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 22nd to Mon 24th January 2011.
|Sat 12:45||Wolverhampton v Liverpool|
|The bottom of the table once again takes on a familiar look and Wolves find themselves right in the middle of a relegation battle. However, their recent performances have been better than that of a team trying to beat the drop; they gave City a scare at Eastlands and thrashed Doncaster in their FA Cup replay at Molineux. Wolves have won three of their last four Premier League home games and have been boosted by the return of captain Karl Henry to the starting lineup. They host a Liverpool side undergoing a period of transition, something of an understatement! Despite losing his first couple of games in charge and drawing at home to Everton, Dalglish appears to have the backing of everyone associated with the Anfield club and is expected to be given funds to strengthen the squad. However, the imminent problem is that only four points separates them frmo the bottom three and they go into this important game without Carragher or Gerrard. The Reds have lost their last five Premier League away matches and Wolves will be looking to do the double over them after a Ward goal was enough to beat them at Anfield. The home side will feel that this represents a real chance of climbing the table.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Wigan|
|Arsenal avoided the banana skin at Elland Road running out eventual 3-1 winners although their victory could've been more emphatic had they been more clinical in front of goal. The fact that they create so many good chances covers for a weaker defence without the injured Vermaelen and Squillaci. The Gunners haven't lost at the Emirates since Spurs beat them back in November and three goals in the last two games for Van Persie is a sure sign that the injury-prone striker is finally returning to form. A relegation threatened Wigan provide the opposition and continue to prove as unpredictable as ever. Surprisingly, they've lost just one of their last eight games in all competitions but injury to Tom Cleverley leaves them short on attacking guile. It's a 'must win' game for both clubs but a fully restored Arsenal side, with the exception of Vermaelen, should ease to a fairly comfortable win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Blackpool v Sunderland|
|Sunderland have been amongst the headlines recently but Bent's transfer request and subsequent switch to Villa Park for yet another huge sum seemed to come out of the blue. I'd imagine Steve Bruce had trouble not biting their hand off for the amount offered, especially considering the striker's recent form hasn't been so great, but he's now desperate to find someone to partner Asamoah Gyan. Recent results have been mixed and their late, late equaliser at home to Newcastle must've felt like a winner considering how much hype the fixture had attracted after their heavy defeat at St James Park. They travel to Bloomfield Road where Blackpool's results have also been mixed. The Tangerines last home game resulted in a great win over Liverpool, which meant they did the double over the Reds, but they failed to follw that up at West Brom and lost the game despite leading by an early goal. A tough one to predict but Sunderland have won just two away fixtures whilst Blackpool have proved that they can beat anyone on their day.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v West Ham|
|Despite Tim Cahill's departure for the Asian Cup, Everton have been amongst the goals with a win over Spurs, a goalfest at Scunthorpe in the FA Cup and a draw against local rivals Liverpool at Anfield. It's unlikely Pienaar will play given his imminent signing for Spurs and doubts remain over Saha's fitness after missing the derby fixture despite hitting form in recent games. With Yakubu also out on loan to Leicester, Moyes' squad is beginning to look a little thin and it's likely he'll move to bolster it before the end of January. They host a West Ham side that still find themselves bottom of the pile. Not only was the recent performance against Arsenal a shambles but boardroom shenanigans threaten to destabilise the club whilst the treatment of Avram Grant has been abhorrent, and I don't understand why he hasn't walked. West Ham look to be imploding and they'll suffer further should Noble and Parker not be available to add some credibility to the midfield. The Hammers have won just a single Premier League away fixture this season whilst Everton's extra commitment could be a telling factor in three points for the Toffees.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Fulham v Stoke|
|Fulham are just a point above the drop zone but haven't been beaten since New Years Day when they lost by a single goal at White Hart Lane. They were close to suffering defeat last weekend at Wigan but Andy Johnson came off the bench to rescue a point with his first goal since returning from his injury nightmare. They host a Stoke side seeking revenge for Fulham's two goal win at the Britannia just over three weeks ago. Since then the Potters have suffered just one defeat (at Old Trafford) although they needed extra time at Cardiff to make it successfully through their FA Cup replay. Pulis rested his entire first team for the Welsh trip and it's indicative of how financially important it is to finish as high as possible in the Premier League rather than having a good Cup run. This is a tricky fixture but Fulham's home win over West Brom might be the kickstart they need to reignite their season.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man Utd v Birmingham|
