Archived Premier League Tips (23rd August 2008)

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Archived Premier League Football Betting Tips (23rd August 2008)

Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:

Banker

 Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.

Likely

 Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.

Prudent

 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 23rd to Mon 25th August 2008.


Archived Premier League football betting tips (23rd to 25th Aug 2008)

Sat 3:00 Blackburn v Hull
  New boys, Hull City, kicked off the season with a superb win at home to Fulham and Phil Brown's side have 3 points in the bag. They aren't tipped to survive the season long campaign but their squad comprises a number of seasoned professionals and that experience should help them along the way though a place in the bottom three beckons. Their task this weekend is another step up the big boys ladder as they travel to Ewood Park to face a Blackburn side that snatched victory at Goodison in the dying seconds. New manager, Paul Ince, faces a battle to keep hold of star striker, Roque Santa Cruz, with the likes of Man Utd, Man City, Villa and Spurs all rumoured to have been after him at some stage throughout the summer. Rovers have already lost Friedel and Bentley but the Everton result will have united the team and a win against one of the underrated sides will see them sitting pretty.
Home Win 2-0
  Liverpool v Middlesbrough
  The Reds got off to a winning start at the Stadium of Light thanks to Torres's alertness in the 80th minute and Alonso's introduction in the second half. The Barry saga looks to have concluded in Villa's favour and the pressure on Alonso could benefit Benitez in the long term as long as he continues to play the Spaniard. Not surprisingly the manager is still keen on bringing in a winger before the transfer deadline with Riera or Downing rumoured to be possible signings. Liverpool's first home game sees them taking on a Boro side that were also victorious on the opening day against a disappointing Spurs side. Much credit should be handed to the defensive partnership of Huth and Pogatetz who rarely let Spurs have a sniff of goal, and Southgate has further strengthened the defence with the signing of Hoyte from Arsenal. Maybe there is new hope at the Riverside and the visit to Anfield should be a fair measure of any progress, but Liverpool will be expected to secure all 3 points.
Home Win 1-0
  Newcastle v Bolton
  When Gary Megson took over the reins at Bolton he got Allardyce's players back playing what they were good at and managed to steer the team clear of relegation; since then he's bought in several new players and offloaded Anelka, Djouf and Campo. Jimmy Bullard is the latest name to be associated with the Wanderers and it points to a gradual move away from the direct play that has served them so well in previous seasons, although Megson is not taking the drastic route a la Sammy Lee. Their convincing win over Stoke gives them confidence as they travel to St James Park to play what looks a rejuvenated Newcastle side. The Magpies fought well at Old Trafford and earned a deserved point without the likes of Viduka and Owen. Coloccini struck up a good partnership with Steven Taylor in the centre of defence and maybe Keegan finally has a platform on which to build. Bolton's physical presence will always pose problems but at home Newcastle should be fancied to improve on last weekend's result.
Home Win 2-1
  Stoke v Aston Villa
  The Potters' first taste of Premier league action won't be one they want to remember as they were convincingly beaten away at the Reebok. Stoke have their fair share of players that have competed in the top flight but their season won't be one for the faint hearted; their consolation goal against Bolton will have at least given them a lift knowing that hard work can pay dividends. A vibrant Villa make their way to the Brittania Stadium for the Potters' first home game after a demolition job against Man City. Conceding a couple of goals will have concerned O'Neill but their performance at the other end of the pitch was first class and resulted in a hat-trick for Agbonlahor. The manager allegedly wants to further strengthen his attacking options with bids for Milner and Santa Cruz but the creativity of Barry and Ashley Young are bound to keep the Potters busy. No doubt the Villans will be keen as mustard to stick a few past old boy, Sorensen, in what should be a comfortable victory.
Away Win 0-2
  Tottenham v Sunderland
  To say that Spurs were disappointing at the Riverside last weekend is an understatement. They lacked threat at the business end of the pitch and it looks like Bent must've scored his season quota before kick off. Berbatov came on in the second half to rescue the situation but it seems his future is at Old Trafford despite no agreement having yet been reached between the two clubs. Spurs' strikers are in such short supply that Ramos would rather have a replacement in before Berba moves on but options are running short with Arshavin and Pavlyuchencko both seemingly out of the equation. Their opponents, Sunderland, are still looking to sign several players before the transfer window closes and Keane's spending could rise to £70m; he's invested in all areas of the pitch and they look a much stronger outfit as a result. They held their own at home to Liverpool without causing too many problems (still missing Kenwynne Jones) so expect more of the same at the Lane. If Spurs start firing they should get their first points on the board.
