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 31st August to Sun 1st September 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Man City v Hull|
|What a difference a week makes! Just over a week ago we were lauding City's performance at home to Newcastle admiring the way they kept the ball and created chances. Last weekend's defeat at Cardiff undoubtedly paints the title contenders in a different light. To be honest, Newcastle made City look great on the opening weekend but Kompany's 71st-minute withdrawal from that game leaves them short of quality in central defence. The Belgian sustained a groin injury which is likely to keep him out for at least a month but his replacement Javi Garcia is more defensive midfielder than centre half. They surrendered a goal lead at Leckwith Road with Cardiff's second and third goals both coming from corners and even Joe Hart is starting to look suspect of late. However, Nastasic is rumoured to be fit again and should start against Hull although it looks like further defensive investment is required on City's part. The Tigers notched their first win back in the big time with a single-goal victory over Norwich at the KC. Hull started with their best eleven but it took a penalty to turn the game although Sagbo was sent off just moments later for a headbutt. The Ivory Coast striker will miss the next 3 matches but Bruce will take confidence from the fact that his side kept their shape and survived for an hour with 10 men. Danny Graham is likely to replace Sagbo up front and has 3 games in which to impress the manager and win back his starting slot. Can't see City losing at home to a newly promoted side although couldn't see Cardiff putting 3 past them last weekend!|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 15:00||Cardiff v Everton|
|The Bluebirds must be soaring high after notching their first win in the top flight, especially given that they beat title contenders Man City. They came from a goal behind, leading by 3 goals to 1 with three minutes plus injury time to go, before Negredo pulled one back but they managed to hang on for the vital 3 points. The importance of that win come the end of the season could be the difference between survival and the drop. Cardiff were good value for their 3 points but Malky Mackay still wishes to make another quality signing before the transfer window closes next Monday. It seems that the Cardiff City Stadium could be a tough trip for any top flight side, as Man City have already found to their detriment. They host an Everton side that've started the season in relatively disappointing fashion. Big things were expected of this Toffees outfit but 2 draws in their opening matches away at Norwich and at home to West Brom falls below expectations. It's one thing to say they're unbeaten but again it looks like Everton are going to struggle for goals. That problem will only be exacerbated if Baines or Fellaini (or both) leave. So far Arouna Kone has only made substitute appearances but with Jelavic struggling for form, how long before Martinez starts with his old Wigan striker? Can't see Everton making the same defensive mistakes as City and given that the Toffees have drawn both so far, a draw makes some sense.|
|Newcastle v Fulham|
|Recent performances by both sides have been below par and the midweek Capital One Cup fixtures came close to catching them out. Both travelled away to League Two opposition; Newcastle were goalless at Morecambe before Shola Ameobi broke the deadlock 6 minutes from time whilst Fulham had to rely on penalties at Burton despite fielding a strong side. Darren Bent got his first start for the club after moving from Villa and could be joined in attack by Berbatov who was rested midweek. Parker comes into the midfield to partner Sidwell and that defensive set-up could give license to Adel Taarabt in a free role. The Cottagers sneaked a win at Sunderland on the opening day but were second best at home to Arsenal. However, they may fancy their chances against a Newcastle side that've looked poor. The Magpies were well beaten at Eastlands on the opening weekend and were fortunate to avoid defeat at home to West Ham. Cabaye seems set to move elsewhere and they lack that creativity in midfield with very little happening during the transfer window to date plus the likes of Remy and Gutierrez are out whilst Steven Taylor is still suspended. The Magpies need to up their game if they're to net their first top flight win of the season. A draw is probably the most obvious conclusion but sticking our neck out for Fulham to sneak it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Norwich v Southampton|
|Both these sides navigated their respective ways past lower league opposition in this week's Capital One Cup games but Southampton's victory was distinctly more impressive than Norwich's. The Canaries put 6 past League Two side Bury at Carrow Road but conceded 3 times in the last 18 minutes whilst the Saints comfortably won 5-1 away at Championship side Barnsley. Pochettino rested some of his higher profile players and Chris Hughton did the same although new signings Johan Elmander, Martin Olsson and Leroy Fer all got on the scoresheet. So positives to be had for both managers but Hughton should be a little concerned defensively. Norwich are yet to win in the top flight this season having drawn with Everton at home and lost at newly promoted Hull. Southampton had to rely on late goals for their 4-point tally; a Lambert penalty secured victory at the Hawthorns on the opening day and a Fonte header earned them a point at home to Sunderland. With Norwich conceding late on and the Saints earning points at the death, this is set up for a grandstand finish and one that could possibly swing the way of the away side. Hooper is still not fit for the Canaries whilst Luke Shaw was forced off at half-time at St Mary's against Sunderland with an unknown knock.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Ham v Stoke|
