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 14th to Mon 16th September 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Man Utd v Crystal Palace|
|The best way to recover from a defeat is to get straight back on the horse as it were. Unfortunately United have had to wait almost 2 weeks to put the bitter single-goal defeat at Anfield behind them. Coupled with the goalless draw at home to Chelsea and emphatic victory at Swansea, United have 4 points from a possible 9 and already trail all of their realistic title challengers. David Moyes failed to attract any high profile signings during the clsoing stages of the transfer window although he managed to convince Everton's Fellaini to switch allegiances and many think that United's lack of transfer activity this summer could cost them the Premier League. They host newly promoted Crystal Palace and the phrase 'one-way traffic' springs to mind but Palace moved out of the bottom three with their first win back in the top flight, a 3-1 victory over Sunderland at Selhurst Park. Despite kicking off the campaign with 2 defeats, Holloway's men haven't looked out of their depth and hard work will serve them well in their bid to survive. Palace have a number of players out injured plus Holloway starts a 2-match touchline ban leaving them with little hope of taking anything away from Old Trafford.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sat 15:00||Aston Villa v Newcastle|
|Just a point and a place separate and Newcastle in mid-table but the two side have given contrasting performances in their opening fixtures. The Magpies have scored just the once in the top flight this season but it's been enough to yield them 4 points. Their all-round play improved in the win at home to Fulham but they lack a cutting edge in the final third and their lack of activity over the summer could cost them come the end of the campaign. On the flip-side, Villa's opening three fixtures were against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool; whilst they won at the Emirates, defeats against the other 2 clubs were narrow and Villa look good value to improve on last season. The caveat is that Villa haven't played a Premier League match for 3 weeks although it remains to be seen whether their fitness levels have been impacted. Nathan Baker should be available for Villa after injury whilst Newcastle are still missing the likes of Taylor and Gutierrez. Cabaye remains at the club after failing to secure a move away and could feature after coming on in the win over Fulham. Villa look the better side and should be good for the win as long as they're not suffering from a lack of matches.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Fulham v West Brom|
|West Brom's poor start to the season continued at home to Swansea where they were beaten 2-0 the weekend before the international break. With little in the way of quality striking options, it was amazing to see Shane Long being offered to Hull but the deal collapsed and Steve Clarke wasted no time in bringing in Anichebe and Sessegnon. Whether or not these will improve the Baggies' squad remains to be seen but at least they managed to offload the wantaway Odemwingie to Cardiff. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham have played just the once this season and lost to Arsenal by 3 goals to 1. Fulham's only points of the campaign to date came in a single-goal win at Sunderland despite being second best throughout the game. Jol has decent creative and defensive players at his disposal but the balance of the side is questionable. The Cottagers would ideally like to add to their points tally before the trip to Stamford Bridge the weekend after but it's difficult to pick between two sides that will likely be struggling in the bottom half of the table come next May. Ironically, West Brom's solitary point has come on the road but Fulham's usually strong home form could swing it their way.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Hull v Cardiff|
|Two of the three newly promoted sides go head-to-head at the KC Stadium in what can only be described as a 'must win' 6-pointer. Both clubs will have pencilled this in as a potential victory and dropped points here could affect either side's confidence in subsequent upcoming fixtures. Both have their first top flight win under their belts with victories over Norwich and Man City respectively and both have spent well with experienced players coming in. Also neither side has looked particularly exposed against the bigger clubs; Cardiff's victory over Man City a point to note and fully deserved. Looking back at previous Championship games between the two clubs, Cardiff probably had the better of it last season with a draw at the KC and a win at home but the games were tight. The Tigers are without the suspended Sagbo whilst the Bluebirds could miss Caulker and Cornelius through injury. After much deliberating, very difficult to pick between the two and the draw might not be such a bad bet.|
|Stoke v Man City|
|Mark Hughes has been busy turning Stoke into a side that can play football on the deck as opposed to a team that spent most of the time heading the ball under Tony Pulis. The Potters are surprisingly 5th in the table after notching 2 victories from 3 games and were the better side at Upton Park recently, both in footballing terms and the final result. The transition that Hughes is undertaking is all the more impressive considering the few changes in playing staff at the club but we won't get too carried away after just 3 games in. Stephen Ireland may feature after signing for his old manager at City and we'll have to see if Hughes can succeed where other managers appear to have given up. City are the visitors to the Britannia with a star-studded squad but not yet firing on all cylinders. They opened their account with an emphatic 4-0 win over Newcastle and should've won by more but that says more about how poor Newcastle were. Surprisingly, City were then beaten at Premier League newcomers Cardiff and weren't overly convincing at home in their 2-0 win over newly promoted Hull. Pellegrini has problems at centre-back with Kompany, Demichelis and Richards all out leaving Lescott to partner Nastasic. Other than that City have plenty of talent at their disposal but don't be surprised to see Stoke resort to former tactics. The Potters will feel that they have the physical attributes to make life difficult for the visitors especially in light of City's weakness at centre-half and a point apiece could be a good shout.|
|Sunderland v Arsenal|
