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.
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 28th to Sun 29th December 2013.
|Sat 12:45||West Ham v West Brom|
|Despite taking the lead early on in the second half at home to Arsenal, West Ham failed to hold on to their advantage conceding 3 times in an 11-minute spell. With other results going against them, that defeat plunges the Hammers deep into relegation territory and only a point separates them from bottom-placed Sunderland. They've won just 3 top flight fixtures this season and not surprisingly Allardyce has this game against West Brom and next week's away to Fulham as 'must win' matches. Failure to take at least 4 points from those 2 games could well see Big Sam struggling to stay in the job. Their opponents, West Brom, held on for a draw at White Hart Lane but in all truth probably deserved to win. Caretaker manager Keith Downing has taken a point in each of his 2 games in charge but the Baggies are without a win in eight. They're a point clear of the relegation places but a draw would suit them better than the home side.|
|Sat 15:00||Aston Villa v Swansea|
|Four defeats on the bounce for Villa, two of them coming at home to United and Palace. They're just 3 points clear of the drop zone after that injury-time winner from Palace striker Dwight Gayle. It was a bitter blow for Paul Lambert's side but the bottom line is that they're lacking creativity and as a result lacking goals. They're obviously missing an in-form Benteke having only scored 6 home goals this season and none in the first half which doesn't bode well for the visit of Swansea. The Swans are only a point better off than Villa and haven't won in four but pose more of a goal threat. They did well to stay in the game so long at Stamford Bridge keeping Chelsea down to a single-goal advantage. Michu is absent through injury but Laudrup could be saving Bony for this game after only bringing him on for the last 14 minutes on Boxing Day. Swansea have won more games away than Villa have at home and they might just sneak this.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Hull v Fulham|
|Not even a 2-goal advantage was enough for Hull to beat United. The Tigers did well to take the early lead but their tight defensive record at the KC Stadium counted for nothing. They'd only conceded 3 times in 8 Premier League home matches but doubled that tally with one defeat to the title holders. That said, United were holding on at the end and Hull's home record is the best of any of the Premier League sides in the bottom half of the table. They host a Fulham side that almost climbed out of the bottom three after their victory at Carrow Road thanks to a late goal from Scott Parker. Only goal difference is currently keeping the Cottagers in the drop zone and Meulensteen now has 2 wins under his belt. Berbatov faces a fitness test after missing the Norwich victory whilst injury keeps out Hangeland and Senderos. Expect Hull to revert to type and do enough to win this narrowly.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man City v Crystal Palace|
|Palace might've secured a rare away victory at Villa Park, only their second away win of the season, but the fixture list can be cruel sometimes. Just as they climb out of the relegation places they're faced with travelling to the Etihad and trying to do what no other Premier League club has so far managed this season. City have a 100% record at home with 9 wins from 9 and came from behind on Boxing Day to put title challengers Liverpool in their place. They stay second but are only a point behind league leaders Arsenal with far superior goal difference. Lescott is likely to continue to partner Kompany in Demichelis's absence and Zabaleta is back after recovering from injury. Palace will surely be aiming to hold out as long as possible without conceding and when they finally do the main concern will be keeping the score down.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Norwich v Man Utd|
|David Moyes has some major injury concerns with Fellaini, Jones, Nani and Van Persie all expected unavailable for the trip to Carrow Road. That comes off the back of a narrow win at Hull after coming from behind having been 2 goals down. United were clinging on at the end, not helped by Valencia's yellow card and subsequent dismissal for kicking the ball away. United are up to 7th after 3 successive victories but look far from the United side that won the title last season. They now have to go and win at Norwich if they're to close the 8-point gap on league leaders Arsenal. The Canaries will be hurting after losing at home to Fulham thanks to a late goal from Scott Parker. They're 3 points above the relegation places and have won just one of the last five. Chris Hughton is already without a number of players through injury but will also have to do without centre-half Michael Turner after he picked up a fifth yellow card. A match neither side can afford to lose but United to do enough.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 17:30||Cardiff v Sunderland|
