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 17th to Mon 19th August 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Liverpool v Stoke|
|Liverpool's 7th-placed finish last season was far below the expectations of everyone associated with the club as well as the fans and this season the primary objective has to be 'must do better'. Despite Suarez's biting ban towards the end of the last campaign, the Reds finished the season well with Daniel Sturridge thriving on the extra responsibility as a lone striker. Suarez's ban continues but his wish to move to a 'big club' has forced him to train alone although Liverpool are insistent that the Uruguayan striker is not for sale. On the positive side, pre-season results have been promising, Gerrard is back to full fitness and signings Alberto, Aspas, Mignolet and Toure will add some much needed quality. Carragher's experience will be much missed following his retirement but another marquee signing by Brendan Rodgers should see Liverpool improving on last season. They host a Stoke side now managed by Mark Hughes following Tony Pulis's summer departure. Apparently Hughes is keen to change the Potters' playing style but few changes amongst the key playing staff is sure to see familiar faces reverting to familiar habits. Goals remain a premium for the Potters' strikers but new signing, US forward Juan Agudelo, has only agreed to join at the turn of the year. Stoke struggled in the latter half of last season and Hughes's appointment is unlikely to alter that trend. This is a great opportunity for Liverpool to get off to a good start but a challenge for Mark Hughes.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 15:00||Arsenal v Aston Villa|
|The Gunners appear to be holding out for a major striker whether it be Suarez or Rooney (Higuain has already joined Napoli) and as a result have made just a single signing; the unproven Sanogo from Auxerre. With a whole host of players released or sold including Arshavin, Chamakh, Gervinho, Santos and Squillacci plus money available to spend, the pressure is on Wenger to sign a big name or two. He's rightly got rid of the dross but injuries to key players could leave his side below strength. Arsenal have been impressive in pre-season despite being beaten in their own cup competition by Galatasaray. However, last weekend's win over Man City will have fans optimistic regarding the immediate future as long as they see a new player or two. Villa are the visitors to the Emirates on the back of a mediocre pre-season but Lambert has proved successful in fending off Benteke's suitors by getting the striker to put pen to paper on a new deal. Out go the likes of Dunne, Lichaj and Holman whilst in come a number of unfamiliar faces pretty much in line with Villa's development policy. Lambert has also committed Guzan, Clark, Lowton, Westwood and Weimann to new deals ensuring some degree of continuity. Can't see Villa upsetting the applecart but they'll be optimistic of avoiding last season's relegation scrap.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Norwich v Everton|
|Norwich will be looking to build on a season of consolidation in which they finished 11th with Chris Hughton making his mark with a number of summer signings. Ricky van Wolfswinkel comes in to replace the outgoing Grant Holt with fellow countryman Leroy Fer joining him in a support role. Additional attacking options have been boosted by the arrival of former Celtic striker Gary Hooper whilst Nathan Redmond gives something extra from midfield. The afore-mentioned Hooper should be fit for the start of the season after avoiding long-term injury last weekend and centre-half Michael Turner is expected to return after a shoulde operation. They host an Everton side under the new guidance of Roberto Martinez after long-term servant David Moyes opted for Fergie's hot seat. Last season's FA Cup winning manager was able to tempt Alcaraz and Kone away from the DW; the latter could prove the goal-scoring machine that the Toffees have craved for so long but questions remain over the susceptibility to injury of central defender Alcaraz. However, Martinez's primary task will be holding on to Baines and Fellaini; should he prove successful then an improvement on last season's 6th position and a place in Europe is possible. Everton are still a strong defensive unit and the continuity at Goodison should serve them well. Difficult to see how Norwich will fare in this game but Everton to kick off with a win despite being notoriously poor starters.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sunderland v Fulham|
