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 29th to Sun 30th August 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Chelsea v Burnley|
|Chelsea can't afford to take anything for granted like they did on the opening day when they narrowly beat a determined Hull side with a fortunate Drogba cross-lob effort. Since then they've been victorious twice on the road, at Sunderland and Fulham, to maintain their 100% start. They take on the surprise package of the season so far; a Burnley side that've notched two sensational single goal home victories. First they saw off the stars of United and then Everton made the same mistake at Turf Moor. Burnley know that points from their home games are the bread and butter of keeping themselves in the Premier league and anything they pick up on the road will be a bonus. However, despite Burnley's great home start, Chelsea should prove too strong at Stamford Bridge as the Blues seek to wrest the title from rivals, United.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v West Ham|
|Rovers are still to get any points on the board but they've not played that badly in their two games so far and will be aggrieved they didn't come away from the Stadium of Light with something. Allardyce is a shrewd individual and his sides will always be competitive at the very least but the firepower is somewhat reduced since Santa Cruz's departure to City; McCarthy, Roberts and Diouf have been entrusted to make sure that he's not missed but the goals haven't exactly started flowing yet. Their opponents, West Ham, have to recover from the chaos surrounding Upton Park during their contentious Carling Cup tie with fierce rivals, Millwall, but at least they'll get a less hostile reception at Ewood Park. It seems Carlton Cole is Zola's only fit and able striker but the big man is playing well as long as he can bring other players into the game. The Hammers have only played twice but a win at Molineux was well deserved although a silly mistake effectively cost them the game at home to Spurs. This is the sort of game that's almost impossible to predict early on in the season but Rovers will be desperate to get their season started and they might just edge the 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Bolton v Liverpool|
|Liverpool's defeat at White Hart Lane could've just been put down to a bad start especially bearing in mind their record there last season and the way they followed that defeat with a resounding win at home to Stoke. However, their subsequent defeat at home to Villa shows that, as many suspect, the problems run deeper and not even Gerrard and Torres can rescue the Reds time and time again. As good as Villa were, Liverpool effectively gifted them victory with a below par performance including an own goal and a penalty. Maybe it's a little presumptious to say that their title challenge has fallen at the first hurdle but Benitez's task has certainly not been made any easier. They have an opportunity to regroup against a Bolton side that've suffered two defeats in two games against mediocre opposition and look desperate to sign a striker that can at least weigh in with a few goals. Elmander looks to have been a bad signing and too much rests on the shoulders of Kevin Davies; Megson knows that a manager's future is measured by goals and it's a problem he needs to address quickly. That aside, this is a must win game for Liverpool and they need to pull 3 points out of the bag.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Stoke v Sunderland|
|Stoke have bolstered their squad with the signings of Huth and Tuncay from Boro and the latter is likely to give them that little spark up front, something they lacked during the last campaign. However, their home form is not to be sniffed at as it was largely responsible for them finishing twelfth last season and they've already won their sole home fixture of the season so far, a two goal win over Burnley. Sunderland are the visitors to the Brittania Stadium and look a much stronger side under Steve Bruce. They've 6 points from a possible 9 and the only disappointment has been a defeat at home to Chelsea but it's unlikely Bruce was realistically targeting getting anything from that game anyway. They also hammered Norwich away in the Carling Cup and are bound to cause Stoke some problems at the back with the promising partnership of Bent and Jones. A tricky one to call but Sunderland are improved and Stoke won't have it all their own way.|
|Tottenham v Birmingham|
|Spurs have had an absolutely fantastic start to this season's campaign and still top the Premier league table but there'll be many who'll be sceptical about whether the current league leaders can maintain their form; leastways they've already exceeded last season's points tally before Redknapp took over and it's still August! Goals haven't been in short supply either with everyone weighing in including Crouch, Pavlyuchenko and Bentley in the Carling Cup victory at Doncaster. They host a Birmingham side that have had a relatively good start if you consider that their only defeat came at Old Trafford. Only a single goal to show for their efforts in three games although they've only conceded one as well. However, Spurs look like they can break anyone down at the moment especially given the strength of their bench and their run looks set to continue.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wolverhampton v Hull|
