Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:
Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 11th to Mon 13th January 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Hull v Chelsea|
|Mid-table Hull failed to build on their 6-goal humiliation of Fulham and were beaten, as expected, at Anfield. However, Steve Bruce elected to field an under-strength side at the Riverside in the FA Cup and the gamble paid off as the Tigers made it through to the next round after a 2-goal victory. Some of their more experienced players should return for the visit of Chelsea although Matty Fryatt is doubtful with a hamstring problem sustained prior to the FA Cup win over Boro. The Blues's good run of form continued with a straightforward win in the FA Cup at Derby and they remain just 2 points behind league leaders Arsenal after winning 7 of their last 9 Premier League fixtures. Recently Chelsea have beaten Liverpool at the Bridge and were convincing 3-0 winners at St Mary's. Lampard and Ivanovic are out with injury but the Blues should manage without them. The KC is a tough place to go and Hull shouldn't be underestimated but Chelsea should have enough.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 15:00||Cardiff v West Ham|
|The battle against relegation takes centre-stage this weekend at the Cardiff City Stadium. The home side are a place and a point above the bottom three whilst opponents West Ham are second-from-bottom and 3 points short of safety. Inferior goal difference means that even with a win the Hammers are unlikely to climb out of the drop zone. Much has been made of West Ham's injury problems both in defence and attack and Nolan's 4-match suspension for a stupid red card in the defeat at Fulham hasn't helped. However, there's hope that Andy Carroll could be good for a place on the bench come Saturday. They've only won once on the road this season and their 5-0 FA Cup thrashing at Notts Forest will have done little for club confidence. Cardiff won their first game under new manager Solskjaer, a 2-1 victory at Newcastle and their first at St James's Park for 51 years. In their most recent Premier League fixture they held Arsenal at bay at the Emirates until the dying minutes before finally succumbing to defeat and will be more than a match for the Hammers. Mutch is a doubt with a hamstring problem and joins Bellamy who's doubtful with a knee injury. It's honeymoon time for Solskjaer and they should be backed against a weakened West Ham side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Norwich|
|A recent home defeat to Sunderland and draw at Stoke has seen Everton lose some momentum and slip to 5th and a point behind their Merseyside rivals. However, they were heading for defeat at the Britannia before Everton pressure finally told and Baines converted an injury-time penalty to level the match. The afore-mentioned full-back missed the FA Cup win over QPR with a back problem but is expected to return against the Canaries. Distin is also a doubt whilst Deulofeu and Jagielka are both out. Opponents Norwich lie 15th and just 3 points clear of the relegation places after going 5 Premier League matches without a win. They also face a replay in the FA Cup after only managing to draw at home to relegation rivals Fulham. Hughton rested a number of players for that game with supposed niggles but the likes of Bassong, Hoolahan, Johnson and Turner are all expected to return at Goodison. Everton's sole defeat at home this season owed much to the dismissal of keeper Howard and they should be too strong for Norwich.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Fulham v Sunderland|
|Fulham fell apart in the 6-goal second half thrashing at the KC Stadium but salavaged a little pride with a 2-1 win over struggling West Ham. They're still in the FA Cup after earning a replay at Norwich with a second-string side and Darren Bent grabbing a rare goal. Expect big changes for the visit of bottom side Sunderland who'll be buoyant after their 2-1 League Cup semi-final first leg victory over United. The Mackems have lost just one of their last five Premier League fixtures but are still 4 points shy of safety. However, the injuries have abated somewhat and Brown is back in tandem with O'Shea in defence whilst the partnership of Borini and Fletcher shows signs of promise. Poyet has also kept faith with Cattermole after the combative midfielder was responsible for Villa's recent winner at the Stadium of Light. Little things can turn matches like this but the draw looks the best bet.|
|Southampton v West Brom|
|Rumours are that West Brom could have a new manager, former Werder Bremen head coach Thomas Schaaf, in place ahead of this game and not before time. Steve Clarke's sacking looks all the more impulsive considering the length of time its taken for the Baggies to appoint a new permanent manager. To be fair to caretaker Keith Downing, they've not performed badly under his stewardship with 3 draws and a win from their last 4 top flight matches. However, they were beaten at home by Palace last weekend in the FA Cup despite fielding a strong side. They travel to St Mary's where mid-table Southampton are suffering a poor run of form with just a single win from their last 9 attempts. That was a convincing victory at Cardiff but they've failed to take anything from matches against stronger opponents. Boruc and Wanyama are still out injured, Osvaldo is suspended for improper conduct but Rickie Lambert should recover from a leg problem after being subbed off early on in the FA Cup win over Burnley. The Saints's slide has been typical of a club over-achieving early on in the season but they still represent a tough proposition for West Brom.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Crystal Palace|
