Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 9th to Sun 10th November 2013.
|Sat 15:00||Aston Villa v Cardiff|
|Cardiff's win over Welsh rivals Swansea last weekend lifted them above their counterparts into mid-table and Malky Mackay should be proud of a job well done to date. Ironically, it was Cardiff captain Steven Caulker that netted the winner with the centre-half playing down his celebration in respect for his former club. It was only the Bluebirds' third win of the campaign but they've lost just 4 of 10 top flight matches in their first Premier League season. Surprisingly they've lost only 2 of 5 games on the road whilst winning away at Craven Cottage but goals have been in short supply, only 7 in top flight football with 4 of those on their travels. They take on a Villa side currently a couple of places and a point below them. Villa have gone 4 matches without a win and failed to score in any of those games. Despite Benteke's return from injury, he's failed to make the expected impact hitting the crossbar at West Ham and having a penalty saved against Everton. Both Agbonlahor and Delph missed the draw with the Hammers whilst Weimann limped off with a hamstring problem but all three could feature against Cardiff. Despite results Villa haven't been playing that badly and things might just start to go right for them.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v West Brom|
|Chelsea remain second despite losing 2-0 at St James's Park last weekend, only their second domestic defeat of the season. Mourinho was rightly concerned, suggesting that he picked the wrong side, but they bounced back with a comprehensive Champions League win over Schalke and a further point guarantees them through to the knockout stages. The rejuvenated Torres has been ruled out with a muscle problem but both Eto'o and Ba scored against the Germans to give Mourinho selection options. Hazard was omitted from the midweek squad as punishment for missing training but could return for the weekend. Whilst the Blues have struggled a little on the road, their home form couldn't be better with 5 wins from 5 including the recent last gasp victory over Man City. They host a mid-table West Brom side who recovered from their loss at Anfield with a straightforward win over Palace at the Hawthorns. Young striker Berahino opened the scoring for the Baggies and rumours are that he could get an England call-up despite being one of the lowest paid players in the top flight. The Liverpool defeat excepted, West Brom have been resilient on the road typified by their 2-1 win at Old Trafford. They're capable of causing an upset but you'd have to back Chelsea with their 100% home record to date.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Crystal Palace v Everton|
|Palace are still managerless and not surprisingly bottom of the pile. Their measly 3-point tally came by virtue of a win over Sunderland at Selhurst Park but their other 9 Premier League fixtures to date have all ended in defeat. Keith Millen is assured of the caretaker role for another game as the search for a successor to Ian Holloway continues. Whoever takes the job surely does so with the caveat that relegation is a potential factor and time will be given to build for the next campaign; survival would obviously be a welcome bonus. On the face of it there's little hope for the Eagles who face a 7th-placed Everton side that have lost just the once this season. The Toffees have been particularly impressive over the course of 10 games although they've started slowly in recent matches against Villa and Spurs. A sound defensive base has been the foundation of their success although striker Lukaku is widely viewed as the missing piece in the Everton jigsaw. However, the Belgian's knee collided with Lloris's head last weekend and he remains a doubt for the trip to Selhurst Park. If Martinez can energise his side from the start then Palace are 3 points waiting to be swallowed up.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Liverpool v Fulham|
|Martin Jol's side crashed to their second successive defeat, their 6th in 10 games, after losing 3-1 at home to United. Fulham currently sit a couple of points and places above the drop zone with the pressure on the manager to deliver results although Jol claims he's not worried about the sack. Boos rang out at Craven Cottage after United went 3 goals up inside 22 minutes on Saturday but the manager remains upbeat no doubt hoping that a win at Anfield will turn things around. The Cottagers are missing the presence of centre-half Brede Hangeland who's return remains uncertain after sustaining a leg injury in their most recent victory at Selhurst Park. Riether could also miss the next 3 matches if he accepts the FA charge of violent conduct following his stamping last weekend on United's Januzaj. They travel to Anfield where Liverpool failed to move up to second after losing by 2 clear goals at the Emirates. It was only Liverpool's second defeat of the season, the other a 1-0 home loss to Southampton. Suarez and Sturridge weren't quite as effective as in recent fixtures and it was a rare game without a goal for either of the strike pairing. The centre-half partnership of Skrtel and Toure looked less than assured at times and it's difficult to see Agger being kept out of the side for too much longer. Coutinho made a substitute return against the Gunners but looks rusty after injury with too many passes going astray and looks unlikely to start. That said, the Reds are at home against a below strength Fulham side and there should be goals for the SAS.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Southampton v Hull|
