Archived Premiership Tips (5th November 2005)

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Archived Premiership Football Betting Tips (5th November 2005)

Premiership football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:

Banker

 Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.

Likely

 Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.

Prudent

 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 5th to Mon 7th November 2005.


Archived Premiership football betting tips (5th to 7th Nov 2005)

Sat 12:45 Aston Villa v Liverpool
  The Villa's form has been poor of late; the 0-2 defeat at home to Wigan hit them hard and they never recovered for the game at Man City where they got beat 3-1. Ironically, it was Vassell for City who was the thorn in their side and it was pace that Villa no longer seem to have. Opponents can play high up the pitch against them as Villa don't have the pace to get in behind. They have only a single victory at home but may take heart from Liverpool only getting 3 draws from 4 games on their travels. Liverpool will take confidence for their European performances but it is their away domestic performances that need to be improved. Benitez has now switched Gerrard out to the right where he is more effective and playing higher up the pitch; previously in the centre of midfield he was dropping too deep to pick up the ball and not getting into those attacking positions where he is at his most devastating. Liverpool to turn around their away fortunes and compound Villa to another defeat.
Away Win 0-1
Sat 3:00 Arsenal v Sunderland
  Arsenal's away form may have well let them down to date this season but they have a 100% record at home and now that they have Henry and Campbell back they should go from strength to strength. Qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League will allow them to rest players for the last 2 games and this should benefit them domestically. Sunderland are currently propping the rest of the Premiership up; something unlikely to change after this game. They are hampered by injuries to key players and have lost 4 from 5 away, but surprisingly their only win of the season came at the Riverside. Don't expect them to repeat this feat at Highbury.
Home Win 2-0
  Blackburn v Charlton
  Blackburn will be pleased to have Bellamy back and for good reason after his 2 goals at Chelsea; they are a hard working team but one of the factors they've lacked is a finisher up front. Blackburn have only lost once at home this season conceding only 4 goals in 5 games so Charlton will be up against it. Darren Bent missed out last week due to illness but much depends on his recovery. Charlton play one up front and are most effective away from home playing on the counter but Bent is key to this and they have struggled without him. They have won all 5 of their away games to date but maybe the tide is turning. Blackburn are worth a shout.
Home Win 2-1
  Fulham v Man City
  This is a tricky one to call with Fulham not too impressive full stop whilst City have not been too compelling away from home. But with City sitting proudly in 4th place and Fulham languishing 6th from bottom on only 9 points, the away side should start as favourites. Fulham play pretty in midfield and create chances but lack the finishing quality to reap the results. City, however, have shown class in attack with Cole and Vassell combining well, and there is still the option of Fowler to come. It is refreshing to see a manager, Stuart Pearce, not sitting on the bench during games and kicking every ball. It keeps the pressure on the players but also keeps them focused on the job in hand. Close call but City to take the points.
Away Win 1-2
  Newcastle v Birmingham
  Newcastle seem to be on the up and as they get players back from injury so they should climb the table; Carr and Bowyer could be fit to return soon leaving only Luque still in the treatment room. They've lost just the once at home and are now firmly entrenched in mid-table with a platform to progress from. They may well fear a backlash from a Birmingham side who are second from bottom but with Newcastle having players of the calibre of Owen, Emre, Parker and Dyer, for them the only way is up. To add to their woes Birmingham are blighted by injuries, mainly in midfield and defence, and coupled with their performances so far the future looks blue. Pennant's alleged alcohol problems haven't helped and he may be lucky to keep his job. 5 of their 6 points have indeed come on the road but given the players missing, Newcastle should prove too strong.
Home Win 2-0
  West Ham v West Brom
  The Hammers have started their campaign well but the realities of the Premiership are starting to bite. They've taken 10 points from their 5 home games and need to get a maximum 3 points against relegation favourites West Brom. The Baggies have made the most of home advantage this season, with a notable win over Arsenal, but with only 2 points from 5 away games they have the same number of points at the same stage last season. Expect West Ham to make this one count and take all 3 points.
Home Win 2-0
Sat 5:15 Portsmouth v Wigan
  Paul Jewell should have been given the freedom of Wigan by now given that they are sitting proud near the top of the table, lying only second to Chelsea. Surely they should be safe for another season in the Premiership. They lost their first away game of the season but since then have won the following 3 conceding only 2 goals. Portsmouth still have problems despite their emphatic win at the Stadium of Light although Sunderland did somewhat capitulate in the second half. It's doubtful whether Robert has a future at the club after not being selected in the first 11 last week and throwing a strop before the team went on to win 1-4 and Taylor having a storming game. Lua Lua may still be unavailable after a bout of malaria. Portsmouth are yet to win at home this season and Wigan should be backed to win by the odd goal but are unlikely to get the rub of the green from the referee that they did against Fulham.
Away Win 1-2
Sun 2:00 Everton v Middlesbrough
  Everton may have got another win under their belts last weekend and climbed off the bottom but they have only taken 1 point and scored only 1 goal in their 4 home games. They have the likes of Beattie back but it is slightly shameful he has 1 game back and starts throwing his verbal weight around reckoning he has the answer to beating the Champions because they don't like it up 'em; maybe he should get his own house in order before making such rash statements. They face a Boro side who spanked United 4-1 last weekend and for once played some great football with Mendieta proving the star that he can be. Boro are the inconsistent side this season and this game all depends on how they react after their European game on Thursday; typically they haven't reacted too well the weekend after but it's about time they put some results together and made the most against a poor Everton side.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 4:00 Man Utd v Chelsea
  Undoubtedly the big game of the weekend, the question will be whether or not Ferdinand is selected. His form has been fairly poor for a while now and he usually makes at least one rick per game but the extent of his lacklustre display and capacity for errors against Boro was surprising. With England's glutton of decent centre halves and having already been dropped once by Eriksson he should be more worried about his international future. If anything, his display was endemic of most of the United team who fail to provide any service to their world class pairing up front. Their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League is now in doubt after their defeat at Lille and their confidence seems to be ebbing away game by game. Chelsea also stuttered away at Real Betis and have started leaking goals on a regular basis; 2 against Blackburn was unthinkable a month ago. The facts remain however that Chelsea are undefeated in the Premiership this season and 6 places and 13 points separate these two sides. Both are going through sticky patches and even though United are capable of pulling a win out of the bag you'd be a fool to bet against Chelsea.
Away Win 0-1
Mon 8:00 Bolton v Tottenham
  Only 2 places and 1 point separate these two towards the top end of the table, so making this a bit of a toughie to predict. Neither side are particularly impacted by injuries but Bolton have the distraction of a European game Thursday evening. Not only that but they have been playing 2 games a week for the last couple of weeks so Spurs should start the fresher. Spurs remain undefeated away but have only taken 2 wins from 5 games whilst Bolton only lost their first home game of the season and have taken 10 points from the last 4. Most people expect these 2 teams to be in contention to finish in the top six so this game could have profound implications. The sensible bet here looks to be the draw as this one could swing either way.
Draw 1-1

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