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 20th to Mon 22nd December 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Man City v Crystal Palace|
|City's win at Leicester keeps them within three points of league leaders Chelsea. It was a laboured performance from Pellegrini's side, marred by injuries to Kompany and Dzeko, but extends their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven matches. Youngster Pozo is bound to get more time with Aguero, Dzeko and Jovetic all expected to miss the next couple of weeks. The return of Silva was an added bonus whilst Lampard's goals continue to make him invaluable. They host a Palace side that've drawn three of their last four top flight matches and struggling to regularly find the back of the net. A decent striker could make all the difference and is probably high on Warnock's shopping list this January. A single point is keeping the Eagles above the drop zone but they've won only the once on the road and anything at the Etihad looks highly unlikely.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 15:00||Aston Villa v Man Utd|
|United's flattering 3-goal victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford last weekend was their sixth win on the bounce and keeps them within eight points of league leaders Chelsea. They've also opened up a 3-point gap over fourth-placed West Ham who could only draw at Sunderland. Van Gaal's side still look vulnerable in defence but the return of Michael Carrick from injury is a major factor in the upturn of results. Blind, Di Maria, Shaw and Smalling remain injury concerns ahead of the trip to Villa Park. Opponents Villa failed to build on a recent run of five games undefeated by losing at the Hawthorns against a relegation-threatened West Brom side. Now the Villans are just two points and a place above the Baggies with five points the safety cushion. Cleverley, Hutton and Richardson are all suspended adding to the defensive injuries although Vlaar returned for the West Brom defeat. Villa haven't conceded more than a goal per game since losing at home to Spurs in early November but they'll find it hard to live with United.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Hull v Swansea|
|The Tigers were not surprisingly beaten last weekend at Stamford Bridge taking their sequence without a win to nine games. Currently second-from-bottom they're two points shy of safety. Lack of goals has been the major factor behind their current slump with just two goals scored in their last eight matches. Hull now have Ramirez and Hernandez back in the side but miss Tom Huddlestone who's suspended for four games as well as Diame and Dawson who're both injured. They host a Swansea side that've suffered three defeats in the last five. The Swans are now ninth after gradually slipping down the table following an impressive start to the season. Last weekend's last-minute loss at home to a fragile Spurs side was especially surprising and a trip to the KC Stadium is not what they need having won on the road just the once this campaign. At least Monk has a full squad available for selection though the draw looks a probable outcome.|
|QPR v West Brom|
|All of QPR's 14 points have come at Loftus Road this season and Monday night they registered their eighth successive top flight defeat on the road, a 3-1 loss at Goodison Park. With other results going against them, the Rs dropped back into the relegation places though only a point separates them from safety. Top scorer Charlie Austin was suspended for the trip to Everton but is back this weekend. They host a West Brom side that returned to winning ways with a home win over Villa following five top flight matches without a victory. No doubt Richardson's dismissal changed the course of the game and Alan Irvine's side remain unconvincing. The Baggies will be looking to build on that result but are still without Brunt, Olsson and Anichebe. Their form on the road has been mixed and they'll struggle against a QPR side recently buoyed in front of their own fans.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Southampton v Everton|
|Southampton are on the slide following five successive defeats in all competitions. Admmittedly the first three of that sequence came against City, Arsenal and United but the subsequent defeats at Burnley and this week at Sheffield United in the League Cup indicate that the Koeman honeymoon is surely over. Now fifth in the table and level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal plus exit from the League Cup at the quarter-final stages, the onus is on the Saints to bounce back. They host a mid-table Everton side looking to build on last weekend's win over relegation-threatened QPR at Goodison. The Toffees have had no Europa League distraction this week but have won just two of eight top flight away fixtures this season. James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas are doubts with hamstring an ankle injuries respectively whilst Southampton miss Gardos, Schneiderlin and Wanyama, all of whom are suspended. Midfielders Steven Davis and Jack Cork are also doubts. Difficult to pick between these two with the draw the best option.|
|Tottenham v Burnley|