|The Saints dropped a place to 6th after only managing to draw at the Britannia Stadium last weekend. Stoke got off to a flying start with the wind behind them as Begovic's kick sailed over Southampton keeper Boruc in the opening minute. It was fortunate for the Potters but Southampton weren't to be put off and controlled the game, eventually netting the equaliser towards the end of the first half. The Saints are now unbeaten in 7 top flight matches, winning 4 of them, with Norwich the only side to take all 3 points off them this season. They remain the tightest defence having conceded just 4 times in 10 games though one could possibly argue that they've not scored as many as they'd like. They host a Hull side comfortable in mid-table after their win over 9-man Sunderland. Similarly, the Tigers are struggling to score although their defensive appetite has been largely responsible for their 14 points to date. The fact that they couldn't break down 9 men at home last weekend highlights issues in the attacking third. All four of Hull's defeats have come on the road; not surprising considering they've played Chelsea, Man City, Everton and Spurs. They did win at Newcastle but Southampton currently look strong enough to be bracketed alongside Hull's previously mentioned four opponents and should be expected to take the 3 points but by the narrowest of margins.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 17:30||Norwich v West Ham|
|Only 3 places and a couple of points separate these 2 clubs ahead of the game at Carrow Road. Norwich are entrenched in relegation territory having won just 2 and drawn 2 of their 10 Premier League fixtures to date. The Hammers haven't fared much better, the difference being they've only lost 4 top flight matches this season. Both clubs are struggling to score goals; Carroll and Vaz Te are injured for West Ham whilst goals haven't come easy for the Norwich strikers with only 1 of their 6 top flight goals coming from a forward, namely Van Wolfswinkel. The afore-mentioned striker looks to be injured along with Snodgrass and Tettey whilst the Hammers are struggling in defence with Winston Reid and James Collins thought to be unavailable. Both clubs drew their last home games 0-0 which kind of bears out where we're going with this. However, Norwich's most recent result was a 7-goal battering at Man City which smacks of poor defending with 11 men regardless of whatever ground you're at. Hughton accepts that himself and the players have let the club down and an improvement is required at home to West Ham but it's difficult to see where the goals will come from. A tricky tie in which I'm beginning to edge towards the Hammers but this looks to be a game of few opportunities and another stalemate looks the best bet.|
|Sun 12:00||Tottenham v Newcastle|
|Newcastle are rapidly becoming one of the more unpredictable sides in the top flight. After a draw at home to Liverpool having been reduced to 10 men, they lost at then bottom-placed Sunderland before beating then 2nd-placed Chelsea 2-0 at St James's Park. Not surprisingly Newcastle's form on the road is mixed with 2 victories and 3 defeats but they're yet to draw. Injuries continue to bite but Yanga-Mbiwa returned from suspension to partner Williamson at the back in last weekend's win. Keeping Cabaye and Remy fit could prove key to any success this season and keeping Cabaye beyond the January transfer window could be difficult to resist with a number of clubs sniffing around. They travel to White Hart Lane where Tottenham begin the weekend in fourth spot after sharing a goalless draw at Goodison. Whilst Spurs defended well, a factor borne out by just 5 goals conceded this season, the service to lone striker Soldado was lacking and AVB needs to be more adventurous at home if he wants the backing of the fans. Whilst their pressing game worked well at Everton, they couldn't maintain it for the full 90 minutes inviting pressure on themselves in the second half. Eriksen could be preferred to Holtby in the hole if Spurs are to adopt a more attacking approach whilst Vertonghen is likely to continue his effective raids from left-back. Despite the Lloris concussion controversy, the French keeper is allegedly fit to continue between the sticks. If Spurs want to remain in the top four they have to win their home games; another win is on the cards but only just.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 14:05||Sunderland v Man City|