|Tim Sherwood remains unbeaten in the Premier League after 4 games in charge, a run which leaves Spurs 6th and 8 points behind league leaders Arsenal. His bold approach has paid off but they struggled in midfield in the FA Cup tie at the Emirates with Arsenal playing Walcott as a lone striker. Playing 4-4-2 is likely to pay off more often than not but a more conservative approach could well be the way forward against the bigger clubs. Whatever the strategy, you have to admire Sherwood's positive attitude although his hand has been slightly forced with Sandro and Paulinho both injured. Another key player out is Vertonghen and hopefully replacement full-back Danny Rose will learn from his costly dithering last weekend. They host a Palace side already proven difficult to break down under new manager Tony Pulis. Pulis has wasted no time in organising his players effectively and despite slipping back into the bottom three, they stand a much better chance of top flight survival. The Eagles don't concede many with the single-goal defeat at the Etihad ironically encouraging; many other sides have lost by far more. This is a tough game for Spurs but they should edge it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 17:30||Man Utd v Swansea|
|What chance of a repeat of last weekend's FA Cup encounter at Old Trafford when Swansea snatched victory in injury-time. It was United's second defeat on the bounce at the Theatre of Dreams and this week Sunderland inflicted more pain by beating them 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in the semi-final first leg of the Capital One Cup. The bottom line is that United are struggling to score whilst leaking goals at the other end and David Moyes's bleating about referees is just avoiding the real issues and likely to land him in hot water. Injuries are also playing their part with too many to be named either injured, doubtful or suspended. Arguably Van Persie has been the biggest miss but Moyes will be hoping that Rooney and Evans recover from niggles to face Swansea. The Swans will be full of confidence after last weekend's victory but their Premier League form needs to improve. They're without a win in six top flight matches and lie 13th, just 4 points above the relegation places. Laudrup is also without key players like Michu, Dyer, Hernandez and Lamah but this side have already proved they can do it. I think successive victories away at Old Trafford might be beyond Swansea but a share of the spoils might not be a bad shout.|
|Sun 14:05||Newcastle v Man City|
|Not the strongest City side were held at Blackburn last weekend in the FA Cup. Currently still involved in four major competitions, the last thing they wanted was an FA Cup replay. However, they made mincemeat out of West Ham in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final and will be able to travel to Upton Park with a second string side and still make it to Wembley. In the Premier League they're just a point behind Arsenal and are still favourites to wrest the title from neighbours United. City have taken 2 points from the last 27 available despite missing the injured Aguero in recent fixtures. David Silva is availabe for selection after missing the win at Swansea through suspension. They travel to St James's Park to take on a Newcastle side that've slipped to 8th after 1-goal defeats at home to Arsenal and surprisingly away at West Brom. Alan Pardew has selection problems with Debuchy banned, Coloccini out and both Cabaye and Krul doubtful with injuries. City are beatable away from the Etihad but Newcastle are unlikely to take advantage with key players potentially absent.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:10||Stoke v Liverpool|
|Liverpool bounced back from successive 2-1 defeats away at Man City and Chelsea with a 2-goal victory over Hull at Anfield. That win saw them leapfrog Everton into 4th place and they now lie 6 points behind league leaders Arsenal. A routine win over Oldham in the FA Cup with a below strength side served more than just progression to the next round with Steven Gerrard returning from injury and lasting 77 minutes before being replaced by Suarez. Sturridge is another of Liverpool's key players expected to return to first team action very soon. The Reds travel to mid-table Stoke, a side struggling to put together a decent run. The Potters were recently well beaten away at Newcastle and Tottenham, and in their last home fixture were 1-up at home to Everton only to drop 2 points in injury-time with Baines scoring from the spot. The FA Cup proved to be more fruitful however with a well earned 2-1 victory over Championship leaders Leicester. Stoke are missing a number of players including both keepers, Begovic and Sorensen, Huth, Wilkinson and Assaidi who's ineligible to play against his parent club. Expect Liverpool to have too much quality not to prevail.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Mon 20:00||Aston Villa v Arsenal|
|Arsenal's biggest problem at the moment is no fit strikers. With Bendtner and Giroud out for last weekend's FA Cup tie with Tottenham, Theo Walcott was pushed into his favoured forward role with a fair degree of success. However, he was stretchered off with what was thought to be a minor injury which turned out to be serious ligament damage. Despite the blow Wenger will be optimistic that Giroud can recover from illness to lead the line; otherwise we're likely to see a Barcelona-esque midfield. The Gunners currently top the table but their leading margin has been cut to a single point with City and Chelsea breathing down their necks. They travel to Villa Park seeking revenge for their opening day defeat at the Emirates. That day Villa profited on the counter but they've failed to replicate that form at home and have won just 2 Premier League fixtures at Villa Park this season. Last weekend Villa were dumped out of the FA Cup by League One relegation-threatened side Sheffield United so the chances of them upsetting Arsenal look pretty remote. Villa fans booed off their own players last weekend and they may do the same again if the Gunners hit the ground running.|
|Away Win 0-3|