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 Year's Day fixtures Thu 1st January 2015.
|Thu 12:45||Stoke v Man Utd|
|United remain third, ten points behind league leaders Chelsea, following their goalless draw at White Hart Lane. Van Gaal blamed the physical demands of the festive schedule for the lack of quality but his side are on an incredible run of nine games undefeated, 23 points from a possible 27. Injuries continue to deprive the manager of a fully fit squad but Herrera and Di Maria could be in line for a recall whilst Valencia remains a doubt after being forced off at the Lane with a groin problem. They travel to the Britannia where Stoke recently beat West Brom. The Potters have suffered just a single defeat in the last five matches, a two-goal loss at home to Chelsea so no concerned eyebrows raised at that scoreline. Prior to that however they did beat Arsenal 3-2 at the Britannia and actually went into the interval three goals up. Hughes has fresh doubts over both Bardsley and Bojan but both may play a part. Very tricky fixture and the draw might not be a bad shout.|
|Thu 15:00||Aston Villa v Crystal Palace|
|Managerless Palace scraped a goalless draw at Loftus Road but remain in the bottom three on goal difference. Keith Millen is once again in caretaker charge but no decision has yet been taken on a new manager although Pardew seems almost certain to take the position. The Eagles are still without a win since November when they beat Liverpool 3-1 at Selhurst Park despite only losing three of the seven subsequent fixtures. The sole injury concern is Chamakh though Bolasie may be absent with his wife due to give birth. They travel to Villa Park where Villa are undefeated since the beginning of November. That run of home form keeps then 13th with a 5-point cushion separating them from the relegation places. Villa's last two home games have been draws with United and Sunderland but they'll have to do without the returning Delph who saw red against the Black Cats. Clark is also a doubt with a sore back but Agbonlahor returns from suspension. Villa to nick it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Hull v Everton|
|Following their shock victory at Sunderland on Boxing Day, you'd have thought that Hull would've built on that confidence and despatched bottom side Leicester but they surprisingly fell to a single-goal defeat at the KC Stadium. Only superior goal difference is currently keeping them out of the bottom three and they could easily be overhauled in the scrap to avoid relegation. Steve Bruce continues to miss Dawson and Diame through injury whilst Huddlestone serves the last of a 4-match suspension. Stephen Quinn is unavailable after being dismissed against Leicester and Ramirez is a doubt after suffering a groin strain in the same game. They host an Everton side facing something of a defensive crisis with Hibbert, Howard, Jagielka and Stones all out. The defeat at St James's Park was their third on the bounce and fifth in seven top flight fixtures. On the bright side they've Kone back to full fitness and he scored the opener in Sunday's defeat. No doubt that Martinez needs a plan B but they should still have enough to cause Hull problems.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Liverpool v Leicester|
|Liverpool climbed to eighth in the table following their emphatic 4-1 win over Swansea at Anfield. Coupled with the Boxing Day victory at Turf Moor, it's the first time Liverpool have put together back-to-back wins since early December. Ironically Brendan Rodgers chose to leave out club captain Steven Gerrard and it was midfielder Adam Lallana that shone in his absence. The Reds have problems at centre-half with Skrtel serving a 1-match suspension whilst Lovren is yet to recover from a groin injury. Keeper Mignolet has his place back after Brad Jones was ruled out with a thigh problem. They host a Leicester side still rooted to the bottom of the table but boosted by a single-goal victory at Hull, only their third win of the season. That result ended a run of six successive defeats but Pearson is only too aware that they must build on that victory with only three points separating them from safety. Konchesky misses this trip following a 1-match ban whilst Ulloa is a doubt after sustaining a knock. Despite improvement from the Foxes, difficult to see them getting anything at Anfield.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man City v Sunderland|
|Sunderland remain 14th following a goalless draw at Villa Park. They failed to take advantage of Delph's sending off despite playing the majority of the second half against ten men but at least they salvaged some sort of result following the 3-1 defeat at home to Hull. Larsson is the main doubt after being forced off against Villa with a sprained ankle. However, the Mackems will draw confidence ahead of the trip to the Etihad from Burnley's performance at City last weekend. The Clarets came back from two goals down to steal a point and deliver an unexpected blow to City's title credentials. That said, City lost no ground on league leaders Chelsea with the top four all drawing their respective matches and are on a run of eleven games undefeated in all competitions. Pellegrini is still short of strikers, misses Fernando who's suspended and Yaya Toures is also a doubt after missing the Burnley draw with a groin problem. City should win this as long as they don't take their foot off the gas.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Burnley|
