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 August 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Fulham v Arsenal|
|The Gunners recovered from their opening day defeat at home to Villa with a typical Arsenal response in Fenerbahce. Write Wenger's men off at your peril although that loss to Villa highlighted deficiencies all over the pitch. They weren't so sloppy in Turkey which marked a drastic improvement but the same can't be said of the Turks. Although Koscielny is banned for this lunchtime fixture, his head injury sustained this week saw Sagna replace him at centre-half. With Vermaelen out with a back injury, their vulnerability is obviously in the centre of defence but Jenkinson could possibly fill that role better. The injuries aren't as bad as the Villa aftermath painted them but Oxlade-Chamberlain is out with a knee injury and joins midfielder Arteta in the treatment room. After branding their host Fulham terrible on the road, the Cottagers stuck gold at Sunderland with a set-piece victory. They were under the cosh for much of the game and a number of players played 90 minutes without pre-season football. Martin Jol has managed to get Scott Parker on board; a welcome addition with plenty of experience but will the Fulham faithful be happy with the Chelsea reject? Ruiz should be back to partner Berbatov in attack but can't make my mind up on this one. Fulham are traditionally strong at home whilst the jury's out on whether Arsenal have recovered from their first day nerves and can deal with their injuries/suspensions. Sitting on the fence again.|
|Sat 15:00||Everton v West Brom|
|Neither of these sides got off to a winning start on the opening weekend. Everton could only draw at Norwich despite leading after 65 minutes whilst West Brom lost out to a 90th minute penalty from Rickie Lambert. By all accounts the Baggies weren't great and following on from the end of last season, they've won just one of their last 10 league games. As expected, the much travelled Nicolas Anelka had little impact on the game and Steve Clarke hasn't discounted making more signings before the transfer window shuts. They travel to Goodison where big things are expected of Everton with the proviso that they hang on to their best players i.e. Baines and Fellaini. A £28m bid for the pair was turned down as derisory and the rumour is that United will return with an inmproved £35m bid. Both played the entire game at Carrow Road but it was midfielder Ross Barkley who stole the plaudits. The youngster was not only named man of the match but capped an impressive performance with his first top flight goal, a 25-yard stunner. The Toffees are going in the right direction and are likely to be less cautious under the stewardship of Martinez as opposed to Moyes. Kone came on for Jelavic towards the end of the Norwich game and the only change expected will be for the Ivorian striker to start. Can see Everton winning this but the Baggies won't be a walkover.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Hull v Norwich|
|A baptism of fire awaited the Tigers at Stamford Bridge last weekend and that is what they got in the first 45 minutes. Chelsea were 2 goals up at the break despite Lampard missing a penalty but a combination of Hull substitutions and Mourinho tactics meant that Bruce's men managed to absorb the pressure and the scoreline didn't change. Substitutes Huddlestone and Livermore proved instrumental in gaining a grip on the midfield and retaining the ball a bit more for Hull; both will likely start against Norwich. The question is how will Hull fare at home and have they got goals in them? Their opponents, the Canaries, impressed at home to Everton in a 2-2 draw. Van Wolfswinkel had a dream debut scoring the vital equaliser but there's more to come from Norwich with Hooper on the return to fitness and Elmander switching on loan from Galatasaray. Hughton's side look an improvement on last season but the true measure will come on the road. The KC Stadium will be one of the easier venues they visit but Hull's first home fixture back in the top flight will likely see the home side give that little bit extra. Difficult to pick a winner.|
|Newcastle v West Ham|
|Newcastle were torn apart at Eastlands by Man City on Monday night and that was before Steven Taylor was stupidly sent off just before half-time. After the break they didn't fare much better and the final 4-0 scoreline probably flattered the Magpies, that's how dominant City were. Newcastle will possibly take heart from the fact that they won't have many more matches as challenging this season and they should be more comfortable on home soil against West Ham. Yanga-Mbiwa will likely continue to deputise for the suspended Taylor whilst Remy, Gutierrez and Santon are all thought to be struggling. They host a West Ham side also having to cope with injuries; Andy Carroll is out leaving Maiga and Vaz Te as their only recognised strikers. Allardyce is allegedly keen to sign another marksman but Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan proved adept in grabbing the goals in the Hammers' 2-goal victory over newly promoted Cardiff. Their opening win was fairly comprehensive but a trip to St James' Park will be a tough one regardless of Newcastle's opening gambit in Manchester. Previous matches aren't sufficient to judge how this one will pan out and a draw could prove the value bet.|
|Southampton v Sunderland|
|For all Sunderland's hard work in pre-season and thrice-daily training sessions, an opening day home defeat to Fulham was not on the cards. To be fair, the Mackems were the best side throughout but let one set piece prove their undoing and Di Canio wasted no time in letting his players know the errors of their ways. However, for all their chances and domination, Sunderland failed to put the ball in the back of the net although Altidore proved a constant menace. A return to fitness for striker Steven Fletcher would be a welcome option for Di Canio. They travel to the south coast to take on a Southampton side buoyant after their first win of the season. In-form Rickie Lambert secured a late penalty away at the Hawthorns to earn his side an opening day 3 points. The striker's penalty record is impeccable with 32 goals from 32 attempts and one can't help but be reminded of that Southampton legend, Matt Le Tissier; very different players but they must be doing something right at St Mary's. Pochettino has the rare luxury of no injuries so we should see their best eleven as they go for 2 wins on the bounce. Sneaky feeling that the Saints will do well this season and that starts by putting sides like Sunderland to bed.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Stoke v Crystal Palace|
