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.
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the New Years fixtures Tues 1st to Wed 2nd January 2013.
|Tues 12:45||West Brom v Fulham|
|West Brom dropped to 7th after their defeat to United but remain only 3 points behind 4th-placed Tottenham. The trio of Mulumbu, Olsson and Popov failed to make the trip to Old Trafford after sustaining knocks in the most recent win at QPR but the Baggies coped well in their absence and certainly weren't outplayed by United. Not surprisingly they were forced to work hard and there could be a starting spot for Lukaku after Rosenberg failed to have much impact on the game. They host a Fulham side sliding down the table after taking just a single point from the last possible 12. The Cottagers were beaten at home at the weekend by Swansea and are on a terrible run of one win in their last 12 matches. They've never been great travellers with just 1 victory on the road this season. Bryan Ruiz returned to the starting line-up against Swansea and fired in a consolation goal but Damien Duff remains sidelined with a calf strain. The Baggies did suffer a slight blip about a month ago but they look back on track now despite the defeat at Old Trafford and this looks a comfortable win for them.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Tues 15:00||Man City v Stoke|
|Stoke were missing Shawcross and Cameron against Southampton at the weekend and the scoreline tells the story. Without them the Potters conceded 3 goals when up until that point they'd only conceded 4 times at the Britannia all season. Both defenders will likely return to their usual positions after serving respective 1-match suspensions. Stoke still showed plenty of determination and a late leveller from Cameron Jerome maintained their undefeated home record. The same sort of success hasn't been reflected on the road where they've notched just 1 win from 10 matches although they're unbeaten in their last 4 away trips. They travel to Eastlands where City will be focused on trying to find a way through the stubborn Stoke defence. City got back to winning ways at Carrow Road despite a never-say-die performance from Norwich after Nasri stupidly got himself sent off. The French winger has proved able at unlocking defences this season and City's appeal against his red card means he'll be eligible to play. Mancini is also likely to keep faith with the strike pairing of Dzeko and Aguero after virtually plundering all City's 4 goals at Carrow Road between them. City can't afford to drop any further behind United and they may have to throw the kitchen sink at Stoke if they're to get the 3 points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Swansea v Aston Villa|
|Swansea bounced back from their spell of 2 defeats and 2 draws with a valuable win at Craven Cottage. Despite missing Michu and making other changes, the Swans came away with the 3 points. Michael Laudrup has hinted that he's willing to strengthen during January although a number of players may be sold. Michu could recover from an ankle problem though Danny Graham may be preferred after netting the first against Fulham whilst the likes of Vorm, Davies and Britton will probably start. They host a Villa side on a miserable slide after conceding a massive 15 goals without reply in their last 3 matches, 2 of those games coming at home to Spurs and Wigan. Paul Lambert is adamant his side won't go down but currently they're just 1 point above the relgation places with the worst goal difference in the Premier League. The manager has had no choice but to field young players with experienced heads like Dunne, Petrov Bent, Agbonlahor, N'Zogbia, Vlaar and Baker either definitely out or doubtful. You feel a bit for Villa, especially a young side having to go to Swansea where they'll find it difficult to get on the ball and unfortunately it's looking like a fourth successive defeat.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Tottenham v Reading|
|Reading's single goal victory over West Ham gives them 3 points breathing space over bottom side QPR although the gap between themselves and safety remains a hefty 5 points. That was the Royals' second home victory of the season but they've only taken 2 points from 10 away fixtures. Still, 4 points from their last 2 home matches has stopped the rot of 7 straight defeats and Brian McDermott will be relying on home form if his side are to stand any chance of survival. They travel to 4th-placed Tottenham where they'll face a formidable proposition. Spurs have won 6 of their last 8 Premier League games and bounced back from a home draw with Stoke to knock 4 past Villa at Villa Park without reply and come from behind to win at the Stadium of Light. The added bonus for Villas-Boas is that since the Everton defeat, Spurs haven't conceded towards the end of matches. In fact they've only conceded once in the last 4 matches and that's with the manager rotating the back line. They'll have a little less pace, as Bale is suspended after picking up a 5th yellow card, but they should have too much for a Reading side poor on the road.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|West Ham v Norwich|
|These 2 sides are locked together in mid-table with just 2 points separating them although the Hammers have a game in hand. After a fantastic 10-match unbeaten run the Canaries have now lost 3 on the bounce though none of the games have been easy; all have been lost by the odd goal, away at West Brom and at home to Chelsea and Man City. Hughton goes into this game without possibly both Holt and Morison and will definitely miss Bradley Johnson who picked up a 5th yellow card. The Hammers also have suspensions kicking in with key players Nolan and Collins picking up 5th yellows. However, they've been boosted by the return of Collison and Vaz Te which gives Allardyce some extra options. That's not where the similarities end as West Ham have taken only a single point from the last 12 available; that came in a goalless draw at the Hawthorns whilst they've succumbed to defeats at home to Liverpool and Everton with the most recent coming at lowly Reading. With both sides possibly missing key players, it's difficult to weigh up the likelihood of any outcome and the draw looks the sensible option.|
|Wigan v Man Utd|
