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 29th to Mon 31st October 2011.
|Sat 12:00||Everton v Man Utd|
|How will Sir Alex Ferguson respond to the 6-1 mauling at home to arch-rivals Man City? The turning point was undoubtedly the sending off of Jonny Evans and rash decisions by United late on in the game emphasised what was already a poor result. It was United's worst home defeat since 1955 and the first time they'd conceded 6 goals at Old Trafford since 1930. It leaves United trailing City by 5 points after just 9 games played. Rumour has it that Ferdinand and Evra will pay the price with Jones possibly coming in to partner Vidic at the back. Rooney was also below par against City but if there's one game he's up for, it's against his old club. Everton have had some mixed results this season but got things back on track after 3 successive defeats against City, Liverpool and Chelsea with a last gasp win away at Fulham. During the week the Toffees suffered a Carling Cup exit at home to Chelsea despite fielding a near full strength side. Everton haven't fared well against the top sides this season and a wounded United looking to appease their manager won't want to leave with anything less than maximum points.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 12:45||Chelsea v Arsenal|
|Chelsea took a weakened side to Goodison for their midweek Carling Cup match and though the game went to extra time, the away side snatched victory thanks mainly to tame keeping by Everton reserve keeper, Jan Mucha. That's 2 wins over Everton in the last couple of weeks though Chelsea haven't had it all their own way of late. The Blues were beaten at Loftus Road last weekend, had Bosingwa and Drogba dismissed plus rumours hang over Terry regarding possible racial comments made to Anton Ferdinand. That said, they still have a 100% home record to protect plus Villas-Boas has the likes of Terry, Lampard, Mata and Torres to bring back into the side after Wednesday night. Drogba and Turnbull are both banned for the visit of Arsenal, a match important for both clubs but maybe more so for the Gunners who won't want to fall further behind in the race for honours. Wenger's side still haven't won on the road domestically although they are improving after a torrid start. Vermaelen is rumoured to be fit again and could come in for Koscielny but Djourou is still expected to fill in at right back. Van Persie came on and scored the goals that mattered in the win over Stoke and their talisman must start against Chelsea if Arsenal are to stand a chance of taking something from the game. Realistically though, the Gunners don't look strong enough to challenge Chelsea at the moment.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Man City v Wolverhampton|
|A re-run of the midweek Carling Cup fixture but this time at the Etihad. As if being beaten 5-2 by City at Molineux wasn't enough, Wolves now have to go to the home of the Premier League leaders and try to avoid a beating. McCarthy's men put an end to their run of 5 successive Premier League defeats with a draw at home to Swansea last weekend although they had to rely on 2 late goals from Doyle and O'Hara. Wolves could find themselves in the drop zone after the weekend if other results go against them and City really turn on the style. Mancini had the luxury of resting players for their Carling Cup victory but whichever side he fields, they don't lack for class. City are now 5 points clear of second-placed United after thumping them 6-1 at Old Trafford last weekend and some of those players will be anxious to get the bit back between their teeth. Newcastle aside, City remain the only undefeated Premier League club and have scored a massive 33 goals in 9 Premier League games. Their 100% home record remains intact whilst Villa can lay claim to scoring the only Premier League away goal at the Etihad this season. Wolves will eventually pick up but this looks like one-way traffic.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Norwich v Blackburn|
|Despite playing well at places like Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford with nothing to show for their efforts, Norwich were deserving of their point earned at Anfield last weekend. Club captain, Grant Holt, came off the bench to score the all important equaliser and Norwich will rightly feel that their position (8th in the table) is fully justified. The Canaries have won their last 2 home fixtures and that confidence could see Lambert start with 4-4-2 rather than the 4-5-1 that has started their last 5 successive matches. Norwich had no midweek Carling Cup action to distract their weekend preparations unlike the Blackburn side they host who emerged victorious at home to Newcastle. Rovers should've won the match in normal time but injury time saw the Magpies grab 2 crucial goals taking the game into extra time though the home side eventually won through. Kean didn't get a chance to rest many of the first team and Carling Cup success should be treated with caution; just look at Birmingham last season. Blackburn are bottom of the pile with just a single Premier League victory this season and Norwich should be too good for them.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Aston Villa|
|Villa's Herd won his red card appeal meaning he's eligible to play at Sunderland but it doesn't make up for the 3 points that were handed to West Brom as a result. After going the first 7 games undefeated, now read losses at City and at home to the Baggies. Expect the same starting line-up that lost to West Brom with the exception of Barry Bannan who's been suspended by the club after a car crash; Marc Albrighton should replace him on the wing. They travel to the Stadium of Light where Sunderland seem incapable of stringing 2 victories together. In fact, they've managed just 2 wins in 9 Premier League starts and only one of those has come at home (an emphatic win over Stoke). They have the chance to do just that on Saturday after beating Bolton at the Reebok last weekend. Bruce has no fresh injury concerns and may elect to start Wickham alongside Bendtner again with Sessegnon proving more effective from a wide position. There's very little to choose between the 2 sides and a draw looks the favourable option.|