|There's no doubt that Stoke's game is changing under Mark Hughes but it failed to deliver anything at Anfield in the Premier League curtain-raiser. That said, the Potters came close on several occasion and only a double save from a Walters penalty in the dying minutes deprived Stoke of a point. The management are keen to stress that the players don't lose confidence in the new system but winning matches is the best confidence builder out there. The latest rumours are that Stoke could be in for Defoe, a proven partner for Crouch and a step in the right direction if changing their system is a serious ambition. The Britannia wasn't the fortress towards the end of the season that it had been in previous campaigns but that there's no reason why they can't make it the intimidating venue it used to be. Crystal Palace are the visitors after opening day disappointment at home to Spurs. Holloway has already talked himself into trouble but his players gave a good account of themselves with Jedinak excelling in midfield and winning the ball back on numerous occasions. It wasn't until the end of the game that Palace pressure threatened to tell but they need to create more chances and get more shots away. However, the budget isn't there to buy players so they'll have to rely on the things they do well like hard work and team spirit. Whether or not that's enough to keep them up remains to be seen but not sure I fancy their chances at Stoke.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 17:30||Aston Villa v Liverpool|
|Six Villa players from last season's crushing 8-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge survived to face Chelsea again this week and despite being narrowly beaten, they gave a much improved account of themselves. Full of confidence on the back of the 3-1 victory at the Emirates, Lambert's young side felt aggrieved that they were probably worth a draw with decisions not going for them. Benteke now has 3 goals in 2 games and has underlined why it was so vital that Villa keep him. With Baker doubtful owing to an ankle problem and Clark forced off at the Bridge with a head injury, it could fall to new bot Jores Okore to partner Ron Vlaar. Other than that, Villa are likely to remain unchanged when they take on Liverpool in front of their own fans fo the the first time this season. It represents another big game for the Villans but given the way they've started, they should relish the opportunity. Liverpool narrowly won their opening game at home to Stoke but only thanks to a double penalty save by Mignolet in the dying minutes. It's beginning to look like the Reds will manage to keep hold of Suarez but the Uruguayan remains suspended leaving Sturridge to lead the attack. Debutant Aspas and Coutinho look the most threatening but we'll have to see how they perform on the road. Fancy Villa for this one; they're up to speed and Liverpool's away record wasn't great last season.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 16:00||Cardiff v Man City|
|Despite some ambitious signings, Cardiff failed to make any impact at Upton Park last weekend and left with nil points, conceding twice without managing to register a shot on target throughout the 90 minutes. The step up to the Premier League has proved a big one despite the signings of Caulker and Medel although the absence of Cornelius up front through injury left Fraizer Campbell isolated. The Bluebirds won't be fooling themselves that anything other than staying up is their main priority and their best chance of doing that is by maximising home advantage. However, they host many people's favourites for the title and arguably the side that were most impressive over the opening weekend fixtures. City spanked Newcastle 4-0 and the Magpies should feel grateful that the scoreline wasn't any greater. Dzeko failed to convert a number of decent chances and Aguero was a constant thorn in the Newcastle defence. Defensively, City remained untroubled although Kompany had to go off with a groin strain, Javi Garcia replacing him because of injuries to Nastasic and Richards. A couple of things impressed about City's Monday night performance; the energy and workrate throughout the side from top to bottom, Pellegrini's decision to field his new signings with great success and the strength in depth at his disposal. Can't see Cardiff getting so much as a corner from this game.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|Tottenham v Swansea|
|Bale to go? Most likely, but whatever the case Spurs will be a stronger side as a result. A new look eleven secured a single-goal victory at Palace courtesy of a Soldado debut penalty and were comfortable for the most part but lacked the fluidity that would undoubtedly have seen them score more. Much of that is surely down to new players integrating and others including Willian and Lamela are rumoured to be on their way. The lesson Spurs appear to have learned is if you're going to sell your best player, do it before the last week of the transfer window leaving time to bring in some quality. In this case, they've acted before they've sold (or so it seems) and not made the same mistakes as when selling Berbatov and Modric. A lot expected of Spurs now including an improvement on last weekend's win in their first home fixture. Swansea visit the Lane on the back of what at first glance might seem an emphatic defeat by United at the Liberty. There was belief that the Swans could get something from the game but United's forward line proved the difference. Laudrup's men matched United in other departments but didn't have the same quality in the final third although Bony had a consolation goal to celebrate on his debut. Michu and Williams are still apparently on the Arsenal radar but Swansea will be aiming to keep their best players if they're to progress this season. The Swans are capable of causing Spurs real problems but there should be plenty of optimism at White Hart Lane with quality players coming in. Spurs to be tested but should have the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 20:00||Man Utd v Chelsea|
|Despite little transfer activity this summer, United showed the subtle differences in class at the Liberty that constantly keeps them challenging for honours. Swansea matched them in most areas but the expertise was all in United's final third. Both Van Persie and Welbeck were on top form and the 4-1 scoreline didn't do justice to Swansea's performance. That said, United were full value but the concern will be if they get hit by injuries. Van Persie has been injury prone in the past and the centre-half partnership of Ferdinand and Vidic that looked comfortable for the most part last weekend is also susceptible to knocks. Rooney is valuable backup to the Dutch striker and despite playing well in a substitute role, his body language made it clear that he'd rather be elsewhere. How appropriate that United host table-topping Chelsea on Monday night with bid from the Blues already rejected by United. Mourinho has confirmed that any further bid will be made after this match but it's unlikely that Rooney will feature. After Chelsea cruised to victory at home to Hull, they found the visit of Villa somewhat more testing and Paul Lambert felt that decisions went against his side with them finally losing 2-1. There's no question that Chelsea play good possession football but it's not always with penetration and that is where Mourinho will look to improve. Their biggest test to date comes at Old Trafford but one wonders if either of them are a match for Man City. United are the first to play them come September and then we should have a better idea of who the title contenders really are. Sticking with the draw for this game though.|