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 19th to Sun 20th September 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Burnley v Sunderland|
|Burnley have been hit for 9 goals in their 3 away fixtures but their home form couldn't be more different having won against United and Everton with just a single goal sufficient to settle each result. It's understandable that a newly promoted side will struggle at some of the bigger clubs but good home form is key to Owen Coyle's side hanging on to their well-earned Premier league status. They host a Sunderland side that enjoyed an emphatic home victory last weekend against Hull but the Mackems haven't secured any further points on the road since their victory at the Reebok on the opening day. There is still room for improvement amongst Steve Bruce's newly assembled players and though they're capable of taking all 3 points at Turf Moor, Burnley have already shown themselves capable of winning at home against the best.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Wigan|
|Two of their biggest games so far (against City and United) and Arsenal have managed to lose both of them despite creating chances and dominating long periods of both games. Manchester hasn't proved to be a happy hunting ground for Wenger's young charges and they need to learn to take their opportunities whenever possible if they're to mount any sort of title challenge this season. The Gunners have only had one Premier league home fixture this season, a game in which they trounced Portsmouth, and will be keen to get more points on the board against a Wigan side that've been inconsistent under Martinez. Maybe that's to be expected given the new manager and departures of several influential players but Rodallega has already proved himself to be a match winner. By now the Latics should have got the beatings dished out to them by United and Blackpool out of their mind although they risk another one at the Emirates unless they get their act together.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Aston Villa v Portsmouth|
|Villa's smash and grab display last weekend at St Andrews was exactly what we predicted and was a reminder of what they did so effectively last season for many of their away fixtures. O'Neill opted to go with the beefed up Agbonlahor alone up front but made a bold move by bringing on Carew for the last 20 minutes, a move which paid handsome dividends when the Norwegian headed on for Agbonlahor to net the winner. This weekend they entertain a Portsmouth side that lost out to fellow strugglers, Bolton, last weekend. That defeat made it five on the bounce for Paul Hart and they're still yet to register any points. Pompey look certs to drop to the Championship which is borne out by the calibre of the players they now have at the club. Villa should have enough to snatch another maximum whilst it looks like things can only get worse for Portsmouth.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Bolton v Stoke|
|The Trotters made hard work of it last weekend down on the south coast but they've won their first six pointer of the season and Megson's next target will be to drag Bolton out of the bottom three. Having now won their first game and got their first points on the board, he'll be hoping that this will kickstart their season. They host a similar side to themselves in that Stoke also like to play directly and rely heavily on set pieces. The Potters can normally be backed at the Britannia Stadium although Chelsea proved to be too much of a challenge last weekend, but they're not so confident on the road; they did manage a point at St Andrews but were heavily beaten at Anfield. This is unlikely to resemble anything remotely close to a spectacle but Bolton might just edge it with home advantage.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Hull v Birmingham|
|Phil Brown wasn't happy with his back four after their mauling at the Stadium of Light last weekend and it looks like extra training might have been in store. However, the problem is something of Brown's own making having sold central defender Turner to their victors; ironically, Turner had an excellent game which only served to rub salt into a very fresh wound. The Tigers appeared to have recovered from their battering at home to Spurs by drawing at Wolves and taking all three points against Bolton but the jury's still out. They entertain a Birmingham side that've been on the wrong end of too many results but have far from disgraced themselves with good performances at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane. Scoring goals is their biggest issue and needs to be reolved if they're to avoid a relegation scrap later in the season. Takeover talks continue to dominate the headlines at St Andrews and I can't see anything happening at the KC Stadium likely to change that.|
|Sat 5:30||West Ham v Liverpool|
|Liverpool secured a confidence-boosting win at home to Burnley courtesy of a Benayoun hat-trick and it seems that Benitez has finally given the Israeli a chance after starting him in all of Liverpool's Premier league games this season. Earlier defeats at Spurs and at home to Villa show that they're still not the finished article as far as the title is concerned but they'll fancy their chances at Upton Park against a West Ham side that looked off the pace at the DW Stadium last weekend. Only Robert Green excelled which illustrates the pressure they were under although substitute Diamanti continues to impress after only a short time at the club. Rumour has it that Zola may have virtually a full strength squad to select from but I'm not sure they'll have enough if Liverpool come and play to their potential.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 1:30||Man Utd v Man City|
|With City having effectively bought their way up the league, it means there are now some additional mouth-watering fixtures with extra spice now added to this Manchester derby. Second plays third with United aiming to prove to pretenders, City, that it takes more than money to win a title. Fergie's men underlined their title credentials with a fine display at White Hart Lane and dominated throughout with the exception of the first 15 minutes, even when Scholes had been dismissed with half hour to go. United's home form has been near perfect having lost just one and drawn two of their last 20 matches at Old Trafford. Opponents, City, still have their 100% record intact and managed to beat Arsenal at home last weekend although the scoreline may have flattered the hosts. The game, of course, will best be remembered by two incidents involving ex-Gunner, Adebayor, and his subsequent 3 match ban means he'll miss the trip to Old Trafford. City winning would surely cause a stir but United look to be stepping up a gear now and may have too much; whatever the outcome, it's far from easy to predict.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 2:00||Wolverhampton v Fulham|
|After back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Aston Villa, Fulham got back to winning ways aginst Everton but only after a poor start. However, their away form is traditionally poor and last season's temporary respite on the road is not enough to convince me otherwise. They may have already won at Fratton Park but then a lot of teams are going to do that this season. A draw in Sofia was a good result after Hodgson rang the changes but can they follow that up at Molineux and not succumb to European jetlag. Wolves have just 4 points to show for their 5 games so far and need to start scoring goals if they're to make an impression. McCarthy will have been boosted by the news that Kightly could be fit to make his Premier league debut but more striking options would be preferable. Wolves are still seeking their first home Premier league victory this season but it's touch and go how this one will turn out.|
|Sun 3:00||Everton v Blackburn|
|It seems that David Moyes is once again the brunt of bad tidings. Arteta has been ruled out for another six weeks after suffering an injury setback whilst Saha has a hamstring injury. Additionally, they lie second from bottom and have only taken 3 points from 4 games courtesy of a home win against Wigan. Ah yes, there is some good news if you can call it that; Lucas Neill has signed on a one year deal. They host a Blackburn side that are only a point better off as far as the league table is concerned and that position was only boosted by their victory at home to Wolves last weekend. Rovers have only visited Sunderland so far this season so their away form is difficult to predict but if David Dunn can run the game as he did against Wolves, then who knows? The thing is, Dunn has promised so much for years now but injuries et al have meant that he's not quite delivered. Another toughie but Everton look favourites to prevail.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Chelsea v Tottenham|
|Another big Sunday derby game and this time it's the turn of London rivals, Spurs and Chelsea, to battle it out for bragging rights and possibly temporary league leaders. Up until last weekend, both clubs had a 100% start but Spurs were soundly beaten by United whilst Chelsea went on to maintain their unblemished record with a not to be underestimated win at Stoke. Spurs were far too open against United and without Modric lacked the guile to unlock a decent side. Their performance was a throwback to last season when they looked vulnerable without the ball and was possibly as a result of Palacios also looking leggy after international duty. Crouch, Defoe and Keane playing together meant the side lacked balance and it'll be interesting to see how Harry starts against the formidable Chelsea. With the exception of City, Chelsea are the only side with maximum points and the Blues feel they have the momentum to wrest the title from United's grasp. Team spirit is reported to have never been better and it looks like Spurs are going to be dealt another harsh lesson in the realities of top flight English football.|
|Home Win 3-1|