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.
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 16th to Mon 18th August 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Man Utd v Swansea|
|Last season was a write-off for United after appointing David Moyes and failing to qualify for European football. Lous Van Gaal is now the man at the helm for the Old Trafford club and should have no trouble earning the respect of the players, an area where Moyes failed dramatically. The Dutchman has done it all except in the English Premier League underlining his appetite for the biggest club job in the world. Not surprisingly there've been changes over the summer with midfielder Herrera signing from Athletic Bilbao and Luke Shaw replacing the outgoing Patrice Evra. Also exiting the United defence are centre-half partnership Ferdinand and Vidic leaving big boots for Smalling, Jones and Evans to fill between them. The Red Devils finished their US tour unbeaten ending on a high note with a 3-1 victory over old rivals Liverpool. Giggs continues his Old Trafford career in the assistant manager role as United host Swansea in Van Gaal's first competitive match. Former Swans player Garry Monk remains in charge at the Liberty but admits they need to strengthen if they're to compete this season. Too many quality players have left the club without enough coming in; Vorm and Davies have joined Tottenham whilst Flores, Michu and Pozuelo have all left for pastures new. Sigurdsson has returned to his old stamping ground and is joined by Lyon striker Gomis and Arsenal keeper Fabianski. That said pre-season hasn't been too bad although the most recent result, a 3-0 defeat by Villareal, was disappointing. Struggle to see the Swans getting anything from this game with United chomping at the bit to get their new regime off to a flyer.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sat 15:00||Leicester v Everton|
|Newly promoted Leicester dip their toe in the Premier League after winning last season's Championship. Boss Nigel Pearson has managed to hang on to a number of key players as well as strengthening with top flight experience by signing the likes of Albrighton and Upson although record signing, striker Leonardo Ulloa, is untested at this level. Their first three fixtures, at home to Everton, Chelsea away and Arsenal at home, is a difficult start for any side let alone a newly promoted one. The Foxes are unbeaten in pre-season including a single-goal victory over their counterparts. Everton finished fifth in their first season under the stewardship of Roberto Martinez with the manager subsequently offered a 5-year contract. They've declared their intentions by signing both Lukaku and Barry permanently whilst new contracts have been extended to Barkley, Hibbert, Coleman and Stones. No doubt big things will be expected of the Toffees but they may need a little more strength in depth if they're to manage the demands of Europa League football with the expectations of the top flight. Pre-season results haven't been by any means impressive with a couple of draws against Tranmere and Porto the best they could manage. Difficult to gauge as Leicester will be up for it but Everton's experience could see them nick it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|QPR v Hull|
|QPR bounced back into the top flight after winning last season's Championship promotion play-offs. That sees Harry Redknapp continue at Rangers's helm with the wheeler dealer charm successful in pulling off some good signings. The experience of Rio Ferdinand coupled with the young talent of Steven Caulker could form a formidable centre-half partnership whilst the addition of Mutch from Cardiff and Isla on loan from Juventus will be expected to provide goals. Hoddle has also been taken on as a part-time first team coach, a factor that can only lend the side further strength and confidence. Cesar and Remy could also feature for the club; the former was recalled from Toronto FC whilst the latter's move to Liverpool fell through. QPR have had a lot of pre-season friendlies with mixed results but no real true indication ahead of their opening fixture with Hull. The Tigers have released a number of players but Livermore has signed permanently whilst Bruce has managed to add midfielders Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince. They're still involved in the Europa League after seeing off the challenge of Trencin but progression in this competition could really damage their potential in the Premiership. Obviously pre-season has been interrupted with the early rounds of European competition but Hull haven't really been tested as yet. Runners-up in the FA Cup last season marked a successful campaign but expect them to finish higher than 16th this time around. A tricky opening game for both sides with the draw probably not a bad bet.|
|Stoke v Aston Villa|
