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 2nd to Sun 3rd November 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Newcastle v Chelsea|
|Chelsea have taken 13 points from the last 15 available and are up to second, just 2 points behind league leaders Arsenal. Additionally, a below-strength side won 2-0 at the Emirates this week to progress to the quarter-finals of the League Cup. Mourinho's dominance over Arsene Wenger continues and many punters will have them down to leapfrog the Gunners before too long. The Chelsea manager appears to have succeeded where his predecessors have failed in getting the best out of Fernando Torres. The Spanish striker has finally started to live up to his name and his persistence paid off last weekend when he grabbed the winner over Man City in the last minute. Not only did Torres take advantage of the opportunity but his workrate throughout the game was first class. He's still capable of fluffing his lines but his revival has been an unexpected bonus for the Blues. They travel to mid-table Newcastle who held Man City for 90 minutes in the League Cup this week but lost out to goals from Negredo and Dzeko in extra-time. Their mixed Premier League form grinded to a halt at Sunderland last weekend when they lost 2-1, an inconceivable result for Magpies' fans considering they should have been trying to make amends for last season's defeat at home to their closest rivals. Coloccini and Steven Taylor have been key absentees for Pardew, so much so that Dummett has been drafted in alongside Williamson. The extra-time played midweek could affect energy levels come the weekend whilst opponents Chelsea are used to playing twice a week and have the player resources available to deal with it. Newcastle have performed well on occasions this season but a resurgent Chelsea look far stronger.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sat 15:00||Fulham v Man Utd|
|Fulham remain 14th after losing 2-0 at St Mary's, a game in which they failed to muster a shot on target leaving manager Martin Jol under pressure to improve results. The defeat away at Southampton was made worse because of how well the Cottagers had played in the second half at Crystal Palace the week before though in-form Saints were always expected to win. The midweek defeat at Leicester further increased the pressure on the Dutchman, a topsy-turvy game in which Fulham equalised with 3 minutes left to play only for the Foxes to snatch a winner in the last minute of normal time. Silverware was probably an optimistic target but progress beyond the 4th round of the League Cup would've boosted confidence ahead of United's visit. Fulham have won only 3 of 9 Premier League fixtures this season, surprisingly comparable to United who have won just four. They left it late for last weekend's comeback at home to Stoke in which they were 2-1 down until the 78th minute when Rooney and Hernandez fired them to all 3 points. Moyes's side followed that with an emphatic midweek League Cup win over Norwich extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 6 games. Assistant manager Steve Round insists that United are building momentum prior to hosting Arsenal the weekend after next. Welbeck could return after missing their recent 2 victories with a knee injury but other than that United are at full strength. This game looks like it's coming at the wrong time for Fulham whilst it's a win United certainly need to get their title aspirations back on track.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Hull v Sunderland|
|Gus Poyet managed to repeat a feat similar to previous manager Paolo Di Canio by beating arch-rivals Newcastle when a victory seemed unlikely. It was Sunderland's first win of the season and managed to lift them off the bottom of the table, above Palace by a point and 4 points shy of safety. It could be the kick-start that the Mackems need to fire them up the table and the return of marksman Steven Fletcher can't be underestimated. New signing Borini weighed in with the winner and goals are what Sunderland require to keep them up. Borini is unlikely to displace Altidore in the starting line-up whilst defender Wes Brown is hoping to return to fitness to give Poyet some options. They travel to the KC Stadium where Hull have to recover from a Spurs double-whammy at White Hart Lane. The Tigers were so close to getting something from both last weekend's Premier League encounter and this week's League Cup tie but had to leave with nothing despite losing narrowly in the first and taking Tottenham to penalties in the second. Bruce rested a number of players for the cup match and Jake Livermore will return after missing both games owing to conditions of his loan agreement. Hull currently lie mid-table and should be credited for their start to life back in the top flight. They've only won 3 of their 9 Premier League matches but beat both Norwich and West Ham at the KC by a single goal. Along with Southampton they have the meanest home defence having conceded just the once. A tight game but the Tigers to edge it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man City v Norwich|
