for him this month. As much as I think West Ham are capable of getting something, it may only be a point.|
|Sun 12:00||Birmingham v Aston Villa|
|Local derbies appears to be the order of the day, hence this kicking off at midday. McLeish has got his act together in the transfer window with David Bentley moving from Spurs on loan and Kenny Miller another potential target. A Ben Foster error cost them the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final at Upton Park but other than that results haven't been too bad. They were well beaten at home by Arsenal but prior to that they were undefeated in seven home games in all competitions including draws against United and Spurs, a win over Chelsea and knocking Villa out of the Carling Cup. Their opponents, Villa, start this game in the drop zone with both Heskey and Ashley Young suspended having only taken two points from their last seven Premier League away fixtures. Houllier still refuses to play those he's allegedly fallen out with (e.g. Jon Carew) but they're short on experience and they need results badly, a mistake that could cost him and the club. A win for either side would lift them above the other but daylight is still a long way away.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Newcastle|
|Revenge is on the lunchtime menu at the Stadium of Light as Steve Bruce aims to make amends for the 5-1 Halloween defeat at St James Park. Allegedly, he's even issued instructions for a particular song to be played should the Mackems win the game in response to 'Daydream Believer - Cheer Up Stevie Bruce' being played after Newcastle's emphatic victory. Since that day when the Magpies were in dreamland, Chris Hughton has been replaced by Alan Pardew and Premier League results have been good with the exception of defeats against City and at Spurs. However, the defeat at little Stevenage in the FA Cup was one of the shocks of the round and they find themselves without a suspended Tiote as a result. The Magpies have been hit hard with injuries although a number of those are expected to return to the side. It remains to be seen whether Leon Best keeps his place after the hat-trick against West Ham. As far as Sunderland are concerned, they have good home form, the Blackpool defeat being their only Premier league loss on home soil this season. That said, they lost to Notts County at the weekend although it was obvious that Bruce rested players with this fixture in mind. Anything other than a home win will do little to please the Geordie manager.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 2:05||Liverpool v Everton|
|Virtually nothing separates the two Merseyside clubs in a less than enviable position in the bottom half of the table. Just five points is keeping them both from the bottom of the pile and they're fooling themselves if they don't realise they've a relegation battle on their hands. Liverpool's away record was the undoing of Roy Hodgson and I suspect he may have kept his job had the Reds not had Kenny Dalglish to turn to; he was the only credible option they had. Unfortunately, the poor away form has continued with FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford and another Premier League 'nil points' at Bloomfield Road. However, Dalglish will once again walk out at Anfield as manager which at least should inspire the crowd if not the players. Torres has proved he's still sharp but the absence of Gerrard means they miss any bite in midfield. Liverpool have won all but one of their last six Premier League home fixtures as they take on an Everton side that've only lost three times on the road this season. Even their strikers are scoring; Saha was on the mark in the win over Spurs and again at Scunthorpe in the FA Cup. Beckford also contributed one of the five goals scored against the Championship outfit. Moyes must have confidence in his strikers because he's sent Yakubu out on loan to Leicester. Form goes out of the window in this fixture but Everton look worthy of a point at least.|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Man Utd|
|This promises to be a mouth-watering clash at the top of the table. Over recent months Spurs have started to believe in themselves and thrown off the inhibited mantle they used to carry into the big games. As a result, this season they've drawn against City and Chelsea at home and beaten Arsenal away. In fact, with the exception of the Carling Cup, Spurs have been beaten just the once at White Hart Lane this season (by Wolves) but United remain that last hoodoo to break. However, United still haven't been beaten in the Premier League this season and consequently top the table. They've drawn seven of their nine away fixtures and can count themseleves fortunate to have kept their undefeated record intact on a number of occasions. Rooney, Vidic and Van der Saar could all return after missing recent games. If both parties play to their potential, this'll be a cracker and either side could win it but given United's propensity to draw away from home and the fact that Spurs haven't beaten them at the Lane since 2001, another draw looks likely.|