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 24th to Mon 26th September 2011.
|Sat 12:45||Man City v Everton|
|Somewhat surprisingly Man City dropped their first points of the season after being two goals to the good at Craven Cottage. It seems complacency might've got the better of them but they'll learn their lesson as they stay second; 2 points behind arch-rivals United. Mancini rested most of the regular first eleven for their Carling Cup victory over Birmingham so they'll be fresher than last week after their midweek game with Napoli. The manager's faith in Owen Hargreaves was repaid almost immediately as the combative midfielder scored on his debut and is expected to push hard for first team selection barring no further injuries. City host an Everton side that've won their only away fixture to date (at Ewood Park) but Moyes's squad can't compete with City for size leaving him unable to rest many players for the extra time Carling Cup win at home to West Brom. The Toffees have now gone 5 games in all competitions unbeaten but the trip to the Etihad represents a step up. City will be on home turf, should have fresher legs and it's difficult to see them being pegged back as they were at Fulham.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Bolton|
|After just 5 games of the Premier League season, Arsenal lie 17th and have conceded a massive 14 goals. Their defence has been truly abysmal with the introduction of Mertesacker and Santos yet to make the right sort of impact. Confidence is low and own goals from Koscielny and Song in the defeat at Blackburn only served to increase the doom and gloom in the Gunners' camp. Wenger faces probably his toughest test getting his side to gel and dig out some results before their season is well and truly down the pan. Sagna may or may not be fit to start against Bolton after limping off in the second half at Ewood Park whilst Wilshere, Vermaelen, Squillaci and Benayoun continue to recover from their respective injuries. Bolton last won in the Premier League when they smashed QPR 4-0 on the opening day. Since then they've lost their way conceding 13 goals in 4 defeats. However, there was good news during the week with a Carling Cup victory at Villa Park and the return of midfielder Stuart Holden. Ivan Klasnic will have to sit out this one after being sent off in the defeat at home to Norwich with either Tuncay or Ngog expected to replace him. We're siding with Arsenal only because they might outscore Bolton and have home advantage.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v Swansea|
|Chelsea may have emerged second best at Old Trafford but they did enough to show that they should finish in the top four. Torres grabbed Chelsea's consolation goal but it was his glaring miss that will be remembered for many a year to come. Had the Spanish striker netted his second of the game, the Blues might've got something from the match given their second half pressure. Several players were rested for the Carling Cup extra time victory over West London rivals, Fulham, but a knee injury sustained by Daniel Sturridge means he's unlikely to start against Swansea. Didier Drogba, who was on the bench for the Fulham match, could see a return to action in his place depending on who Villa-Boas prefers to partner Torres. Since their opening day 4-0 defeat at Man City, Swansea have conceded just once in 3 Premier League matches and were at their best last weekend in a 3 goal win over West Brom at the Liberty Stadium. Those were the Swans' first goals in the Premier League but a visit to Stamford Bridge is hardly likely to be as productive. Vorm is bound to be busy but even his feats between the sticks are unlikely to yield Swansea another clean sheet.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Liverpool v Wolverhampton|
|After starting the season so well, Wolves suffered recent Premier League defeats at home to both Spurs and newly promoted QPR. They played well for most of the Spurs defeat but they never turned up for QPR with Rangers out of sight after 10 minutes. McCarthy is not a manager to mince his words and his side responded accordingly at home to Millwall with a crushing 5-0 victory in the Carling Cup. Wolves actually won at Anfield last season thanks to a Steven Ward goal but Liverpool will be aiming to get their season back on track after two successive Premier League defeats. The latest of these was a humiliating 4-0 beating at White Hart Lane with both Adam and Skrtel being sent off for the away side. They served their 1 match suspensions in Liverpool's Carling Cup victory at Brighton so will be available for selection. Steven Gerrard came through 15 minutes against the Seagulls without mishap which will give Dalglish the right sort of selection headache in midfield. However, after Andy Carroll's largely ineffective display at Spurs, the manager is likely to revert to the strike partnership of Suarez and Kuyt. If Wolves remember to turn up, then they'll cause Liverpool problems but the Reds should emerge on top.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Newcastle v Blackburn|
|Despite the comings and goings at St James Park, or should we just say the goings, Newcastle remain unbeaten this season in all competitions. They're up to 4th in the table and have emerged as the surprise package after their steady start. The foundation has been solid defensive performances from Taylor and Coloccini, and there's been further cause for optimism with the return from injury of Hatem Ben Arfa in the Carling Cup extra time victory at Notts Forest. Pardew is adamant that he won't rush the French midfielder back into Premier League action but he'll most probably start on the bench. They host a Blackburn side that enjoyed a rollercoaster win at home to Arsenal last weekend. Yakubu grabbed his first goals for the club and is likely to retain his place but it was their overall pressure that resulted in the Gunners gifting them a couple of own goals. Samba returned at the back and is expected to resume alongside Scott Dann. That victory relieves the fan pressure on boss Steve Kean but their away record isn't great; a defeat at Villa Park followed by a point at Craven Cottage on the back of 12 away defeats last season. The Magpies look to be the ones to back given their impressive start.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|West Brom v Fulham|
