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.
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 23rd to Sun 24th October 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Tottenham v Everton|
|Spurs were 4 goals down and playing with 10 men after 35 minutes in Milan but a second half performance saw them salvage some pride. Gareth Bale grabbed his opportunity to make the most of the European shop window with a fine hat-trick though Spurs did go on to lose the game. It shows that Spurs are no longer a side that give up once the game appears beyond them and they've come from behind to win on a number of occasions this season. Playing a Saturday lunchtime kickoff after such a hyped away fixture in Europe isn't ideal but at least Van der Vaart will be available plus Gomes and Modric won't feel too tired after playing only 8 minutes. There's no denying that Tottenham have defensive problems but they've won their last two Premier League home fixtures. They host an Everton side that've picked up dramatically after a very poor start. The Toffees now find themselves 11th in the table and have taken 7 points from their last three games. They also have a number of injury worries, the key one being Arteta who had to be substituted against Liverpool after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring injury. Doubts also persist about the fitness of Heitinga and Osman. This is such a tough game to call; will Spurs suffer a European hangover and are Everton over their bad start? The draw beckons...|
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Blackpool|
|Birmingham were in Blackpool's position last season as in they did surprisingly well in their first season back in the top flight but the second season is always more difficult trying to maintain those standards and Birmingham are finding that just now. McLeish's side are a point above the relegation places and haven't won in the Premier League since August although their workrate is still good and they don't concede many goals. Blackpool are the visitors to St Andrews and have been impressive on the road with three victories from five away games. Only Arsenal and Chelsea have beaten the Tangerines at their own grounds and no one can forget that recently Blackpool were deserved winners at Anfield. Holloway has stuck to his principles of trying to win games and so far it seems to be paying off. What price another surprise victory for Blackpool?|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Chelsea v Wolverhampton|
|Chelsea are still five points clear of the usual suspects at the top of the table but it seems that City are emerging as their closest rivals. Not only are they the only side to beat Chelsea this season but their win over Blackpool coupled with Chelsea's draw at Villa means that City have now closed the gap to just two points. However, the Blues have a 100% record at Stamford Bridge (the only Premier League side still with a 100% home record) and are yet to concede a goal. Drogba missed the draw with Villa through illness but should be OK for the visit of Wolves and rumour has it that even Frank Lampard could be nearing a return. Wolves ended a run of four successive Premier League defeats with a draw at home to West Ham last weekend but they still find themselves in the bottom three. Wolves have problems in defence with Craddock innjured and Mancienne ineligible due to conditions of his loan from Chelsea. Karl Henry is also unavailable as he serves the second of his three match suspension. Wolves will try to keep it tight but there only looks like being one winner.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sunderland v Aston Villa|
|Sunderland's propensity to draw games has cost them in terms of league position but they've not been beaten in the league since the end of August. Overall they've drawn six of eight games with their last five all ending in stalemate, a sequence which includes draws at home to Arsenal and United and away at Liverpool. Scoring goals has been Sunderland's biggest problem and though Darren Bent has contributed well with five, the Mackems are struggling for goals from elsewhere. New signing, Asamoah Gyan, got off the mark against Wigan and Bruce may be tempted to partner him with Bent in an attempt to secure a much needed victory. Villa are the visitors and will be boosted after holding Chelsea to a goalless draw at Villa Park but they've lost three of four fixtures on the road. Agbonlahor, Dunne, Heskey and Luke Young are all rated doubtful for the trip to the Stadium of Light, a factor likely to play into Sunderland's hands.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|West Brom v Fulham|
|West Brom are up to sixth on the back of some impressive perfomances away from home including victory at the Emirates and a draw at Old Trafford, but the home draw against Bolton failed to match expectations though the Baggies did well to battle back from a goal down; an attribute that served them so well when two goals down at United. They remain undefeated at the Hawthorns and Di Matteo will be looking to bring back Odemwingie hoping that the striker has sufficiently recovered from a knee injury sustained against the Trotters. Injuries have hurt Fulham hard this season but their away record is much improved with four draws from four attempts. Dembele and Murphy limped off in the home defeat to Spurs (Fulham's first defeat of the season) but Hughes will be hoping that Andy Johnson can finally return to action after a succession of injury problems. Though the Cottagers look stronger defensively, the force seems to be with the Baggies at present and they'll be looking for their third Premier League home win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wigan v Bolton|
