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 10th to Mon 12th December 2011.
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Everton|
|Arsenal had already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages before their midweek defeat in Greece but despite fielding a slightly weaker side there was still bad news for Wenger with Santos stretchered off (ankle injury). That leaves the Gunners without 4 recognised full-backs and Wenger will have to re-shuffle with the possibility that Swiss defender Martin Angha, aged just 17, could start. Though Fulham held Arsenal at the Emirates in their last Premier League match, the Gunners have made steady progress with 19 points taken from the last 21 available. That run of form has seen them rise to 5th, 5 places above an Everton side struggling to develop any consistency. Rodwell returned to action from the bench against Stoke but failed to rescue his side from slipping to defeat. The Toffees have lost 6 of their last 9 Premier League matches and a factor has to be a lack of goals; an ironic situation given that Yakubu is scoring so freely at struggling Blackburn. Everton might well grab themselves a goal against an unfamiliar Arsenal back four but the likes of Van Persie are sure to keep the Gunners' noses in front.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Bolton v Aston Villa|
|Bolton have suffered some horrendous defeats at the Reebok this season. In fact, they've lost 6 of their 7 Premier League home fixtures with the other result ironically an emphatic 5 goal victory over Stoke. Fortunately, Cahill's erroneous red card at Spurs has been rescinded especially considering fellow centre-half David Wheater is already suspended. However, Bolton have problems at the other end of the pitch where Daniel Sturridge's goals and all-round play haven't been replaced since his move back to parent club Chelsea. They host a Villa side struggling to fulfill their early season promise. Injuries have been unkind with Given expected to be out for a month with a hamstring tear whist Jenas has been sent back to Spurs with yet another problem. That aside, despite yet to win on the road, Villa have a strong attacking lineup with the likes of Bent, Agbonlahor, Heskey and N'Zogbia though statistics suggest Bent doesn't get involved enough in games. Defensively they're strong with Dunne and Collins, and Petrov should return to the midfield after recovering from injury. I might be sticking my neck out but Villa could be worth a narrow victory.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Liverpool v QPR|
|Whilst there are no questions over Dalglish's management, the euphoria that enveloped the club when he took over appears to have dissipated a little. They lost at Craven Cottage on Monday night whilst their last 4 Premier League home fixtures have all ended in stalemates. That said, they did hold Man City in their last home match but they remain a massive 15 points behind the runaway leaders. Spearing misses out after being red-carded at Fulham meaning there could be a place for Downing in a midfield shuffle; it all depends on how close Gerrard is to a return. They host a QPR side holding their own in mid-table. Rangers were denied a second home win of the season last weekend when West Brom scored a breakaway goal late on after the home side had dominated the game. Warnock's side have taken more points on the road this season but they've lost 3 of their last 4 away matches; their main threat being Helguson who has 6 goals in 7 games. Liverpool will be under pressure in front of their own fans but victory should be theirs.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man Utd v Wolverhampton|
|Sir Alex Ferguson appeared shell-shocked when interviewed after their Champions League exit in Basel. United are going to have to adjust to the demands of Europa League football playing Thursdays and the following Sundays, a first for the club. Vidic was carried off in that defeat and the United injury list makes depressing reading. To be fair, confidence hasn't been at it's best since they were battered by Man City and they've lacked a cutting edge especially when it comes to finishing. Domestically, they've managed to keep tabs on City but the single goal victory at Villa Park last weekend was their 4th successive identical scoreline barring the 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle. They've a chance to restore some confidence against a Wolves side buoyed by their win over relegation rivals Sunderland. The optimism stops about there as far as Wolves are concerned. Their away record is awful with 5 defeats on the bounce. McCarthy is realistic and seemed all too aware that defeat at home to Sunderland could well have seen him lose his job. United aside, upcoming games at home to Stoke and Norwich will undoubtedly prove crucial. Anything at Old Trafford represents a bonus but expect the home side to grind out another painful victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Norwich v Newcastle|
|Newcastle slipped to 6th after 3 tough games. Pardew was hoping for 3 points from the trio of fixtures against City, United and Chelsea but had to settle for just the one. Not surprisingly they were beaten at City, were fortunate to take the point at United but can count themselves extremely unlucky at home to Chelsea. Luiz should've been sent off for the Blues early on and the scoreline flattered them with the Magpies denied by the woodwork and goal-line clearances. The biggest blow was losing centre-halves Coloccini and Steven Taylor with the latter thought to be out for the rest of the season. Pardew may have to speed up the return of the injured Williamson whilst defender Perch claims he's ready to step up. Gutierrez will likely return for the trip to Carrow Road but Norwich will sense this as a great time to play the Magpies. The Canaries were hammered at the Etihad last weekend but Lambert is adamant his players will put that defeat behind them. Norwich have lost just one of their last 5 Premier League home a fixtures, a narrow defeat to Arsenal. This is a close call but Newcastle's progress has been founded on a strong defence and that unit is now severely disrupted, handing the advantage to the home side. I can't see Norwich losing this, they might even just nick it.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Swansea v Fulham|
