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 1st to Sun 2nd October 2005.
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v West Brom|
|The surprise of last weekend had to be Blackburn's win away at Old Trafford especially as it was preceded by a home defeat to a less than average Newcastle side. Hughes will have been especially pleased with this victory against his old club but will want his players to use this result as a stepping stone and progress. No one doubts Blackburn's ability to carry the fight and this effort will be required for 90 minutes against a West Brom side who only know how to scrap. Robson's men showed this with a great point away at Sunderland in the dying seconds but showed the other side of their character by not turning up for the first half at home to Charlton, which is where they lost the match. If Pedersen scores Blackburn should win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Charlton v Tottenham|
|Charlton really are leading the way in terms of staying as close to Chelsea as possible in a season where some think the Premiership title is already destined to stay at the Bridge, and it's still September. Charlton have maximum points, with the exception of a single defeat to Chelsea, and are playing with a confidence helped by the system employed by Curbishley; 4-5-1 with Bent up front plus Thomas and Rommedahl in their most effective positions as wingers. This is only Charlton's third home game and could be difficult against a Spurs side who have also only lost once (also to Chelsea) in the Premiership. The presence of Davids has made a huge difference to Spurs and the exciting debut of Lennon has the fans wanting more but they still look susceptible at the back even though they have only conceded 3 goals; more noticeably they have only scored 6. Charlton should not lose this one and they may just edge it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Man Utd|
|Fulham may have been inconsistent of late but they have been playing quite well. The forwards were under par against Spurs and Zat Knight looked a little uncomfortable at the back but that aside they carved out some good opportunities. United have taken the first step to recovery after the home defeat to Blackburn by beating Benfica in the Champions League and Ferguson is unlikely to make the same mistake twice in not starting with Rooney. United's injuries are going to play a big part this season as they don't have the same strength in depth that they have had in recent years. The losses of Keane, Neville, Heinze, Saha etc may not result in lost points against Fulham but may play a more important part against their closer rivals. United should narrowly take the points but it's by no means certain.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Portsmouth v Newcastle|
|With Reggie banned to the stands and Lua Lua recovering in hospital from malaria, not all is well at Fratton Park. After Perrin's poor start to the season his job is reputed to be on the line whilst Lua Lua, although sometimes frustrating, will be a big miss as he has more often than not been their best player. They have only taken 2 points from their 3 home games and now must face a Newcastle side who most think are returning to form, especially if you listen to Souness. As we've said before there is no doubt Owen and Shearer will get the goals but Newcastle's problems stem from problems in midfield and defence; the sooner some of their injured players return the better. The away win should be backed here as Portsmouth are abysmal and Newcastle somehow seem to be winning.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sat 5:15||Sunderland v West Ham|
|Sunderland managed their first win after a good performance at Boro and this followed on from a point at home against rival relegation contenders West Brom; they've obviously got good powers of recovery as the injury time equaliser from the Baggies must have felt like a defeat. Sunderland have not won at home yet and have conceded 6 goals in the process so may feel apprehensive about West Ham paying them a visit as the Hammers are in flying form. Currently sitting 5th in the table and having played a game less than 3 of the sides above them, they are surprising everyone. Their goalless draw at home to Arsenal was a good indication as to how far they've come and McCarthy may well feel he has the monkey back on his back. West Ham to continue their good run.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 11:15||Man City v Everton|
|Stuart Pearce reckoned that his players smelled defeat by just looking at the Newcastle teamsheet; if there's any positives for him to take from that defeat, apart from playing reasonably well, it's that there's no names on the Everton teamsheet to cast a spell of fear. City have had a couple of unlucky results recently but they have played well and created plenty of chances; this absurd kickoff time against bottom placed Everton should be just the tonic to get them back on track. Everton could bring back James Beattie which could mean they revert to 4-4-2 but the Toffees are in a precariously sticky position having lost all their home games so far. To add to their woe they'll probably be out of Europe after Thursday as it's unlikely they can turn around a 5-1 defeat from the first leg against Dinamo Bucharest. City to compound Everton's misery.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 1:00||Wigan v Bolton|
|This is the first league derby between these 2 clubs for 12 years but prior to this clash Bolton have to negotiate a tricky European encounter away to Lokomotiv Plovdiv trying to protect a first leg 2-1 lead. They also have injury problems to the likes of Hunt, Campo, Speed and Jaidi so will be hoping that their injury crisis doesn't worsen after their trip to Bulgaria. Their opponents, Wigan, are another side who so far this season are exceeding expectations; they beat Everton away last week and their only loss at home has been to current Premiership champions and league leaders Chelsea. The after effects of Bolton's European trip may leave them a bit stale but Wigan will still find them difficult to break down and this one could end up as stalemate.|
|Sun 1:30||Arsenal v Birmingham|
|Arsenal are still without Henry, although Pires could return, but the biggest factor for Arsenal has been the return of Sol Campbell at the back, a rock who inspires and leads by example. They might be languishing in an unfamiliar position towards the bottom of the top half of the table but they have won all 3 games at home, scoring 8 and conceding just the one. Their visitors, Birmingham, haven't yet lost away and managed to frustrate Liverpool to claim a point last weekend but if Arsenal are virtually back to full strength, Birmingham will find it difficult. No doubt Pennant will be hoping for a good game against his old team mates and will be wanting to prove to Wenger that he made the right move. A tough game but the presence of Campbell should make the difference.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 2:00||Aston Villa v Middlesbrough|
|Luke Moore was finally the first player to breach Chelsea's defence and won £10000 for charity in the process but it was still not enough to take anything from the game; ironically, he may well make way for the likes of Baros, Phillips or Angel for this encounter with Boro. Villa are still undefeated at home but should have made more of their last home game when Spurs were there for the taking in the first half. Boro seem to be the side bearing the mantle for inconsistency this season and the players were booed off the pitch after their woeful defeat to Sunderland. This result combined with emphatic wins at home to Arsenal and away at Birmingham make predicting Boro results a tad tricky. Ehiogu is injured so Southgate will have to face the Villa fans on his own, but McClaren could bring back several players from the treatment room such as Mendieta but this one is likely to end with a point apiece.|
|Sun 4:00||Liverpool v Chelsea|
|Whatever the hype for this game, don't worry about missing it. A repeat of the midweek Champions League clash looks to be the likely bet so if you want no goals, no decent shots, plenty of acting and a midfield battle then switch on. These two have played each other so many times recently that they know each other inside out and stalemate looks to be the obvious answer. If anything, this game is more important than the Champions League clash as both are expected to progress, but Liverpool will not want Chelsea to move another 3 points ahead of them. They will be desperate to close ground on them but at such an early stage of the season, Benitez may well prefer prudence and the priority will be to keep things safe. Another goalless draw.|