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 1st to Mon 3rd December 2012.
|Sat 12:45||West Ham v Chelsea|
|West Ham slipped to 10th after successive away defeats at White Hart Lane and Old Trafford; not the easiest of places to go. That brought an end to a run of 3 games without defeat but the recent losses have had positives; Carroll scored his first in West Ham's colours against Spurs whilst they produced a good defensive performance against United despite losing to Van Persie's 1st minute winner. At home the Hammers have taken 5 points from their last 3 matches including a goalless draw with City. They host what has become a toothless Chelsea side who've failed to score in their last 3 games in all competitions. The Blues have not won a Premier League match since mid-October though Benitez's decision to move Ivanovic into the centre in place of Cahill appears to have shored up the defence. However, the manager's error in leaving out Mata against Fulham left them short of ideas and when he eventually came on it was too late. Benitez remains confident that Chelsea are still title contenders but on this evidence and currently 7 points behind league leaders United, maybe he's a trifle optimistic. With defences on top and goals at a premium, what price on another goalless draw.|
|Sat 15:00||Arsenal v Swansea|
|Michael Laudrup credited his players with the best first half performance he's seen since hanging up his boots as they cruised to victory at home against an in-form West Brom side. A rarity for a manager, he claimed that he could just sit back and enjoy the game. The Swans are up to 8th on the back of a 5-match undefeated run including a rare away win at St James's Park. That was only their second away win of the campaign but they were unlucky not to get something at Eastlands back in October. They travel to the Emirates where Arsenal have lost just 1 of 6 home matches (to Chelsea). However, recent draws away at Villa Park and Goodison have seen the Gunners slip to 7th below their north London rivals who they so convincingly beat just weeks ago. It looks like the injury problems have eased somewhat and Wenger should be able to name a first-choice line-up. Swansea will cause problems with their possession and one-touch passing but Arsenal should do enough to win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Tottenham|
|There's bound to be a number of personnel out to prove a point in this fixture after all the summer transfer activity. Martin Jol wouldn't mind a bit of retribution after his acrimonious departure from White Hart Lane whilst Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham's leading goalscorer, would ideally be the man to do that after coming back in from the cold at Old Trafford. Spurs have ex-Fulham midfielders Dembele and Dempsey, the latter already voicing his displeasure at the lack of appreciation for him at Craven Cottage. Spurs have rediscovered the winning formula at White Hart Lane with recent victories over West Ham and Liverpool but their last 2 away fixtures ended in defeat at City and Arsenal. How much of the Arsenal defeat has to do with Adebayor's dismissal remains to be seen but the Togo striker serves the last of his 3-match ban. Fulham's Hangeland is also missing for the same reason along with several players suffering from hamstring injuries. The Cottagers have drawn 4 of their last 6 matches and haven't won since beating Villa at Craven Cottage by a single goal back in October. This game could swing either way but the value has to be the draw.|
|Liverpool v Southampton|
|Liverpool's 8-game unbeaten run came to an end at White Hart Lane this week despite a late rally that saw them pull one back courtesy of a Gareth Bale own goal. However, the Reds remain 12th and 10 points behind the top four regardless of that undefeated sequence. They've drawn 5 of their last 8 matches and the lack of firepower is costing them precious points. Fortunately Suarez has avoided injury so far this season but a niggle or suspension for the Uruguayan striker would hit Liverpool hard. They host a Southampton side back in the bottom three after only drawing at home to Norwich but the Saints have now gone 4 games unbeaten. Their recent record gives them a renewed optimism as far as survival is concerned but keeper Paulo Gazzaniga needs to cut out the errors that've been responsible for dropped points against both Swansea and the Canaries. Southampton's defence has certainly improved with just 3 goals conceded in the last 4 matches although 3 of those games have been at St Mary's. The Saints will probably score at Anfield though I suspect Liverpool will have the last laugh.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man City v Everton|
|After a great start to the season, Everton have gone slightly off the boil for a couple of reasons. They've gone 9 top flight games without keeping a clean sheet and that in turn has contributed to 6 draws in the last 8 matches. Fellaini's return against Arsenal from suspension proved instrumental in the Toffees claiming a point with the Belgian adding some much-needed firepower; he's Everton's top scorer after netting 7 times, all in the Premier League. This weekend they could be without Leighton Baines who's apparently struggling with a hamstring problem, a blow guaranteed to disrupt the Toffees' effectiveness down the left-hand side. They play a City side who've taken 19 from a possible 21 points at Eastlands and remain the only undefeated club in the top flight this season. To add weight to the statistics, Balotelli scored his first Premier League goal of the campaign in the win at Wigan whilst David Silva looks to be improving with every match. The only blow for Mancini was to see Milner come on and score a fantastic goal only to be subbed off after just 22 minutes on the pitch with a hamstring problem. This looks like being a home victory all day long.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|QPR v Aston Villa|
