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.
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 27th to Sun 28th August 2011.
|Sat 12:05||Aston Villa v Wolverhampton|
|After a couple of games, Villa and Wolves are sitting pretty in fourth and third respectively; just another 36 games to go then. Both avoided Carling Cup banana skins during the week and enjoyed comfortable home victories last weekend. Wolves were especially dominant against Fulham and created a hatful of chances despite only winning by a couple of goals, a scoreline that certainly flattered Fulham. McCarthy has no major injury concerns and will be more concerned with maintaining the tempo and vigour with which his side have started the season. Villa have slight doubts over the fitness of Agbonlahor and Heskey but McLeish expects them to recover in time; if not, Albrighton has proved himself an able deputy. With both sides starting so well, there's little to choose between them but Wolves are playing well enough to earn themselves a point at Villa Park.|
|Sat 12:30||Wigan v QPR|
|It looks like it'll be a bumpy ride for QPR fans this season. Taken apart on the opening day by Bolton, Rangers then sneaked a win at Everton before succumbing to League One side Rochdale in the Carling Cup. Neil Warnock was reputedly pleased to exit the less than popular competition but he still fielded players like Tarrabt and Bothroyd. With Fernandes now in control the plan is to strengthen before the transfer window closes. To that end, Barton is in talks over a potential move from Newcastle and reports suggest that QPR are prepared to break their wage structure to bring the much maligned midfielder to Loftus Road. Rangers host a Wigan side that are once again proving difficult to predict. In their opening two games, the Latics played the other two newly promoted sides and gained just a point from each. Surely Wigan have had one of the easiest starts to a campaign, not that the results would indicate that, and they can be expected to make it a hat-trick of draws against all three ex-Championship clubs. They'll be affected by injuries sustained at Swansea with Alcaraz definitely out and Gohouri, McCarthy and Moses all doubtful.|
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Everton|
|When it did finally kick off last weekend, Everton's season didn't get off to the best of starts with a single goal defeat at home to newly promoted QPR. They then went a goal down at home to Sheffield United in the Carling Cup but three quick-fire goals was enough to spare their blushes. The last couple of seasons have all started poorly for the Toffees and this one looks doomed to begin again in the same fashion. Funds aren't obviously freely available at Goodison Park but the one shining light in the QPR defeat was the performance of young midfielder Ross Barkley. They travel to Ewood Park where Blackburn suffered an opening day defeat to Wolves followed by another defeat at Villa Park. However, they went 3-0 up against Sheffield Wednesday in the Carling Cup within 6 minutes with new boy, Ruben Rochina, scoring two of them. The youngster could've forced his way into Steve Kean's plans for Saturday but the bigger bonus could be the return of Chris Samba who's physical presence will be required against the aerial ability in Everton's side. Both clubs will be looking for their first Premier League win of the new season and home advantage could swing it in Rovers favour.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v Norwich|
|Chelsea began the season with a dour draw at Stoke and recovered from an early scare at home to West Brom when Shane Long pounced on a mistake at the back. Torres once again failed to score and made way for Drogba but the talent at Stamford Bridge is not in short supply. Lukaku and Mata are yet to feature whilst David Luiz could return soon after suffering a minor knee injury during the Copa America. Cech and Essien are also out with injuries whilst Sturridge serves out the last of his 3 match ban. The future looks positive but they'll be grateful for an easier match at home to newly promoted Norwich. The Canaries have started well with a couple of draws but they'll have been gutted at Stoke's late rally for a point with a goal deep into stoppage time. Lambert made wholsale changes for the Carling Cup visit of MK Dons and as a result suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat. I'm not sure he'll be too concerned at exiting that competition but it doesn't bode well for the weekend's visit to Stamford Bridge.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Swansea v Sunderland|
|Sunderland lost yet another Tyne-Wear derby last weekend in a game that will be remembered for the controversy rather than the football. One of these days the Mackems will get through a game without someone being sent off, or even less likely, without Lee Cattermole being booked. Steve Bruce has Phil Bardsley available again after the full back sat out the Carling Cup defeat at Brighton. His side have now played 3 games in all competitions this season and scored just a single goal, a spectacular equalising volley by Larsson at Anfield, with Gyan and Sessegnon both guilty of missed chances. They travel to Swansea where City will also be hanging their heads after exiting the Carling Cup at the second round stage; in their case, at Shrewsbury. That said, they secured their first Premier League point at home to Wigan last weekend with keeper, Michel Vorm, instrumental in the result. Vorm was also key in keeping the scoreline almost respectable at the Etihad on the opening weekend. Swansea are on a steep learning curve but Rodgers is adamant that his side will use the Carling Cup defeat as motivation. However, the Swans can play decent football and they might just give Sunderland a shock.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||Liverpool v Bolton|
