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 10th to Sun 11th January 2015.
|Sat 12:45||Sunderland v Liverpool|
|The build-up to this match has focused mainly on the future of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. The midfielder is leaving his boyhood club for LA Galaxy at the end of the season and it beggars belief that they're letting him go. Not only will they lose a born leader but they'll also miss his goals, a priceless currency given their current situation. The Reds are currently eighth following six games undefeated in all competitions though they only just navigated their way past Wimbledon in the FA Cup and were held at home by bottom side Leicester. Lallana is their latest casualty after sustaining a thigh injury against Leicester, a big miss in terms of creativity and goals. They travel to the Stadium of Light who are just three points above the drop zone and with only one Premier League win from their last ten attempts. They've drawn over half their top flight matches this season but will have to do without Coates who's ineligible to play against his parent club and possibly Cattermole who's suffering with a groin injury. Very tricky to pick between these two and Sunderland's propensity to draw games leads us in that direction.|
|Sat 15:00||Burnley v QPR|
|QPR have just a two-point safety cushion after failing to take any points on the road this season. Nine defeats from nine away matches tells a sorry tale and to make matters worse they were comprehensively knocked out of the FA Cup last weekend at Loftus Road by Championship side Sheffield United. Recent top flight results have included draws at home to Palace and Swansea, disappointing outcomes on home soil which Redknapp's side would've been expecting to win. They travel to Turf Moor where Burnley are improving but still struggling to escape the bottom three. Inferior goal difference and a single point is all that separates them from safety following successive draws away at City and Newcastle. Both were impressive results in which the Clarets had to come from behind to earn a share of the spoils. They also came from a goal down at home to Spurs in the FA Cup to earn a replay at White Hart Lane with Sam Vokes netting the equaliser on his return from injury. Expecting a tight game but Burnley to do enough to nick an important win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Chelsea v Newcastle|
|Chelsea's grip on this season's Premier League title suffered a major setback at White Hart Lane on New Year's Day, the 5-3 defeat only their second top flight defeat of this campaign. They bounced back to winning ways against Watford in the FA Cup at the weekend but ironically they face Newcastle next, the only side to beat them this season prior to Tottenham. However, the festive fixture list always throws up a few shocks owing to the number of matches played in such a short period and this is surely just a blip for Chelsea. They've a 100% home record and no injuries to speak of ahead of the visit by the Magpies. Newcastle are currently managerless following Pardew's defection to Palace leaving John Carver to temporarily take the reins. They might've beaten Everton recently but have that was their only win in their last six matches in all competitions. Leicester knocked them out of the FA Cup at the weekend and Burnley and Sunderland have taken points off them at St James's Park. The Magpies are missing a number of players through suspension, injury or African Cup of Nations duty and they'll struggle to keep the score respectable.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Everton v Man City|
|City drew level at the top of the table with Chelsea following their narrow win over Sunderland and Chelsea's shock defeat at White Hart Lane. Currently there's nothing to split the top two but the momentum is certainly with Pellegrini's side. The last time they lost a match in any competition was back in early November when they were beaten by CSKA Moscow. There are rumours that Aguero could return from a knee problem this weekend but realising how short City have been in the striker department, they've taken steps to sign Bony from Swansea. However he's currently away on African Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast along with the influential Yaya Toure. They travel to Goodison where Everton have slipped to thirteenth. The Toffees have suffered four straight defeats in the Premier League and this week have Lukaku to thank for an injury time equaliser against West Ham in the FA Cup. Already struggling with defensive injuries, Baines may recover from a knock but Distin may not be able to shake off a groin problem. Can't see Everton taking anything from this game given current form.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Leicester v Aston Villa|
|The Foxes still prop up the rest of the league but they closed the gap on the clubs immediately above them to three points by winning at Hull and holding Liverpool at the KingPower Stadium. Those two results broke the back of a sequence of six successive defeats and there was further good news as they knocked Newcastle out of the FA Cup last weekend thanks to an Ulloa header. However, results have come at a price with Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Hammond, King and Schlupp all doubtful with injuries. Additionally Riyad Mahrez has departed to play in the African Cup of Nations. They host a Villa side managing to do little other than draw recently with six stalemates in their last ten Premier League matches. They made their way past Blackpool in the FA Cup thanks to a late Benteke strike but it's rare that a Villa game involves more than two goals. They're currently mid-table with a five-point cushion over the bottom three but they've not conceded more than a goal a game since they were beaten at home by Spurs in early November. Delph serves the last of a three-match suspension and Vlaar is doubtful with a knee problem. Don't expect too much goalmouth action, a draw looks on the cards.|
|Swansea v West Ham|
