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 26th to Sun 27th October 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Crystal Palace v Arsenal|
|Domestically the Gunners are clear of the field by 2 points after a resounding 4-1 victory at home to Norwich last weekend but Wenger accused his players of naivety in the Champions League home defeat this week to Dortmund. Against a much more organised German side that pressed the Arsenal midfield, they struggled to exert the same control they enjoy in the Premier League and ultimately paid the price. The absence of Flamini was no doubt a factor as they struggle to find an alternative in the midfield holding role. However, Wenger will have been boosted by the return of Santi Cazorla although an ankle problem makes Jack Wilshere a doubt. Ozil netted his second and third goals for the club against the Canaries and you can't help thinking that Palace are going to have to work hard to keep the score down despite Arsenal missing some important players. The departure of Ian Holloway probably hasn't come as that much of a surprise considering the Eagles are already 5 points adrift of safety. They remain second-from-bottom after crashing to a 4-1 defeat at home to Fulham on Monday night taking them to 7 defeats from 8 games. Only Sunderland have made a worse start and given the quality available, it's difficult to see where future points are going to come from let alone getting something from this game. Whichever way you look at it, this looks a nailed-on win for the away side.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|Sat 15:00||Aston Villa v Everton|
|Six places might separate Everton and Villa but this game promises to be closer than the league table possibly suggests. Two Belgian strikers go head-to-head; Benteke returned from injury in the defeat at home to Spurs and looked an immediate threat whilst Lukaku looks like the striker Everton have lacked for several seasons. Defensively there's nothing between the two sides with both having got their fair share of results against the title contenders. Villa have had one of the toughest starts but managed to beat Arsenal away and Man City at home despite losing to Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool whilst Everton have beaten Chelsea at Goodison but lost out at Eastlands. Both should be capable of naming their strongest line-ups but the Toffees have the upper hand when it comes to experience. However, Paul Lambert is putting together a young side that are getting better all the time. Nothing would surprise me in this game but it looks a serious contender for a score draw.|
|Liverpool v West Brom|
|Liverpool fell to 3rd after only managing a 2-2 draw at St James's Park last weekend; something of a disappointment considering Newcastle were reduced to 10 men on 40 minutes. The Reds twice went behind and despite equalising on both occasions failed to generate enough chances to claim the winner. That said, Daniel Sturridge grabbed his customary goal taking his Premier League tally to 7 in 8 starts and 9 in all competitions. His partnership with Suarez is looking one of the most potent in the top flight, so much so that Rodgers is now prepared to play 2 up front on the road as well as at home. Liverpool should be wary of opponents West Brom bearing in mind that the Baggies recently secured a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford and Liverpool themselves lost by a single goal at home to the Saints. West Brom are undefeated on the road this season and are on a 5-match unbeaten run. Last weekend they were held to a goalless draw at the Britannia despite creating the better chances and as stated before, they've beaten United at Old Trafford and held Arsenal at the Hawthorns. Berahino started at Stoke along with Anichebe and Sessegnon but one wonders what the long-term prospects are for Long and Anelka despite making substitute appearances. As seen already this season, the Baggies are capable of digging out a result on the road but Liverpool should prove too strong at home.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man Utd v Stoke|
|United have made their worst start to a season in 24 years and currently lie 8th, 8 points behind league leaders Arsenal after just 8 games played. They've won just one of their last 4 Premier League fixtures and dropped points at home to Southampton last weekend were always on the cards. They were boosted by their midweek Champions League victory over Sociedad with Rooney once again showing his worth but their defence remains vulnerable. Cleverley, Ferdinand, Van Persie and Vidic all missed the win over the Spanish but could come back into contention for the visit of Stoke. The Potters are drifting ever closer to the relegation places after going 5 games without a win. Last weekend's game at home to West Brom ended goalless, their third successive match without scoring taking their goal tally to a paltry 3 in 8 top flight games. Hughes is all too aware that they're missing the killer touch up front despite using a variety of combinations but remains positive nevertheless. Defensively they remain resolute though Old Trafford is an intimidating place for any side no matter their level of confidence. Moyes will be desperate for a Premier League victory and given that United are at home coupled with Stoke's poor scoring form, they should scrape a narrow win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Norwich v Cardiff|
|A solitary point separates the Canaries and the Bluebirds either side of the drop zone. Norwich sit third-from-bottom with a 4-point advantage over second-from-bottom Palace and remain in touch with Cardiff above them but a home defeat could see them start to become isolated. They've not managed to score more than a goal a game since their opening 2-2 draw with Everton with midfielder Howson their top Premier League scorer on 2. New signing Van Wolfswinkel only has 1 goal to his name whilst Hooper and Elmander have only scored in the League Cup. Up until recently they'd not really been completely outplayed by anyone but a 3-1 defeat at home to Chelsea and a 4-1 loss at the Emirates can't have done much for confidence. Their opponents Cardiff have suffered 3 defeats in the last 4 interrupting that sequence with a win at Craven Cottage. The Bluebirds have scored more goals but, similar to the Canaries, are struggling to find that striker that'll do enough to make the difference and keep them up. This game is impossible to call but home advantage might just swing it for Norwich and a repeat of what Norwich did at home to Southampton and away at Stoke could be on the cards.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 17:30||Southampton v Fulham|