|This Sunderland side is virtually unrecognisable from the that beat the drop last season. Much of the credit has to go to incoming manager Di Canio who galvanised the players into doing just enough to stay up including a 3-0 win at local rivals Newcastle and a single-goal victory over visitors Everton. The summer can only be described as one of transition with a whole host of relatively unknown players coming in and the likes of Bramble, Graham and Mignolet all leaving. The returning Brown is akin to signing a new player although Cattermole and Fletcher are yet to pre-season; Gardner and Vaughan are also suspended for the Black Cats' opening fixture. Where Sunderland may have the advantage is fitness; Di Canio has been training them 3 times a day and that should pay off in the opening fixtures. They host a Fulham side that've never been too hot on the road. The biggest news at Craven Cottage over the summer has been Al Fayed's sale of the club to Shahid Khan but the investment hasn't stopped although there's not too much to shout about. Keeper Stekelenburg comes in to replace the outgoing Schwarzer whilst taking Taarabt on loan seems a tad desperate; the Cottagers don't have the quality throughout the team to field a luxury like Taarabt and he's already been warned that he'll have to work harder. A tight match but Sunderland's superior fitness to give them the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v Southampton|
|In an effort to reinforce their defence, Southampton have been successful in acquiring a couple of their top targets; namely Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama. More importantly, they've held on to all their key players including Ramirez, Lallana and Lambert. Luke Shaw is one of several younger players to sign a new contract although the defender is a doubt for the start of the season. Another more attacking signing before the transfer window closes could see them improve on last season's 14th position. They travel to the Hawthorns where West Brom have strengthened both at the back and up front. At the expense of a few fringe players being releaserd, in comes Anelka and Vydra up top with Lugano adding experience at the back. The question is has Anelka still got it after scoring just 3 times in 22 games at Shanghai and 3 matches at Juventus since leaving Chelsea in 2012. It also remains to be seen whether Vydra can make the leap from Championship to Premier League despite scoring 20 league goals for Watford last season. The Baggies tailed off pretty badly last season and need to start on the front foot but both sides have enough to finish mid-table. Difficult to choose between them at this early stage.|
|West Ham v Cardiff|
|As Championship winners last season, Cardiff are probably under most pressure of the three newly promoted clubs to at the very least stay up and if possible make a statement of intent. The Bluebirds have done just that by breaking their transfer record 3 times this summer after signing Spurs centre half Steven Caulker, Danish striker Andreas Cornelius and Chile midfielder Gary Medel. According to manager Malky Mackay the spending hasn't stopped just yet and he hopes to add another 2 players. The Premier League experience of players like Craig Bellamy and Fraizer Campbell will no doubt also prove invaluable. Their hosts, West Ham, have been very quiet over the summer, an admission made by Sam Allardyce himself but Big Sam appears satisfied with the business the club has done. They finally managed to prise Andy Carroll away from Liverpool for a cut-price £15m, probably paid over the odds for Stewart Downing, have a new keeper in Adrian and Razvan Rat comes in to strengthen the defence. Departees include Carlton Cole and Gary O'Neil but their rejected interest in striker Negredo could point to another high profile signing before the window closes. Difficult to see the Hammers finishing much higher that last season whilst Cardiff will be relying on home form to keep them in the top flight.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 17:30||Swansea v Man Utd|
|Last season proved to be a resounding success for Michael Laudrup's Swansea side. A 9th-placed finish coupled with the Capital One Cup trophy and subsequent European football this season makes the last campaign an almost impossible task to beat. Despite the club falling out with his agent, Laudrup has confirmed his intention to remain at the Liberty and his summer signings reflect the club's ambitions. Wilfried Bony has been their highest profile addition but looks to be a quality acquisition after netting twice on his competitive debut against Malmo in the Europa League. The same match also saw debuts for Shelvey and Pozuelo with the latter adding to the scoresheet. The Swans have had an emphatic pre-season scoring 21 goals in 5 matches and conceding just the once. They face title-winning United but reckon meeting them early on at home could work in their favour. David Moyes is the manager deemed the right choice to take over from Ferguson and scooped a first trophy on his first game in charge, something he was unable to do in his entire Everton career. Admittedly, it was only the Community Shield and a 2-goal victory over Championship opponents Wigan is probably no measure but at least he didn't slip on the potential banana skin. However, United have failed to strengthen over the summer with bids failing for Fabregas and Baines whilst Rooney is reputedly unhappy and Scholes has retired. How long Giggs can remain a first-team regular this season is an obvious question but United surely need to bring in a few new faces. Van Persie and Zaha were the bright spots in last weekend's showpiece fixture but their over-reliance on the Dutchman could backfire especially given his injury record. Last season this fixture finished 1-1 and with United failing to impress to date, what chance another draw?|
