Archived Premiership Tips (28th October 2006)

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Archived Premiership Football Betting Tips (28th October 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 28th to Mon 30th October 2006.


Archived Premiership football betting tips (28th to 30th Oct 2006)

Sat 12:45 Sheffield Utd v Chelsea
  United may have felt hard done by at Goodison Park but they need to pick themselves up for the visit of Chelsea to avoid a bit of a battering. At Bramall Lane the Blades beat Boro, shared the spoils with Liverpool and have only been beaten once (by old rivals Reading), so their are are positives for them to take; on the downside, Rob Hulse looks to be their only player capable of getting a goal and chances next weekend will be at a premium. Chelsea are still level on points at the top of the Premiership after new boys, Shevchenko and Ballack, both got on the scoresheet to keep Pompey in the shade. Both may have been booked for their goal celebrations but both will have that little extra bounce of confidence in their stride. Arjen Robben also looked to be back to his best although an overweight Pamarot didn't offer up much of a challenge. Expect the sky high Blues to give Sheffield United a reality check.
Away Win 0-2
Sat 3:00 Arsenal v Everton
  At the Madjeski, Arsenal's season finally got off to a flyer. The Gunners kept possession with a very strong passing game; at times they look like they overplay, but they rarely gave the ball away and cut open the Reading defence at will. At the centre of their performance was Cesc Fabregas; a youngster that wins the ball, makes great runs and puts players in, and the winning margin could easily have been by more. Arsenal have now climbed to fourth place and are yet to be defeated at the Emirates and host an Everton side only 1 point and 2 places below them. In Andy Johnson, Everton have the Premiership's joint leading goal scorer with 6, but they have only won once on the road. There's no doubt that Moyes's team are difficult to beat, and that he'll want his players to restrict the time and space allowed to the Arsenal midfield, but if the Gunners can repeat last weekend's efforts in front of their own fans, Everton will find them too hot to handle.
Home Win 2-0
  Bolton v Man Utd
  Third plays first in an unexpected top of the table clash; Bolton remain undefeated at home and United remain undefeated on the road. Bolton have been snatching victories on their travels recently with narrow wins at Portsmouth, Newcastle and Blackburn. Some sides find it hard to compete with their strong, aggressive style but a key absence for Allardyce could be Nolan after being dismissed in the last minute against Blackburn for foul and abusive language. United will give Bolton a run for their money this weekend with the likes of Rooney and Scholes getting better and better week by week. Scholes celebrated his 500th United game with a goal against Liverpool and Rooney isn't far away from breaking his drought. As long as the United defence concentrate for 90 minutes against the likes of Davies, Anelka and Diouf then they should run out victors, and maybe Rooney will get his goal into the bargain.
Away Win 1-2
  Fulham v Wigan
  Fulham put in a good performance at Villa Park to come away with a point and Chris Coleman's efforts towards making his side harder to beat seem to be paying dividends. Their home form has never been in doubt and only a single defeat at Craven Cottage (to Chelsea) will give confidence to a side that deserve their mid-table position. Both Jensen and Zat Knight can be singled out as part of an improving side and it will be the latter who will have to be strong to keep out a rejuvenated Heskey when Wigan come to play. The Latics come off the back of their best Premiership result after a 4-0 home win over a very weak Man City side; but they have not been so fluent away from home and have only 1 point to show from 4 games. Heskey thinks he's good enough to play for England again, but then most English players might think they're worth a start in the national team at the moment. Whether or not McLaren is watching, Heskey is likely to end up on the losing side this weekend.
Home Win 2-1
  Liverpool v Aston Villa
  The only points Liverpool have dropped at home this season came the weekend before last when Blackburn visited Anfield; Rovers actually went ahead and only conceded an equaliser under mounting pressure from the home side. Benitez is still dabbling with his squad and not utilising some of his best players in their best positions; it's more a case of fitting the players to a system rather than the other way around. Regardless of their problems their home record is good and come Saturday they must take on the sole remaining undefeated Premiership side, Aston Villa. Arguably, Villa have ridden their luck over the last couple of games but they've never been totally outplayed and undeserving of the result. 4 draws and only 3 goals conceded from 4 away games dictate that they'll be hard to beat. Whilst Villa are more than capable of getting a point, the pressure is on Benitez and he has to be braver at home and go all out for a win. The stats point to a draw but Liverpool could just nick it.
