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 27th to Sun 28th August 2005.
|Sat 12:15||West Brom v Birmingham|
|There's nothing like a local derby to kick off the weekend and both of these 2 will be desperate to get all 3 points. West Brom may have been routed at Chelsea even though Chelsea's bench was being kept warm by millions of pounds worth of talent but Robson will be putting that out of his players' minds and focusing them on taking advantage of a less than par Birmingham. The Blues are yet to register their first win and after building the foundations last season would have been expected to step up a level but so far it just hasn't happened. West Brom's glut of strikers and Robson's uncertainty as to which are his best 2 could mean that Ellington starts, but West Brom's team spirit should ensure they prevail at home against their local rivals.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Blackburn|
|It looks likes it Villa's turn to have lumps kicked out of them this weekend courtesy of Blackburn. Such is Blackburn's reputation they have already been fined by the FA, warned about future conduct and face this fixture without the services of Paul Dickov and Lucas Neill because of suspensions resulting from red cards. Despite this they did score a couple of crackers against Fulham and had the better of the game against Spurs but crumbled at West Ham, so Villa can take a postive from the fact they have them at home. Villa's problem has been a decent striker who's guaranteed a good goal return during the season and they could have that now with the signing of Milan Baros, but unfortunately they'll still be without the services of Lee Hendrie and possibly Nobby Solano who is having his appeal heard on Friday regarding his dismissal last weekend. Villa have probably been a bit unlucky so far but home advantage could sway the points their way.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Everton|
|Fulham may have gone ahead at Arsenal but it didn't last long before Arsenal completed a mauling of the away side. Jensen's chip was inspiring but failed to ignite the fire within his less than average team mates; they have a couple of players who could be a bit special but there is no strength in depth. They host an Everton side who failed to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League but didn't really disgrace themselves against a good Villareal team and can take some good positives out of the performance such as the form of Nigel Martyn, Arteta's classy free kick and the general pressure they managed to build against the opposition. Everton are very physical, more so since big Dunc is bound to start, and Fulham should know what to expect but it's unlikely they will be able to handle them.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Man City v Portsmouth|
|City should not be surprising anyone with their good start to the season; they have continued from where they left off last season and should qualify for Europe this time around having narrowly missed out last time. Pearce was not happy with his side's performance at Sunderland but they still came away with all 3 points, and if they improve as Pearce expects then Portsmouth are there for rolling over. There's turmoil aplenty at Fratton Park and with only 1 point on the board, no money to spend and the speculation regarding relegation and managerial appointments already circulating, it is hard to imagine Portsmouth getting anything from their visit to the City of Manchester stadium especially given their appalling away record. City should win this comfortably.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Tottenham v Chelsea|
|3 games played and Spurs are yet to concede a goal, even with key defensive players such as King still out through injury. Hopefully he should be fit to return against Chelsea and join a first choice 11 after Jol rested several guaranteed starters for most of the Blackburn game. Jol's prime objective will be to keep a clean sheet against Chelsea but at home Spurs should have the confidence to take the game to the opposition. If they use the Chelsea bus to good effect they won't have to concern themselves so much about defending. Chelsea have also not conceded this season and are once again sitting atop the pile with a 100% record, including a lucky win over rivals Arsenal and an emphatic one over West Brom. Chelsea will once again be difficult to beat with the opposition most likely to succeed if with home advantage, so this is probably Spurs' best chance but is probably liable to end in stalemate.|
|West Ham v Bolton|
|The Hammers have started well with a good victory at home against Blackburn and a valuable point away at Newcastle. Although Bolton are a physical side, West Ham showed that they can handle that with the way they saw off Blackburn who are more physical than most, but Bolton have a nucleus of talented players in the midfield and when put to good use they are an effective unit. They showed this against Newcastle by completely dominating them for the majority of the game. West Ham have showed that they are worth their place in the Premiership but can they compete against the likes of the better teams challenging for European places. This is an extremely tricky one to call and could go either way, but Bolton's experience could just swing it their way.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wigan v Sunderland|
|This fixture pitches the 2 sides automatically promoted from the Championship against each other. Both of them have been lauded for playing good football in recent games but both remain pointless at the foot of the table; Wigan played well at home to Chelsea and lost in injury time to a Crespo curler whilst Sunderland have performed well but not got the end product that counts for so much. Remember Norwich last season; it was cited that they were too good to go down but just could not convert performances into points. For a safe bet, a draw looks the most likely but with home advantage Wigan may well have too much for Sunderland; it all depends on the quality of the finishing.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Middlesbrough v Charlton|
|Boro finally proved that they are not all huff and puff by earning a good away win at Birmingham and will have been pleased to see Viduka return and hit the back of the net. Ehiogu is still suspended but his absence wasn't missed against the Blues and McClaren will want to build on this performance over the next few games. At this time of the season their opponents could not be less wished for as Charlton always seem to enjoy a good start to the season and it must be about time that Curbishley urges his players to carry that form forward through the coming fixtures and gain some consistency. The signing of Darren Bent has got success written all over it and he could prove to be the Andy Johnson this season. This one looks to be an entertaining score draw.|
|Sun 4:00||Newcastle v Man Utd|
|Pressure is mounting on Souness after only 1 point from 3 games and he would have been wanting to take more into the game against United just to give his players some confidence. Bolton cruised to a 2 goal victory and after only a draw at home to West Ham, it looks unlikely tht the Magpies will take anything from this home game. United seem to have hit the floor running this season and Ferguson still hasn't started with his best 11 in the Premiership. Gary Neville is definitely ruled out through injury and although United still don't look completely accomplished at the back (Ferdinand always makes one rick) they should have far too much at the other end of the pitch for Newcastle's improved but still fragile defence.|
|Away Win 1-2|