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 21st to Sun 22nd January 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Norwich v Chelsea|
|Norwich retain their position in the top half of the table thanks to an impressive run of 3 Premier League games without defeat including wins away at QPR and West Brom. The Canaries have lost just 3 Premier League fixtures at Carrow Road this season (to Spurs, Arsenal and West Brom) and whilst Chelsea can be included in the same bracket as Spurs and Arsenal, a win for the Blues isn't a foregone conclusion. Villas-Boas has finally boosted his back line with the signing of Gary Cahill and the ex-Trotter is likely to step straight in alongside John Terry; a partnership that should flourish given that the two have played together for England. Torres should start again with Drogba away on international duty but the Spanish striker still hasn't scored for the club since their 5 goal romp over Genk in mid-October. To be fair he couldn't have come much closer than against Sunderland when he hit a stunning volley against the crossbar only to see Lampard net the rebound. Torres's lack of goals might explain why Daniel Sturridge is allegedly unhappy at not getting more opportunities in a striking role. The Villa defeat apart, Chelsea aren't on a bad run despite drawing 3 of their last 6 Premier League matches. They beat Sunderland last weekend but the Mackems missed good chances at the end of the game to at least salvage a draw. Norwich are a tough side to beat at Carrow Road and Chelsea might have to settle for a point.|
|Sat 3:00||Everton v Blackburn|
|Blackburn's dramatic win over Fulham at Ewood Park saw Rovers climb out of the bottom three on goal difference. Yakubu's dismissal after 23 minutes made it doubly difficult for the home side but the Blackburn fans got behind their team and saw just rewards for their support. Rovers have won just a single Premier League away fixture this season; it just so happens that they managed it at Old Trafford as recently as New Year's Eve. Their hosts, Everton, drew at Villa last weekend but the last time they won a Premier League fixture was at home to Swansea before Christmas. With the exception of their FA Cup victory over little Tamworth, the Toffees still haven't notched more than 1 goal in a game since their win at Bolton in November; goals are obviously in short supply for them whilst Yakubu is suspended for Blackburn after his high tackle in the Fulham game. Defences are also stretched for both sides with injuries to Jagielka, Distin and Hibbert for Everton whilst Dann and Samba could also be missing for Rovers. An impossible one to call given injuries and recent results making the draw the most likely outcome.|
|Fulham v Newcastle|
|Fulham will have been disappointed with their showing at Ewood Park after losing to a Blackburn side down to 10 men after 23 minutes. The Cottagers aren't the best travellers but their recent home form is much better. They've won 3 of their last 4 Premier League fixtures at Craven Cottage including victories over Arsenal and Liverpool; the only blip was that 5 goal thrashing by United. Dembele remains a doubt after being forced off early against Blackburn whilst one wonders if there's a place for forgotten striker Andrew Johnson. They host a Newcastle side that've won just 1 of their last 5 away fixtures with that solitary win coming at Bolton. Pardew will miss the goals of Demba Ba who's away at the African Cup of Nations along with Cheikh Tiote. Sammy Ameobi and Lovenkrands are out whilst Cabaye remains a doubt. The Magpies have signed Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse but he won't be available until after the African Cup of Nations. Goals are likely to be a problem for Newcastle and one from the home side might just be enough to win it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|QPR v Wigan|
|Just 2 points taken from the last 27 available has seen QPR sink into the bottom three. As a result Neil Warnock was sacked and Mark Hughes has come in to steady the ship but his first game in charge ended in defeat. There was better news during the week with a victory over MK Dons in their FA Cup replay but they struggled. Taarabt and Traore are away at the African Cup of Nations, Faurlin is probably out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury, but there is good news with Barton available again after suspension although rumour has it that he's not expected to feature heavily in Hughes's plans. They host a Wigan side that remain bottom after their defeat to Man City but their performance was a spirited one. The Latics have taken just a single point from their last 4 Premier League matches but they've taken 7 from their last 4 on the road with wins at Sunderland and West Brom plus a draw at Liverpool. Martinez is without African Cup of Nations departed Diame but other than that his side is at full strength. We're sticking our necks out here but Wigan could be great value for the win.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Stoke v West Brom|
|Stoke will probably be disappointed with their last 2 Premier League home results in which they drew against both Villa and Wigan. However, since then they've won away at Blackburn and Gillingham, and drawn at Liverpool taking their most recent undefeated sequence to 5 games in all competitions. Tony Pulis has very few injury concerns and needs a win to close the gap on sides challenging for a place in Europe next season. They host a West Brom side struggling for any sort of consistency and 3 successive Premier League defeats sees them slipping closer to the drop zone with just 5 points the gap. The Baggies have notched some surprise victories on the road this season including wins at Newcastle, Villa and Norwich. They also held City to a goalless draw at the Hawthorns but they've failed to build on any success. Injuries haven't been kind to Hodgson with a number of defenders doubtful for the trip to the Britannia. West Brom probably won't know what's hit them and Stoke should win comfortably.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Swansea|