|West Ham have begun the season in convincing fashion taking 4 points from a possible 6 without conceding a goal. The opening weekend 2-0 victory over Cardiff at Upton Park seemed routine until you consider what Cardiff did at home against City just a week later. Last weekend the Hammers travelled to St James's Park and were by far the dominant side despite failing to score and leaving with just a point. Allardyce's men created some golden chances and their defence restricted the Magpies to zero shots on target throughout the 90 minutes. That said, Gouffran had a great opportunity to seal victory in the closing stages but it would've been hard on a West Ham side that were well organised yet played some good football. And that's without Andy Carroll who's still out with a foot injury. The Hammers host a Stoke side that not surprisingly won at home to Crystal Palace to notch their first points of the season but they had to come from behind to give Hughes victory in his first home match. The Potters are still a work in progress as they conform to Hughes's ideas but the typical Stoke attitude dug them out of a hole. Hughes accepts that there's still much work to do but credits his players for having the right approach and a win's a win whichever way you look at it. He takes a full strength side to Upton Park but West Ham look good value for the win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 17:30||Crystal Palace v Sunderland|
|Palace were the only top flight club to exit the League Cup in the second round leaving them to concentrate on their fight for Premier League survival. Holloway made 11 changes from the weekend defeat at Stoke and not surprisingly they struggled to get their game going. They're without a point after 2 narrow Premier League defeats and currently lie second from bottom. In both fixtures Palace have been in the game but probably lack a bit of pace and guile from midfield and need to concentrate at the back for the full 90 minutes. Holloway is in the market for some last minute bargains and Jimmy Kebe seems to be on his hit list; an injection of something different that could turn closely contested games in their favour. They host a Sunderland side also struggling at the wrong end of the table. Two games is too early to tell but defeat at home to Fulham wasn't a great start. They led for the majority of the game at St Mary's but a late Fonte header saw them leave with just a point. The Mackems have struggled at set plays and that is where Palace are likely to test them. They're missing Wes Brown, out with another knee injury, and Sessegnon could pay the price for a midweek drink-driving arrest but on a positive note Steven Fletcher was fit enough for the bench in the Black Cats' 4-2 win over MK Dons.Not too much confidence about Sunderland on the road and expect this to be an industrious match but Palace posibly to nick it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 13:30||Liverpool v Man Utd|
|The first of the Super Sunday heavyweight clashes sees Liverpool, one of only two top flight sides with a 100% record, take on United who remain undefeated after 2 matches. United convincingly beat Swansea away on the opening weekend and held Chelsea to a goalless draw in last Monday's fixture. However, Moyes is yet to add to his squad although rumours persist that he's still interested in making further bids for Baines, Fellaini and Fabregas. The Rooney saga appears to have abated and it's looking like the English striker will be staying at Old Trafford, especially given his creditable performance against the Blues when both sets of fans cheered him. David Moyes is unlikely to change his side too much for the trip to Anfield though his counterpart, Brendan Rodgers, could be forced to replace Toure, Cissokho and Allen; all who sustained problems in Liverpool's midweek Capital One Cup victory over Notts County. Suarez is still banned with Sturridge filling in; the Englishman was responsible for both winners in the Reds' 1-0 victories at home to Stoke and away at Villa as well as netting a brace in the 4-2 win over County. Both sides pose serious threats but both have also proved resolute in defence and this looks like being a low-scoring draw.|
|West Brom v Swansea|
|The Baggies have not had the best of starts to the new campaign; they were beaten by a last minute Lambert penalty at home to Southampton on the opening day but managed to follow up with a goalless draw at Goodison. The prime concern must be lack of goals and with Anelka allegedly considering retirement and Vydra unproven at this level, much rests on Shane Long's shoulders. However, the little known Berahino scored a hat-trick in West Brom's Capital One Cup win over Newport County and may be considered for some Premier League game time. Clarke recently managed to secure winger Scott Sinclair on loan from City but it remains to be seen whether he'll start. They host a Swansea side with no points on the board despite good performances in defeats by United and Spurs. However, their results in Europe have been favourable and Laudrup will have this game earmarked as a potential victory. Their are doubts over the fitness of Bony, Dyer, Shelvey and Williams; expect them to miss the return leg with Petrolul Ploiest after winning 5-1 at home in the hope that they can field a strong squad at the Hawthorns.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:00||Arsenal v Tottenham|
|The second half of Super Sunday sees North London rivalries resume at the Emirates. Spurs still have a 100% record with 2 wins from 2 whilst Arsenal have won all their fixtures, Champions League included, since that out of character home defeat to Villa on the opening day. After being sent off for 2 yellows in that game, Koscielny comes back into contention although Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Vermaelen and Arteta are ruled out through injury. Doubts remain over the fitness of Wilshere and Ramsey after Tuesday's Champions League win over Fenerbahce; the latter scoring twice in that game and three in all competitions for the season. Wenger has been criticised for not spending during the summer but a win over their closest rivals would relieve some of the pressure on the Frenchman. Tottenham still haven't officially sold Bale but their transfer policy couldn't be further apart from Wenger's with Spurs looking very much changed from last season. There are still rumours that more signings will be made but Chelsea gazumped them last week by capturing Willian from under their noses. To date, Spurs have won all 3 matches without conceding, including that 5-0 win in Georgia, and new striker Roberto Soldado has 4 goals in 3 games. AVB's side have controlled the matches they've played so far but the true test will come under the spotlight of a North London derby. Bound to be tight but both sides would probably be satisfied with a point.|