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 16th to Mon 18th October 2010.
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Birmingham|
|Successive Premier League defeats at home to West Brom and away at Chelsea has seen the Gunners slip to fourth in the table and seven points behind the league leaders. However, there's good news with the likes of Fabregas, Walcott, Bendtner and Almunia all racing to declare themselves fit in time for the Birmingham game and expecting to play some part. Arsenal need to put the shock West Brom defeat behind them by getting a victory under their belts. Fabianski was at fault several times against the Baggies but his game showed improvement in Belgrade and Wenger may opt to keep him between the sticks rather than risking Almunia; to many both are a risk anyway! Their opponents, Birmingham, have struggled after taking four points from their opening two games. Once again goals have been in short supply and two defeats from their last three games leaves them a point above the drop zone. Hleb's appearance at the Emirates would've been a welcome one but he missed the midweek Belarus game prompting fears that he's injured. It means some much needed creativity will be missing and whilst you can't fault Birmingham's work ethic, it should be Arsenal that prevail.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Bolton v Stoke|
|If there's a game that's not going to be pretty this weekend, it's sure to be this one. Kevin Davies finally made his England debut at the grand old age of 33 and despite not coming on until the 70th minute still managed to get booked; an indication of what to expect at the Reebok come Saturday. Bolton have drawn all three of their home games this season (against Fulham, Birmingham and United) and have lost just the one Premier League fixture on the road. Stoke's away record wasn't looking too good with a couple of defeats at Wolves and Chelsea but they came from behind at St James Park to take all three points proving that they can't be written off; they've scored 7 of their 8 goals this season in the second half. The Potters are up to seventh in the table but don't expect a sustained challenge for a European place. Every aspect of this game is likely to be fiercely contested with little to choose between the two sides.|
|Fulham v Tottenham|
|Both these clubs have been plagued with injuries so early in the season but are still managing to put points on the board. Fulham's striker crisis may be easing slightly with Dembele making good progress but Zamora still faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Rumour has it that Andy Johnson could even be fit enough to play some part. Spurs' main deficiencies are in the centre of defence with Dawson, Gallas and Woodgate all out and Kaboul and King doubts, especially with the game in Milan in mind on Wednesday. Spurs domestic form has been mixed but they're up to fifth in the table and the challenge to win at Craven Cottage, where Fulham are yet to lose this season, can't be underestimated. The Cottagers have drawn two of their three home fixtures and a similar result can be expected.|
|Man Utd v West Brom|
|United may be lying third in the table but by their standards, their season hasn't got off to the best of starts. They're five points behind league leaders, Chelsea, and arch-rivals, City, are a point ahead of them in second plus despite remaining undefeated after 7 games, United are yet to win on the road having drawn on all 4 occasions. Further speculation has been heaped on the relationship between Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson; not only has the striker had a poor start to the season with alleged off-the-field activities a possible factor, but now he claims that his 'ankle injury' never was, contrary to what his manager indicated. Many are those that have taken Fergie on and lost. West Brom travel to Old Trafford and will be encouraged after their fantastic Premier League win at the Emirates and Carling Cup victory over Man City at the Hawthorns. It was a shame that the Baggies couldn't follow up those results with a win over Bolton. Striker, Peter Odemwingie, has proved a great signing but remains a doubt for this fixture after sustaining a knee injury in that game and will be a big miss. The bottom line is that United have won all three home fixtures, Ferdinand is back in the heart of defence and despite Rooney misfiring, anything other than a home win is inconceivable.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Wigan|
|Since Newcastle hammered Aston Villa at St James Park in their first home game of the season, they've lost to both Blackpool and Stoke on home territory. Their season has been sprinkled with good results including wins at Goodison in the League and Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup, but they've failed to capitalise on those performances with the afore-mentioned defeat against Stoke where the Potters came from behind and an expected loss at Eastlands. Hatem Ben Arfa is likely to be out for a substantial period after De Jong's tackle resulted in him sustaining a broken leg but Guthrie could feature after returning to reserve team action. They host a Wigan side whose results have improved after a ridiculously poor start to the season. A goalless draw at St Andrews was followed by their first home victory of the season over Wolves but the visitors were reduced to 10 men after only 10 minutes and the win was far from convincing. As we've said before, consistency doesn't feature highly in Wigan's performances despite them yet to lose on the road. With only a point separating the two sides, expect the home side to have the final say.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wolverhampton v West Ham|