|West Brom's heavy defeat at Swansea saw them fall to the bottom of the Premier League and things didn't get much better during the week when they were knocked out of the Carling Cup in extra time at Goodison Park. The Baggies have lost both their home fixtures to late goals from United and Stoke whilst their opponents, Fulham, have lost both away fixtures. The Cottagers were second best at both Wolves and Newcastle, and find themselves on the same number of points as West Brom, just 2 places above and also in the drop zone. One thing you can be sure of is that both sides can't lose this game but it's already beginning to look like a 6 pointer. Gabriel Tamas continues to serve his suspension leaving Craig Dawson to once again deputise at centre-half. West Brom's home record and Fulham's away record are so similar that the obvious conclusion appears to be the draw; a goalless one at that!|
|Wigan v Tottenham|
|Wigan's only points this season have come against all three newly promoted sides and they've suffered subsequent defeats at home to City and away at Everton. The Latics conceded 3 goals in each of those defeats but the biggest blow to Martinez could've been a suspected ruptured knee ligament sustained by star performer, Hugo Rodallega. Wigan still have that unpredictable element about them but they were many people's tip for relegation and their only direction appears to be downwards. They host a Spurs side that've recovered from early season defeats to both Manchester sides with victories over Wolves and Liverpool. The win over their rivals for a top four position, Liverpool, was especially emphatic and thoroughly deserved after dominating from start to finish. Several key players were rested from the Carling Cup penalty defeat at the Britannia but the good news for Harry Redknapp is that there are fewer players in the treatment room. Ledley King could be set to play his third Premier League game in a row whilst Adebayor and Defoe are likely to resume their potent strike partnership. Spurs should continue to impress with another win.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sat 5:30||Stoke v Man Utd|
|Stoke's impressive start to this season's campaign came to an abrupt end at the Stadium of Light where they lost to the tune of four goals without reply. By all accounts the Potters were absolutely awful and they can't even blame prior midweek Europa League action as Pulis made 8 changes bringing his first team regulars back in. That defeat could've been a blip but it seems Stoke's early form has painted them a better side than they actually are. Having said that their home form is generally formidable but it'll surely be put to the test this weekend against the best side in the land. After 5 games, United are the only side still with a 100% record, are 2 points clear of City and 5 points ahead of Chelsea. They've scored a massive 21 goals in those opening 5 fixtures with Wayne Rooney already netting on 9 occasions. Both Smalling and Hernandez limped off in the win over Chelsea but they're expected to be fit, though Rio Ferdinand and Danny Welbeck have resumed training after recovering from injury. Usually, I'd say Stoke were worthy of a point but they were so poor last weekend and United are so strong that there only looks like being one outcome.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||QPR v Aston Villa|
|Villa may still be undefeated in the Premier League this season but they've only beaten Blackburn at home, drawing the other 4 matches. They were also beaten during the week by Bolton in the Carling Cup despite fielding virtually their strongest side available. That said, Heskey is definitely out whilst both Darren Bent and Petrov are doubtful leaving the Villans short on attacking options. They travel to Loftus Road where QPR have breathed new life into the Premier League after Neil Warnock's new signings stormed to victory at Molineux. That followed a goalless draw at home to Newcastle which Rangers really should've won after creating numerous chances. The new players have integrated extremely well combining pace and passing with a solid defence. QPR will be looking to register their first home victory of the campaign whilst Villa could struggle.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Mon 8:00||Norwich v Sunderland|
|Norwich's win at Bolton last weekend was their first on the road in the top flight for 17 years but they were fortunate to emerge with all 3 points. Barnett was lucky to stay on the pitch after a clumsy challenge, Klasnic's ill discipline gave the Canaries a man advantage but they still managed to give away yet another penalty; their fifth conceded this season. Norwich have taken just a point from their 2 home games; a last minute goal against Stoke cost them their first home win whilst an early West Brom goal turned out to be the winner in their last home fixture. They host a Sunderland side that look to have turned the corner following that emphatic victory over Stoke at the Stadium of Light. Steve Bruce hailed his latest squad as his best ever despite losing the likes of Henderson, Gyan and Bent. Richardson will likely continue to fill in for the suspended Bardsley. The Mackems have drawn at both Liverpool and Swansea this season; they could be worth another point at Carrow Road.|