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 Mon 19th November 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Arsenal v Tottenham|
|Both Arsenal and Tottenham have had some good results this season but both have failed to build on those successes and play with any consistency. The Gunners defence was a shambles last weekend at home to Fulham and the last-minute penalty miss to win the game underlined what is Arsenal's worst start to a season under Wenger. Their last 4 matches in all competitions have failed to yield a win in normal time although only Chelsea have won at the Emirates so far this campaign. Much pressure has been placed on Wilshere to spark their title challenge and fortunately for Arsenal he's back after missing the draw with Fulham through suspension. Theo Walcott will be hoping to recover from a glute problem that saw him forced off late on in that game. Tottenham went back to one up top in the defeat at Eastlands but the bigger surprise was that AVB dropped Defoe for Adebayor despite the English striker bagging a hat-trick against Maribor in the week beforehand. Spurs might be a point and a place above their opponents but they've lost 3 of their last 4 matches in all competitions; the low had to be going down by a single goal at home to Wigan. Defoe, Walker and Lennon are all supposedly doubtful with hamstring problems but some of that may have been due to the international friendly. One player already ruled out is Dembele who's still not recovered from a hip injury. Expect a tight contest but best value has to be the draw.|
|Sat 15:00||Liverpool v Wigan|
|There are definite signs that Liverpool are turning the corner after what was a miserable start to the season. They've still only won 2 Premier League matches this campaign but have now strung together a run of 6 top-flight games unbeaten. Their last 3 results have all been draws but a point apiece at Everton and Chelsea plus another at home to Newcastle is not to be sniffed at. That said, their problem is scoring goals and their only real contributor is Suarez; no surprise to see him topping the Premier League scoring charts alongside Van Persie but without him they'd be really stuck. They host a Wigan side just a point and a place below them but no doubt buoyed by their recent win at Spurs. However, the Latics rarely string a decent run together and were deservedly beaten at home last weekend by West Brom. Martinez is sweating on the fitness of Maloney whilst Ben Watson could continue to deputise for the injured McArthur. If Wigan can cut out the sloppy mistakes they're more than a match for the Reds but it's looking like a Suarez goal could earn all 3 points for Liverpool.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man City v Aston Villa|
|City again failed to convince last weekend when they left it late to come from a goal down at home to take all 3 points against Spurs. Their defence looked vulnerable at set-pieces and they ended up switching to 3 at the back to get back into the game. There were positives with David Silva returning to the starting line-up and it was his ball over the top to Dzeko that proved decisive. The bottom line is that City are now up to 2nd and remain the only side yet to taste defeat in the Premier League this season. They host a Villa side that have already had some success at Eastlands this season. The Villans knocked City out of the Capital One Cup in the 3rd round after extra-time thanks to goals from N'Zogbia and Agbonlahor. The latter is now holding down a regular first team spot but was part of the team that crumbled last weekend at home to United after going 2 goals up. Andreas Weimann's brace was superb and he should've had a third but they couldn't live with Javier Hernandez when he came on as a substitute. That result leaves them 1 place and 3 points above the drop-zone ahead of another tough fixture. Lambert will have to work hard to ensure Villa take positives from the United defeat but it looks like another City win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Newcastle v Swansea|
|Old boy Kevin Nolan ruined Newcastle's day last weekend and Andy Carroll came close to rubbing salt in the wound but was foiled by Tim Krul. That was something of a shock defeat for the Magpies and they've now been beaten at home by both West Ham and United. The goals certainly haven't been flowing at St James Park this season and the ineffective Papiss Cisse was substituted at half-time although there's speculation that he has a back problem. Demba Ba immediately looked more effective with the introduction of Shola Ameobi and this pairing could start against Swansea. Coloccini continues to serve his ban leaving Williamson to partner Taylor. Swansea managed a point at St Mary's last weekend but were under the cosh for much of the second half and only a defensive mix-up between the keeper and Yoshida gifted the Swans a soft equaliser. Laudrup's men haven't won on the road since the opening day at QPR and there was little evidence at St Mary's to suggest that particular statistic will improve at Newcastle. Not much in it but the Magpies should edge this one.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|QPR v Southampton|
|A game that could not just go some way to deciding the fate of either club but also the immediate future of the respective managers. Both are under threat after poor starts to the season. QPR are bottom without a win whilst Southampton are only a point above them but have tasted victory albeit only once this season. That said, the Saints have lost all 5 away matches conceding a massive 18 goals. They're yet to record a Premier League clean sheet although they came mighty close in last weekend's home draw with Swansea. Adkins has no injury concerns as Southampton chase their first away points. Despite Rangers yet to win, Mark Hughes's side have drawn 3 times at Loftus Road holding the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Reading. There's room for optimism amongst the Rangers fans but they need to sharpen up on their discipline and cut out the errors. Taarabt had the chance to claim a point at Stoke last weekend but opted to chip the keeper from 7 yards rather than slotting it. However, QPR have the quality to take advantage of generous Southampton defending and they might just sneak their first win of the season.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Reading v Everton|