|Despite playing very well at Stamford Bridge last weekend, City left with nothing after a mix-up between Hart and Nastasic in the 90th minute. Torres stole in to prompt Chelsea celebrations but all eyes were on yet another calamity from England keeper Joe Hart. Apparently Pellegrini is undecided as to his first choice but Pantilimon gave himself every chance after a couple of fine saves and a clean sheet in this week's League Cup victory at St James's Park. Regardless of the keeper decision, City are virtually a nailed-on certainty at Eastlands. They've won all 4 Premier League home fixtures including victories over United and Everton. They lead the scoring charts on home soil with 13, an average of over 3 a game, whilst having conceded just twice. Demichelis is likely to continue to partner Nastasic at the back with Kompany still an injury doubt. They host a Norwich side currently third-from-bottom after winning just 2 of their 9 Premier League matches to date. The Canaries drew at home with Cardiff last weekend but have recently lost heavily to both Arsenal and Chelsea. They were also well beaten at Old Trafford in this week's League Cup; the defeat proved costly with a concussed Snodgrass requiring assessment prior to the weekend kick-off whilst winger Redmond is a doubt with a hip problem. Alex Tettey missed that game but is ruled out with an ankle injury. Can't see Norwich getting anything from this and they'll be solely focused on just trying to keep the score down.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Stoke v Southampton|
|After scoring just 6 goals in 7 Premier League fixtures, Stoke appear to have found their shooting boots after netting 6 times in successive away matches at Old Trafford and St Andrews. The added bonus is that strikers Crouch, Jones and Arnautovic have all got on the scoresheet but the reality is that the Potters are just above the relegation places on goal difference. Unfortunately now that they've started scoring, they've also started letting them in at their own end and only scraped through on penalties in the League Cup at Birmingham despite scoring four. They also let in three at United and Shawcross has been first to admit that they need to improve defensively. They've a real tough match at home to Southampton this weekend, a game that is sure to examine any defensive weaknesses. The Saints are flying high in 5th after losing just 1 top flight fixture this season despite playing a couple of the title contenders. Pochettino's side are tight defensively, the meanest defence in the league after conceding just 3 times, but successfully build the pressure with long periods of possession. Fulham didn't even manage a shot on target last weekend in their 2-0 defeat at St Mary's. Osvaldo and Davis are doubts for Southampton whilst Wilkinson and Whelan are likewise for Stoke. Arguably Stoke might be improving but on form Southampton are the pick for all 3 points.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Brom v Crystal Palace|
|West Brom failed to build on a run of 5 games unbeaten in the Premier League and crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Anfield last weekend. The Baggies were easily beaten by the top strike partnership in the country with Suarez in particular in fine form. Steve Clarke rightly admitted that Liverpool were the better side and that they were probably too open but he'll be looking to get their season back on track at home to bottom side Palace. Against the league's worst side and playing at home, you'd expect the Baggies to keep faith with their open style and not get punished. Amalfitano is a recent doubt after being substituted at half-time at Anfield with a knee problem. As stated earlier, Palace are bottom after winning just 1 of 9 top flight matches; that coming at home against Sunderland who were below them at the time. The Eagles are still managerless after parting ways with Ian Holloway and seem to have their sights set on Tony Pulis but as yet the two parties have failed to come to any arrangement. If there's a side that looks like going down then it's Palace; bereft of Premier League quality and a manager, the future looks Championship-bound. You'd think that their best chance of points will come at Selhurst Park but recently they were battered by a Fulham side only 6 places better off. Admittedly, they managed to keep the score down at Arsenal but this should be a win for the Baggies.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Ham v Aston Villa|
|Just 2 places and a single point separate these 2 sides in the bottom half of the table. West Ham are the worst off of the pair but are struggling for goals with Andy Carroll still injured and Ricardo Vaz Te substituted in the first half of a goalless draw at Swansea with a suspected dislocated shoulder. That paved the way for Carlton Cole to play for the first time since re-joining the club but still they couldn't find the back of the net despite having success with the same counter-attacking style at White Hart Lane. Cole subsequently made his first start in the midweek 2-0 League Cup win at Burnley but looked rusty and may struggle if given the goal-scoring responsibilities come Saturday. Opponents Villa have their main striker back from injury, Christian Benteke, and he was an immediate threat when coming on against Spurs but was overshadowed by Belgian counterpart Lukaku in the 2-goal defeat at home to Everton. Villa lost those 2 home games but on the road they pose a threat on the counter with the pace of Benteke and Agbonlahor in particular as they showed so effectively against Arsenal and Man City. The bottom line is that from 9 matches Villa have won only three this season and the Hammers have won just two leaving the draw as the value bet.|
