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 15th to Mon 17th October 2005.
|Sat 12:45||Wigan v Newcastle|
|Wigan have performed exceptionally well so far this season and this has been put down to several things; Rodney Marsh's prediction that they were certainties for the drop has galvanised them even though he still holds true to it, and a less likely source has been pre-match dressing room rituals the most notable of which has been Jimmy Bullard's dancing. They have lost just the once at home (to Chelsea in the dying minutes) indicating that the JJB is a more formidable venue to go to than some would imagine. Their visitors, Newcastle, are once again hampered by injuries to key players and a lot depends on how certain players, such as Owen, return from 2 bouts of international football. They have still only won once away from home and their teamsheet flatters to deceive; their performances have not been convincing and a lot will depend on their strike partnership up against de Zeeuw and Henchoz. Expect this to end in stalemate.|
|Sat 3:00||Chelsea v Bolton|
|Chelsea are on top of the pile where they expect to be with a 100% record; 8 wins from 8 games having conceded only 2 goals. Damien Duff is out with a knee injury sustained whilst on international duty but Chelsea have more than adequate cover; some would say he hasn't been at his best recently anyway. Their opponents, Bolton, are missing both Hunt and Campo and have lost just the once on their travels. They've also made it through to the lucrative group stages of the UEFA Cup indicating Allardyce has had some degree of success already this season but taking on the might and experience of Chelsea is a big ask. Big Sam will have his players fully committed but Chelsea should roll out winners.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Liverpool v Blackburn|
|Blackburn have a renewed air of confidence after beating Man Utd at Old Trafford and then following it up with a home win over West Brom but whether or not they deserve to feel so confident going to Anfield remains debatable, even though Liverpool have just come off the back of a home 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea. Gerrard will probably be unavailable for Liverpool whilst Bellamy also looks to miss out for Blackburn. Liverpool's problems seem to be scoring goals with Crouch still yet to get off the mark and with Blackburn bound to deploy spoiling tactics this looks set to be a stalemate.|
|Sunderland v Man Utd|
|Sunderland have a mini injury crisis at the moment and although United too have their injuries, United are better positioned in terms of squad depth to get maximum points from the game. After a poor start to the season Sunderland have come to terms with the Premiership and have taken 5 points from their last 3 games but are yet to win at home so the edge looks to be with United who have only dropped 2 points away. After several of United's players bolstering their reputations during international week, such as Rooney and Giggs, Sunderland have much to fear and their little run will probably come to an end.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Tottenham v Everton|
|Surprisingly Spurs are loftily perched in third place and we're into the season past September. It's common knowledge that Spurs have been investing plenty in a large, young squad (some would say too large) but now after announcing a reasonable profit proving that much of the investment has been sensible, Levy is demanding results and it will be Jol's job to keep Spurs where they are. They couldn't want more than playing the bottom side at home and will hope to reiterate last season's performance in which they thrashed Everton 5-2 at the Lane. Everton have a number of injuries but the majority of these are expected to be available for selection come Saturday and will take some positives from the fact that the only points they have picked up this season were from an away win at Fulham. They are now out of Europe after several woeful performances and have only domestic football and Premiership survival to play for. Spurs to express themselves.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v Arsenal|
|West Brom are once again battling to avoid the threat of relegation even at this early stage of the season having only won their first home game. Their performances haven't been pretty but they have continued to fight for everything right until the final whistle; epitomised by their last gasp point away at Sunderland. Whether or not their relentless attitude will be enough against an Arsenal side struggling with injuries remains to be seen. Arsenal are without Henry, Campbell and Cole; 3 very influential players and automatic first team selections. They still have plenty of talent throughout their side and will start favourites but anyone looking for good odds on an outsider should back anything but an Arsenal win. Their problem is probably that they don't very their play enough and always cut inside, playing through the centre far too much. Arsenal should just edge this but the result is by no means certain.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 5:15||Middlesbrough v Portsmouth|
|Boro have the wrested the inconsistency tag from Man City for this season; whether or not this is because of the distractions of Europe or McClaren's England commitments remains to be seen. They have injuries to some key players including Ehiogu, Parlour and Downing and have already lost twice at home but their opponents, Portsmouth, are infamously poor on the road and have lost 3 from 4; their other result, a win, coming courtesy of a Ferguson own goal at Everton. Lua Lua is still out with malaria although Perrin may have returned to the bench but problems still persist at Pompey after the departure of their director of football, Zajec. This should be a no-brainer, so expect a Boro win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 12:00||Birmingham v Aston Villa|
|Both these 2 sides are languishing in the lower half of the table and only have one win each to their names but there's no doubt that this derby fixture will be strongly competitive. Villa have a proliferation of knee injuries affecting Ridgewell, Hendrie, McCann and Laursen although it's possible one or two may return whilst Bimingham will be without Butt after his recent red card. Birmingham have only taken 1 point from their 4 home games whilst Villa likewise have only taken 1 point from their 4 away games, so the writing looks to be on the wall. Yet another derby draw.|
|Sun 4:00||Man City v West Ham|
|Both these sides have made good progress this season, West Ham's being more noticeable after promotion from the Championship. City have performed well under Pearce and despite playing well results have not fallen their way but they got back to winning ways recently at home to Everton. They have only lost once at home and face a West Ham side who remain undefeated away and play with an air of confidence. The Hammers have taken points at Sunderland, Newcastle and Fulham; not bad considering many considered them for the drop. Their main concern will be Carroll out with a stress fractured thumb as he provides a strong foundation at the back. There isn't a lot to choose between these two so the draw looks to be the popular bet.|
|Mon 8:00||Charlton v Fulham|
|Although Charlton are sitting proudly in second place they have lost 2 of their 3 home games, firstly to current Premiership leaders Chelsea and secondly to Spurs after being 2-0 ahead. Despite this Charlton have been creating plenty of chances and with several of their better players having been rested for a week, either through non-selection for international squads or starting places, Curbishley will be pleased that injuries have not been picked up and his players should feel fresh. They should be backed to beat a Fulham side who have been tipped by many to return to the Championship next season and their early season form will have done nothing to make any of these tipsters change their mind. They have only taken 1 point from 4 away games and their miserable start is bound to continue at the Valley.|
|Home Win 2-0|