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 24th to Sun 25th November 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Sunderland v West Brom|
|Sunderland secured only their second win of the season at Craven Cottage last weekend and O'Neill believes that it will act as a springboard for further success. Obviously the manager is going to be optimistic after just picking up 3 points on the road but surely that result had more to do with centre-half Brede Hangeland being dismissed on the half-hour. It took until the second half for the Mackems to pick up but a goal for Steven Fletcher kick-started proceedings although Fulham did manage to equalise before succumbing to defeat. It was Sunderland's first win since late September and the result would arguably have been different had they faced 11 men for the duration. They host a well-drilled West Brom side playing way above expectations but that's not to say that results haven't been deserved. Up to fourth in the table the Baggies have won their last 3 matches including a win at Wigan and another at home to Chelsea. It seems that West Brom are improving with every match and though the game at the Stadium of Light promises to be tight, the Baggies could just sneak it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 15:00||Everton v Norwich|
|Norwich have excelled over the last month or so and haven't been beaten since early October. That run of success includes victories over Arsenal, Stoke and United at Carrow Road plus draws at Villa and Reading not forgetting the Capital One Cup win over Spurs. Their success has been built on getting men behind the ball and taking their chances but keeper Ruddy must take his share of the plaudits for some fine goalkeeping. However, they've still not won on the road and take on a wounded Everton side. Despite losing 2-1 at Reading, the Toffees remain 5th and are protecting a home unbeaten record. For once they've started the season strongly making them a good bet for European football next season whether it be Europa League or the more lucrative Champions League. Injuries are starting to take their toll though with Neville out, Mirallas doubtful and Fellaini suspended after picking up his 5th yellow card in the Reading defeat. No doubt Moyes will have to do some reshuffling and this will be a test of Everton's strength in depth, or possible lack of it. Though the Canaries are full of confidence, it's difficult to see Everton losing this and one decent chance might be enough to decide the game.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man Utd v QPR|
|The bookies must've had a field day with Mark Hughes holding on to his job after the home defeat to relegation rivals Southampton. What compounded their success is Roberto Di Matteo was sacked before him after Chelsea's recent disappointment. Rumour has it that Hughes was asked to resign but remained adamant that he wanted to stay and put things right; well, he probably doesn't get the pay-off if he goes of his own volition. The bottom line is that QPR are now 4 points adrift at the foot of the table (on a measly 4 points) and are still to win a Premier League match after 12 attempts. They've managed just a point on the road and Hughes is expected to get something at Old Trafford! Zamora, Fabio and Park are all out injured but it's the back four that'll feel the brunt of United's strikeforce. Fergie's side suffered their second defeat in successive matches; the first was a deserved defeat at Norwich that saw them knocked off the top of the table while this week's loss in Turkey saw some returning players get some much-needed game time and some youngsters blooded on the European stage. Expect United's big players to all return including Rooney who missed the Norwich defeat with tonsillitis. Despite United having the occasional off day, they always bounce back well and it's probably a case of how many.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Stoke v Fulham|
|Stoke hung on for another point on Monday night at Upton Park making it their 7th draw in 12 top-flight matches. Their propensity to draw games leaves them below mid-table but they're not a side easy to beat. At the Britannia they remain unbeaten despite having won just 2 of their 5 home matches. Wilkinson could join Wilson in the treatment room after being subbed off against West Ham with what is thought to be a muscle problem but should he fail to recover, Shotton is an able replacement. Not surprisingly, the Potters are a threat at set-pieces; Walters converted a Sheringham-style corner to take the lead against the Hammers and they could well have the advantage with Fulham's Brede Hangeland suspended for dangerous play in the home defeat to Sunderland. Senderos will likely replace him but the ex-Arsenal centre-half hasn't had much game time. Kacaniklic, Richardson and Ruiz are all expected to miss out with hamstring injuries but star man Berbatov will be expected to lead the line with Petric in support. The Cottagers haven't lost on the road since early September but their last 3 away matches have all been high score draws with plenty of late drama. The statistics probably point to a draw but injuries and suspensions leave Fulham looking a bit short. Stoke to definitely get something from the game.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v Reading|
|Reading won their first game of the season last weekend at home to Everton and it was enough to lift them out of the drop zone. They're still embroiled in a massive relegation battle but it provided some much-needed relief for Brian McDermott and everyone at the Madjeski. Unfortunately they've still not won on the road although they've drawn two of their last three. Jimmy Kebe is injured again after picking up a groin problem whilst Federici appears to have won back his place between the sticks owing to McCarthy's shoulder injury. The Royals travel to the DW Stadium to play a Wigan side just 2 points and a single place above them. The Latics have won just one home game this season and consistently fail to build on any good results. They surprisingly won at White Hart Lane but since then have been beaten at home by West Brom and at Liverpool. Ben Watson's out after picking up a shin injury at Anfield whilst Wigan could have defensive problems if Caldwell fails to recover from a hamstring injury. This really could go either way but the value pre-match bet has to be the draw.|
|Sat 17:30||Aston Villa v Arsenal|