|Sunderland's disciplinary problems returned to haunt them at the KC Stadium last weekend. Already a goal down to Hull, the Mackems saw both Cattermole and Dossena sent off before half-time leaving them to play the remaining 45 minutes with 9 men. To be fair they held out and the scoreline didn't worsen but they fell to their 8th defeat of the campaign. It also means that both players will be unavailable for the next 3 matches whilst keeper Kieren Westwood was forced off with a neck injury and remains a doubt. Sunderland are now 5 points shy of safety and the win over Newcastle has so far failed to kickstart a Black Cats revival; the similarities with previous manager Di Canio's run won't be lost on Gus Poyet. They host a City side that until recently hadn't won on the road until they visited Upton Park where they ran out 3-1 victors. Previous away trips had ended in defeats at Cardiff and Villa, and a draw at Stoke. They were narrowly beaten at Stamford Bridge and probably deserved a point after playing with a degree of control and precision. As if to confirm that they're finally up and running, they smashed Norwich 7-0 at Eastlands last weekend and beat CSKA Moscow by 5 goals to 2 to make it through to the Champions League knockout stages for the first time. Whilst City's away form is still under scrutiny, they're only a point off of second place with far superior goal difference and will no doubt be anxious to punish another poor defence. Fernandinho, Garcia, Jovetic, Kompany and Silva are all injury doubts but City should have too much.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 16:10||Man Utd v Arsenal|
|Rooney has sounded a warning for Arsenal ahead of Sunday's showdown at Old Trafford. Arsenal are 5 points clear at the top of the table after 10 games and 8 points above 8th-placed United. Rooney has rightly stated that any title challengers should be judged if they're there or thereabouts come February or March but this weekend's game is more about judgment of United's game than their opponents. The pressure is on Moyes's side to start climbing the table and make a statement of intent by beating the league leaders but United have won just 2 of 5 Premier League home fixtures this season having been beaten by West Brom and held by Chelsea and Southampton. However, they're unbeaten in 8 matches in all competitions and currently top their Champions League group though progression to the knockout stages is not yet guaranteed. With Welbeck injured, Rooney is likely to partner Van Persie whilst Ferdinand and Vidic should continue at the back. Young's tendency to go down easily in the box hasn't waned and again he's not expected to start. The Gunners are missing Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Walcott and possibly Wilshere but nevertheless were impressive in Dortmund with another Ramsey goal proving the difference and top Group F after becoming the first English team to win at the Westfalenstadion. Their unbeaten sequence in the top flight stretched to 9 matches after an impressive 2-goal victory over Liverpool and they've dropped just 5 points all season. This represents a timely test for Arsenal but in light of recent results for both clubs, there's no reason why they can't go to Old Trafford and win.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Swansea v Stoke|
|Swansea lost arguably one of their biggest games of the season last weekend when they went down by a single goal at Cardiff. Despite not having played in Europe the preceding week, one can't help thinking that participation in the Europa League with a smaller than average squad is having a detrimental effect on their performances in the bread and butter of the Premiership. What made matters worse at Cardiff was Vorm's dismissal meaning he misses this game plus an ankle injury to main striker Michu keeps him out. Wilfried Bony will obviously start in Michu's place but it's a blow as Swansea search for their 4th Premier League win of the campaign. Last weekend's loss saw them leapfrogged by the Bluebirds and they now trail their Welsh rivals by a point in the bottom half of the table. They entertain a Stoke side hovering just above the relegation places and without a win in 7 top flight matches. Good fortune appeared to smile on them last weekend at home to Southampton when Begovic's wind-assisted kick bounced into the Saints' net but they failed to hold on to their advantage and were ultimately pegged back. The Potters have lost 4 of 5 on the road with late goals their undoing at both Old Trafford and Craven Cottage. Recent games have seen them scoring again, especially their strikers, but the jury's out on whether Stoke have turned the corner. A tight game but with Swansea engaged in Europe this week and missing key players, a draw might be a fair result.|