|Stoke are pretty much as they were last season and given the strength of their second half campaign, maybe Mark Hughes has reason to be confident of the season ahead. They've strengthened with Steve Sidwell and Phil Bardsley whilst hoping that striker Bojan Krkic, once of Barcelona, can light up the Britannia. Oussama Assaidi is still on their wish list but they've so far failed to reach an agreement with Liverpool. Krkic struck his third goal of pre-season against Real Betis to record their first win in six warm-up games but at least they start the domestic season on a positive note. They host a Villa side still owned by Randy Lerner despite his readiness to sell. Roy Keane has come in as assistant to Paul Lambert but the jury's out on the wisdom of such an appointment. Survival looks to be the focus of Villa's season with many players let go or sent out on loan. In has come Cissokho, Senderos, Richardson and Joe Cole; none of whom particularly stand out as taking the club forward. The one player they have to hold on to is Ron Vlaar, the Dutch centre-half who had a fantastic World Cup and is no doubt coveted by other clubs. Villa have had a mixed pre-season finishing in defeats to Chesterfield, Groningen and a goalless draw with Parma. Of the two sides, there should be more optimism about the Potters and I fancy them to start the season with a win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|West Brom v Sunderland|
|The Baggies drafted in Everton academy manager, Alan Irvine, to replace the outgoing Pepe Mel and already we've seen much shuffling of his pack. Thorne, Reid, Jones and Ridgewell have all gone with Gardner, Lescott, Baird and Wisdom all coming in. He's also signed Nigerian striker, Ideye, an unproven risk as well as other unknowns including Gamboa, Pocognoli and Davidson. Plus the experienced Foster and Brunt have signed new contracts. Pre-season started well but fizzled out slightly although their squad suggests that a mid-table finish is a possibility, an improvement on last season. They take on a Sunderland side that will do well to maintain the form with which they finished the last campaign. The Black Cats looked down and out until Poyet's side picked themselves up and succeeded in a staggering bid for survival. In come Rodwell, Van Aanholt, Jones, Gomez and Pantilimon whilst Colback, Bardsley and Gardner depart. Sunderland fans will be hoping that Connor Wickham's future can be resolved and he continues where he left off last season. The Mackems have had a decent pre-season but difficult to gauge how these two sides will match up against each other. Opting for a score draw.|
|West Ham v Tottenham|
|Sam Allardyce remains in charge for the new season after finishing 13th last time around but is now supported by Teddy Sheringham as an attack coach with the intention of making the Hammers a bit more entertaining. Once again Andy Carroll is out injured and is expected to miss the first four months of the season with an ankle problem. Ecuadorian striker, Enner Valencia, comes in along with others including Zarate, Diego Poyet and Jenkinson on loan. Pre-season was far from impressive and the win over Sampdoria last weekend was their first of the summer. They host a Tottenham side that've had a good pre-season on paper but the same old problems look all too familiar. Davies, Vorm and Dier have come in, all good signings, whilst Sigurdsson and Livermore have been sold but probably the best bit of business has been getting Lloris to sign a new contract. Mauricio Pochettino is the new man at the helm after replacing Tim Sherwood but has his work cut out in two areas; improving Spurs defensively and getting more out of the likes of Lamela and Soldado. Can't see Spurs finishing higher than last season's 6th place and they'll do well to beat a West Ham side that beat them three times in all competitions last season.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 17:30||Arsenal v Crystal Palace|
|The Gunners will be hoping to finish higher than fourth after fading away last season. To that end Arsene Wenger has made some good signings with Alexis Sanchez coming in to bolster the attack. That'll alleviate some of the pressure on Olivier Giroud with the option of playing together or as a lone striker. Other good signings include Calum Chambers from Southampton and Debuchy from Newcastle. Sagna has been tempted by the big money on offer at the Etihad, Vermaelen couldn't resist Barcelona whilst Fabianski was released and Jenkinson has gone on loan to West Ham. Arsenal look stronger than they did last season and luck on the injury front could see them enjoy more success after winning last season's FA Cup. They also ran out convincing winners over Man City in the recent Community Shield curtain raiser, a taste of things to come! The visitors to the Emirates are a Crystal Palace side that finished more than comfortably last season once Tony Pulis took charge. His achievement in taking them from bottom to 11th was built on teamwork and a well drilled defence and can't be underrated. Both Campbell and Hangeland are good additions at either end of the pitch but Pulis probably hasn't strengthened as much as he would've liked. The Eagles will do very well to match the heights of last season and they're not helped by a tough away game to kick off their campaign. Comfortable win for the Gunners!|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 13:30||Liverpool v Southampton|