|United maintain their unbeaten record after a goalless draw at White Hart Lane and as a result still top the table albeit on goal difference. That said, they have two games in hand over closest rivals, City, and one over Arsenal. Whilst they failed to look like world beaters against Spurs, the fact remains that they've dropped just two points all season at Old Trafford. Rafael is suspended and Park is away at the Asian Cup but other than that, Valencia and Hargreaves remain their only injury concerns. Their opponents, Birmingham, have had mixed results of late but their last Premier league away fixture (at Blackpool) resulted in three points; however, it was their only Premier league win in the last seven attempts. McLeish has tried to strengthen his squad during the transfer window but he's missed out on both Robbie Keane and Kenny Miller although David Bentley has signed on loan. A centre-half could be his next target after Scott Dann injured his hamstring at Upton Park and will miss the rest of the season. Birmingham are a committed side but this is one you'd really expect United to win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Tottenham|
|Spurs missed a great chance to beat United at White Hart Lane after Rafael was sent off with twenty mimutes left to play but the important factor was that they didn't lose the game. The goalless draw meant that they dropped to fifth with Chelsea moving a point above them. Redknapp continues to strengthen an already strong squad with Pienaar opting for Spurs over the Blues although the chances of Beckham playing must be dwindling given the protracted negotiations. They face a tough trip to Tyneside where Newcastle have lost just one of their last five Premier League home fixtures. The Magpies will be without the suspended Tiote whilst injuries to Andy Carroll and Alan Smith will keep them out. With the exception of their FA Cup defeat at Stevenage, Newcastle have impressed in recent games. However, this is a game Spurs shouldn't lose although it's likely to be finely poised.|
|Sat 5:30||Aston Villa v Man City|
|Houllier has shown his intent by snapping up Darren Bent from Sunderland for a cool £24m but surely it's an overpriced deal. It's critical that Villa hang on to the likes of Downing, Young and Albrighton if their ambitions are to compete for honours in the top half of the table. However, the immediate task is to climb away from relegation; only goals scored is keeping them out of the bottom three. They host a City side that've started leaking goals like crazy after mastering the perfect shut-out at the Emirates. They've since conceded seven times in two games against Leicester and a home win over Wolves. Whilst they have matchwinners like Tevez, Balotelli and Dzeko, they'll feel that their superior firepower will win them games but Mancini is rightly targeting an end to sloppy defensive mistakes. City haven't lost on the road in any competition since they were beaten in Poland at the beginning of November and they look good for a win at Villa Park.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Sun 4:00||Blackburn v West Brom|
|Venkys have confirmed their faith in caretaker manager, Steve Kean, by giving him the job on a permanent basis. His plans for the club were enough to warrant them giving him a two and a half year contract. He's already bolstered his attacking options with the signing of Roque Santa Cruz but rumours persist regarding Chris Samba's unhappiness at Allardyce's sacking and the club management with his heart set on a move elsewhere. Blackburn may be mid-table but their home form is good with four victories from the last six Premier league matches at Ewood Park including a recent win over Liverpool. They host a West Brom side that've struggled on the road with four defeats from their last five Premier league away games. Di Matteo is rumoured to be in for Jon Carew to help them escape the relegation quagmire below them; just three points is keeping them from the drop zone. Given the respective home and away forms of either side, a win for Blackburn looks the more likely.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Bolton v Chelsea|
|Chelsea managed to leapfrog Spurs into the top four after a home win over Blackburn whilst Spurs could only draw with United. However, the Blues remain seven points behind the league leaders having played a game more. Ancelotti's focus has to be on finishing in the top four and if the title race falls their way, then that's a bonus. Chelsea's away form isn't great though and they've not won on the road since beating Blackburn at the end of October, including losing at places like St Andrews and Molineux. They face a trip to the Reebok and a Bolton side that've gone off the boil on the back of three away defeats. That said, the Trotters still lie seventh in the table and have lost just a single Premier League home game this season. Coyle has strengthened his defensive options with the signing of David Wheater from Boro and the chances are that they can match a struggling Chelsea side.|