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 14th to Sun 15th December 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Man City v Arsenal|
|Pellegrini's side entertain the league leaders at the Etihad in what could match the spectacle at the Emirates last weekend. Arsenal hosted Everton in a pulsating game where the Gunners didn't have it all their own way but the draw was probably a fair reflection. Despite dropping points Arsenal still lead second-placed Liverpool by 5 points and have lost just twice this season. Their only away defeat of the campaign came at Old Trafford around a month ago with the Etihad currently looking like a tougher prospect. City have a 100% record at home having netted a massive 29 goals in 7 matches whilst conceding just twice. Both Norwich and Spurs have suffered humiliating beatings at Eastlands recently although Arsenal look too good to suffer a similar fate. City won in Munich this week to finally qualify for the Champions League knockout stages but an extra goal would've seen them top their group as opposed to finishing as runners-up. City are without Nastasic and Jovetic whilst Arsenal miss Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski and Sagna. A close game but City look too strong at home.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 15:00||Cardiff v West Brom|
|West Brom dropped to 15th in the table after their surprising defeat at home to Norwich. The Canaries actually leapfrogged their opponents condemning them to their third successive loss. Despite creating numerous chances against Norwich, the Baggies failed to convert whilst conceding a soft opener. In fact Steve Clarke's men have won only one of their last 9 Premier League fixtures, that being a 2-goal victory over then bottom side Crystal Palace. Olsson returns from suspension for the trip to Cardiff who lie immediately below West Brom with 1 point less. The Bluebirds have also won only one of their last 9 top flight matches, that being the all important victory over arch-rivals Swansea. Since that their form has slumped with 3 defeats and a couple of draws. Last weekend must've been a big disappointment losing by 2 clear goals at Selhurst Park with Mackay regretting missed opportunities and urging the need to be more clinical. The manager has everyone available but this one could go either way and the draw looks the value bet.|
|Chelsea v Crystal Palace|
|Palace skipper Jedinak isn't wrong when stating that they've responded well to Tony Pulis's appointment. Admmittedly they narrowly lost his first game in charge at Carrow Road but have subsequently won both their home fixtures against West Ham and Cardiff with successive clean sheets. The Eagles now have a 5-point advantage over bottom side Sunderland and only inferior goal difference is keeping them in the relegation places. They travel to Stamford Bridge where Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League this season having dropped just 2 points. However, the Blues dropped to third after losing at Stoke but Arsenal's draw with Everton means they've only lost a point on the league leaders. Andre Schurrle bagged a brace against the Potters but remains an injury doubt after being subbed off with 20 minutes to go. Expect Palace's winning sequence to come to an end with Chelsea aiming to make up for last weekend's defeat.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Everton v Fulham|
|The Toffees played some breathtaking football at the Emirates last weekend and were full value for their point. Their performances have continually improved under Martinez and a top four finish isn't beyond them. Currently they're fifth and have lost just 1 of 15 top flight matches. Barkley and Deulofeu have showcased their talent and Everton really come alive when both players are on the field together. Baines is still out whilst McCarthy is suspended after picking up a fifth booking. They host a Fulham side that finally rediscovered that winning feeling at home to Villa after suffering 6 successive defeats. Meulensteen got the right reaction from his players with Berbatov providing the inspiration. The Bulgarian striker assisted the first and slotted a penalty to keep the Cottagers in touch with the clubs vying for safety. Amorebiata is a doubt and Hangeland is not expected back until mid-January. Fulham might've got back to winning ways but can't see them getting anything at Goodison.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Southampton|
|Alan Pardew got his gameplan just right at Old Trafford last weekend. The Magpies dominated the midfield and took their chance when it came with Cabaye firing home a Sissoko cross. It was the perfect response to the 3-goal defeat at the Liberty during the preceding week making it their fifth win in 6 games. Newcastle have lost just the once at St James's Park this season but are without their midfield maestro, Yohan Cabaye, who received a fifth yellow card at United. They host a Southampton side who've dropped to eighth after picking up only a single point from their last 4 matches. The draw at home with Man City ended a run of 3 defeats including the 3-2 home loss to Villa. The Saints are still missing Boruc, Clyne and Schneiderlin whilst Osvaldo is keeping Lambert out of the side. They've had a sequence of very difficult away matches but not won on the road since September and opponents Newcastle have shown themselves adaptable in recent games.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Sunderland|
