Archived Premier League Tips (20th September 2008)

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Archived Premier League Football Betting Tips (20th September 2008)

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 20th to Sun 21st September 2008.

Archived Premier League football betting tips (20th to 21st Sep 2008)

Sat 12:45 Sunderland v Middlesbrough
  Boro started the season full of confidence but defeats away at Liverpool and Portsmouth have forced a reality check and though they're playing better football and showing significant signs of improvement, they have some way to go before they rid themselves of the inconsistencies that marred their performances last season. Tuncay will be sorely missed because of a knee injury as Southgate's side travel to local rivals, Sunderland. The Mackems have tasted 2 home defeats but Keane has brought in a lot of new experienced players and it's probably just a case of time before results at the Stadium of Light start to go their way.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 3:00 Blackburn v Fulham
  Paul Ince is fast becoming acquainted with the pressure of management in the Premier league. Rovers' second successive defeat of the season came at home to a Walcott inspired Arsenal and they're yet to keep a clean sheet in 5 league and cup games. The concern is that the balance isn't right and too much emphasis is placed on attack as they adapt to the style Ince wants them to play. Their opponents, Fulham, have enjoyed 2 good home victories but failed away at Hull on the opening day after going ahead. Hodgson has invested well in the summer and his experience has given his players the confidence and belief to play their natural game. He just needs to keep their feet on the ground as they aim for their first away points of the season. This game looks like there's going to be goals but picking a winner could be dicey.
Draw 2-2
  Liverpool v Stoke
  It's 3 defeats from 4 for the Potters but they've scored in every game and have showed enough to think they have a realistic chance of causing teams problems and subsequently enhance their chances of safety. Delap's throw-ins appear to be Stoke's most potent weapon and they'll need to make the most of their set pieces against a Liverpool side that are keeping pace with Chelsea and saw off a toothless United side last weekend at Anfield. Though the United win came without Torres and Gerrard only came on for the last quarter, the victory in Marseille was all down to the Liverpool captain and they look a shadow of the side without him. Benitez appears to be riding his luck at the moment but they should secure the 3 points fairly comfortably.
Home Win 3-1
  West Ham v Newcastle
  Both these clubs have dispensed with the services of their respective managers in recent weeks but at least the Hammers have attempted to resolve the situation by bringing in Zola and prising Clarke away from Chelsea as his assistant. This will be the Italian's first game in charge but he may be surprised at what he's let himself in for after witnessing a poor defensive display at the Hawthorns. It was West Ham's second defeat of the season but they have a good chance to put things right against a Newcastle side that have let boardroom decisions adversely affect every aspect of the club. Keegan has gone, Ashley is desperate to sell and the defeat at home to Hull must have seemed like the final straw. Hughton looks certain to remain in charge as caretaker for some time but his job won't be any easier with Smith, Gutierrez, Beye, Viduka, Martins, Barton and Guthrie all unavailable for various reasons. Expect the Hammers to bang another nail in the Magpies' coffin.
Home Win 2-0
Sat 5:30 Bolton v Arsenal
  The Trotters started well on the opening day with a convincing victory at home to new boys, Stoke, but just 1 point from 3 games since has some thinking that Bolton may well struggle to maintain their Premier league status. Their long ball style failed to seriously threaten at Craven Cottage and having lost key players in the summer, maybe Megson needs to come up with a plan B. Elmander is still out with a hamstring injury and will be unfit to face an Arsenal side forcing their way back up the table after an uncharacteristic defeat at Fulham. Walcott has been the man of the moment with his inspiring display for England and at Ewood Park but may now come in for some rough treatment, as happened in the stalemate in Kiev. Wenger lacks a squad with depth and injuries could severely impact any aspirations they may have but they can build on their third place with a hard-fought win at the Reebok.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 12:00 West Brom v Aston Villa
  The Baggies are now off the foot of the table thanks to their first win of the season at home to the less than happy Hammers. They also proved that they do have goals amongst them after only netting once in the previous 3 league games; the concern will be that they look less than sure in defence and have conceded some sloppy goals. The visitors to the Hawthorns are local rivals, Aston Villa, who look to be on the up under Martin O'Neill. The only disappointment so far has been the defeat at Stoke but they looked well in control at White Hart Lane and fully deserved the 3 points. Possible injuries to Carew and Agbonlahor and their availability could prove key to opening the door against West Brom, but they've defended resolutely in the last couple of games and should have too much despite it being a well contested derby match.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 2:00 Chelsea v Man Utd
  Undoubtedly the clash of the weekend as this season's pretenders play host to last season's Champions. Whilst these affairs are usually tight, on form the Blues look favourites after taking 10 points from 12 domestically and thumping Bordeaux to the tune of 4 goals without reply. Several factors have contributed to pre-match optimism; Terry's red card against City has been rescinded and both Ballack and Drogba look to be fit. United have had their own good news with Ronaldo returning to the fray but this has been tempered with Vidic's suspension, injury to Carrick and doubt hanging over the availability of Berbatov. Defeat for Ferguson's men will leave them 9 points adrift of the league leaders and though it's may be too early to question United's credentials, the goalless draw at home to Villareal illustrated their current profligacy in front of goal.
Home Win 1-0
Sun 3:00 Hull v Everton
  Hull have had a fantastic start to life in the Premier league with 7 points from the opening 4 fixtures. The heavy defeat at home to Wigan raised cause for concern but they bounced back with a comfortable win away at St James Park; however Newcastle were so far below par that most away sides would have returned home with maximum points. They host an Everton side that have been awful at Goodison but have a 100% record away from home after edging victories at the Hawthorns and the Britannia Stadium. Moyes's squad does lack strength in depth but the return of Tim Cahill has been a big plus, and he even popped up with the winner at Stoke. The Toffees don't exactly look secure at the back but they could easily sneak another 3 points.
Away Win 1-2
  Man City v Portsmouth
  After a shaky start to the season it's been onwards and upwards for City; new owners, plenty of cash and, excluding the Chelsea defeat, results have been favourable. Hughes looks to have got his new signings gelling together; Shaun Wright-Phillips has been in fine form since returning to his old club and Brazilian striker, Jo, has finally rediscovered his scoring touch. They entertain the away day specialists of last season; Portsmouth perfected the smash and grab on the road and looked back to their old ways when they hammered Everton recently at Goodison. Redknapp's faith in Crouch and Defoe appears to be paying dividends with the pair finally looking good as a partnership. Both sides played in Europe mid-week and the form book tends to go out the window immediately after; the result could go either way but I suspect Pompey are unlikely to repeat their heroics against Everton.
Home Win 1-0
  Tottenham v Wigan
  Spurs have had their worst ever start to a Premier league season and are currently rooted to the bottom of the table. However the midweek game against Wisla Krakow yielded them their first victory and was the first match in which they scored more than a single goal. David Bentley had his best game in a Spurs shirt to date and sometimes European football can kickstart the season; Spurs fans will be hoping so anyway. Wigan visit the Lane after securing an important point away at Sunderland and have shown themselves to be no mugs this season. They will impose their physical style and hope that the Tottenham defence crumbles but I suspect will begin to turn things around sooner rather than later.
Home Win 2-1