|Sun 13:30||Crystal Palace v Tottenham|
|Mention Spurs at the moment and talk invariably turns to Gareth Bale. The Welsh star has been tempted by the fruit of Real Madrid and it now seems that the respective parties just need to agree on a price and terms. But little has emerged from the Spurs or Madrid camps whilst Bale has been training with Wales, although it's alleged that the player himself has said that he won't play for Tottenham again. Whatever the case, it's unlikely he'll feature on Sunday so probably best to concentrate on who will. Levy has been busy this summer breaking the Spurs transfer record twice in buying Paulinho and Soldado. Winger Chadli also comes into the fold but there are some concerns regarding the lack of depth in the centre-half position. However, Kaboul is now fit and French midfielder, Etienne Capoue, can also play that role. Additionally full back Danny Rose has returned to the club after excelling on loan at Sunderland. However the likes of Caulker, Huddlestone, Livermore and Dempsey have all left the club with Parker also looking close to a move. Regardless, there's ambition at White Hart Lane and Bale could profit as part of that team but his head's been turned; Spurs should take the money and invest in quality now rather than at the end of August. Pre-season has been far from impressive and now they face the potential banana skin of Palace away. The Eagles qualified for the top flight courtesy of the play-offs and know that survival is their priority. In Ian Holloway, they've a manager who's been there and done it which could be invaluable with such a vulnerable side. They've made no big signings but Phillips, Thomas, Chamakh and Gabbidon all have top flight experience. Pre-season has gone well for Palace but it's been mostly against lower league opposition making this game a tough call. Spurs have the quality but will Palace let them play? A tense away victory.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:00||Chelsea v Hull|
|The 'Special One' returns to Stamford Bridge with fans expecting a return to former glories. Not that Chelsea have been too far off the pace in the intervening time given that they've had the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League to crow about. The Premier League crown will be the main focus and Mourinho sees Rooney as the final piece in the jigsaw but United are unlikely to sell to one of their main rivals. Aside from Rooney, Chelsea acted early to sign striker Schurrle and midfielder Van Ginkel but the clearout of fringe players has been very thorough. A defeat last weekend to Real Madrid probably marred Chelsea's pre-season but Mourinho will be more concerned with competitive football and getting the right result when it counts. On paper they have one of the easiest fixtures of the opening weekend hosting newly promoted Hull. The Tigers seem more concerned with getting their club name right at the moment than plotting the downfall of Mourinho's Blues. Steve Bruce has failed with some notable bids for strikers but he's managed to attract Premier League experience including the likes of Huddlestone, Livermore, Figueroa, Davies, Graham and Harper. The main concern is that these new players will take time to gel and the visit to Stamford Bridge comes all too soon. Hull have had a mixed pre-season but realistically a containment exercise is all they'll be aiming for come Sunday afternoon and this should be a comfortable win for Chelsea.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Mon 20:00||Man City v Newcastle|
|The first Monday night fixtures pitches together two massive clubs that finished so far apart last season. City ceded their title to United whilst the Magpies managed to stave off relegation. Since then City have brought in Pellegrini to replace Mancini and the word is that the new manager is a people person; a factor that could stand him in good stead with the high profile characters expected to grace the Eastlands turf. The biggest players to leave City are Tevez and Kolo Toure but Pellegrini has brought in 4 big signings; Fernandinho, Jovetic, Negredo and Navas. The future promises to be exciting at Eastlands and they're the ones expected to set the early pace with opening fixtures against Newcastle, Cardiff, Hull and Stoke before an early derby encounter with rivals United. Their opponents, Newcastle, have had a disappointing summer including a series of failed bids for various strikers. Joe Kinnear has been appointed as director of football and the jury's out on whether that sits well with manager Alan Pardew; it obviously didn't with Derek Llambias who left the following day. The Magpies have managed to take QPR striker Loic Remy on loan but that stands out as the only transfer of any note. Pre-season has been OK but they could struggle further into the season if injuries bite as the strength in depth is lacking. Unfortunately, a tough opening trip to Eastlands is unlikely to yield them anything and City should coast to victory.|
|Home Win 2-0|