|The Magpies bounced back from three successive defeats with a win over Everton at St James's Park. However the club faces yet another drama with Pardew given permission to talk to Palace regarding their managerial vacancy. Should he go despite five years left on his contract, centre-half Coloccini is amongst those rumoured to be in the frame for the job. Regardless of their ups and downs, Newcastle have only lost twice at home this season but miss Cisse who's been handed a 3-match ban for violent conduct. They host a Burnley side still consigned to the relegation places on goal difference despite fighting back from two goals down at the Etihad to claim a point. Some will say that City let the Clarets back in but Sean Dyche will use this result as a kickstart to the second half of the season. That said, it was only a point when victories are what is required and fact is that they've won just the once on the road so far this campaign. Expecting another tight game but the Magpies to steal the points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|QPR v Swansea|
|Whilst QPR's goalless draw at home to Palace will be viewed as disappointing, it was a result that extended their unbeaten run at Loftus Road to six matches. The last they were beaten at home was in a topsy-turvy game with Liverpool back in mid-October. Rangers are now three places and a couple of points clear of the drop zone but know that a bad result can easily plunge them back in if other results go against them. They host a Swansea side that were heavily beaten at Anfield on Monday night. That result saw them leapfrogged by the Reds as the Swans slipped to ninth. However just prior to Christmas, Monk's side claimed only their second away win of the season although it did come at struggling Hull. Montero is the biggest casualty for Swansea as a hamstring injury keeps him out. Expecting tiredness to play a part as far as the Swans are concerned and QPR to claim an important three points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Southampton v Arsenal|
|Fourth plays fifth with just goal difference to separate them. Less than a month ago this game played out at the Emirates with Arsenal running out narrow winners thanks to a last minute Alexis Sanchez striker. This was amongst a sequence of four straight defeats for Southampton but they've since bounced back with two wins and a draw, the latest of which was last weekend's 1-1 result at home to Chelsea. The Saints miss Schneiderlin who's suspended and Clyne who has an ankle injury. Arsenal were the big winners of the weekend following their 2-1 victory at Upton Park whilst the four clubs above them could only draw. The Gunners last defeat came at Stoke towards the beginning of the month and their away form has been below expectations with three wins, draw and losses. Wenger's immediate concern must be to address his squad's injury problems as they've still a number of midfielders out with various issues. Giroud is also absent as he serves the second of a three-match ban. The Saints came close to drawing with Arsenal before and this time I suspect the points will be shared.|
|West Ham v West Brom|
|Two successive defeats for West Ham has seen them slip down the table to sixth but those results came at Stamford Bridge and at home to Arsenal so not too much to get pessimistic about. There's no doubt they were outplayed at Chelsea but were unfortunate not to take something from the weekend match with the Gunners. Prior to that the Hammers had taken 13 points from a possible 15 so are definitely doing something right. Allardyce's only absentee is James Tomkins who's suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card. They host a West Brom side slipping further towards the drop zone following their two-goal defeat at the Britannia. The Baggies are on a run of three defeats and Alan Irvine pays the price for their recent performances with his job. Either Sherwood or Pulis look favourites to fill the vacancy after engaging in talks. Both Morrison and Sessegnon are doubts with injury after being subbed off against Stoke. This one has to go down as a West Ham win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Thu 17:30||Tottenham v Chelsea|
|Spurs are the latest team to attempt to break Chelsea's stranglehold at the top of the table. The Blues are currently three points clear of second-placed City but were held to a 1-1 draw at St Mary's last weekend. That aside, Chelsea have lost just the once in the top flight this season, a 2-1 defeat at St James's Park. Once again Mourinho has the luxury of a fully fit squad and their lack of injuries this season has surely been a factor in their dominance of the top flight. Seventh-placed Tottenham are undefeat in five Premier League games and will be relatively pleased with their goalless draw at home to in-form United. For a side that've looked fragile on so many occasions this season, Spurs must have some level of resilience to be where they are. Home form has been particularly poor, usually following midweek Europa League fixtures. Whilst that is not an excuse this time around the festive programme could be responsible for a potential dip in the level of performance. Bentaleb is the only doubt after missing the United game through illness. Pochettino would be happy with a point but Chelsea are likely to have the last word.|
|Away Win 1-2|