|Aston Villa slipped into the bottom three after their 5-0 mauling at Eastlands, a far cry from their Capital One Cup extra-time success only a couple of months ago. Good results for relegation rivals Reading and Southampton means Villa are right in the relegation mix, a situation that's been threatening since the season kicked off. Things improved with the win at Sunderland but subsequent defeats to United and City precede another big game against Arsenal. Lambert is confined to the stands after criticising officials in the wake of the City defeat although his side almost picks itself with a whole host of players out injured. They entertain an Arsenal side that got back to winning ways in the North London derby courtesy of Adebayor's reckless tackle after 17 minutes. Midweek they sealed Champions League qualification with a victory at home to Montpellier that also included a rare clean sheet, their first for almost a month. Wilshere scored his first since returning from injury and seems to be carrying the hopes of every Arsenal fan. The Gunners are 4 points shy of fourth spot but there are signs that they're starting to tick and this could be an unpleasant day for Villa.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Sun 13:30||Swansea v Liverpool|
|Liverpool will be seeking revenge over Swansea for last month's Capital One Cup exit at Anfield, a game in which they were wll beaten by the Swans. Obviously Brendan Rodgers's old side are going to want to do well against him and vice versa. However, the Premier League has been good to Liverpool in recent weeks and they've now gone 7 games unbeaten as they climb the table. That sequence includes their only 3 victories of the current campaign but their dependency on Suarez's goals is growing as the Uruguayan striker tops the Premier League's golden boot. Enrique profited from playing further forwards, a consequence of Wisdom cementing his role at right-back. Their opponents, Swansea, managed a rare away win at Newcastle last weekend and have only been beaten once since the end of September, a narrow defeat at Man City. As well as the Newcastle win that run includes holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at the Liberty. Chico could make his return after suffering a dead leg against Liverpool last time out. There's little to choose between these 2 sides in mid-table and the draw looks favourable.|
|Sun 15:00||Southampton v Newcastle|
|The mood at St Mary's must be one of euphoria after Southampton won the 6-pointer at QPR to lift themselves 4 points above their relegation rivals. It was only the Saints' second win of the season and leaves them second from bottom but at least they're now in touch with the sides above them. Rickie Lambert has admitted that the jump in class from Championship to Premier League has surprised some of the players but winning matches is the perfect tonic. Southampton have shown promise in front of goal but their defending has raised eyebrows; however, they've conceded just twice in the last 2 games so maybe something's paying off. They host a Newcastle side yet to win on the road and fresh from 2 home defeats against West Ham and Swansea. The Magpies haven't recorded a win this November and have the added distraction of a Europa League match against Maritimo. To make matters worse Coloccini is banned, Cabaye is out with a groin problem and Gutierrez is doubtful with a hamstring injury. Now Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse are injured after limping out of the Maritimo draw. This game could go either way but Newcastle have 11 players out and I'm swaying towards the Saints.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 16:00||Chelsea v Man City|
|What a match in prospect between Champions League failures. Roberto Di Matteo paid for almost certain failure to qualify for the elite competition's knockout stages with his job and who do Chelsea turn to for the babysitting vacancy? None other than Rafa Benitez who despite his 'outstanding pedigree' has been out of work for nearly 2 years. Chelsea fans are reportedly unhappy and the only person who might be optimistic is Fernando Torres hoping that the ex-Liverpool manager can revive his career. His counterpart, Mancini, is still in a job after failing to win a match in City's group of death but it's looking increasingly likely that they'll finish bottom and not even make it into the lesser Europa League. On the domestic front however, things look in better shape for City who remain unbeaten in the Premier League and are a point clear of United at the top of the table. Vincent Kompany left Eastlands on crutches after the draw with Real Madrid and remains a doubt although Lescott is now fit again should the Belgian defender fail to make it. From the Chelsea viewpoint, domestic problems have also contributed to Di Matteo's sacking; no win in 4 Premier League fixtures has seen the Blues drop from top to 4th amd they could be 5th by the time this game kicks off. Despite some of the great players at Stamford Bridge, they're missing the spine of Terry, Lampard and Drogba that has served them so well in recent years. A new manager could prompt a reaction but the best Chelsea can hope for is a draw.|
|Tottenham v West Ham|
|West Ham moved above Spurs after winning at Newcastle the weekend before last and increased the gap to 2 points after drawing at home to Stoke last Monday. Their unbeaten run in November also includes holding Man City to a goalless draw at Upton Park. However, striker Andy Carroll hasn't scored in 8 successive matches and was none too pleased at being substituted 5 minutes from time in the draw with Stoke. There's no doubt his link-up with Kevin Nolan has proved successful for the midfielder but Carroll needs a goal. Tottenham are on a miserable run of 4 Premier League defeats in 5 after playing the likes of Chelsea, City and Arsenal. They also lost out to Wigan but there were signs of improvement at the Emirates until Adebayor was sent from the field after a reckless tackle. Consequently he'll be absent on Sunday but their could be a return for Steven Caulker and some much-needed stability at centre-half. Spurs are away in Rome in the Europa League which could be a distraction but Dembele is rumoured to have travelled although he'll not play which could pave the way for his comeback against the Hammers. Again, Spurs have missed not having someone pulling the strings in the middle of the park. Expect a very tight game but Spurs to finally get some joy.|
|Home Win 2-1|