|I don't know if anyone's noticed by now but the truth of the matter is that I hate predicting Wigan games; who knows what to expect from week to week! Wigan have played at home five times this season and it was only at the last attempt that they finally managed to win one; had Karl Henry not been sent off for Wolves in the 11th minute, the result could've well been different. Surprisingly, they're still undefeated on the road, god knows how! They host a Bolton side that've improved in leaps and bounds under Owen Coyle and are up to seventh in the table. The Trotters have suffered just a single Premier League defeat this season, a game at the Emirates in which Cahill was sent off in the 64th minute. The hero from the Stoke game, goalscorer Klasnic, is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in injury time, both after he'd scored the winner just a minute or so earlier. Bolton have drawn five of eight fixtures and given that Wigan seem an unknown quantity, a draw might just be the right call.|
|Sat 5:30||West Ham v Newcastle|
|West Ham may still be bottom of the table but they're no longer adrift and results are beginning to move in the right direction. They've now gone five games in all competitions without defeat and taken six points from the last four Premier League matches. Avram Grant will be anxious to turn draws into victories as that's the surest way of climbing the table but the Hammers at least look to have turned the corner. Injuries at Upton Park appear to have abated somewhat but Upson will hope to be fit after missing the Wolves game with a neck spasm just before kick-off. Newcastle travel south on the back of some disappointing results, especially at home where they lost to Stoke and could only draw with Wigan. That said, their only defeats on the road have come at Old Trafford and Eastlands. Every time I make my mind up about Newcastle, they either pull something unexpected out of the bag or fail to produce. At the moment this looks like a bit of a relegation scrap but for me, West Ham have the impetus and look like they're due a home win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 1:30||Stoke v Man Utd|
|Even games involving one of the top sides are no longer a foregone conclusion, such is the competitive and unpredictable nature of the Premier League this season. United have drawn all four Premier League away fixtures and have been guilty of throwing away substantial leads on several occasions, on others they've struggled to score. Rooney's form has been poor and off-the-field speculation as to his future has been an unwanted distraction to the whole United set-up. Under this cloud, they travel to the Britannia where Stoke are sure to give them a rough ride. The Potters' priority is to secure enough points to avoid the drop and they won't be intimidated by a United side that are struggling to fire. They've taken seven points from their last three home fixtures and have established something of a reputation for second-half comebacks; given United's lack of concentration towards the end of games, it's all set up rather nicely. On form this looks like a draw but could swing either way.|
|Sun 3:00||Liverpool v Blackburn|
|Liverpool lie second from bottom after successive defeats at home to Blackpool and away at local rivals Everton. The Reds have won just a single Premier League game this season, a less than convincing 1-0 win over West Brom. Considering their current run of form, it's rather surprising that Hodgson left both Gerrard and Torres at home for the trip to Naples. Surely, they need games under their belt playing together if they're to turn things around and start climbing the table. No doubt he'll change the team again for the weekend to include his star players. At least the Reds have had the threat of administration removed so maybe the tide is turning. They host a Blackburn side that've only won twice in the Premier League this season although their away form has improved with a win at Blackpool and a valuable draw at Eastlands. However, Samba is suspended after his dismissal in first-half injury time against Sunderland and there are concerns over the fitness of Ryan Nelsen. The theory is that Liverpool can only get better and whilst Rovers could possibly be worth a draw, sooner or later Liverpool have to dig out a home win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Man City v Arsenal|
|Away at Blackpool, Mancini gave Adebayor a rare start and started with 4-4-2 but so poor was Adebayor's performance that the manager brought on Silva in his place on 65 minutes and resorted to type i.e. 4-5-1. The result was immediate and City went on to win though Blackpool did give them a fright. Mancini started with five across midfield against Chelsea and though it was a game of very few chances, again they profited. City are just two points behind the league leaders and are quickly establishing themselves as Chelsea's closest rivals for the title. Blackburn are the only side to get anything at Eastlands courtesy of a 1-1 draw back in September. The Gunners should have Fabregas back orchestrating the midfield and sooner or later Wilshere is expected to play alongside him but a reckless tackle against Birmingham last weekend has cost him a three match ban. Arsenal sit pretty in third but they've struggled in the Premier League lately and a defence short of several key players is bound to be tested at Eastlands. Wenger won't want to lose further ground in the title race but City look to have the edge.|
|Home Win 1-0|