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 28th to Mon 30th September 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Tottenham v Chelsea|
|The weekend football kicks off with an intriguing heavyweight clash at White Hart Lane. Second plays fourth with both sides having lost just a single Premier League fixture so far this season. Both were in action during this week's round of Capital One Cup matches and both made it through to the next round in convincing fashion without conceding. Spurs have conceded just a single goal in 9 competitive games, dominating the majority of them, but they've been caught out defensively on the odd occasion without paying the price. At the other end of the pitch Defoe leads the Tottenham scorers with 6 in all competitions but it remains to be seen whether he'll displace Soldado come Saturday. Capoue and Lennon are out whilst there are doubts over Kaboul and Rose. Opponents Chelsea have suffered a couple of blips over the last few weeks despite trailing Spurs by a paltry 2 points. They lost out at Goodison to a Naismith header and were then shockingly beaten at home by Basel in the Champions League. Other results, including draws at Man Utd and Bayern Munich, have been encouraging but they're yet to stamp their authority on a match and not scored more than twice in a game since the season kicked off. The Blues could be without both Ramires and Van Ginkel who sustained knocks in the midweek win at Swindon. Little to choose between two sides at virtually full strength and though Spurs possibly have the edge, Chelsea are likely to do enough to take a point.|
|Sat 15:00||Aston Villa v Man City|
|The recent signs are that Man City are beginning to hit their stride with emphatic home victories over neighbours United in the Premier League and Wigan in the Capital One Cup. They were superior in every sense in last weekend's derby match playing some incisive football and exposing United's frailties. However, they've found top flight matches on the road difficult to date with a 3-2 defeat at Cardiff and a goalless draw at Stoke although that particular stat improved with a 3-0 win at Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League. Silva is doubtful with a thigh strain and Demichelis is ruled out with a knee injury but otherwise City are at full strength. They travel to Villa Park where a below strength Villa side were well beaten by Spurs in the Capital One Cup. However, Lambert's men have proved more adept on the counter away from home this season with victories at Arsenal and Norwich so City need to be aware of Villa on the break. The victory at Carrow Road came at a cost though with Benteke out for 6 weeks with a hip injury and Agbonlahor a doubt with a knock. N'Zogbia and Okore are also out although Westwood could recover in time. Villa don't have the strength in depth at City's disposal and it's a big ask for them to take anything from this game.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Fulham v Cardiff|
|Only a single point and a couple of places separate these 2 sides towards the bottom end of the table. Cardiff are actually the better off of the pair although they've only secured a solitary point in the 3 games since that infamous victory over Man City. That point came from a draw at Hull and represents their only points on the road from 2 attempts. On the opening day they were beaten at Upton Park by 2 clear goals without reply; the midweek League Cup encounter appeared to be going the same way but the Bluebirds staged a second-half comeback only for Vaz Te to net a late winner and seal Cardiff's exit from the competition. However, the League Cup served Fulham rather better as they secured their first home win since April with a 2-1 victory over Everton. In their previous home fixture the Cottagers were leading the Baggies by a goal to nil only for Gareth McAuley to head the equaliser in the 90th minute. Aside from Fulham's opening day victory at Sunderland, their away form has gone as expected so these games against the newly promoted sides at Craven Cottage are absolute 'musts' for them to win. Berbatov is back after injury but Aaron Hughes and Bryan Ruiz are slight doubts. Fulham are by no means certainties but this is a game they simply have to win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Hull v West Ham|
