Archived Premier League Tips (17th December 2011)

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Archived Premier League Football Betting Tips (17th December 2011)

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 17th to Sun 18th December 2011.

Archived Premier League football betting tips (17th to 18th Dec 2011)

Sat 3:00 Blackburn v West Brom
  Blackburn suffered a hammer blow at the Stadium of Light last weekend in more ways than one. Defensive injuries during the game went some way towards explaining how Sunderland managed to turn the game around with minutes to go. Givet, Olsson and Salgado all had to come off so Kean could have problems finding makeshift full-backs to fill in. Rovers' recent form doesn't make good reading, hence their perilous position, but they were convincing winners over Swansea in their last home fixture. The Yak scored 4 on that occasion and could be joined by both Rochina and Hoilett who should've recovered from minor ailments. They host a West Brom side who seem rapidly intent on finding their way back into the bottom three. The last 6 games have yielded just 1 win which came at home to lowly Bolton whilst last weekend they managed to lose at home to relegation candidates Wigan. The Baggies can't even blame their poor form on injuries with Gera their only long-term casualty. It looks like Blackburn actually have more desire at the moment despite everything that's going on at the club and that could carry them to a narrow victory.
Home Win 2-1
  Everton v Norwich
  You pretty much know what you're going to get with Everton and that's a tight game with few clear-cut chances. Their last 2 games have ended in single goal defeats at home to Stoke and away at Arsenal. They've won just 2 home games this season and scored a paltry 7 goals at Goodison. Once again a lack of funds is being blamed for the lack of progression and there has to be some sympathy with that but the players have to accept some responsibility themselves. They host a Norwich side unafraid to go anywhere and play their brand of football. The Canaries are 3 points better off than the Toffees and looking comfortable in mid-table. They took advantage of a weakened Newcastle side at Carrow Road last weekend but they've managed just 5 points on the road despite scaring the likes of Chelsea, United and Liverpool. I can't see Lambert playing both Morison and Holt from the start at Goodison but I can see Norwich getting a point.
Draw 1-1
  Fulham v Bolton
  Fulham suffered a Europa League exit at Craven Cottage after throwing away a 2 goal lead against Odense. There's obviously a silver lining in that the Cottagers can now concentrate on domestic football without European distraction. However, Fulham are too close to the relegation places for comfort and need to improve on a Premier League home record of just 2 victories this season. After missing the last 2 matches with an ankle problem, Jol will be hoping that Danny Murphy will be declared fit whilst there's doubts over who might be his first choice strikers given recent events. They host a Bolton side bottom of the pile after they lost at home to Villa last weekend whilst Wigan won. The Trotters have had a couple of away wins this season but they've lost 5 of their last 6 on the road and the future doesn't look good for Owen Coyle's side. With the exception of a couple of heavy victories, goals have been in short supply and Ivan Klasnic's twisted knee is just one of a whole host of injuries. David Wheater also serves the 2nd of a 4-match suspension. Bolton look in all sorts of trouble and Fulham should win this.
Home Win 2-0
  Newcastle v Swansea
  Injuries played a massive part in Newcastle's defeat at Norwich last weekend with 3 of Norwich's goals coming from headers including 3 from set-pieces. Pardew was forced to replace Taylor and Coloccini with a pair of full-backs and the Canaries took full advantage but Pards is hoping for better news on the injury front this week. Coloccini is expected to be fit for Saturday whilst Williamson came through a reserve team game on Tuesday. Gosling is suspended after his red card at Carrow Road but Tiote is also thought to be close to a comeback. Demba Ba remains a potent threat for the Magpies and already has 11 Premier League goals to his name this season. They host a Swansea side still without a win on the road although their play has deserved it on occasions. Graham made a scoring return in the home win over Fulham leaving Rodgers with no selection problems. Assuming Newcastle's returning players don't suffer setbacks then this is a game the Magpies should win.
Home Win 2-0
  Wolverhampton v Stoke
  Despite a torrid time in Turkey, Stoke are through to the Europa League knockout stages. The Potters were always going to get through regardless of their midweek result, hence the reason why Tony Pulis left most of the side at home that beat Spurs last weekend. The Spurs victory was Stoke's 3rd Premier League victory on the bounce. However, they've tended to suffer a Europa League hangover especially after away fixtures. We accept that the personnel will be different but that eleven can count themselves fortunate to have beaten Spurs considering the away side had a couple of decent penalty claims denied and a perfectly good goal chalked off. They travel to Molineux where a couple of recent home wins for Wolves has seen them climb out of the drop zone. Fair enough, they suffered quite badly at Chelsea and United but Steven Fletcher has emerged as their top striker with 3 goals in the last 2 matches and 6 for the season. Edwards and Jarvis should recover from slight niggles sustained in the defeat at Old Trafford and it'll be interesting to see if McCarthy sticks with his 4-4-2 formation. A result that could go either way but we're sticking our necks out for Wolves.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 5:30 Wigan v Chelsea
