Premiership 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 13th to Sun 14th August 2005.
|Sat 12:45||Everton v Man Utd|
|These two have the responsibility of kicking off the new season and there is much expectation. Everton have much to live up to after their 4th place finish last season but have failed to attract as many top players as they would have liked, despite their place in the Champions League. Not many expect Everton to do as well domestically this season but they could be further impacted if they do better than expected in the Champions League. They host Man Utd who themselves have reparations to make after a poor performance last season, but Ferdinand has finally signed contracts, Van der Sar will prove a safe pair of hands and Rooney is involved in everything United do well. He will be going back to his old club with fire in his belly whilst Phil Neville will be playing his first game for Everton against his teammates of old. Everton should find United a shade superior and after their defeat at home to Villareal will find thestep up to this level difficult to live with for long.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Bolton|
|Villa will have been disappointed with last season after a string of injuries and inconsistent performances; lack of goals was a decisive factor. O'Leary will be hoping that new boy Kevin Phillips can add something in this department where Vassell could not. Pressure will still be on Angel, Davies and Moore since the top scorer last season was Solano with Hendrie probably not very far behind him. They face a Bolton side who surprised people last season; Sam Allardyce has proved to be a likeable but shrewd manager and he has done well to get them playing European football this time around. They bring young players through whilst mixing them with more experienced players on loan or 1 year contracts. One of the more notable signings they have made is the Mexican striker, Borgetti, who could turn out to be a bit of a success. With home advantage to Villa, this game just edges it away from Bolton and a draw seems most likely.|
|Fulham v Birmingham|
|Fulham just about avoided relegation last season and have not done much in the close period to justify their chances that they may avoid it this time around; their top scorer, Andy Cole, has gone to Man City and their star goalkeeper, Van der Sar, decided to opt for the big time at Man Utd. Birmingham, however, have built on last season by hanging on to Forssell, Pennant and Pandiani, signing Nicky Butt and waiting for the likes of Dunn to return from injury. These 2 clubs look to be headed in opposite directions; Birmingham up and Fulham down, but this is still a tricky one to call.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Man City v West Brom|
|City eventually found some consistency at the end of last season, remaining unbeaten in their last 8 games resulting in Stuart Pearce finally getting the nod; they only just missed out on Europe. Their biggest loss will have been Shaun Wright-Phillips to Chelsea but the cash will go a long way in building for the future. So far they have only bolstered their attacking options with the purchases of Andy Cole and Darius Vassell; 2 unlikely signings but time will tell. They face West Brom, a side that finally poured cold water on the theory that the side bottom at Christmas gets relegated; Wager To Win actually predicted them to stay up on the last day of last season. Unfortunately Bryan Robson hasn't managed to attract any big names, although Kamara may be a useful addition, but the biggest loss will be Kieran Richardson who they had on loan last season from Man Utd. The Baggies still have the likes of Gera but City should be too strong.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Portsmouth v Tottenham|
|Portsmouth came close to relegation last season but the late appointment of Perrin as manager is still fairly untested. They have unloaded a host of older more experienced players including their top scorer Yakubu, de Zeeuw, Berger and Stone. They haven't exactly been replaced with astute signings either; Robert will probably be disillusioned by Christmas and causing disruption whilst O'Brien has never been the most accomplished of defenders. Their opponents Spurs are being touted by most as a top 6 side but only time will tell. They seem to have the right manager in place and are a building a team for the future; signing new young players plus experienced ones like Davids and managing to hold on to their good established players such as Robinson, King, Carrick, Defoe etc. with the exception being the sale of Davies to Everton. Spurs can kick on this season but will have to overcome Portsmouth who have infamously good home form although not the players.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sunderland v Charlton|
