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 midweek fixtures Tues 28th to Wed 29th January 2014.
|Tues 19:45||Man Utd v Cardiff|
|United are a massive 14 points behind league leaders Arsenal in 7th place and Old Trafford no longer looks the impenetrable fortress it once was. They've lost 4 top flight matches on home soil this season, been dumped out of the FA Cup by Swansea and despite beating Sunderland in the home leg of the League Cup, could only draw over both legs and went out after missing 4 of 5 penalties. Injuries have hit them hard with a host of key players out and opponents no longer have the fear factor when visiting the Theatre of Dreams. Moyes has managed to capture Chelsea's Juan Mata during the transfer window hoping that he can rescue something from their season. This will be an emotional return for Cardiff manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, formerly United's baby-faced assassin. He hasn't had the best of starts in charge of the Bluebirds and they can only move up the table after dropping to the bottom on goal difference. Cardiff have taken just a single point from the last 18 available, a draw at home to Sunderland although they did win away at Bolton at the weekend to knock the Trotters out of the FA Cup. Another tough game for the Bluebirds and one that should see United return to winning ways.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Norwich v Newcastle|
|Despite being placed mid-table or thereabouts, the Norwich fans seem keen for Chris Hughton to be moved on. Granted they're only 5 points clear of the relegation places but the fans' protests galvanised the players in their recent single-goal victory over Hull. It was the Canaries' first win in 7 top flight matches although 4 of their 6 Premier League victories this season have come at Carrow Road. Gutierrez is ineligible to play against his parent club whilst Turner and Howson are out with hamstring and back injuries respectively. They host a Newcastle side 4 places and 13 points better off. The Magpies have already beaten Norwich 2-1 at St James's Park this season but are again without centre-half Coloccini. Newcastle's 3-1 victory at Upton Park was their first after 3 successive defeats although two of those came at Arsenal and Man City. Pardew will endeavour to keep hold of Yohan Cabaye through the rest of this transfer window but it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him leave. Norwich are capable of digging out results when it suits them but a narrow victory for the away side is more likely.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Southampton v Arsenal|
|Arsenal remain top of the pile but their lead is just a single point over second-placed City and 2 points over third-placed Chelsea. They've won their last 5 Premier League fixtures on the bounce but with the other title contenders also winning game after game the pressure is on. Many think the title is City's to lose but it could go down to the wire. Along with Tottenham, the Gunners have the best away record in the top flight but will be without Walcott whilst Wilshere is rated doubtful. They travel to St Mary's where Southampton have halted their slide a little. They're currently ninth with a 7-point advantage over tenth-placed Villa but 12 points off the top four. Wins at Cardiff and at home to West Brom plus a draw at Sunderland in their last 5 matches could pave the way for a return to form but the recent defeats at home to Everton and away at Chelsea give Arsenal the edge. Key injuries include Lovren, Ramirez and Wanyama whilst Osvaldo has been suspended for a training ground incident with Fonte and could be sent back to Italy. The Gunners should have enough to maintain their advantage at the top of the table.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Swansea v Fulham|
|Both sides are currently teetering above the relegation places but both look good bets to go down. It just depends on how many clubs you think are worse than them and should be relegated instead. For all Swansea's passing and possession, they lack a cutting edge with the majority of play in areas where opponents are content for them to have the ball. Injuries to players like Michu, Dyer, De Guzman, Canas and Shelvey have hit them hard but their continued success in the Europa League has also been a factor with the extra fixtures. The Swans have failed to register a win in their last 8 Premier League games and lost 5 of them. However, they should start optimistically against a Fulham side that've lost 8 of 11 on the road this season. The Cottagers' goal difference is actually worse than the three sides blow them in the relegation places so it'll take very little for Fulham to plunge further down the table. They could only manage a draw at League One side Sheffield United in last weekend's FA Cup although they didn't field their strongest eleven. Expecting Swansea to prove too strong and secure a much needed win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Tues 20:00||Crystal Palace v Hull|
|Tony Pulis is undoubtedly working his magic at Selhurst Park with Palace up to 16th and two points clear of the drop zone. They're now much harder to beat and he'd have especially enjoyed the recent single-goal victory over Stoke. They might be losing to the bigger sides but are taking points off clubs from mid-table and below. They were knocked out of the FA Cup at Wigan but that could be a blessing for the Eagles if they're to survive in the top flight. They host a Hull side that Palace have already beaten this season, a 1-0 win at the KC Stadium several months ago, and one of just two victories on the road. Whilst the Tigers can be proud of their record at home, their own form on their travels hasn't been great with a paltry 5 points won from a possible 33, joint worst away record along with Stoke. Hull avoided the proverbial FA Cup banana-skin with a 2-goal victory at League Two Southend but they're likely to find Palace more dogged opponents. I can see this following a familiar pattern with Palace grabbing the all-important goal that'll swing the game their way.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Liverpool v Everton|
