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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 3rd to Mon 5th December 2011.
|Sat 12:45||Newcastle v Chelsea|
|Newcastle were fortunate to leave Old Trafford with a point last weekend but they defended valiantly towards the end of the game and probably deserved something. Their defensive unit is why they're 4th in the Premier League and it's likely to be tested once again when Chelsea visit St James Park (or should we call it the Sports Direct stadium). They'll need to avoid defeat in that game if they're to hang on to a top four spot but the Magpies are yet to be beaten on home soil. Gutierrez's absence, after being sent off at Old Trafford, could upset the balance of Newcastle but Pardew is relying on 50,000 Geordies to make it an uncomfortable day for a nervous Chelsea. Villas-Boas is entering a period of uncertainty as far as his future is concerned after losing 5 of their last 9 matches in all competitions. The Blues picked up a much needed win at home to Wolves last weekend but the good work was undone when Liverpool once again beat them at Stamford Bridge midweek, this time knocking them out of the Carling Cup. It has to be said that Villas-Boas didn't field his best side though expect it to be less experimental at Newcastle. This should be a very tight affair with little to separate the 2 sides.|
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Swansea|
|Steve Kean did himself no favours after exiting the Carling Cup at Cardiff by admitting that he'd effectively forfeited the clash to concentrate on this match. To say that his relationship with the fans is already fragile is an understatement and now he's upset supporters who travelled to Cardiff as well as the club's owners. Rovers are rock bottom and it's looking like a 'must win' game for the rookie manager. They've lost 5 of their 6 home fixtures and their susceptible defence is creaking with Samba, Salgado, Olsson and Nelsen all at least doubtful. To add to the misery, N'Zonzi is suspended after being red-carded for violent conduct in the defeat at Stoke. Swansea will likely be encouraged by their fellow Welshmen's Carling Cup victory over Rovers and they should relish the trip after drawing at both Wolves and Liverpool in their last 2 away matches. Coupled with the fact that the Swans have conceded just a single goal in their last 3 games, they'll fancy themselves. Striker Danny Graham is a slight doubt but is expected to recover from an ankle knock. Swansea might just nick this and even the Blackburn fans might be behind them knowing that defeat for their side would likely see Kean depart.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Man City v Norwich|
|Despite drawing twice on the road this season and most recently at Liverpool last weekend, City remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League. Mancini's side are 5 points clear at the top and only seem intent on stretching their lead. That said, they've shown signs of susceptibility; further progress in the Champions League is in doubt whilst they laboured to cast aside a weakened Arsenal in the Carling Cup. However, they're back in front of their own fans after 3 away matches (in all competitions) and have no injury concerns ahead of their clash with newly promoted Norwich. The Canaries are holding their own in the middle of the table and shouldn't be underestimated; they've only won away once (at Bolton) but they drew at Anfield and certainly gave United a scare or two at Old Trafford. Norwich have no new injuries but expect them to start with one up top as they attempt to contain City and possibly catch them on the break. It'd be great for the Premier League to see the Canaries get something but common sense dictates that this is likely to be a very blue day.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|QPR v West Brom|
|QPR's only home win this season might have come against Chelsea but the Blues were forced to play over 45 minutes with 9 men and still Rangers only won by a solitary goal. That said, they've won 3 of their 7 games on the road (at Everton, Wolves and Stoke) and it shouldn't be forgotten that they ran Man City close at Loftus Road. Barton will almost certainly return to the starting line-up whilst Wright-Phillips is expected to recover from a foot problem picked up in the defeat at Norwich. Only a point separates them from their opponents, West Brom, a side who've also experienced their fair share of mixed results. After some good form just over a month ago, the Baggies have now lost 3 of their last 4 matches with just a home win over Bolton to their name in November. That said, the 3 defeats did come at home to Liverpool and Spurs and away at Arsenal. Zoltan Gera has been ruled out for the rest of the season but Long is thought to be fit again. A match that could swing either way but we're going to plump for the home side rather than the draw.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Bolton|
|Spurs' Europa League hopes are hanging by a thread after PAOK Salonika exposed a second string back four's defensive frailties. To be honest that may prove a blessing in disguise if Spurs hold serious ambitions of cementing a place in the top four this season. Redknapp was using the Europa League to keep squad players happy and blood younger players but the FA Cup could provide further opportunities. The established Premier League players have had a much better experience to those playing in midweek taking 28 points from the last 30 on offer. Currently lying just 2 points behind United in 3rd, Spurs still have a game in hand. Van der Vaart should've recovered from a sore hamstring to resume his partnership with Adebayor. They host a Bolton side struggling to escape the bottom three. The Trotters have lost 10 of their 13 Premier League fixtures and it's hard to believe it's the same side that won so convincingly at Loftus Road on the opening day. David Wheater is suspended after receiving a straight red in the home defeat to Everton meaning Zat Knight will likely make his 2nd successive start after forcing his way back into contention. Spurs surely have too much quality for a Bolton side desperate to turn their season around.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wigan v Arsenal|