|It's definitely a sign of a team going places when they grind out a win despite not playing their best as Everton did at home to Sunderland last weekend. It was the Toffees' first win after 4 successive draws and they had to do it the hard way by coming from behind. Fellaini was once again the game-changer but Everton's success is built on teamwork. Moyes's side are up to 4th and must be enjoying looking down at Liverpool 8 points and 9 places adrift. The Toffees have suffered just one top-flight defeat this season (at West Brom) and are bound to ask Reading plenty of questions. The Royals are still without a Premier League win although they've only been beaten once at the Madjeski. Some Reading fans booed off their players after the goalless draw with Norwich but whilst quality may be lacking, the players make up for it in bucketloads of guts and determination. Keeper McCarthy's out with a shoulder problem but Federici came back in to keep a clean sheet. They've proved difficult to beat at home by holding the likes of Newcastle, Fulham and Stoke but Everton might just have too much for them this time.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Brom v Chelsea|
|This is looking like a very interesting match-up after West Brom's phenomenal start to the season. They've won 5 of their 6 home fixtures and notched their first away win of the season last weekend at Wigan. After coaching at Stamford Bridge for a number of years, Clarke will be anxious to get one over on his old club and is probably one of the best-placed managers to do so. That said, the Baggies have a number of injury doubts with Foster, McAuley, Morrison and Mulumbu all possibly out whilst Lukaku is ineligible to play against his parent club. Chelsea are only 4 points better off than opponents West Brom and have slipped to 3rd after defeat at United followed by successive draws at Swansea and at home to Liverpool. They're still to lose on the road but have injury problems of their own with Cole, Lampard and Terry all out. Luiz also missed the Liverpool game with tonsillitis and remains a doubt. Both sides are definitely weaker for the players missing but there's little to choose between them.|
|Sat 17:30||Norwich v Man Utd|
|Javier Hernandez was the main man for United as they overturned a 2-0 deficit at Villa Park to claim all 3 points. United remain top of the table with 2 points breathing space over neighbours City. Given the amount of times United have been behind this season, it's incredible to note that they've only lost twice and still not drawn. There's a definite fear factor for opponents when United eventually get back into games that sees their resistance crumble. There are rumours that both Rooney and Van Persie have slight niggles but Hernandez is thriving in a substitute role. Their opponents, Norwich, will feel that they can get at United's defence but it's keeping them out at the other end that'll be telling. That said, the Canaries have improved defensively and already have more clean sheets this season than they did throughout the last campaign. They've now gone 5 matches undefeated in all competitions and as Hughton says, they'll need everything they've shown in recent games if they're to get any change from United. Hughton shouldn't be forced into making any changes ahead of one of their biggest fixtures. However, I can't see United not winning and if they go behind, get the enhanced odds and lump on them to win!|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:00||Fulham v Sunderland|
|Sunderland managed their first goal in nearly 9 hours, courtesy of Adam Johnson, but it proved insufficient to deliver a second win in 18 games for the Black Cats. They went ahead at Goodison but their defence failed to hold out beyond 76 minutes. Despite the result, the Mackems played well but their situation is a perilous one with 9 points their reward from 10 games played. They've just a single Premier League victory this season and have lost their last 3 matches in all competitions. Lee Cattermole has a knee problem and Fletcher has withdrawn from the Scotland squad though whether that means he's out of Sunday's game remains to be seen. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham are serving up entertaining football, both home and away. Goals have been flying in lately at both ends of the pitch but that's helped Fulham to recent draws at Southampton, Reading and Arsenal. The Cottagers have lost just one of their last 8 Premier League fixtures and are only 4 points off the top four. Berbatov has his appetite for the game back and it's probably because he's reunited with someone who recognises his value i.e. Martin Jol. Fulham should win this as Sunderland are really struggling in front of goal.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Mon 20:00||West Ham v Stoke|
|West Ham are one of 3 sides including West Brom and Everton that are making unexpected waves towards the top end of the table. The Hammers' victory at St James's Park last weekend should have people sitting up and taking notice especially coming off the back of holding City to a goalless draw at Upton Park. Only Arsenal have won at the Boleyn ground in the Premier League this season and the newly promoted side are looking good value for their 6th place and 18 points. Benayoun, Jarvis and McCartney were all subbed off in the win at Newcastle so Allardyce could well have some juggling to do. They host a Stoke side that managed only their 2nd win of the season last weekend with a single goal victory over bottom side QPR but they're still to win on the road and have only taken a point from their last 4 attempts. At best they were average against Rangers but Pulis has some injury concerns. Wilson is still out along with Delap and Whitehead who's suspended whilst Walters and Adam have withdrawn from their respective international squads. Allardyce is adamant that his players keep their focus and maintain their fantastic start in what we expect to be a narrow victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|