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 10th to Mon 12th September 2005.
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Charlton|
|Birmingham had a surprisingly faltering start to the season but picked up recently away at West Brom with a good victory. Charlton however should provide a sterner test and are notorious for beginning the season well but ending it poorly; their current formation of 4-5-1 is proving successful primarily because of the shrewd puchase of Darren Bent and the right blend of midfield talent behind him. There's no doubt Birmingham will improve but Charlton may well turn out to be better away from home this season with their changed system and should be backed to extend their 100% record.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Chelsea v Sunderland|
|Such is Chelsea's depth in talent that no matter how Mourinho changes things after an international break his side are more than likely to maintain their 100% record without too much ado. This is not to say that Sunderland will come with defeat in mind but the gulf in class is there for all to see; similarly much the same was said before the Northern Ireland v England match and we all know the outcome of that one. Also Frank Lampard has not been his usual inspiring self but maybe reverting to domestic football and playing for a manager he has faith in will provide him with the necessary drive. We all know that surprises are possible but this should be a nailed-on Chelsea win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Everton v Portsmouth|
|Everton are already out of the Champions League (no surprise there) and were recently humbled by Fulham but they will be happy to host Portsmouth who are infamously poor away from home. Portsmouth could field 11 different nationalities and none of them British in what could be a Premiership first but this is unlikely to aid them in their quest for a full 3 away points. Everton do rely too much on their long ball style and the presence in the air of Tim Cahill and Duncan Ferguson but this should be enough against a weak Portsmouth side.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man Utd v Man City|
|This derby fixture could be much tighter than it has been in recent times mainly because United are not quite the force they once were and City are definitely on the up. If this were at the City of Manchester stadium instead of Old Trafford I would definitely see City as favourites but even at Old Trafford they are well worth a point. United will be without Ronaldo after a family bereavement but they now have depth in the squad to replace most players; Giggs or Park should provide cover. City will have Pearce kicking every ball with them and he should provide the driving force and motivation to see his side share the spoils.|
|Newcastle v Fulham|
|There's no doubt that the talk of Tyneside has been the capture of Michael Owen from Real Madrid and I can't actually see a loser in this deal unless Owen gets injured; Owen will play most games, Newcastle have a proven striker, Madrid have the money and England will have a striker not exhausted by domestic and European competition. Owen isn't Souness' only late signing, his other most notable being Albert Luque, but it will be how well and how quickly these players blend together that will decide if Newcastle's future can be turned around. They host a Fulham side who recently managed to beat Everton but they will probably struggle this season as Coleman has not bolstered his squad in all the right places and if they succumb to injuries they could be in serious trouble. Newcastle and Owen to get off to a dream start.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Tottenham v Liverpool|
|Spurs recently lost out to Chelsea after Rob Styles took control and ruined the game but are definitely an improved side under Martin Jol. The number of signings has probably surprised most but it shows ambition and now it's results that count. King should make a welcome return in the heart of defence against a Liverpool side who could possibly be without both Morientes and Cisse. Additionally, Gerrard showed in his recent England performances that he is not 100% fit after injury and did not provide the same drive as with Liverpool in earlier fixtures this season. Spurs may just edge this one.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|West Brom v Wigan|
|Both of these sides now have their first win under their belts and this game promises to be a close affair. The individual under the spotlight is bound to be Nathan Ellington after his controvertial departure from Wigan but he is by no means guaranteed to start against his former employers since West Brom have a glut of strikers, none of which have cemented their place in the first 11. Wigan have acquitted themselves well so far even though they only have the solitary win against promotion rivals Sunderland to show for their hard work; their problem looks like it might be scoring goals and they'll need to resolve this before too long. At home West Brom should be the favourites for the 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:15||Middlesbrough v Arsenal|
|Boro are the team this week tasked with stopping Thierry Henry but their recent performances make this look nigh impossible. A good win at Birmingham was followed by a terrible home defeat to Charlton and they only seem to have lost players in the transfer window. Downing will be a big miss because of injury whilst their visitors, Arsenal, have no injury worries to speak of. Even without Vieira and the extent of players returning from international duty, Arsenal should arrive back in London 3 points better off.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 4:00||Bolton v Blackburn|
|This game sees 2 sides with similar, highly physical reputations pitched against each other. Blackburn are the more aggressive with their manager, Mark Hughes, probably wondering how many suspensions his players will serve over the course of the season and in turn how many points they will drop whilst Bolton play the percentages and impose their physical superiority on the opposition. Bolton are fairly strong at home and although Blackburn don't concede too many goals they may well lose out at the Reebok.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||West Ham v Aston Villa|
|Even though the Hammers made it to the Premiership via the playoffs they are showing that they are well worth their place. They have a young side interspersed with some old heads such as Sheringham and look like they might have the right mix of experience and raw talent to survive. Their opponents, Villa, have had problems up front but O'Leary could have solved this with the last minute signing of Baros, who has already scored for them, and the pre-season signing of Phillips. West Ham should pose enough problems for Villa to earn a point from this one.|