|Wigan's last gasp winner at the Stadium of Light last weekend not only moved them off the bottom of the table but paved the way for Steve Bruce's sacking; such is the face lost when beaten by the Latics. It was only Wigan's second victory of the current campaign and Martinez must be hoping that it can kickstart their season. However, no games are easy when you're near the bottom and they don't come much more difficult than Arsenal. The Gunners had got back to winning ways until last weekend when Fulham put an end to a run of 5 successive Premier League victories by taking a point at the Emirates. Wenger then fielded a weaker side for the narrow Carling Cup defeat to City but Arsenal weren't overrun and several players performed well. The Gunners will be back at full strength, as far as injuries allow, for the trip to the DW Stadium and should leave with maximum points.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 5:30||Aston Villa v Man Utd|
|Ever since United were knocked for six by arch-rivals City at Old Trafford, they've failed to put in a convincing performance. What's followed has been a series of single goal victories followed by draws at home to Benfica and Newcastle and most recently the humiliation of being knocked out of the Carling Cup on home soil by Championship side Crystal Palace. Admittedly, Ferguson fielded a weaker side but even he felt embarassed enough to issue an apology to home fans. The manager will make wholesale changes for the trip to Villa Park but they face a test against the Premier League's draw specialists. Villa drew their 7th game of the season last weekend at Swansea, a result which leaves them lying 8th but they've a 7 point deficit to make up to go above Arsenal in 7th. For all of Villa's talent, they haven't quite fulfilled their potential but the visit of United represents a real chance to put in a good performance in front of their own fans. Given Villa's propensity to draw and United's less than convincing run of form, it's difficult to pick a winner.|
|Sun 3:00||Everton v Stoke|
|Only a point separates these 2 sides in mid-table with neither side in particularly impressive form. Everton put an end to a run of 3 defeats in all competitions with victories at home to Wolves and away at Bolton. David Wheater's dismissal after just 20 minutes ultimately handed the win to the Toffees at the Reebok. There is optimism that Distin and Neville could be fit but it still looks like the game could come too quick for Jack Rodwell. Their opponents, Stoke, have suffered this season with the after-effects of midweek Europa League fixtures. After European away games, the Potters lost heavily at Sunderland and Bolton; two sides not exactly setting the Premier League alight. They've also lost away at Swansea and Arsenal whilst Newcastle and QPR have both beaten them at the Britannia Stadium, usually considered something of a fortress. Stoke might've beaten bottom club Blackburn last weekend but they seem to have lost some of their steel and Everton look the likely winners.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Wolverhampton v Sunderland|
|Sunderland's Steve Bruce suffered the ignominy of being the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season after a last gasp defeat at home to then bottom side Wigan. They'd won just twice at the Stadium of Light this year and the fans weren't happy. Too honest Bruce admitted the difficulty of getting the fans back onside and Short was left with no option other than to get rid. O'Neill and Hughes have been installed as the favourites for the job but it's not great timing ahead of a 'must win' clash at Molineux. Both Sunderland and Wolves are teetering just above the drop zone with only goal difference separating them. McCarthy's side haven't had an easy time of late but they did win their last home fixture against Wigan. He's without Karl Henry who's suspended but both Doyle and Stearman are confident of returning from injury. McCarthy will surely urge his side to start the game at a high tempo and go for the jugular early on. Check out our money-back specials as Wolves for a win could cover other bets. At best, Sunderland have been mediocre this season and Wolves should be expected to take advantage.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Fulham v Liverpool|
|Surprisingly it's Liverpool's away form that's got their fans talking. The Reds have only managed to draw their last 4 Premier League home fixtures but they've won their last three on the road, their last six if you count three Carling Cup away victories. Their last two away performances have been wins at Stamford Bridge and they could move above Chelsea if the Blues fail to get anything at Newcastle. However, some things come at a price and midfielder Lucas could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury although the full extent is still unknown. Liverpool aren't short of midfielders and Henderson could easily slot in. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham have lost their last 2 matches (to Everton and Spurs). Fulham's home form is traditionally good but this is another case of trying to factor in European football with a smaller squad. Ahead of Liverpool's visit, Fulham are away in Holland but the stand-out statistic is that the Cottagers have won just 2 of 13 Premier League fixtures this season. The injured Duff and Sidwell will be missed but it's likely to be the same side that scraped a draw at the Emirates last weekend. Usually Fulham would be worth a point but Liverpool are on a hot streak away from home at the moment.|
|Away Win 1-2|