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 4th to Sun 5th October 2008.
|Sat 3:00||Sunderland v Arsenal|
|It seems Sunderland are already running scared of a Gunners backlash after Arsenal were humbled at home by newly promoted Hull; over-confidence and taking their eye off the ball appears to have been a factor but Wenger was pleased with the convincing midweek victory over Porto but wants another win in the league this weekend. They travel to the Stadium of Light where Sunderland have won just 1 from 3 attempts. Roy Keane's summer signings are still settling in although the positives are there and maybe the visit of Arsenal has just come a little too early. If the Gunners turn up they should have too much.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Brom v Fulham|
|Just 1 point separates these 2 sides after half a dozen games although Fulham have played one less. The Cottagers are still without a point on the road and their defeat at home to West Ham last weekend wasn't helped by Andy Johnson's first half dismissal. Needless to say Hodgson will be without Johnson for the trip to the Hawthorns where West Brom are finally showing some promise after a disappointing start. Widely respected as a quality footballing side, they only took 1 point from their opening 3 fixtures but have since enjoyed narrow victories over West Ham and away at Boro. Their confidence is building and they must start favourites against the away day no-hopers.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wigan v Middlesbrough|
|After a fairly reasonable start to the season, Boro have once again reverted to type and lost their last 4 games in all competitions. They hover just above the relegation places and have failed to take any points on the road in 3 attempts. The defeat at home to West Brom left Southgate fuming at the missed opportunities and his side's inability to punish the opposition when they're on top. They travel to the JJB to face a Wigan side that have shown a lot of promise in just a handful of games. They kept the Man City stars quiet last weekend and emerged 2-1 winners; it was their first home win of the season and Amr Zaki is increasingly looking like a good punt by Steve Bruce. There isn't a side in the Premier league that'll get an easy ride at the JJB and Boro are likely to find that out come Saturday.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sat 5:30||Blackburn v Man Utd|
|Rovers may be sitting in 7th position but haven't picked up where they left off last season; they've beaten some of the weaker sides this season but not convincingly and lost heavily at home to Arsenal, the only decent outfit they've played to date. It's understandable that Paul Ince will need time but he faces another big side in United this weekend and Blackburn could struggle. United have started the season slowly but now seem to be back on the goal trail; Berbatov broke his duck midweek with a brace against Aalborg and now that Ronaldo's back from injury, a front three of those two plus Rooney is bound to have any back four quaking in their boots. Rooney's 50/50 for this game and Paul Scholes is definitely out but United should still stroll to victory.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 1:30||West Ham v Bolton|
|With the news that Dean Ashton is expected to be out for 6 months and things not working out well off the pitch, it was somewhat surprising to see the Hammers secure the 3 points at Craven Cottage last weekend. Zola got the perfect response for his first game in charge with Etherington and Carlton Cole the pick of the West Ham side; both scored in the victory and the Hammer's are now up to 5th in the table. They've won all 3 of their home games and host a Bolton side staring at a long hard season. The Trotters are 1 place above the drop zone and have lost all 3 away fixtures to date. They fought hard for an hour at Old Trafford last weekend but eventually succumbed to a dodgy penalty gifted by Rob Styles. No doubt Bolton will want to make life difficult for West Ham but again the home side should just have the edge.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 3:00||Chelsea v Aston Villa|
|The Blues were held to a goalless draw in tiny Transylvania midweek and injuries to established first team players worsened with Drogba damaging knee ligaments and Ashley Cole pulling out with a back problem; Carvalho, Essien, Deco and Joe Cole are already undergoing treatment. Despite these setbacks, Chelsea still top the Premier League table, have not been beaten this season and haven't suffered a Premier league defeat at the Bridge for several years although their last 2 home fixtures have ended in stalemate (against United and Spurs). Villa travel to Chelsea flying high in 3rd place and just a point behind the league leaders. O'Neill's men took 4 points off the Blues last season including a crazy 4-4 draw on Boxing Day and given Chelsea's injury problems, a draw sounds like a fair result although goals should be at a premium.|
|Man City v Liverpool|
|Liverpool are finally beginning to play like a side worthy of second position in the table. Robbie Keane finally got off the mark against PSV and Benitez looks to have kept his tinkering to a minimum, no doubt a contributory factor towards a much improved team. The Reds are still undefeated as they travel to the blue half of Manchester and take on the financial clout of the north. City's last outing at Eastlands resulted in a 6 goal demolition of Portsmouth but they could only follow that up with a narrow defeat away at the JJB. One wonders if the likes of Robinho and Jo are going to save the tricks for the home fans and go missing on away days. Hughes's men have scored 10 goals in 3 home games but are likely to find Liverpool a tougher proposition and a draw would suit both sides.|
|Portsmouth v Stoke|
|Pompey put the 10 goals conceded behind them (in the games at Eastlands and at home to Chelsea) when they rolled over a very poor Spurs side quite comfortably last weekend at Fratton Park. The home side have 2 home wins from 3 this season and the signs are there that Crouch and Defoe are starting to hit it off. Defoe has 4 Premier League goals to his name this season and finally managed to put one over on the man who sold him to Portsmouth. They host a Stoke side unable to escape the bottom three although possibly aren't getting the credit they deserve. Their strength is that they never give in and up until the Chelsea defeat had always been a threat at set pieces. The Potters haven't scored in the last 2 fixtures but scraped a point at Anfield and have already played 4 sides that finished in the top six last season. So it's not all doom and gloom but Pompey's front two should be the difference.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Hull|
|Spurs were mighty fortunate to scrape through to the group stages of the UEFA Cup; their performance lacked confidence and any sort of penetration in the final third. Ramos's men are deservedly rooted to the bottom of the table without a Premier league victory but the general consensus is that it's only a matter of time before they turn the corner. They now need to take 6 points from games at home to Hull and away at Stoke. Last weekend the Tigers became only the second side to win at the Emirates in the Premier league and this weekend they'll be aiming to complete the North London double. Eleven points already on the board and without doubt they're the surprise package of the season. Phil Brown will be aiming to keep everyone's feet on the ground as Hull go for back to back wins but the urgency should be with Spurs as they attempt to dig themselves out of a very big hole.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Everton v Newcastle|
|Everton's season is crashing down around their ears; 3 defeats from 3 Premier league matches at Goodison and exit from the UEFA Cup before the group stages. Cahill's harsh dismissal at home to Liverpool means he'll be sorely missed for the next 3 fixtures but there is good news for the Toffees; Newcastle are the visitors this weekend and currently there's only one worse side in the top division. The Magpies have had a multitude of issues off the football field which have in turn affected the results on it. Joe Kinnear is in charge for the very short term though Keegan is rumoured to return as a South African consortium has allegedly tabled a bid for Ashley's reduced price. There does seem to be a little light at the end of the tunnel but it's hard to see an end to the string of 5 successive defeats in all competitions. Everton to secure a much needed win.|
|Home Win 2-1|