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 29th to Wed 30th January 2013.
|Tues 19:45||Aston Villa v Newcastle|
|Villa's season plummeted to new lows after their weekend FA Cup exit at Championship side Millwall. That came straight after the Capital One Cup exit to League Two Bradford and a miserable Premier League campaign that leaves them just a point above the relegation places. Paul Lambert is most definitely under pressure to dig his side out of it and claims he has the backing of owner Randy Lerner but it's results he needs now. To be fair, they're up against a Newcastle side in a similar position making this a crucial relegation battle. The Magpies are just a point and a place better off than Villa but have only 4 points to show from the last 8 matches. They're yet to win a Premier League home fixture this season whilst their squad is developing an increasingly French look to it. With names like Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sissoko and Gouffran all set to start expect some caualties although Cabaye may miss out after sustaining a groin problem in the Reading defeat. Not surprisingly, Villa have a number of players out although Baker could recover from a hamstring problem. Both these sides are poor at the moment and it's difficult to pick a winner.|
|QPR v Man City|
|City closed the gap on league leaders United to 5 points after a David Silva brace was enough to beat Fulham whilst United were held at Spurs. City also won their tricky FA Cup tie at Stoke thanks to a rare Zabaleta finish but Kompany leaving the field after 40 minutes with an ankle injury could frustrate their title ambitions. The most likely scenario is that Nastasic comes straight back in as a replacement but Mancini could opt to go for three at the back. Others looking to start could be Aguero who came off the bench at Stoke and Nasri who missed that game through illness. However, Mario Balotelli looks to be on his way out of the club. They travel to Loftus Road where bottom side QPR were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side MK Dons. That game marked a comeback for Zamora with Redknapp making 9 changes from the side that drew recently at West Ham. The starting eleven was still a strong one but defensive errors and wasteful finishing cost them. Expect Redknapp to ring the changes again as Rangers seek to close the 4-point gap on the sides above them with Loic Remy likely to make his home debut. QPR have gone 3 matches in the top flight without defeat but a City side that have lost just once on their travels in the Premier League look too strong.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Stoke v Wigan|
|Stoke suffered a rare home defeat to Man City in the FA Cup but more alarmingly, it doesn't come long after they suffered a horrific 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea in which Jon Walters managed to score 2 own goals. However, the Potters are usually fairly reliable at the Britannia and those 2 defeats have been their only ones at home this season. Tony Pulis could make several changes with Cameron possibly returning at the back if he recovers from a tight hamstring and Adam probably replacing Kightly. They host a Wigan side that safely negotiated a trip to Macclesfield in the FA Cup but face a relegation battle in the Premier League. Currently they're a point short of safety but worryingly they've won just one of their last 10 top flight matches, a 3-0 win at Villa Park. The Latics have been in this position before and performed a miraculous escape last season but Stoke's a tough place to go and they're unlikely to have any joy.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Swansea|
|Sunderland go into this game on the back of some mixed results but 5 wins in the last 8 Premier League matches has lifted them to 11th in the table and just 5 points behind opponents Swansea. The Black Cats have enjoyed recent success against clubs below them in the table but couldn't find a way past Bolton in the 3rd-round FA Cup replay at the Stadium of Light. Martin O'Neill will have to reshuffle his pack with 3 predominantly defensive players out injured; namely Rose, Cuellar and Cattermole. With a lack of options up front, O'Neill is supposedly in for Swansea's Danny Graham and Michael Laudrup will have to make a decision whether or not to play the targeted striker. The Swans are on a 6-game unbeaten run in the Premier League and have a Wembley final date pencilled in after knocking Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup. The question has to be whether that recent success will detract from the humdrum nature of the Premier League and can Swansea stay focused for the bread and butter football. After a weekend off, Laudrup has few injury concerns and a strong squad should travel to Sunderland. The Swans have lost one of their last 7 top flight away fixtures and they should be good for a draw.|
|Wed 19:45||Arsenal v Liverpool|
|Little separates these 2 sides in the top half of the table and a win for Liverpool would see them leapfrog their opponents on goal difference whilst a win for the Gunners could move them into 5th should they better Everton's result against West Brom. Both clubs have had patchy form this month with Arsenal losing out to two of the sides above them (Chelsea and Man City) whilst they could only draw at Southampton. However, they picked up with an emphatic 5-1 win over West Ham and made it to the 5th round of the FA Cup at Brighton thanks to a late Walcott winner. Up until this weekend, Liverpool's only blemish this month had been an expected defeat at Old Trafford but Oldham proved too strong for the Reds in the FA Cup with Rodgers feeling let down by some of his younger players. Have no doubt that the likes of Gerrard, Lucas and Downing will return to the starting line-up whilst Johnson, Enrique and Reina will have to be assessed. Liverpool have won just 3 of their 11 Premier League away fixtures this season and whilst it'll be tight, Arsenal surely have the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v West Brom|