|Liverpool had to settle for second last season after going so close to winning the Premier League title but the question is how will they fare without striker Luis Suarez? There's no argument that the talented Uruguayan had to go but replacing his assists and goals is manager Brendan Rodgers's biggest task this season. Lambert has come in from Southampton to partner Sturridge but is not a Suarez and they probably need another striker. Rodgers also raided their opening day opponents for midfielder Lallana and centre-half Lovren, both quality players that'll improve their new club. Others to arrive are left back Moreno, Emre Can and Javier Manquillo with Reina, Aspas and Wisdom all departing. They've played some quality opponents in pre-season with only United beating them, their last was a comprehensive win over Borussia Dortmund. They play a Southampton side that've seen a mass exodus. Manager Pochettino has left for White Hart Lane and a whole host of players including the afore-mentioned ones plus Shaw and Chambers all going on to bigger clubs. Koeman is the new man in charge and has managed to retain the services of Rodriguez and Schneiderlin but it's going to be a tough start for the Dutchman. He probably didn't see the irony in his tweeted photograph of readiness for training with no players. It's a shame that the heart has been ripped out of the Saints side over the summer and their aim must be survival after starting from scratch. Can't see anything other than a win for the home side.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sun 16:00||Newcastle v Man City|
|Last Christmas Newcastle never recovered from the sale of Yohan Cabaye and as a result their season fell away with them finishing a disappointing 10th. Pardew has acted over the course of the summer with Remy Cabella and Siem do Jong both coming in to provide some much needed guile. Other notable arrivals are Jack Colback and 17-year old striker Adam Armstrong. Out go a number of players including Debuchy, Shola Ameobi, Tavernier and Gosling. Pre-season has gone ok but it's difficult to see the Magpies breaking into the European places this season. They host the current champions in Manchester City, a side that will expect their title credentials to be more closely challenged this season. The only players City have let go are those that never really featured for one reason or another like Lescott, Barry, Rodwell and Pantilimon. A strong squad is further enhanced with the signings of Mangala, Fernando and Caballero plus Sagna and Lampard on frees. However, falling foul of UEFA financial fair play rules means that their Champions League squad is restricted to 21 players so expect Pellegrini to rotate in the Premiership. Pre-season wasn't too bad but obviously the defeat in the opening showpiece to Arsenal was a reality check. City however are now the new benchmark and shouldn't have too much to fear at St James's Park.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Mon 20:00||Burnley v Chelsea|
|After finishing runners-up in last season's Championship, Burnley are back in the big time and there aren't many bigger clubs to host than Chelsea on the opening day. Not surprisingly Burnley haven't spent big but have some genuine quality although relative success will be based on pure effort and teamwork. They've taken on Premier League experience with Taylor, Reid and Kightly all signing from top flight clubs but ultimately their ambitions will be survival. The Clarets remain unbeaten in pre-season and the joint will be jumping when Chelsea come to town. The Blues finished a disappointing third last season, unheard of for a Mourinho side but improvement is expected this time around. Out goes a whole host of fringe players plus the likes of Lampard, Cole, Ba, Luiz and Lukaku whilst in come Drogba on a free, Fabregas, Costa and defender Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid. The special one has strengthened in key areas and they look the likeliest challengers to City's title. In addition John Terry has put pen to paper on a one year contract extension and keeper Thibaut Courtois has returned to the club. On the whole pre-season has been positive with the exception of the 3-goal defeat to Werder Bremen but Mourinho won't be taking anything for granted ahead of the trip to Lancashire and they should run out comfortable victors.|
|Away Win 0-2|