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 11th to Mon 13th September 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Everton v Man Utd|
|Once again Everton have started the season slowly and have just a single point to show after three games; two away defeats and a draw at home to Wolves. To be fair, the Toffees were by far the better side at Villa Park but results don't always reflect the passage of play. Everton actually won this fixture last season by three goals to one, a rare occurrence given United's dominance over the last ten years. United are obviously favourites but ex-Toffee, Wayne Rooney, is bound to come in for more than his fair share of stick after off-field allegations about his private life surfaced last week. Rooney got back into the scoring habit in Switzerland showing he has the character to rise above the pressure but a trip to Goodison will be tantamount to an invitation of unprecedented abuse. No doubt Rooney will want to show courage in the face of adversity but it wouldn't surprise me if Ferguson leaves him out. On a separate note, it seems that the likes of Ferdinand, Neville, Evans and Anderson are all fit enough for first team selection after overcoming their respective injuries. United should do enough to pinch this game but be wary of a scenario similar to that at Craven Cottage this season where they let Fulham off the hook only to pay the price of two points lost.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Bolton|
|It's been a bad international week for Wenger and Arsenal given that both Walcott and van Persie suffered injuries that will definitely keep them out of this game although the longer term prognosis is still unsure. However, the Gunners remain undefeated after three games including a six goal hammering of Blackpool at the Emirates and a great victory at Ewood Park, a difficult place to go and get a result. They host a Bolton side that have also started the season in undefeated fashion but are yet to play a top side and have drawn twice at home. It was alleged that Arsenal were interested in Trotters centre-half, Gary Cahill, at one point but his value has considerably increased after replacing Michael Dawson for England against Bulgaria. Bolton will be without Jaaskelainen after his red card at St Andrews and Elmander is also a doubt after sustaining a head injury on international duty with Sweden. Arsenal are obviously missing some big players but they should have enough to secure the three points.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Fulham v Wolverhampton|
|Fulham have not quite lived up to their European billing in their opening three games with the exception of the 2-2 draw at home to United. An own goal from Hangeland appeared to have gifted the points to United but a missed penalty from Nani prompted Hangeland to make up for his mistake five minutes earlier and grab a late equaliser. They were also a goal up at Blackpool only for a Pantsil own goal to let the Tangerines back into the game. The Cottagers went behind and again had to rely on a late equaliser, this time from Etuhu, to rescue a point. So three points from three games would indicate a draw but Fulham are generally strong at home although Wolves have shown a degree of resilience in their opening fixtures. Their treatment of Joey Barton resulted in seven yellow cards for Wolves players and had the game not been played at Molineux, I'm sure a red card would've been shown. Ebanks-Blake has scored in his last two successive Premier League games but they may well struggle for firepower, especially given that Fletcher is still doubtful with a foot injury. Fulham's home form has been good over the last couple of seasons and this is a game they should win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man City v Blackburn|
|It must have been great for City fans to see England end the match in Switzerland with six City players on the pitch. Though obviously evident that City have an English core, how likely is that all six will start under Mancini given the vast array of international players at his disposal. The fact that City have once again bought big in the close season showed in their first outing at White Hart Lane where they were largely outplayed and could count themselves fortunate to emerge with a point. It's going to take time for the side to gel and this was again illustrated at Sunderland where they went down to an injury time penalty. Their form on the road should improve with time but at home they remain formidable as evidenced by their three goal whitewash of Liverpool. They'll be without Balotelli who's expected to be out for around six weeks after undergoing knee surgery. They host a Blackburn side that don't have a remarkable record away from home and despite playing well at Birmingham and leading, they eventually lost after conceding an equaliser within three minutes of scoring. This looks like being one-way traffic though Allardyce will undoubtedly set out his side as difficult to break down.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Newcastle v Blackpool|
|It seemed inevitable that Newcastle would suffer defeat on the opening day at Old Trafford but they've responded fantastically well by hammering Villa at St James Park and coming away from Molineux with a point. What was surprising about their most recent game was that Joey Barton had obviously been targeted by the Wolves players but still managed to keep his head despite a number of heavy clashes; a sign of maturity maybe. Andy Carroll has wasted no time in filling the number nine shirt with four Premier League goals already to his name. Sol Campbell may also make his Newcastle debut after regaining his fitness but we'll just have to see. Blackpool are the vistors to St James Park and the atmosphere will have an air of Championship familiarity as the two sides meet for the first time in the Premier League. Blackpool aren't a side that can be written off after dishing out a beating at Wigan on the opening day and coming from behind at home to Fulham to eventually level the game. True, the Tangerines did get a footballing lesson at the Emirates but I don't expect the Magpies to replicate that beating although Newcastle will be expected to secure a victory.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v Tottenham|
