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 30th to Sun 31st August 2008.
|Sat 3:00||Bolton v West Brom|
|This looks to be a battle of substance against style. Expect a stronger Bolton side to take the field than the one that exited the League Cup at home to Northampton. The Trotters got off to a good start on the opening day with an emphatic win over new boys, Stoke, but failed to take any points at St James Park and a missed Nolan penalty in that game made it 3 missed penalties under Megson; maybe they should practice some. Their opponents, West Brom, have enjoyed plenty of possession in their opening fixtures at Arsenal and at home to Everton but failed to convert their dominance into goals and, more importantly, points. The Baggies are finding that defences in the Premier league are far more organised and aware than in the Championship and won't be torn apart by some precise passing. That said, West Brom will give a good account of themselves but Bolton are likely to just edge it.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Portsmouth|
|It's all smiles at Goodison as Moyes makes his first signing of the season with Jacobsen switching from Nuremberg, and Castillo from Red Star Belgrade looks set to follow. Everton secured their first points of the season last weekend with a smash and grab win at the Hawthorns but will be anxious not to succumb at home as they did on the opening day against Blackburn. They face a Portsmouth side yet to score this season, no points on the board, bottom of the table and the little 'n' large partnership of Defoe and Crouch looking largely ineffective. Additionally, they've lost the services of Muntari and Mendes, and now Kranjcar will miss up to 3 months after undergoing ankle surgery. Pompey haven't been blessed with easy early season fixtures away at Chelsea and at home to United; however, Harry will now be keen to pick up points before a crisis of confidence sets in. Goodison is still not an easy place to go and the Toffees should prevail.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Hull v Wigan|
|Hull have had a fantastic start to life in the Premier League and currently sit proudly in fourth but such a good start with 4 points from 6 leaves them facing an almost certain downward spiral. Good organisation gave them a share of the points at Ewood Park but that seemed to go out of the window at Swansea in the second half and they were eventually dumped out of the League Cup. They need to be organised when an underrated Wigan visit the KC; the Latics may have lost both Premier League fixtures (away to West Ham and at home to Chelsea) but they were stubborn in defence and created chances of their own. They enjoyed a resounding midweek victory over Notts County in the League Cup; their first success of the season will have given them a boost and they're unlikely to lose at Hull, but whether or not they have enough to lay claim to all 3 points remains doubtful.|
|Middlesbrough v Stoke|
|Surprisingly, Boro have impressed in their first couple of games; a good win over Spurs, then taking Liverpool to the wire at Anfield before comfortably beating Yeovil in the League Cup with an under-strength side. Pogatetz and Huth have formed a good partnership at the back whilst a lightweight Mido has got the goals that matter. Southgate has trimmed his squad and only brought in Digard, Emnes and Hoyte but maybe it's his man management that's paying dividends. They play host to a Stoke side that notched their first points of the season last weekend at home to Villa where they improved on the defence of set pieces that let them down at the Reebok on the opening day. Early indications look as though their team spirit will give them a chance of avoiding the drop and goals have certainly not been lacking with 4 in 2 games. However, Boro should be too good for them and a successful Boro side may even see fans returning to the Riverside.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Blackburn|
|Rovers did well to snatch all 3 points at Everton on the opening day but the draw at home to Hull was disappointing despite the away side playing well. The Blackburn fans seem to be fully behind Paul Ince who has done well to keep hold of the likes of Santa Cruz and Pedersen. They travel to Upton Park where manager, Alan Curbishley, is still the firm favourite as first Premier league manager to get the boot. The Hammers just about managed to take their League Cup tie against League Two side, Macclesfield, into extra time before winning comfortably but the warning signs are there; Ferdinand has departed for Sunderland and there are rumours that Bellamy is also on his way out. They were never really in the game at Eastlands especially after Noble's dismissal but at home they're likely to do better as long as the home fans don't get on their back to early in the season.|
|Sat 5:30||Arsenal v Newcastle|
|Wenger's young side were surprisingly beaten at Craven Cottage but the result was deserved as they failed to produce much in the way of quality. They made up for it against FC Twente as they progressed to the group stages of the Champions League but Steve McLaren's Dutch outfit were well off the pace and offered little competition. Wenger brought back Fabregas for his first competitive game of the season and only the Spaniard and Theo Walcot looked up for the game. The Gunners are allegedly interested in 20 year old, tough tackling, de Guzman but maybe they should be investing in a little more experience. The Magpies are likely to offer a sterner test although Keegan has problems of his own with Martins added to the injury list and Milner poised to join Villa after contract wranglings at the club. The good news is that Owen came off the bench to secure victory over both Bolton and Coventry and looks set to start at the Emirates. As poor as Arsenal have been recently, there have been some positives and they may just have too much for Newcastle.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Chelsea v Tottenham|
|Tottenham's start to the season has once again failed to live up to the summer hype and should they lose this third successive game then it'll be their worst start for 29 years. Berbatov's current state of mind means he's likely to miss this fixture but rather than letting him rot in the reserves, the businessmen at Spurs would be wiser to offload a player that is unsettling the rest of the dressing room. Pavlyuchenko looks to be on his way from Moscow, visa permitting, as Darren Bent has failed to convert his pre-season form into Premier league goals. They travel to Stamford Bridge where Chelsea are doing their best to confirm themselves as favourites for the title; only themselves and Liverpool have maximum points so far and the Blues are the only side that have looked unchallenged. Scolari is still busy in the transfer market with Shevchenko off the books, Wright-Phillips allegedly off to Man City and the likes of Kaka and Robinho rumoured to be on their way in. Given United's stuttering start, Chelsea look a good bet and they should run out comfortable winners against Spurs.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 3:00||Sunderland v Man City|
|Roy Keane has continued to add to his squad throughout the transfer window; the latest signings being Anton Ferdinand and Djibril Cisse. The ex-Liverpool striker scored on his debut to secure victory for the Mackems at White Hart Lane and Sunderland are looking increasingly like a side cementing their future in the Premier league. They narrowly lost at home to a less than convincing Liverpool side on the opening day but their home record was good last season and they'll be more than a match for a City side struggling to keep injuries to a minimum. Corluka is rumoured to be on his way to Tottenham but the good news is that striker, Jo, is back from the Olympics and Wright-Phillips could be on his way back to Eastlands; rumours regarding Ronaldo seem a little far-fetched. City's first points, at home to West Ham, were slightly fortuitous in that Noble's sending off effectively changed the course of the game. Hughes will be eager to improve City's poor away record but Sunderland are likely to cause them problems at the Stadium of Light.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Aston Villa v Liverpool|
|Liverpool huffed and puffed their way past Standard Liege to the lucrative group stages of the Champions League and are one of only 2 Premier league sides with a 100% domestic record after only a couple of games. The question is to what extent are these results papering over the cracks as their performances have been less than convincing and alarm bells should be ringing at Anfield. To add to Benitez's concerns talisman, Stevie G, is out for 10 days to have a groin operation and will miss the trip to Villa Park. No doubt the spotlight will be on Liverpool target, Gareth Barry, but expect a controlled performance from the midfielder as he looks certain to remain with the Villans. O'Neill was gutted to lose at Stoke in injury time and has promised changes before their second leg UEFA Cup tie. They should easily get past Hafnarfjordur and expect them to follow that with victory against a Liverpool side that toiled their way through 120 minutes of midweek action.|
|Home Win 1-0|