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 28th to Sun 29th August 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Blackburn v Arsenal|
|Rovers showed that they're still a side that can't be dismissed at Ewood Park with their opening day victory over a fairly poor Everton outfit. But their away form continues to be their undoing as evidenced by the way Birmingham came from behind to win at St Andrews. Whatever their form, Blackburn will know that they've a game on their hands against an Arsenal side eager to show their intentions early on in the season. After counting themseleves fortunate to snatch a point at Anfield, they then gave Blackpool a footballing lesson at the Emirates and the six goal scoreline could have been more. Walcott's hat-trick should make Capello sit up and take notice; the young Gunner is going to run some defences ragged this season. Fabregas and van Persie started on the bench against the Tangerines but Wenger won't want to drop points at Ewood Park and he's unlikely to risk not starting with his best eleven. Blackburn should give a good account of themselves but I suspect Arsenal will have the final say.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 3:00||Blackpool v Fulham|
|The question is can Blackpool recover from the beating at the Emirates last weekend. Holloway's job wasn't made any easier by his side's extra time Carling Cup exit at MK Dons but one less competition might help their chances of staying in the top flight. Ian Evatt is suspended after being sent off against Arsenal but other than that they've no new injuries. They host a Fulham side renowned for being poor on the road but they kicked off their campaign with a goalless draw at Bolton and then managed to peg back United at Craven Cottage last weekend. Zamora and Gera both scored a brace in the midweek six goal thrashing of Port Vale; results like that can do wonders for confidence though complacency must be avoided. It mustn't be forgotten that Blackpool did open their account by putting four goals past a very poor Wigan side but Fulham are an improving side and they might do enough to secure a very important away victory.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Chelsea v Stoke|
|Chelsea remain the only Premier league side with a 100% record courtesy of a brace of six goal thrashings, firstly at home against West Brom and then away at Wigan. The Blues look a very potent threat in front of goal but the fixture list has really played into their hands. Whichever way you look at it, Stoke at Stamford Bridge should be another three points in the bag although Chelsea might struggle to net another six as the Potters are reasonably well organised. Stoke, however, haven't had a great start to their campaign having lost both opening games (away at Wolves and at home to Spurs). Additionally, Tony Pulis has had keeper problems with Begovic going on strike after Chelsea reputedly bid £4m for him. There was some good news though with Stoke managing to avoid the Carling Cup banana skin against Shrewsbury. Back to this fixture and there only looks like being one winner. Chelsea are already setting the early pace and could prove difficult to catch.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Tottenham v Wigan|
|Spurs finally put their Young Boys scare behind them as a Peter Crouch hat-trick saw Tottenham back in top flight European football after 49 years. Jermain Defoe, who also contributed with a goal, was expected to miss the Wigan game as he needs a groin operation but there was doubt after the game as to whether or not the op would go ahead. Spurs remain unbeaten in the Premier league after drawing at home to Man City and nicking all three points at the Britannia, somewhat fortunately given that Crouch failed to keep the ball from going over the line and Chris Foy failed to give the goal. Their opponents, Wigan, are currently bottom of the pile and rightly so after conceding ten goals at home in their first two games; four to Blackpool and six to Chelsea. Considering the way they're playing this could be another hammering. Don't forget that Spurs beat the Latics 9-1 at the Lane last season. Though this might not be a repeat performance, Spurs are bound to be in euphoric mood and this should be a comfortable win.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Wolverhampton v Newcastle|
|Newcastle were the surprise package of the weekend, dishing out a six goal thrashing to Aston Villa at St James Park; it seems 6-0 is fast becoming the popular scoreline. Carroll's hat-trick was deserving of the number nine shirt but Villa were atrocious. Most didn't expect a scoreline of these proportions as evidenced by the fact that the attendance was almost 10,000 below capacity. The question is can they carry this form on the road and the answer is probably not considering they lost by three goals at Old Trafford on the opening weekend. Wolves have made a good start to the campaign by beating Stoke and then coming from behind at Goodison to take a point last weekend. Again McCarthy's priority will be to secure their Premier league status as soon as possible and then see where the rest of the season takes them. Wolves are a tough side to beat and Newcastle don't appear to have the credentials on the road.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||Man Utd v West Ham|
