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 midweek fixtures Tues 18th August to Wed 19th August 2009.
|Tues 7:45||Sunderland v Chelsea|
|Bruce's inspired signings got off to a great start away at the Reebok with Bent and Jones linking up really well and Cattermole looking Gerrard-esque in the middle of the park. Maybe Bruce is the man to get the most out of the enigma that is Darren Bent but who would've thought the investment would pay dividends so soon. The challenge facing Sunderland gets ramped up a notch when Chelsea visit the Stadium of Light after snatching a lucky late winner at home to Hull. The Blues lacked creativity in the centre of the park but Drogba was enough to provide the inspiration with a stunning free kick and a fortunate cross-shot lob from a tight angle. There were no drawn results on the opening weekend but the Sunderland strike pairing could cause Chelsea problems whilst the Blues themselves played without the self-belief normally expected of them; hence, this might end up honours even.|
|Wigan v Wolverhampton|
|Wigan acquitted themselves well at Villa Park despite having lost a number of key players and a manager over the last six months; testament to that performance must be the magic that Martinez has worked since taking up the reins at the JJB. They worked harder than Villa and as a result warranted their just desserts. Fair enough, it's only one game but Martinez has had his share of accolades and the future looks brighter than it did only a month ago. The Latics host the Championship winning side, Wolves, who suffered defeat at home to West Ham and were guilty of not taking their chances; if they're to avoid dropping back down, then McCarthy's men mustn't let chances go begging. Goals are the rule that all teams (especially promoted ones) are measured by and question marks still hang over them in this regard. McCarthy is a pragmatic man but he won't welcome the taste of another defeat.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wed 7:45||Birmingham v Portsmouth|
|The off-the-field debacle continues at Fratton Park as Al Fahim's takeover continues to stutter although it is still rumoured to be on course. Whilst the uncertainty continues, Paul Hart's hands are effectively tied and his side will remain the weaker for it. Pompey's home ground used to be a fortress but going under by a single goal to Fulham on the opening day of the season shows how far they've fallen. They won just 2 away fixtures last season and have to travel to St Andrews where Birmingham will be anxious to get some points under their belt. McLeish's side did themselves justice at Old Trafford last weekend and grew in confidence throughout the game but unfortunately couldn't live with Wayne Rooney. The Blues know they need to make the most of their home games if they're to survive and they'll see the visit of Pompey as a winnable fixture.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Burnley v Man Utd|
|Defeat for Burnley at the Britannia Stadium wasn't completely unexpected but now they embark on a run of four games against United, Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea; conceivably, they could come to the end of that run with no points but that's the reality of the Premier league. That said, these are the sort of games that Burnley want at Turf Moor and inevitably, for a newly promoted side, it'll be their home form that will decide their fate. Their first home fixture couldn't be any more glamorous than the visit of a United side that got off to a winning start at home to Birmingham at the weekend. Fergie's side weren't at their most convincing but they created chances and Rooney looked in sparkling form. They won a number of games by a single goal last season but United won't be too fazed as long as they continue to register three points at every attempt. Expect Burnley to throw the kitchen sink at the away side although United's experience is likely to be enough to steal the winner.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Hull v Tottenham|
|Phil Brown's Tigers ran Chelsea close at the Bridge only to be scuppered by a slice of luck from Didier Drogba. The much admired Michael Turner was a rock in the heart of defence but it remains to be seen for how much longer he'll be a Hull player. Brown has had problems attracting players of the right quality to the club but more importantly, their long run of competitive games without a win continues. They may feel they have a better chance of changing that at home to Spurs, though Redknapp's side started well and deserved their opening day victory over Liverpool. Spurs are likely to create more problems for Hull than Chelsea did but whether they can replicate that form on the road remains to be seen. Palacios has made a huge difference in central midfield stopping sides from hitting them on the break but they have defensive problems with Woodgate and Dawson still injured whilst King must be doubtful to start. Many reckon Spurs could finish top six or higher but we'll have to see if their football does the talking.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Wed 8:00||Liverpool v Stoke|
|Stoke proved that their home form last season was no fluke by putting Burnley to the sword with two set pieces. Many are still tipping the Potters to struggle this time around in the top flight but I'm not so sure; if they can maintain their good home form then they should survive. Last season saw them lose 13 of their 19 away fixtures and it's bound to be a tough visit to Anfield after Liverpool were the only side of last season's top four not to get off to a winning start when they lost at White Hart Lane. What was noticeable in that game was the absence of Alonso and that the Liverpool bench was surprisingly weak. Gerrard and Torres may be fantastic outlets but with no one to slip them the ball, they're not half as effective. Gerrard dropped deeper later on against Spurs but they missed someone playing off Torres; Benitez has plenty of food for thought. Nasty head injuries for Skrtel and Carragher didn't help but they should be available for the visit of Stoke; a must win game if they're to maintain parity with their peers.|
|Home Win 1-0|