|Arsene Wenger finally splashed the cash by bringing Mesut Ozil to the club in a deadline day deal but whilst there's no doubting that the German is a world class player, surely Arsenal have an abundance of players in advanced midfield positions and what they most require is a destructive holding midfielder in the mould of Vieira or Gilberto. That aside, the likes of Wilshere and Walcott will likely shake off England knocks to support Ozil though both need to improve on their performances in Ukraine. Wenger could field another midfield or two from those players out injured and there's bound to be fierce competition for places once the absentees return to fitness. Whilst the practice has been for one of them to play in the hole behind Giroud, Ozil is likely to make that place his own leaving the others to fight for more traditional midfield responsibilities. They travel to the Stadium of Light where Sunderland are struggling in the post-honeymoon period under Di Canio. Losing at Palace recently raised serious questions over their defence, not helped by injury to Wes Brown and suspension for John O'Shea. Gone are the creative influences of Sessegnon but the signing of Borini on loan from Liverpool will provide backup for the fit-again Steven Fletcher. The Black Cats were undone by a single set-piece at home to Fulham, conceded a late equaliser at Southampton and lost out late on at Palace; can't see much changing against the Gunners and Arsenal to have progressively more of the game.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|Tottenham v Norwich|
|Chris Hughton returns to White Hart Lane in charge of a Norwich side that notched their first win this season in their most recent fixture at home to Southampton. New signing Nathan Redmond netted the vital winner but there were decent chances for both sides and the Saints can count themselves unfortunate not to have come away with a point. Other than that the Canaries drew at home to Everton on the opening day and lost at newly promoted Hull. Norwich have a new-look front two of Elmander and Van Wolfswinkel but they haven't fared too badly at the Lane over the last couple of years; last season they drew 1-1 and the season before they snatched a 2-1 victory. However, Spurs are very much changed from last season. The prolonged sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid has finally reached the expected conclusion and a whole host of new signings have arrived in his wake. Without Bale, one can't help thinking that Spurs have sacrificed power and pace for more precise players but time will tell. They lost at the Emirates and you could see that AVB's side aren't yet the free-flowing footballing side that Spurs fans must be anticipating. Capoue is out for up to 4 weeks with an ankle injury sustained in that defeat but the likes of Soldado, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli and Paulinho are all expected to start in some sort of formation. Chiriches may yet have to wait to make his debut with Dawson, Vertonghen, Kaboul all vying for a centre-half spot. Familiarity is at a premium in the Spurs squad and Norwich will want to take advantage of that but the home side should have enough quality to nick the 3 points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 17:30||Everton v Chelsea|
|Everton have drawn all 3 of their opening fixtures which at least means they remain undefeated but drawing games in this league isn't enough to survive let alone challenge for honours. The statistic of most concern for manager Martinez should be that they've not scored in their last two games; at home to West Brom and away at Cardiff. Admittedly they're not conceding goals either but selling Fellaini to United leaves them even shorter on scoring options. They did well to sign Lukaku on loan but he's ineligible to play against his parent club whilst Jelavic and Kone are yet to net this season. Gareth Barry is another decent loan signing despite his astronomic wages but the Toffees surely need to strengthen up top before laying out those sums every week for a defensive midfielder. They host a Chelsea side still undefeated this season and trailing Liverpool by 2 points in second place. The Blues have done just enough under Mourinho with victories over Hull and Villa at Stamford Bridge and a creditable goalless draw at Old Trafford. There's unlikely to be many changes to the Chelsea back four in the weeks ahead, injury permitting of course, but a plethora of attacking options means the Special One will be able to adapt positively if required. Considering the starts made by the clubs expected to compete for the title, Chelsea are the side you expect to maintain their momentum and will be there or thereabouts come May.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 16:00||Southampton v West Ham|
|After notching a victory over newly promoted Cardiff on the opening day and following that with a draw at Newcastle having played some good football, it was somewhat surprising to see the Hammers go down at home to Stoke courtesy of a Jermaine Pennant free kick. Part of the problem has been something of a striker crisis with Andy Carroll suffering yet another foot injury. His replacement, Modibo Maiga, didn't make the most of his opportunity and Allardyce even had Carlton Cole back in for a medical/fitness test after releasing him at the beginning of the summer. However, Cole's fitness proved a problem and Big Sam has since signed former Fulham striker Mladen Petric on a season-long deal. As well as Carroll's absence, this game may come too soon for the likes of Joe Cole and Stewart Downing who are doubtful with hamstring and leg injuries respectively. They travel to the south coast where Southampton haven't quite started the season with the impact we thought they'd have. They've got 4 points on the board but it seems they've been guilty of not taking chances despite playing well. Late goals saved them at the Hawthorns and at home to Sunderland but not finding the back of the net at Norwich eventually cost them. Lambert is likely to continue up top after his busy international week and has Pablo Osvaldo in support but the Saints now have a bit more strength in depth with the likes of Lallana, Ramirez, Rodriguez and Wanyama. Expect this to be an entertaining match with some good football played on the deck but Southampton should make home advantage count.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Mon 20:00||Swansea v Liverpool|
|Liverpool are two points clear at the top of the table and remain the only top flight side with a 100% record after 3 games played. The Reds haven't had it all easy either; they were expected to beat Stoke at home on the opening day but have subsequnetly won at Villa and most recently turned over United at Anfield. All three victories ended 1-0 courtesy of winners from Daniel Sturridge but more impressively Liverpool are yet to concede a Premier League goal this season. Sturridge was injured for the recent international fixtures but the rumour is that the English striker should be fit for Monday's match; he's quickly proving the vital cog in the Red machine in light of Suarez's suspension. Kolo Toure is also expected to recover from a groin problem but doubts remain over the fitness of Glen Johnson and Joe Allen. They travel to the Liberty where Swansea have had a difficult start to the season. Their first home game of the campaign was against United and they were duly beaten, again they lost at Spurs but won well at West Brom. The Swans have had to contend with Thursday night Europa League football but they've played some good football this season despite the results and the only way is up. Shelvey may not feature against his old club thanks to the knock that saw him withdraw from the England squad and may join Nathan Dyer in missing out. Other than that Laudrup will be able to field a strong side and this promises to be a good game. Expect it to be tight but surely the odds on a single-goal victory with Sturridge netting the winner can't be a bad bet!|
|Away Win 0-1|