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 18th to Sun 19th September 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Stoke v West Ham|
|Tony Pulis's return to the Stoke dressing room at half-time on Monday night was enough to incentivise his players to overturn a single goal deficit against Aston Villa. Huth's goal late into injury time saw them secure not only their first points of the season but also their first win. The Potters certainly rode their luck at times but it was the sort of result that could do wonders for confidence ahead of a visit by bottom club, West Ham. Much has been made in the media of the expected absence of both Avram Grant and Tal Ben Haim so that they can observe Yom Kippur, but surely the Hammers can't get any worse without them. Starting the season with four successive defeats leaves them rock bottom on zero points with only Scott Parker showing any sort of sparkle; his late consolation goal against Chelsea was sublime. On the road West Ham have lost both games to the tune of three goals without reply and whilst Stoke aren't expected to be that prolific, a home win is surely the order of the day.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Bolton|
|Houllier is expected to take charge for this match against Bolton after finally being released by the French Football Federation from his technical director role. Though Villa have won both their home fixtures, their start to the season has been somewhat disappointing; they were second best at home to Everton but somehow managed to hold out for victory whilst they suffered a six goal hammering at Newcastle and lost the game at Stoke with seconds to go in injury time. The players will undoubtedly be anxious to impress the new manager on his first home game in charge but Bolton aren't a side easily dismissed. Elmander has begun the season well, over-shadowing strike partner Kevin Davies, with three goals to his name in stark contrast to the previous campaigns. The Trotters will be without both Cahill and Jaaskelainen as they serve suspensions for straight dismissals. Both are key absentees and the Cahill appeal was probably worthwhile although inevitably unsuccessful. Bogdan deputised ably for Jaaskelainen against Arsenal but he's likely to have his hands full again this weekend. It looks like being Villa's day though Bolton will have their say.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Blackburn v Fulham|
|Blackburn, under Sam Allardyce, have grown into a side that aren't easy to beat. Their home form is impressive despite being beaten at Ewood Park by Arsenal just before the international break; they only lost three times at home last season and Big Sam seems to relish the fact that Rovers have forged a reputation as the side no-one wants to play. They even held on for a point at Eastlands last weekend after Kalinic took advantage of some confusion between Joe Hart and Kolo Toure in the heart of the City defence. They host a Fulham side that are notoriously poor on the road but are yet to be beaten in the Premier League so far this time around, including draws at Bolton and Blackpool. New signing, Dembele, grabbed both goals in the home win over Wolves but the injury to Zamora couldn't have come at a worse time and the English striker is expected to be out for at least four months. It shouldn't be forgotten that Mark Hughes will be taking Fulham back to one of his previous clubs so will naturally want some sort of result but it's a big ask!|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Everton v Newcastle|
|The manner in which Everton responded in injury time at home to United could be the catalyst to kick-start their season. Currently lying second from bottom, results haven't necessarily been reflective of performances. They were the better side at Villa Park but lost and Moyes was obviously incensed in the dying seconds at Goodison last weekend when the referee prematurely blew the final whistle with the Toffees on the counter-attack in the final third. They host a Newcastle side that've failed to build on that six goal thrashing of Villa. They've since secured a valuable point before being surprisingly beaten by Blackpool at St James Park. Newcastle had rightly been proud of their home record and whilst aware that they'd lose it this season, losing it to Blackpool was something of a shock. It's probable that home form is the biggest factor likely to keep the Magpies in the Premiership this season and any scraps that they can pick up on the road will be welcome. However, Everton usually get their game together sooner or later and Newcastle are likely to be on the receiving end.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Tottenham v Wolverhampton|
|Spurs had a great 42 minute introduction to Champions League football leading Werder Bremen by two clear goals but reality hit them either side of half-time and a point can be rightly considered a good start. That said, the biggest concern at White Hart Lane will be how they respond the weekend after Champions League matches. Spurs have already shown after knocking out Young Boys that no game is a foregone conclusion as illustrated by Wigan leaving the Lane with all three points. This weekend they face a Wolves side that mugged them 1-0 at home last season; they'll be without Dawson and Defoe whilst doubts remain over the fitness of Modric and Van der Vaart. The latter two have proved themselves key players but if they feature, they're likely to get kicked off the park by a Wolves side that've received thirteen yellow cards and one red in the last two games; as a result, Berra is suspended. McCarthy blames television for drawing attention to their heavy tactics but the tackles have been there for all to see. Wolves will be keen to prove that last season's result here was no fluke and it's a great time for them to play Spurs. They'll set up in similar fashion to Wigan and try and nick a goal on the break.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Brom v Birmingham|
