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 New Years Day fixtures.
|Wed 12:45||Swansea v Man City|
|Mid-table Swansea have gone five games without a win and won only 2 of their last 11 Premier League fixtures. They dominated last weekend at Villa Park but failed to make the most of their chances and are missing the injured Michu despite the return of Bony to the attack. The Swans host Man City just a month after losing at the Etihad but that 3-goal defeat isn't as bad as some sides have fared at Eastlands this season and they'll be hoping for some revenge. That said, City are just a point behind league leaders Arsenal in second having taken 22 points from the last 24 available. In the earlier stages of the campaign City's away form was their downfall but recent weeks has seen a marked improvement. Many believe that the title is City's to lose but that discounts too easily the challenges of Arsenal and Chelsea. City are without the suspended Silva plus the injured Aguero and Demichelis but they should take maximum points.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wed 15:00||Arsenal v Cardiff|
|The Gunners go into the New Year at the top of the pile after a scrappy single-goal victory at St James's Park. Once again Arsenal did just enough to claim the 3 points holding out under Newcastle pressure late on. Wenger has stated that a move for Cabaye is not on the cards given the glut of midfielders at the club. They've only a point advantage over 2nd-placed City but enter a run of easier fixtures against the likes of Villa and Fulham as well as Cardiff. The controversy surrounding the Bluebirds has been well documented and should they eventually go down, the fans will be only blaming one person and that'll be owner Vincent Tan for a series of nonsense decisions. Cardiff drew at home to Sunderland last weekend to end a run of 2 successive defeats but it must've felt like a loss after leading 2-0 as late as the 83rd minute. Kerslake is in charge on a temporary basis but doesn't want the permanent job and there's unlikely to be a queue of candidates given the owner's histrionics. Cardiff have won only the once on the road and shouldn't be expected to cause an upset at the Emirates.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Crystal Palace v Norwich|
|Goal difference keeps Palace above the relegation places despite the weekend defeat at the Etihad. Defeat was always on the cards but the Eagles should be proud of themselves after a sound defensive display; many visitors have fared far worse. It was exactly what you'd expect from a side managed by Tony Pulis and they came pretty close to pulling off a shock of their own. Palace have shown they can beat the lesser sides and now have the defensive platform to climb further towards safety. They host a Norwich side that've lost two on the bounce, both home games to Fulham and United, and have failed to win in the last four. They're only the 3 points above the Eagles and will be leapfrogged should they lose owing to identical goal difference. The Canaries were well organised against United but their lack of goals is costing them, just 2 scored in their last 4 matches and only 6 on the road this season. Expect Palace to build on recent performances and come out on top in a very tight game.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v West Ham|
|A relegation 6-pointer between two less than average sides. The problem with predicting these games is it's difficult to tell if either side's going to turn up. Just a single point separates them in 18th and 19th respectively but Fulham's goal difference stands at a massive -22 and we're only halfway through the season. That figure greatly increased in the second half at the KC Stadium last weekend when they fell apart; their defence was a shambles and they were second to every ball but surprisingly that result followed a 2-1 win at Norwich. Opponents West Ham ended a run of 2 defeats with a draw at home to West Brom and showed spirit in turning the game around after going behind but won't be happy at conceding 3 goals at home. Allardyce is now the favourite top flight manager to be sacked but is ironically probably the best placed person to get them out of it. However, the Hammers have now gone 6 games without a win and need a result. With six key players now out injured, it's difficult to see them getting anything at Craven Cottage where Fulham surely have to bounce back. Another tight one with the Cottagers to edge it.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Liverpool v Hull|
|Liverpool have slumped to fifth and six points behind league leaders Arsenal after losing their last two games, both 2-1 defeats at Man City and Chelsea. Failure to take anything from what many would like to consider their contemporaries has cost them. Luis Suarez failed to score in both fixtures but is still way out in front in terms of goals scored and is sure to rediscover his goal touch with easier games coming up. They host a Hull side that tore Fulham apart in the second half last weekend at the KC Stadium. Tom Huddlestone was in fine form and finally gets a haircut after netting his first goal in over 2 and a half years. That victory lifted the Tigers into the top half of the table but they've won only 1 of 9 away matches. Steve Bruce has moulded Hull into a tight cohesive unit, especially at home, but the guile of Suarez at Anfield could prove too much on this occasion.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Southampton v Chelsea|
