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 21st to Mon 23rd December 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Liverpool v Cardiff|
|Liverpool remain second after their emphatic win at White Hart Lane. Luis Suarez was once again a thorn in their opponent's side and now has what seems an unassailable lead in the chase for this season's golden boot. Injuries to Gerrard and Sturridge have had little adverse impact on the team's ability to play and they'll be looking for their 8th victory from 9 games at Anfield. Their opponents Cardiff ground out a vital win over West Brom to keep themselves 4 points above the drop zone but away from home they've lost half their fixtures and won just the one. How long Malky Mackay remains in the job is still uncertain with alleged differences between the manager and owner Vincent Tan threatening their working relationship. Liverpool are now only 2 points off league leaders Arsenal and could move top with a win, if only temporarily.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 15:00||Crystal Palace v Newcastle|
|Tony Pulis could'nt have asked for more from his players in the short time he's been at the club. They narrowly lost at Chelsea last weekend having probably deserved more but preceded that defeat with 2 valuable home wins. 1-goal and 2-goal victories over West Ham and Cardiff respectively have breathed life into Palace and lifted them within a point of safety. Another win could lift the Eagles to 16th providing other results go their way. They entertain a Newcastle side up to 6th after their draw at home to Southampton. The Magpies' recent winning streak came to an end with a heavy defeat at Swansea but a single-goal victory at out-of-sorts United appears to have restored the faith. Alan Pardew has no injury concerns to speak of whilst Pulis might be without Dean Moxey after he was subbed off in the win over the Bluebirds. These two sides might be poles apart but the value bet has to be for Palace to take something considering their home form with the draw looking the best option.|
|Fulham v Man City|
|For all of City's goalscoring heroics at the Etihad, their away form remains something of an enigma. They've won 2 of 8 fixtures on the road although their most recent away match was a Capital One Cup 3-1 victory at Championship side Leicester. However, the news that City's leading goalscorer, Sergio Aguero, could be out for up to 8 weeks with a calf injury sustained in the 6-3 win over Arsenal is a massive blow. The Argentine striker is an almost certainty to play when fit and Pellegrini must decide if Dzeko partners Negredo or to stick with just one up top. Zabaleta is also a concern after being forced off after 12 minutes at Leicester with a hamstring problem. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham finally broke a 6-match losing sequence by beating Villa. They were then well beaten at Goodison but the 4-1 scoreline flattered the Toffees and Fulham are generally showing improvement under Meulensteen. The Cottagers remain in the bottom three but are only a point shy of safety. The value bet would surely be for Fulham to get something from the game but City are too strong for their away form not to improve at some point.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Man Utd v West Ham|
|A 3-goal victory at Villa Park moved United up to 8th in the table and it must've been a great relief for David Moyes and co to get back to winning ways after suffering 2 successive home defeats. United have won less than half their home fixtures this season and a game against West Ham might not be ideal but the Hammers are struggling with just a single point keeping them out of the bottom three. However, they were boosted by their Capital One Cup victory at Tottenham this week to make it through to the semi-finals and Allardyce hopes that this could be the stepping stone to better results in the top flight. West Ham have only won once on the road this season in the Premier League and you'd give them little chance of cictory at Old Trafford. Carroll, Downing, Nolan, Reid and Vaz Te are all out for the Hammers whist Carrick, Rooney, Van Persie and Vidic are all doubtful for United. Regardless of United's recent home form, can only see one winner.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Stoke v Aston Villa|
|Just a point and two places separates these 2 sides in mid-table with the home side probably having more success recently in the top flight but only this week they were dumped out of the Capital One Cup by United at the Britannia. However, in the Premier League they're on a 3-match unbeaten run including a 3-2 win over Chelsea. The Potters' home form isn't what it once was but they've only lost once there once in the top flight this season, surprisingly to Norwich. Robert Huth has been out injured for some time with a knee problem but his defensive partner, Ryan Shawcross, had to leave the field against United with a groin injury. They host a Villa side that've done much better on the road than they have done at Villa Park this season. The Villans have lost just 2 of 8 away fixtures winning at places like Arsenal and Southampton. Much has been made of Benteke's loss of form since returning from injury but he's bound to start again given that Agbonlahor is suspended. Villa have lost their last 2 games without scoring making this a tricky one to predict given Stoke's loss of their first-choice centre-halves. A case can be made for either side but the best bet might be the draw.|