|Wilfried Bony may have played his last game for the Swans given City's courting of their striker. Currently away on African Cup of Nations duty he's unlikely to turn down the Champions now that they've come calling. Swansea are mid-table following their draw at Loftus Road on New Year's Day but more will be expected from them at the Liberty given that they've won 6 of their 10 home fixtures. They miss Shelvey who's banned, Montero who's hamstrung and Ki who's away at the Asia Cup. With Bony gone Bafetimbi Gomis should finally get his chance. They host a West Ham side a couple of places and three points above them. However the Hammers are without a win in four in all competitions suffering defeats at Chelsea and at home to Arsenal before drawing with West Brom in the top flight and Everton in the FA Cup. Allardyce misses Kouyate who's away with Senegal plus Carroll and Sakho who have foot and back injuries respectively. West Ham are capable of taking something from the game given that Swansea are without their talisman.|
|West Brom v Hull|
|Given the amazing job that Tony Pulis did at Selhurst Park in such a short time, expect him to make a similar impact at the Hawthorns. In fact he seems to have already made his mark with a valuable point at Upton Park and a comprehensive 7-goal thrashing of non-league Gateshead in the FA Cup. Berahino scored four in that game and is the subject of much speculation from clubs desperate for a striker. Pulis will tighten up defensively and improve the work ethic, and if he can keep Berahino all the better. Not many would bet against them improving on their current position of 17th, just a point above the relegation places. Dorrans and Gardner are doubtful with injury whilst Mulumbu is away with Congo. They host a Hull side up to 15th after winning two of their last three Premier League matches, 3-1 away at Sunderland and 2-0 at home to Everton, but in between were beaten at the KC by bottom side Leicester. Last weekend they were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Emirates and in all truth offered very little going forward. Steve Bruce has doubts over Chester and Jelavic whilst injuries keep out Diame, Ramirez, Robertson and Rosenior. A rejuvenated West Brom to take maximum points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 17:30||Crystal Palace v Tottenham|
|Spurs are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions, a sequence which has helped lift them up to fifth in the table and a point above north London rivals Arsenal. The stand-out result was that 5-3 win over then league leaders Chelsea on New Year's Day at White Hart Lane. Mourinho's side couldn't handle Harry Kane or Nacer Chadli with both scoring. In particular, Kane has been in inspiring form all season and thoroughly deserves his place ahead of Adebayor or Soldado. However, last weekend's FA Cup draw at Turf Moor was probably not the best result in light of their commitments to other competitions including the League Cup and Europa League. Pochettino has slight doubts over Mason and Lamela but other than that has a fully fit squad. They travel to Selhurst Park where Palace have dispensed with the services of Neil Warnock and replaced him with former centre-half Alan Pardew. Pards was in the stands for their goalless draw at Villa Park on New Year's Day but it was a result that keeps them in the relegation places if only by a point. The Eagles avoided the Dover banana skin in last weekend's FA Cup leaving the Kent coast with a 4-goal victory. Palace have shown they can score but it's one area where the new manager will surely have to strengthen. They miss two big players to the African Cup of Nations and the Asia Cup respectively, Bolasie to the former and captain Jedinak to the latter, both influential and capable of turning the game. Without them the odds fall in favour of the away side.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 13:30||Arsenal v Stoke|
|The Gunners slipped below Tottenham following their two-goal defeat at Southampton but bounced back with a win over Hull in last weekend's FA Cup. The last time they were beaten priod to the Saints defeat was by a 3-2 scoreline at the Britannia Stadium so Arsenal will be looking for revenge. Despite the extensive injuries at the Emirates, Wenger has finally decided to farm Podolski out on loan with the midfielder joining Inter Milan. Arteta, Wilshere and Ozil are all out with Ramsey and Welbeck both rated doubtful but there is good news with Walcott playing 76 minutes in the win over the Tigers. Opponents Stoke are on a 4-match unbeaten sequence in all competitions including knocking Wrexham out of the FA Cup. Victories at Everton and at home to West Brom plus a draw with United have lifted the Potters to eleventh in the table but a win at the Emirates could see them climb to eighth if other results go their way. However Mark Hughes will be without Diouf who's on African Cup of Nations duty and possibly Bojan who's doubtful with a hamstring injury. Arsenal to win this one but they won't have it all their own way.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 16:00||Man Utd v Southampton|
|Including their FA Cup win at Yeovil, United are now unbeaten in eleven matches including victories over Liverpool, Arsenal and a win at St Mary's this time last month. Their title challenge has taken a back seat recently thanks to three draws in the last four but they remain third and nine points behind joint leaders Chelsea and City. Injuries continue to thwart progress at Old Trafford but Shaw and Rafael should recover after being forced off at the weekend. They host a fourth-placed Southampton side just a point behind. The Saints have bounced back from a series of defeats by winning three of the last four top flight fixtures including a draw with Chelsea and a two-goal victory over Arsenal. However they were held at home by Championship side Ipswich in last weekend's FA Cup tie. Koeman misses Mane who's sidelined for up to six weeks with a calf injury, Yoshida who's away at the Asia Cup and Clyne who's doubtful with an ankle problem. Southampton can't be ruled out but United should have the final say.|
|Home Win 2-1|