|Just a point separates these 2 sides in the bottom half of the table with the threat of the relegation places all too close. Fulham did themselves a massive favour with a win over Liverpool at Craven Cottage but Danny Murphy picked up an ankle problem in that game and remains a doubt for the trip to Wales. Goals have been at a premium in Fulham's recent matches but 5 points from their last 3 away fixtures including a draw at the Emirates shows there has been some improvement. However, Swansea are no pushovers on home soil and have only been beaten once at the Liberty in 7 attempts; that coming in a single goal victory for United. Rodgers will be hoping that striker Danny Graham has recovered sufficiently from an achilles problem sustained in the draw with Villa although Joe Allen misses out after being dismissed in the defeat at Blackburn. Expect an intriguing game with few chances.|
|West Brom v Wigan|
|Despite Wigan's last gasp victory at Sunderland only the other week, the Latics find themselves back at the foot of the table after Arsenal visited the DW Stadium last weekend and swept them aside. Prior to that win over the Mackems, Wigan had taken just a point on the road this season. They travel to the Hawthorns where the Baggies have hardly been in inspiring form themselves but losing at home to bottom side Wigan is a sackable offence, as Steve Bruce found out. All joking aside, losing this one is unthinkable for Roy Hodgson and West Brom must be on their game from the off. The Baggies have lost recently to both Liverpool and Spurs at home but they beat Bolton and this is another winnable game for them. They fought back well at Loftus Road last weekend to take a share of the spoils and a win this weekend could see them climb several places.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 1:30||Sunderland v Blackburn|
|Martin O'Neill must've realised the extent of what he's taking on when he witnessed his new club throwing away the lead at Molineux last weekend. Defeat to relegation rivals, Wolves, meant their counterparts moved above them and now they face another massive game against a Blackburn side a point and a place below them in 18th. If Sunderland lose and both Bolton and Wigan win (unlikely) then the Mackems could find themselves rock bottom. Unfortunately O'Neill will have to wait for the January transfer window before strengthening the squad. Sunderland will be without Cattermole who not surprisingly picked up a 5th yellow in the Wolves defeat plus injuries to Wickham and the 2 keepers keep them out. Blackburn's problems are easing despite their perilous position in the bottom three. 4 goals from Yakubu gifted them victory at home to Swansea last weekend and the injuries are abating. Rovers still haven't won on the road despite notching 4 away draws whilst Sunderland have only won twice at home this year. No doubt the Sunderland players will want to impress their new manager but Rovers are battling to avoid the drop.|
|Sun 4:00||Stoke v Tottenham|
|Tottenham's run of form has been exceptional with 31 points taken from the last 33 available; only Newcastle at St James Park were able to take points off Spurs in their last 11 games. However, Spurs were knocked out of the Carling Cup at Stoke on penalties in September though both sides were not their strongest on that day. Spurs' away form has been largely responsible for their climb up the table but how will they fare at what is usually considered something of a fortress? Gallas deputised for King in last weekend's win over Bolton but I'd expect the club captain to return unless a serious injury is keeping him out. Having already mentioned Stoke's robust home reputation, not everything has lived up to expectation and they've suffered defeats both home and away. Much of the blame is thought to lie with the extra Europa League fixtures but that theory doesn't count for much after they went to Goodison and won last weekend. Both Crouch and Woodgate will be anxious for the chance to put one over on their old teammates and the game is likely to be a physical one. How Spurs cope with that is key but they should be worth a point.|
|Mon 8:00||Chelsea v Man City|
|An unusually exciting game in prospect for a Monday night! Chelsea's flattering result away at Newcastle lifted them above the northeastern side into 4th though they still lag 10 points behind their opponents, City. However, it could be that result coupled with their Champions League win over Valencia that sees Chelsea turning the corner and mounting a potential title challenge. Obviously the first step towards that is beating City and reducing the deficit to 7 points but Mancini's side are yet to taste defeat domestically. Despite beating Bayern Munich during the week, City were knocked out of the Champions League group of death and have Europa League football to look forward to. Kolarov is City's only sidelined player whilst Chelsea will have to do without David Luiz after he picked up his 5th yellow card at Newcastle; ironic given that he should actually have been sent off in the game. Villas-Boas is likely to stick to much the same side that disposed of Valencia with a couple of exceptions. An omen in City's favour is that Chelsea have been beaten at the Bridge by Arsenal and Liverpool twice but a draw is looking likely.|