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 midweek fixtures Tues 23rd to Wed 24th August 2005.
|Tue 7:45||Birmingham v Middlesbrough|
|These 2 sides have had an inauspicious start to the current campaign, both with just 1 point from their 2 games. Boateng has criticised his team mates for not having the bottle and not believing in themselves but only time will tell if they can breed some confidence. Their hosts Birmingham will feel hard done by after not getting some decent penalty shouts but their defence was a little too forgiving and Bruce will want to tighten up at the back. Both teams have the potential to do well this season but they will have to work hard for any just rewards. A share of the spoils is most likely this time around.|
|Portsmouth v Aston Villa|
|Portsmouth, even at this early stage, look like potential candidates for the drop. Rumours of in-fighting persist whilst funds to sign players are non-existent. Robert scored a rare away goal for them against West Brom but it wasn't enough against a side that play with much greater team spirit. Even Portsmouth's good home form went out the window when Spurs came to visit and one wonders how much longer Perrin will have before Mandaric changes his mind. Their opponents Villa are not enjoying the best of starts to the season but playing Bolton and Man Utd is never going to be easy. O'Leary has admitted that he is looking to sign players before the transfer deadline but admits it is more difficult than the currently more successful clubs to attract top players. Villa may still be a bit goal shy but a boost for them at the weekend will have been the performance of Thomas Sorensen. This to end in a point apiece.|
|Sunderland v Man City|
|Sunderland were harshly dealt with by both referee Barry Knight and opponents Liverpool on Saturday; Knight sent off Andy Welsh for a minor push and an under par Liverpool sneaked an unconvincing win. Welsh will be unavailable unless an appeal is successful but the fact remains that Liverpool were not on song and although Sunderland battled hard they could not produce a point wining performance. In the Premiership blood and guts aren't always enough and that little spark can make all the difference. City travel to the Stadium of Light on the back of a good win at Birmingham and could compound this with another good victory against Sunderland. David James seems to have overcome his recent England disappointments but whether he appears again remains to be seen, and his recommendation of Joey Barton if he keeps his head down could be wide of the mark. Despite this Pearce has instilled consistency in a previously erratic City side and with Andy Cole proving he's not yet over the hill City look good for 3 points.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wed 7:45||Arsenal v Fulham|
|Arsenal were unlucky to lose at Stamford Bridge and the right result should have been a draw; they certainly didn't do enough to have won the game and for all their posession just didn't create much in the way of clear cut goal scoring chances. They still look shaky at the back with both Senderos and Ashley Cole having problems and Arsenal fans would welcome Campbell's return but rumours still persist of him wanting a move away. However, their visitors are Fulham who only have 1 point and 1 goal from both games so far and though they lost out to 2 marvellous Blackburn strikes on Saturday they haven't looked like their place in the Premiership is guaranteed. There is a softness about them that Arsenal will relish; Arsenal should take the 3 points convincingly.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Chelsea v West Brom|
|West Brom are continuing where they left off last season and are showing signs of steady progress. Unfortunately they travel to Stamford Bridge for more than a stern test as to how far they have really come but for once they deserve to go with some degree of confidence that they will be more than just making up numbers. The Baggies now have an abundance of strikers so 2 goal Horsfield may not get a run out as Robson may prefer Ellington or Kamara just to keep things fresh. Chelsea were extremely fortunate to beat title contenders Arsenal but the sign of Champions is that they still get results. Even though they were lucky to scrape all 3 points they never looked in danger of being beaten and Mourinho looks to be using his substitutes to good effect, although his tendency to use them earlier than most could backfire if players get injured late on; for example their FA cup exit at Newcastle last season. Chelsea should be a fiarly comfortable bet at home.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wed 8:00||Blackburn v Tottenham|
|Blackburn beat Fulham at the weekend with 2 contenders for goal of the season and though they are trying to shrug off their dirty image they still committed more fouls than any other Premiership team. They are still struggling up front with Bellamy out injured and Dickov suspended but will not mind if they can reproduce stunning strikes to match those from Pedersen and Tugay. They face the current Premiership leaders, although after 2 games played this statistic is almost meaningless but it does show that Spurs have begun the season well. Davids is keeping it tight in midfield and hopefully King will be fit to return at centre half, whilst the preferred partnership in attack is Mido and Defoe; both with a goal on Saturday with Defoe's being somewhat more spectacular than Schwarzer fumbling Mido's soft strike. Spurs can just edge this one.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Bolton v Newcastle|
|Bolton created plenty of chances against Everton but failed to convert any of them and even though Everton created very little, it was one of a handful of Everton opportunities that cost them the game. Though Bolton were not too convincing in front of goal, they did look good in midfield with the likes of Okocha, Speed, Nolan and Diouf. A bonus for them will be the introduction of Nakata, although when interviewed during the game he seemed disappointed with the long ball style and hoped they would start to pass more and more accurately. After only 1 point from 2 games they couldn't want more ideal opponents than Newcastle who don't really travel well, also have only 1 point and are down to the bare bones. If they don't improve on this position in the next 2 games it will be worse than when Robson was sacked last season. Playing only 1 up front and that lone striker being Shearer isn't going to threaten many defences; Shearer's older and needs a striking partner. Bolton should prove too strong for a Newcastle side devoid of ideas.|
|Home Win 2-0|