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 18th to Mon 20th January 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Sunderland v Southampton|
|The resignation of Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese raises doubts over Pochettino's continued role at the club. The manager claimed back in May that he would leave St Mary's if the chairman did and only time will tell now that owner Katharina Liebherr has replaced Cortese as non-exec chairman with a chief executive to be appointed in due course. Other clubs interested in some of Southampton's more promising players may be tempted to take advantage of the situation with Luke Shaw already wanted by Chelsea. The Saints dropped to mid-table after winning just 2 of their last 10 Premier League fixtures, the latest of which was a single goal victory over West Brom at St Mary's. Wanyama is still injured whilst Osvaldo serves the last of a 3-match ban. They travel to the Stadium of Light where Sunderland are finally off the bottom of the table courtesy of a handsome win at Craven Cottage. Goal difference is keeping them above Palace but they're now only a point shy of safety and all clubs in the bottom half are at risk of relegation. The Black Cats have lost only 1 of their last 6 top flight fixtures and are heading in the right direction. Injuries have abated and they might be worth a rare victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 15:00||Arsenal v Fulham|
|The Gunners will aim to at least maintain their single-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table with a win over 16th-placed Fulham. The Cottagers failed to build on their recent win over West Ham and were heavily beaten at home by then-bottom Sunderland. They bounced back with a 3rd-round FA Cup replay win over a poor Norwich side but need a top flight result to alleviate their relegation fears. After getting little playing time under Meulensteen, Bryan Ruiz has joined PSV on loan whilst forgotten striker Darren Bent started on the bench against Sunderland and scored in both FA Cup ties with Norwich. Arsenal's win over Villa was their fourth successive Premier League victory and they've lost just the once at home this season. Giroud returned to give Wenger an attacking option and duly scored at Villa Park. Koscielny and Mertesacker started in tandem at the back with a knee problem keeping Vermaelen out but creative-wise they're missing the injured Ramsey. Regardless, it's difficult to see beyond a convincing Arsenal victory.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Crystal Palace v Stoke|
|Palace dropped back to the foot of the table following their 2-goal defeat at White Hart Lane with Sunderland running out convincing winners at Fulham. However, so tight is it at the wrong end of the table that the Eagles are only a point shy of safety. Performances have definitely improved under Pulis especially defensively although they lack options in the attacking third; the single-goal win at Villa and single-goal defeat at City recent examples of how they've progressed. Cameron Jerome is ineligible to play against parent club Stoke whilst Bolasie and Dikgacoi are both likely to miss out with injury. The Potters who were once so stalwart in defence themselves have not been so tight of late. They've missed Robert Huth at the heart of their back four and rumours are that he's returned to training although Saturday could come too soon. Wilkinson is also out whilst Butland is currently the stand-in keeper for Begovic. Stoke have won one and lost seven of 10 top flight away fixtures this season and Mark Hughes is unlikely to spring too many surprises on former manager Pulis. Difficult to choose between the two and the only thing we can be certain of is it won't be pretty!|
|Man City v Cardiff|
|Man City are just a point behind league leaders Arsenal and remain favourites to take the title after improving on the road. Their home form couldn't be any better and they'll aim to maintain their 100% record at the Etihad and make it 11 wins from 11. What's more impressive is that they've scored a massive 38 goals in 10 home fixtures, almost 4 a game, whilst conceding just 6. The news doesn't get any better for opponents Cardiff with City striker Aguero expected to return from injury replacing Dzeko who's doubtful with a calf problem. The other big injury news for the home side is the absence of Nasri who was stretchered off in the win at Newcastle after something close to an assault by Yanga-Mbiwa. The Bluebirds dropped into the relegation places after their 2-goal defeat at home to relegation rivals West Ham. Not a great start for Solksjaer in Premier League management. Cardiff have taken just a single point from the last 15 available and anything other than defeat Eastlands looks like pure fantasy.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Norwich v Hull|
|Norwich haven't won in 6 top flight fixtures and were abject in their 3rd-round FA Cup replay at Craven Cottage. That defeat leaves the Canaries to concentrate on fighting for their Premier League future with just a couple of points keeping them out of the drop zone. Hughton's under pressure from the fans to go but the board have stressed that he's meeting their expectations. Jonas Gutierrez has joined on loan from Newcastle until the end of June with the aim of giving them that much-needed lift and gives Hughton midfield options. They host a Hull side just about in the top half on goal difference. However, Steve Bruce's side have had a tough time of it lately with games at home to United and Chelsea, and away at Liverpool, all of which they not surprisingly lost. The Tigers were never out of the games against all three sides and were even 2 goals up against United. Bruce has signed Everton striker Nikica Jelavic in the hope that he can score more goals for them than he did for the Toffees. Expect Hull to get something from this game even if it's only a draw.|
|West Ham v Newcastle|
