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 14th to Mon 16th August 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Tottenham v Man City|
|This game is unlikely to have any bearing on the final placings come the end of the season but it's an interesting fixture given the fierce competition between the two back in May when a place in this season's Champions League was at stake. We all know the outcome of that but City have upped the ante yet again by taking their spending to an unprecedented level. No one denies that Mancini has bought quality but can he keep everyone happy and how long will it take for them to gel as a team. Obviously Harry Redknapp will be hoping that it takes longer than expected for City to find the magic formula. The Spurs manager has kept his hands in his pockets over the summer with just Sandro coming in but more importantly he hasn't let go any of his key players. With Woodgate and King so often injured, he does need to invest in a centre half but there's still a long way to go with regards to the transfer window. City's summer spending makes this something of an unknown quantity but Spurs will be keen to at least take a point from their first home game.|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v West Ham|
|O'Neill's resignation couldn't have come at a worse time with less than a week until the Premier League kicks off. The reasons appear to be related to funding and differences between the various parties as to the ambitions of the club. Not surprisingly there have been no new faces at Villa Park and the likes of Milner and Young now look certain to go, whilst a nucleus of players appear pleased with O'Neill's departure believing that they might finally get a bite of the cherry. They host a West Ham side now under the stewardship of Avram Grant and the Israeli has wasted no time before dipping into the transfer market. The Hammers have stuck to their guns and held on to Scott Parker whilst adding the likes of Piquionne, Ben Haim, Barrera and Winston Reid but another difficult season lies in wait for them. They won just a single Premier League away fixture last season and a defeat on the road looks likely despite Villa having problems of their own.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Blackburn v Everton|
|Everton are widely predicted to improve on their eighth place finish last season. They've brought in Jermaine Beckford from Leeds hoping that he can transfer his goals from League 1 to the top flight whilst keeping hold of Arteta could also prove key. The only criticism that could be aimed at the Toffees was that they didn't offer Gosling a written contract, allowing him to leave for Newcastle on a free. Everton's pre-season campaign has been quietly impressive ahead of their visit to Ewood Park whilst Rovers hasn't been too great over the summer. Not much transfer activity has hit the headlines at Blackburn with Allardyce letting Steven Reid and Basturk leave and bringing in just one signing; Mame Diouf on loan from United. The Toffees were pretty good at the smash and grab last season and a 0-1 win would give them the perfect start.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Bolton v Fulham|
|There's no doubt that Owen Coyle has added strength to his Bolton side with players not typical of Bolton stock; namely Martin Petrov, Blake and Klasnic all on free transfers plus Marcos Alonso from Real Madrid. They face a Fulham side under the management of Mark Hughes after Hodgson was tempted to take charge of a much bigger club at Liverpool. Fulham remain undefeated over the course of their pre-season campaign but if Hughes is to be successful at Craven Cottage he must improve their away form; they won just once on the Premier League road last season. The Welshman has had the likes of Senderos (although now injured) and Greening added to his squad but his first job will be keeping Schwarzer from the clutches of Arsenal and there might be a possible move for Bellamy at Eastlands if the fiery forward proves surplus to requirements. Hughes is probably a good match for the Cottagers but away at the Reebok is unlikely to yield the best of starts.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Birmingham|
|Steve Bruce appears to have been fairly active in the transfer market but the jury's out as to the quality of players he's brought in. Cana has left for Galatasary whilst Kenwyne Jones looks to be on his way to Stoke for a club record fee. They host a Birmingham side that were hugely impressive last season for a newly promoted club and it seems to be widely thought that McLeish will continue from where he left off in May. Ben Foster and Nicola Zigic are both signings that should take the club forward whilst no key players have left. McLeish will be concerned that Birmingham don't have a dire second season as so often happens to new Premier League clubs that do well in their first campaign. They were resolute in defence last season and are capable of taking a share of the spoils at the Stadium of Light.|
|Wigan v Blackpool|