|This is a hell of a 6-pointer between 2 sides struggling to move up the table. Villa's late win at home to Reading was enough to lift them out of the bottom three but their away record is poor. In fact, 4 of their last 5 away matches have ended in defeat with the other a single-goal victory at relegation rivals Sunderland. It looks like Villa have done well against their peers but they were battered 4-1 at Southampton back in September to give the Saints their first win of the season. Darren Bent looks like he'll not even be warming the bench again whilst this game could come too soon for Vlaar and Stevens. They travel to Loftus Road where QPR hope to achieve a survival struggle of epic proportions. Bottom of the table on 5 points, they're yet to register a win although Harry Redknapp's first game in charge yielded a point and a clean sheet at Sunderland. Redknapp is known for his man management and has already laid down ground rules that begin with player committment, workrate and a team ethic. Currently Rangers are a bit of an unknown quantity but Fernandes probably has the right man in charge if they're to survive. If that's going to happen, then they need to take 3 points against a side in a similar position like Villa. Sticking our neck out for QPR's first win of the season.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v Stoke|
|West Brom suffered a reality check at the Liberty Stadium this week after Swansea outplayed them and put an end to their 4-match winning run. With 3 goals conceded in the first half, Clarke made the change to push Odemwingie up alongside Lukaku which worked as far as getting West Brom back into the game but failed to rescue the result. Despite the setback the Baggies are still flying high in 4th and have a 3-point gap over Spurs in 5th. Long was benched for this week's defeat and could return in place of Lukaku. They host a Stoke side yet to win on the road despite drawing 4 of their 7 away matches. Strong home form has been responsible for lifting them up to 9th but they don't score many goals and their defence on the road is far weaker than that at the Britannia. Crouch could be rested after having 2 of his front teeth knocked out in the win over Newcastle with Cameron Jerome possibly given the opportunity after coming on and assisting the equaliser before netting the winner. West Brom look a side capable of bouncing back especially against a poor travelling side like the Potters.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 17:30||Reading v Man Utd|
|It's been a while since United battered anyone and to be honest they've spent more time coming from behind in matches than Ferguson would've liked. After Van Persie scored in the 1st minute against West Ham this week, Fergie could've been forgiven for thinking he was in for a comfortable time but United failed to take further opportunities and could've been pegged back. However, it was a rare clean sheet for the home side and they still top the table by a solitary point. United have lost 2 away matches this season and won't want to join Everton as the only side to lose to Reading. The Royals' first win came a couple of weeks ago but they failed to build on the result and lost in the subsequent away matches at Wigan and Villa. Both games were very tight but Reading find themselves second from bottom and 4 points adrift of safety. McDermott won't have to worry about getting the required effort from his players but the gap in quality should be the telling factor.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:00||Norwich v Sunderland|
|After a torrid opening day at Craven Cottage, Chris Hughton has turned things around at Carrow Road and Norwich have emerged as one of the tightest defensive units in the league. They're on an 8-game unbeaten run in all competitions and haven't conceded more than a single goal in any of those matches. In fact, they've conceded just 4 goals since mid-October with their last 3 Premier League home matches all 1-0 victories over the likes of Arsenal, Stoke and United. However, keeper Ruddy has been ruled out for 3 months with surgery required on a thigh problem and Turner is expected to miss out with a shoulder injury. They host a Sunderland side that witnessed something of a false dawn at Craven Cottage when they ran out 3-1 winners but that owed more to Hangeland's sending-off than anything else. They managed 2 more goals in the home defeat to West Brom but failed to beat bottom side QPR after a drab goalless affair. The Mackems are flirting with the bottom three and it's difficult to see them getting anything at Carrow Road.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Mon 20:00||Newcastle v Wigan|
|Newcastle are on a losing run of 4 Premier League matches and haven't won since Cisse scored the winner off his backside at home to West Brom back in October. That was the last time Cisse scored until he fired the Magpies ahead at the Britannia but they failed to ward off another defeat. Much of the blame can be pinned on injuries with the creativity of Cabaye and Ben Arfa missing but Steven Taylor is also out as well as James Perch who received his 5th yellow card. They host a Wigan side that are very easy on the eye with the way they play but are inconsistent in terms of getting results. They played well against City this week and created the chances to go ahead but their failure to take them ended up costing them the 3 points. However, they passed the ball well and have already won at Southampton and Spurs in the league as well as at Upton Park in the Capital One Cup. Martinez still has injuries at the back but they stick to a tried and tested formula that everyone looks comfortable with. Only goal difference separates the two sides in the bottom half of the table but the Latics have the capacity to spring a surprise against a weakened Newcastle.|
|Away Win 1-2|