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 20th to Sun 21st October 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Tottenham v Chelsea|
|A great Saturday lunchtime fixture to kick off the weekend! Spurs haven't lost since that opening day defeat at St James Park and are now up to 5th with that 3-2 victory at Old Trafford their best result this season. Vertonghen has impressed at left-back in place of the injured Assou-Ekotto and is likely to continue working with Bale up the left flank. However, Dembele is a slight doubt after being replaced at half-time in the Belgium v Scotland game with a hip injury. Their opponents, Chelsea, are 4 points clear at the top and excluding the Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup remain unbeaten this season. Di Matteo's faith in Torres appears to be paying off as the Spanish striker now has 6 goals to his name, 4 of them in the Premier League. The Blues' biggest injury concern is Frank Lampard who pulled out of the England squad with a knee problem although John Terry could also miss out if he decides not to appeal his 4-match ban by the FA. Chelsea's biggest challenge this season has come at the Emirates where they nicked all 3 points thanks to well executed free-kicks from Juan Mata. Expect a tight entertaining match with little to choose between the 2 sides.|
|Sat 3:00||Fulham v Aston Villa|
|Villa have made their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign with 1 win, 2 draws and 4 defeats from their opening 7 matches. Paul Lambert hasn't been afraid to ring the changes with Bent, Given and N'Zogbia all axed for one reason or another but it leaves Villa fielding a young team with little Premier League experience. They travel to Craven Cottage needing something from this game and next week's against Norwich because in November they face Sunderland, United, City and Arsenal. Their opponents, Fulham, are mid-table on the back of some mixed performances especially on the road. Fulham's home form is usually fairly reliable and they'd notched two wins from two before being beaten by Man City thanks to a dramatic late winner from Edin Dzeko. Martin Jol has injury concerns up front with Berbatov, Petric and Ruiz all slightly doubtful. However, it's likely that 2 of the 3 will probably play with Rodallega a definite starter. From the Villa point of view, I'd be worried that they've taken only 1 point from a possible 12 on the road whilst conceding 8 goals and scoring just twice. This is looking more and more like another home win for Fulham.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Liverpool v Reading|
|Liverpool go searching for their first win at Anfield this season in any competition. It's been a poor start for the red half of Merseyside and they probably thought they'd kick on from that win at Norwich but what followed was a defeat at home to Udinese in the Europa League and most recently Stoke held them to a goalless draw at Anfield. Essentially Liverpool have a lack of options, especially up front, and their passing game needs to improve if they're to successfully break down opponents. Suarez also needs to cut out the theatrics as he'd be sorely missed if any 'incidents' resulted in suspension. Their opponents, Reading, are struggling in the bottom three and still looking for their first Premier League win of the season after 6 games played. A couple of years ago the Royals actually knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup at Anfield after extra-time and McDermott will no doubt be using that for inspiration. The partnership with Pogrebnyak and Noel Hunt appears to be developing well with both on the scoresheet in the draw at Swansea and the latter with 2 goals from the last 2 matches. Reading will be quick to make Liverpool pay for any mistakes but the home side should get their first home win of the season.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man Utd v Stoke|
|United bounced back from that shock defeat at home to Spurs by winning away at Cluj and Newcastle. Ferguson will have been especially pleased by the result at St James Park in which they won emphatically. The Magpies weren't at their best but United kept a rare clean sheet, made their set pieces count leaving Tom Cleverley to round proceedings off with a spectacular though maybe not intended effort. There seems to be little improvement on the injury front and Ferguson may decide not to tinker with his starting line-up. United host a resolute Stoke side who despite having drawn 5 of their opening 7 fixtures have only lost the once. That defeat was a narrow one and came at Stamford Bridge but the Potters have taken points off of Arsenal, City and Liverpool already this season. Fortunately for Pulis, his players have all returned from international duty in one piece and the Potters will be at full strength. This game won't be the prettiest but United should have too much for Stoke although the game might run closer than some would expect.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Swansea v Wigan|
|Both sides go into this game at virtually full strength and both have failed to register a win in their last 5 Premier League matches; in fact their recent form has been identical with 1 win, 2 draws and 3 defeats apiece. A newspaper report recently suggested that a rift had developed at Swansea between Michael Laudrup and his players but the speculation has been refuted and only appears to have galvanised the club. So expect a unity amongst the home side as they go looking for their first Premier League victory in over a month and a half. Recent Wigan performances have been good despite results not going their way and if they employ the same intensity at the Liberty this weekend, they could well get something from the game. As with most games involving the Latics this is a tough one to call but Swansea are a good home side even if recent results indicate otherwise. It could well end up level but I'm sticking my neck out for a home win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v Man City|
