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 25th to Sun 26th August 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Swansea v West Ham|
|Swansea kicked off the season with a fantastic win at QPR last weekend, all the more surprising considering they won only 4 away Premier League fixtures last season. Their 3 new signings shone with Michu stealing the plaudits after taking 2 classy goals. The Swansea gameplan hasn't changed under Michael Laudrup with the emphasis on possession and finding space. If they can do this on their travels then what's to stop them at home where they lost just 4 top flight matches last season. They host a West Ham side that also got off to a winning start and were rarely troubled by a poor Villa side. Not surprisingly it seems that Allardyce is trying to boost his forward line before the transfer window shuts. Matt Jarvis looks to have agreed a £10.75m deal and rumour has it that the Hammers are also interested in West Brom's Peter Odemwingie. West Ham had the best away record in the Championship last season but we'll have to see how that translates to the Premier League. Expect a tight game but Swansea's possession is likely to be the telling factor.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Everton|
|Everton have traditionally been slow starters which made their narrow victory over United last Monday evening all the more surprising. However, it was no fluke and they fully deserved the 3 points. Fellaini tormented United's defence all night and headed the winner early on in the second half. The Toffees' new striker, Kevin Mirallas, was presented to the Everton crowd before the win and is available for the game at Villa Park but it remains to be seen whether David Moyes is willing to change a winning formula. Villa opened their account with a defeat at West Ham and though they started the game well, Lambert will be hoping for better things this weekend. The quartet of Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Dunne and Petrov remain doubtful whilst some may question the wisdom of selling Collins who kept Bent in his pocket last weekend. Villa are reportedly in the hunt for either Defoe or Kenwynne Jones with goals the currency most likely to keep them up. Everton looked strong against United and Villa could well taste their 2nd defeat in as many games.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Man Utd v Fulham|
|Injuries to United's defensive quartet of Evans, Jones, Smalling and Ferdinand meant that Carrick had to step in to partner Vidic for the trip to Goodison. Everton away was always going to be a difficult start for Ferguson's side and so it proved. Van Persie started the game on the bench and when he eventually came on with 20 minutes to go, wasn't involved enough to make a difference. There can be no doubt that Ferguson will start with RVP against Fulham but he's made it clear that the rest of the team have to provide the required service for the Dutchman to thrive. Speaking of Dutch players, United have just secured the services of left-back Buttner whilst Danny Welbeck has put pen to paper on a new 4 year contract. Fulham were rampant in their opening game against a poor Norwich side and it was no surprise to see new striker, Mladen Petric, score a brace. Fulham look much improved but they'll be even stronger if they can keep Clint Dempsey; transfer speculation and a lack of fitness has kept him out of the starting line-up. However, the Cottagers are never the best on the road (10 Premier League defeats last season) and though capable of causing United problems, it's likely to be the home side that come out on top.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Norwich v QPR|
|So early in the season and we already have the two bottom sides taking each other on at Carrow Road. It's obviously too early to draw any firm conclusions but both sides are where they are after succumbing to 5-0 defeats on the opening day. Defending looked like it was a forgotten art for both these outfits. Mark Hughes must be worried after splashing the cash pre-season and his answer to that heavy defeat looks to be by signing yet more players; Carvalho and Dawson are both rumoured to be on their way although Dawson could possibly be heading elsewhere instead. Some fans are obviously concerned about the wisdom of such purchases though Dawson could be a good asset. Ex-Norwich keeper Robert Green did little to cover himself in glory and his reputation seems to be a growing one for all the wrong reasons. Norwich have a defensive signing of their own, Bassong from Spurs, and he's bound to step straight in against Rangers. Chris Hughton admitted they were poor last weekend and the visit of QPR represents a good chance for the Canaries to get back to basics and start doing the good things. With 10 goals conceded between the 2 sides last weekend, there are bound to be opportunities and the winners will be the side that takes them. We're going with Norwich but this could be anyone's game.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Southampton v Wigan|
|Southampton look a side that'll add even more sparkle to the Premier League if the game at Eastlands last weekend is anything to go by. Despite trailing 1-0 at half-time, Nigel Adkins threw on Rickie Lambert and he equalised within 4 minutes. Then on came Steven Davis who put the Saints ahead after being on the pitch for 3 minutes. Great substitutions but City aren't the reigning Champions for nothing and eventually took all 3 points but Southampton gave them a scare. Both Lambert and Davis could start against a visiting Wigan side that had lost their opener at home to Chelsea within 7 minutes of kicking off. New signing, Ivan Ramis, was to blame for both Chelsea's goals and it highlights the extra responsibility of playing in a back three; glaring errors are bound to be punished. The Latics did play their way into the game after that but were unable to find a breakthrough. McArthur and Maloney are doubts after being replaced in the Chelsea defeat for precautionary reasons. This could be an attractive game to watch with Southampton the more likely to open their account for the new season.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Reading|
