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 16th to Sun 17th August 2008.
|Sat 12:45||Arsenal v West Brom|
|The Gunners' first leg victory over FC Twente was far from comprehensive but the result was a welcome one given the number of players unavailable. Fabregas was the most conspicuous absentee with Ramsey and Denilson failing to gain control of the game. Additionally, Wenger has lost experienced players in Hleb, Flamini, Silva and Lehmann with Nasri his only notable signing. Arsenal are an even younger outfit than last season and will be expected to fade, especially if key players struggle to stay fit; however, the earlier than expected return of Eduardo could prove a timely boost around November. Their opponents are a West Brom side that have bounced straight back up to the Premier league and their main aim will be to consolidate their position in the elite division. The Baggies were often touted as the best football playing side in the Championship but the loss of Phillips indicates that goals may be at a premium. Though they should be expected to maintain their Premier league status, they're unlikely to get off to a winning start at the Emirates.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 3:0||Bolton v Stoke|
|Bolton escaped relegation last season by just a point after spending much of the preceding nine months in the bottom three. At least this time around Megson is starting afresh and not inheriting a side and a system not performing under Sammy Lee. The Bolton manager has brought in Swedish international, Johan Elmander, as a replacement for Nicolas Anelka but with El Hadji Djiouf also sold, much goal scoring responsibility rests on the Swede's shoulders. They play host to new boys, Stoke, who employ a style similar to the Trotters; not a game for the purist then. The Potters are favourites to drop straight back down to the Championship despite the signing of Dave Kitson but Pulis's side will no doubt give it their all. However, Stoke are playing the old hands at the long ball style and mixing fire with fire won't necessarily win them the day.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Blackburn|
|Both these sides made great strides last season but the summer hasn't proved the best and both clubs run the risk of taking a backwards step. Everton have managed to sign no one despite being linked with 3 or 4 players; losing the services of Carsley and Johnson leaves them short of options, especially up front with only Yakubu and Vaughan as recognised strikers with Anichebe away at the Olympics. Last season they relied heavily on Cahill and Arteta but both proved susceptible to injury and as a squad they look lightweight. Blackburn have new manager, Paul Ince, at the helm and whilst he had impeccable credentials from his time with Macclesfield MK Dons, the Premier league is a big jump. Both Friedel and Bentley have left and Ince will need to do all he can to hold on to the much prized Roque Santa Cruz. At this stage there seems little to choose between the two sides and maybe not getting off to a losing start will be the priority.|
|Hull v Fulham|
|Hull are the new boys to the Premier league courtesy of the play-offs but they're not called the Tigers for nothing. The first half a dozen fixtures will be like cup finals as they grow accustomed to life in the top flight. Brown has 6 years Premier league experience as Allardyce's number 2 at Bolton and has signed 7 new players with Premier league or international experience, so he has fair reason to be a little optimistic regarding their survival. Their first chance to get points on the board comes at home to Fulham and what better opportunity than against the side that scraped survival on goal difference. Fulham won just 3 league away games last season and though Hodgson has spent money on the likes of Johnson, Zamora and Pantsil as well as getting the experienced Schwarzer and Gera on free transfers, do they have the stomach for a scrap on the road. It's unlikely to be pretty but Hull could get off to a good start.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Middlesbrough v Tottenham|
|Spurs have been very active in the transfer market this summer and look to have bought well, in turn selling on some of their weaker players with the exception of Robbie Keane. The Irishman has proven to be their biggest loss so far but that could be overshadowed should the saga of Berbatov to United finally come to an end. That may leave Spurs short on attacking options but Bent has been in fine form during pre-season; indeed, Spurs have had a great pre-season and maybe Berba fancies staying given the good work that Ramos has done in building a side capable of challenging the top four. They travel to the Riverside where Southgate has released several ageing regulars from last season but failed to add significantly to his squad. Boro have been consistently inconsistent for the last few seasons and it's this problem that the manager seriously needs to address; it's no good beating one of the top sides one week only to succumb to potential relegation material the next. Spurs are showing plenty of promise and look likely to leave the north east with 3 points in the bag.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Ham v Wigan|
