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 13th to Mon 15th September 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Arsenal v Man City|
|On paper the lunchtime kickoff looks to be the game of the weekend with Man City travelling to the Emirates. Arsenal have had a steady start but done little to impress to date. They've struggled to get going in games relying on some late goals to remain undefeated after three matches. A win over Palace plus draws away at Leicester and Everton leave them 6th, a point behind north London rivals Tottenham. Giroud's ankle injury is expected to keep him out until the new year but Wenger has pulled off a great signing in tempting Danny Welbeck to the club. No doubt Welbeck is different to Giroud but his workrate can't be faulted and England's win in Basle showed everyone the potential of his finishing if played in that striker role. Other players suffering with niggles are Ramsey, Ozil and Koscielny but all are expected to return to the starting line-up. Opponents City were establishing themselves as the side to beat this season; that is until Stoke came away from the Etihad with a goal, a clean sheet and all three points. A smash and grab performance by the Potters coupled with resolute defending couldn't go all the way to explain City's below par performance. Zabaleta, Kompany, Fernando and Jovetic are all doubts with injuries to be assessed prior to the weekend. The Gunners will have to hit the ground running if they're to take anything from this game with City unlikely to pass up any opportunities. However, it's just after an international break and we may not see the best from other side so the draw looks to be a better option.|
|Sat 15:00||Chelsea v Swansea|
|Not quite billed as the game of the weekend but an intriguing contest nonetheless involving two sides with 100% records after three games played going head to head at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea currently top the table by virtue of goal difference but were exposed too many times at the back in their 6-3 victory at Goodison Park. Everton crafted a couple of nice goals but the Chelsea defence should've done far better for Eto'o's header. As was the case on that day, their get of jail card is their ability to score themselves and they'll need to be ruthless in punishing teams if they're to take City's title. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard both missed their respective international fixtures but are expected to return to the line-up this weekend. Opponents Swansea capitalised on their win at Old Trafford with expected home victories over both Burnley and West Brom. The Swans will pose problems for the home side with their expansive play and can be expected to score but are unlikely to keep a clean sheet themselves. Undoubtedly a bigger test for Garry Monk's side than United away and they'll do well to run Chelsea close but Mourinho likely to have the final word.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Crystal Palace v Burnley|
|The bottom two clubs take on each other at Selhurst Park although at least both have a point on the board after three matches. Both Palace and Burnley have produced brave performances so far taking their respective points at difficult grounds; Burnley playing out a goalless draw at Old Trafford and Palace scoring at the death to draw at Newcastle. The only game where either of the two sides hasn't really performed was when the Eagles hosted West Ham, a match which they comfortably lost but were without a manager at the time. Since then Neil Warnock has stepped back into the familiar role, his first game in charge the 3-3 draw with the Magpies. Meanwhile the Clarets fully deserved their point at the Theatre of Dreams and were the better side in spells with David Jones hitting the bar. They'll have taken confidence from that performance but won't be afforded the luxury of playing three at the back at Selhurst. Burnley could name an unchanged side whilst Palace have doubts over Dwight Gayle who's nursing an ankle injury after scoring at St James's Park. The Eagles look to have more goals in them but Burnley are capable of keeping the game tight. Little to choose between the two.|
|Southampton v Newcastle|
|The Saints notched their first win under Ronald Koeman after coming from behind at half-time at Upton Park just prior to the international break. Morgan Schneiderlin notched a brace in the 3-1 victory and seems happy at the club despite not getting the summer transfer he's admitted to wanting; at least his performances indicate he's a happy man anyway. Koeman's half-time team talk obviously did the trick and Southampton have impressed in two of their three top flight matches, the other away at Liverpool where they didn't deserve to lose by 2 goals to 1. Ironically it was their goalless draw at home to West Brom that drew widespread criticism but this is still the early stages of a massive rebuilding project by the former Dutch centre-half. They host a Newcastle side still without a Premier League win this season although they were mighty close to taking all three points at home to Palace recently only for the Eagles to equalise at the death. Like the Saints, there's been a lot of personnel changes at St James's Park with the back three of Krul, Coloccini and Williamson the only consistent look to this side. So again, it'll take time for Newcastle to develop as a team and results have reflected that with defeat at home to City and a goalless draw at Villa Park. Saints' midfielder Schneiderlin has already netted more times than he did last season and he could well be the difference.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Stoke v Leicester|
|Not only have the Potters got their first win under their belts but they did it away at the Etihad, possibly the most difficult fixture of the season. Mark Hughes's planning paid off as his side maintained their discipline in front of a quality City side. It was a far cry from their single goal home defeat to Villa on the opening day of the season although the draw at Hull the following weekend was obviously a step in the right direction. During the win at Eastlands, Peter Odemwingie was forced off with a knee injury and faces a long spell out but Stoke's options have been bolstered with the re-signing of Liverpool's Oussama Assaidi on loan. They entertain a Leicester side that have had a tough introduction to Premier League life but acquitted themselves remarkably well to date. They may be without a win this season but held both Everton and Arsenal at the Walkers Stadium; unfortunately they couldn't do much about the two-goal defeat at Stamford Bridge. Their squad has benefitted from the big money signings at Old Trafford with Pearson tempting United players Nick Powell on loan and Tom Lawrence permanently. Expect little or no changes from the side that drew at home to Arsenal but Stoke at the Britannia is always a big ask and the Potters will be buoyed by their latest victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sunderland v Tottenham|
