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 13th to Mon 15th August 2011.
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Wolverhampton|
|There was a time when Blackburn were fairly reliable at home but those days appear to be gone. They narrowly avoided relegation last season and the summer has done little to dispel fears of another tough season ahead of them. The sale of Jones to United leaves them short at the back especially considering Samba has been widely coveted amongst other clubs, and the fact that he and centre-half partner, Ryan Nelsen, are doubtful for the opening game only underlines their defensive frailties. McCarthy's side, Wolves, also only stayed up by the skin of their teeth but the manager has strengthened with O'Hara signing permanently from Spurs after impressing last season on loan, whilst no nonsense centre-half, Roger Johnson, moved from Birmingham. Much of Wolves' season depends on keeping players fit and once again they face the big kick-off with a number of players racing to recover from niggling injuries. Rovers won just one of their last six home games last season and Wolves should have enough to go home with a point.|
|Fulham v Aston Villa|
|Fulham's season began as early as the 30th June when they kicked off their Europa League qualifying campaign. The upshot should be that they'll start the season fitter than their counterparts but expect tiredness to impact their form somewhere along the line. Martin Jol has kept faith with the bulk of the squad inherited from Mark Hughes and he'll be anxious to prove to English football that his sacking at Spurs was undeserved. Their opponents, Villa, have endured a dramatic summer with relegated Birmingham manager, Alex McLeish, coming in for the departing Houllier. There weren't many amongst the fans or players that welcomed McLeish's appointment but Big Eck is no doubt relishing the task ahead. He'll have to manage without Ashley Young, Stewart Downing and stalwart keeper, Brad Fridel; all who've signed for other clubs. However, N'Zogbia comes in from Wigan and Given replaces Friedel, whilst Albrighton will have to step up to the plate. A lot has changed at Villa Park whilst the Cottagers are already up and running with familiar faces; an advantage that could pay off for the home side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Liverpool v Sunderland|
|This is Dalglish's big chance to prove that Liverpool are on the comeback trail after finishing a disappointing 6th last season with no European football on the table. Millions have been spent bolstering the Reds' midfield with reputable signings Adam, Henderson and Downing. Coupled together with Carroll and Suarez up front, big things are expected of Liverpool this season but now for the bad news. Gerrard's groin injury is expected to keep him out until September whilst Johnson, Skrtel and Suarez are all rated doubtful for the season opener. Furthermore, their pre-season has been littered with conceded goals and must be a concern for Dalglish. They host a new look Sunderland side that will be hoping for improvement after last season's collapse. Bruce has been busy replacing Henderson with the likes of Larsson, Gardner and Vaughan as well as taking Brown and O'Shea from United plus tempting the much coveted Connor Wickham to sign from Ipswich. The seasoned manager looks to have got value for money but will the results materialise? Whichever way you look at it, an opening trip to Anfield is a very big ask!|
|Home Win 3-1|
|QPR v Bolton|
|This is a massive game for QPR and one that represents a very realistic chance of getting their campaign off to the best start. To most that may sound like nonsense but Bolton lost their last five away fixtures last season and only won twice on the road over the whole campaign. Further compounding factors are the loss of on-loan goal machine Daniel Sturridge back to Chelsea, Elmander to Galatasaray and broken legs suffered by Chung Yong Lee and Mears. Gary Cahill remains under constant transfer speculation leaving Kevin Davies to lead the charge. New signings Reo-Coker and Eagles aren't of sufficient calibre to shoot the Trotters up the league and lack of goals is likely to be their Achilles heel. They travel to West London to play Neil Warnock's Championship winning side, QPR. Not only have Rangers held on to their manager but they've also retained the services of the flamboyant Taarabt after there was much speculation that he would leave. Warnock has also added goals to the club with signings DJ Campbell and Jay Bothroyd, as well as going out on a limb for the injury-prone Kieron Dyer. They might not have spent big but QPR have the capacity to deliver a shock or two.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Tottenham v Everton|
|Game postponed due to the riots in London. Given that Tottenham remains a crime scene (sure there's a few footie-related jokes in there somewhere), the Spurs v Everton fixture looks like the only postponement providing there's no more trouble elsewhere!|
|Wigan v Norwich|