|Andy Carroll returned to the West Ham bench after an 8-month absence but his eventual appearance with 18 minutes to go had little to do with the outcome at Cardiff. It was a vital win for the Hammers, their first in 8 top flight fixtures, and lifted them above the drop zone on goal difference. Whilst Allardyce will have been grateful for the 3 points, it came at a cost with their already depleted defence further hit by problems. Collins and Reid are already out injured and are joined by Demel and Tomkins, both who left the Cardiff pitch early with an injury and red card respectively. Kevin Nolan will also miss out against his old club as he serves the last of his 4-match ban. Opponents Newcastle tasted defeat for the third time in a row when hosting Man City but they had a perfectly good Tiote goal disallowed which would have drawn them level. They're up to 8th in the table but 9 points separates them from the top four. Their away form shows no middle ground with them having won 5 and lost 5 of their 10 fixtures to date. Injury-wise they're missing Coloccini and Debuchy is suspended so Taylor will continue to partner Williamson with Yanga-Mbiwa at right-back. The Hammers might've got an important result at Cardiff but Newcastle are more formidable opponents and this could go the way of the away side.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 17:30||Liverpool v Aston Villa|
|Liverpool bounced back from defeats at Man City and Chelsea to beat Hull at Anfield and Stoke away. So often the Britannia has proven a bogey ground for the Reds but they broke that particular hoodoo with a thrilling 5-3 victory. The Potters had only conceded 7 goals to date at home but were ripped apart by Suarez and co with strike partner Daniel Sturridge returning from injury to rub salt in the wound. Liverpool are back in that all important Champions League fourth spot but need to tighten up defensively if they're to be sure of making this a successful season. Agger and Enrique are big defensive misses but Sturridge and Gerrard are back in the side, the latter possibly playing a deeper role more often. They host a mid-table Villa side that failed to build on that win at Sunderland by falling to a narrow defeat at home to Arsenal. Their gameplan was thrown into disarray when Baker had to go off with a head injury but at least it forced them on to the front foot more with Benteke scoring his first goal since mid-September. Lambert has signed Wigan striker Grant Holt on loan until the end of the season to give them a few more attacking options with a broken leg keeping Libor Kozak out. Not surprisingly they may have to stick with 4-4-2 if Baker fails to recover but their aim will probably be to hit Liverpool on the counter. Villa are capable of scoring but Liverpool should have too much.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sun 13:30||Swansea v Tottenham|
|Tottenham's record on the road this season is second only to that of Arsenal's with 7 wins from 10 attempts. Add to that the fact that rookie manager Sherwood is unbeaten so far in the Premier League with 13 points from a possible 15 and Spurs are starting to look favourites. They're currently 5th in the table, 7 points behind neighbours Arsenal, and maybe a Champions League spot isn't beyond them. There's no news on injuries to Vertonghen, Sandro and Paulinho so all will likely be missing. They travel to the Liberty Stadium where Swansea have only won 2 of their 10 home fixtures this season. The Swans are currently 3 points above the drop zone and Michael Laudrup is only too aware that they have to pick up points in their next 5 fixtures against Spurs, Fulham, West Ham, Cardiff and Stoke. One of the biggest moments in their history came only the other weekend when they knocked United out of the FA Cup at Old Trafford but they failed to repeat the feat in the Premier League last weekend and left Old Trafford with nothing. Injuries haven't been kind with Michu, Dyer, Vorm, De Guzman, Canas, Hernandez, Lamah and Tiendalli all ruled out. Spurs to nick it but only just.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:00||Chelsea v Man Utd|
|This is still a massive game despite United's disappointing form, the consequence of which is a lowly 7th position and 11-point deficit on league leaders Arsenal. In seasons past you'd expect the cream to rise to the top but this isn't a United side of the same quality nor is it still managed by Sir Alex Ferguson. Admittedly, United have suffered injuries to key players like Van Persie and Rooney but this is a defining period of transition for the club. Other players out include Young, Nani, Fellaini and Fabio whilst there are doubts over Evans, Ferdinand and Jones. Surprisingly United have lost fewer games on the road this season but they'd prefer to be at full strength going to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are hanging on to the coat-tails of Arsenal and City and trail the Gunners by a paltry 2 points. Their form over the last 10 games is only second to City, a sequence in which they've dropped just 5 points. The Blues are yet to lose at Stamford Bridge this season with their only blemish the eventful draw with West Brom. Mourinho is missing Ivanovic and Lampard and despite Chelsea's strength in depth, he's re-signed midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica. You'd expect United to give it a go but Chelsea should come out on top.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 20:00||West Brom v Everton|
|New West Brom boss, Pepe Mel, takes charge for the first time after watching from the stands as his playing staff fell to a single-goal defeat at St Mary's. The Baggies didn't lack for effort and workrate but in all truth created very little and rarely threatened. That leaves Mel with much work to do to increase the 3 point safety gap but caretaker manager Keith Downing has at least made West Brom more difficult to beat. Prior to the Southampton defeat, they'd not lost in 4 Premier League matches but hosting Everton is no walk in the park. The Toffees are 7 points behind the league leaders in 5th and have made some key decisions in the last week or so. Striker Nikica Jelavic has been sold to Hull and Leighton Baines is allegedly on the verge of signing a new long-term deal, evidently keener to stay at Everton rather than join United. Winger Aidan McGeady has also signed from Spartak Moscow but will be no replacement for the injured Ross Barkley who could be out for up to six weeks. Distin is also likely to miss out with injury for Everton whilst Jones and Popov are out for West Brom. The Toffees have only lost 2 top flight matches this season and they look good for the away win.|
|Away Win 0-1|