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 30th to Sun 31st August 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Burnley v Man Utd|
|United had plenty of reasons to be optimistic during pre-season with good results, a new man in charge and a clean slate. However, it's been a torrid start to their campaign and they're without a win in their opening three matches in all competitions. Van Gaal claims not to be shocked but they appear to have got progressively worse; defeat at home to Swansea was bad enough but they were awful at Sunderland despite claiming a point with passes going astray more often than not in front of a very nervous defence. Difficult to believe but the problems deepened at League One side MK Dons in the League Cup this week with United losing by an astonishing four goals without reply. Admittedly the manager fielded a weakened side but at least half a dozen players with Premier League experience featured only to be embarassed. With the close of the transfer window rapidly approaching, a number of those players could be heading for the exit door with big names rumoured to be coming in, the first being Di Maria but surely a commanding centre-half would be more preferable. They travel to Turf Moor where Burnley should be thinking that thay probably won't have a better chance to beat their Lancashire rivals. However, there's always the danger of taking on a wounded animal and Sean Dyche won't be unprepared. The Clarets are still without a point from opening matches against Chelsea and away at Swansea and were knocked out of the League Cup this week with a weakened side. Team spirit and a strong work ethic will be required if Burnley are to stay up and they daren't start in awe of this shabby United side. All that said, United's passing can only improve and this represents a great chance of the away side getting a win under their belts at the fourth attempt. A great game in store but United to take the points.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 15:00||Man City v Stoke|
|Maximum points from their opening two games away at Newcastle and at home to Liverpool for a City side that have looked comfortable throughout. Old boy Balotelli, now signed for the Reds, was in the stands to watch Liverpool who dominated the first half and worked hard but rarely threatened. Pellegrini has such strength and quality in depth throughout his squad that Aguero, Fernandinho and Navas started on the bench last weekend and didn't feature until midway through the second half. Plus the likes of Negredo and Mangala were sat out because of injury and a lack of match fitness respectively. City are more than capable of holding on to their title with Chelsea currently looking their closest challengers. This weekend they host a Stoke side who have struggled so far this season, especially on the scoring front. They couldn't find a way past Villa in front of their own fans on the opening day eventually losing the game by a single goal and can count themselves fortunate to come away from the KC Stadium with a point last weekend. Hull had centre-half James Chester sent off early on but the Potters couldn't find a way past them until the 83rd minute and that was only after a throw-in incorrectly went their way and Shawcross managed to scuff one over the line. Given Stoke's unimpressive away form and City's contrasting home record, surely there'll only be one outcome!|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Newcastle v Crystal Palace|
|Palace appointed former manager Neil Warnock as their new boss this week on a two-year deal with money to spend. He doesn't have much time to make whatever funds he has available count with the transfer window closing on Monday. Most of the headlines seem to be drawing attention to his reunion with Jason Puncheon who in the past responded in derogatory fashion to criticism from his former boss. Not surprisingly the Eagles were beaten on the opening weekend at the Emirates despite a spirited display, but in their subsequent defeat at home to West Ham they were well and truly beaten. It's beginning to look like all Tony Pulis's hard work has been in vain ahead of a tough trip to St James's Park. The Magpies endured a difficult opening day with the visit of City but their trip to Villa Park last weekend yielded a point. However, they're yet to score in two Premier League outings despite shading the game at Villa and Siem de Jong going close late on. It took an own goal from Gillingham for Pardew's side to make it through to the next round of the League Cup and it's blatantly obvious that they're missing a striker with Remy back at Loftus Road. Tiote, Santon and Cisse miss out for Newcastle whilst Palace are without centre-half Scott Dann. A single goal could be the difference in this one and it just might go the way of the Magpies.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|QPR v Sunderland|
