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 14th to Mon 16th January 2012.
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Everton|
|Only a point separates these sides ensconced in the middle of the table where just 4 points splits Norwich in 9th from West Brom in 15th. Villa have had a tough time of it at home lately suffering 4 Premier League defeats on the bounce. Maybe they were expected to lose to United, Liverpool and Arsenal but the defeat to Swansea will have left a bitter taste. McLeish has brought in Robbie Keane on loan and Shay Given could be available after recovering from a hamstring problem though Brad Guzan may still be preferred. Heskey is also likely to be absent with an ongoing achilles problem. Everton lost out at White Hart Lane and offered little in terms of attacking threat with injuries to Osman, Coleman and Rodwell proving costly. It seemed the limit of their ambition was to contain Spurs but that strategy will be made more difficult after seeing Distin leave the field with a hamstring problem. Coupled with a knee injury to Jagielka and a groin problem to Hibbert, Moyes is struggling to convince at either end of the pitch and for that reason Villa might just sneak a much needed victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Blackburn v Fulham|
|Blackburn return to the foot of the table after they failed to build on their win at Old Trafford; they lost at home to Stoke, and Bolton leapfrogged them by winning at Goodison. Kean made a number of changes for the last gasp FA Cup defeat at St James Park but expect Samba to be fit plus the likes of Hoilett and Yakubu to be reinstated. Despite their 8 Premier League home defeats, Rovers have beaten Arsenal and Swansea at Ewood Park this season and maybe if the fans got behind the side they might see their side make a bid for survival. They host a Fulham side that've won just the once on the road although they've managed to draw half of their 10 away fixtures. Zamora marked his return to action with the winner at home to Arsenal but Johnson should be fit soon whilst Clint Dempsey remains the Cottagers' top scorer. Fulham usually provide solid opposition but this is cup final territory for Blackburn and they do have goals in them.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v Sunderland|
|Sunderland have been a breath of fresh air since O'Neill's return to management and their rise to 10th in the table is entirely merited. In the 7 games under O'Neill only Spurs have beaten them as well as being the only side to stop them from scoring. No one will forget the Mackems' dramatic late goal that beat City and form dictates that they could get something at Stamford Bridge. McClean has been the player most to shine under O'Neill with 2 goals from his last 2 games. On paper Chelsea look the better side but there's no Drogba and Kalou (African Cup of Nations duty) whilst Sturridge remains a slight doubt, Ivanovic is out and Terry has had some problems with both knees. Chelsea's form isn't great with just 1 win from their last 5 Premier League matches and they were turned over by Villa in their last home fixture on New Years Eve. I'm sticking my neck out a bit on this one but Sunderland could be worth a point.|
|Liverpool v Stoke|
|Liverpool are only 3 points off of a place in the top four but it's looking more and more like that 4th place will be fought out between themselves, Arsenal and Chelsea. The Reds enjoyed a morale-boosting Carling Cup win at the Etihad and they're yet to suffer a Premier League defeat at Anfield this season. Suarez's ban means Carroll is being given a decent run in the side but he's yet to make the most of the opportunity. Gerrard's return in the centre of the park has galvanised the players and Adam finally gets the chance to play alongside him after Spearing was forced off against City with a hamstring problem. They host a Stoke side that've put to bed the theory that they're poor travellers by winning 3 of the last 4 Premier League away days. The Potters also won at Gillingham in the FA Cup last weekend, Pulis no doubt happy to get one over on chairman Paul Scally. The Stoke manager has the luxury of being able to name virtually a full strength side but it's difficult to see Liverpool losing this.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man Utd v Bolton|
|United's new year didn't get off to the best of starts with an unthinkable defeat at home to lowly Blackburn and then another away at Newcastle. In his defence, Ferguson has been hard hit by injuries but the players have to accept some responsibility for performances lacking urgency and guile. However, they'll have been boosted by the revenge victory at the Etihad in the FA Cup though the early dismissal of Kompany was a telling factor and their second-half performance was again lacking. Scholes came out of retirement to do a job in midfield but he's unlikely to start against a Bolton side that moved off the bottom of the table after their win at Everton. That was the Trotters' 4th Premier League win on the road this season, defying their home form where they've lost 8 from 10 played. However, they could only manage a draw at little Macclesfield. Cahill was notably absent from the game though, at the time of writing, his move to Chelsea is still yet to be completed. Expect a stronger United line-up for this match and 3 points to go with it.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Tottenham v Wolverhampton|
