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 10th to Mon 12th September 2011.
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Swansea|
|It hasn't been the greatest start for the Gunners and the blame rightly rests with Wenger for not pulling his finger out over the summer. He should've faced the reality sooner that big players were bound to leave and invested earlier in the window when the right players would've been available at the right prices. The defence that was so ravaged at Old Trafford has had some emergency repairs; Mertesacker comes in for the now injured Vermaelen, Sagna will replace Jenkinson whilst Santos comes in at left back should Gibbs fail to be fully fit. Frimpong will anchor the midfield with Arteta partnering Ramsey whilst Walcott is likely to support van Persie. They host a Swansea side yet to score a Premier League goal but two draws from three games at least leaves them with a point more than their opponents. The Swans have received Fifa clearance over new defensive signing, Fede Bessone, but they're still waiting clearance for Halliche and Situ. As Swansea proved on the opening day at the Etihad, it took Man City 57 minutes to finally make a breakthrough and Swansea will be aiming to frustrate Arsenal in similar fashion. However, the Gunners should be much stronger than the side fielded at Old Trafford although starting with two new defensive faces is always a big risk.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Aston Villa|
|Everton, renowned for their slow starts, have hardly raced out of the blocks again this season. They lost to newly promoted QPR in their opening fixture and snatched victory in injury time at Ewood Park but were second best for most of that game. They avoided the Carling Cup banana skin against Sheffield United but the last minute departure of Arteta to Arsenal leaves them short on midfield creativity. Moyes did manage to sign a couple of players on loan; Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid and striker, Denis Stracqualursi, from Tigres where he was Argentina's top scorer last season. Their opponents, Villa, remain undefeated this season and have conceded just the once. Big Eck appears to have got the best out of Dunne and Collins; if further confirmation was needed then Dunne was exceptional in Russia for Ireland during the week. Hutton and Jenas have made the move from Spurs with the former possibly replacing Chris Herd in the starting line-up. On the negative side, Villa's strong attacking four of Bent, Heskey, Agbonlahor and N'Zogbia have only scored in one of their 3 Premier League fixtures so far. Goals will be at a premium at Goodison but Villa might just nick it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Man City v Wigan|
|City are just one half of Manchester taking the Premier League by storm for all the right reasons. Mancini has spent wisely over the summer but then it's difficult to go wrong when you can afford the best players. Kolo Toure also returns from a 6 month ban although is not expected to be match fit. Last season, City were more cautious on the road but their victory at White Hart Lane emphasised the fact that they're stronger this season and full of confidence. City look perfectly capable of giving their closest rivals a run for their money this campaign and weaker sides visiting the Etihad are going to find it tough. Wigan are one such side and surprisingly remain undefeated after three games despite being tipped by many for the drop this season. Di Santo impressed with his brace against QPR. However, their 5 point tally has come against all three newly promoted sides with two of those matches at the DW Stadium so not too much to shout about really. It's very difficult to see anything beyond a straight forward home victory.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Stoke v Liverpool|
|One thing you can be sure of is that Andy Carroll will start against Stoke given their aerial threat. The Potters are undefeated this season, including 4 Europa League qualifying matches, and Tony Pulis' signings show ambition. Stoke are already a big side with the likes of Huth, Shawcross, Woodgate and Jones but the addition of Peter Crouch is bound to see them offer a very dangerous threat from set pieces. Palacios has come in to bolster the midfield whilst Cameron Jerome gives Pulis another striking option. Their opponents, Liverpool, have won all games in all competitions since being held at home by Sunderland on the opening day including victories at the Emirates and at home to an in-form Bolton. Dirk Kuyt has impressed with Suarez up front but either himself or a midfielder from Adam, Lucas or Henderson could be sacrificed to make way for Carroll. A risky strategy away from home but Dalglish will want to contain Stoke as much as possible. An intriguing match with plenty to offer but the best bet looks to be the draw.|
|Sunderland v Chelsea|
|Chelsea remain undefeated after three matches but they haven't exactly been convincing so far and don't look on the same level as United and City. Late transfer activity at the Bridge saw Mata score on his debut against Norwich whilst Meireles' arrival appears to threaten Frank Lampard's future. The strike partnership of Torres and Drogba continues to frustrate with neither yet to score during this campaign, whilst we've run out of superlatives for Torres' barren run since moving to the Bridge last season. Drogba is still recovering from concussion suffered in the win over Norwich with Anelka expected to replace him alongside the goal-shy Torres. They travel to the Stadium of Light where Sunderland are failing to set their world on fire after scoring just a single goal so far, that coming in a draw at Anfield on the opening day. Since then they've lost their most important game of the season, defeat at home to Newcastle, and been dumped out of the Carling Cup by Brighton. Bruce has identified their main weakness as lack of goals and to that end has brought in Bendtner to partner Gyan. Not exactly a world class player but he appears to have lost weight and was man of the match in Denmark's 2-0 win over Norway. Ferdinand has now left for QPR so expect Bramble to partner O'Shea at the back, as long as the Irishman has recovered from a calf injury that kept him out of Ireland's draw in Russia. Bruce has improved his side during the summer but the genuine quality will be travelling up from Stamford Bridge.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Wolverhampton v Tottenham|
