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 3rd to Mon 5th December 2005.
|Sat 12:45||Liverpool v Wigan|
|High flying Wigan are now finding out what the Premiership is all about with consecutive home losses to both Arsenal and Spurs. Not only that but they now have to travel to Anfield and take on a Liverpool side who have only lost the once at home this season. Though Wigan have surprised many with their performances and totally deserve their current position in the Premiership, Liverpool at home are always difficult to beat and now that Benitez seems to have resolved the Reds' away form, it only remains for Peter Crouch to score. Though Wigan won't want to develop a losing habit, the odds do not favour them.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Everton|
|Blackburn may be nestled in the bottom half of the table but their home form is good with 4 wins from 6 games; 3 of those wins coming on the bounce. Everton still haven't been convincing enough to think that they've turned the corner and Ewood Park is a difficult enough place to go to get a result regardless of the fact that Everton have lost 5 from 7 games on the road. If Everton were to win this one you could guarantee the score would be 0-1 but Blackburn should be better than Everton and all 3 points should be theirs.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Bolton v Arsenal|
|Bolton's success in Europe has unfortunately had consequences in that the constant midweek/weekend games week in week out are beginning to take their toll. Not only are the amount of games an issue but the tempo that Bolton play at will no doubt have some detrimental effect in the long term. Even though Sam was not happy with the referee being miked up, it shouldn't detract from the fact that Bolton were largely ineffective at Fulham. They have 4 wins from 6 at home but host Arsenal who are starting to hit some form. Although they have no orthodox left back because of injuries to Cole and Clichy, at the other end of the pitch they are causing problems with Henry and van Persie. Arsenal have only taken 1 win from 6 home games and though Bolton are a tough nut to crack, the flow should be with the Gunners.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Chelsea v Middlesbrough|
|Chelsea have a 100% record at home having won 7 from 7, scoring 21 goals and conceding just the 4; scoring an average of 3 a game is going to have any opponents worried about how they stop Chelsea. Boro are tasked with stopping the Champions this weekend but the odds are firmly stacked against them; the label 'inconsistent' fits them well this season and is probably down to distractions of the UEFA cup. Boro have lost 3 from 6 on the road, losing the last 2 on the bounce and matters are unlikely to improve at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea to maintain their 100% record.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Aston Villa|
|Souness just can't seem able to put together a decent winning run and their results probably have something to do with the fact that he rarely get to play his first choice eleven. The loss away to Everton will have been disappointing but he could possibly have Owen, Babayaro and Carr back for the visit of Aston Villa. Villa are fresh off the back of a hammering by Doncaster in the League Cup and with four Premiership away losses from 7 games the odds do not favour them. Not only did they lose to Doncaster but they did so with a full strength side. One Villa player who will be up for it is on-loan Milner who will want to prove to his club Newcastle that he has improved and warrants a place back in the Magpies side; that is if he has been given clearance by Newcastle to play. Newcastle should edge this one.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Sunderland|
|Spurs' form at home hasn't exactly been outstanding but they have only lost the once, and with that loss coming against Chelsea they should feel confident of a win against the bottom side. Davids scored his first goal away to Wigan and his been the inspiration behind a rejuvenated Spurs side, but if the yellow cards keep piling up he may get a second suspension; this time 2 games. Sunderland's only win of the season has been on the road but it's hard to see them emulating Chelsea at White Hart Lane, especially as McCarthy has up to 5 first team players out through injury. Confidence must be low at the Stadium of Light as not only are they bottom of the Premiersip with a measly 5 points but they were beaten at home last weekend by the team immediately above them, Birmingham. Spurs to compound the misery for Sunderland.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v Fulham|
|Only 3 places and 3 points separate these two in the wrong half of the table but the biggest difference is that Fulham are yet to win away where as West Brom have won 3 from 7 games at home; 2 of those wins coming in the last 3. Both these sides need to start picking up wins soon to avoid any possibilities of being caught up in relegation territory, especially since West Brom have just climbed out of it so will want to stay out of it. Their biggest miss is injury hit Zoltan Gera and he probably won't be back until after Christmas but after getting a point at the Riverside they should just edge past Fulham.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:15||Man Utd v Portsmouth|
|Old Trafford will be a sensitive place come Saturday as the current crop of United players pay tribute to the United legend that is George Best. With Sir Alex and several senior players (most likely Giggs who is injured) expected to fly to Belfast to attend George Best's funeral, it remains doubtful whether Fergie will be back for the late kick off but the players will understand the gravity of a good performance. They've only won 2 from 5 at home but surprisingly are the team closest to the current leaders and champions Chelsea. Their opponents this weekend are currently managerless although several names are rumoured to be in the frame including Warnock, McLeish and Redknapp. After Harry's previous fallings out with Mandaric it would be a huge surprise for him to desert Southampton and return to their local rivals. Pompey have lost 4 from 7 away this season and anyone who does take the job has a big task on their hands to avoid relegation. Expect United to celebrate George Best's life in style.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Charlton v Man City|
|After a great start to the season, Charlton have gradually drifted from 2nd to 11th and have only 1 Premiership home win this season to their name. After such early promise, Charlton's poor run of form will have Curbishley worried; they don't change their system much and have consequently been found out but the biggest surprise in last week's defeat to Villa was that Danny Murphy started on the bench despite his creative input. City have lost their last 3 away games and though they have the spirit they don't always have the application. Pearce may decide to rest Barton because of family issues but other than that they have no serious injury problems. Stalemate at the Valley.|
|Mon 8:00||Birmingham v West Ham|
|Birmingham have only 1 point from 6 home games and are currently second from bottom but Steve Bruce firmly believes that his side are in a false position and can climb their way out of it. Their win at Sunderland last weekend keeps them in touch with the teams above them but beating the bottom side is not enough to indicate a turnaround in fortunes, although their resident playmaker, David Dunn, is fit again. Their opponents are currently 10 places better off and for a newly promoted side are handling themselves well. They have a good blend of youth and experience and tend to acquit themselves well in most games even though results don't always go their way but only have a single away win this season. This is a tough one to call but the draw seems likely.|