|Swansea v Bolton|
|Swansea grabbed their first away point of the season last weekend at Molineux but really should've taken all three after going into the interval 2 goals to the good. However, their home form is more impressive with the Swans still undefeated at the Liberty and most recently with successive wins over West Brom and Stoke; what's more, Swansea are yet to concede on home soil. They host a Bolton side struggling to escape the relegation places but the Trotters seem to take 2 steps back for every one forward. An away win at Wigan put an end to a run of 6 successive Premier League defeats but subsequent defeats at home to Sunderland and another in the Carling Cup at Arsenal must leave them low on confidence. Bolton's away form is actually better than their record at the Reebok but Swansea will be eyeing this as a must win game if they're to maintain their Premier League status.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wigan v Fulham|
|Only a couple of points and places separate these 2 sides at the wrong end of the table. Wigan are second from bottom with just a single goal keeping them off the foot. Results tell the story and the Latics have now suffered 7 straight defeats in all competitions; they last won at the back end of August when they beat QPR by a couple of goals. That said, Wigan haven't been humiliated by anyone despite playing both City and Spurs. The clincher for me is that they were convincingly beaten at home by Bolton, a side just a point better off than themselves. Their opponents, Fulham, are yet to win on the road in the Premier League this season but Jol is able to name a full strength starting line-up. That doesn't include Bryan Ruiz who came on against Everton to score his first for the club, an equaliser at the time but 2 late goals saw the Toffees take the points. The Cottagers have now suffered 3 successive defeats in all competitions but I suspect they can turn things around at the DW Stadium.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 5:30||West Brom v Liverpool|
|After 3 opening Premier League defeats, West Brom have picked up and now find themselves in mid-table. Their last 4 results have been 2 draws and a couple of victories, the most recent a worthy win at Villa Park. However, that victory was marred by a potentially leg-breaking tackle on Shane Long by Alan Hutton. The Baggies striker eventually had to go off and is likely to be out for 6 weeks. Somen Tchoyi was his replacement and is likely to start alongside Peter Odemwingie. They host a Liverpool side not quite fulfilling their potential. The Reds bossed the first half against Norwich creating plenty of chances but it was their failure to convert the majority of those chances that saw them drop 2 points. Again they were guilty of missing opportunities in the Carling Cup win at Stoke with Suarez eventually grabbing the brace that mattered. Dalglish made 8 changes from the side that drew against Norwich and one wonders if the likes of Gerrard, Kuyt, Adam or Bellamy will return to the starting line-up. West Brom haven't been played off the park by anyone (except maybe at Swansea) and given Liverpool's failure to cash in, a share of the spoils could be the order of the day.|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v QPR|
|After spending the opening couple of weeks at the foot of the table, Spurs now find themselves flying high in 5th after notching 5 victories and a draw in their last 6 Premier League matches. Injuries continue to prevent Redknapp from fielding a first choice centre-half pairing but Gallas came through a reserve game unscathed and will be valuable back-up. The battle continues at the other end of the pitch with Defoe trying to displace van der Vaart for a starting berth alongside Adebayor. Defoe only got 2 minutes pitch-time at Blackburn and whilst the Dutchman continues in scoring form, the English striker might just have to be patient and take his opportunity when it comes. QPR are the visitors to the Lane after a somewhat bad-tempered affair at Loftus Road against Chelsea. Rangers emerged winners, their first Premier League victory on home soil, but Chelsea had 2 players dismissed and an alleged race row now looms over exchanges between Terry and Ferdinand. Expect Taarabt to start against his old club but no doubt he'll leave the field in a huff after being substituted. QPR will provide a threat but their defence will be sorely tested against Spurs and there should be more joy for the home side.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Mon 8:00||Stoke v Newcastle|
|Aside from City, Newcastle remain the only Premier League outfit yet to taste defeat. They might not have yet played what could be considered a title contender but draws at home to Spurs and Arsenal have set the tone for Alan Pardew's men. The Magpies play to the final whistle and none more so than in the Carling Cup extra time defeat at Ewood Park where a couple of injury time goals prolonged the agony. Both Steven Taylor and Tiote missed that game after suffering injuries in the win over Wigan and their absence (if they miss out) could prove key to the outcome of this match. Stoke are formidable opponents at the Britannia and this week saw them lose their first game there this season after Liverpool knocked them out of the Carling Cup, somewhat unfairly according to Tony Pulis. The Potters have already held Chelsea and United at home as well as beating Liverpool in the Premier League and Spurs in the Carling Cup on penalties. If Newcastle are to be taken seriously by the big clubs, they'll need to take something at the Britannia but Stoke will start favourites especially if Steven Taylor misses out.|
|Home Win 1-0|