Archived Premiership Tips (19th August 2006)

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Archived Premiership Football Betting Tips (19th August 2006)

Premiership football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:

Banker

 Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.

Likely

 Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.

Prudent

 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 19th to Sun 20th August 2006.


Archived Premiership football betting tips (19th to 20th Aug 2006)

Sat 12:45 Sheffield Utd v Liverpool
  Neil Warnock has finally guided his Blades to the Premiership but this is likely to be a difficult season for them and they will do well not to go straight back down. Notoriously they are hard to beat and scrap for everything but performing like that for 38 league games at the highest level can take its toll. Whilst they may hold their own defensively they could struggle for goals; does Rob Hulse posess the quality at the highest level? United's first Premiership game could not have come much more difficult than Liverpool (although they do have home advantage), especially after the Reds' recent win over Chelsea in the Community Shield at the Millenium stadium. Benitez has declared his intentions with the signings of Bellamy, Gonzalez and Pennant and their squad looks much improved. They should be just as steady at the back but be far more dangerous in attack. Steven Gerrard carried the team for much of last season but Liverpool now have players to share the responsibility and have the potential to do better this season. They should beat United but it won't be easy-going.
Away Win 0-1
Sat 3:00 Arsenal v Aston Villa
  Arsenal need to improve on last season's Premiership performance where they only just scraped into fourth place, although they did finish up as Champions League losing finalists; they will need to be more solid away from home amongst the hustle and bustle of the Premiership. The Emirates Stadium now replaces Highbury as Arsenal's new home and they will need to be careful that they don't fall into the poor form that has befallen some teams when they have switched home venues such as Southampton and Man City. With only Rosicky coming in and some good pros leaving such as Pires, Bergkamp and Campbell, they will hope that their young players do well and their experienced players (especially Henry) stay injury-free. I suspect that their opponents, Villa, are about to see a turnaround in the club's fortunes. Although the impact may not be immediate the appointment of O'Neill, the takeover by Lerner and the subsequent availablility of more funds could spell an exciting period of transition for the Midlands' remaining Premiership side. O'Neill is renowned for his man-management, motivational techniques and shrewd tactical analysis; players will want to play for him and those that don't will find the exit door very quickly. It wouldn't be surprising to see them finish in the top ten this season once the manager has brought some new faces in; bit too soon for O'Neill to upset the Emirates party but there is plenty for Villa fans to look forward to.
Home Win 2-0
  Everton v Watford
  The Toffees had an awful start to last season and their prime objective will be to get some points on the board early on. The signings of Howard, Lescott and Johnson are all steps in the right direction, with Johnson expected to be an out and out goalscorer in partnership with Beattie. Everton turned things around in the second half of last season and should continue this season from where they left off. Watford are another of the new boys to the Premiership and are one of the favourites to rejoin the Championship, but Aidy Boothroyd will be determined to not let that happen. He's made some signings but none of them stand out as top Premiership quality, so it looks like he'll be relying on his players to make the step up to the Premiership and for Marlon King to fire them the goals to maintain their Premiership status. Watford will find the going hard and Everton should take 3 points at home.
Home Win 2-0
  Newcastle v Wigan
  Is it time for the sleeping giant that is Newcastle to fulfill their potential? The appointment of Roeder rescued last season for the Magpies and the signing of Duff should prove to have been one of the coups of the transfer window. With the retirement of Shearer and Owen's injury, a lot rests on the shoulders of Shola Ameobi to fire the goals as Newcastle's dynamic midfield are sure to supply the chances; it could be Andy Cole all over again. Wigan have lost the services of Jimmy Bullard and Pascal Chimbonda has made no secret of his wish to leave; two of their better players last season. If he can stay injury-free Chris Kirkland could be a good loan signing but it will be difficult for Wigan to improve on last season's 10th position and Jewell will need to be wary of not doing an Ipswich. St James Park is always an intimidating place to go and the Magpies should emerge victors.
Home Win 2-1
  Portsmouth v Blackburn
  Harry Redknapp orchestrated the great escape last season and his first objective will be to return Fratton Park to the fortress that it was a couple of seasons ago. The key signings of Johnson and Campbell in defence show his intentions but the remaining worry is that scoring goals could continue to be a problem; however, the spending spree may not yet be over and some more attacking players could come in. Blackburn have a new untested striking partnership in Roberts and McCarthy but the departure of Craig Bellamy to Liverpool will have surprised many. Key to Blackburn's performances this season will be the mercurial abilities of Morten Pedersen; a player with the skill to create and a conjurer at dead ball situations. Europe could prove a distraction for Mark Hughes' team but if his strikers gel more success looks on the cards. Expect this to be closely fought.
Draw 1-1
  Reading v Middlesbrough