|It seems injuries have hit Redknapp as hard as Wenger over the international break with Dawson and Defoe both out injured, although Gallas and either Keane or Pavlyuchenko can come in as more than adequate replacements. Other Spurs players rumoured to be nearing a return are Crouch, Bentley, Modric and Lennon so Redknapp is likely to face some selection problems, added to by the shock signing of Rafael van der Vaart. Spurs have already won away at Stoke but it was their shock home defeat to Wigan that Harry put down as a bad day that'll have raised cause for concern; will Spurs alway be this bad on the weekend following Champions League fixtures. Their opponents, West Brom, recovered from their opening day mauling at Stamford Bridge to beat Sunderland at the Hawthorns and gave a decent performance in the narrow defeat at Anfield. Odemwingie is likely to start after netting the winner on his debut, Morrison is suspended whilst a number of players are doubtful. It would be foolish to write off the Baggies on home territory but Spurs should prevail if they get their act together.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Ham v Chelsea|
|West Ham might not have been as bad as their results suggest but the bottom line is that they lie at the bottom of the Premiership after three games with zero points. In each of the three Premier League matches this season the Hammers have conceded three times whilst a Mark Noble penalty has been the sole reward for their efforts. To add weight to their poor performances, it took a Scott Parker goal in injury time to see off little Oxford United in the Carling Cup. Sullivan has also given Grant the dreaded vote of confidence. Whatever their problems, the Premiership doesn't get any easier from week to week and a visit from Chelsea is hardly the tonic to cure their ailments. The Blues are the only Premier League side with a 100% record still intact after three games having scored a total of fourteen goals whilst conceding none. Lampard and Terry are likely to return for Chelsea after injury but whichever way you look at it, it's unlikely to get any easier for the Hammers.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|Wigan v Sunderland|
|Wigan's inconsistency appears not to have deserted them. Over the last few seasons the Latics have struggled to find any level of consistency and this season we thought they were just rubbish after losing heavily to both Blackpool and Chelsea without reply, but then they managed to snatch a victory at White Hart Lane; hence the 'inconsistency' tag. They host a Sunderland side not renowned for their exploits on the road (the Mackems only won twice away last season) but there's room for optimism at the Stadium of Light. An injury-time Darren Bent penalty saw them secure a shock victory over Man City, the afore-mentioned Darren Bent then notched his first England goal in the win over Switzerland and the Mackems broke their transfer record when signing Ghana's Asamoah Gyan on transfer deadline day. Additionally, John Mensah has declared himself injury-free and available for selection. As yet I'm unconvinced by either side but Sunderland look far more capable of progressing; usually, I'd have gone for a draw but maybe Sunderland will just have the edge.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 4:00||Birmingham v Liverpool|
|As in the last campaign, I've been impressed by Birmingham's ability to grind out results. They're still unbeaten after the first three fixtures and have a steely resistance about them. One of the bigger shocks in the transfer window was McLeish's signing of Alexander Hleb from Barcelona (and ex-Arsenal of course) on a season-long loan; unfortunately he sustained a leg injury playing for Belarus during the week so will miss the Liverpool fixture. They host a Liverpool side still struggling for form after last season's disappointment. A heavy defeat to City at Eastlands and an unconvincing win over West Brom at Anfield indicates that there's still a lot of repair work for Hodgson. His cause hasn't been helped by injury to Kuyt whilst Joe Cole serves the last game of his suspension. At least Gerrard and Torres are fit but St Andrews is no easy place to go and don't forget that the Blues drew with the Reds both home and away last season. Another draw looks on the cards!|
|Mon 8:00||Stoke v Aston Villa|
|Villa kicked off the season in fine fettle with a convincing win over West Ham but recent results have not been good. Newcastle gave them a sound thrashing at St James Park, then they were dumped out of the Europa League by Rapid Vienna (the same opponents who knocked them out last season) and they were remarkably fortunate to beat Everton at Villa Park which leads me to the conclusion that their current fourth place is far from realistic. Not surprisingly, MacDonald has been relieved of his caretaker post and former Liverpool boss, Gerard Houllier, has taken up the reins. They travel to the Britannia Stadium where Stoke have had an unfortunate start to their campaign. Only West Ham are keeping them off the foot of the table but they were unlucky not to get a point at home to Spurs whilst they're never likely to get much at Stamford Bridge. Sorensen hopes to make a return from injury to face his old side but this remains a difficult one to call. No doubt the Villa players will be anxious to impress their new manager but Stoke are usually a tough nut to crack at home.|