  For the second time in the space of 2 weeks, Wigan came from behind to take all 3 points. Victories away at Sunderland and West Brom have lifted them off the foot of the table although they remain entrenched in relegation territory. However, they've won just a single home fixture this season and their last match at the DW ended in a heavy defeat to Arsenal. Plus the Latics haven't taken anything from games against the top 9 sides as the table currently stands. With that in mind, they're bound to start outsiders to get anything against a Chelsea side buoyed by their recent victory over league leaders City. Not only was it City's first Premier League defeat of the season but it moved the Blues above Spurs into 3rd and back into title race contention. Since being knocked out of the Carling Cup by Liverpool, Chelsea have won all 3 matches and Villas-Boas appears to have settled on a nucleus of core players. That said, Luiz is back in contention after serving a 1-match suspension although Ivanovic hasn't really done too much wrong. Both sides will be keen not to undo all the good work in the last couple of weeks but it's difficult to see beyond Chelsea.
Away Win 0-3
Sun 12:00 QPR v Man Utd
  Man United should be all too aware that QPR's only home victory of the current campaign came against Chelsea, although the Blues were rather ill-disciplined that day with both Bosingwa and Drogba sent off in the first half. Scoring goals has been Rangers' biggest problem with just 6 scored at Loftus Road but the good news is that Heidar Helguson, QPR's top scorer, should be fit after missing last weekend's defeat at Anfield. Their opponents, United, recovered from their Champions League exit with a convincing win over Wolves at Old Trafford. City's defeat at Chelsea means that United are now within 2 points of the league leaders but their squad has suffered some horrendous injuries over the last few weeks. Fletcher is the latest casualty with a bowel condition, Vidic is out for the season whilst other key players out include Anderson, Cleverley, the da Silva twins and Hernandez. However, Rooney has re-discovered his goal touch whilst Nani is looking unstoppable. Such is their strength in depth that Ferguson's injury crisis shouldn't affect his side too much against QPR although there are bigger games to come in January and he won't want further setbacks. He might even be tempted to go for Schneider in the transfer window considering the circumstances. It should be a win for United.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 2:05 Aston Villa v Liverpool
  Liverpool had been on a run of 3 successive away victories until they were stopped in their tracks at Craven Cottage. Spearing's sending off with 18 minutes to go probably played a key part in Liverpool losing that game; the local lad subsequently missed the home win over QPR and will miss the next 2 matches. With Liverpool's midfield so strong it gives someone else a chance to cement their place in Lucas's absence. Speaking of players cementing their place, Suarez was in superb form against QPR and looks like being an ever-present until rulings over his hand gesture / racism row manifest themselves. They travel to Villa Park where Villa aren't having the greatest of successes having lost 2 of their last 3 home games (to Man United and West Brom). However, they did win at Bolton last weekend though most sides seem able to do that nowadays. Agbonlahor's injury-time booking in that match was his 5th of the season so he misses this one out. McLeish may opt to start Heskey against his old club alongside Bent but Heskey hasn't scored since August and Bent's not hit the back of the net since the beginning of November. This is a tough game for Villa and Liverpool might just nick it.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 3:00 Tottenham v Sunderland
  Spurs great run of form ended with defeat at Stoke last weekend and they paid the price for a poor first half. They came out fighting in the second half but poor refereeing decisions eventually cost them. That said, Spurs will be back at White Hart Lane where they've won their last 5 successive Premier League home matches. Kaboul is suspended after receiving 2 yellows at the Britannia with Bassong expected to replace him if Ledley King isn't yet fully recovered from a knee problem. They host a Sunderland side revitalised by the appointment of Martin O'Neill. The Mackems came from behind against Blackburn to register only their 3rd home win of the year. The late turnaround astonished O'Neill with Seb Larsson making up for the previous week's penalty miss at Wolves with an injury-time free kick. O'Neill also reinstated Bramble as well as bringing on McLean who impressed on the wing. There's still much work for the manager to do but at least some confidence will have returned. The Mackems have lost 4 of their last 5 on the road and this game could come too soon for them to cause an upset.
Home Win 2-0
Sun 4:10 Man City v Arsenal
  City's undefeated season came to an end at Stamford Bridge on Monday night but they still have a 100% home record with 7 wins from 7 played; not only that, they've scored a massive 24 goals at Eastlands and conceded just 4. However, Chelsea's victory left City with just a 2 point advantage over United and Arsenal will be full of self-belief, especially after their own heroics at Stamford Bridge. Van Persie is the man of the moment with a massive 15 Premier League goals this season, 4 more than either City's Sergio Aguero or Edin Dzeko. Clichy will not feature against his old club after being sent off against Chelsea whilst Arsenal have full-back problems of their own. Gibbs, Jenkinson, Sagna and Santos are all out injured meaning Wenger will likely have to start with 4 centre-halves at the back. That makes a good case for Mancini to spread the play wide and there could even be starts for Johnson and Nasri, especially considering the City manager has been less defensive this season. Arsenal will pose problems but their back line isn't strong enough against the free-scoring City; City's first goal in this game will be their 50th Premier League goal of the season and we haven't even hit Christmas yet.
Home Win 3-1