|With the exception of the opening day thrashing at Stamford Bridge, West Brom haven't performed too badly; they've not been prolific in front of goal but they've also conceded very little. They gave a good account of themselves at Anfield, fought back well at home to equalise against Spurs and could've gone on to win the game in the dying minutes. They host a Birmingham side that've built on last season's success and are once again proving diffcult to beat. As yet they're still undefeated and have drawn away at Sunderland and Bolton as well as holding Liverpool to a draw at St Andrews. One criticism could be that they draw too many games but they're a resilient side and key to progress is not losing. Their attacking options could be bolstered this weekend if Hleb is deemed fit for action. Backing Birmingham not to lose is a sensible option but given that this is a derby fixture, a draw wouldn't be unexpected.|
|Sat 5:30||Sunderland v Arsenal|
|It seems that Lee Cattermole hasn't learnt his lesson from the opening day when he was sent off at home to Birmingham. Playing only his second game of the season, the volatile midfielder was again dismissed at Wigan and even Steve Bruce publicly stated that he needs to learn to stay on his feet. On a lighter note Bruce will have been pleased with his latest signing, Asamoah Gyan, grabbing a debut goal despite leaving the DW Stadium with just a point. The Mackems are undefeated at the Stadium of Light having beaten City with an injury-time penalty and drawing with Birmingham on the opening day. However a bad result is only potentially around the corner and Arsenal pose a serious threat. Many view the Gunners as Chelsea's nearest rivals, backed up by their current second place only two points behind the leaders and by their hammering of Braga in their first game of the Champions League group stages. Wenger's side have already drawn away at Liverpool and won at Blackburn so what price another victory at Sunderland even though the likes of Walcott, van Persie and Diaby are all injured.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 1:30||Man Utd v Liverpool|
|If Rooney thought he was going to get a rough ride at Goodison, then he should expect pretty much the same from the travelling Liverpool fans but Ferguson is unlikely to let the striker off the hook this time. United have had two successive disappointing results; the goalless draw with Rangers in the Champions League preceded by the draw at Goodison where Everton scored twice in injury time to secure a share of the spoils. United also suffered a sucker-punch at Craven Cottage when Hangeland equalised in the last minute of normal time so it seems last minute concentration needs addressing. There was further bad news for United when Valencia suffered significant ligament damage and a fractured ankle against Rangers. They host a Liverpool side that've failed to really fire this season with Jamie Redknapp going so far as to brand Torres's performance at St Andrews as 'diabolical'. They failed to create much against Birmingham and lost convincingly at Eastlands several weeks ago but they always seem to produce something for the trip to Old Trafford. A game that could tip either way.|
|Sun 3:00||Wigan v Man City|
|It looked like Wigan were going to be this season's whipping boys after two games; four goals conceded at home to Blackpool and then six conceded at home to Chelsea was as poor a start as one could've imagined. Since then they've rallied and the win at Spurs was followed by a late equaliser at home to Sunderland (though that did come against a team that'd been playing with 10 men for 68+ minutes). They host a City side that are seven points behind the league leaders and any title aspirations must surely be fading. Results prove that money won't necessarily buy the title but the draw at home to Blackburn also showed that team spirit can't be bought. The last two games (away at Sunderland and at home to Blackburn) have yielded just a single point and your average punter must be wondering how long it's going to take for Mancini to assemble all his separate components into a team. Winning on the road proved problematic for City last season but the Latics are not a great side and some serious questions are likely to be asked if City cannot win at the DW.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 4:00||Chelsea v Blackpool|
|The only game of the weekend that looks a dead cert but Blackpool's recent performances could blow that theory right out of the water. The Tangerines are flying high in fourth and with the exception of the mauling at the Emirates, have been worthy of their seven point tally. Impressive victories at both Wigan and Newcastle is surely not a warning that Holloway's men can get something out of the trip to Stamford Bridge. Their opponents, Chelsea, have looked convincing in every game to date and it's going to take something serious to topple them; only Arsenal look close to giving them a run for their money. The Blues are the only side with a 100% record intact and sit proudly atop the Premier League table with a two point advantage over the Gunners. They look much stronger with Essien pulling the strings in midfield and the Ghanaian now has three goals from Chelsea's win over West Ham and Zilina. With 17 goals scored in four Premier League games and just a solitary Scott Parker goal conceded, anything other than a Chelsea win doesn't merit the conversation.|
|Home Win 3-0|