|Hull haven't had the easiest of starts to life back in the top flight. Their first two away fixtures were at Stamford Bridge and Eastlands and, not surprisingly, they didn't take any points although they didn't disgrace themselves either. Then last weekend in their third away game (at Newcastle), the Tigers came from behind twice until a stunning volley from Sone Aluko in the 76th minute was enough to take all 3 points. That coupled with their home record of 4 points from 2 games leaves Hull sitting pretty in mid-table. Bruce fielded a weak side in the midweek League Cup win over Huddersfield leaving his key players fresh for this encounter. Figueroa could return after missing the Newcastle match because of personal issues whilst Koren is expected to be out for 5 weeks with a foot injury. They host a West Ham side still without Andy Carroll, Joe Cole and Stewart Downing so it was surprising to see them net 5 times in the last 2 games; 2 in the defeat at home to Everton and 3 in the Capital One Cup win over Cardiff. The Bluebirds pushed them close but a late Vaz Te header saw West Ham through to the fourth round. Up until recently goals had been in short supply, at both ends of the pitch for the Hammers, and two 5-goal matches on the bounce probably raises more concerns than it does optimism. Allardyce will be worried around the defence of set-pieces, something that Bruce's Hull will have worked on, and the home side might just have the edge in this one although it'll be tight.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man Utd v West Brom|
|With Van Persie currently out with a groin problem, we can see why United were so keen to hang on to Wayne Rooney. Though RVP could possibly recover in time to play West Brom, United have been far weaker for his absence. They lost heavily at Eastlands after being outplayed and outmuscled in every department and rode their luck at home to Liverpool in this week's League Cup fixture to make it through to the next round by the narrowest of margins. Though United have been far fom impressive under David Moyes, currently 8th in the table, Rooney has proved the exception with his workrate and quality. United have only won 2 of 5 Premier League fixtures this season but are so far undefeated at home in all competitions. They host a West Brom side who had to wait until last weekend for their first win of the campaign and they did it in emphatic fashion by scoring 3 against bottom side Sunderland. However, until then the Baggies had struggled for goals this season and that looks to be an ongoing problem with Vydra out injured and Long and Anelka yet to score. This week they fought back to level terms against an under-strength Arsenal side in the League Cup but ended up exiting the competition on penalties. Despite United failing to fire on all cylinders, it's difficult to see them not beating West Brom and the Baggies are likely to slip further down the table.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Southampton v Crystal Palace|
|Southampton are finally getting the right results although the games are still tight with few goals. They've only lost a single match this season, away at Norwich, but last weekend inflicted Liverpool's first defeat of the campaign winning 1-0 at Anfield. That result took them up to 7th in the table and the Saints followed it up with a 2-0 win over Bristol City in the Capital One Cup. It was very much a second string side that saw off the League One club but Southampton should be back at full strength for the visit of Crystal Palace. The Eagles missed out on League Cup football this week after being knocked out of the competition in the second round and they need the rest given the number of players out injured. Palace have lost 4 of their 5 Premier League matches to date, the other result was a home win over bottom side Sunderland though Holloway's men are only 2 points and a place better off. Despite being second best in the majority of their games, Palace's performances have been creditable considering the quality of players at their disposal but unfortunately another defeat looks on the cards.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 17:30||Swansea v Arsenal|
|Both clubs fielded below-strength sides in the League Cup this week albeit with different outcomes. Arsenal squeezed through on penalties at the Hawthorns whilst Swansea were comfortably beaten at St Andrews after wasting some decent first-half chances. However with both parties back at full strength, expect a closely contested match at the Liberty. The Gunners are currently top after winning all 4 Premier League games since that opening day defeat at home to Villa. That said, they've shown some frailties at the back and conceded in all but one of those top flight fixtures. On the injury front there was good news with Arteta managing 95 minutes at West Brom but Walcott can now be added to their midfield casualty list alongside Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski and Rosicky. After Swansea's difficult start to the season against Man Utd and Spurs, Laudrup's men are up to 9th with wins over West Brom and Palace and a draw at home to Liverpool. Most impressive was their 3-0 victory in Valencia and Michu should be back in tandem with Bony against the Gunners. An ankle problem kept centre-half Ashley Williams out of the League Cup defeat but he should also be back to bolster the defence alongside Chico. Most might be plumping for another Arsenal victory but the Swans are capable of taking something from this game and the draw looks a good bet.|
