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 8th to Mon 10th December 2012.
|Sat 15:00||Arsenal v West Brom|
|Two defeats on the bounce for West Brom and already many reckon the Baggies bubble has burst. The away defeat to Swansea was probably not that much of a surprise but being beaten at home by Stoke was something of a shock; up until that defeat West Brom had won 6 of 7 home matches. On the road their form is mixed with their only 2 away wins (at Wigan and Sunderland) contributing to their recent purple patch. They travel to the Emirates where Arsenal find themselves in the unaccustomed position of mid-table. Their recent form in the top flight has been wretched with just a single win in their last 5 matches although 3 of those have been draws. It seems many moons ago since the Gunners were guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net whilst now they're struggling to create the chances and don't seem capable of keeping the ball. Swansea outdid them on possession in the most recent game at the Emirates and as a result ran out clear winners. However, the scoreline might've flattered the Swans as Arsenal were chasing the match in the dying minutes. They also lost in Greece this week but Wenger left 8 or 9 first-team players behind for the trip. Champions League qualification was already assured but finishing as runners-up could harm their progression. Have no doubt that the Gunners will bounce back, against West Brom would be as good a time as any.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Aston Villa v Stoke|
|Stoke hadn't won an away game since January until they beat West Brom at the Hawthorns by a single goal last weekend. That was their 7th clean sheet of the season and underlines why they've proved so hard to beat. The Potters have taken 13 points from the last 15 available though 3 of those victories have come at the Britannia. Charlie Adam sits this one out after receiving a 5th yellow card in the win over the Baggies. They travel to Villa Park where Lambert's men are struggling to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap. Villa have taken 5 points from their last 3 matches which is an improvement but goals are in short supply. Benteke is their top Premier League scorer with 3 but their 9 other Premier League goals have been scattered throughout the team. Darren Bent has 2 of those but it looks like the striker will continue to warm the bench. Anything other than 3 points could see Villa slip back down the league. Neither side is exactly free-scoring and a draw looks the likely result.|
|Southampton v Reading|
|Another relegation battle between 2 sides in the bottom three. Southampton's undefeated run of 4 games came to an end at Anfield when they were narrowly beaten by a single goal but they've worked on their defence and haven't conceded more than once in each of their last 5 matches. A win at St Mary's could be enough to lift them as high as 15th if other results go their way. If their opponents, Reading, were to win it would see the Royals move above the Saints but not out of the drop zone. Reading have proved that they know how to score goals with 3 at home to United and 2 at Wigan but they ended up on the losing side on both occasions. Including the single goal defeat at Villa Park, that makes it 3 defeats on the bounce. Reading are yet to win on the road and their 2-point away tally comes courtesy of draws at QPR and Swansea. With no new injuries to report, both sides are likely to name familiar line-ups. The Saints can point to some recent good performances and with home advantage they should prove too strong.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Chelsea|
|Chelsea smashed Nordsjaelland as they eased to a first win under Benitez but it wasn't enough to see them qualify for the Champions League knockout stages. The Spanish manager is far from popular among Blues fans but there were positives to take from the game; namely 6 goals and a brace for Torres. Goals have been in short supply recently on the domestic front and maybe this represents a turning point. To be fair they should've been out of sight in the first half at Upton Park last weekend but missed opportunities cost them as they lost out in the dying minutes. They travel to the Stadium of Light looking for their first Premier League victory under Benitez against a Sunderland side teetering just above the relegation places. The Mackems have won just 2 top flight matches all season though 7 draws keeps them in a position of safety. However, they've lost 4 of their last 6 games including home defeats to Villa and West Brom. They're struggling for goals and aren't helped by the possible absence of Steven Fletcher. Other key players likely to be out are Cattermole and O'Shea. Sunderland are in trouble and if Chelsea don't win this Benitez's reign as manager may be shorter than he thinks.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Swansea v Norwich|
|Both sides have enjoyed a great run of form recently but something might have to give. Swansea have taken 10 points from the last possible 12 and remain undefeated since the beginning of November. That run of games includes draws at home to Chelsea and Liverpool and a win over highly-fancied West Brom plus away victories at Newcastle and Arsenal. The most recent result at the Emirates saw Michu score a winning brace in the dying minutes, a feat which saw him join Suarez, Van Persie and Ba at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with 10 goals. No wonder Swansea have been quick to stress that he'll not be sold in January with a number of clubs coveting the Spanish striker's talent. That's not to say the Swans are a one-man team; quite the opposite with possession and one-touch football doing the talking. They host a Norwich side on a longer unbeaten run stretching back 9 games in all competitions. Whilst they've beaten the likes of Arsenal and United at home, they've still not won on the road having drawn their last four. The Canaries are still missing Turner and Ruddy though replacement keeper Bunn has been in sparkling form. He'll need to be again at the Liberty where Swansea have lost just the once this season.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v QPR|
