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 20th to Mon 22nd August 2011.
|Sat 12:00||Sunderland v Newcastle|
|The weekend's action kicks off with a feisty encounter at the Stadium of Light, especially considering one or two of the protagonists involved. Newcastle offered little at home to Arsenal last weekend except for a willingness to court controversy but did keep the Gunners at bay to earn themselves a point. Sunderland on the other hand produced a spirited second half at Anfield to claim a point though they did ride their luck at times. The Mackems will be seeking revenge for last season after relying on a late Gyan goal to rescue a point at the Stadium of Light and being thrashed 5-1 at St James Park. Bruce's side looks much stronger at the back with Brown partnering Ferdinand but the back four will only improve when O'Shea returns to fitness. However, their opponents look like they'll need to spend money fast if they're to avoid a relegation scrap this season. This match is unlikely to be pretty and certainly not one for the purist but if you're looking for talking points then indulge. A close contest but expect Sunderland to edge it.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 12:45||Arsenal v Liverpool|
|It's been a bad week for Arsenal and their problems don't look to be easing, at least in the short term. Wenger is sure to get the message given that 22 year old Walcott considers himself the old man of the team; time to buy some experience! The draw at St James Park last weekend was disappointing; not only because they failed to take maximum points against a weak Newcastle side but mainly because Gervinho and Song received three match bans leaving Wenger short of options. With Fabregas already gone and Nasri expected to move to City before the weekend, the Gunners are seriously short on creativity and that showed against the Magpies. Gibbs, Djourou and Rosicky are all doubtful after sustaining injuries in the midweek win over Udinese, though the Italians really should have taken something from the game. So it looks like a depleted Arsenal will take on a new look Liverpool side ahead of key fixtures away in Udinese and at Old Trafford. The Reds had to settle for a point at home to Sunderland last weekend but they really should've won; Suarez missed a penalty and Downing hit the bar whilst Larsson hit a stunning equalising volley for the Mackems. There's more to come from Liverpool whilst Arsenal are struggling to come to terms with departures and injuries. There are still good players at the Emirates but Liverpool may prove too strong this weekend.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Blackburn|
|Blackburn look like a side that will struggle this season and a dearth of centre halves was key to their opening day defeat to Wolves. It still may be too soon for Nelsen, Samba or Givet to make the Villa game and Emerton has now been ruled out after sustaining a hamstring injury. With a number of clubs rumoured to be pursuing Samba, it's no surprise that Kean is desperate to sign Onuoha from City though competition will be fierce for his signature. Rovers aren't the strongest side on the road; they won just 4 away fixtures last season and took points from only 7 so Villa represents tough territory. Villa's new signings showed their worth in the goalless draw at Craven Cottage with Given making two superb saves and N'Zogbia always a threat. The bigger test for McLeish comes this weekend in front of their own fans and he can be expected to adopt the same attacking lineup with Emile Heskey up top alongside Bent flanked by Agbonlahor and N'Zogbia. Villa will be the stronger at home and should take all 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v QPR|
|QPR suffered a harsh introduction back into the top flight. They conceded four goals at home on the opening day to a Bolton side that we suggested might find it difficult to score this season. Rangers started the game well but faded as Bolton got a grip on the game. Kieron Dyer is unlikely to feature after injuring his foot during the early stages of that defeat whilst Clint Hill misses the next 3 games after being sent off. On the road Warnock may opt for a more defensive approach; if he plays Taarabt, one striker from Campbell or Bothroyd may be preferred. There must be a question mark over Taarabt at this level with him failing to make the grade at Spurs. Undoubtedly he has talent but he often gets caught in possession after holding on to the ball for too long. They travel to Goodison where Everton finally get their season underway after last weekend's trip to White Hart Lane was postponed. That has given Arteta extra time to recover from a foot injury and he's likely to feature, though Coleman is out with torn ankle ligaments and Bilyaletdinov faces a 3 match ban after being sent off at the end of last season. The Toffees should be expected to take a strong hold on this game and get their season off to a good start.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Swansea v Wigan|
|Despite losing to the tune of 4 goals without reply at the Etihad on the opening weekend, Swansea gave a brave account of themselves; that was until the introduction of Aguero but then a number of Premier League sides would have struggled to handle the Argentinian striker's movement and finishing. The Swans stuck to their principles of getting the ball down and playing attacking football and that's unlikely to change when Wigan visit Wales. The Latics share much the same football philosophy and this could be an attractive game. Rodallega is expected to replace Di Santo up front whilst Martinez may still not be prepared to gamble on the fitness of Alcaraz after taking part in the Copa America. Bearing in mind that Wigan managed to tag themselves with the 'unpredicable' label last season and Swansea are still a relatively unknown quantity at Premier League level, a draw would appear to be the best bet.|