|Just a couple of points separate these 2 sides in mid-table. Swansea have now avoided defeat in their last 5 matches in all competitions; the latest was a win over Arsenal in which they beat the Gunners at their own game. Despite beating Villa in their last Premier League away match, the Swans have the worst away record in the top flight with just that solitary victory and 3 draws from 10 played. Sunderland are a club moving up the table under O'Neill and can count themselves unfortunate not to snatch at least a point at Stamford Bridge last weekend. The Mackems are yet to lose a home game under their new manager and that undefeated run includes the stunning last gasp victory over Man City. Both sides have decent momentum going into this game and Swansea have plenty of confidence on the ball but Sunderland's new-found self-belief can carry them to a win that'll see them move above their opponents.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wolverhampton v Aston Villa|
|McCarthy sent out a 4-4-2 in the FA Cup replay against Birmingham but it failed to pay off and they were knocked out by a second-half Wade Elliott goal. Wolves have little breathing space with just a point separating them from the bottom three and it'll be interesting to see if they opt for a more defensive approach against Villa as they did in the draw at White Hart Lane. McCarthy will undoubtedly ring the changes but Wolves have now lost 3 of their last 4 home matches. Local counterparts, Villa, are slightly better off in 13th place but their home form has been dreadful with just a single point taken from the last 15 available. However, they've been better on the road with just 2 defeats all season including a great win at Stamford Bridge on New Year's Eve. This could go either way but Wolves are under pressure to get points and likely to be susceptible to the pace of Villa on the counter. To that end Wolves might just suffer another derby defeat.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 5:30||Bolton v Liverpool|
|Bolton's home form has been woeful this season and undoubtedly the reason why they're stuck in the bottom three. They managed to hold on for a draw against Wolves in their last Premier League home fixture and their win over Stoke back in November was memorable; solely because it was the only other time the Trotters have notched points at the Reebok this season. Coyle's men recently won at Everton and Kevin Davies notched a rare goal in the FA Cup replay victory over little Macclesfield but they couldn't avoid defeat at Old Trafford. Gary Cahill has finally completed his move to Chelsea with Wheater expected to partner Knight at least until a new face arrives. They host a Liverpool side that suffered more disappointment at Anfield with yet another draw; this time against Stoke. The Reds lost their last Premier League away fixture, a 3-0 defeat at the Etihad but salvaged some pride by going there recently and beating City in the 1st leg of the Carling Cup. Liverpool have looked impressive on the road this season but are struggling to adapt to life without Suarez who won't be back before February. That said, they should have enough to win at the Reebok.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 1:30||Man City v Tottenham|
|The first half of Super Sunday is a mouth-watering clash between top and 3rd. Many believe that Spurs have the talent to give City a run for their money, the more so now that key City players are absent. Kompany is suspended, the Toure brothers are at the African Cup of Nations and injuries threaten to keep Balotelli and Richards out. However, City are the only side with a 100% Premier League home record and have conceded just 4 goals at the Etihad in 10 played. Other competitions haven't been so kind to them especially over the last couple of weeks with both United and Liverpool winning at the Etihad in the FA Cup and Carling Cup respectively. Spurs will take heart from those defeats but they'll be without Adebayor; ineligible to play against his parent club. Defoe is likely to get the nod and other than that it's likely to be the same side that drew at home to Wolves. King could possibly return as allegedly his torn muscle problem isn't as bad as initially feared. Spurs must get something from the game if they're to maintain their title challenge but above all it's likely to be tight and exciting.|
|Sun 4:00||Arsenal v Man Utd|
|The second half of Super Sunday promises to be just as exciting as the Gunners play host to United. Both sides have experienced disappointing results recently and both have injury lists as long as your arm. Arsenal lost at Swansea last weekend and have struggled to score goals at the Emirates; they've not scored more than a single goal in a game since ther 2-1 victory over Dortmund back in November. Their back line has been ravaged by injury and recent reports suggest that Thierry Henry is rated doubtful after complaining of a calf problem. At this point though, there is optimism that both Vermaelen and Arterta could return. United also suffered recently with defeat at home to Blackburn followed by another away at Newcastle but Ferguson's men turned that around by dumping City out of the FA Cup at the Etihad and strolling to a comfortable home win over Bolton. Anderson, Jones, Smalling and Welbeck are all slight doubts but there's unlikely to be a starting berth for Paul Scholes in such an important fixture. A case can be made for either side winning this one and is why we're sticking with the value.|