|Going a man down early on in Monday night's match at St James's Park not only cost Wigan the game but leaves them 2 defenders short for this crucial encounter at home to QPR. Figueroa serves a 1-match ban for the red card whilst Gary Caldwell also picked up his 5th yellow meaning he faces the same punishment. That's without the injuries they already have to defenders Alcaraz, Crusat and Ramis plus Maloney, Miyaichi and Watson are also out. The Latics have lost 4 of the last 5 with a win over relegation rivals Reading the only high point. Their opponents, QPR, might not have a better chance of securing their first win of the season given Wigan's unfamiliar back line. Rangers remain bottom and now a massive 7 points adrift of safety but Redknapp has guided them to a couple of draws in his first 2 games in charge. Rumours are that Xmas parties will be banned at Loftus Road as they push for survival. Harry looks to be reverting to a harder working eleven and Jamie Mackie is sure to start up front again after netting twice in the last 3 matches. Wigan are more than capable of scoring themselves but a rookie back three may end up giving Rangers too many opportunities.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 13:30||Man City v Man Utd|
|The top two clash at Eastlands with City hoping to win and go above United on goal difference. Any other result will see United at least maintain their 3-point gap or possibly go 6 points clear. Much has been made of United's calamitous defending, especially at Reading and Villa, but each time they came from behind to win; a feat they've accomplished a massive 10 times this season. This week they were beaten at home in the Champions League but Ferguson made 10 changes to the side that beat Reading and United were already assured of progression to the knockout stages as group winners. Evans and Ferdinand will return at the heart of the defence whilst Van Persie will spearhead their attack. City finished bottom of their Champions League group after losing to a second-string Dortmund side but at least it leaves Mancini with no other option than to concentrate on the Premier League. On the domestic front, they remain the only top flight side still unbeaten though 2 of their last 3 matches have finished level. Also, they've not fared too well against the top sides this season; they beat Spurs at home but they've drawn with Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton. City need a big performance but I'm not sure they've got one in them and the draw looks the best bet.|
|Sun 15:00||Everton v Tottenham|
|Only 3 points separates these 2 sides in the upper echelons of the Premier League. Everton know that a win over Spurs would lift them above their opponents and into a Champions League spot. However, the Toffees appear to have fallen out of the winning habit and also the losing habit after drawing 7 of their last 9 matches. As expected they don't concede too many goals having let in no more than 2 a game over the last couple of months. That said, they've not kept a clean sheet since mid-September and despite scoring on every occasion since then, the goals aren't exactly free-flowing. They're becoming reliant on top scorer Fellaini who's scored in the last 2 matches. Their opponents, Spurs, are on a run of 3 successive victories although the scoreline at Fulham somewhat flattered them. It owed much to Defoe's clinical finishing and although Adebayor returns from his 3-match ban, the Togo striker may have to settle for a place on the bench. Another player who could find his way on to the bench could be Scott Parker who emerged from 90 minutes midweek reserve team action unscathed. Bale is the one notable absentee meaning Tottenham will have a little less pace on the counter. Spurs record on the road this season is only second to the two Manchester clubs and they're yet to share the points in an away fixture but Everton are a tough nut to crack and this could be their first away draw.|
|Sun 16:00||West Ham v Liverpool|
|West Ham were buzzing after their late win over Chelsea but they had to endure a first half with plenty of Chelsea chances only to bounce back in the second half and take all 3 points. It marked an end to a run of 2 away defeats and keeps the Hammers in the top half of the table, 8th to be precise. Allardyce's men have only been beaten at home by Arsenal in the Premier League this season conceding just 7 goals in 8 home matches, 3 of those against the Gunners. They host a Liverpool side faced with the midweek Europa League nightmare of having to travel to Udinese and claim a result. The Italian side have already failed to qualify for the knockout stages but the Reds must equal or better Young Boys result against Anzhi Makhachkala if they're to progress. That means Liverpool will have to field a strong side and could be jaded for the trip to London. That plus the fact that Suarez is suspended after picking up his 5th yellow card in the narrow win over Southampton. Who gets pushed into the striker's role remains to be seen but the likelihood is that Liverpool will have to play with an extra midfielder. Currently the Reds are mid-table but the defeat at Spurs is their only loss in 10 Premier League matches; however, too many draws has muted their progress. Liverpool don't score many as it is and with Suarez out, they're there for the taking.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Mon 20:00||Fulham v Newcastle|
|Only goal difference separates these 2 sides in the bottom half of the table with neither on a particularly good run of form. Fulham haven't won since mid-October when they narrowly beat Villa at Craven Cottage whilst Newcastle put an end to a run of 4 defeats with a somewhat fortuitous win over Wigan on Monday night; Figueroa's sending off so early completely changed the match and the Latics were never going to get back into the game. It wasn't all good fortune for Alan Pardew though as two-goal hero Demba Ba limped off early in the second half with a sore hamstring. Cheick Tiote and Davide Santon also failed to complete the game after being replaced because of injury. That's in addition to Cabaye and the Taylors who are already out. Fulham have also suffered a setback with Bryan Ruiz now thought to be out until the New Year although Hangeland's return from a 3-match suspension will be most welcome. The Norwegian centre-half will add some much-needed authority to the Cottagers' defence and they'll have a solid platform on which to build after recent disappointments. Fulham are usually strong on home soil although that hasn't been borne out in recent weeks whilst Newcastle are yet to win on the road this season. If the Magpies don't see any respite on the injury front then this has to go down as a Fulham win.|
|Home Win 1-0|