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 21st to Mon 23rd August 2010.
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Blackpool|
|The Gunners dominated in the first half at Anfield but had to rely on Reina chucking the ball into his own net in injury time to salvage a point. You'd expect them to believe that this fixture should be much easier but Blackpool's annihilation of Wigan at the DW Stadium last weekend means that there aren't really any easy games, unless you're playing Wigan. The Tangerines' perfect start has been somewhat soured by Karl Oyston's decision to step down as chairman although he will remain as acting chief executive until a replacement is found. Unfortuately, with Blackpool already having scaled the lofty heights to second in the table after just a single game, it seems the only way will be down. However, Arsenal are without Nasri, Bendtner, Denilson, Ramsey, Djourou, Song and Koscielny whilst Fabregas and van Persie are still struggling to regain full fitness after the World Cup. No doubt Blackpool will be pumped up for the trip to the Emirates but Arsenal should have too much quality and the natural order should be restored.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Birmingham v Blackburn|
|Birmingham didn't have the best start to the current campaign, especially Stephen Carr who conceded a penalty and scored an own goal within the first hour. However, the Blues picked themselves up and managed to finish the game on level terms, no doubt helped by the dismissal of Sunderland's Lee Cattermole just before half time. Nikola Zigic also had an impact with his second half introduction and there were signs that the 6ft 8in Serb could be unplayable. Their opponents, Blackburn, maintained a strong home record with an opening win over Everton but it was their form on the road that hurt them last season with just three victories. There is also the prospect that Blackburn could be bankrolled by an Indian billionaire giving Allardyce a sizable sum to spend; an interesting scenario as can't remember Big Sam having big money to spend before. As far as this game is concerned, expect Birmingham to improve after not such a great start whilst an away fixture to be Blackburn's undoing.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Everton v Wolverhampton|
|After being talked up by a whole host of people within the game and expected to finish in the top six this season, Everton failed spectacularly to live up to their billing at Ewood Park with a dreadful display and produced very little in terms of chances. David Moyes will undoubtedly have had his say and the fans are likely to have theirs should the Toffees produce a similar performance in their first home game. Wolves are the visitors and look like improving on last season's fifteenth placed finish after notching their first opening day win in eleven years. David Jones' old-fashioned flick-up and volley from a free kick was the perfect start and new signing, Steven Fletcher, added to the tally within a couple of minutes. Wolves look to have goals in them but scoring at Goodison may prove a step too far.|
|Stoke v Tottenham|
|Stoke kicked off their campaign by defending poorly in a defeat at Molineux but losing Kenwyne Jones after just ten minutes was a blow, although the good news is that the injury's not serious and the striker should only be out for a couple of weeks. However, Pulis will be pleased that he's finally managed to get his hands on Ipswich striker, Jon Walters, after two previous bids were turned down. Their opponents are a Tottenham side that failed to capitalise on a great first half against Man City although they may be content with a point against a side that've spent millions. Their big failure was in Europe where a group of young boys took them apart in the first half hour on a plastic pitch. Spurs did fight back but their focus is bound to be on next weeks return leg at White Hart Lane where they need to come from 3-2 down on aggregate. Their defence was caught flat-footed on several occasions and it remains to be seen whether Ledley King will return for this fixture or be held back for next week. Both Defoe and Modric appeared to sustain groin injuries in the Swiss game, all factors which seem to be playing into Stoke's hands. This could be an invaluable win for the Potters.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v Sunderland|
|Roberto di Matteo's return to Stamford Bridge turned out to be a disastrous one leaking six without reply; making mistakes at this level, especially against Chelsea, will cost you goals. It seems that West Brom have boosted their squad with Locomotiv Moscow striker, Peter Odemwingie, expected to complete his move in time to face Sunderland. The Mackems will travel without the suspended Lee Cattermole, once again sent off for continual poor challenges in their score draw at home to Birmingham. Sendings off and suspensions proved costly last season and Steve Bruce's side need to improve their disciplinary record if they're to improve their league position. Having said that, there'll be no Cattermole to be sent off this week and they could finish with eleven men this improving their chances of getting something from the game. A difficult one to call considering that Sunderland went for such a long period without winning last season but they might just have the edge.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Ham v Bolton|