|Sunderland v Norwich|
|Despite Sunderland's lowly position in the Premier League, they made it through to the Capital One Cup semi-finals after knocking out Chelsea this week. Borini equalised with 2 minutes to go taking the game to extra time and Ki was there half an hour later to plunder the winner. The players are sticking to Poyet's gameplan and it appears to be working. However, the Black Cats are still bottom, 4 points adrift of 19th=placed Fulham and without a win in the last five. They host a Norwich side who are now unbeaten in two after a 2-goal win at the Hawthorns and a draw at home to Swansea. Seven points from the last 12 has lifted the Canaries up to 14th and 5 points clear of the relegation places. Van Wolfswinkel is expected to make a return to the side sometime soon after suffering a foot injury. Sunderland are guaranteed to be bottom at Christmas regardless of the result but they look overdue for a win with Fletcher expected to recover from illness to bolster the attack.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v Hull|
|The Baggies are another side without a manager after their single-goal defeat at Cardiff making it 4 defeats on the bounce and 6 games without a win. That sequence of results leaves them 2 points off the relegation places having endured the worst recent form of any top flight side. You could argue that Steve Clarke didn't do too much wrong but the 2-goal home defeat to Norwich was probably the nail in the coffin. With Kevin Keen having also left, managerial responsibility has fallen to Keith Downing and Dean Kiely but they have the luxury of selecting from a fully fit squad. They host a mid-table Hull side currently 4 points better off. The Tigers' record on the road isn't great having taken a paltry 4 points from a possible 24 but they rarely get beaten heavily. Bruce will have his strongest side available with the exception of Aluko and Hull look capable of getting something from this one.|
|Sun 13:30||Southampton v Tottenham|
|AVB's tenure at White Hart Lane not surprisingly came to an end after the spanking dished out by Liverpool. He was granted a stay of execution after the 6-goal defeat at the Etihad but the manner of the defeat to the Reds left no option. Defending such a high line with players ill-equipped to look along it was always going to cause problems and they were fortunate to get away with conceding so little for so long. Tim Sherwood has caretaker control but got off to a poor start with a quarter-final Capital One Cup defeat at home to West Ham. His team selection at St Mary's will be open to scrutiny but he'll be without Paulinho, Townsend and Vertonghen. A win for the Saints would move them above their opponents on goal difference and would be the perfect tonic after 5 games without one. They're without Boruc and Wanyama but other than that are at full strength. Both sides are renowned for their possession and both are desperate for a win but of the two the safest money would be on the home side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 16:00||Swansea v Everton|
|Swansea have had the luxury of a break from midweek football but they host an Everton side currently looking the real deal. Everton are only 5th in the table but have lost just a single top flight fixture this season. Players like Lukaku, Barkley, Oviedo and Deulofeu have transformed the Toffees although the latter is out along with full-back Baines. Their sole defeat has come on the road offering the Swans some hope but they concede on average just a goal a game. Swansea's form has been up and down with their Europa League challenge impacting their domestic performances but they're still mid-table. However, their home form hasn't been great with just 2 wins from 8 attempts plus they're missing Rangel, Vorm and Dyer. A tough game for Swansea with Everton to have the upper hand.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 20:00||Arsenal v Chelsea|
|First hosts third in what could be a complete turnaround at the top of the table. Arsenal's lead was cut to 2 points after their 6-3 beating at Man City last weekend but the Etihad currently has to be the toughest away day in Premier League football. That said, the Gunners did concede 6 times which was one more than they'd conceded in all their previous 7 away fixtures. At the Emirates Arsenal have taken 19 points from a possible 24 and have had a number of players return from injury. Sagna and Walcott played the 90 minutes against City with the latter scoring a brace but Koscielny was subbed off at the end of the first half with a knee problem. Vermaelen looks to be the preferred option to partner Mertesacker and there may be a place for Podolski who's allegedly fit again. Opponents Chelsea suffered Capital One Cup disappointment at the Stadium of Light after Sunderland fought back with two minutes to play. The Blues also made hard work of their recent Premier League home fixture with Palace last weekend and just about sneaked over the line. They've won only 3 times on the road this season with their last away trip a 3-2 defeat at Stoke. Arsenal are the more confident side right now and should maintain their lead at the top of the table.|
|Home Win 2-1|