Archived Premier League Tips (26th December 2011)

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Archived Premier League Football Betting Tips (26th December 2011)

Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:

Banker

 Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.

Likely

 Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.

Prudent

 Worth a flutter, small stake, be prudent and stick to matches where you can spot the value.


Below were the predicted outcomes for the festive fixtures Mon 26th to Tues 27th December 2011.


Archived Premier League football betting tips (26th to 27th Dec 2011)

Mon 1:00 Chelsea v Fulham
  Fulham were well and truly thumped by United at Craven Cottage this week. They offered little resistance and with just 4 points separating them from the bottom three, they need to pick up points if they're to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle. Once again there was no place for Bobby Zamora and one wonders if their most recent defeat will prompt Martin Jol to have a re-think. Fulham have never been great travellers and this season is no exception with just a single win on the road. Stamford Bridge isn't exactly far for them to go but there are easier places to visit. Chelsea hung on well at White Hart Lane and whatever your thoughts regarding John Terry's current crisis, he got stronger as the game went on despite the distractions. The Blues are facing a tough challenge just to finish in the top four this season and they won't be helped by injuries sustained by Ivanovic and Mikel during the Spurs draw. Ramires will also miss this game after picking up a 5th yellow card. Chelsea will be disappointed with their draw at Wigan but they've won their last 2 Premier League home fixtures including that important victory over league leaders City. The Blues should win this comfortably despite it being a derby fixture.
Home Win 2-0
Mon 3:00 Bolton v Newcastle
  Bolton did themselves a massive favour at Ewood Park but the reality is that they're still entrenched in relegation territory. Coyle rang the changes against Blackburn with Kevin Davies replaced by David Ngog but scoring goals is still a massive challenge for the Trotters. It was midfielders Mark Davies and Reo-Coker who grabbed the all important goals against Rovers and we'll have to see who Coyle starts with up front given that Ngog is a doubt. Bolton's home record is the worst in the Premier League with 6 defeats from 7 games. They host a Newcastle side that've slipped to 7th after taking just 2 points from the last 6 matches and the home defeat to the Baggies was something of a shock. But the Magpies haven't become a bad side overnight and injuries have played their part. Steven Taylor is still out but Coloccini has returned along with Tiote. Cabaye is also likely to start after serving a 1-match suspension. Demba Ba is the man of the moment with 13 Premier League goals and he's bound to add to his tally at the Reebok. The Magpies need to get back on track and this is a good opportunity.
Away Win 1-2
  Liverpool v Blackburn
  Liverpool are a side intent on gatecrashing the top four but the goalless draw at Wigan must have been a disappointment especially considering their continued pressure and a saved penalty. Suarez has proved key to Liverpool's play and will be sorely missed if and when his 8-match ban kicks in although the Uruguayan is set to appeal. The Reds got back to winning ways at Anfield against QPR thanks to a Suarez goal after having drawn their 4 previous Premier League home matches. They host a Blackburn side rock bottom thanks to their home defeat to relegation rivals Bolton. Kean's treatment by the fans has been disgraceful but the bare facts remain that only 1 Premier League side has escaped relegation after being bottom at Christmas. Some of the fans have shifted their protests to owners Venky's claiming mismanagement but the writing appears to be on the wall. Yakubu remains their biggest threat but the Rovers' defence is creaking with Dann, Givet, Nelsen and Olsson all out. It's difficult to see the news getting any better for the Blackburn manager.
Home Win 3-0
  Man Utd v Wigan
  Wigan might still be in the drop zone but only a point currently separates them from safety after an impressive run of 9 points from the last 6 games. Only Arsenal have beaten them in that sequence and their last two results have been draws at home to Chelsea and Liverpool. One could argue that the Latics should've lost both those games but keeper Al Habsi has been in inspiring form including saving a Charlie Adam penalty. Martinez may once again start with the 3-5-2 that has been so successful but how long can they realistically keep United at bay. United cast aside Fulham this week in convincing fashion as they maintained their title challenge. They remain just 2 points behind leaders City but they'll be boosted by the news that Phil Jones isn't as badly injured as first thought and could play. The last thing United need is further injuries with Vidic, Young, Ferdinand, Fletcher, Anderson and Cleverley all out. However, United have won their last 4 Premier League matches and they've been beaten just the once in the league this season, although it was a heavy one to arch-rivals City. Though Wigan have improved this has got a United win written all over it.
Home Win 3-0
  Sunderland v Everton