|Wigan flirted with relegation for the whole of last season but somehow avoided it at the final curtain. This could be the year that finally sees them drop to the Championship with manager, Martinez, facing possibly his toughest season. Two of their most creative players, N'Zogbia and Cleverley, have left for Villa and back to United respectively whilst the bigger clubs are circling around Hugo Rodallega. They host newly promoted Norwich City, a side rejuvenated under the shrewd Paul Lambert and in the Premier League on the back of successive promotions from League 1 and the Championship over the last two years. Lambert will rely on the successes that've brought them back to the top flight such as Grant Holt but James Vaughan and Steve Morison have signed, whilst Kyle Naughton has joined on loan from Spurs. This match is something of a lottery in terms of predicting an outcome but a draw might not be too wide of the mark.|
|Sat 5:30||Newcastle v Arsenal|
|One thing I think we can be sure of is that there'll be no repeat of last season's scoreline when Arsenal led by four clear goals only to be pulled back as both sides shared the points. Newcastle's pre-season hasn't exactly avoided controversy with 3 players initially being denied entry visas to the States. Their influential captain, Kevin Nolan, was reunited with Sam Allardyce at West Ham whilst Joey Barton hasn't been backwards in coming forwards on his Twitter account. Andy Carroll still hasn't been replaced and Pardew continues to put his faith in risky targets such as Ba and Obertan. Ben Arfa and Guthrie remain doubts for the season opener but Newcastle aren't alone in having problems. Arsenal could lose both Fabregas and Nasri to Barcelona and City respectively before this game kicks off, and should they feature it's not thought that they'll be at the club for much longer. Wenger has splashed out on Gervinho and several youngsters including Oxlade-Chamberlain but he's still not addressed the problems of a weak defence and a convincing holding midfielder. Wilshere and Diaby will miss out through injury but their other injury concerns are expected to recover. The Gunners need a good start and prove that last season's disappointments are behind them.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 1:30||Stoke v Chelsea|
|Year on year Stoke have improved and Tony Pulis was rewarded last season by reaching the FA Cup final and in turn achieving Europa League action this term. They're very strong at home, both physically and formwise. The Potters have further strengthened at the back with Upson and Woodgate, maybe seen as risks but no doubt over their pedigree. No one likes to travel to the intimidating Britannia and Chelsea have that trip ahead of them with yet another manager at the helm. This time it's 33 year old Villas-Boas who almost seems younger than some of Chelsea's old guard. Lukaku from Anderlecht has already come in and the protracted Modric affair rumbles on. The key though is not sending Daniel Sturridge out on loan and giving him game time; he served Bolton well and can't be worse than Torres has been since switching from Liverpool. However, the young striker is banned for three games after being sent off on the final day of last season in the Trotters' defeat to Man City. Expect this to be a very physical encounter but don't discount Stoke.|
|Sun 4:00||West Brom v Man Utd|
|United's away form was somewhat below par last season and had the competition not fallen by the wayside, then the title could easily have gone elsewhere. Though Ferguson has lost Van der Saar, Scholes and Neville, his signings show promise. De Gea may have had a bit of a mare in the Community Shield opener but both Young and Jones showed their class, whilst the return of Cleverley and Welbeck from on loan couldn't have been timed better. Hernandez's concussion suffered on tour in the States could pave the way for young Welbeck to start with Rooney, as in last weekend's Wembley match. However, they won't find their trip to the Hawthorns an easy one. Hodgson's first job was to shore up the Baggies' defence after being sacked by Liverpool and this he did with great success. Further improvements have been made with Foster replacing Carson between the sticks. United will cause any side problems and the way they came back to snatch victory from City in the Community Shield goes to show that they haven't lost their 'never say die' spirit despite the changing personnel.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||Man City v Swansea|
|Swansea couldn't have faced a much bigger baptism of fire in the Premier League than travelling to Eastlands on the opening day. Man City fulfilled last season's ambitions of reaching the Champions League plus they ended their wait for silverware by winning the FA Cup. Mancini's headline signing has been Argentine striker, Sergio Aguero, but the telling factor in their continued success could be hanging on to Carlos Tevez. City will obviously be disappointed to lose out to United in the Community Shield after being two goals to the good but they've more to come. The Swans won the Championship play-offs to get to the Premier League and funds dictate that Brendan Rodgers will be relying on Championship talent stepping up to the big time. Routledge and Lita have come in providing a little Premier League experience but this is going to be a tough season for Swansea. Hopefully it'll get easier for them after a gruelling first day.|
|Home Win 3-0|