|The Hammers have started their campaign with two defeats (away at Villa and at home to Bolton) but the biggest worry is that they could be stuck on zero points after four games, with United away and Chelsea at home coming up. They also had to rely on a goal in injury time to overcome little Oxford United and Avram Grant feels that his side look mentally fragile. If they're mentally fragile now, think how they'll feel after United and Chelsea have wiped the floor with them. They play a United side already lagging two points behind the champions after United failed to take chances at Craven Cottage and ultimately paid the price when Hangeland netted a late equaliser. Not sure how many penalty opportunities Nani will now get but who knows why Giggs, Berbatov Owen or Scholes didn't step up. Rooney didn't feature last weekend but given his performance against Newcastle, it seems that his form hasn't recovered from a poor World Cup. The one plus point for Ferguson is that Scholes is in fine form and the midfielder is sure to steer United to a maximum this weekend.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sun 1:30||Bolton v Birmingham|
|Bolton ran out comfortable winners at Upton Park in the end last weekend but had Carlton Cole converted West Ham's first penalty opportunity, things might well have turned out different. The Trotters will be happy with their start, including a draw at home to Fulham, and Elmander already has a brace to his name hinting at a marked improvement from last season. Their opponents, Birmingham, shouldn't be under-estimated and are a very resilient side. They came from behind at the Stadium of Light to rescue a point and again were a goal down at home to Blackburn but managed to salvage a victory. Birmingham will keep coming at you as long as they're still in the game. Having said that, this is unlikely to be pretty football and the likely bet looks a goalless draw.|
|Sun 3:00||Liverpool v West Brom|
|At the time of writing, Liverpool face a tricky away tie in Turkey to cement their place in the Europa League group stages. With a slender goal advantage and no Gerrard, Torres or Mascherano, a trip to Trabzonspor is a far from wanted distraction. The good news is that both Gerrard and Torres should be fit for the visit of West Brom though Mascherano may have moved elsewhere by then and Joe Cole is still suspended. The Reds haven't enjoyed the best of starts; they were a tad unfortunate at home to Arsenal and the trip to Eastlands was always going to be a tough fixture. Their oppponents, West Brom, had a shocking start to their campaign at Chelsea but turned things around at home to Sunderland with Peter Odemwingie scoring the winner on his debut. However, this is another tricky away trip for the newly promoted club and Liverpool's home form is fairly reliable.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Man City|
|The Mackems away form continues to thwart their progress as they went down by a single goal at the Hawthorns. Last season they managed only ten points on the road and their away form shows no signs of improving. At home they were also held to a draw by Birmingham after Cattermole was sent off just before half-time. The good news for Sunderland is that both Turner and Cattermole are fit to start at the weekend but the bad news is that they host Manchester City. City weren't great in their first outing at White Hart Lane but more than made up for it by taking Liverpool apart at Eastlands. They seemed to set up fairly defensively again against Liverpool but the introduction of Milner played a key part in shifting the emphasis from defence to attack. There's no doubt that City are only going to get better but their form on the road is still somewhat untested; however, anything other than a City victory would be a surprise.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 4:00||Aston Villa v Everton|
|Villa were taken apart by Newcastle at St James Park which was something of a shock after their convincing opening day home victory over West Ham. Kevin MacDonald appears to want the job but the theory is that he seems incapable of changing the game if it's not proceeding according to plan. Whatever he said to the Villa players at half-time at Newcastle, it failed spectacularly to work. Villa were awful and Stephen Ireland failed to grab the headlines in place of the departed Milner. They host an Everton side that also haven't had the best of starts but at least they haven't been spanked by anyone. The Toffees were beaten at Ewood Park and let Wolves back in for a share of the spoils at Goodison but at least they cruised past ten man Huddersfield in the Carling Cup. Not much separated these sides last season and I'd have to go for a draw so early in the campaign.|