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 1st to Sun 2nd September 2012.
|Sat 12:45||West Ham v Fulham|
|The big question is who'll replace Dembele in Fulham's midfield? With Clint Dempsey out of favour after being linked with Liverpool, there's speculation that Jol could go for Kieran Richardson but that seems a far from adequate replacement. Speaking of new signings, Dimitar Berbatov is apparently having a medical as we write. The Cottagers hit the new season running with a resounding win over Norwich but came unstuck at Old Trafford. They gave United a fright but left Jol rueing a poor first half. They travel to Upton Park where West Ham saw off a poor Villa side courtesy of a Kevin Nolan finish on the opening day. However, defensive errors cost them last weekend at the Liberty and Swansea ran out comfortable winners. This week the Capital One Cup proved fruitful with the Hammers grabbing a 2-0 win over Crewe and new signing Modibo Maiga scoring his first for the club. This match is a very tricky one to call; Fulham look stronger in defence and attack but their away form isn't good and how will their midfield handle the absence of Dembele? Fulham win, but only just.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 3:00||Swansea v Sunderland|
|Swansea are absolutely flying and would've been top were it not for the fact that Chelsea have played a game more. That could all change after the weekend with the Blues playing in the UEFA Super Cup. The Swans have maximum points from their opening 2 games, are yet to concede, and have scored a massive 8 goals with Michu the star man already having notched 3 times. If Swansea get in front their superior possession provides a great platform for them to win the game. Winger Scott Sinclair has been widely linked with Man City and it remains to be seen if he'll still be at the Liberty come Saturday. Their opponents, Sunderland, will likely field Adam Johnson and James McClean flanking new striker Steven Fletcher. With Sessegnon playing in behind and Larsson adopting a more orthodox midfield role, the empahasis is on a formidable attack. Owing to a waterlogged pitch last weekend, the Black Cats have played just the one Premier League match; a creditable draw at the Emirates. Sunderland will threaten but I expect Swansea to come out on top.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Norwich|
|Modric's anticipated departure for Madrid has finally been completed and Fulham's Dembele has already replaced him at the Lane. The rumour mill is working overtime regarding new arrivals at Spurs but time is short and some of those rumours are unlikely to materialise although Van der Vaart looks the most likely to leave. Spurs will have been gutted to concede a late equaliser at home to West Brom last weekend but they finally paid the price for wasting too many chances. Vertonghen partnered Gallas at the back after Kaboul suffered a knee problem and Defoe was preferred to Adebayor up front. Personnel will undoubtedly change again for the Norwich game with Dembele the most likely player to come in. The Canaries improved after their mauling at Craven Cottage on the opening day with a creditable draw at home to QPR. They were the better side after Chris Hughton switched things around at the back bringing in Bassong, Garrido and Barnett. Norwich fans won't have forgotten this fixture last season, just several months ago in April, when the Canaries left with the 3 points after a deserved 2-1 win. That defeat left Spurs trailing Arsenal in the table and effectively cost them a place in the Champions League. This'll be an entertaining match but Spurs have to start hitting the back of the net and stop letting their opponents off the hook.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v Everton|
|Traditionally slow starters, Everton have begun their campaign on fire and goals that were so hard to come by last season are flying in. They kicked off with a deserved single goal victory over United, won comfortably at Villa Park and then destroyed Leyton Orient in this week's Capital One Cup match. Kevin Mirallas was the architect of Orient's downfall after being handed his home debut but so strong has been Everton's start, the Belgian striker may have to settle for a place on the bench. Neville remains an injury doubt after limping off towards the end of that victory but the Toffees will be buoyant ahead of their trip to the Hawthorns. However, the Baggies have impressed to date and shouldn't be written off. They spanked Liverpool 3-0 on the opening day, fought back to snatch a point at Spurs and saw off Yeovil at Huish Park after going a goal down. Odemwingie could make a return against Everton after missing the last 2 matches although Lukaku could miss out after suffering a training ground knock. West Brom have started well but Everton look capable of snatching victory.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Wigan v Stoke|