|Sunderland haven't quite started the season where they left off last campaign and are yet to register a win. Draws at West Brom and at home to United followed by defeat at Loftus Road leaves them in the bottom half but they've improved from this time last year although a victory would do much for confidence. You know what you get with the Black Cats and that's a hard-working outfit with quality provided from the wings. Tottenham are the visitors looking to bounce back from their 3-goal home defeat to Liverpool after enjoying a narrow win at Upton Park followed by a more emphatic one over newly promoted QPR at the Lane. Pochettino seems to be getting more out of the players signed last season, particularly Lamela, and appears to have opted for two defensive midfielders in the centre, not only to protect the back four but also to give the attacking players more of a platform to play. Full back Kyle Walker is still out for the away side with a pelvic injury but Eric Dier is expected to continue in his absence despite suffering a knock whilst on England U21 duty. If Tottenham carry on pressing high up the field, that'll give them the foundation to take the game to Sunderland and nick an important win.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Brom v Everton|
|Not a lot of difference between these two sides after three games played with both having to settle for disappointing starts. Two draws and a defeat apiece with Everton having arguably the more difficult opening fixtures. The Toffees were initially held at Leicester before leading Arsenal by two clear goals at Goodison as late as the 83rd minute only to finish on level terms. Most recently they were beaten 6-3 at home by Chelsea; despite some dodgy defending they carved out a couple of great goals and more than contributed to a fantastic advert for Premier League football. The worrying factor is that they're already in double figures for goals conceded, stark contrast to previous seasons where they've kept a tight ship at the back. Striker Lukaku is a big doubt after pulling out of the Belgium squad with a toe injury and could be replaced by Samuel Eto'o who scored on his debut against his former club. The Baggies haven't scored since the 2-2 draw at Sunderland and were well beaten away at Swansea. Apparently centre-half Joleon Lescott is rumoured to be fit to play some part but the former City defender is bound to be rusty. Up top they've Ideye who is as yet unproven but support striker Berahino can boast both of West Brom's goals to date. With results having gone the way they have for both clubs, this game looks to have a draw written all over it.|
|Sat 17:30||Liverpool v Aston Villa|
|Liverpool made something of a statement with their 3-goal win at White Hart Lane just prior to the international break. Raheem Sterling was once again impressive as he has been for England in recent fixtures. Debutant striker Mario Balotelli missed some good chances but it won't be long before the former City man is amongst the goals with great support behind him. Sturridge is unlikely to be available this weekend after injuring a thigh whilst on England duty but the Reds shouldn't miss him too much with other options open to Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool have only dropped points on one occasion this season, away at Man City where they were beaten 3-1, but weren't particularly convincing in their opening day victory over Southampton. Opponents Villa are more than capable of springing a surprise as they did at Stoke on the opening weekend when they ran out single-goal winners. They remain unbeaten after a goalless draw with Newcastle and a victory over Hull, both at Villa Park. Key to their success has been a solid defence marshalled by centre-half Ron Vlaar with Fabian Delph sitting just in front. The Villans will be looking to soak up the pressure and hit Liverpool on the break at Anfield using the pace of Agbonlahor in particular. Can easily see this panning out for the Villa side but difficult to bet against a strong Liverpool side at home.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 16:00||Man Utd v QPR|
|Two draws and a defeat from United's opening three fixtures leaves them languishing in 14th place. They've not even played a title contender as yet and in previous seasons would've been expected to take at least 7 points from the 9 available. Obviously the club is in a period of transition and has been for a year but Van Gaal has been trusted with money to spend. As a result the squad has been boosted with high profile signings Falcau and Blind whilst defender Rojo is finally granted a work visa. All three could debut on Sunday but one player who won't be there is Danny Welbeck, now signed for rivals Arsenal and full of confidence after a great couple of days in international colours. United have a number of players out injured but it's looking like Jones and Smalling could be available despite recent injuries. The obvious question is how the United manager will knit all these players together as a team and only time will tell. They host newly promoted side QPR with centre-half Rio Ferdinand returning to his former club and attempting to keep out the household names at Van Gaal's disposal. Rangers got their first win under their belts recently with a valuable single-goal victory over Sunderland. However, they've lost striker Loic Remy to Chelsea and really lack a presence up front with goalscoring responsibilities falling to Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora; Redknapp has plenty of quality in midfield but goals are a must in the top flight. QPR's goal is to survive this season and anything from Old Trafford would be a bonus but United look to have too much of an attacking threat.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Mon 20:00||Hull v West Ham|
|Obviously you draw little from the league table at this early stage of the season but the truth is that there won't be much between Hull and West Ham. The Tigers got off to a great start to the campaign with a single-goal victory at Loftus Road but subsequently could only draw at home with Stoke and lost away at Villa Park. That said, Steve Bruce has built a strong squad enhanced by the deadline day signings of Ben Arfa, Diame and Ramirez. Usually solid at the back the influx of new players gives them greater options going forward. Centre-half Chester is back after suspension though the prognosis on Snodgrass's knee injury is not good and he could be out for up to six months. Prior to the international break Hull were knocked out of the Europa League but that could be to their benefit with top flight survival their priority. Opponents West Ham have had a mixed bag of results to date. They kicked off with a harsh defeat at home to Spurs, comfortably beat Palace on the road and were humbled at home by Southampton. At first glance it's easy to say good away but rubbish at home. However, that belies the truth with West Ham playing some good stuff the Saints defeat aside. The other caveat being that their victory at Selhurst Park was whilst Palace were managerless at a critical time during the closing days of the transfer window. Currently Collins, Jarvis, Jenkinson and Nolan are all expected to miss out through injury but only time will tell. If the afore-mentioned names are indeed absent then surely the advantage is in the home side's favour.|
|Home Win 2-1|