|Spurs always seem to bounce back from a bad result. They could only draw at home to Palace following the defeat at Stamford Bridge but they contrived to win at Swansea thanks to a late Eriksen goal. Some credit it to Pochettino's new fitness regime with the added stamina paying off in the final stages of matches. However, they still look fragile defensively and wouldn't be surprising to see the Argentine strengthen in January. For all that they're up to seventh and only four points shy of a Champions League place although only seven points separates fourth down to eleventh. Confidence was further boosted by their emphatic win over Newcastle in the League Cup to reach the semi-finals. They host a Burnley side that secured a shock win over Southampton at Turf Moor last weekend. That victory lifted the Clarets out of the drop zone and gives them renewed hope. In fact their recent run has been very good with just a single defeat in their last six Premier League games. However Burnley have won just the once on the road this season though Tottenham have lost half their top flight fixtures at the Lane. Sean Dyche's side pose a threat but this really is a game Spurs have to win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Leicester|
|Six victories and just one defeat in West Ham's last ten matches perfectly underlines why the Hammers are up to fourth in the table and three points behind third-placed United. Following three straight victories Allardyce's side had to settle for a point against a resolute Sunderland side at the Stadium of Light despite creating more chances. Mark Noble remains their only injury concern ahead of hosting bottom side Leicester. The Foxes were only beaten by a single goal at home to Man City last weekend but have now gone eleven games without a win and find themselves three points adrift. They've just sacked their director of football whilst manager Nigel Pearson faces an FA misconduct charge so the pressure is beginning to tell at the KingPower Stadium. Hamer continues to deputise for the injured Kasper Schemichel but difficult to see their position improving at Upton Park.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 13:30||Newcastle v Sunderland|
|Sunderland further cemented their reputation as the Premier League's draw specialists with their tenth stalemate of the season, a 1-1 draw with in-form West Ham last weekend at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats actually took the lead, only their third goal in seven games, but were soon pegged back and can count themselves fortunate to have emerged with a point. They're currently 15th and a couple of points above the relegation places but have only won the once on the road this season so difficult to see their position improving much. They travel to north-east rivals Newcastle no doubt hoping for at least another draw but the Magpies have only lost once at St James's Park this season. Their form has dipped a little of late with defeats away at West Ham and Arsenal but no-one will quickly forget their win over Chelsea, the only side to beat the Blues domestically. However they were badly beaten by Spurs in the midweek League Cup fixture. Pardew is boosted by the return of Steven Taylor, Sissoko and Coloccini, and Sunderland can expect to face a strong line-up. Derby games are always difficult but expect Newcastle to have the upper hand.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 16:00||Liverpool v Arsenal|
|A resounding 4-1 win at home over Newcastle was some recompense for Arsenal's lacklustre performance at the Britannia Stadium the weekend before. The Gunners currently lie sixth, two points off a top four place and a couple above seventh-placed Spurs. However, their form on the road has been inconsistent, undoubtedly impacted by injuries to a number of key players including Ramsey, Koscielny and possibly Oxlade-Chamberlain amongst many. They travel to mid-table Liverpool who slipped down the league following their disappointing defeat at Old Trafford. The 3-goal scoreline may have flattered United but it showed Liverpool's frailties in defence and attack. The Reds have won just three of eight Premier League home fixtures this season and have been relegated to Thursday-night action in the Europa League. Their injuries have been well documented; Balotelli and Johnson are the latest additions with groin problems. Mignolet has been dropped for Brad Jones but Rodgers rejects rumours of disharmony within the camp. The League Cup victory at Bournemouth will have buoyed them somewhat but big games like this are rarely that straight forward.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 20:00||Stoke v Chelsea|
|Chelsea bounced back from their shock defeat at Newcastle with three straight victories in all competitions, the latest of which was the comfortable 3-1 victory at Derby in the quarter-finals on the League Cup. It means they move into the last four of the competition prompting speculation of a possible quadruple. Mourinho is obviously keen to play down any pressure; similar media talk regarding an 'invincible' season preceded the loss at St James's Park. However, the Blues have dropped points in three of their last four Premier League fixtures ahead of a difficult trip to the Britannia Stadium. The Potters ended a sequence of three defeats by beating Arsenal at home but could only follow that with last weekend's draw at Selhurst Park. They've lacked consistency this season having won just three of seven home fixtures. Bojan and Muniesa are doubts with hip and hamstring injuries respectively whilst Drogba may not be available as backup to Costa because of an ankle problem. Given Stoke's results this season they're capable of pulling a win out of the bag but the laws of probability say stick with Chelsea.|
|Away Win 1-2|