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 27th to Wed 28th November 2012.
|Tues 19:45||Sunderland v QPR|
|Harry Redknapp was finally brought in at Rangers prior to the United defeat and faces possibly his toughest task in football. QPR are still without a win all season and have just 4 points to show from 13 games played. They're now 5 points adrift at the bottom of the table with an away record that reads 1 point taken from a possible 21. On a positive note, the only way for QPR is up but Redknapp will need all his man-management skills if they're to stand a chance of survival. The first step has been to warn the players that they need to improve immediately and Redknapp's initial team selection will be interesting. Bosingwa and Fabio are both likely to be available after missing the weekend match at Old Trafford. Rangers travel to the Stadium of Light where Sunderland aren't far off being dragged into the relegation battle themselves. Many thought that they'd kick on from the win at Fulham but West Brom are looking good this season and are no pushover. That said, the weekend scoreline flattered the Baggies in that the Mackems were pushing hard for an equaliser only for West Brom to break away in injury time and grab a fourth to kill the game. Sunderland's form has been mixed but they've now started scoring again with 6 in their last 3 matches. Both O'Shea and Cattermole were forced off in last weekend's defeat with injuries but Kilgallon and Gardner are the likely replacements. Sometimes players raise their game for a new manager and Redknapp will be hoping that's the case but Sunderland look the stronger side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tues 20:00||Aston Villa v Reading|
|This has become a relegation scrap with both teams looking to escape the bottom three. Only a point separates them but Villa have a significantly worse goal difference. With just 3 victories between the 2 sides all season, a win is paramount if either club are to survive. Villa have just 1 win from their last 9 Premier League matches (at Sunderland) whilst Reading have 1 win all season, a recent victory over Everton. For such a young side, Villa were well worth the point against Arsenal last weekend although Lambert may opt to change things around a bit. Vlaar was subbed off against the Gunners with a calf problem and Lichaj is the likely replacement whilst Darren Bent is an option that Lambert has so far decided not to use despite the striker declaring himself fully fit. Their opponents, Reading, gave a brave account of themselves at Wigan but succumbed to an injury-time winner from Jordi Gomez. They'll be anxious to take something from this game given that their next fixtures are United at home, Southampton and Sunderland away followed by Arsenal at home then City away. The Royals haven't always picked up points where they probably deserved to this season and they might have to settle for a draw on this occasion.|
|Wed 19:45||Chelsea v Fulham|
|Despite being a key London derby for both clubs, it's another away match for a Fulham side none too hot on the road. The Cottager's fortunes away from home have been mixed but their last and only away victory this season came back in September at the DW Stadium. They are again without the suspended Hangeland whilst this game comes too early for the injured Kacaniklic and Ruiz. They couldn't get to grips with Stoke's style last weekend and though Chelsea play much differently for the most part, Fulham could still struggle. The Blues did little to impress in Benitez's first game in charge but they did keep a clean sheet, their first in the top flight since beating Stoke by a single goal at Stamford Bridge back in September. That may see Benitez field an unchanged line-up as he persists with the largely ineffective Torres. Chelsea have now gone 5 Premier League matches without a win but they should get some joy out of a home game against Fulham.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Everton v Arsenal|
|Only a point separates these sides just below the Champions League places and to be honest there's very little to split them with both a little inconsistent of late. Everton have only lost 1 in the last 10 although 5 of the last 7 have ended in draws but the Toffees still maintain an unbeaten home record. The big worry for Everton is that they've not kept a clean sheet since they won at the Liberty back in September and though they're not conceding loads, it's those odd goals that are costing them points. They welcome back Fellaini after a 1-match suspension and that'll immediately give them more threat up front. Their opponents, Arsenal, have gone the last 5 games in all competitions undefeated but it has to be said that their performance in the draw at Villa Park most recently lacked sharpness and that's being kind. Results on the road have been mixed and goals have been at a premium; just 7 scored and 5 conceded in 7 away matches. Wenger is likely to return Walcott, Wilshere and Vermaelen to the starting line-up which should add some much-needed quality. That said, both parties might well be happy with a draw.|
|Southampton v Norwich|
|Norwich really turned things around after the defeat at Stamford Bridge in early October and are now on a 6-match unbeaten run. They might've left it late to equalise at Goodison but that epitomises their never-say-die spirit. The only disappointment is that the Canaries aren't higher up the table but mid-table is always tight and they're only a point short of the top half. However, despite their good run they've still not won on the road and will have to do without Michael Turner and possibly keeper Ruddy. They travel to St Mary's where Southampton will be in high spirits after taking 7 points from the last 3 matches. That sees the Saints move out of the bottom three, an amazing turnaround from their situation less than a month ago. Their defence has tightened considerably, just 2 goals shipped in the last 3 games, whilst taking advantage of some of the considerable opportunities at the other end. Expect Southampton to create more than the Canaries but the question will be who can keep the back door shut? A draw for me.|