|As Merseyside derbies go, this promises to be a thrilling encounter without losing the battling ingredients we come to expect from such matches. Throughout the season to date, both clubs have interchanged positions in the table but currently it's 4th versus 6th with the Reds having a 1-point advantage. It seems Liverpool's approach is to outscore their way to victory with concessions made defensively; they conceded three in the win at Stoke and two in the draw at home with Villa but will likely have to make do given that Agger, Coates, Enrique, Flanagan and Johnson are all out injured. Striking partnerships like Suarez and Sturridge can easily paint a gloss over other deficiencies in the side. Ironically Everton are just the opposite and have proved the toughest side to beat in the Premier League this season with just two defeats. They also have a great target man in Lukaku although injuries to creative midfielders Barkley and Deulofeu is a big blow. Jagielka was subbed off in the 4-0 FA Cup win at Stevenage but should return for the game at Anfield. These two met each other at Goodison earlier in the season with a 3-3 draw the outcome and a similar high-scoring draw looks promising.|
|Wed 19:45||Aston Villa v West Brom|
|Another derby fixture between two sides struggling to consolidate their respective positions in mid-table and break away from the relegation also-rans. Villa are currently tenth whilst West Brom are 3 points and 2 places below them, 4 points above the drop zone. The Baggies have only lost one of their last 6 top flight fixtures but could only draw 4 of the other five. The last meeting between these two back in November was a 2-2 draw and it's difficult to see much of a change in outcome. Their recent 1-1 draw against Everton was a good result but they'll be without striker Anelka after he celebrated scoring with the racially aggravated 'quenelle' gesture. Gareth McAuley is also a doubt with a hamstring problem. After a string of four defeats Villa have taken 5 points from the last 12 and were 2 goals up at Anfield in their most recent match before Liverpool clawed a couple of goals back for a share of the spoils. Agbonlahor is a slight doubt after being subbed off in that game but is expected to recover whilst striker partner Benteke is looking more of a goal threat after netting twice in the last two matches. Could swing either way but the draw looks the best bet.|
|Chelsea v West Ham|
|The title currently looks a three-horse race between Arsenal, City and Chelsea. The Blues are currently third but are only 2 points behind leaders Arsenal and have taken 19 points from the last 21 available. They're yet to be beaten in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge this season and have dropped just 2 points in 11 home games. Mourinho appears to have a more settled look to his side now and that's undoubtedly the reason why he's reluctantly let Juan Mata go to Old Trafford. Torres is the latest casualty after sustaining a knee injury and joins Van Ginkel in the treatment room. They host a West Ham side back in the bottom three after losing 3-1 at home to Newcastle. Once again they failed to build any momentum after winning away at Cardiff but are buoyed by the return of players like Nolan, Carroll and Collins. Sam Allardyce has also dipped into the transfer market to sign Italian pairing, midfielder Nocerino and striker Boriello, on loan until the end of the season. Subsequently the Hammers look to have a few more attacking options but they're still missing Winston Reid at the back. Whilst defeat is the most likely outcome at the Bridge, they need to avoid a hammering in order to build confidence.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Stoke|
|Sunderland should take confidence from their progression to the Capital One Cup final. To put United out of the competition over two legs with the second leg coming at Old Trafford and then beating them on penalties was nothing short of remarkable considering their lowly league position. However, Birmingham were a fine example of a club that won the League Cup only to be relegated to the Championship in the same season. Gus Poyet will be keen to avoid such comparisons and recent results bear out an improvement under the new manager. The Black Cats have lost just one of their last 7 Premier League matches and are now playing some good attacking football although lacking a cutting edge in the final third. They were sucker-punched at the Stadium of Light by Villa recently but lost just one of their last 7 home games in all competitions. They host a Stoke side sinking ever closer to the drop zone after recording their fourth defeat in 5 top flight matches. That was a single-goal defeat at Selhurst Park and an identical scoreline followed at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup. It looks like Hughes could do a swap-deal for Cardiff's Peter Odemwingie with Kenwyne Jones going the other way whilst winger Jermaine Pennant has been released. Centre-halves Robert Huth and Andy Wilkinson remain sidelined with injury. If Sunderland can get more shots on target, they'll get the rewards their play deserves and this could be a good win for them.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Tottenham v Man City|
|Tim Sherwood's successful start to a fledgling career in management is under threat ahead of Man City's visit to White Hart Lane. Pellegrini's side lie just a point behind league leaders Arsenal and have taken 31 of the last 33 points available. Only Southampton have taken points off them in the league since mid-November. There have been less than perfect performances in the FA Cup but players have to be rested at some point, especially when contending for silverware on four fronts. Already at Wembley for the Capital One Cup final, they'll be keen to avoid a repeat of last season's FA Cup final when underdogs Wigan pulled off a shock! City may not be as prolific away from home but it's the goal threat they carry that'll have the Spurs defence quaking. The last time these two sides met at the Etihad, Spurs lost by 6 clear goals and they'll want no repeat on their own patch. Tottenham are up to fifth after securing 13 of the last 15 points but there's a fragility about them defensively and something that City look well-equipped to exploit. Sandro and Paulinho could both return to action if Sherwood prefers containment to a front-foot approach. Regardless, Adebayor will be fired up against his former club and something for Spurs would throw the title race wide open. Difficult to bet against City though.|
|Away Win 1-3|