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 Boxing Day fixtures Wed 26th December 2012.
|Wed 15:00||Everton v Wigan|
|Everton remain well in the hunt for a Champions League place after their deserved win last weekend at Upton Park. Even without the suspended Fellaini they managed to come from behind but should've opened the scoring after an Osman header was ruled out for the softest of decisions. The Toffees are yet to lose at Goodison having drawn 4 and won 4. They've appealed Gibson's red card at West Ham (one of a number of contentious decisions) meaning he'll be eligible to play for this one but Fellaini misses out plus the next at home to Chelsea. They host a Wigan side still stuck in the bottom three after their single goal defeat at home to Arsenal. To be fair, the Latics can feel hard done by after the Gunners were gifted a soft penalty although Kone had chances that he failed to take. Caldwell could return from injury to help patch up a shaky defence after warming the bench against Arsenal which in turn could see McCarthy pushed back into midfield. Wigan have won twice on the road this season but 6 of their last 7 Premier League away matches have ended in defeat.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Fulham v Southampton|
|Plucky Southampton remain above the bottom three despite losing at home to Sunderland thanks to other results going their way. It's a second defeat in three for the Saints but their improved defensive record continues with no more than a single goal conceded in each of their last 7 Premier League matches. However, on the road Southampton have won just one of 7 away fixtures, a 3-1 win at relegation rivals QPR. Adam Lallana is Adkins's only casualty but the captain is a big miss for the Saints. They host a Fulham side struggling for form and didn't really turn up at Anfield last weekend. They were hammered 4-0 and once again it looks like the Cottagers will be relying on home form to keep them up this season. That said, Fulham have won just one of their last 10 matches, a 2-1 home win over a struggling Newcastle side although they have won half their home games this season. Sidwell is sure to return to bolster the midfield after serving a 1-match ban whilst Duff will return if available after also missing the Liverpool defeat. Jol will be expecting a reaction and heads will roll if he doesn't get one. Narrow win and an improvement for the Cottagers!|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man Utd v Newcastle|
|United's lead at the top of the table was cut to 4 points after they could only draw at the Liberty but there were positives for Alex Ferguson despite a poor performance from Rooney, and RVP having the ball kicked at his head whilst on the ground from about a foot away by Ashley Williams. United created good chances and the return of Vidic to the centre of defence will bring some much-needed stability although there was some rustiness. Both Giggs and Scholes came into the game late on and expect them to be used extensively over the festive period. Newcastle are the visitors to Old Trafford after notching just their 2nd win in 8 top flight matches with a narrow win over relegation-threatened QPR. Rangers were unfortunate not to get a point but it was a rare clean sheet for the Magpies and gives them a much-needed boost when it comes to avoiding a relegation battle. Pardew is still missing the likes of Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Steven Taylor through injury whilst a 5th yellow card for Tiote means he also misses out. Ameobi's winner last weekend could see him rewarded with a start in place of Papiss Cisse; that's if Pardew persists with 2 up front at somewhere like Old Trafford. Newcastle may have picked up a couple of results this month but they're struggling and this should be meat and drink for United.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Norwich v Chelsea|
|Norwich's tremendous 10-match unbeaten run finally came to an end at the Hawthorns last weekend despite them having gone ahead through a Robert Snodgrass free-kick. The Canaries have only lost at Carrow Road once in the top flight this season (to Liverpool) but there are doubts over the fitness of Grant Holt whilst Steven Whittaker had to leave the field at West Brom with a hip problem. Ruddy and Surman are still absentees as Norwich entertain a resurgent Chelsea side. Ironically, immediately prior to the start of Norwich's unbeaten run, the Canaries lost at Stamford Bridge by 4 goals to 1 and Chelsea are once again looking in fine fettle after their 8-goal demolition of Aston Villa. Torres grabbed the all-important first with the rest being shared amongst the side in what was an exhibition performance. Mikel is elgible again after serving a 3-match ban but Benitez may opt to keep the centre-midfield partnership of Luiz and Lampard that proved so effective. Luiz thrived in the midfield role and playing him there constitutes less of a risk than in the centre of defence. Sturridge and Bertrand aren't expected to be too far away from full fitness whilst the jury's still out on Terry's return. Backing Chelsea doesn't do Norwich a disservice in the slightest, it's just an indication as to how well the Blues are currently playing.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|QPR v West Brom|