|Stoke v Newcastle|
|Alan Pardew blamed the Europa League and an extensive injury list for Newcastle's defeat at his old club Southampton last weekend. They've taken just 1 point from their last 4 Premier League matches and are yet to win on the road this season. To add insult to injury, Steven Taylor suffered a hamstring problem and joins the queue in the treatment room. However, Coloccini returns after a 3-match ban and both Gutierrez and Cisse started at St Mary's. They travel to fortress Britannia where Stoke still haven't lost this season. They saw off Fulham at the weekend courtesy of a Charlie Adam goal but it's their home defensive record that stands up to scrutiny. The Potters have by far the best home defence in the top flight having conceded just a single goal in 6 matches. At the moment they're probably not scoring enough having netted on only 11 occasions (home and away) but a sound defence is a great building block for going on to win games. This fixture has come too soon for the Magpies and 3 points look on the cards for the home side.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Swansea v West Brom|
|West Brom are up there in a Champions League spot for all the right reasons. Many are expecting their bubble to burst, and whilst that's a possibility, they have to be credited for results and the way they've played. Currently they're on a 4-match winning run including victories away at Wigan and Sunderland and another at home to Chelsea. Myhill is still playing in place of Foster who has a groin problem whilst there's the possibility that Mulumbu could return from a hamstring injury. They travel to the Liberty where Swansea haven't lost since being beaten by Everton back in September but they've drawn 3 of their last 4 home fixtures. The Swans are also on a 4-match unbeaten run having recently held the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool. Laudrup has more options with the return of Chico and Ki Sung-Yeung although Vorm is still out with a groin injury. Swansea are rather more adept at keeping the ball but they'll have to be watchful of the Baggies on the counter. The draw looks like a good bet here but I just fancy West Brom to nick it.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Tottenham v Liverpool|
|Liverpool haven't taken anything at White Hart Lane since the 2007/2008 season when they won by 2 goals. Since then Spurs have won all 4 times as well as securing a League Cup victory. However, going into this match Liverpool are on an 8-match unbeaten run in the top flight though 5 of those games have ended in draws. Obviously Suarez is Liverpool's biggest threat but Rodgers may opt to keep Enrique in a more forward position which could see Downing continue in an unfamiliar full-back role. Spurs broke a 3-game losing habit with a convincing win over West Ham last weekend and Dembele could start this one after coming on as a sub in Spurs' last 2 matches. Lloris now looks to be the preferred keeper whilst Dawson could continue in place of Gallas. Adebayor is suspended which means both these sides could set up very similarly. The difference however is that Spurs have far more pace in attack than Liverpool and that could be telling.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wed 20:00||Man Utd v West Ham|
|United went back to the top of the table thanks to yet another fightback after going a goal behind at home to QPR. Most would've thought that a home game against the bottom club would've been a foregone conclusion but United have trailed in 13 of their 20 fixtures in all competitions this season; fortunately for them they've turned it around an unbelievable 9 times. One of those not-so-fortunate occasions was when Spurs won at Old Trafford and that marks United's only dropped points on home soil. Paul Scholes sits this one out after picking up his fifth yellow card but the great news for Alex Ferguson has been the return of fit again Darren Fletcher. The Scottish midfielder celebrated his first Premier League start for a year with an important goal and gives United another option. They host a West Ham side that've impressed recently but the Hammers were well beaten at White Hart Lane although Andy Carroll finally scored in the claret and blue colours. Sam Allardyce has Matt Jarvis back and he could start after coming on against Spurs but Mark Noble is suspended after also picking up a fifth yellow card. It's not beyond the realms of possibility to see the Hammers go ahead but once United start playing, anything other than a United victory seems unlikely.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Wigan v Man City|
|Wigan left it late to take all 3 points at home to Reading last weekend but it was a vital win for the Latics. A Jordi Gomez hat-trick was enough for them to move 4 points clear of the relegation places whilst saving the blushes of keeper Al Habsi who was to blame for Reading's equaliser. The important thing for Martinez's side was that it halted a run of 2 successive defeats and restores confidence ahead of the visit by Man City. However, the win over Reading took its toll on Maloney and Ramis who are unlikely to make it whilst Caldwell and Watson have still not overcome their recent injuries. Their opponents, City, should be capable of defending better than Reading as well as posing more problems offensively. City were knocked off the top by United after only managing a draw at Chelsea but they remain the only Premier League side still to taste defeat. Mancini has a couple of injuries but such is City's strength in depth that he'll have no selection problems. However, Dzeko has proved far more effective as a substitute this season and Macini may opt to start with Tevez instead. This should be a much-needed away win for City.|
|Away Win 0-2|