|Hull finally secured their first win for some time when Bolton paid a visit but they still look a side that will be fighting against relegation come the end of the season. The Tigers then followed that up with a win at home in the Carling Cup against Southend and look to have tightened up a little since Spurs hammered them for five. They travel to Molineux to take on a Wolves side just a place above them on goal difference and struggling to score goals. Just a single goal from the last four games including the goalless draw at home to Swindon in the Carling Cup underlines the biggest problem for McCarthy. Their defence has looked fairly sound but injury to Ebanks-Blake until the end of August means goals will be hard to come by, and even when he does return it's a gamble as to whether he'll be able to match the standard expected in the Premier league; whether or not McCarthy snaps up a striker before the transfer deadline remains to be seen. Hull will struggle to score in this encounter but Wolves could just nick one.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:15||Man Utd v Arsenal|
|This is undoubtedly the first big game of the season between two sides who've shown that scoring goals is not a problem. Most probably billed as the experience of United against the youth of Arsenal, both have much to prove; United need to show that the defeat at Burnley was just a blip whilst Arsenal will be keen to dispel the myth that their young side can't live with their champion counterparts and retain their form for the entirety of a season. United went some way to proving that blips happen by following the Burnley defeat with an emphatic victory at the DW Stadium, a great prelude to this encounter. The Gunners, for their part, have just qualified for the Champions League with a heavy victory over 2 legs against Celtic despite the good fortune or questionable sportsmanship of some of their goals. All in all, this should be a quality game with goals but neither side will want to lose and a draw looks the best bet.|
|Sun 1:30||Portsmouth v Man City|
|Pompey finally got a win under their belts against Hereford but they've still got nil points in the Premier league. Al Fahim has now completed his buyout but it looks like money won't be made available before the transfer window closes and January could be too late for Pompey who need to bring in some quality players fast. They host moneybags City who eventually sealed the signing of Joleon Lescott for what was thought to be a paltry £22m, and there was me thinking that Mark Hughes wasn't going to pay over the odds for any players during the summer; maybe Lescott will prove to be of value in the end, maybe not! City have lived up to their billing so far by winning both their games but they're yet to face any stern examinations and the trip to Fratton Park is likely to be no exception. City are unlikely to disappoint their owners just yet.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 3:00||Everton v Wigan|
|The pressure is on Moyes to get some points on the board now that he can no longer blame the protracted transfer of Joleon Lescott for his side's inadequacies on the pitch. They were hammered at home by Arsenal on the opening day and followed that with a narrow defeat away at newly promoted side, Burnley, notching just a single goal from those two fixtures. They entertain a Wigan side that appear to have had a mixed start under Martinez; just a win at Villa Park on the opening day followed by defeats at home to Wolves and United in which they conceded 6 goals without reply. Martinez then fielded a weakened side at Blackpool in the Carling Cup only to see his side succumb to yet another heavy defeat. It's difficult to back either side but I'm tipping Everton to get back to events on the pitch and start winning games.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Aston Villa v Fulham|
|These two sides, as well as Everton, are the Premier league's representatives in the newly formed Europa league. How this competition will affect their subsequent performances on the following weekends remains to be seen but the general concensus is it's unlikely to do them any favours. Villa got off to a shocker at home to Wigan but put that out of their minds with a staggering win at Anfield although Liverpool were partly responsible for handing them victory. Why O'Neill has left it so late to strengthen his small squad remains something of a mystery but now he looks set to complete the signings of Richard Dunne from City and Stephen Warnock from Blackburn; defensive minded acquisitions that should serve Villa well. Their opponents, Fulham, looked a stronger away side at the end of last season's campaign and began the current one with a single goal victory at Fratton Park but they were humbled at home by Chelsea. I expect Villa to be stronger than they were on the opening day and Fulham will meet more of a challenge than they did against Pompey.|
|Home Win 2-1|