|Liverpool's opening day draw at home to Sunderland was just a blip and as expected, they went on to win at Arsenal registering their first league victory there for 11 years. Suarez and Carroll were both on the scoresheet in their Carling Cup win over Exeter but Dalglish hasn't finished conducting business and appears to be in the market for Bellamy and Uruguay defender, Sebastian Coates. They host a strong Bolton side that've scored 6 goals in 2 games despite us predicting that they'd find goals hard to come by this season. Their strikeforce looks to be Kevin Davies and Klasnic but Tuncay could force his way into the side after inspiring the Trotters to Carling Cup victory over Macclesfield on his debut. Bolton's physicality will always pose Liverpool problems, especially with Kevin Davies up top, but this really should be a game the Reds will be looking to win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 1:00||Newcastle v Fulham|
|Newcastle kicked off their campaign with two clean sheets but they've not had too much to shout about going forward. They may have snatched the all important 3 points at the Stadium of Light but the game was once again remembered for controversy rather than the football. That said, Joey Barton looks set to complete his move to QPR after undergoing a second medical; whether or not his absence will have a beneficial effect at St James Park remains to be seen but Pardew needs to replace players like Barton and Enrique quickly. The Magpies host a Fulham side that were completely outplayed at Molineux last weekend despite only losing 2-0. The Cottagers have never been great shakes on the road although they lost only 3 of their 19 Premier League away fixtures last season. Zamora remains a doubt for the trip to Tyneside but Jol has Dembele, Johnson and Dempsey to choose from should Zamora not be fit. The first thought for this game was a home win but Barton's imminent departure changes so much about Newcastle; will they be fired up and where will the creativity come from? Can't help thinking it might be a dull lifeless affair.|
|Sun 1:30||Tottenham v Man City|
|Spurs couldn't have faced a more difficult start to the season than a visit to Old Trafford. As expected, they lost the fixture but there were plenty of positives in a fairly even first half. As the game went away from them in the second half, Kranjcar struggled in the middle of the park and it's all too plain that Modric has to stay. Sharper finishing from Spurs could well have seen a closer result but it explains Redknapp's eagerness to strengthen up front. Their opponents, City, have been busy over the summer and so far their transfer activity has paid dividends with Aguero breathing new life into the Premier League. Silva has been the star performer in City's two victories to date and competition for places will be fierce with Nasri the most recent arrival. Where they look a little vulnerable is defensively and Spurs will be looking to exploit that weakness as Bolton did in the 2-3 defeat at the Reebok. An exciting match in prospect but both sides may be happy to share the points.|
|Sun 3:00||West Brom v Stoke|
|West Brom have had a tough start to the season and Roy Hodgson certainly has our sympathies. The candid manager's side had got themselves back into the game against United and were leading at Stamford Bridge only to see late goals from their respective opponents leave them pointless. The Baggies will be boosted by the return of their top goalscorer last season, Peter Odemwingie, and expect him to start up alongside two goal Shane Long. They host a Stoke side that have a big question mark over them with regards to their away form. The Potters lost 13 of last season's 19 Premier League away fixtures and left it until the last minute of injury time at Carrow Road last weekend to rescue themselves a point. Pennant and Delap are doubts for the trip to the Hawthorns whilst tonight's match against Thun could leave them less than fresh for Sunday. West Brom deserve something from the way they play and they should get their first points on the board this weekend.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Man Utd v Arsenal|
|United go into this game with maximum points after seeing off Arsenal's north London rivals, Spurs, in a second half where United's youngsters controlled the game and scored three times. Injuries to Ferdinand and Vidic have forced Ferguson's hand in playing a younger side than maybe he would've liked but the quality of Evans, Jones and Smalling means United still have a solid platform at the back; De Gea's flapping at crosses excepted. It's difficult to pick out any individuals further forward because they're all playing well and Arsenal have to entertain the realistic possibility of having just a single point to show from the opening three games. Nasri has finally gone but the Gunners finally showed some mettle in qualifying for the Champions League proper by disposing of Udinese. However, Frimpong, Gervinho and Song are all suspended for the trip to Old Trafford whilst Diaby, Gibbs and Wilshere will miss out through injury. Coupled with the departure of Nasri and Fabregas, Wenger must be looking for one of his players to stand up and show some leadership whether it be van Persie, Vermaelen or Ramsey. Arsenal won't lie down at Old Trafford but it's difficult to see them living with United's quality. We might even be treated to a rare Match of the Day post-match interview from Alex Ferguson after he came to a mutual agreement with the BBC.|
|Home Win 2-0|