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 3rd to Wed 4th December 2013.
|Tues 20:00||Crystal Palace v West Ham|
|Palace dropped back to the foot of the table after Tony Pulis lost his first game in charge of the Eagles. Despite their win at Hull the weekend before, it was always going to be a big ask for them to win at Norwich although the manager insists that Premier League survival is a realistic target. Not surprisingly he's aiming to bring in reinforcements in January but the struggle remains an uphill one. West Ham are the visitors to Selhurst Park after sticking 3 past Fulham at Upton Park. That ended a run of 5 games without a win for the Hammers and lifted them up to 15th in the table. Allardyce's side have struggled to score in recent fixtures but the substitutions paid off in the second half with Carlton Cole claiming his first since rejoining the club, a rare goal from a West Ham striker. The Hammers have drawn 3 of their 6 away fixtures and they could find it difficult to break down a Palace side playing at home for the first time under Tony Pulis.|
|Wed 19:45||Arsenal v Hull|
|The Gunners maintained their 4-point lead at the top of the table after a comfortable win at Cardiff. Chelsea are now their closest challengers after Liverpool surprisingly lost away at Hull, Arsenal's opponents this time around. The Tigers are mid-table but their away form isn't so impressive with 5 defeats from 6. Curtis Davies is banned after picking up a 5th yellow card in the win over the Reds which'll disrupt a tight back line. Aaron Ramsey is likely to prove a thorn in their side following his brace at Cardiff last weekend taking his tally in all competitions this season to 13. Whilst Wenger is still missing Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain, his squad look far too strong for Hull.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Liverpool v Norwich|
|Liverpool dropped to fourth after losing 3-1 at Hull. The Reds lost Daniel Sturridge on Friday to an ankle injury and he could be out for up to 8 weeks. Rodgers claims that his squad isn't big enough to cope with injuries to key players but Suarez had Moses in support. However, it's arguable that Liverpool's problems are in defence with 6 goals conceded in the last 2 matches and still Skrtel manages to keep Agger out of the team. They host a Norwich side boosted by their single-goal win over Palace but the Eagles had their chances. The win lifted the Canaries two places to 14th but their away record is poor with 5 defeats from 6 attempts. Chris Hughton is still missing Pilkington, Snodgrass and Tettey; players he'll need with the games coming thick and fast. Can only see one winner at Anfield.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man Utd v Everton|
|Everton climbed to 5th in the table after smashing 4 past Stoke at Goodison. Bryan Oviedo more than ably deputised for the injured Baines by scoring one and assisting another but the star for the Toffees was Gerard Deulofeu. The teenage midfielder on loan from Barcelona was involved in everything including scoring the first. Everton have lost just 1 of 13 top flight fixtures this season although they've drawn 6 of those. They travel to Old Trafford where United have only lost once whilst recent form finds them unbeaten in their last 7 home and away. The two recent away draws at Cardiff and Spurs has seen them lose ground on their main rivals but their trend has been generally upward. Rooney's brace at White Hart Lane sees him join Van Persie as top United scorer but the Dutchman is yet to feature after withdrawing from the Holland squad. Carrick is still out with an achilles problem whilst Jones is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card. Difficult to look beyond the draw.|
|Southampton v Aston Villa|
|Two very tough games for Southampton, Arsenal and Chelsea away, has seen them drop from 3rd to 7th in the space of a couple of weeks. That said, they shouldn't be duly concerned if they can pick up from where they left off against Hull, a game which they won 4-1. That was the last in a sequence of 8 matches undefeated and they're yet to lose at St Mary's this season. However, the Chelsea defeat proved costly with both keeper Boruc and Schneiderlin forced off with injuries. Villa extended their unbeaten run to 4 games with a goalless draw at home to then bottom club Sunderland. The match was a rather dull affair and Paul Lambert will be concerned by the form of striker Benteke since returning from injury. The Belgian has featured in the last 6 games without scoring whilst Villa have only netted 4 times in their last 7. Villa have only lost once on the road this season but I fancy Southampton to get back to winning ways.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Stoke v Cardiff|
