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 21st to Sun 22nd October 2006.
|Sat 12:45||Wigan v Man City|
|Wigan made a brave stab of things at home to United and lead through a long range Leighton Baines effort; his first Premiership goal coming not long after a similar goal for England's under 21s. The home side didn't play badly but couldn't find an answer to the introduction of Giggs and United's changed formation at half time. Paul Jewell admitted that his side need to get back to being hard to beat and they should be able to do that against a City side with only 1 point from 4 games on the road. City managed a late equaliser at Goodison but they couldn't score at home against Sheffield United and 'dull' doesn't even begin to describe the game. Barton still looks to be City's best source of goals and has a lot resting on his shoulders. I don't expect Paul Jewell to resort to a mascot as they are capable of beating an average City side despite their poor start to the season. Wigan for a vital home win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 3:00||Charlton v Watford|
|Charlton may be rooted to the bottom of the table but this game against Watford will provide one of their best chances of getting off it, at least temporarily. Only 1 place and 1 point separate these 2 sides; Charlton's only points come courtesy of a solitary home win whilst Watford have only taken 1 point on their travels. Curbishley's departure after being so long at the Valley was always going to make Dowie's job even harder but there are signs that the big man is making progress. Charlton are desperate for this win and will need to match the battling qualities of their opponents in what is expected to be a bruising encounter. Watford created chances against Arsenal but failed to take them; so often the difference at the top level. Boothroyd admits that they have to keep the faith and keep trying to grind out results but sometimes faith is not enough and a bit more ability is required. This result could well be a 6 pointer even this early in the season; Charlton favourites to emerge victorious.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v Portsmouth|
|Keeper crisis at Stamford Bridge! It's fair to say that neither Cech nor Cudicini will be available for a few games for the Blues but Mourinho has several options; third choice keeper, Hilario, first choice centre half, Terry, or an offer of an on-loan reserve keeper from Sam Allardyce. After coming through a war, Chelsea now have to face a different battle in the form of Barcelona and then they take on fourth placed Pompey. Chelsea are yet to lose at home this season but Portsmouth have a renewed confidence on their travels this season and have lost just the once. Pompey's turnaround is down to the blend of youth and experience; the signings of James, Campbell and Cole have been key to bringing on the younger players. Redknapp seems so pleased with his side's start to the season that he's considering turning off his mobile in the transfer window; a rare luxury he's never had before. Pompey have only conceded 2 away goals and will have a go at Chelsea, but I feel they may just succumb by the narrowest of margins.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Everton v Sheffield Utd|
|United earned their first away point of the season against an ordinary City side, and it should be no surprise to hear that the Blades looked remarkably ordinary themselves. They may be out of the drop zone at the moment but the season is a long one and it won't be too soon before they're back in it. They travel to play an Everton side that have just lost their unbeaten run at the Riverside, but Everton are made of sterner stuff and despite their loss, their never-say-die attitude was in firm evidence. Moyes is adamant that this defeat will not affect their confidence and they should be backed to bounce back against Sheffield United. United will scrap for everything but the Toffees should run out winners.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:15||Aston Villa v Fulham|
|Villa managed to keep their undefeated record in tact thanks to Gareth Barry after Juan Pablo Angel went through an embarassing 3 minutes against Spurs. Paul Robinson was lined up to take the flak after his mishap against Croatia but Angel stole the limelight by missing a penalty and then scoring a headed own goal when no Spurs player was near him. Luke Moore's injury has meant Villa have reverted to a 4-4-2 and their attacking impetus has been somewhat reduced. However their resilience, determination and strength of character has not suffered and was epitomised by Barry's spectacular equaliser. O'Neill may have ridden his luck in the last couple of games but a home fixture against Fulham can keep their momentum going with a needed win as Fulham are no great shakes on the road. They may have only lost once away this season but they concede, on average, 2.5 goals per game. After their home win against Charlton, Fulham are well placed in mid-table but they haven't improved enough after last season to be a threat away from home. Villa to take the 3 points and remain the only undefeated Premiership side.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:00||Man Utd v Liverpool|