|West Brom have had a great start to the season losing just once in 7 games and are only a point behind United and City in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Their home form has been the foundation of their success having won all 4 matches and they hadn't conceded at the Hawthorns in the top flight until QPR netted twice in their recent defeat. Steve Clarke will be hopeful that the likes of Lukaku, Ridgewell and Thomas have all recovered from injuries enough to at least start on the bench. This match is a potential banana-skin for a Man City side yet to lose a Premier League game this season. That said, they've looked vulnerable at times and need to improve if they're to hold on to their title. On the road City drew at Liverpool and Stoke before a late Dzeko goal sealed their first away win of the season at Craven Cottage where Fulham are traditionally strong. Mancini looks to be without Garcia, Maicon, Rodwell and Silva but such is their strength in depth they've more than adequate replacements. A true measure of West Brom's home credentials and a potential upset on the cards but City should prevail.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Ham v Southampton|
|Two newly-promoted clubs take on each other at Upton Park in what both would've pencilled in as a game to take points from. Southampton are the side looking more desperate at the moment although their tally of 4 points, secured in their last 2 home fixtures, has been enough to lift them out of the bottom three. Nigel Adkins has been quick to point out his side's defensive frailties (20 goals conceded) but centre-half Jose Fonte actually scored both Saints' goals in the nail-biting draw at home to Fulham. However, Southampton have lost all 3 of their away fixtures and despite scoring each time have conceded an average of 4 goals. West Ham will no doubt be looking to take advantage of a leaky defence with Andy Carroll due to make his second start since returning from a hamstring injury; a stroke of luck considering Ricardo Vaz Te has been ruled out for 3 months with a shoulder dislocation. Results have been mixed for the Hammers but they're up to 8th in the table and have only been beaten at home by Arsenal. Both clubs will be eyeing the win but home advantage should work in West Ham's favour.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:30||Norwich v Arsenal|
|Norwich's position in the bottom three doesn't look like improving this weekend at home to Arsenal. The Canaries are yet to win a Premier League fixture this season and the last point they took was at home to West Ham back in mid-September. Their last 3 top-flight matches have all ended in defeat in which they've conceded 10 goals; away to Newcastle, at home to Liverpool and away at Chelsea. However the good news is that Grant Holt has rediscovered his goal touch despite his side's defensive lapses. The Gunners recovered from that home defeat to Chelsea by beating Olympiakos and winning at Upton Park just before the international break. Walcott's collision with the San Marino goalkeeper means he's out for a couple of weeks whilst Jack Wilshere continues his bid for full fitness though a place in the starting eleven is not expected just yet. Arsenal are currently 7th and they need this win to stay in touch with the title challengers. A comfortable win for the Gunners.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Sun 1:30||Sunderland v Newcastle|
|There's not much to pick between these 2 sides at the moment and both are mid-table with Sunderland having played a game less. Both clubs will be aiming for a top-half finish with a place in Europe the ultimate prize. The Black Cats have only played 2 Premier League matches at home so far; the first a draw with Liverpool and the most recent a narrow win over Wigan. On the road they've been hard to beat having drawn 3 of their 4 away games although a comprehensive defeat at Eastlands was always expected. Steven Fletcher remains Sunderland's most potent attacking threat whilst O'Neill will be hoping that McClean recovers from a groin problem. Cattermole serves the last of his 3-match ban. The Magpies usually get something from these games but they've not been at their best this season. The partnership of Ba and Cisse has yet to flourish as it did last season whilst injuries have hit their defence. That said, Pardew will be hoping that Krul, Taylor and Coloccini have all recovered from their various ailments. The Magpies still haven't won on the road with defeat at Chelsea and draws at Everton and Reading. These northeast derbies are usually intense affairs plus in view of recent results, the draw has to be the value bet.|
|Sun 4:00||QPR v Everton|
|QPR are rock bottom of the Premier League and their only win this season in any competition was at home to Walsall in the 2nd round of the Capital One Cup. Not surprisingly Mark Hughes has had the dreaded vote of confidence from owner Tony Fernandes but the only currency to keep Hughes in the job will be winning matches. Rangers have lost their last 4 matches in all competitions by the odd goal; they're still scoring but failing to keep the back door shut. Some of the injuries have abated but Fabio and Andy Johnson are still out. They host 4th-placed Everton who've really impressed with their uncharacteristically good start to the season. The Toffees have only been beaten once in 7 outings, a surprising 2-0 defeat at the Hawthorns back in mid-September. Baines has been the stand-out performer week in week out and looks a good bet to score at any time. Coleman will likely continue to deputise for the injured Hibbert whilst Fellaini could also miss out with a knee problem. Expect goals but Everton are a tough nut to crack and they should make it another disappointing afternoon for QPR.|
|Away Win 1-2|