|The rumour mill has been working overtime at Blackpool with Holloway alleged to have quit only for him to come out and dismiss the speculation stating that his relationship with the chairman was absolutely fantastic. There were suggestions that the wage structure at Bloomfield Road was preventing the manager from signing the players he wanted. Ironically, within hours Blackpool announced four new signings but they're still widely expected to finish bottom of the pile. The Tangerines kick off with four of their first five fixtures on the road and they could be isolated after a matter of weeks. Their first trip is to the DW Stadium where Wigan can be inconsistent but they did beat Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal there last season. The most notable addition to Martinez's squad has been Mauro Boselli from Estudiantes whilst some Latics fans will probably be realatively pleased to see Titus Bramble and Paul Scharner leave. Any sort of result will be great for Blackpool but the head rules the heart and a Wigan win looks more likely.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wolverhampton v Stoke|
|Both these clubs survived the drop last season and Stoke actually did it with several games to spare in the end but the likelihood is that they'll both be scrapping once again to stay in the top flight. Stoke are currently negotiating the signing of Kenwyne Jones but his inconsistent form last season makes it a risky purchase for Tony Pulis. Mick McCarthy has also been busy over the summer picking the best bits from the relegated Premier League sides; namely Mouyokolo and Hunt from Hull and Fletcher from Burnley whilst centre half, Jelle van Damme from Belgium, completes the quartet. Both Hunt and Fletcher score goals from other areas of the pitch, something Wolves lacked last season. This fixture is unlikely to prove much of a spectacle but home advantage is likely to inspire Wolves to their first victory of the season.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||Chelsea v West Brom|
|No newly promoted side want to travel to Stamford Bridge on the opening day; mind you, Newcastle haven't got it any better having to go to Old Trafford. West Brom's aim will be to come out of it with their pride intact and not ship a load of goals as that could seriously knock the confidence going into the rest of the season. Roberto di Matteo will also like his return to his old club to be memorable for the right reasons. The Baggies have strengthened at the back with Myhill, Shorey and Reid coming in but so often it is the lack of goals from promoted clubs that leaves them struggling. Their opponents, Chelsea, have trimmed their squad a little with Ancelotti keen to bring down the average age. Benayoun and Ramires are the only additions to date but undoubtedly there will be more, especially with the departure of Carvalho as Terry, Alex and Ivanovic are the only recognised centre halves. The Blues will obviously be aiming to hold on to the Premier League title and their campaign should kick off with a comfortable win.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sun 4:00||Liverpool v Arsenal|
|It's rare to have such a tasty fixture to look forward to on the opening weekend of the season and whether that'll make for a better game given that nothing can be won or lost at this stage remains to be seen. The best thing to happen on Merseyside over the summer was the departure of Benitez and though Hodgson is a proven experienced manager, how will he fare at a big club with such high profile players. However, he's managed to achieve his first target by keeping hold of Gerrard and Torres as well as tempting Joe Cole from under the noses of several other interested clubs. Poulsen is the latest addition whilst Riera and Benayoun remain the biggest departures. Now Liverpool just need to resolve the ownership of the club, no easy feat! Their opponents, Arsenal, have also had their successes in summer dealings; Wenger persuaded Fabregas to stay as well as finally getting Chamakh. He also showed his ruthless side by letting half a dozen players go including four defenders and made it clear that he'll be relying heavily on his young guns believing that they've come of age. The success of both these clubs depends on their respective luck with injuries; Gerrard, Torres, van Persie and Fabregas fit and available will boost any side. It's too early to pick a winner and once again the fence beckons!|
|Mon 8:00||Man Utd v Newcastle|
|Newcastle won't relish the task of opening their campaign back in the top flight at Old Trafford. Hughton's mettle will surely be tested from the off but he's had some success over the summer with Dan Gosling moving to St James Park on a free and Ben Arfa rumoured to be moving there on a loan deal. Where there's good there's also bad and the pictures of Sol Campbell in training will have young nippy strikers chomping at the bit; it's possible he might not be fit to play on the opening weekend. The Magpies are tipped to stand the best chance of staying up but so often they shoot themselves in the foot; let's hope Ashley can keep a low profile. Not much has happened at Old Trafford in terms of transfer dealing but there's much expected from Chicharito, the Little Pea. Ferguson can still call on the services of Giggs and Scholes and both played a part in United's first win of the season over Chelsea in the Community Shield. Despite being a glorified friendly, it sets the tone for the season and many think that United can reclaim the title. The bigger picture aside, United should ease to a comfortable win over Newcastle.|
|Home Win 3-0|