|Sunderland are now 5 points adrift at the bottom of the table after their 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham. A Lloris mistake gifted them the lead but they did little to win the game. They were good value at home to Chelsea in their previous fixture but again finished on the losing side and it's looking like the Poyet honeymoon is over. Since their single-goal victory over Man City the Mackems have taken just a single point from a possible 12. They've picked up only 2 points on the road ahead of their visit to Upton Park where West Ham are doing little to set the world alight. Allardyce's job is rumoured to be in jeopardy after 5 defeats and just 1 victory in their last 8 Premier League games. Big Sam has so far resisted rushing back striker Andy Carroll but he could be sorely tempted in such a vital match. The Hammers are boosted by the return of Ravel Morrison from suspension but Kevin Nolan is out for 3 games after seeing red in the 4-1 defeat at Anfield. Vaz Te, Downing and Reid are all expected to miss out with injury. Difficult to choose between the two but home advantage should play in the Hammers' favour against the bottom side especially if Carroll does make an appearance at some point.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 17:30||Hull v Stoke|
|You have to admire Hull's gritty performances this season, enough to have kept them mid-table and 5 points above the relegation places. They've lost just the once at home this season, ironically to then bottom side Crystal Palace, but beaten the likes of Liverpool. Only City have conceded fewer goals on home soil than the Tigers who've let just 3 goals past them in 7 matches. They host a Stoke side that weren't scoring many until they beat Chelsea by 3 goals to 2 at the Britannia last weekend. A shock result considering recent form with the previously unknown Oussama Assaidi striking a magnificent winner in the closing stages. It was only Stoke's fourth top flight victory this season. On the road they've not been too impressive either taking a measly 4 points from a possible 21. Huth is out injured, Walters is suspended and Adam is a doubt whilst Hull are missing Aluko, McShane and Quinn. Expect the Tigers to keep it tight whilst grabbing the goal that matters.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 13:30||Aston Villa v Man Utd|
|Villa have beaten some big opponents this season, namely Arsenal and City, but last weekend's defeat at Fulham put an end to an unbeaten run of 5 matches. That sequence succeeded in lifting the Villans from potential relegation trouble up to 10th but they fell a place after the 2-goal Craven Cottage defeat. Villa have lost 4 of 7 home fixtures this season and the visit by a wounded United side will surely test them. United slipped to 9th after back-to-back defeats at Old Trafford and draws at Cardiff and Spurs prior to that. They just about saw off the challenge of Shakhtar Donetsk this week thanks to a Phil Jones goal although topping their Champions League group was already guaranteed. Moyes sees Rooney return from suspension to most likely partner Van Persie who should improve with game time after returning from injury last weekend. Delph is suspended for Villa whilst Kozak and Luna are doubtful with knocks. Anything other than a win for United will see them lose ground on the title contenders above them and sooner or later they will turn the corner. Unfortunately Villa could be on the wrong end of this result.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Norwich v Swansea|
|Two wins in 3 games for Norwich sees them move 4 points above the drop zone. Both those victories, at home to Palace and most recently away at the Hawthorns, came with clean sheets but they sandwiched yet another beating; this time a 5-1 defeat at Anfield. The Canaries have had mixed fortunes at Carrow Road but they've only lost 2 of the 7 to date. There's no further update on injuries to Pilkington, Snodgrass, Tettey and Van Wolfswinkel ahead of their home fixture with Swansea. The Swans have been a bit up and down of late and weren't at their best in the recent 1-1 draw with Hull at the Liberty. Michu returned to the starting line-up for that game but Bony remains sidelined whilst Chico is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card. They also have a Europa League trip to Switzerland requiring at least a point to ensure they qualify for the knockout stages. It's a tough week for Swansea and Norwich may just have a bit more come the weekend.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 16:00||Tottenham v Liverpool|
|Sixth versus second and Tottenham's chance to make it back into the top four should other results go their way. Spurs finally managed to string back-to-back victories together at Fulham and Sunderland but Liverpool represent a step up in quality. Defoe was preferred to Soldado in those 2 matches and despite not scoring only the woodwork prevented him from doing so on several occasions; a longer run in the side is probably deserved. Chiriches could return although Eriksen, Rose and Vertonghen are all doubts. Liverpool are without Gerrard, Henderson and Sturridge leaving them with just 2 fit central midfielders; Lucas and Allen. Suarez's scoring record has propelled the Reds back up to second and the Uruguayan now has 14 goals this season in the top flight. No doubt he'll be seeking to add to that tally this weekend whilst Spurs will be hoping he has an off day. On the road Liverpool's form has been mixed and they've only taken 1 point from their last 3 away fixtures at Arsenal, Everton and Hull. Match-winners at both ends but the points could well be shared.|