|Sat 5:30||Chelsea v West Brom|
|Both these sides had tough opening day fixtures. Chelsea travelled to Stoke and emerged with a stalemate whilst West Brom hosted United and were in the game only for a deflected winner to rob them of a point late on. Chelsea worked hard to penetrate the Potters defence but were forced down the flanks on numerous occasions. Torres had a good game for the Blues but it was yet another goalless match for the striker and we've lost count of how long it's been for the Spaniard without a goal. The suspicion is that Villas-Boas will start with the same lineup against West Brom, once again leaving Drogba on the bench. The Baggies are likely to start again with Long and Tchoyi up top whilst Odemwingie recovers from an ankle injury. Long scored on his debut last weekend against United but the goal owed more to De Gea's poor keeping than the power of Long's shot. Hodgson's West Brom side have proved themselves hard to beat and they've even managed to enhance their reputation on the road under his stewardship. However, Stamford Bridge is something of a fortress; Chelsea only lost there twice last season.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 1:30||Norwich v Stoke|
|Despite finishing 7 points clear of the drop zone last season, Stoke had the worst record on the road with just 3 wins and 3 draws from 19 games and -15 goal difference. However, the introduction of Woodgate could make a significant difference should the injury-prone centre-half manage to stay fit. Not surprisingly, the Potters made life difficult for Chelsea last weekend with Rory Delap's long throws causing problems for even the big sides; he sustained a hamstring injury during that game and is only rated 50/50 for the trip to Norwich. The Canaries showed at the DW last weekend that they don't give up and Hoolahan's equaliser was enough to give them a point. Norwich scored plenty of late goals in the Championship last season so don't write them off. The outcome of the game is likely to depend on how Paul Lambert's side cope with Stoke's direct and intimidating style but home advantage could see them share the spoils.|
|Sun 2:00||Wolverhampton v Fulham|
|Mick McCarthy got his side off to a great start with a victory up at Blackburn. After last season's close escape, he'll be the first to want to build on any early success. The start of the new season brings the added bonus that McCarthy now has most of his players available for selection and expect them to make hay while the sun shines. Doyle is allegedly being tracked by Arsenal as they look to replace the want-away Bendtner but I suspect McCarthy will be pulling out all the stops to keep hold of his number 1 striker. They host a Fulham side that took a while to get going at home to Villa but it was Shay Given who prevented the Cottagers from taking all 3 points. The only concern is that Fulham face another Europa league tie tonight, this time against Dnipro, and the extra games are bound to catch up with them at some point. The Cottagers don't win many games on the road but last season marked a significant improvement with them losing just 7 of their 19 away fixtures. However, Wolves are likely to start quickly as they continue their good form.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Bolton v Man City|
|One game of the new season down and we've got top playing second. An unlikely short-term scenario; no doubt we expect City to maintain their charge but the Trotters will only be looking downward. A great goal by Gary Cahill set up the demolition of QPR at Loftus Road but the final score was an unfair reflection and Bolton had some fortune with a couple of their goals. It's hard to see Cahill staying at the Reebok beyond August and we're holding to our prediction that the Trotters will find goals hard to come by. They host a City side that dominated Swansea at the Etihad on the opening weekend but were only a goal up before the introduction of their headline signing, Sergio Aguero. His debut was a sensational one scoring soon after coming on, hooking the ball back superbly from the bye-line to set up Silva for another before crowning off his debut with a fantastic goal from outside the box. Aguero may have cost £38m but he looks worth every penny. Mancini will probably have Nasri at his disposal by the time this kicks off and City look like they're capable of challenging United as long as the new signings can blend in effectively and quickly. City weren't great on the road last season by any means but I can only see their away record improving this time around.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||Man Utd v Tottenham|
|United and De Gea can thank a deflected goal for an opening 3 points at the Hawthorns. De Gea has had a shaky start to life in the Premier League despite making some good saves but Young's deflected shot off Reid was enough to spare his blushes in letting in Long's equaliser. To be fair, United were in control for most of the game but now they may have to rest the centre-half pairing of Ferdinand and Vidic. Both were substituted during their victory at West Brom which just goes to emphasise the wisdom of Ferguson's summer business with Jones and Smalling straight forward replacements. They host a Spurs side yet to kick off their Premier League campaign because of the Tottenham riots but first Redknapp's side have to negotiate their way past a Europa League distraction at Tynecastle tonight. Nothing changes at White Hart Lane and Spurs begin their season with plenty of injuries despite not kicking a ball. Maybe the injuries aren't that serious and Redknapp wants to avoid playing them in the midweek game at Hearts but Gallas, King, Huddlestone, Jenas, Modric and Palacios are all doubts whilst Sandro and Pienaar are definitely out. Spurs rarely get anything at Old Trafford with decisions often going against them leaving no other option than a United victory.|
|Home Win 2-0|