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 17th to Mon 19th September 2005.
|Sat 3:00||Charlton v Chelsea|
|Definitely game of the day, this one pitches together 2 sides with 100% records although Charlton have played 1 less game. The fact that Chelsea have not dropped any points may not have surprised too many people but they have come close on numerous occasions and have had an element of Champions' luck already. Good news for them is that Terry returned for the midweek Champions League game but it's an extra game that Charlton haven't had so Charlton should be the fresher, though Chelsea have the squad to handle the fixture pile-up. Darren Bent has blazed a trail in proving that he can make Curbishley's 4-5-1 formation work and whether or not Chelsea change to handle this could provide the key. Charlton's early season promise is once again proving well founded and the true test will be if they can get something from this game. Chelsea have ridden their luck of late and Charlton should be backed to at least get a point, Bent possibly being the first to breach Chelsea's defence this season.|
|Fulham v West Ham|
|Fulham looked potential candidates for the drop this time around but Coleman is proving pundits wrong by getting the most out of a small squad on a limited budget. They faced the difficult task of travelling to Newcastle where an Owen inspired crowd thought a Newcastle win would be just a formality and silenced them early on before conceding to earn a valuable point. Their opponents, West Ham, are also confounding the critics with some good battling, stylish displays most summed up with the 4-0 hammering of Aston Villa. They have a couple of experienced heads in Sheringham and Repka plus a nucleus of young talent with the likes of Ferdinand, Etherington, Reo-Coker and Harewood; if they stay injury-free real progress can be made at Upton Park. This one could go either way with these two sides proving well matched, so a share of the spoils seems likely.|
|Portsmouth v Birmingham|
|Only one goal separates these 2 at this early stage of the season with neither of them doing particularly well so far. Portsmouth are yet to record a home win but did get their first away win last weekend, surprising for a side who can usually bank on good home form and are fairly poor away. Similarly, Birmingham are showing early season nerves having lost all 3 home games but taking 4 points from 6 on the road. The key here is assuming that Portsmouth rediscover their home form; though fortuitous at Everton courtesy of a Ferguson own goal they still kept a clean sheet, and at home they should have the support to carry them to their first home win against a Blues side that remain undefeated away but have yet to find any consistency.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sunderland v West Brom|
|Sunderland have yet to get off the mark and remain 2 points adrift at the bottom of the table but they've had some difficult games and haven't disgraced themselves in any of them. Everyone knows that playing well counts for nothing unless you get points on the board but a home game against prospective relegation rivals West Brom should fire them up. West Brom will be gutted after their injury time defeat to newly promoted Wigan especially since they were leading, but it shows that they haven't sorted out some of the problems from last season where they conceded 14 goals in the last 10 minutes of games; most of these resulted in dropped points. Sunderland have the self-belief to get results and there's no better time to start than against West Brom.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:15||Aston Villa v Tottenham|
|After Villa's whipping at the hands of West Ham, O'Leary has his work cut out to get his team prepared for the visit of Spurs. They didn't compete with West Ham and were second to most loose balls whilst their defence looked nervous and unable to handle the movement and power of Sheringham and Harewood. Villa are yet to lose at home but must face a Spurs side who's only defeat has been to Chelsea, and now it is a side who not only look good on paper but can possibly match these expectations on grass. Finally, they have alternating holding players in Davids and Carrick, a decent defence and a quality front line. Defoe hasn't scored for a while and might be worth backing to pop up with the winner.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 12:00||Liverpool v Man Utd|
|This game should be the fixture of the weekend as 2 old adversaries battle it out for 3 points. Both have had Champions League fixtures midweek; Liverpool managed to rest some key players, such as Gerrard, and still won whilst United had to manage in Roy Keane's absence and Rooney's dismissal. Liverpool are yet to impress domestically although they haven't lost and United look to be finding it difficult to break down opposition defences. Bearing in mind these fixtures are usually played at 90 miles/hour chances may be at a premium and the draw promises to be the most likely outcome.|
|Sun 2:00||Blackburn v Newcastle|
|Blackburn have yet to lose at home this season and showed away at Bolton that they can handle the more physical games, not that anyone ever probably doubted it but Bolton is always a difficult place to go and get anything. In fact, Blackburn could have scraped all 3 points towards the end of what was an extremely dull affair. They host a Newcastle side somewhat under the cosh; after notable signings Freddy Shepherd has made it known that a top 6 place is a minimum requirement but currently they are languising one place from the bottom, no win to speak of and only one goal from a set piece. To compound their problems their midfield is lacking in terms of creativity meaning no service to Owen and Sherer, and their defence looks as fragile as ever. The injury to Luque, suspension of Parker plus the sales of Jenas and Milner just serve to emphasise the area where they are least effective. Blackburn to win this one and the Newcastle misery to go on.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 3:00||Wigan v Middlesbrough|
|Wigan are showing some gritty determination with 2 wins on the bounce, most notably beating West Brom away in injury time; a game in which the underrated David Connolly scored, fresh from his winner over England for Northern Ireland. They face a Boro side who have been blowing hot and cold and even though they beat Arsenal 2-0 they did not play as well as the scoreline suggests, especially considering Arsenal's missing players. They will almost certainly give Wigan opportunities, and though Yakubu has started scoring he doesn't look to have rediscovered the form he had at Portsmouth. There's no way Wigan will be settling for draws; they will want to win games and avoid any potential relegation fight as soon as possible. Boro should underestimate them at their peril.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Man City v Bolton|
|City earned a deserved point at Old Trafford and Pearce's side remain undefeated. To concede a goal just before halftime against United would have demoralised most teams but not only did they equalise but old boy Andy Cole would have clinched all 3 points were it not for a fine save from van der Sar. Their opponents Bolton tend to stick to the same system as everyone knows what they are doing and it is the system best suited to their players but when it's not working and the opposition are just soaking up the pressure it can be difficult for them to change things. Bolton remain undefeated away but the suspicion is that City are set for a fabulous season under Pearce, players are coming of age, and they should be able to handle Bolton and impose their own pattern of play on the game.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Arsenal v Everton|
|Arsenal have won their 2 home games but their performance at the Riverside shows how much of a miss Thierry Henry is and coupled with the losses of Vieira and Edu and injuries to Ljungberg and Campbell, their fans have a right to be worried as they do not have the strength in depth. Campbell should be back to face Everton which is a huge boost and were it not for Everton's current demise Arsenal would be in danger of dropping points again. Everton have only won one of their 4 games, losing the other 3, are out of the Champions League, could lose the first UEFA cup leg against Dynamo Bucharest and need a big win to turn things around but their only attacking options seem to be crosses from deep for either Cahill or Ferguson to get on the end of and this should be meat and drink for Arsenal providing Campbell returns. The loss at Boro is indicative of Arsenal problems but they should take the 3 points.|
|Home Win 1-0|