|QPR remained second from bottom after their single goal defeat at St James Park but will feel relieved that nothing changed in the bottom five. A moment of magic from Shola Ameobi proved their undoing in a game that always looked like yielding a point. It was their first defeat under Harry Redknapp and underlines just how tough a job it will be to keep them up despite their tally of 6 points from the last 15 available. They face a tough visit from a West Brom side who got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over in-form Norwich after going 4 matches without a win. The Baggies have had a couple of victories on the road, 2 in the last 5 actually, but the other 3 have all been defeats. Steve Clarke will likely rotate his squad with the fixture congestion ahead but Ridgewell is fit again whilst Mulumbu returns from a 1-match suspension. A very tricky game to call and looking at the table you'd probably back the Baggies but QPR have improved under Redknapp and are probably worthy of a draw.|
|Reading v Swansea|
|Another defeat for Reading leaves them rock bottom at Christmas, never a good omen as regards Premier League survival. It was the Royals' 7th successive defeat but they can count themselves unfortunate after they had a decent penalty shout turned down and City netted the winner as late as the 92nd minute. However, it doesn't mask the fact that Reading have won just one of 18 top-flight matches this season. McDermott may not change too much after being encouraged by the display at Eastlands and Karacan may keep his place after returning from injury. They host a Swansea side that've impressed for most of the right reasons in recent games, excepting of course Wiliams's pot-shot at Van Persie's head from point-blank. Laudrup's men have only taken a point from their last 3 matches but they've been far from out of it and even when they were 3 goals down at home to Norwich, they still fought back only to lose 4-3. Angel Rangel and Hernandez are both doubts ahead of the trip to the Madjeski although there is real optimism that Hernandez will make it. A game in which both sides will probably score but Swansea are likely to edge it.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sunderland v Man City|
|City closed the gap on league leaders United to 4 points after they narrowly beat Reading at home whilst United could only draw away at Swansea. When we say narrow, City's margin of victory was the slightest possible thanks to a Gareth Barry header in the 92nd minute. Prior to that, Reading had a couple of decent shouts for a penalty and McDermott can feel aggrieved and not having got anything from the game. City still haven't lost on the road with 4 wins and 4 draws from their 8 away fixtures. Expect Kompany and Clichy to return to the starting line-up with Milner also vying for a starting spot. City need to sharpen up and can't afford any slip-ups if they're to catch their neighbours. They travel to the Stadium of Light where Sunderland recently won only their 2nd home game of the season when they beat Reading by 3 clear goals. Last weekend they made it 2 wins in 3 matches with a single goal victory at St Marys, a result that carries them up to 15th and 4 points clear of the relegation places. Sunderland have fared OK against the sides around them towards the foot of the table but have been disappointing against the top teams and for that reason I make this a narrow win for a mis-firing City.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Wed 17:30||Aston Villa v Tottenham|
|The question here is how will Villa bounce back from that 8-goal hammering at Stamford Bridge? Lambert has been brave enough to field a very young side but it was Villa's worst ever result in the top flight. They were always on the back foot and even when they got the ball in the Chelsea half, Benteke was caught offside on numerous occasions. That result was all the more surprising given Villa's win at Anfield only the weekend before. Lambert now has to decide whether to ring the changes in favour of experience or allow his young players to atone for their mistakes. That leaves a visiting Tottenham either relishing a goal fest or suffering the expected backlash. Though Spurs drew at home to Stoke last weekend, it's actually not too bad a result although it does see them drop down to 6th on equal points with Arsenal, Everton and West Brom. On the road, Tottenham games are cut and dried with 4 wins and 4 losses from their 8 away fixtures. Villas-Boas will likely name the same attacking line-up as drew with Stoke although expect the fit again Scott Parker to start sometime over the festive period. Dempsey missed that game with a groin problem and is unlikely to be fit to return. Not as one-sided as some might think but Spurs to edge it.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wed 19:45||Stoke v Liverpool|
|Stoke are now undefeated in 8 top-flight matches and their point at White Hart Lane underlines just how strong they are defensively. Another goalless draw against a pacy Tottenham side shows how difficult they are to break down. The Potters don't score many but they're undefeated at the Britannia this season and have conceded just 3 goals in 8 home matches. That sort of defensive record is majorly impressive and provides a great platform for Tony Pulis's side. Crouch could be due a recall whilst Adam could return after missing the Spurs draw following his father's death. They host a Liverpool side buoyant again after a 4-goal thrashing of Fulham but the Cottagers were absolutely awful. Liverpool are up to 8th and are now just 5 points shy of a Champions League spot but it doesn't paper over the mistakes in the recent 3-1 home defeat to a young Villa side. Downing netted his first for the club in the Fulham win and there was an improvement but many still feel that the winger isn't good enough for the Anfield club. Allen and Sterling will probably return to the starting line-up at Stoke and we'll have to see if Downing retains his place. Liverpool will be up against it here and Stoke's efficiency should pay off.|
|Home Win 1-0|