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 25th to Sun 26th September 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Man City v Chelsea|
|The weekend kicks off with an exciting game at Eastlands and what could prove a tough series of fixtures for a Chelsea side that tasted their first domestic cup defeat at Stamford Bridge since Abramovich bought them. Newcastle were the surprise victors but other than that the Blues have had an easy ride in the first few weeks of the season; however, games at home to Marseille and Arsenal and away at Villa follow the trip to City. Ancelotti will be without Benayoun, Kalou and Kakuta following the Newcastle defeat but John Terry returned for that game and came through the first half unscathed. City also suffered a Carling Cup exit at the Hawthorns and the defeat could've been far worse had it not been for the performance of Shay Given, the wantaway keeper struggling to force himself in front of Joe Hart. The bottom line is that both sides will feature very different personnel to that of their respective midweek defeats. Chelsea still have their 100% Premier league record intact whilst City are undefeated at home although the draw against Blackburn wasn't the best result. City are likely to play just one up top and opt for a defensive approach; a game that could swing either way with the draw looking the best bet.|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v West Brom|
|Arsenal are yet to be defeated this season and are many people's favourites to run Chelsea closest for the title. Wenger has even made silverware a priority by fielding a stronger Carling Cup side and their progress at White Hart Lane to the next round was fully justified. The Gunners injury list is fairly extensive but a derby win is always good for the mood in the camp. They host a West Brom side that disposed of Man City during the week but the Baggies have lost both of their Premier League away games conceding six at Stamford Bridge and just the one at Anfield. The fixture list has been far from kind pitching them against three of the strongest Premier League sides in their opening away matches and a win at the Emirates is as unlikely as it was in the previous two encounters. Arsenal might be without the influential Fabregas but Wilshere is quickly proving himself an able deputy. This should be a comfortable win for the Gunners.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Birmingham v Wigan|
|Both these sides avoided midweek Carling Cup banana skins but this weekend sees them back to the staple diet of the Premier League. Birmingham suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend at local rivals, West Brom, but they're yet to lose at St Andrews after playing Blackburn and Liverpool. Alex Hleb notched his first goal against MK Dons after signing on loan from Barcelona and though he'll need time to adjust, Birmingham have added some quality to their hard-working side. Their opponents, Wigan, have taken just a single point from four home games but ironically took all three points at Spurs, their only away fixture of the season to date. The Latics have improved after their two opening fixtures but it's going to be a hard long season for them. Expect Birmingham to emerge victors on home soil.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Blackpool v Blackburn|
|Newly promoted Blackpool are proving everyone wrong; to be in the top half of the table after five games, four of them away fixtures, is nothing short of remarkable. They've suffered two heavy defeats, at Arsenal and Chelsea, but Holloway has vowed to stick to an attacking approach after a more defensive system backfired at Stamford Bridge when they lost by four clear goals. The Blackpool manager will no doubt be eyeing this as a potential three points given Blackburn's away record last season but Rovers have shown some improvement in that area so far during this campaign. They held on for a point at Eastlands and started well at Birmingham before eventually succumbing to defeat. They also suffered defeat in the Carling Cup at Villa Park after being ahead at the interval. Allardyce's sides usually give a fairly good account of themselves but the main man has recognised that they're failing to hold on to leads after being in front in six out of seven games and not gone on to win. He's pinned the blame squarely on the players' attitudes and will expect a reaction at Bloomfield Road but Holloway's men are still enjoying something of a honeymoon period and it might be their day.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Fulham v Everton|
|Everton have had a torrid start to this season's campaign after taking just two points (at home) from the opening five games. Last weekend they were beaten at home by newly promoted Newcastle, a result which left them second from bottom and just a point above West Ham. The Toffees were expected to do well this season but are now facing an uphill struggle with European qualification virtually out of the question. To cap off their poor start they suffered further Carling Cup humiliation at League 1 Brentford where the Bees knocked the Premier League side out on penalties. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham have had a steady start; they're still undefeated and Hughes seems to have addressed their problematic away record with three draws from three games their reward. Ironically they lost at Stoke in the Carling Cup but it was the horror tackle on Dembele in the dying seconds that leaves Hughes with a striker shortage given that Zamora is out for five months. The Cottagers may be short on attacking options but Everton have been so disappointing that victory might well swing Fulham's way.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Liverpool v Sunderland|