|The last couple of weeks at Cardiff must've been unbearable with the public falling out between owner and manager. That has now come to a head with Malky Mackay ejected from the club and little optimism for the immediate future. The Bluebirds have lost their last two matches and only won one of their last eight to leave themselves 16th and just a single point above the relegation places. On Boxing Day they posed little threat to Southampton and now face a Sunderland side on the up after their fortunate win at Everton. The Black Cats' first win in 7 matches wasn't enough to lift them off the foot of the table but moved them within 3 points of safety. It owed much to Howard's sending off but Mannone played his part in securing the vital win. Sunderland's first away victory of the season can't have come too soon and Poyet will be hoping that they can extend their winning sequence. Wes Brown is suspended whilst Bellamy and Medel are unlikely to be available for Cardiff. With all the infighting at Cardiff, this is perfectly set up for Sunderland.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 13:30||Everton v Southampton|
|Southampton ended a miserable run of 6 games without a victory by winning convincingly at Cardiff. The Saints proved prolific in a 13-minute spell in the first half in which Jay Rodriguez scored a brace and Rickie Lambert netted his sixth of the season. That result keeps Southampton in the top half of the table and gives them 6 points breathing space over 10th-placed Stoke. Schneiderlin is out for this one after picking up a fifth yellow card and joins injured players Boruc, Osvaldo and Wanyama. Lovren missed the Cardiff victory through illness and masy not recover in time with the fixtures coming thick and fast. They travel to Goodison Park which had been a fortress this season until Boxing Day. The Toffees hadn't lost there until 25 minutes in against Sunderland when Howard was dismissed for a professional foul and Ki Sung-Yeung profited from the spot. Everton rallied in the second half but found Mannone in inspiring form. Despite the defeat Everton remain fifth and just 2 points shy of a Champions League place. Howard and Barry are suspended but expect Ross Barkley to start after spending the first 45 minutes on the bench against Sunderland. A tight game but Everton to nick it.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Newcastle v Arsenal|
|Arsenal returned to the top of the table with a win at West Ham whilst previous league leaders Liverpool lost at Man City. It was a much-needed return to winning ways for Wenger's side who'd gone 3 games without a victory including that heavy defeat at the Etihad. It came at a cost though with the ever-present Ramsey forced off with a thigh problem although players returning from injury, such as Walcott, have excelled. Only Spurs have matched Arsenal's record on the road this season but opponents Newcastle will feel they shouldn't be discounted after winning 7 of their last 9 top flight matches. Pardew has a fully fit squad on hand and the goals have been flowing from the likes of Remy, Gouffran and Cabaye. On Boxing Day they were a goal down at home to Stoke but a brace of dismissals played in their favour and they ended up by winning 5 goals to 1. Ramsey is a big miss for the Gunners and the Magpies might just do enough to earn a point.|
|Sun 16:00||Chelsea v Liverpool|
|Third plays fourth in one of the weekend's big matches with the potential winners able to leap to the top of the table if other results go accordingly. Liverpool were previously top but the defeat at the Etihad sees them fall to fourth, not that they performed badly. The Reds were always in the game and had some decisions gone Rodgers's way the table may look slightly different. Opponents Chelsea made a meal of their victory at home to Swansea and to date there's little that's special about Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge. It's true that the Blues have only dropped two points at home this season but they've been pushed hard on several occasions by lesser teams and Liverpool won't fear them as they didn't fear City. The Reds' away record isn't particularly good but they've a goal poacher in Luis Suarez. Sturridge and Gerrard are still recovering from respective injuries whilst Chelsea have to do without Ramires who picked up a fifth yellow card. Expect Mourinho to park the bus as he did at Arsenal but Liverpool will find a way through and the draw looks a fair bet.|
|Tottenham v Stoke|
|It hasn't been the greatest of starts for new manager Tim Sherwood but at least they've not yet lost in the Premier League. They were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by West Ham but won away at Southampton and then drew with West Brom on Boxing Day. Sherwood has had little time to work with the players and his policy of not playing a holding midfielder has looked a risky one at times. Four points from the last six appears a tad fortunate considering the chances afforded to recent opponents and Spurs'll have to improve in the creative areas if they're to make their superior possession count. They're now 8th and only 8 points off the lead but much improvement is required if they're to finish in the top four. They host a Stoke side that went into meltdown at St James's Park. The Potters were a goal up before having both Whelan and Wilson sent off. Not surprisingly they finished on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline and have neither player available for this match including the injured Huth and Begovic. Stoke are mid-table after a recent sequence of 4 games undefeated but they've won just a single away fixture and improvement will be expected from Spurs.|
|Home Win 2-1|