  Reading will be aiming to pick up where they left off in the Championship but Steve Coppell is unlikely to find the Premiership such a happy hunting ground. There is no doubt that Coppell has extensive experience but the lack of signings at the Madjeski suggests that he is happy with his lot; certainly they have players who have shown potential, such as Lita and Sidwell, but the team will be more important to the manager than individuals. The visit of Boro will mark Southgate's first game in charge but some scepticism still remains over his qualifications for the role. He inherits a strong squad but may regret losing Hasselbaink and Quedrue; if Boro sustain the injuries they had last season, Southgate may find it difficult adapting especially if he has problems attracting further signings. Boro may be expected to win but Reading will go for it and could cause an upset.
Home Win 2-1
  West Ham v Charlton
  The Hammers had a good first season back in the Premiership finishing comfortably in mid-table and losing out to Liverpool in the FA Cup Final, meaning they've qualified for Europe this season. Pardew has managed to hold on to all of his decent players and this is where the hard work starts, building on the foundations set last season. West Ham haven't had the best of luck with new England face, Dean Ashton, breaking his ankle during England training but key to their success wil be retaining the quality of players like Benayoun, Reo-Coker and Ferdinand. Charlton travel to Upton Park with new manager, Iain Dowie, at the helm; Charlton had become stale under Curbishley and fresh ideas were needed. Out has gone a lot of dead wood and in has come Hasselbaink to partner Darren Bent up front. If Dowie can inspire the players like he did at Palace, maybe they can retain some sort of consistency and finish the season in similar form to the way they usually start it. A good old-fashioned London derby but West Ham should have the edge.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 5:15 Bolton v Tottenham
  Bolton have lost some key players during the summer with Nakata and Okocha retiring, and their 2 big centre halves (Jaidi and N'Gotty) going to Birmingham. Big Sam looks to be having problems attracting talent with only Fortune coming in and even the likes of Hamann opting for Man City instead, but as long as he can hang on to the likes of Nolan not all is lost at the Reebok. They finshed 8th last season but at the moment a couple of places below that looks more achievable this time around. Their visitors, Spurs, have bolstered their squad with the signing of Berbatov who has had no trouble finding the back of the net pre-season but Carrick will be a big loss, although Jol should have been prepared for this and £18.6m is a substantial amount with which to reinvest. Missing out on the Champions League may have been a blessing in disguise as it could all have been too much too soon. Lennon and Dawson forced their way through at White Hart Lane and they need to step up again, whilst Defoe needs to prove that he is worthy of a place in a 3 man strike force with Robbie Keane floating behind. Spurs usually start the season well and though the Reebok may be a difficult place to go, returning to the Lane with 3 points may not be too much of a surprise.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 1:30 Man Utd v Fulham
  Not much has happened at Old Trafford during the transfer window with just the departure of van Nistelrooy and the arrival of Carrick the main events to shout about. What will have been pleasing to Ferguson are the return from injury of several key players including Heinze, Scholes, Smith and Solskjaer; last season Ferguson rarely had a full squad to select from but they still finished second. This season Arsenal and Liverpool are going to be more competitive in the race for second place but much will depend on the form of Rooney and Carrick as to their final position with injuries / suspensions likely to play a crucial part. Their opponents, Fulham, pulled off two good signings in Bullard and Queudrue but Coleman is in danger of cutting his nose to spite his face over the subject of Steed Malbranque; a player banished to train with the youth team and refusing to sign a new deal but probably their most effective in the middle of the park in terms of drive and inspiration. If it wasn't for Fulham's home form last season they would have been for the drop and it's possible that they haven't done enough in the close season to avoid it this time around. United should stroll to a comfortable victory.
Home Win 2-0
Sun 4:00 Chelsea v Man City
  The till continues to open and close at Stamford Bridge to the sound of kerching! In come Ballack and Shevchenko, and out go a whole host of players including Duff, del Horno and Gudjohnsen with Crespo rumoured to be on his way. Cole and Cech may be injured for the opening fixture but the problem for Mourinho will be getting so many new players gelling together into an effective unit as soon as possible. It remains to be seen whether their loss to Liverpool in the Community Shield has any lasting effect but they were by far the poorer of the two sides; if there is a team who know how to play Chelsea it's Liverpool and familiarity is a requisite Mourinho will want his players to develop quickly. Their opponents, City, have gone about their transfer business in relatively quiet fashion with Hamann and Corradi coming in whilst Wright-Phillips and Flood have dropped a division. Pearce did well at the beginning of last season but the honeymoon period didn't last forever and they endured an awful slump towards the latter half; his management style was passionate and refreshing but maybe you can't kick every ball to maintain an objective view. Big things are expected of Barton this season but carrying his team to 3 points at the Bridge seems unlikely; a first half draw followed by a Chelsea win would echo much of Chelsea's performances last season.
Home Win 1-0

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