|Sat 17:30||Arsenal v Liverpool|
|First battles it out with third in probably the most eagerly anticipated game of the weekend. Both have lost just the once in the top flight to date this season; Arsenal at home to Villa and Liverpool at home to Southampton. Liverpool negotiated their way easily past Norwich in this week's round of the League Cup but Arsenal were beaten at home by Chelsea spelling yet another defeat for Wenger by Mourinho. It was another blow for potential silverware but at least they hold the advantage in the Premier domestic competition. However, the Gunners rested some big names for the Chelsea defeat and they'll be hoping that Flamini will be fit for the weekend after missing the last couple of games. The French holding midfielder will be key to breaking up the service to the strike partnership of Suarez and Sturridge. Both have been on fine form so far and the 'SAS' label is a deserved one. Currently Sturridge tops the Premier League scoring chart with 8 from 9 games whilst Suarez already has 6 despite being suspended for the early part of the season. Defensively Rodgers's side started well not conceding for the first 3 matches but since then they've failed to keep a clean sheet. Skrtel has been preferred recently to Agger but that probably needs to change if Liverpool are to consider themselves a realistic threat. Obviously a win for either side will have the victors sitting in the box seat making the win an even bigger incentive. The game will likely ebb and flow with both sides trading blows but its difficult to choose between the two.|
|Sun 13:30||Everton v Tottenham|
|Spurs have had a trying week at home to Hull. They're up to fourth in the table after a narrow 1-0 victory over the Tigers last weekend but had to rely on netting the winner from the spot. A repeat performance was required in the League Cup but a disastrous own goal from keeper Friedel let Hull back in and the game ended up going to penalties which Tottenham won 8-7. Spurs will undoubtedly have breathed a sigh of relief at making it through to a last eight encounter with London rivals West Ham. On the road AVB's side have won 3 of 4, the other a defeat at the Emirates, but the Spurs' goal seems to have often led a charmed life. At times their defence is easily sliced open but opponents have failed to convert with the keeper at their mercy. At the other end of the pitch they've some fantastic players but it's still a work in progress with service to Soldado sometimes lacking despite controlled possession. They travel to Goodison Park where Everton currently lie 6th and have won 5 of the their last 6 top flight matches, the exception the 3-1 defeat at Eastlands. The introduction of Lukaku has been a major factor in their improvement and his clinical finishing could well be the difference against a Tottenham side that will gift him opportunities. Osman is pushing for a start after impressing in the 2-goal win at Villa last weekend when coming on as a sub but Martinez may prefer to keep a settled line-up. Spurs have Capoue back from injury but he'll have to displace either Sandro or Paulinho. A draw could be a good call here but Spurs could pay dearly for any defensive slip-ups.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 16:00||Cardiff v Swansea|
|A first Welsh derby in the Premier League has been a long time coming and passions will be running high. Cardiff are obviously relative newcomers to the top flight and are doing OK but whichever way you look at it, they're going to have a difficult season. Currently they lie just a point and a couple of places above the drop zone but the margins that govern who survives will be fine ones. The Bluebirds have won just 2 of their 9 Premier League matches but will be encouraged by last weekend's draw at Carrow Road. Andreas Cornelius is still out with an ankle injury whilst the experience of Craig Bellamy could see him start in place of Peter Odemwingie. Their opponents Swansea are mid-table after a less impressive start to the season than expected. The Swans have won just 3 of their top flight fixtures, two of those coming on the road at West Brom and Crystal Palace. Their disappointing form after last season's successes is most likely down to their involvement in the Europa League with a weaker squad than most of their Premier League counterparts. After a week's rest Swansea are back at full strength and on paper should have too much for their closest rivals. However, the question is how much of an effect the derby atmosphere has on these players and I reckon Cardiff will undoubtedly raise their game for their biggest match of the season. A draw for me.|