|Following two defeats with five goals conceded and none scored, rumours are already circulating that Harry Redknapp could be on his way out of Loftus Road with Tim Sherwood's name possibly in the frame and assistant coach Glenn Hoddle not a bad shout either. Rangers have plenty of talent at the club but last weekend's four-goal defeat at White Hart Lane could've been worse. Caulker has admitted that they just weren't good enough and need to improve but their could be a chink of light in Harry's half-time switch from a three to a four at the back. That could be a tactic on the road but on home soil QPR may feel more bullish and stick to a preferred back three. They host a Sunderland side that've started solidly after staying up by the skin of their teeth last season. Successive draws at West Brom and at home to United leave them undefeated on two points. Last weekend debutant winger Will Buckley stood in for the ill Adam Johnson and excelled down the right with Poyet admitting he did have doubts. If Johnson has fully recovered it'll be interesting to see if the Black Cats manager risks playing both, one on either side. Sunderland have impressed but surely it's only time before QPR improve. The draw might not be a bad shout.|
|Swansea v West Brom|
|Another club undefeated from their opening two games are Alan Irvine's West Brom. Draws at home to Sunderland and away at Southampton represent a steady start but yet to be convinced about the Baggies this season. A slightly weakened side just about made it past League Two Oxford in the League Cup after winning a penalty shootout. Late deals to strengthen his squad include the signing of Greek striker Georgios Samaras on a free and Porto winger Varela on a season-long loan. Both could make their debut at the Liberty this weekend as West Brom take on a Swansea side with maximum points from their opening two matches. The first was that shock victory at Old Trafford followed by a fairly comfortable but modest single-goal win over visiting Burnley. Garry Monk then fielded a much-changed side for this week's League Cup and was pleased with the professional victory over Rotherham, debutant striker Bafetimbi Gomis grabbing the only goal. A trademark of Swansea's game is their expansive play with both wingers featuring heavily and stretching the game which makes for entertaining football. It's early days but the Swans are looking good value for their lofty position and West Brom could find it difficult to live with them.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|West Ham v Southampton|
|After Southampton's confident opening performance at Liverpool, a game which they didn't deserve to lose, they could only play out a goalless draw at home to West Brom. With so many new players coming in they struggled to get their game going and were stifled by a disciplined Baggies side. It was a poor performance by the high standards they set the week before at Anfield but at least they managed to get their first point on the board. At Millwall this week in the League Cup they again started sloppily and it took a half-time talk from Koeman to get them producing some decent football with them eventually running out two-goal winners. It's no surprise that this season is one of transition for the Saints but they've enough quality to stay up. They take on a West Ham side that have started the season well despite only registering three points. The Hammers dominated on the opening day at home to Spurs and should've won the game, eventually paying the price with an injury-time sucker-punch, but were head and shoulders above Palace at Selhurst Park and ran out deserved winners. Nolan missed that game and is expected to be out for up to six weeks with a fractured shoulder but it was the performances of Noble and Zarate that grabbed the headlines. The Hammers mixed up their play to great success and it's looking like the signing of Teddy Sheringham as an attacking coach is already paying dividends. Opponents Southampton will get better but West Ham look good on their performances to date.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 17:30||Everton v Chelsea|
|Two games played and Everton were ahead in both only to be pegged back at Leicester and at home to Arsenal for a share of the spoils. They shot themselves in the foot at home to the Gunners last weekend after going in at half-time two goals to the good only for their opponents to score twice in the last seven minutes. Giroud came off the bench at half-time and gave Arsenal the platform to play capping a fine performance with the equaliser in injury time. The Toffees started fluently but as the game wore on they were forced deeper with the pressure finally telling. Martinez has bolstered his front line with the signing of former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o and along with Lukaku will look all too familiar to their opponents Chelsea. The Blues have begun their campaign in comfortable fashion beating newly promoted opponents Burnley and Leicester. Everton represent their toughest test to date but Mourinho's summer signings look to have given Chelsea genuine strength in depth and not surprisingly they're expected to be City's closest challengers for the title. Can see this game being very tight but the longer it goes on the more likely Chelsea pressure will begin to tell on an Everton side that've conceded late goals.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 13:30||Aston Villa v Hull|