|Southampton are up to 6th after a great start to the season. They looked to be finding their feet a little in the first few weeks when they could only draw at home to Sunderland and lost at Carrow Road but that's been their only defeat to date. Since then they've won at Anfield and drawn at Old Trafford. 11 points from the last 15 available paints them as one of the form sides and coupled with the best defensive record in the top flight with just 3 goals conceded, who knows how high they can go? Not surprisingly their squad isn't the biggest but they've plenty of quality and injuries have been kind to them. The visit of Fulham may provide a sterner test than previous campaigns have suggested. The Cottagers haven't made a great start but have won 2 of their 4 top flight away fixtures; a 1-0 win at Sunderland on the opening day and last weekend they smashed Palace 4-1 with 2 contenders for goal of the season. That said, Palace and Sunderland are both going to struggle this season and their defeats at Newcastle and Chelsea may be more indicative of how this game will go. Ruiz is possibly out again with a back problem whilst centre-half Hangeland is unlikely to recover from a leg injury sustained at Selhurst Park. Fulham have impressed in fits and starts but it's difficult to see beyond a Southampton win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 13:30||Sunderland v Newcastle|
|Poyet's first game in charge of the Mackems was one to forget after a 4-goal demolition at the Liberty. Sunderland remain bottom of the pile on a single point and if Poyet is to succeed then surely the only way is up. This derby fixture often throws up some bizarre results; under Di Canio last season the Black Cats went to St James's Park and won 3-0, a result that kept them up. Gus Poyet will expect a similar response when hosting Newcastle this weekend although it has to be said that Sunderland aren't the same side they were last season with Sessegnon and Mignolet having left the club. Fortunately the Mackems aren't swamped by injuries but their level of performance has to improve dramatically if they're to avoid the drop. Opponents Newcastle have had a mixed start to the season but they're mid-table and have already won away at Villa and Cardiff. Last weekend they led twice at home to Liverpool but were pegged back on both occasions although a draw wasn't a bad result considering Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off as early as the 40th minute. The Magpies showed resilience in defence but Coloccini and Yanga-Mbiwa are both unavailable leaving Pardew hopeful that Steven Taylor is fit enough to partner Williamson. Cabaye scored another great dipping drive and with other creative players feeding off him, Newcastle should have too much for Sunderland regardless of the fact that this kicks off at the Stadium of Light.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:00||Chelsea v Man City|
|Second hosts fourth with just a point separating them, and league leaders Arsenal a couple of points better off. Chelsea have lost just a single Premier League fixture this season and have started their campaign at Stamford Bridge with 4 wins from 4 games. That said, they've not yet played one of the big sides at home and just over a month ago were beaten by 2 goals to 1 when playing Basel in the Champions League. Despite Mourinho being sent to the stands during their win over Cardiff, the Chelsea manager is convinced that their garbage start is behind them after an impressive Champions League victory at Schalke. A brace from Torres could herald the return to form of the Spanish striker although much of his work down the channels has been top quality. Their counterparts, City, ground out a 2-1 Champions League win in Moscow on an atrocious pitch and stand a good chance of finally making it through to the knockout stages. Coupled with a win for Pellegrini's men at Upton Park last weekend, maybe City's poor away form is behind them and they can concentrate on pushing for the title. City are the league's top scorers but their defence is a concern without the injured Kompany. He remains a doubt whilst Chelsea's Ashley Cole is unlikely to return from a rib injury sustained prior to the international break. A game to look forward to but impossible to predict which way it'll go with any surety and the value has to be on the draw.|
|Swansea v West Ham|
|Swansea got back on track with an emphatic 4-goal win over bottom side Sunderland. The Swans have endured a tough start to this campaign but now find themselves mid-table. Yet again Ben Davies is injured after sustaining an ankle knock in that game whilst centre-half Ashley Williams is still to recover from an ankle injury of his own. Laudrup's side are still engaged in the Europa League without the strength in depth required to compete on two fronts and only time will tell if they suffer for their successes come the weekend. West Ham are the visitors to the Liberty on the back of their most recent away result which was a surprising 3-0 win at White Hart Lane. They failed to build on that last weekend when they were beaten 3-1 at Upton Park by Man City. That result dropped them down to 15th but scoring goals remains a problem with striker Andy Carroll still injured. Vaz Te started up front and scored what turned out to be a consolation but it was interesting to see that short-term signing Carlton Cole failed to make it on to the pitch after starting on the bench. Ravel Morrison is the new starlet at West Ham after his solo effort against Spurs and appears to have cemented a place in the starting eleven. A tough game for both sides but Swansea don't have to travel in the Europa League this week and tiredness shouldn't be a factor; a good win for the home side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Hull|
|Andros Townsend once again stole the plaudits in Spurs' 2-0 away win at Villa Park. The English winger adds some much-needed pace to the Spurs line-up in stark contrast to a somewhat pedestrian pace in other areas of the field. Soldado netted his third of the season and his immaculate finish proves that he can deliver once he gets the right service. The lilywhites are up to 5th on the back of that victory and given the players that AVB rested, Spurs look able to compete on both domestic and European fronts. This game could come too soon for the likes of Capoue and Rose who are recovering from injuries though Kaboul may come back into contention after sustaining a knock. They host a Hull side looking to build on their mid-table position after some impressive results back in the top flight. The Tigers have only lost 3 of their 8 Premier League fixtures, the most recent of which was a 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park. Huddlestone will be looking forward to a White Hart Lane return with the intention of scoring and finally getting his hair cut. The other Spurs export, Jake Livermore, will have to sit this one out owing to the terms of his loan deal. Danny Graham is unavailable after suffering a knee injury at Everton and joins Koren in the treatment room. Hull deserve not to be underestimated but Spurs should have the upper hand.|
|Home Win 2-0|