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 midweek fixtures Tues 2nd to Thu 4th January 2012.
|Mon 3:00||Aston Villa v Swansea|
|Villa's win at Stamford Bridge was a bolt from the blue and maybe it was the result that could turn their season around. The 3 points was enough to move them into the top half of the table and confidence should be higher after an improved performance capped with a goal from the recently disappointing Stephen Ireland. Darren Bent was also on the scoresheet though he may have to settle for a place on the bench once again. It was only Villa's 5th Premier League win of the season and they've lost their last three at home but their opponents, Swansea, are still looking for their first Premier League away victory of the campaign. The Swans have just a measly 3 points to their name on the road and it is their home form keeping them out of the relegation places. Rodgers rested players for the draw at home to Spurs but those like Danny Graham and Wayne Routledge are expected to return to the starting line-up. Swansea are no push-overs but Villa should be on a high.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Blackburn v Stoke|
|One extraordinary result and another mildly surprising one involved both these sides over the New Year period. Blackburn were big time party poopers after beating a poor United side at Old Trafford on Fergie's 70th birthday whilst Stoke were held at home by Wigan. Blackburn's victory was only their third of the season but they deserved the 3 points and it was enough to move them off the foot of the table; ironically above Bolton who beat Rovers at Ewood Park in what was billed as a 6-pointer only a couple of weeks ago. However, Steve Kean must be dreading facing the fans at Ewood Park after their disgusting abuse that rained down at him during that defeat. Since then a draw at Anfield and a win at Old Trafford should have the fans cheering his name but no doubt Kean will be preparing himself for the worst. Their opponents, Stoke, will have been disappointed not to take maximum points at home to Wigan but they have won 2 of their last 3 on the road (at Wolves and Everton). Wilkinson, Etherington and Walters are all struggling to be fit to make the trip to Ewood Park after picking up knocks in the Wigan draw. This is a tricky one to call but if the Blackburn fans actually get behind their team, it's one they could win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|QPR v Norwich|
|QPR are on a disappointing run of form having taken just 2 points from the last 21 available. Subsequently they are slipping ever closer to the drop zone and now only 2 points separates them from the dreaded bottom three. Paddy Kenny could make his return to the starting line-up whilst it seems Taarabt now has his place back. Rangers have only lost by the odd goal or two in recent defeats but they face a Norwich side who never lay down. The Canaries again showed their mettle at home to Fulham by netting an equaliser late into injury time. Norwich have only won at Bolton on their travels this season but they've managed 4 draws. After starting with 4-5-1 against the Cottagers, Lambert may revert to the 4-4-2 that has been relatively successful in recent weeks. Both these newly promoted sides will be familiar with each other and there's likely to be little to separate them.|
|Wolverhampton v Chelsea|
|Chelsea's relief in slipping to another home defeat, this time to Villa, must be that only Arsenal really took advantage. The Manchester sides remain no further ahead although realistically the title race is gone for the Blues. When Chelsea beat City at Stamford Bridge, most thought it would be the stepping stone for a title surge but the opposite has been true and they've managed just 3 draws and a defeat since. To make matters worse, Drogba, Kalou, Sturridge and Malouda are all doubtful whilst Luiz will continue to deputise for the injured Ivanovic. They travel to Molineux to take on a Wolves side that have drawn their last 3 matches including 1-1 draws at Arsenal and Bolton. McCarthy's side are up to 16th but there's still a lot of work to be done. To that end, McCarthy has brought in Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong on loan, a move that will surely bolster their midfield in the absence of Jamie O'Hara. Milijas's failure to overturn his red card means he remains suspended for this one. With both sides playing the way they are, anything is possible but the draw looks the most favourable.|
|Mon 5:30||Fulham v Arsenal|
|Arsenal were the big winners over the New Year period with Liverpool and Spurs the only other top 6 sides to get points on the board. Whilst the gap seems an unsurmountable 9 points, the title race can't be discounted given the topsy turvy results we've seen over the festive period. The Gunners are up to 4th but Vermaelen's calf injury could be a massive blow. That said, they haven't been shipping goals lately and have won 4 of their last 5 Premier League away fixtures. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham haven't exactly been setting the world alight. They were thumped in their last home game by United but have subsequently managed draws at Chelsea and Norwich. Zamora and Johnson are rated doubtful meaning Sa could continue up front after scoring his first Premier League goal for the club at Carrow Road. You can't really be sure of what you're going to get from Fulham and Robin van Persie's hot streak swings it the way of the Gunners.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Tues 7:45||Tottenham v West Brom|