  Sunderland have all the confirmation they needed that they have the right man at the helm. Martin O'Neill has seen his side victorious in 2 of his 3 games in charge, as many wins as Steve Bruce managed in almost 4 months. Those 2 victories have come thanks to last minute goals but it proves that the fighting spirit is back within the Sunderland camp. O'Neill claims he's the man to bring out the best in striker Nicklas Bendtner even though the Dane allegedly believes he's already the finished article. Anyway, goals are the striker's true currency and Bendtner's strike at QPR should see him keep his place. If their opponents, Everton, had a decent striker of their own then the Toffees would find themselves better off than their 11th position. Saha remains their lone front man but hasn't scored since October. It's been midfielder, Leon Osman, playing in an attacking role that has netted Everton's last 2 efforts giving them 4 points at home to Norwich and Swansea. Rodwell and Coleman are thought to be doubtful with injury meaning Drenthe and Gueye could both start. Don't expect too many goals from this one though the O'Neill honeymoon could last a little longer.
Home Win 1-0
  West Brom v Man City
  This week's challenge of stopping the league leaders falls to West Brom. The Baggies are up to 10th on the back of away wins at Blackburn and Newcastle but their home record is poor with just 2 victories, a draw and 5 defeats. They've lost 3 of their last 4 on home soil with the latest a defeat to lowly Wigan. City visit the Hawthorns aiming to maintain their winning momentum. City's last away fixture (at Stamford Bridge) resulted in their only Premier League defeat of the current campaign but the dismissal of Gael Clichy was a telling factor. It does prove that City aren't invincible but Mancini must be confident of landing the title as he eyes a required tally of 90 points. City have dropped just 7 points this season and it looks like they'll collect another maximum at the Hawthorns.
Away Win 1-3
Mon 7:45 Stoke v Aston Villa
  Stoke's domestic 4-match winning streak came to an end at the Etihad but they've moved up to 8th and have some breathing space. The Britannia is something of a fortress with their latest win there coming against a highly rated Tottenham side. Ryan Shawcross is expected to return to the centre of defence after serving a 1-match suspension whilst Peter Crouch is also expected to be passed fit. They host a Villa side that've lost 3 of their last 4 matches although their opponents in those games were United, Liverpool and Arsenal respectively. Their most recent win came at the Reebok but it seems most teams beat Bolton at home this season. Bent's finishing was missed in their recent defeats but it's confirmed that he's winning his race to be fit for the trip to Stoke. Heskey and Ireland are also expected to be OK but are unlikely to start whilst Hutton serves a 1-match suspension. Not a pretty game with Stoke's power likely to prevail.
Home Win 2-0
Tues 3:00 Arsenal v Wolverhampton
  Despite the defensive injuries at the Emirates, Arsenal appear to be a more cohesive defensive unit regardles of the chopping and changing of personnel. Coquelin was the latest to play at right back in the win at Villa Park and it was that man Yossi Benayoun (remember him!) who grabbed the late winner. Inevitably Van Persie scored again, his 16th Premier League goal of the season and now has his eyes set on Alan Shearer's record of 36 goals in a year. Van Persie currently has 34 leaving home fixtures against Wolves and QPR in which to net the required strikes. Song could replace Frimpong after serving a 1-match suspension. They entertain a Wolves side hovering just above the relegation places. McCarthy's side managed a point against Norwich and had the late chances to secure all 3 but it is their away record that is cause for worry and it's possible they could drop into the bottom three should they lose this one. The telling stat is 6 straight away defeats for Wolves and it's looking like they might make it a magnificent 7.
Home Win 3-0
Tues 5:00 Swansea v QPR
  Swansea are staying out of the relegation battle courtesy of their home form. The Swans have suffered just a single defeat at the Liberty this season though their failure to win on the road is putting pressure on their home performances. For all that though, the standout statistic is that they've the most miserly Premier League defence on home soil; they've conceded just twice at the Liberty in 8 games, even mighty Man City have conceded 4 times at home. They host newly promoted rivals, QPR, who are just a couple of points and places worse off. Both are in danger of being dragged into the relegation dogfight if results go against them but Rangers really need to pick up after just 1 win in the last 8 games. Warnock is adamant that he'll resolve their problems in next month's transfer window but players rarely come in and hit the ground running. You never quite know what you'll get with Rangers and that's why Swansea look the better bet at home.
Home Win 1-0
Tues 7:30 Norwich v Tottenham
  Tottenham should've nicked the win against Chelsea but a draw was probably a fair result. It keeps Spurs in 3rd and 2 points above the Blues but the pressure is on them to beat the perceived weaker sides if they're to maintain their challenge for a top 4 spot. Tottenham's last Premier League away match was that defeat at Stoke but prior to that they'd won their last 5 away fixtures. Defoe and Van der Vaart are doubtful with hamstring problems, Lennon is out and Kaboul will probably replace the rested King. Spurs will be tested by a Norwich side with a growing reputation for good football but surprisingly they're the Premier League side with the most headed goals this season. That's in no doubt down to their expansive game as well as the towering presence of both Holt and Morison. Lambert was originally playing one or the other but in recent games has opted to play the two together; the result being 5 points from their last 3 games. The Canaries have only lost to West Brom and Arsenal at Carrow Road this season and both defeats were by the odd goal so have no fear that Spurs will have it all their own way.
Away Win 1-2

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