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 1st to Sun 2nd October 2011.
|Sat 12:45||Everton v Liverpool|
|Everton have picked up after their opening home defeat to QPR although, as expected, they lost at Man City last weekend. Much has been made of the lack of funds at David Moyes's disposal and how good a job he's doing in light of that, but goals are always going to be at a premium with Tim Cahill as a lone striker. The Aussie midfielder is great in the air but it's a big responsibility on his shoulders and set pieces are likely to remain the Toffees' biggest threat. They host a Liverpool side that got back to winning ways after the Spurs defeat with victory at home to Wolves. Carroll returned to the starting lineup for that game as Dalglish continued to keep faith with him. Gerrard also returned to Premier League action for the last nine minutes though it's doubtful whether he'll start at Goodison. The Reds have lost two of their three Premier League away fixtures and the derby trip across Stanley Park represents another tough match. Neither side will want to lose and the draw should be fancied.|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Wigan|
|Villa remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season and had Richard Dunne not conceded an injury-time own goal at Loftus Road, the Villans would've been up to fifth instead of lying eighth. However, McLeish's side have won only one of their six matches, drawing the other five. There is good news though with the expected return of both Heskey and Bent whilst Clark and Jenas should also be fit for selection. With the return of their favoured strike partnership, expect a cutting edge from Villa against a Wigan side that've lost their last four games in all competitions. After taking points against all three newly promoted sides, the reality is fast dawning that the Latics could well struggle this season. Already without the talismanic Rodallega, Steve Gohouri now serves a one match suspension after receiving two yellow cards in the defeat at home to Spurs. As long as Villa can find their shooting boots, the victory should be fairly cut and dried.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Blackburn v Man City|
|Once again, City are the talk of the Premier League after an eventful night in Munich. It just goes to show that paying big money for star players then means that you have to manage the egos that come with it. Tevez's alleged refusal to warm up has seen the striker hit the front pages as well as the sports headlines, and it now seems that he'll be offloaded as soon as possible with Mancini adamant that he'll not play again for the club. Dzeko's display of petulance at being substituted on 55 minutes also serves to show that all is not well behind the scenes at the Etihad. The defeat to Bayern was City's first of the season but the trip to Ewood Park should see a change in their fortunes. Blackburn showed plenty of heart in their crucial win at home to Arsenal but they were poor last weekend at Newcastle and subsequently dropped back into the bottom three. Steve Kean faces something of a defensive crisis ahead of this match with Dann, Nelsen, Salgado and Givet all nursing injuries. To compound the situation, Martin Olsson is also suspended after being sent off at St James Park last weekend. Captain Samba will be expected to hold everything together but it'll be a battle just to keep the score down.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|Man Utd v Norwich|
|United lost their 100% start at Stoke last weekend but remain ahead of City at the top of the table on goal difference. Carelessness has crept into United's game and only a late goal from Ashley Young rescued a point at home to Basel in the Champions League after being two goals up. Ferguson has been forced into defensive changes with Smalling, Vidic and Evans out though the former could return against Norwich, most probably in place of Valencia at right back. Rooney remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury but Hernandez could recover from a dead leg to partner either Welbeck or Berbatov. They host a Norwich side that climbed into the top half of the table after a convincing win over Sunderland. That made it two wins on the bounce for the Canaries and they've not looked out of place back in the top flight. Ritchie de Laet won't feature against his parent club leaving Russell Martin to resume his place in central defence. Norwich will feel they've nothing to lose at Old Trafford and will be out to prove how well they measure up. Unfortunately for them, there only looks like being one winner.|
|Home win 2-0|
|Sunderland v West Brom|
|Only a point separates these two underperforming sides towards the foot of the Premier League table. Despite the return of his preferred strike partnership of Odemwingie and Long, Hodgson's side have scored just three times in six Premier League matches. The Baggies did surprisingly win at Norwich but they were well beaten at Swansea the week after. They travel to the Stadium of Light where Sunderland's last result was a 4-0 win over Stoke, a victory that restored some faith after a miserable start to the season but all that was undone at Carrow Road where they were easily second best. Steve Bruce has threatened to wield the proverbial axe ahead of the clash with West Brom with the likes of Connor Wickham, Dong-Won and Cattermole all set to come in. Also the news that Titus Bramble was arrested for alleged sexual assault and drug possession could see Michael Turner make his first appearance of the season. Both sides are struggling but expect Sunderland to make home advantage count.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wolverhampton v Newcastle|