|Late injuries cost West Brom at home to Everton and brought to an end a run of 3 games without defeat. That run started with a win at Blackburn followed by another at Newcastle and ended with West Brom being the first side to shut out Man City this season. Olsson and Reid are both out for the trip to White Hart Lane whilst Long, Mulumbu and Brunt are all doubtful. Spurs were pegged back at Swansea but their home form is good with just that draw against Chelsea marking the end of 6 successive Premier League home victories. Bale is likely to stick with his new central role whilst Parker could miss out after being forced off in the Swansea draw with a knee problem. King and Bassong are also doubtful though Michael Dawson will probably start on the bench again. Spurs have 3 points breathing space in 3rd plus a game in hand but will want to put pressure on the Manchester sides with home games coming up against Everton and Wolves. Spurs for the win!|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wigan v Sunderland|
|Both these sides are on the up after poor starts to the season. Martinez has got Wigan believing in themselves and barring heavy defeats to Arsenal and United, the Latics have taken points from every other game since mid-November. That includes a win at Sunderland and draws at home to Chelsea and Liverpool. Wigan might still be in the bottom three but the turnaround has been dramatic and they're just 2 points shy of safety. Sunderland's fortunes have been transformed since the arrival of Martin O'Neill and the honeymoon period has been proven an extended one after their last gasp win over Man City at the Stadium of Light. The Mackems hung on to snatch glory with the last kick of the game and became only the second side this season to shut out City. On the road under O'Neill, Sunderland have lost at Spurs and won at QPR whilst Wigan still haven't managed to put together that winning formula at the DW Stadium with just a single home win all season. Difficult to pick a winner between 2 improving clubs.|
|Tues 8:00||Man City v Liverpool|
|What a cracker this promises to be! City stay top on goal difference after they failed to take advantage of United's slip-up at home to Blackburn. City have failed to score in their last 2 matches, something that's not troubled them all season and they paid the ultimate price at the Stadium of Light when Sunderland snatched victory with the last kick of the game. Mancini started Silva and Aguero from the bench but such is the quality of City's squad, it shouldn't really affect them if players are rested. That said, City's home form still remains 100% intact with 9 wins from 9 played. They host a Liverpool side that struggled at home to Newcastle until the introduction of Steven Gerrard. His appearance seemed to give the whole side a lift and they ran out easy winners in the end. With such an important game, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Liverpool captain start the game. Luis Suarez also comes back into the fold after serving a 1-match ban. Liverpool have suffered just 1 defeat in their last 9 matches in all competitions on the road and that defeat only came about when Jay Spearing was sent off at Fulham. Liverpool could be worth a point at the Etihad especially if they're as fired up as they were for the last 25 minutes against Newcastle.|
|Wed 8:00||Everton v Bolton|
|Don't get too excited about this one, let's hope it's not televised! Everton moved up to 9th in the table after a late win at West Brom thanks to a rare goal from Victor Anichebe. Any sort of goal is rare from Everton's point of view and they've not scored more than once in a match since November when they beat Bolton at the Reebok by 2. The important factor in their improvement though is that they've conceded just 4 times in the last 7 matches. Anichebe could be rewarded with a start against a Bolton side that managed a rare point at home against Wolves. Despite that draw Bolton dropped to the foot of the table after Blackburn's shock win at Old Trafford. Surprisingly the Trotters have won 3 times on the road this season but this could be Gary Cahill's last game for the club after Bolton allegedly agreed a fee with Chelsea. Goals are also a problem for Bolton, both conceding and scoring, but Coyle is likely to persevere with Ngog and Klasnic up front with Davies, Tuncay and Eagles starting on the bench. This should be a win for the Toffees but there won't be a lot in it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Newcastle v Man Utd|
|Whilst Ferguson was probably forced into some of the changes that saw his side defeated at home by lowly Blackburn, it's more likely that he'll field his best possible side this time out which should mean starts for Rooney and Giggs. Rooney will likely come in for Hernandez or Berbatov but what they need in the side most is a sense of urgency. They don't lack for pace with the likes of Nani but the tempo needs to be quicker and Giggs could provide that in the middle of the park; either that or move Carrick from defence back into his favoured position. United still haven't lost on the road this season and they're currently on a roll of 5 successive away victories but on occasions they've ridden their luck and Newcastle isn't the easiest of places to go. However, the Magpies have had their own problems of late having lost to Chelsea and West Brom and drawn with Swansea in their last 3 home matches. They appeared to be holding their own at Anfield last Friday until Gerrard fired up his teammates. Newcastle have now slipped down to 7th but if United's resources are as depleted as their defeat to Blackburn suggests then they should be worth at least a point.|