|The Hammers were woeful in the three goal hammering at Villa Park and their hopes for the new season have taken an early battering. They lacked in every department and Avram Grant has his hands full in trying to turn things around. However, they've had some good news regarding their move to the Olympic Stadium with Newham mayor, Sir Robin Wales, giving the club his full backing. Now results just need to improve on the pitch starting against Bolton on Saturday. The Trotters experienced disappointment in their opening day fixture at home to Fulham. No one could find a way past rookie keeper, David Stockdale, but they look stronger than last season and Elmander finally showed some class for Bolton despite not scoring. A tough game to predict so early on in the season and a draw looks the best bet.|
|Sat 5:15||Wigan v Chelsea|
|Wigan were absolutely battered by newly promoted side, Blackpool, last weekend and with Chelsea hammering West Brom, there won't be much value on Chelsea dishing out another footballing lesson to the Latics. With one game gone, Chelsea are back on top of the table and are going to prove hard to shift given their potency in front of goal, especially with Drogba hitting form straight away and netting his first hat-trick of the campaign. Chelsea were beaten here last season but expect no repeat of that freak result. Wigan were all over the place against Blackpool; positionally unaware and ball-watching were all too obvious to the spectator. How they must be wishing they still had Titus Bramble and that's saying something. It looks like two home games gone with zero points for Wigan.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|Sun 1:30||Newcastle v Aston Villa|
|At least Newcastle weren't humiliated in their first encounter back in the top flight, unlike newly promoted rivals, West Brom, at Stamford Bridge. The midfield trio of Smith, Nolan and Barton tried to strangle the life out of the game but mistakes from Gutierrez and Routledge proved costly. Carroll and Ameobi threatened without success but the feeling is that the Magpies will be far stronger at St James Park than on the road this season. Their opponents, Villa, had little to concern them in an opening day victory over West Ham but now they have to make do without James Milner after the much awaited transfer to City finally happened. Getting Stephen Ireland as a makeweight in the deal was a good result for Villa and the midfielder is under-rated despite holding his own in the City midfield last season. After O'Neill's departure, it seems that the mood in the Villa camp is a good one and caretaker manager, Kevin MacDonald, appears to have the backing of the majority of the squad. Villa will miss Milner but they should have enough to edge out Newcastle.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Fulham v Man Utd|
|David Stockdale was the star for Fulham at the Reebok last weekend and the rookie will be hoping that he gets his chance to do the same against United. The young keeper made a couple of blinding saves in place of Schwarzer and his run in the side is likely to depend on whether the Aussie gets his move to Arsenal. With Shay Given eyeing up opportunities in the capital as well, a prolonged run for Stockdale doesn't look too hopeful. Fulham's lineup hasn't changed too much from the side that made it to last season's UEFA Cup final and it shouldn't be forgotten that the Cottagers beat United here 3-0 back in December. However, with one exception, United look a side in good form. Scholes and Giggs are proving that age is not a problem whilst Berbatov appears to have finally found his feet. That sole exception is Wayne Rooney; he's failed to put the misery of the World Cup behind him and is far from the dizzy heights of some of his play last season. Even his first touch seems to have deserted him. This should be a better side than the one that travelled to Craven Cottage last season and United should have the final say.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Mon 8:00||Man City v Liverpool|
|Liverpool have no Joe Cole available this weekend after his harsh dismissal against Arsenal but ironically, the Reds played better without him during the second half. They would've taken all three points from their first crunch game of the season had it not been for Reina's blunder in gifting the Gunners an equaliser. They face another important fixture on Monday night, this time at Eastlands. City's spending has supposedly now stopped after signing both Balotelli and Milner. Ireland has been released while Bellamy has been sent on loan to Cardiff. City were fortunate to escape with a point last weekend at White Hart Lane and that could probably be put down to two things; Mancini's cautious approach playing three defensive midfielders in Barry, de Jong and Yaya Toure plus the team not being a sum of it's parts. I can't see Mancini setting up that guarded on home soil but it's still going to take a number of weeks for City to start playing to their potential as a team. Liverpool's away record cost them dearly last season and five wins on the road isn't enough to break into the top four. For that reason, I don't think they're capable of beating City whilst the home side could also struggle to dominate.|