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 20th to Sun 21st August 2005.
|Sat 12:45||Man Utd v Aston Villa|
|United managed a tricky away win at Goodison Park and though they had some minor injuries to key players such as Giggs, Ronaldo and Saha, excepting the result they emerged from the game with plenty of positives; JS Park looked full of confidence, Rooney was everywhere and van Nistelrooy got back on the score sheet but they still look a bit fragile at the back. Villa also showed their defensive frailties conceding 2 in the first 9 minutes but this was only after they had taken the lead. Villa have some good young players coming through as well as a few old heads but Old Trafford is always a tough test. Ferguson has made it known to his squad that they need to start playing in August this season and not at Christmas, so expect them to beat the Villa by a couple.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Fulham|
|Blackburn seem unable to rid themselves of the rougher image they have merited over the course of last season. They can play good football when they want to but when things go wrong as they did in the second half against West Ham, they revert to type. Paul Dickov, who typifies their industrious work ethic yet often steps over the line, was dismissed so excluding himself from the next 3 games. Once Mark Hughes gets them concentrating on the football rather than the opposition, the sooner results will come their way. Fulham travel to Ewood Park being tipped as a possible relegation candidate, mainly because they've lost some good players and could lose some more; namely Boa Morte who was named captain probably to convince him and other clubs that he is staying, but they still have other good players in Bouba Diop and Malbranque. Blackburn only won 5 games at home last season and Fulham only 4 away which points to a draw.|
|Charlton v Wigan|
|This could be a good game for the neutral. Charlton came back to win 3-1 away at Sunderland last weekend with 10 men and Wigan matched Chelsea right up to the dying minutes when they suffered cruelly at the feet of a Crespo curler; not only that but Wigan had a go at Chelsea rather than just dropping back absorbing the pressure. Charlton always start the season well and Curbishley will be keener than ever to ensure this continues especially after their capitulation at the end of last season. The purchase of Darren Bent was an astute one and with 2 goals already to his credit he could be just what Charlton have needed for years. Not sure about what Wigan will do on their travels in the Premiership but it will be hard for them; if they play like last weekend they could easily snatch a point but Charlton will want to start with a running streak.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Liverpool v Sunderland|
|It was like a home fixture for Liverpool at the Riverside when they visited such was their overall domination and possession. Yet they failed to convert this into 3 points, not for the trying though. Gerrard was as influential as ever but he seemed to pose the only goal threat, that is until Baros came on. But if Baros is to go, how long before Michael Owen returns to the ground where he built his reputation. They host Sunderland who lost out to Charlton at home last weekend; the signs do not look good for Sunderland even at this early stage. They will find it harder to get results in the Premiership playing the same style of football that they did in the Championship, so McCarthy will have to mix it up but no one will doubt the grit and determination he instills in his sides. Liverpool may well make hard work of this but victory should be theirs.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v West Ham|
|Newcastle began the season with a tough away fixture at Arsenal and were handling them until Jenas was sent off and a debatable penalty sealed their fate. They've appealed against Jenas' dismissal and Steve Bennett was thought to have reduced it to a yellow but FIFA have stepped in and said that this can only happen in cases of mistaken identity; the final decision has not yet been made. Newcastle are light up front with only Shearer and Dyer available; consequently they're rumoured to be in the market for Robbie Keane. Their opponents West Ham surprised most with a good second half comeback against Blackburn to take all 3 points but can they reproduce this form at St. James Park. Teddy showed that he is still a vital component but how many games will he actually play. Newcastle should edge this one.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Tottenham v Middlesbrough|
|Spurs have started well by beating Portsmouth away, something they haven't done for 49 years, but did look a little fragile at the back. They would have been disappointed not to start with King and new signing Davids but hopefully they will return at home to Boro. The only transfer speculation that is hanging over the club is that of Jenas from Newcastle with Robbie Keane possibly going as part of an exchange deal, although with Kanoute going to Sevilla for £4.4m this is unlikely. Boro did well to hold out against Liverpool for a point, especially after Ehiogu was dismissed for a professional foul on Gerrard, so he'll be unavailable for selection. But what was worrying for them was their lack of control of the game at home and will their away performances be any better. Spurs should start favourites but this one is by no means a foregone conclusion.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v Portsmouth|
|West Brom managed a good point away at Man City whilst Portsmouth capitulated at home to Spurs. Portsmouth, who once had good home form, have almost the worst away form of the Premiership; something Perrin was seeking to rectify but the sale/release of most of their decent players has left them in limbo. Apparently, according to Perrin, he has no money to fund any transfer activity so it looks like they'll be joining their rivals in the Championship next season. West Brom have been building their squad slowly and steadily, highlighted by their recent sigining of Nathan Ellington from Wigan; the absence of any prima donnas has galvanised the team spirit and they should be able to build on last season's narrow escape. They should get their first 3 points of the season.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 5:15||Birmingham v Man City|
|Both teams only managed a point against mediocre opposition last weekend and will want to do better but neither conceded, so from a positive point of view defences were on top. City's attacking options are now somewhat shortened after the sale of Wright-Phillips to Chelsea where as for Birmingham the partnership up front of Heskey and Pandiani could prove fruitful, especially with Forssell waiting in the wings and Pennant supplying the crosses. Pearce's sides will always be hard to beat if they play in his style with grit and determination and they have only lost once under him but Birmingham at home will be a tricky one for City. Birmingham to take the points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 1:30||Bolton v Everton|
|This encounter sees 2 sides with similar styles taking on each other where either side could possibly take all 3 points. Everton have had problems signing any decent players, probably because most of those players see last season as a flash in the pan unlikely to be reproduced by a mediocre Everton side; excepting Tim Cahill who I'm surprised they've managed to keep hold of. Bolton however have showed some ambition and have just completed the signing of Nakata; not only is he a talented, experienced player but the sales revenue should significantly increase from Japan, very shrewd! Both teams look less than secure at the back with Bolton conceding 2 in 9 minutes at Villa, and Yobo gifting Rooney a goal to seal a United victory. Very tricky so the draw looks safest.|
|Sun 4:00||Chelsea v Arsenal|
|No doubt the showdown game of the weekend. It may be early in the season but if either side can take all 3 points here, it sets out the roles of league leader and those chasing early on making the Premiership far more interesting. Chelsea beat United first game of last season and look what happened after that; the gap just got bigger. They also have the advantage over Arsenal of having beaten them in the Community Shield (although unimportant) and coupled with home advantage they should definitely have the edge. If they can stop Arsenal's play in midfield the 3 points should be theirs. Arsenal's priority will be to not lose this game but they still look a tad shaky at the back without Campbell, and have looked a little vulnerable at times. They were fortunate to get the rub of the green against Newcastle and although they had the majority of possession, they were not convincing in front of goal. Likewise, Chelsea discovered that smaller teams like Wigan can still pose a mighty threat, but the sign of Champions is that they still stole the 3 points. Narrow win for Chelsea.|
|Home Win 1-0|