|Everton had to rely on an injury-time winner from Johnny Heitinga in the FA Cup 4th-round tie at the Reebok despite fielding a strong side. It was another mis-firing performance from Toffees striker, Nikica Jelavic, who has just 2 goals to his name in the last 14 matches. Everton's last 2 Premier League games have also finished goalless, a factor that's seen them slip 3 points behind 4th-placed Tottenham. Whether or not Moyes can afford to dip into the transfer market for another striker remains to be seen but one option would be to push Fellaini further forwards. The Toffees have lost just one of their 11 home fixtures, a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the end of last month, and an improvement is surely on the cards. They host a West Brom side struggling after doing so well during the first half of the season. January has not been good with just 1 point scant reward from 3 top flight matches against sides below them in the table. QPR also knocked them out of the FA Cup in a 3rd-round replay at the Hawthorns; whilst the result was a poor one the upside was that Steve Clarke's men could enjoy a rare weekend off. Shane Long is still a doubt with a leg injury and Odemwingie could be left out after submitting a transfer request. The odds definitely favour the home side as long as they can find the back of the net.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Norwich v Tottenham|
|Norwich were on the wrong end of a giant-killing this weekend after non-league Luton knocked them out of the FA Cup at Carrow Road, the first time that has happened since Sutton toppled Coventry in 1989. It caps a miserable run of form for the Canaries who've taken just a single point from their last 6 Premier League matches; the last of which was a 5-goal thrashing at Anfield. Chris Hughton will be hoping that Bassong will be fit to start against his old club after missing the Liverpool defeat with a calf problem. Spurs travel to Carrow Road looking for revenge for their Capital One Cup exit several months ago but also on the back of an unwanted FA Cup exit; Tottenham were beaten 2-1 by Leeds at Elland Road after failing to get a grip in the game. However, they're on a great run of 7 games undefeated in the Premier League and trail Chelsea in 3rd by just 4 points. After not starting with an orthodox striker against Leeds, expect Defoe to return to the starting line-up along with Dembele and Dawson. This could be a very open game and if so, Spurs should have the quality to profit.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wed 20:00||Fulham v West Ham|
|Two sides separated by just a couple of points in the wrong half of the table and both could be threatened by the relegation battle going on below them if results fail to pick up. Both sides have won just 2 of their last 10 top flight matches and both were knocked out of the FA Cup by Man Utd at Old Trafford; West Ham in a 3rd round replay and Fulham this weekend just gone. The Hammers have lost 7 of their 11 away fixtures this season and are probably still recovering from last week's 5-1 defeat at Arsenal; at least Dan Potts is who suffered concussion that night. Allarydyce is still without Carroll and Collins but loan signing Chamakh could start along with Cole and Jarvis who were benched for the Gunners defeat. Fulham's home form has improved slightly with a win and 2 draws from their last 4 Premier League matches but further work is needed if the Cottagers are to avoid slipping closer to the drop zone. A tight game but expect Fulham's home form to finally come good.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man Utd v Southampton|
|United finally suffered the sort of injury-time equaliser they've so often inflicted themselves when they conceded late on at White Hart Lane the weekend before last. It saw their lead over rivals City cut to 5 points and brought an end to a run of 4 straight Premier League victories. United also have an impressive home record having dropped points on just one occasion and again that was when Spurs won 3-2 at Old Trafford. Ferguson had the option to rest key players for the FA Cup win over Fulham leaving him with the right type of selection dilemma ahead of the home clash with Southampton. The Saints continued with their good Premier League form with a draw at home to Everton despite the change in manager. They even had chances to win the game but at least it keeps their run of 6 top flight matches undefeated intact. Adam Lallana is nearing a comeback after overcoming a knee problem and resuming full training. As well as Southampton have been playing, it's probably too much to expect them to nick something at Old Trafford.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Reading v Chelsea|
|Reading have finally hit a good run of form after winning their last 4 matches in all competitions. Admittedly, 2 of those victories have come in the FA Cup against lower league opposition but with so many other better off Premier League sides faltering, credit is most definitely due. The other 2 wins have come in the Premier League at home to West Brom and away at Newcastle. Chelsea obviously represent a step up in class but they too have dropped points against Southampton as well as failing to overturn a 2-0 home leg defeat to Swansea in the League Cup. The FA Cup also proved a sticking point this weekend after a late Torres goal prevented the Blues from being knocked out at League One Brentford. However, on the road in the Premier League, Chelsea have proved exceptional with 7 wins and only 2 defeats from 11 games; that's better than their home form. Hazard is suspended after that ball boy incident at Swansea whilst Luiz is rated doubtful with an ankle injury. Reading have a fully-fit squad with the exception of Roberts who has an ongoing hip problem. Anything from this game for the Royals could see them move out of the drop zone but it's brave to bet against Chelsea.|
|Away Win 1-2|