|The opening day of the season wasn't a great one for Wigan with a defeat and then Moses defecting to Chelsea shortly after. Ramis had a nightmare start to that match but he looked solid in the wins at St Mary's and the City Ground. The Latics scored a couple of crackers in the Capital One Cup victory over Forest although Alcaraz's dismissal for 2 yellows means he'll be absent for the visit of Stoke. That could mean a re-shuffle in defence with Beausejour coming in at left-wing back and Figueroa moving into the back three. Stoke have begun the season with a couple of draws although they were sent crashing out of the Capital One Cup at the Britannia by Swindon after James Collins completed his hat-trick with an extra-time winner. Expect the Potters to be strong on home soil this season but think they could well struggle on the road; last season they won 4 and lost 11 of their 19 away fixtures. Tony Pulis is rumoured to be in the hunt for Charlie Adam but even if the deal goes through, he's only featured for the Reds once so far this season and could be struggling for fitness. As ever, Stoke won't be making anything easy for Wigan but this could be an important win for the home side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:30||Man City v QPR|
|Not surprisingly the summer spending's not yet over at Eastlands with Sinclair and Nastasic close to signing. Given that City have shipped 4 goals in their opening 2 Premier League fixtures, Nastasic will add to Mancini's defensive options whilst Sinclair replaces the Sunderland-bound Adam Johnson. City have been far from their best in the start to this campaign; they were behind at home to Southampton but managed to turn it around whilst a Skrtel mistake allowed Tevez to level the game at Anfield. Not many will forget last season's title clincher when QPR were leading at Eastlands only for City to snatch 2 goals in injury time and land the Premier League title. Rangers haven't exactly covered themselves in glory in their opening fixtures either. They were hammered at home on the opening day by Swansea and left Carrow Road with a point despite the home side dominating. Keeper Rob Green did little to inspire confidence in either match and as a result Mark Hughes has signed Julio Cesar from Inter Milan. QPR obviously gave City a scare last season but Mancini's side have been strong at home and anything other than 3 points for the home side will be a surprise.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 1:30||Liverpool v Arsenal|
|Liverpool were much improved in the draw last weekend although defensive mistakes effectively gave City a share of the spoils. Joe Allen's performance in midfield was outstanding whilst youngster Raheem Sterling gave the fans a taste of what's to come. The match was in complete contrast to the events of the week before at the Hawthorns but Liverpool really need to tighten up at the back and say farewell to the schoolboy errors. Agger is back for the Reds after serving a 1-match suspension though Lucas's thigh injury is expected to keep him out for a couple of months. They host an Arsenal side still searching for their first goal this season although they're yet to concede. Draws at home to Sunderland and away at Stoke constitutes a mediocre start with new signings Podolski and Giroud failing to impress. Santi Cazorla has looked the most likely to unlock the door for the Gunners but the goals of RVP are bound to be missed until Wenger's new look attack develops that all-important understanding. Not surprisingly he could bring in further reinforcements but the more immediate business has to be retaining Walcott who's stalling on a new contract. The Gunners could finally get on the scoresheet bearing in mind Liverpool's recent generosity though both sides might have to settle for a point.|
|Sun 4:00||Newcastle v Aston Villa|
|Newcastle's plan to field a weakened side last week against Atromitos didn't help them in the subsequent game at Stamford Bridge as they still lost by a couple of goals. They intend to do the same this week but this time they're at home for both matches plus Villa are their weekend opponents. Villa lie bottom of the Premier League after 2 defeats and are still struggling without the likes of Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Dunne and Petrov although Lambert has signed left-back Joe Bennett from Boro. However, events took a turn for the better this week with Villa notching a 3-0 Capital One Cup win over Tranmere and Darren Bent scoring his first goal for the club since February. That said, Villa look like they'll struggle this season and getting anything at St James Park against what will probably be a full-strength Newcastle side is unlikely. Papiss Cisse had a quiet game against Chelsea but Villa will find it difficult to keep both him and Demba Ba quiet. This should be a straight forward home victory.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Southampton v Man Utd|
|After Southampton's gutsy performance at Eastlands on the opening day, it was rather disappointing to see the Saints taste defeat in their first top-flight home fixture for 7 seasons. They were deservedly beaten by Wigan and are still to get any points on the board. However, at this level of competition the games don't get any easier and after United, 2 of their next 3 fixtures are Arsenal and Everton away. That said, United have had their own hairy moments this season. Ferguson's side lost at Everton on the opening day and let Fulham back into the game at Old Trafford; they should've put it to bed but managed to hold out for the 3-2 win. Most of United's alarming moments came from playing Carrick at centre-half but given that Evans was on the bench, maybe the Northern Irish defender will start this match. Jones, Ferdinand and Smalling along with Rooney are all unlikely to feature. On a plus point, RVP scored his first for the club and always looked a threat playing at the top of a 4-2-3-1 formation. United look like running out winners at St Marys but Saints fans will be hoping that the Red Devils bring their grey strip with them.|
|Away Win 0-1|