|Tottenham are bottom of the table with 'nil points' after two games played but those fixtures were at Old Trafford and at home to Man City. However, there was plenty to concern Harry Redknapp with 8 goals conceded and just a single goal scored. Redknapp managed to secure Scott Parker but Spurs really need another centre-half and a prolific striker. That said, he managed to hang on to Modric but much will depend on whether the midfielder's head is in the right place. Tottenham's injury list is unbelievable so early in the season and van der Vaart now misses 6 weeks with a hamstring injury. Loan signing, Adebayor, will likely partner Defoe and the pair should enjoy a more fruitful partnership than Defoe did with the departed Crouch. They travel to Molineux where Wolves have had a terrific start to their campaign with 7 points from 3 games and just 1 goal conceded. McCarthy's side work extremely hard and they completely dominated Fulham at Molineux despite only winning by 2 goals. Johnson has helped shore up a leaky defence whilst a fit Kevin Doyle will always pose a threat. Wolves don't look like losing this one whilst Spurs look good enough on paper to take a point but it all depends if Spurs turn up.|
|Sat 5:30||Bolton v Man Utd|
|United are sitting top of the pile after their emphatic home win over a weak Arsenal side. Injuries have forced the average age of Ferguson's side further down but once again the manager has proved that if the players are good enough, then it doesn't matter how young they are. The partnership of Rooney and Young continues to threaten for club and country though Welbeck's hamstring injury is expected to keep him out with Hernandez the most likely to replace him. They travel to the Reebok to take on a Bolton side that appear, on first impressions, to have hit the buffers after their impressive opening day victory at Loftus Road. However, since then they narrowly lost out at home to Man City and were well beaten at Anfield. We thought goals might be a problem this season but the Trotters have scored in every game, a total of 9 from 4 games in all competitions. United obviously look the stronger side on paper but Bolton won't go down without a fight. A tight match but United should have the final say.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 1:30||Norwich v West Brom|
|West Brom have endured a poor start to the season but they've played better than the results suggest. Fortune has certainly not fallen their way but then that could also be put down to poor defending. Goals in the last 10 minutes of all 3 Premier League matches has seen them lose at home to United and Stoke, and away at Chelsea. Strikers Odemwingie and Long are both doubtful for this clash leaving Tchoyi the only sure starter. The Baggies travel to Carrow Road where Norwich were deprived of all 3 points by an injury-time Kenwynne Jones goal in their only home fixture to date. Aside from that they salvaged a draw at Wigan but were beaten late on at Chelsea. Goalkeeper Ruddy was red carded at Stamford Bridge meaning Rudd will likely replace him between the sticks. Confidence is high amongst the Canaries and they sense their first win of the current campaign isn't too far away. The one thing you can be sure of is that they'll play to the final whistle.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Fulham v Blackburn|
|It's early in the season and both these sides look to be struggling. From Fulham's point of view, it's not really a surprise given that their competitive season started back in June with Europa League qualifying. The Cottagers have now made it through to the Europa League proper but one wonders at what cost to their domestic campaign. The good news is that striker, Bobby Zamora, could be fit after missing previous games with an ankle injury whilst Costa Rican striker, Bryan Ruiz, is set to make his debut after making the move from FC Twente. They host a Blackburn side that've lost all 3 Premier League fixtures this season and have no great reputation on the road. Keane made some changes during the summer with Dann coming in to bolster the defence. That was their best bit of business along with keeping hold of Samba, especially with Nelsen injury prone recently, but the signing of Yakubu smacks of desperation. It also seems that the manager finally lost patience with Djouf who was effectively sacked. This one comes down to Fulham strong at home and Rovers poor on the road, so an invaluable Fulham win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||QPR v Newcastle|
|How ironic it is that Barton will make his QPR debut at home to his old club Newcastle. The Magpies will undoubtedly be weaker for his absence but can Neil Warnock manage the player and the reputation that comes with Joey Barton. Warnock has been given the funds to strengthen in all areas and as a result Loftus Road welcomes Anton Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jason Puncheon, Luke Young and Armand Traore; a bit of a doubt about that last name after the ex-Arsenal defender's nightmare display at Old Trafford. Obviously, it will take time for all the new signings to gel but they all have Premier League experience, a vital ingredient for the newly promoted side. Newcastle remain undefeated this season but have failed to adequately replace the likes of Carroll, Barton and Nolan. Santon comes in for the departed Enrique but the lad is only 20 and time will tell if he can adapt to the Premier League. Rangers will be up for this one and they stand a chance of notching their first Premier League home victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|