|Just a few goals separates these two sides hovering above the relegation places. Both lost heavily at the weekend; Stoke went down by 4 goals to nil at Everton whilst Cardiff were beaten by 3 clear goals at home to Arsenal. Both have lost 2 of the last 5 and there's very little to indicate a winner. The Potters obviously have home advantage but the absence of Robert Huth through injury is bound to leave them weaker at the back. Cardiff aren't particularly stricken by injuries but on their travels they've won just 1 of 6. A win for either side could propel them several places up the table but this one's looking like a less than exciting stalemate.|
|Sunderland v Chelsea|
|Chelsea climbed to 2nd and 4 points behind league leaders Arsenal with a 3-1 home win over Southampton. Mourinho had to change his tactics after going behind to an early goal but switching to 4-4-2 and bypassing the midfield countered the Saints' pressing game. It was Chelsea's 5th win in 7 Premier League matches but they've only won 2 of 6 on the road this season. Eto'o, Luiz and Oscar are the main injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Stadium of Light. Sunderland scraped themselves off the bottom of the pile with a goalless draw at Villa Park but it was a drab affair and Poyet's side will need to do more than defend well if they're to survive in the top flight. However, it was an improvement on the road in that they picked up a second point on their travels this season. Their home form has seen a dramatic turnaround though with victories over Man City and Newcastle in their last two. With Chelsea no great shakes on the road and Sunderland beginning to find their feet, what chances of a draw?|
|Swansea v Newcastle|
|Newcastle's run of 4 straight wins has lifted them to 6th in the table but 3 of them have come at St James's Park. The jury's still out on their away record in which they've won half and lost half of their 6 fixtures. In their last away match, Krul performed heroics at White Hart Lane to ensure that the Magpies left with all 3 points and a clean sheet. Coloccini replaced Yanga-Mbiwa at centre-half for the narrow win over West Brom but what's been noticeable has been the much improved workrate amongst the side. They travel to the Liberty where Swansea have failed so far to live up to the expectations set last season. They've won just 1 of their half-a-dozen home fixtures and dropped to 13th following their 3-goal beating at Man City; nowhere near half as bad as some clubs have suffered there this season. The big problem for the Swans is that both recognised strikers, Michu and Bony, are out whilst full-back Rangel looks doubtful. If they go behind, you can't quite be sure where the goals will come from. Not sure Newcastle are currently doing enough to be certain of winning either and the draw might be a better bet.|
|Wed 20:00||Fulham v Tottenham|
|Martin Jol didn't get to face his former club before being booted out of Craven Cottage with head coach Rene Meulensteen the man to take over. The ex-United man had only been in the job a few weeks and whilst the two were thought to share a footballing philosophy, it seems Meulensteen may have been brought in for one reason alone. Regardless of that the Cottagers are on a 5-match losing streak in which they've conceded 14 times and scored just twice, and are now 3 points shy of safety. Centre-half Hangeland has been a big miss and it remains to be seen whether Berbatov recovers from illness to face his old club. Tottenham recovered from their mauling at the Etihad to draw 2-2 with United and stay 9th. They've gone 4 games without a win although they've won half of their games on the road. The concern is that the Spurs strikers are still failing to fire but surely there aren't too many defences worse than Fulham's at the moment. Eriksen and Rose are AVB's only casualties as he travels to Craven Cottage looking for the win that'll relieve some of the pressure.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Brom v Man City|
|Whilst City have proved more than proficient at smashing goals past opponents at the Etihad, their form away from home hasn't been quite so convincing. A 3-0 win over Swansea takes them to a tally of 16 goals scored and none conceded in their last 3 home fixtures. However, on the road they've taken a paltry 4 points from a possible 18. Regardless of their away form they're now up to third in the table and 6 points adrift of leaders Arsenal. Kompany and Nastasic are still out injured and you'd think opponents West Brom would fancy their chances against the centre-half pairing of Demichelis and Lescott. The Baggies dropped to twelfth in the table after their defeat at St James's Park on Saturday evening. However, they've not been beaten at the Hawthorns since they lost twice in succession at the beginning of the season against Southampton and Swansea. That includes two 1-1 draws with Arsenal although they exited the League Cup after going out on penalties. Midfielder Mulumbu is set to miss out after picking up a 5th yellow card. The Baggies have proved resilient but at some point you'd expect City to start hitting the back of the net on the road. Close but City to edge it.|
|Away Win 1-2|