|Southampton have fallen down the table after a string of poor results against some very good sides. They recently won heavily at Cardiff but it was their only win in their last 8 top flight fixtures. Last weekend they lost narrowly at Everton and around a month ago they were beaten 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Again they'll be without Boruc, Osvaldo and Wanyama but they still have a nucleus of good attacking players in Rodriguez, Lallana, Ramirez and Lambert. Their visitors, Chelsea, remain third after their crucial 2-1 victory over Liverpool and sit just 2 points behind league leaders Arsenal. The Blues haven't been particularly great on the road this season having won 3, drawn 3 and lost 3. Recent away results include a goalless draw at the Emirates and a 3-2 defeat at Stoke. Mourinho is without the suspended Luiz plus Ivanovic, Lampard and Mikel all look doubtful with injuries. The foregone conclusion is an away win but Southampton haven't turned bad overnight and could be worth a point.|
|Stoke v Everton|
|The Potters lost their second game on the bounce having been comfortably beaten at Tottenham. That followed a 5-1 thrashing at Newcastle and losing 2 key players to red cards in that defeat surely had an impact on their performance at White Hart Lane. Stoke are mid-table but only 5 points separates them from the bottom three and they'll appreciate having Whelan and Wilson back available for selection. Begovic and Huth are still out injured with their absence affecting Stoke's performances. They host an Everton side up to fourth in the table after losing just two top flight matches all season. Their most recent defeat came when they were turned over at home by Sunderland after Tim Howard was dismissed for a professional foul but the keeper is back for the trip to the Britannia. However, centre-half Jagielka has been ruled out with a hamstring injury with a fit-again Alcaraz replacing him alongside Distin. Deulofeu is out with a similar injury but Everton have that creative spark courtesy of Ross Barkley. Expect the Toffees to have too much for Stoke on this occasion.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sunderland v Aston Villa|
|Sunderland remain bottom after their dramatic late comeback in the 2-2 draw last weekend at Cardiff but are now only two points shy of safety. More importantly, they've now put together a sequence of 4 games undefeated despite 3 of them ending on level terms. Fletcher came off the bench to get the Black Cats back into the game and he's sure to start after illness saw Borini taken to hospital. Brown serves the last of his 3-match suspension and O'Shea is doubtful with a shoulder injury but Johnson should return after missing the Cardiff trip through illness. They host a Villa side that were poor against Swansea and by all accounts were let off the hook. That said, the Villans scored in the first half for the first time this season and the subsequent draw ended a run of 4 successive defeats. That result leaves them 4 points clear of the drop zone but rapid improvement is required. Villa have fared better on the road this season and without the likes of Benteke, Clark and Vlaar, a draw looks the value bet.|
|West Brom v Newcastle|
|Despite the unwarranted sacking of Steve Clarke, the Baggies have bounced back with 3 successive draws and some of their play has merited better results. They've still not won a game since the beginning of November and only 2 points separates them from the bottom three. However, Anelka scored his first goals for the club in the draw with West Ham and caretaker manager Keith Downing has options with Shane Long expected to recover from a calf injury. Newcastle are the visitors to the Hawthorns on the back of a home defeat to league leaders Arsenal. That leaves the Magpies 8th in the table but they've won their majority of away matches with no draws. Pardew has the luxury of a fully fit squad and they could well prove too strong for West Brom. Initially the draw was tempting but this is a winnable game for Newcastle.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wed 17:30||Man Utd v Tottenham|
|Tottenham move up to 7th after their comprehensive win over Stoke at White Hart Lane. They're only 3 points off of a Champions League place but need a result against one of the bigger sides if they're to climb the table. So far Tim Sherwood is undefeated in the Premier League after 3 games in charge and it has to be said that the players have improved game by game. The win over Stoke had much to do with Paulinho's presence in the midfield and the manager is likely to set up more cautiously at Old Trafford. They may well have more possession than United but it's how they defend without the ball that'll be important. United are a place above Spurs with superior goal difference and are on a run of 4 successive victories. The last two wins on the road, at Hull and Norwich, have both been very tight but Moyes's side were strong enough to secure the three points. That said, United have been beaten at home recently by both Everton and Newcastle, whilst Spurs have a better away record than United's at Old Trafford this season. Moyes expects Rooney to return from a groin injury although Van Persie, Jones, Nani and Fellaini are all out. Probably a good time to play United but the home side still likely to have the better of it.|
|Home Win 2-1|