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 24th to Mon 26th September 2005.
|Sat 12:45||Birmingham v Liverpool|
|Birmingham are not having the best of times at the moment but did well at Portsmouth to hold on for a draw after having Nicky Butt dismissed, which means he won't be available for this game. They have lost all of their 3 home games conceding 6 goals in the process and don't seem to have picked up where they left off last season. Good news is that Forssell grabbed 2 goals midweek away at Scunthorpe which was welcome after being sacrificed at half time at Portsmouth because of Nicky Butt's antics. Benitez has made many changes to the Liverpool side that won the Champions League last season but his side remain undefeated and will probably be expected to accompany Chelsea through the group stages of this season's Champions League. They've drawn both Premiership away games so far but I expect them to beat a Birmingham side low on confidence.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 3:00||Chelsea v Aston Villa|
|The Chelsea battering ram goes thundering on and there look to be no signs of it stopping; they are the only side to have a 100% record and additionally, they are yet to concede a goal. When it looks like opposition defences are containing them they have the calibre of player in all areas to up the tempo and produce goals of the sublime variety. Not the same can be said of a Villa side who have only picked up a solitary point away from home and looked to be going out of the Carling Cup in the 3rd round against Wycombe after being 3-1 down at half time. However, they managed to turn this around in the second half with an explosive 7 goals; sadly O'Leary would probably have been hoping that they could have saved some of these goals for the Premiership and potential points. Chelsea must be certs to win this one and should do it without conceding.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Everton v Wigan|
|Everton are sitting second bottom and only have 1 win and 1 goal to their name this season. Moreover, they are facing an early exit from the UEFA Cup after trailing Dinamo Bucharest 5-1 with the home leg to come next week. Their players look jaded and uninspired and created virtually nothing against Arsenal which leaves us wondering whether or not Saturday can prove a turning point when they host newly promoted Wigan. Everton's success last season has set high expectations and maybe they need to concentrate on the basics and survival. Wigan have shown that they are no mugs at this level and although they're not exactly free-scoring they keep things tight at the back. Camara may have got the equaliser at home to Boro but will need to do more to start. This should be low scoring and potentially could go either way but the draw looks likely.|
|Man Utd v Blackburn|
|All the talk has been of Rooney this week, first his dismissal in Europe for an obviously regrettable reaction to a referee's decision and second for his crowning of World Young Player of the Year by FIFPRO. He will always be a topic of conversation but there is no doubt that Ferguson will be the manager to get the best from this young talent; he has had a history of developing young players such as Giggs and Beckham, and there's no reason why Rooney can't be any different. United are still undefeated and have only conceded a single goal and should continue this vein of form with a win against a Blackburn side who collapsed after conceding a first goal to Newcastle. Blackburn were the better side before conceding but never really look like being convincing in front of goal. There's no doubt that they will set out to frustrate United, a strategy epitomised by Savage, but United should break them down in the second half.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Man City|
|These two were both at the other end of expected results last weekend; Newcastle were on the right end of an emphatic win over Blackburn whilst City were on the wrong end of an injury time Bolton winner after dominating the game and hitting the woodwork 5 times. Though Newcastle beat Blackburn by 3 clear goals it still did not hide the cracks that exist in the Newcastle defence and an under strength midfield, and they were only the better team after Shearer scored from a free kick. Shearer and Owen will always cause problems but only as long as they get the required service. City have shown they are a good side with Barton improvng all the time in midfield; the loss to Bolton should have shocked them and Newcastle won't find it easy against them especially as City are a much better side than Blackburn. Sinclair will miss out through injury but City should be fancied to get a draw, even though the Geordies think they've turned the corner.|
|West Brom v Charlton|
|The Baggies certainly didn't give up at the weekend in what was looking like Sunderland's first 3 points of the season. It showed commendable spirit from Robson's side when Gera finally headed the equaliser after continuous pressure but now they need to take that a step further and get a result against a side at the top end of the league. Charlton lost their 100% record after their home defeat to Chelsea but they matched the Champions for the majority of the game. In their 3 away games Charlton have maximum points and have scored 7 goals conceding just the one but the question is just for how long will their infamous good start to the season continue. Bent should get more chances against West Brom's back line than he did against Chelsea so expect him to be the difference.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Ham v Arsenal|
|The Hammers are absolutely flying at the moment, surprising everyone and knocking goals in left, right and centre. Harewood has been the hero in the league being responsible for both against Fulham and his hat trick against Villa whilst Zamora showed against Sheffield Wednesday that he can score spectacular goals as well. West Ham seem to have the right blend of youth and experience but whether are not they have progressed enough to match Arsenal remains to be seen. Arsenal will be more than happy to welcome back Campbell especially after his brace against Everton and it would not be surprising to see him have the likes of Harewood in his pocket. Obviously Henry is a big miss for Arsenal but they should just have a little bit too much for West Ham. It's a close one and as much as a home win or draw is possible the Gunners will probably edge it. Campbell to be the difference.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 5:15||Bolton v Portsmouth|
|Bolton haven't made a very consistent start to the season and were not too impressive away at Man City but still managed to sneak the winner at the bitter end completely against the run of play. Bolton's work rate is usually so high for 90 minutes that they are well positioned to take advantages of any such lapses as they are always pressuring the opposition. However they will need to pick up against a Portsmouth side who are renowned for poor away form, although they did sneak 3 points at Everton after a Ferguson own goal, and last weekend could not break down a 10 man Birmingham side with 45 minutes to play. Not sure that Portsmouth will feel like mixing it when they turn up at the Reebok so have to go for a Bolton win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Middlesbrough v Sunderland|
|Boro may have been pegged back at Wigan at the weekend and although they are yet to find any decent form they do have a home win over Arsenal to their credit. Yakubu has now started scoring after some poor performances since his move from Portsmouth and with 5 players back from injury including Mendieta plus the signing of Rochemback, Boro's season could be about to take off. Mick McCarthy has the toughest job of the weekend with regard to raising his players after the way they missed out on their first win of the season against West Brom in injury time; they still earned their first point but the players and the manager looked shell shocked and dejected. They haven't played badly but succumbed to steadily built pressure but to succeed the players have to stand up and be counted. Boro to take all 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Mon 8:00||Tottenham v Fulham|
|After all the early promise and numerous signings (possibly too many) Spurs' season could once again fail to meet expectations. It is too early to tell but after a shocking defeat to Grimsby in the League Cup and 2 disappointing Premiership performances against Chelsea and Villa maybe the writing is on the wall. Defoe and Keane still struggle to play together but Mido should now be available after suspension, the fullbacks Pyo and Stalteri fail to convince although they'll need time and Naybet may be past it at this level. Jenas is wasted on the right but if Carrick does not recover from injury in time he may continue in the middle. They host Fulham who have shown some early season promise but it was surprising to see West Ham go there and win 2-1; maybe that says more about West Ham than Fulham. The only notable statistic is that Fulham have only taken 1 point on their travels from 3 games. To be honest whichever side decides to turn up should win this game but if Spurs can welcome back the likes of Davids and Mido they should have the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|