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 4th to Sun 5th November 2006.
|Sat 12:45||Fulham v Everton|
|Fulham surprisingly lost to Wigan at Craven Cottage last weekend and now they've lost 2 of 5 home games; last season they only lost 4 home fixtures. Coleman was critical of his poor defence but tempered his comments with his opinion that they'd been good all season and put the defeat down to a blip; I'd have to concur as usually their home form is fairly dependable. The thing is they host an Everton side who have upset the form book recently by actually going ahead at Arsenal and coming away with a point. Everton defend resolutely as a team making them hard to break down plus they have match winners in Cahill and Johnson. They will travel to Fulham looking not to get beat and with 3 draws from 5 away games, a share of the spoils looks to be the popular choice.|
|Sat 3:00||Bolton v Wigan|
|Bolton were given a spanking by United in what was one of United's best performances of the last couple of years but if you take that result out of the mix, Bolton have done well this season and should be proud of their current position (3rd). Sam will not want his players resting on their laurels and will be analysing the United defeat to determine what went wrong; the plus is that they're playing Wigan this weekend and can put things right. The big miss for Sam has been Kevin Nolan and he'll be absent again come Saturday as he sits out the last game of his suspension. Wigan come straight off the back of 2 great results; a 4-0 thrashing at home against City and an even better 1-0 away win at Craven Cottage. Reports have been coming in that the partnership of Heskey and Camara is growing match by match but the facts are that Wigan have lost 3 of their 5 games on the road and the Reebok is a notoriously difficult place to go. Big Sam will want his lads to bounce back and it looks like a narrow victory for the home side.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Charlton v Man City|
|City may have earned a vital home win against an uninspired Middlesbrough side but on the road they have only taken 1 point from 5 games conceding 13 goals along the way. Pearce looked to have abandoned Beanie but he could well make a return with a view to turning around City's dire away form; the 4-0 loss at the JJB was a woeful performance and flattered Wigan. They travel to the Valley where Charlton are showing signs of possibly reviving their poor season so far. Dowie's side may still be bottom but including the Carling Cup win against Bolton, this is their third successive clean sheet. They have lost 3 from 5 home games but if a turning point is just around the corner, they would want no better visitors than City. A gutsy performance at St James Park could provide the spark for a much needed 3 points and of the 2 sides, Charlton should be fancied; City's problems aren't over yet.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Liverpool v Reading|
|After Benitez maintained his starting lineup for the first time in 100 consecutive matches in all competitions, there's no doubt that Liverpool's home form is keeping his side decently positioned in the Premiership, although the title race is now gone for them. The Reds remain undefeated at Anfield and they are now scoring goals from all over the park; even Gerrard is now in on the act despite being stuck out on the right although he does get some freedom to come inside. They host a Reading side that are suddenly coming to terms with the reality of the Premiership and what playing the big teams is all about; they've lost their last 3 (at home to Chelsea and Arsenal, and away at Portsmouth). Reading are still comfortable in mid-table and always like to have a go at teams, but they will probably come unstuck against Liverpool at Anfield; Gerrard to get on the scoresheet again.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Man Utd v Portsmouth|
|Pompey only trail United by 6 points but fourth place has been a revelation for them after their dramatic survival last season. They've lost the last 2 away games but at least they should feel more assured travelling to Old Trafford with their regular back four. However, the problem for Harry is that Fergie has his men firing on all cylinders and a bit more. United showed complete domination at the Reebok with an emphatic thrashing of Bolton; the bonus was Rooney scoring a hat-trick after his recent goal drought. United have lost to Arsenal at Old Trafford this season so they have been vulnerable, but any side travelling there at the moment had better beware as those Red Devils are really starting to hit form.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Watford v Middlesbrough|
|Watford are the only side without a win in the Premiership this season; at home they have drawn 4 of their 5 games and have made themselves hard to beat. Their opponents, Boro, enjoy a 5 point comfort zone over Watford going into this fixture but if the game goes Watford's way, Boro will find themselves dragged right back towards the melting pot. Boro have not won a single away match this season and had City marked down as the their first away win, but they were disappointing and never got a shot on taget; Maccarone may have twice hit the post but the woodwork doesn't count. Watford had a goal disallowed against Spurs but in truth gave Spurs too many opportunities and had Tottenham's strikers been more clinical, they'd have gone home with the points. Watford's keeper, Ben Foster, shows more and more week by week and can already claim responsibility for several of Watford's few points. A game that could really could go either way.|
|Sat 5:15||Newcastle v Sheffield Utd|
|The Magpies are in a spot of bother and with only 2 points and 1 place separating them from the relegation zone, the players had better prepare themselves for some hard graft in the battle for survival. Injury problems have plagued Roeder with Owen, Martins and Ameobi all out; Duff is partnering Rossi up front but has already played as left back and left midfield in recent games but still acquitted himself well. Dyer is on his way back and the earlier the better. Newcastle have only won a single home game this season and host a Sheffield United side 2 places below them. The Blades have only secured 1 point on the road and failed to score; in the home defeat to Chelsea, Warnock reckons they showed a little too much naivety and need to get on the referee's back more to give themselves more of an edge. United aren't performing badly but their results indicate just how tough the Premiership is and travelling to St James Park is unlikely to ease matters. The pressure is on Newcastle and they must get the 3 points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||West Ham v Arsenal|
|The Hammers finally ended their run of 8 straight defeats in all competitions with a much needed win over Blackburn, and moved out of the drop zone to boot. It's not often that Sheringham starts but he lasted 77 minutes and scored a fine headed goal. It remains to be seen whether Pardew will adopt such an attacking lineup against Arsenal especially after the Gunners' exquisite exhibition at the Madjeski where Reading went down by 4 goals and it could have been more. There's no doubt that Arsenal are a side who love to play a great passing game but it doesn't always result in 3 points, as evidenced by the draw at home to Everton. But if Arsenal are on song it's going to be a very difficult day for West Ham.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 2:00||Aston Villa v Blackburn|
|After a poor first half at Anfield, Villa's undefeated run finally came to an end. O'Neill has done exceptionally well with the resources at his disposal but the lack of strength in depth is beginning to count against them and I'd expect some transfer activity in the January window. Villa remain undefeated at home conceding only 3 goals in those 5 games and another clean sheet against Blackburn looks likely. Rovers are sitting in mid-table mediocrity and have only won once on their travels this season; defeat at Upton Park last weekend will have been a blow but Hughes's men were never really in the game and only grabbed a consolation goal in injury time when the Hammers substituted possession players for more defensive ones. Tugay was poor but good news for Blackburn is that Savage should return after suspension; the bad news is that Roberts is probably out for a while with a broken metatarsal. Villa should get back to winning ways.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Chelsea|
|Spurs are improving despite not climbing the table too dramatically; they remain undefeated in their last five, winning their last two at home.They have also got some of their big players back from injury such as Lennon, Berbatov and King; when King is playing Spurs look far more in control at the back and less likely to concede but the visit of Chelsea will provide a stern test for an improving but young side. The blues are second to United at the top of the Premiership table, only on goal difference, and have won their last 4 Premiership matches on the road. The draw at the Nou Camp will also have bolstered their confidence after twice coming back to equalise against a top side in Barcelona. This is going to be a tough fixture for Spurs and historically, in the league, it has not been a good one; expect Chelsea to return to the Bridge with the 3 points.|
|Away Win 0-1|