|Sun 13:30||Stoke v Norwich|
|The Britannia looke like it's once again becoming the fortress it was during the heart of Tony Pulis's tenure as manager. Mark Hughes may have opted for more of a passing game but there's still plenty of substance throughout the Stoke side. The Potters are undefeated at home in all competitions including a goalless draw with Man City in which they were arguably the better side and probably deserved more. They were comfortably beaten in the end last weekend at the Emirates despite fighting back from a goal down but 7 points isn't a bad tally considering they've played Liverpool, City and Arsenal already this season. They host a Norwich side struggling at the wrong end of the table with 4 points from their last 5 matches. Three defeats from the last four including a single-goal defeat at home to Villa last weekend has allegedly left Hughton facing the sack if they lose this one at Stoke. The Canaries could've gone ahead against Villa but Snodgrass wrestled the ball from Van Wolfswinkel at 0-0 only to fluff the penalty, a decision which ultimately cost them the game; Hughton has since clarified that Ricky Van Wolfswinkel will be the future penalty taker. They were also fortunate not to be knocked out of the League Cup at Watford but Gary Hooper's first goals for the club came at crucial times and they negotiated their way past the third round. Bassong is a doubt after bing subbed off in the Villa defeat with a hamstring problem. Norwich have lost both top flight games on the road and I don't expect that to change at Stoke.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 16:00||Sunderland v Liverpool|
|Rock-bottom Sunderland, at least 2 points shy of the rest of the field, decided to rid themselves of controvertial manager Paolo Di Canio after just a handful of games. The disciplinarian's methods failed to motivate the players accordingly resulting in just a single point from 5 top flight fixtures. Interim manager Kevin Ball got off to a good start with a 2-goal League Cup victory over League One side Peterborough and he'd like to be considered for the full-time vacancy. Having sold their best players, Mignolet and Sessegnon, and Fletcher and Bardsley struggling for fitness, the Black Cats will struggle to make ground on the teams above them. They entertain a Liverpool side fresh from defeat at Old Trafford in the League Cup but that says little about the Reds' performance. Liverpool were the better side despite conceding at a set-piece and now have Luis Suarez back to bolster a toothless attack. The Uruguayan striker looked a yard short of match fitness but still showed plenty of touches and control to ensure selection this weekend. The likes of Coutinho and Johnson are Liverpool's biggest casualties but they were undefeated until last weekend's single goal defeat at home to Southampton. No doubt Suarez will add the bite that Liverpool have missed in recent games and it's difficult to see beyond an away win.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Mon 20:00||Everton v Newcastle|
|Everton rested a number of players for their midweek League Cup defeat at Craven Cottage leaving them fresher for the meat and drink of the Premier League. The Toffees currently lie 6th after recent victories over Chelsea at Goodison and West Ham at Upton Park. Both came as a shock but the latter more so because Everton managed to hit the back of the net 3 times. Lukaku added some gloss (how long before he starts?) but it was left-back Baines that grabbed the headlines. Yet again the diminutive defender popped up with a brace of fine free-kicks to maintain Everton's record as the Premier League's only unbeaten team. He's by far their most valuable asset and Martinez's best bit of business over the summer was to keep him. As stated before they need a goal poacher and Jelavic just isn't cutting the mustard so the sooner Lukaku starts the better. This week's visitors to Goodison are a Newcastle side currently mid-table and suffering mixed results. The Magpies have picked up after a poor start with wins over Fulham and away at Villa but last weekend they were beaten at home by newly promoted Hull. That said, loan signing Remy notched his first goals and Papiss Cisse grabbed his first of the season in their Capital One Cup win at home to Leeds. Injuries have ruled out Steven Taylor, Gutierrez and Shola Ameobi but playmaker Yohan Cabaye could make a return from a groin problem. He's the player that makes them tick in midfield and will be vital to any progress they make this season. All that aside, Everton are a very tough unit to break down and 3 points for the home side looks a good shout.|
|Home Win 1-0|