|The Hammers kick off the season with Curbishley established as the bookies' favourite for the sack, never a great stat to start afresh with. The club has had to ease the wage bill by releasing Ljungberg and Solano, with Zamora and Pantsil joining Fulham. Keeping Ashton has been a priority and they've so far managed to fight off unwanted attentions but the same old injury excuses are already coming out before the season has even got underway. Their opponents, Wigan, did well to finish 14th last season and Bruce has strengthened his squad up front with Kapo and Zaki whilst clearing out some of the chaff. Some may say that the Latics over achieved last season but they're underestimated and most opponents will know they've been in a game. Knowing what to expect from the Hammers this time around is a mystery and the result could swing either way depending on attitudes.|
|Sat 5:30||Sunderland v Liverpool|
|After keeping the Mackems up last season, Roy Keane is ready to step up a gear and establish his Sunderland side as a force to be reckoned with in the Premier league. The signings of Tainio, Malbranque, Chimbonda and Djouf have strengthened the side and given them more options all over the pitch. Sunderland won virtually half their home games last season which was fairly good for a newly relegated side. New Liverpool signing, Robbie Keane, was on the wrong end of the result on the opening day of the last campaign when Spurs lost late on at the Stadium of Light so what price on history repeating itself? The Reds were certainly not on song in Belgium midweek and were fortunate to escape with a goalless draw. Benitez's plans are unlikely to now include Gareth Barry and maybe he's revised his rotation policy ahead of the big kick off; he'll need to if Liverpool are to enjoy success this time around. The Reds aren't at the races yet and if Sunderland come charging out of the blocks, they stand a chance of springing an early season surprise.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Chelsea v Portsmouth|
|Many are touting the Blues as likely Champions this season after losing out to United in both the Premier league and the Champions League final. New manager, Scolari, has trimmed his squad but managed to hold on to key players such as Lampard; additionally, Chelsea have acquired the services of Bosingwa and Deco (a great signing that will give them options going forward). They host a Portsmouth side that started their season last weekend by losing to United on penalties in the Community Shield. A goalless draw was by no means a bad result but there was a distinct lack of communication between the front two, new signing Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe. Replacing Sulley Muntari will be no easy feat, especially as the credit crunch begins to bite and Harry finds funds hard to come by. Scolari will aim to start in winning fashion and Portsmouth could find it a battle at Stamford Bridge.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 3:00||Aston Villa v Man City|
|After playing and scoring in Villa's midweek UEFA Cup fixture, it seems that Gareth Barry is finally staying at Villa Park, at least until January. O'Neill has strengthened defensively including specialised full backs in Luke Young and Nicky Shorey but will have to rely on the likes of Ashley Young, Carew and Agbonlahor for goals. As to whether Villa can improve on their 6th position of last season remains to be seen but they'll be aiming for maximum points when Man City visit town. City's normally tight defence looked fragile at home to the Danish league leaders during the week and they'll be without Dunne who's suspended come Sunday. Hughes also has problems in attack with the likes of Jo and Benjani unavailable; no wonder he's tabled a bid for Santa Cruz. In addition, the future of Shinawatra remains uncertain although Sparky claims he's staying where he is and making the decisions that count. Villa will be buoyed by Barry's decision to stay and home advantage should carry the day.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Man Utd v Newcastle|
|United may be without Rooney and Ronaldo for the curtain raiser leaving them short of attacking options with Tevez the sole recognised striker. Hence Fergie's keenness to get Berbatov on board before Newcastle come to town but Spurs and United can't come to an agreed valuation and it may be some time before Berba moves. Despite problems up front, Ferdinand and Vidic look solid at the back and even Gary Neville has battled his way back into the side after missing most of last season. Some have said that United may be too old to hold off the challenge of Chelsea and Ferguson has still not added to his squad but experience counts for much and they will be in the mix. Newcastle are United's opening opponents and once again, many Magpies' fans hopes will rest on the performances of Michael Owen. Keegan has made a couple of mediocre signings but Ashley has not made cash available for a spending spree; time will tell if Keegan has the appetite for a long hard slog of a season. As much as KK is a motivator, they don't have the quality to beat the current Champions.|
|Home Win 1-0|