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 15th August to Sun 16th August 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Chelsea v Hull|
|Many are touting Chelsea to steal United's crown this season but much depends on how quickly Ancelotti gets to grips with the Premier league. In terms of personnel, not much has changed at the Bridge; no characters of any note have left with just a few new faces coming in, the player with the most expected from him being Yuri Zhirkov who left CSKA Moscow for a snip at £18m. The Blues only lost twice at Stamford Bridge last season and I can't see them kicking off their campaign with anything other than a win against a Hull side that are likely to continue where they left off in May. Despite their great start to life in the Premier League last season, the turn of the year marked a downward spiral and they stayed up by default. Since then Phil Brown has had problems attracting new players required to strengthen the club and this season promises to be harder than the last. He can now count on the services of Jimmy Bullard but how long the cheeky chappie can remain injury free, only time will tell. This will be a major shock if it goes any way other than in favour of the home side.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Wigan|
|Villa looked like they were going to break the top four last season only to capitulate in the last few months and finish sixth. One would have thought O'Neill would have built on that minor success and strengthened the side but Barry has finally been allowed to leave (it was inevitable) without an adequate replacement filling his boots. Downing is the only addition of any note but won't be fit until late November whilst Laursen has retired and Knight has moved to Bolton. Villa look a weaker side than they were several months ago and I suspect O'Neill hasn't yet finished dabbling in the transfer market. Their opponents, Wigan, also look a weaker propistion; not only because of Bruce's defection to Sunderland but they've lost the likes of Heskey, Palacios and Valencia in the last six months and now Cattermole has left to join up with his old boss. Additionally, Martinez is untested at this level although he arrives with good credentials from Swansea. Villa should have enough on this occasion with home advantage but it's likely to be a season of ups and downs with Laursen's and Barry's goals likely to be missed.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Blackburn v Man City|
|Hughes's first test after spending his millions comes against his old club and Allardyce won't be wanting him to have an easy ride. City only won two Premier league away fixtures last season but their side has been transformed dramatically with the signings of Barry, Tevez, Santa Cruz, Adebayor and Toure. They may look great going forward but only two strikers are likely to play at a time and Hughes is still desperate to add to his defensive options; hence the persistent courting of Joleon Lescott. Martin Petrov is fit again and was missed last season when injured but it's thought there's not room for him at Eastlands; a pity because he makes things happen. In contrast, events at Ewood Park have been relatively quiet; the major departure has been Santa Cruz but the likes of Ooijer, Tugay, Derbyshire and Villanueva have all left. Allardyce will have concentrated on getting everything right before the kick-off but he'll be relying on McCarthy and Djouf to bag the necessary goals. City are as yet unproven and Rovers might just fancy they can get something out of the game.|
|Bolton v Sunderland|
|Gary Megson has been fairly quiet during the summer although the team has been strengthened with the arrivals of Davis, Robinson and Knight. They didn't represent much of a challenge on the road last season but they only lost one of their last six home fixtures. Bolton rely heavily on Kevin Davies causing problems in the opposing half and him staying free from injury will be key to their season; his strike partner, Elmander, struggled last season and Megson will be expecting more of him. They host a Sunderland side that just about survived in the top flight and as a result the summer has seen changes take place. Bruce is now at the helm and has a new pair of strikers to support Jones in Campbell and Bent; to my mind, Bruce has taken a risk with Bent especially at that price but he obviously feels he can get the best out of him. The Mackems don't usually pose a great threat on their travels and Bolton are likely to enjoy an opening day victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Portsmouth v Fulham|
|There's almost as many people predicting that Pompey's season will end in relegation as those tipping Chelsea for the title. With the club suffering financially, much of the experience and talent has departed with little flow in the opposite direction. Not forgetting Defoe's winter exit, Johnson, Crouch, Davis and Campbell to name but a few have all left; much rests on the experienced shoulders of James and Krancjar if Pompey are to survive. To add insult to injury, Brian Kidd decided not to renew his contract leaving Paul Hart looking for another assistant manager. The visitors to Fratton Park are a Fulham side riding high on the unexpected success of last season. It'll be difficult for them to improve this time around and much depends on Hodgson keeping his strongest players such as Hangeland from the despairing clutches of Arsenal. Another distraction is the Europa league which could result in too many extra fixtures for such a small club. The Cottagers had traditionally been a weak away side for some time but Hodgson finally got it right towards the end of last season and they only lost one of their last six away fixtures. Hence the prediction that Fulham will enjoy kicking off with an away win.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Stoke v Burnley|