|Two solid performances from the Tigers sees them on four points and it could be argued that they were mighty unfortunate not to take all three points at home to Stoke. The Potters took advantage of a throw-in given incorrectly with Shawcross pouncing to scramble the ball over the line late in the game after Hull were reduced to 10 men early on to earn themselves a draw. That sending-off leaves James Chester suspended for this match but Bruce's side have proved themselves resolute in defence and the afore-mentioned centre-half should not be missed. They've now bolstered their defensive ranks with Michael Dawson from Tottenham giving the Tigers a solid platform for the season ahead. They travel to Villa Park where the home side have also looked strong at the back in opening fixtures at Stoke and at home to Newcastle. No goals conceded and a solitary strike at the Britannia sees them also on four points but fans won't be happy after losing at home to League One side Leyton Orient in the League Cup. Admittedly Lambert rang the changes for the defeat but his decision to play Darren Bent alone up top at home against a lower division club drew cries of derision from the home supporters. Villa do have a striker crisis with Benteke and Kozak still out injured leaving Weimann and Agbonlahor as their main attacking threats. A game where defences should be on top and goals will be at a premium.|
|Tottenham v Liverpool|
|Spurs kicked off their campaign with maximum points from two games played although it has to be said that they were fortunate to nick the win at Upton Park over the opening weekend. However, they followed that with a convincing win at home over QPR and now boast a proud record of five goals scored and none conceded. They dominated last weekend's game at White Hart Lane with Lamela and Chadli particularly impressive but it'd be a surprise if they get the same sort of space against Liverpool. Other news sees loyal centre-half Dawson move to Hull and replacement Fazio arrive from Sevilla but Spurs still look vulnerable without the ball. Pochettino must be pleased with his side's start to the season but the vist of Liverpool is a much tougher test and will provide a decent reality check on their progression. The Reds good start, though somewhat lucky, at home to Southampton was undone by last weekend's visit to Eastlands in which Liverpool were comfortably beaten 3-1. That trip was always going to be one of the toughest away days of the season, for any club, but at least they can now put that defeat behind them. New striker Balotelli was in the crowd to witness that loss and is definitely a risk for Rodgers but could be the perfect player to link up with Sturridge and Sterling. Last season Suarez was the architect in two heavy defeats for Spurs aggregating 9-0 but Liverpool are yet to find another talisman to live up to the departed Uruguayan's billing. Johnson and Moreno returned to the starting line-up against City but Lallana is still recovering from a knee injury. An important match so early in the campaign but the feeling is that Spurs will improve on last season's efforts.|
|Sun 16:00||Leicester v Arsenal|
|Arsenal are riding their luck a little at the moment and haven't started the season as emphatically as some may have expected. They had to come from behind to beat Palace at the Emirates on the opening weekend and it took late goals from Ramsey and Giroud at Goodison to give them a share of the spoils against Everton. They've not started either game well but have to be credited for digging in and playing until the final whistle. However, an ankle injury sustained by Olivier Giroud is a massive blow and it remains to be seen if Wenger moves for another striker in the transfer window. A glut of talented midfielders means he could play without one or go with Sanchez or Campbell up top, the former grabbing his first goal for the club in the midweek win over Besiktas. Mertesacker is back in the heart of the defence and is likely to partner the recovered Koscielny with young Chambers possibly missing out. They travel to Leicester where the newly promoted side managed to hold Everton on the opening day but were unsurprisingly beaten at Stamford Bridge last weekend. That said, Chelsea failed to break the deadlock until the second half and the Foxes caused them some concern before eventually falling behind. Had David Nugent made more of his opportunity when clean through on goal, the result may well have been different. Leicester have signed former Inter Milan captain, midfielder Cambiasso, on a one year deal and Nigel Pearson may not be finished before the transfer window closes. Expect Arsenal to win this one but if recent results are anything to go by, the Gunners will leave it until late on before snatching the points.|
|Away Win 1-2|