|If Liverpool lose this one, one could debatably argue that they are losing touch with the top four. Currently in the bottom half of the table they have only taken 1 point on the road and are even having trouble at home after they only took a point against Blackburn. Gerrard could be fit for this game after injuring his hamstring and his experience will be vital in such a big game. United have the solitary defeat to Arsenal blotting their home record but they top the table and will have been encouraged by Liverpool's poor away form. United's 3-1 win over Wigan drew many positives; the half-time introduction of Giggs meant Rooney could revert to his best position and he wasn't far away from getting back on the goal trail. Another remarkable comeback has been the return of Solskjaer to goal scoring form after several seasons of injuries and doubts as to whether or not he would return to his form of old. United to win comfortably.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 3:00||Blackburn v Bolton|
|Rovers have improved after a slow start to the season where they conceded goals and penalties for fun. A good point at Anfield where they dictated the play for much of the game will have Hughes's side confident that they can give a good account of themselves at home to Bolton. The long term injury to Reid will have been a blow but there have been positives with McCarthy making his mark as a proven goalscorer. Their opponents, Bolton, are flying high in third place and showed much resilience to come back from a goal down at Newcstle. Their double goalscorer, El Hadji Djouf, did nothing to make himself popular with the home fans after resorting to his usual antics, and Hughes would be well warned to warn his own players not to rise to the bait; Djouf's unpopularity probably even extends to his own dressing room. A frenetic encounter at Ewood Park could well end in a stalemate.|
|Middlesbrough v Newcastle|
|Unless Newcastle put a stop to their comedy defending, they could well be in danger of slipping into the relegation dogfight. Bramble always appears to be the villain of the piece and had better watch his step as he doesn't have that long left on his contract. Newcastle's only away points came courtesy of a win at Upton Park; so not too much to shout about there. They travel to local rivals, Boro, on the back of a home defeat to Bolton after being a goal ahead, but Boro are the picture of inconsistency this season and nobody in their right mind would bet on or against them. Only 1 point and 2 places separate these two but Boro will be buoyed after taking Everton's undefeated record. Surprisingly, they looked steady at the back without Woodgate and with Viduka getting back amongst the goals, maybe Southgate's future is a little brighter. Due to Newcastle's amateur defending, this looks like a Boro win but I wouldn't bet on it.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v West Ham|
|Spurs have failed to convince this season and their main failing seems to be in front of goal; they've been creating the chances but just haven't converted them and maybe they'll just get that little bit of luck against a Hammers side whose off the field problems have affected the players on the field. A blessing in disguise could be Tevez's injury as West Ham can get back to basics; without the Argies at Fratton Park they looked a lot more comfortable and things just didn't go their way. The number of ex-Spurs players going back to the Lane always casts an element of doubt over the result as there's added incentive for them to do well and more often than not they do. The Hammers occupy one of the drop places and have only taken 1 point away. Spurs suffered the double injury blow to Dawson and Davenport, but hopefully King and Gardner will be fit. Spurs to start firing and grab a vital win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Reading v Arsenal|
|No wonder Jens Lehmann wants more protection for keepers after Reading managed to put both Chelsea keepers in hospital. Keepers get protected enough and it sounds like he's a goalie running scared. Reading showed what they are made of against Chelsea and were unlucky to lose the game; Arsenal shoud be expecting another tough contest against Reading this weekend. The home side were undefeated at the Madjeski until the weekend just gone and it shows just how far Steve Coppell has brought his team; they deserve their place in the Premiership and can compete with the best. Arsenal haven't exactly hit the ground running this season but are starting to show what they are made of. Two wins and a defeat away from the Emirates gives Reading some hope, along with the fact that the Gunners are well into their Champions League campaign and a trip to Moscow won't have done much for their energy levels. Reading more than capable of keeping a share of the spoils.|