|Only goal difference separates these two clubs at the bottom of the table. Of the two, West Ham are on the up after going 4 games in all competitions without being beaten whilst Wolves are on a run of 4 successive Premier League defeats. Wolves have been rightly criticised for their committed style of play this season and Karl Henry will be absent after receiving a straight red for a reckless tackle in the first ten minutes at the DW Stadium. McCarthy will feel that he has to address the recklessness without them losing their competitive edge though the expected return of Stephen Hunt will provide a welcome positive. West Ham travel to Molineux in upbeat mood and Grant confident that the improvement in his side has come quicker than expected. The strike pairing of Obinna and Piquionne has worked well with the result that Carlton Cole has had to settle for a starting place on the bench. It's too early in the season to claim that this is a 6-pointer but it illustrates both sides' need for a win. Relucantly, you'd have to say that a draw would not be too much of a surprise.|
|Sat 5:30||Aston Villa v Chelsea|
|Chelsea's only dropped points of the season came at Eastlands where City managed to secure a narrow victory but there were very few chances in the game and the Blues were certainly not outplayed. However, Ancelotti has problems in the heart of defence with Alex definitely out and Terry doubtful after sustaining a back strain whilst training with England. On a positive note though, both Lampard and Bosingwa are targeting a return at Villa Park. Villa lost their first game under Houllier when they were second best at White Hart Lane but they remain undefeated on home soil. The Frenchman may have to juggle his forward line given that Agbonlahor, Heskey and Albrighton are all rated doubtful although at least one of them is sure to be pressed into action. A win for Villa could carry them as high as fourth if other results go their way but Chelsea will be far from a pushover.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 1:30||Everton v Liverpool|
|Just goal difference separates the two Merseyside clubs either side of the drop zone. Surely their current positions of 17th and 18th respectively after 7 games is an unprecedented one. Disappointing starts is a huge understatement and both are desperate for points, not only if they harbour hopes of playing in Europe next season but also to avoid fears of relegation. The Toffees are yet to win at Goodison whilst Liverpool have taken just a single point from three away fixtures. However, Everton did secure their first win of the season just before the international break with a deserved two goal victory at St Andrews which ended Birmingham's club record-equalling run of 18 league home games unbeaten. We must also point out that Liverpool's last Premier League result was a home defeat to Blackpool, for those that've possibly forgotten. Off the pitch, battle for control of the club continues and the threat of administration is still a sequence of events that could play out. Hodgson also has problems on the field with Torres a doubt after suffering a groin injury whilst Kuyt is feared to have torn knee ligaments. Merseyside derbies are fiercely fought and fans will expect their respective players to rise to the occasion but it looks like falling in Everton's favour.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Blackpool v Man City|
|Blackpool maintained their position in the top half of the table with an astonishing victory at Anfield; it just goes to show that you just can't write off the Tangerines. However, they've still not won at Bloomfield Road though they've only played there twice this season, losing to Blackburn and drawing with Fulham. Despite their relative success, Ian Holloway isn't getting carried away and knows that keeping his feet on the ground should ensure that his players respond likewise. Their opponents, City, are up to second on the back of a home victory over Newcastle though their away form is mixed, their last Premier League away fixture resulted in a 0-2 City win at Wigan. Nigel de Jong has made most of the headlines for City after breaking Hatem Ben Arfa's leg but Mancini is sticking by the Dutch midfielder despite his international boss, Bert van Marwijk, axing him. It seems that City are gradually improving and should be expected to win; although Blackpool won't roll over, I'm not sure they've got enough to compete with the big boys.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||Blackburn v Sunderland|
|A single goal and two places separate these mid-table sides. Sunderland are an improving side under Steve Bruce but their away form remains unconvincing. Having said that the Mackems have drawn with United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Wigan in their last four Premier League fixtures. They travel to Ewood Park where Blackburn tend to be strong and have only been defeated on home soil by Arsenal so far this season. Nelsen remains a doubt after missing New Zealand's midweek game with Paraguay whilst Darren Bent is likely to miss out for Sunderland after sustaining a groin injury during England training. Bent's absence could pave the way for Asamoah Gyan to make his first Premier League start, especially since Campbell is also out with a long term knee injury. It's difficult to pick one over the other and considering that Monday night games tend to be fairly dull and uneventful, a goalless draw seems a good bet.|