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 22nd to Mon 24th August 2009.
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Portsmouth|
|The Gunners opened the season in sensational style at Goodison with a demolition job on Everton; 6 goals away from home is not to be sniffed at but Wenger was keen to emphasise that his players not get over-confident. Some thought that the departure of Adebayor and Toure would weaken the team but instead it seems to have galvanised them and reports have emerged that they're more united as a consequence. Arsenal followed the Everton victory with a controlled display against Celtic though their goals may have been somewhat fortunate. They entertain a Pompey side that have suffered two single goal defeats to date; scoring goals will be vital to them staying up and bearing in mind the strikers that've recently departed, they look a good bet for the drop. Lack of resolution to the ongoing ownership problems continue to thwart the club so any needed investment could be still some way off. There looks to be little doubt that this'll end up in favour of the home side.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Birmingham v Stoke|
|Birmingham have given a good account of themselves in their opening two fixtures despite narrowly losing out at Old Trafford. The win at home to a desperate Pompey side was pretty much expected and though they had to wait until injury time for their winner, it showed their commitment and resilience. They host a Stoke side that stayed up last season by virtue of their performances at the Britannia Stadium but their results on the road were poor, winning just 2 from 19 attempts; much of that was still evident in their four goal humiliation at Anfield. Though they're unlikely to capitulate at St Andrews and concede as many, Birmingham look the favourites to take anything from the game.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Hull v Bolton|
|Hull's dreadful run of form continues from where it left off last season. They endured a heavy defeat at home to Spurs although their performance at Stamford Bridge was creditable and they were mighty unfortunate to lose to a Drogba fluke in injury time; that said, two defeats in two attempts is not a great start to the season. They host a Bolton side that also have their problems and opened their account with a home defeat to a much improved Sunderland. It seems that many of the Trotters fans are unhappy with Megson in charge and one was even reported to have explained to the manager (in no particularly reasonable fashion) that the reason for a fall in attendances had nothing to do with the recession but more to do with Megson's style of football. This is a tough one to call but both sides will be desperate for a win to get their respective seasons going. As the more experienced campaigners, Bolton might just edge it.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Man City v Wolverhampton|
|Wolves shook off the disappointment of an opening day defeat at home to West Ham by chalking up a win at the newly named DW Stadium. The winners were by far the superior side and their victory came as something of a shock after the Latics had performed so well at Villa Park. It remains to be seen whether McCarthy's men can repeat the performance at Eastlands against a City side that have made massive strides in proving the doubters wrong by securing their first away win of the season at the first attempt. Several of City's new signings are certain to make their home debuts against Wolves and bearing in mind the reliability of their home form (13 wins, 6 defeats and no draws last season) they look nailed on for three points against the newly promoted side.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Blackburn|
|Darren Bent appears to have slotted in well at Sunderland and 2 goals in 2 games proves a welcoming arm around the shoulder can make all the difference. The Mackems performed well at the Reebok and led Chelsea at the end of the first half at the Stadium of Light but the Blues were strong in the second half and Bruce's side couldn't live with them. That said, Bruce was more then happy with his players and the team look a vast improvement on the one he inherited during the summer. Despite the defeat they'll be confident of turning over a Blackburn side that opened their account with a defeat at home to the newly assembled Manchester City. However, Rovers didn't let City have it all their own way despite not scoring, though whether they can reproduce that passion on the road is far from certain. They lost 11 of their 19 away fixtures last season and will find it tough against a confident Sunderland side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v Man Utd|
|United's defeat at Turf Moor came as something of a surprise after not having lost to a newly promoted side in four years but it's how they handle it that will at least define their short term results. Ferguson always looks forward to the next game to put things right rather than labouring the deficiences of any defeat and it's not often you see United suffer two successive defeats to lesser sides. They travel to the DW Stadium to face a Wigan side that failed to capitalise on their opening day victory at Villa Park by losing at home to Wolves, which makes the likelihood of a victory against United seem rather more remote. Martinez has a lot of work to do following the departures of Steve Bruce and some key players and whilst they should do ok, I can't see United not making up for their poor result against Burnley.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 1:30||West Ham v Tottenham|
|This London derby looks like being a big game for Tottenham; not only is it a return to Upton Park for Harry Redknapp and Jermain Defoe but Spurs will be anxious to continue their good start. Two wins in two and top of the table is exactly what Harry wanted but victory over Liverpool and a goal fest at the KC Stadium have surely exceeded expectations. Spurs have traditionally looked a vulnerable side but that no longer looks the case with Palacios in the middle of the park and they seem full of goals with Defoe and Keane always looking sharp. Ledley King should be fit to face the Hammers after missing the victory over Hull but Zola's West Ham side are likely to provide tougher opposition than the Tigers. Carlton Cole has looked a handful in recent games and they look well organised defensively; the victory at Molineux was no fluke and the Hammers are likely to promise Spurs a stern test as the lilywhites seek to set the standard in pole position. There's not been a draw as yet this season in the Premier league but this could well finish even.|
|Sun 3:00||Burnley v Everton|
|An extravagant Robbie Blake special was enough to see off United and spring the surprise of the week. The time each side takes getting into its stride definitely varies but all because United aren't yet playing with conviction shouldn't undermine the self-belief and confidence that must be overflowing at Turf Moor after such a great result. Burnley know that they have to make the most of their home fixtures if they're to survive in the top flight but they face another tough proposition against an Everton side that collapsed at home to Arsenal on the opening day. Moyes has finally lost patience with Joleon Lescott and forced the wantaway defender to train by himself; his performance last weekend was woeful and he obviously had no appetite to play for the Toffees which had a knock-on effect on the rest of the team. No doubt City will eventually get their man and Moyes will be forced to look for a suitable replacement but Everton need to pull together and quickly. However, Burnley are in the ascendance and will be keen to secure another three points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Fulham v Chelsea|
|Chelsea have so far failed to hit the ground running but upped their game eventually and come from behind to beat Hull at home and Sunderland away. Ancelotti hasn't had much time to adapt to the pace of Premier league football but no doubt will learn as he goes along; as a result he'll have to place much trust in the higher profile players like Terry, Lampard and Drogba. Deco seems to have found favour under the new manager but what that means for Joe Cole returning any time soon remains uncertain; however, they could certainly put some of his creative talent to good use. They travel to their nearest rivals, Fulham, who kicked off their campaign with a good one goal victory away at Fratton Park. Seventh position was a great finish for them last season though they may not like the impact that a Europa league fixture list has on their domestic season. Hodgson's side have enjoyed good form at Craven Cottage over the last few seasons and they'll be up for matching their traditional derby rivals in every department. However, Chelsea have proved they can get a result on the road by winning at Sunderland but you underestimate Fulham at your peril.|
|Mon 8:00||Liverpool v Aston Villa|
|After the disappointment of defeat at White Hart Lane, Liverpool upped their game and condemned Stoke to a four goal battering. That opening day shocker must have been enough of a reality check for Benitez to get his side in order but they still look short of a couple of good players if they're to mount a serious challenge for the title. Their opponents, Villa, also look a very thin squad and an opening day defeat at home to Wigan proved as much. O'Neill needs to find replacements for Laursen and Barry, not only with similar players but also replacing the goals they scored last season presents an additional worry. That defeat at home to Wigan was a shock start for the Villans but they'll need something more than a bit special to pull off a turnaround at Anfield. Liverpool look favourites to get another good win under their belts.|
|Home Win 1-0|