|After a great start to this season's campaign, Wolves have now lost their last three Premier League matches although they improved at Anfield after the debacle at home to QPR. That disappointing sequence leaves Wolves in mid-table and four points clear of bottom-placed Bolton. McCarthy is likely to start with 4-4-2 after the 4-5-1 he started with at Liverpool failed to work. They host an unbeaten Newcastle side, a remarkable statistic given the departures and lack of replacements at St James Park over the summer. Alan Pardew must be credited for the job he's done with the stress on teamwork; the back four have defended well as a unit and maybe Demba Ba is the answer as far as goals are concerned. The former West Ham striker netted a hat-trick in a convincing win over Blackburn and the Magpies are in Champions League territory as far as the table's concerned. Even Hatem Ben Arfa returned to the fold as a second half substitute. A difficult match to call with both sides showing reason to back them. Wolves aren't as bad as recent results portray them whilst you can't argue with Newcastle's unbeaten start; a draw seems the sensible bet.|
|Sun 1:30||Bolton v Chelsea|
|Chelsea remain in touch with the top two from Manchester after a convincing win over Swansea despite Torres being sent off with less than half the game played. That dismissal means Torres misses the trip to Bolton leaving Drogba to battle it out with Anelka for a place up front depending on Sturridge's recovery from a knee injury. Villas-Boas is still tinkering with his squad with mixed results; most notably in Valencia when he replaced the goal-scoring Lampard with Kalou who subsequently gave away a penalty and two points. However, the game at the Reebok should hold no fear for the Blues. The Trotters are rock bottom after a run of five successive Premier League defeats including three home games played with zero points. Most recently they were turned over at home by newly promoted Norwich emphasising how far they've slipped after that opening day victory at Loftus Road. Wheater and Klasnic are serving suspensions whilst Stuart Holden is out again after routine surgery revealed cartilage damage. Nothing seems to be going right for Owen Coyle and another bad day at the office lies in wait.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 3:00||Fulham v QPR|
|QPR missed out on their first home victory against Villa but pressure saw them earn a deserved point despite the referee turning down a couple of decent penalty shouts. Traore was stupidly sent off in that game so will miss the trip to local rivals, Fulham. Jay Bothroyd is expected to lead the attack despite still yet to score though there's competition for places with DJ Campbell and possibly Jamie Mackie warming the bench. Rangers have won two and lost one on the road whilst their opponents, Fulham, have drawn all three home fixtures. Jol's side have lacked goals and the news that Zamora and Dembele missed the midweek trip to Odense with illness won't be welcome. The fit again Andy Johnson could partner Clint Dempsey in attack with the mis-firing Bryan Ruiz unlikely to start. Expect Rangers to make most of the running but goals could well be in short supply.|
|Swansea v Stoke|
|Stoke made amends for their abject performance at the Stadium of Light by securing a valuable point at home to Man United. The Sunderland defeat was their first of the season in all competitions, all the more impressive given that they're still going strong in the Europa League and Carling Cup. However, the Potters' hectic fixture list leads me to think that they'll suffer similarly to last season where they were poor away from home. Admittedly the Britannia is a fortress given that they've beaten Liverpool and drawn with Chelsea and United but the manner of the Sunderland defeat indicates weakness on the road. They travel to the Liberty Stadium where Swansea are yet to lose a Premier League game. Furthermore, the Swans haven't conceded at home and easily disposed of West Brom in their last home fixture. With their own fans behind them and Stoke still recovering from a midweek game against Besiktas, there's no reason why Swansea can't notch another home win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Arsenal|
|There was a time when this fixture could be guaranteed to finish on level terms but not so in recent years. Arsenal have been the more successful of the two sides in Premier League terms but early season form appears to be showing a shift in power in North London. The Gunners defence has been at sixes and sevens and they've failed to replace key players. They might've beat Olympiacos during the week but their defending was of schoolboy standard at times. Wenger's side have taken just a single point from their three Premier League matches on the road and they're unlikely to find Spurs in forgiving mood. Since the back-to-back defeats by the Manchester clubs, Tottenham have won all three Premier League matches including a resounding win over Liverpool. King is likely to make his fourth successive Premier League start and Defoe could come back into the side after missing the win at Wigan because of illness. The midfield partnership of Modric and Parker has proved a key cog in Spurs' performances whilst Adebayor will be out to put one over his old manager. However, a word of warning; Arsenal are still capable of digging out a result should they want it badly enough and a win for them at White Hart Lane would get their season back on track.|
|Home Win 2-1|