|Wigan won a huge relegation game at Villa Park at the weekend to lift themselves above Villa on goal difference. The Latics' results don't always reflect their performances but for once this did and the gulf between youth and experience was plain for all to see. It was a vital win after Martinez's side had gone 6 games without winning and picking up just a single point. The manager is likely to name an unchanged line-up but Premier League fixtures are never easy and now they face table-topping United. Ferguson's men are 7 points clear as they head into the New Year and look like winning games from most situations. They've won 7 of their last 8 Premier League matches and dropped points in just 3 of 10 matches on their travels. Ferguson has plenty of options in terms of freshening things up and Van Persie looks sure of starting after coming off the bench to make certain of the points at home to West Brom. Hernandez could well join him in attack in place of Welbeck given that Rooney hasn't yet recovered from knee ligament damage. The only other injury victims are Anderson and Nani, both struggling with hamstring problems. Wigan will give it their best shot but United will likely have the last say.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Tues 17:30||Southampton v Arsenal|
|One has to applaud Southampton's gutsy approach at the Britannia over the weekend and they claimed a deserved point but it wasn't enough to lift them out of the relegation places. To score 3 goals at the Britannia was pretty special but they also conceded 3 making it the most conceded in a game since mid-October when they leaked 4 at West Ham. A leaky defence isn't what you want going into a game against an Arsenal side scoring for fun when they're in the mood. Most recently the Gunners netted 7 times at home to Newcastle whilst a couple of weeks ago they put 5 past Reading at the Madjeski. However, Arsenal are also conceding more than they should with 5 put past them in those 2 matches. Other games haven't been so eventful although Wenger's side have won their last 4 successive top-flight matches. That moves them up to 5th, just 3 points behind neighbours Tottenham with a game in hand. Mertesacker is likely to return in place of Koscielny if recovered from illness whilst Walcott is sure to continue in his preferred striker role after claiming the match ball against the Magpies. The main change for Southampton will probably see Ramariz restored to the starting line-up. Difficult to see beyond an Arsenal win with another 10-goal extravaganza possibly too much to expect from these 2 sides.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Wed 19:45||Chelsea v QPR|
|Chelsea registered their 4th straight victory to maintain 3rd place, 2 points above Spurs and just 4 behind City with a game in hand. Frank Lampard's goals gave them victory at Goodison this weekend but it has to be said that a draw would've probably been a fairer result with Everton hitting the woodwork 3 times and pushing Chelsea all the way. It still looks like Lampard could leave in this transfer window and there wouldn't be too many surprises if he joined Uncle Harry at Loftus Road. Redknapp remains adamant that Rangers can beat the drop but that doesn't look likely on the weekend's evidence. They were 3-0 down at home to Liverpool within half-hour making it 3 defeats on the bounce and leaving them bottom of the pile going into the New Year with an 8-point deficit to make up. Luis Suarez was enough to give them the runaround on Sunday and Chelsea's attacking options won't be making life any easier for the QPR defence. Benitez has plenty of midifeld options if he wants to rotate but the defence and Torres are likely to continue; if Chelsea do go for Ba at least Torres will have some competition up top. This might be a west London erby but Chelsea look too strong.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Liverpool v Sunderland|
|Inconsistency has dogged Liverpool this season with them struggling to put a decent run of results together. They bounced back from the home defeat to Villa by battering Fulham only to lose away at Stoke. Again they showed their resilience this weekend by winning at Loftus Road but the jury's out on whether Liverpool have turned the corner or not. They're still hovering around the mid-table mark and there's ground to make up if the Reds want to challenge for Europe this season. Enrique looks a doubt for this game after tweaking a hamstring and if unavailable expect Johnson to shift across or Downing to drop back. They host a Sunderland side also struggling for consistency but improved after notching 3 wins in 5 games. However, the Mackems weren't good enough to hold on to a lead at home to Spurs, eventually losing the game, with centre-half O'Shea having to leave the field on 68 minutes with a hamstring injury. Bramble could deputise for him but the likelihood is that Kilgallon shifts across and Rose comes back in after being ineligible against his parent club. Midfielder Cattermole and centre-half Brown still look like long-term absentees. This match looks like being tight but the home side should nick it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wed 20:00||Newcastle v Everton|
|Newcastle have scored 6 goals in their last couple of matches, 3 apiece away at Old Trafford and the Emirates, but failed to take anything from either game. In fact, 8 of their last 10 Premier League matches have ended in defeat; the other 2 were victories at home over 10-man Wigan and bottom side QPR. They might be scoring goals but their defence is leaking more; to that end Pardew will be relieved to see Williamson return from suspension to partner Coloccini at centre-half. There's little good news on the injury front lending support to the rumours that Pardew will be fairly active in the transfer window. Everton go to St James Park on the back of a rare defeat, their first after an 8-match unbeaten run. To be fair, they were unlucky not to get anything from the Chelsea game despite hitting the woodwork 3 times and pushing their opponents hard. The good news for David Moyes is that Fellaini returns from a 3-match suspension and will either replace Anichebe or drop back into a midfield role. The Toffees have drawn 5 of their last 7 away matches and a draw probably looks the right result here.|