Home Win 1-0
  Portsmouth v Reading
  Pompey may not have avoided defeat at Stamford Bridge but they competed with Chelsea and Benjani's goal kept them in the game; had on loan Glen Johnson been allowed to play for Portsmouth by Chelsea, then the result may well have been closer as his replacement, Pamarot, was tormented throughout by Robben. The good news for Portsmouth is that Johnson will be back for the Reading game. The other bad news for Reading is that Pompey are at home and Fratton Park is a difficult place for any side to go; Bolton have been the only side to get anything when they sneaked a 1-0 win. Reading had the ill fortune to host a rampant Arsenal last Sunday and despite losing 4-0 they still gave a brave account of themselves. Reading have now suffered 2 consecutive home defeats to first, Chelsea, and now Arsenal, but they are positioned well in mid-table and have 2 defeats and 2 wins from their 4 away games. Portsmouth need to regroup and should be the better of the two sides.
Home Win 2-1
  Watford v Tottenham
  It must be time for Spurs to prove that they're not toothless in front of goal; someone must have mentioned that to Defoe last weekend but he obviously took them too literally. The raw facts are that they have only secured 1 point and scored only 1 goal in their 4 Premiership away matches. Despite this, Spurs do create good chances and have shown in Europe this season that they can win games on foreign soil. They travel to a Watford side who are yet to win a game but have drawn against 3 of the 4 sides to visit Vicarage Road. Watford looked equally toothless away at Charlton last Saturday but have a good prospect in Ashley Young and on-loan keeper, Ben Foster, has been making a name for himself. There are signs that Spurs are beginning to put things right, and whilst they're keeping it tight at the back a single goal should be enough to nick the win.
Away Win 0-1
Sat 5:15 Newcastle v Charlton
  Both these sides have been playing well below the standards expected of them with Charlton just edging it as the worst of the two by virtue of the fact that they are rock bottom. The Magpies have a wasteful strikeforce and a sloppy defence; both have contributed to a disastrous start to the season and Roeder's job must be in peril, with only Gullit enduring a worse start in recent years. Newcastle have only 1 home win this season and the pressure is on for them to take all 3 points against a Charlton side that have seen 4 straight defeats on the road. Dowie is staring down the barrel and despite ending their run of defeats by securing a point at home to Watford, that fixture would have been looked at as a potentially certain 3 points and no one at the Valley will be happy with their current position. Both sides will be desperate for victory but Newcastle should just pinch it.
Home Win 2-1
Sun 4:00 West Ham v Blackburn
  The Hammers last scored at home to Villa way back on September 10th and since then it's been 7 straight defeats and no goals in all competitions (bar the recent Carling Cup game). Against Spurs, the front two of Harewood and Zamora got very little service and the Argentine contingent did very little of any note; Tevez only had 21 minutes as a substitute to show his worth after coming on for his compatriot. West Ham have lost the last 2 home games and they might be in for a surprise if they think it's going to be easy to get back on track when Blackburn come to visit. Rovers have tightened up at the back in recent games and sneaked a valuable victory at the Riverside; if after putting an end to conceding penalties they could score them, they may well have put Bolton to bed as well. Blackburn have only lost once on the road and will be up for taking the points against a Hammers side languishing in the relegation places with only 5 points to show from a dismal season.
Away Win 0-1
Mon 8:00 Man City v Middlesbrough
  City were diabolical at the JJB and thoroughly deserved their 4-0 spanking. To be fair to Pearce, his squad has been ravaged by injuries but failure to pick up points against mediocre sides will cost them dear. Despite their inadequacies, City are still undefeated at Eastlands and have yet to concede a goal there. They host a Boro side currently 2 places and 2 points above them who are also failing to set the world alight. Boro are a picture of inconsistency as Southgate continues to get to grips with management and even he admitted that they didn't deserve all 3 points against Newcastle; it was Boro's second only win against the Magpies at the Riverside. Boro are yet to win away and this could well end in a goalless stalemate.
Draw 0-0

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