Home Win 2-1
  West Brom v Everton
  You have to admire Tony Mowbray for his determination to keep playing the attractive style of football that won the Baggies the Championship last season but against certain sides you have to be able to mix it a little if you don't have the highest quality passers of the ball. West Brom held their own at the Emirates and probably deserved a point but they'll need to do better at home to Everton. The Merseysiders can't sign a player for toffee and have no strength in depth with key players Cahill and Pienaar injured, and Anichebe embaressing himself in China by missing the sort of goal that's almost impossible not to score. Moyes relies heavily on the creativity of Arteta but even he may need picking up after losing at home to Blackburn in the last few seconds last weekend. This is an intriguing fixture that increasingly looks like a draw but after careful consideration, West Brom might just edge it.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 5:30 Fulham v Arsenal
  Roy Hodgson's summer investments have failed to rid the club of their 'awful' away tag and defeat at the KC Stadium to Premier league new boys, Hull City, is not the best start. They survived in the Premier league by the slimmest of margins last season and Hodgson has not been slow in making his squad aware of just how tough the fight for points is going to be. The good news is that Johnson could make his debut but it won't be an easy introduction against a young Arsenal side. Wenger recently strengthened his defence by taking Silvestre from Man Utd which will also add some much needed experience that could be key if they're to mount a title challenge this season. The victory at home to West Brom was not the most comprehensive but Nasri has already shown his worth with the winner and much will be expected of Wenger's side when they're all fit. Fulham should pose some problems for the Gunners at the Cottage but the favourites should coast to victory.
Away Win 1-3
Sun 1:30 Wigan v Chelsea
  The Latics take on a Chelsea side that never looked less than comfortable at home to a relatively poor Pompey. Scolari already has his side playing fantasy football without getting out of the starting blocks. The only bad news was that Ballack experienced a recurrence of an ankle problem and could miss the trip to the JJB. It seems that Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant are now forgotten as Abramovich tunes his vastly expensive footballing machine. The Latics started poorly at Upton Park last weekend but fought back after the break only to see new signing, Amr Zaki, score but also waste several good chances. Bruce will have learned much about his new striker, not all of it good, but this weekend it will be his defence that will be under the microscope with Chelsea likely to tear them to pieces.
Away Win 0-3
Sun 4:00 Man City v West Ham
  City were poor in their defeat at home to Midtjylland and weren't much better away at Villa Park despite managing to bag a couple of goals. Their defence has been uncharacteristically poor and may explain Hughes's recent bid to sign Vincent Kompany from Hamburg. He's also light up front with Bojinov added to the injury list alongside Benjani whilst Jo is still away on international duty. Their opponents, West Ham, were successful in defeating Wigan last weekend and they were later boosted this week when Ashton's injury was diagnosed as cramp meaning he'll be available. The Hammers still have an injury list as long as your arm but Collins and Quashie recently came through a reserve match unscathed giving Curbishley additional options. With Ashton spearheading their attack, the Hammers look a better bet than City providing they can keep the injuries to a minimum.
Away Win 1-2
Mon 8:00 Portsmouth v Man Utd
  One game down, 37 left to go, and last season's Champions are already 2 points down on hotly tipped favourites, Chelsea. Apologies for the cliche but the Premier league won't be won in the first 10 or so games but it could well be lost; not that United are likely to go on an unprecedented losing streak but their lack of firepower with an untested Frazier Campbell, a half fit Rooney and without Ronaldo or Tevez has given Fergie cause for concern. He's failed to reach an agreement for either Berbatov or Santa Cruz and needs an experienced centre forward before the transfer window closes. The draw at home to Newcastle wasn't good enough if they're to hold off the challenge of Chelsea and they now need a result at Fratton Park if they're to gather some momentum. Pompey and United met earlier this season in a less than engrossing goalless Community Shield at Wembley and Redknapp's side have also since failed to convince in a four goal pummeling at Stamford Bridge. Last season Portsmouth lacked decent home form and with Crouch and Defoe looking worlds apart, Harry may opt for just one up front against a United side capable of nicking the points.
Away Win 0-1

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