|Roy Hodgson's plan to field a weaker side in the Carling Cup against Northampton backfired in dramatic fashion at Anfield and it compounds what has been an awful start to the season by Liverpool standards. The Reds have just a single Premier League win to their name but that was a far from convincing victory at home to West Brom. However, Liverpool are still unbeaten at Anfield in the Premier League and they'll be looking for victory against a Sunderland side still not too hot on the road. Late Darren Bent goals yielded four points for the Mackems against Arsenal and City at home but their sole away reward has been just a point at Wigan. New signing, Asamoah Gyan, has already scored twice for Sunderland but remains doubtful after limping out of the Carling Cup defeat to West Ham. Bruce may opt not to play Titus Bramble given recent publicity but Lee Cattermole comes back into contention; no doubt he'll be under strict instructions to stay on his feet if he features. This is a must win game for Liverpool and anything else will not be good enough.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|West Ham v Tottenham|
|Spurs proved that they can bounce back from Champions League action with a deserved victory over Wolves but they left it late. A Carling Cup defeat at home to Arsenal is always a bitter pill to swallow but Harry's priorities lie elsewhere and that'll be recognised when most of his regular first team players return to action at Upton Park. Spurs remain undefeated on the road in the Premier League and even secured a vital Champions League point in Germany but these results will have little bearing ahead of a London derby. Avram Grant missed West Ham's first point of the season last weekend at Stoke but appears to have stumbled on a winning formula up front with Piquionne and Obinna both notching goals in the Carling Cup victory at Sunderland. The Hammers are still bottom of the table and it remains to be seen whether they can replicate that form in the Premier League. 3-1 defeats at home to Bolton and Chelsea will have done little for confidence although West Ham haven't been quite as bad as those results necessarily suggest. The longer the home side can keep Spurs out the better their chance of a victory but three points for the away side looks more likely.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 12:00||Bolton v Man Utd|
|United have started the season undefeated but late goals have cost them dear, especially on the road. A late Hangeland goal after a missed penalty at Craven Cottage and two very late goals at Goodison left United with just a point from each game. They were also two goals to the good at home when they let an undeserving Liverpool back into it, only for Berbatov to complete his hat-trick and give United all three points. So they travel to the Reebok with strict instructions from Ferguson to concentrate until the final whistle and record their first away victory of the campaign. Bolton have started in mediocre fashion but Coyle won't have been pleased with their performance at Turf Moor where his old side, Burnley, knocked them out of the Carling Cup. The Trotters' sole Premier League victory came at West Ham but they've had to settle for a couple of draws at home to Fulham and Birmingham. Elmander and Davies have been amongst the goals but expect them to get little joy against United.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Sun 2:05||Wolverhampton v Aston Villa|
|Another Midlands derby, a few of which we're going to have this season. Gerrard Houllier finally took charge for the Carling Cup win over Blackburn but there's a lot of work for him to address considering Villa's form on the road. A six goal hammering at Newcastle plus defeat at Stoke after leading until the 80th minute isn't a great away record to take into the game at Molineux. What was interesting is that it was Emile Heskey, who played under Houllier at Anfield, that got them back into the Blackburn game only the other night and maybe we'll see more from the former England striker. Their opponents, Wolves, are yet to lose at home this season after beating Stoke and drawing against Newcastle but their last two Premier League matches have both ended in defeat. After two games in which they notched up 13 bookings and a sending off, Wolves were more disciplined at Spurs but this derby fixture will be far from all smiles and friendly banter.|
|Sun 4:00||Newcastle v Stoke|
|Newcastle bounced back in style from the shocking defeat at home to Blackpool by winning at Goodison and then beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup, two fantastic results. A big man up top, whether it be Carroll or Ameobi, appears to work well for the Magpies but whoever plays is likely to face a stern examination against the likes of Stoke's Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross. The Potters lost their first three Premier League games, two of them away at Wolves and Chelsea, but have since recovered with a victory over Villa and a point against West Ham, both at the Britannia. Both Jones and Pennant sustained injuries in the draw with the Hammers so look doubtful for selection. Expect Newcastle to win this but exercise caution given the example of Blackpool's visit to St James Park.|
|Home Win 2-1|