|Martin O'Neill looks to have got his man though I'm surprised Sunderland have agreed to £12m for Steven Fletcher which could stretch to £14m with add-ons. It shows how desperate the Mackems are for a striker but at least they've now some options with Campbell, Saha and Fletcher ably supported by Sessegnon, Colback and McClean. A goalless draw at the Emirates was a good result in their opening fixture but owed in some respect to Arsenal's lack of potency in front of goal. They host a Reading side that have 1 point from 2 games after drawing at home to Stoke and losing at Stamford Bridge. Arguably they deserved more from the game at Chelsea with Torres's winner not disallowed for offside. However, they showed plenty of character and were ahead for 40 minutes with new signings Pogrebnyak and Guthrie both getting on the scoresheet. Federici could've done better with Cahill's equaliser and will want to stop bad habits after letting in a soft one against Stoke. Overall though, the Royals look stronger than last season and could be worth a point at the Stadium of Light.|
|Tottenham v West Brom|
|Spurs played well at St James Park last weekend but ultimately left with nothing. It was a surprise not to see Michael Dawson's name on the teamsheet but it seems he could no longer settle for 3rd choice and is off to pastures new; his new club will get a faithful servant. Defoe performed well in a lone striker role but that could all change this weekend with Adebayor's signing now confirmed. Rumours persist that Villas-Boas is on the look out for further strikers and if there's any truth to it, Defoe could be out before the end of the month. Huddlestone and Bassong have also moved on but the Modric deal still needs to be finalised and he remains a Tottenham player. Spurs host a West Brom side that caused one of the upsets of the opening weekend by smashing Liverpool 3-0. Steve Clarke looks to have got the best out of his players and though Agger's sending off played a part, the Baggies could've won by more; it was sweet revenge for the Baggies boss after being booted out of Anfield to make way for the Rodgers regime. We'll have to see if West Brom can replicate that form on the road and though the game at the Lane should be tight, Spurs should have the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:30||Chelsea v Newcastle|
|Anyone remember this game from last season? Papiss Cisse scored 2 spectacular goals to give the Magpies victory at the Bridge. Newcastle had a tough opening fixture last weekend having to face Spurs but they managed to kick off with maximum points. With the Magpies in Europa League action against Greek minnows, Atromitos, a number of players have been rested with the trip to Chelsea in mind. That said, there are still some doubts over the fitness of Demba Ba, Tiote, Ben Arfa and Coloccini, all of who haven't travelled. Their opponents, Chelsea, are trying to play more entertaining football after being criticised for the manner in which they won the Champions League but it's coming at a cost. This week Reading put 2 past them and were ahead for a long spell before Cahill got them back on terms and only defensive mistakes gifted them victory at the DW last weekend. No doubt they have the players to excite but Di Matteo is warning that they need to learn how and when to shut up shop. For however short a time it may be, Chelsea are top but Newcastle might just nick something again at Stamford Bridge.|
|Sun 1:30||Stoke v Arsenal|
|One place Arsenal don't like going, or any team for that matter, is the Britannia Stadium. Especially after having just sold arguably their 2 best players; Robin van Persie and Alex Song. Wenger has brought in replacements like Cazorla, Giroud and Poldolski but only Cazorla showed class in the draw at home to Sunderland; Giroud didn't even get a sitter on target. It takes time for players to play together effectively and there's no quick fix for removing 2 core players from the spine of a team that finished 3rd last season. With Wilshere still several weeks away from fitness, Diaby needs to step up to the plate though Wenger will be hoping that the likes of Koscielny and Sagna will be passed fit again soon. Their opponents, Stoke, put in a typical performance at the Madjeski last weekend but a late Le Fondre penalty robbed them of the win. Dean Whitehead won't be available after receiving 2 yellows in that game but it won't change the no-nonsense approach you get from the Potters. This will be a good test of Arsenal's resilience and Wenger won't be too displeased if the Gunners get a draw.|
|Sun 4:00||Liverpool v Man City|
|Where to start on the subject of Liverpool? They were awful at the Hawthorns last weekend with players at both ends of the pitch culpable. Skrtel was a nightmare at the back and poor positioning from him didn't help in Agger's sending off; Agger misses this game. At the other end of the pitch Suarez couldn't hit a barn door and missed 2 great headed chances, opportunities that Andy Carroll would've gobbled up. Joe Cole suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury 10 minutes after coming on leaving Rodgers having to send on Andy Carroll for the last 12 minutes, all to no avail. Liverpool now face the Champions with their confidence shattered. City had troubles of their own against a counter-attacking Southampton side and actually fell behind for 4 minutes, the eventual result was never in doubt with Dzeko and Nasri on target. The difference between Liverpool and City is that Mancini has built a side full of match-winners and strength in depth, the Reds have a couple of star players on their day but the strength in depth just isn't there. Aguero's injury isn't as bad as first feared but it beggars the inevitable question, who partners Tevez? Dzeko or Balotelli? It makes no difference, City will be strong but Liverpool will be expected to up their game. The Reds are more than capable of getting it together on the day but City look favourites.|
|Away Win 0-1|