|Sunderland have finally made it back into the Premiership after a 2 year absence but whether they can maintain their Premiership status in a season's time remains to be seen. They've replaced top scorer Marcus Stewart with Jon Stead, which could be seen as a risk since Stead wasn't exactly prolific at Blackburn. Charlton travel to the Stadium of Light and though they always finish the season badly, they are equally renowned for starting well. A good signing has been Darren Bent from Ipswich as they need an out and out striker who is going to bag them goals; last season their top scorer was Shaun Bartlett with 6. Sunderland may well find the Premiership a bit of a shock whilst it's about time Charlton fulfilled some promise; if only for Curbishley's sake.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Ham v Blackburn|
|The Hammers are back in the top flight but for how long? They have a number of young players coming through and the experience of Teddy should prove invaluable, regardless of the cotton wool; the old cliche prevails 'Teddy never had pace'. Their most notable signing has been Roy Carroll, who if he brings the same amount of luck he had at United with regard to referees (Man U v Spurs), West Ham could well stay up. Blackburn were in the relegation mire when Mark Hughes pulled them out of it steadily and consistently and this season they should be able to build on that progress. The signing of Bellamy will probably please Blackburn fans as Hughes and Bellamy have history with Wales so if anyone can tame him or take a risk with him, Hughes seems to be better equipped than most. There's no doubt that the step up for West Ham is going to be a difficult one and I think Blackburn will arrive confident of a comfortable win.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sat 5:15||Middlesbrough v Liverpool|
|Boro are in Europe again this season but they are not the most convincing side. Their only notable loss was of Zenden to their opponents, and McLaren has done well to keep hold of Downing. The return to fitness of Mendieta and the signing of Yakubu show promise, even though Yakubu has not looked particularly good pre-season. They will be hoping that Europe doesn't take too much out of them come the end of the season as it did last time; this season they just about scraped into the UEFA cup. Speaking of Europe, Liverpool (the current European champions) travel to the Riverside having played 7 European games already so there's no doubt they'll be fit and ready but the extra games are bound to come back and haunt them in the latter stages of the season. They have released a number of average players and now have the likes of Zenden and Crouch but the goal source still seems to be the irrepressible Gerrard. They have Cisse but will Baros remain? Will Owen be snapped up by Benitez? Liverpool may well have the fitness edge but Boro should be the fresher. A draw seems to be the answer.|
|Sun 1:30||Arsenal v Newcastle|
|Both of these sides may not do as well as they have in previous campaigns. Arsenal have sold 2 experienced midfield players in Vieira and Edu, and a good goalkeeper in Stuart Taylor so now have only 2 recognised keepers; Lehmann who is banned for the start of the Champions League games and Almunia who is recovering from injury. Their recent whinge at Chelsea after the Community Shield claiming that they just reverted to the long ball game all the time just exposes their weaknesses at the back; in fact Chelsea mixed it up and it was when Chelsea went long Arsenal were exposed. Newcastle's problems however are of a different making; infighting recently has been an issue at St. James Park, something which Souness is probably not the best to sort out; the image of bull in a china shop comes to mind. His signings however have been good, improving them defensively with Emre, Moore and Parker but in attack they look wanton, especially if Shearer is not fit. Dyer will probably be pushed forward this season but will he finally fulfill his promise. Arsenal should take the 3 points comfortably.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Wigan v Chelsea|
|Premiership new boys against Premiership champions. Need we say more. Wigan may have money to spend but unless it's spent wisely relegation will beckon. The signings of Henchoz and Francis are good but can Henchoz's legs still maintain the Premiership pace. If the Duke can maintain his scoring feats in the Premiership then he might not be a bad bet for the golden boot, especially considering he'll play every game; remember Andy Johnson last year. Chelsea will be full of confidence but also keen not to slip up on the proverbial banana skin; they have loosened off some of the dead wood i.e. Kezman, Parker and Smertin although Forssell may have been a mistake, and reinforced the flanks with del Horno and Wright-Phillips. Crespo is also back to provide some competition for places up front but the biggest bonus for Chelsea will be the return of a fit again Arjen Robben. Wigan to undergo Premiership intiation at the feet of Chelsea.|
|Away Win 0-3|