|Spurs moved level on points with United and look the form team with both City and United dropping points over the last couple of weeks. Spurs have made the most of successive home fixtures, this one being the last of 3, and will want maximum points ahead of their trip to Man City the weekend after. King and Gallas remain the highest profile casualties but Dawson returned recently and looked solid alongside Kaboul in the win over Everton. Parker is also expected to return in place of Livermore who again looked accomplished in the midweek victory. Wolves are just above the relegation places but only a single point separates them from the bottom three. McCarthy hopes that Johnson will be available after limping off in the goalless FA Cup draw at Birmingham with Frimpong and Henry employed in midfield to try and contain the Spurs attack. Redknapp's side have the second best home form in the Premier League and the manager won't want to drop points against a side fighting for survival.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v Norwich|
|West Brom have been notching up points on the road but their home form is poor. Just 2 Premier League victories at the Hawthorns all season and a single point from their last 4 home fixtures leaves the Baggies 6 points clear of relegation but in 15th place. Hodgson is likely to be without 1st team regulars Brunt, Long, Mulumbu, Olsson, Reid and Thomas. Opposite number, Paul Lambert, has relatively few injury concerns and even has Daniel Ayala back after a 4 month injury lay-off. The Spaniard has partnered Whitbread at the back in their last 3 matches, an unbeaten run since they were snuffed out by Spurs. Norwich maintain their position in the top half of the table and have lost less than half of their 10 Premier League away fixtures. The Canaries are probably a good bet not to lose this one but I'm not sure they'll win it either.|
|Sun 1:30||Newcastle v QPR|
|The biggest news ahead of this game is obviously the appointment of Mark Hughes as the new manager at Loftus Road. The Welshman has allegedly been promised a £20m January war chest and it's the ambitions of the club that made him put pen to paper. However, he faces an uphill task and Rangers could be in the bottom three by the time this game kicks off. Their recent record is poor with just a single point taken from their last 6 Premier League fixtures and they could only earn themselves an FA Cup replay at MK Dons thanks to a late Helguson goal. Things don't get much better with Barton suspended and Taarabt and Traore both at the African Cup of Nations. Newcastle have similar problems with their talismanic goalscorer, Demba Ba, plus Cheik Tiote away at the same competition. Sammy Ameobi is out with a knee injury leaving Pardew to pick from 2 of Shola Ameobi, Best and Ben Arfa as his strike partnership. The Magpies have slipped down the table in recent weeks but they convincingly beat United at St James Park and followed that last weekend by knocking Blackburn out of the FA Cup though Gutirrez's winner was virtually the last kick of the game. New managers can sometimes inspire their players to great things but this should be a win for the home side.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Swansea v Arsenal|
|The script went to plan at the Emirates on Monday night when Henry came on to score the winner against Leeds. Rumour has it that ESPN viewers had voted him man of the match before he'd even come on for Chamakh. It was the perfect return for the French striker and he's certain to at least feature at Swansea especially as Arshavin continues to frustrate. Van Persie will obviously be back for the Premier League game and it'll be interesting to see how Wenger plays the 2 front men. I'm sure most fans would like to see Van Persie, Henry and Walcott in a fluid front three. Arsenal's problems are in defence with injuries to all recognised full-backs though youngster Ignasi Miquel could play and Johan Djourou has returned from suspension. Their hosts, Swansea, are not to be underestimated at the Liberty and even turned over Villa at Villa Park most recently. The Swans have lost just the once at home this season, a single goal defeat to United back in mid-November, and have held the likes of Spurs. Anything could happen here but I fancy the Henry effect to last a while longer yet. Check out the money-back special on this one if Robin van Persie scores the last goal!|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||Wigan v Man City|
|Wigan's run of 3 games without defeat just before Christmas seems a distant memory and since then they've suffered 2 heavy Premier League defeats, salvaged a creditable draw at Stoke and were dumped out of the FA Cup at Swindon. A single point is keeping them off the foot of the table and they've won just a solitary Premier League home fixture this season. Diame has left for the African Cup of Nations and Hendry Thomas is his likely replacement. They host league leaders City and will take some hope from the fact that City have lost 3 of their last 4 games in all competitions. City's recent away form isn't great either with just 2 points taken from their last 4 away fixtures. You could say that Mancini's side is in relative crisis, especially with Kompany banned, Silva injured and the Toure brothers on African Cup of Nations duty. That said, City have a squad blessed with international talent and should be too strong for Wigan. Anything else will be a bitter blow to their title hopes.|
|Away Win 0-2|