|Stoke gave a good account of themselves last season by finishing as high as twelfth. They're a side typical of the Bolton style of play and reliant on set pieces and the long throw of Rory Delap. That said, I learnt a surprising fact recently; namely that Tony Pulis has never been relegated as a manager so they should be in relatively safe hands. They host the winners of the Championship play-off final who crowned a fantastic season with promotion to the Premier league. Burnley also performed admirably in the domestic cup competitions going out to Arsenal in the FA Cup and by the narrowest of margins to Spurs in the Carling Cup but not before disposing of Premier league opposition along the way; namely West Brom in the FA Cup and Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal in the Carling Cup. Coyle has strengthened his squad with some good young players in Edgar and Eckersley amongst others but it's a tough trip to the Britannia for their first taste of Premier league action and this is likely to be Stoke's day.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wolverhampton v West Ham|
|It would make a change if West Ham could start the season with an empty treatment room and this time around will be no different but the only casualties currently are Behrami and Boa Morte. The Hammers have looked a bit off the pace in pre-season but there's no telling until the Premier league campaign kicks off although they have a difficult trip to newly promoted Wolves. Mick McCarthy's side won the Championship title last season and he's added some Premier league experience during the summer with Doyle and Hahnemann from Reading. Many times it's been stated that scoring goals goes a long way to keeping you in the top flight and trust has been placed in Ebanks-Blake to make the step up. Wolves will be pumped up for the opening day at home and will see West Ham as a potential scalp. There's no doubt however that this fixture is a tough nut to crack!|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||Everton v Arsenal|
|A lot of players have been released at Goodison Park (ok, not all of them first teamers) but with Moyes possibly resigned to letting Lescott go to City, they look a bit thin on the ground prior to the big kick-off. There is good news though with Tim Cahill in scoring form bagging a brace against the Irish. Everton showed last season that they've some good young players coming through but the squad will have to avoid injuries if they're to finish as high as fifth again. The Toffees have a difficult start to their campaign against an Arsenal side that are now without the services of the experienced Toure and Adebayor who've both been lured to Eastlands by hard cash. Wenger has brought in centre half, Vermaelen, but the worry is that his side are a little tender in years and lack a natural leader. We should however see more from Arshavin this time around and Arsenal fans are expecting big things from him. Predicting the outcome of this one is far from certain and both sides will probably be happy to begin the season with a point apiece rather than defeat.|
|Sun 1:00||Man Utd v Birmingham|
|No doubt the biggest transfer news of the summer was Ronaldo's £80m move to Real Madrid. Although the orange winger contributed with more than his fair share of goals and theatrics, United still have plenty to be optimistic about. Although Nani isn't capable of replacing the Portuguese, there are other positives with Rooney playing in his favoured position and expect more from Berbatov as a result. Owen comes in for Tevez and assuming he can stay fit, it could be an extremly shrewd move by Fergie. The worry will be that as yet there's no replacement for the elder statesmen; Giggs and Scholes probably aren't expected to contribute as much this season but Fergie needs to find a solution fairly soon. United will be challenging for the title and certainly won't be letting the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool have it all their own way. Key to that will be getting off to a winning start at home to a Birmingham side that are bound to find it tough back in the Premier league. Fergie's namesake (Barry) has it all to prove after an unconvincing period at Ewood Park some time ago and courting controversy over the past year but has promised to let his football do the talking. It's a tough start for McLeish but anything from the game will be a bonus.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Liverpool|
|Spurs actually beat Liverpool twice at the Lane last season; a season in which they generally faired well against the top four. Redknapp performed a minor miracle to get Spurs up to eighth after taking over with only two points on the board and eight games gone but the rebuilding hasn't stopped with Crouch, the Kyles and Bassong coming in whilst a whole host of lesser players have left in one form or another. Spurs don't have the distraction of Europe this time around and will be solely concentrating on finishing as high as possible; whether or not they should be considered one of the sides capable of breaking into the top four remains to be seen. The highest profile player through the exit door for Liverpool has been Alonso and it's unlikely Aquilani is an adequate replacement; at least not immediately (he's out injured until September anyway). Benitez has pulled off a major coup in signing Johnson to replace Arbeloa who's also been tempted by Madrid. Carragher, Skrtel, Gerrard and Torres are all supposed doubts for this game but don't be surprised if they play. I reckon this is a great time for Spurs to play Liverpool and they should be worthy of a point.|