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 18th to Sun 19th November 2006.
|Sat 12:45||Man City v Fulham|
|City remain undefeated and have yet to concede a goal at Eastlands and it is only their home form that is keeping them in 14th place; on the road they have only secured a single point. Three home draws and wins don't exactly make their home form fantastic and though they may be keeping things tight at the back, their form at the other end of the pitch is costing them points with only 4 home goals; Samaras and Corradi look far from the finished product. Fulham have definitely improved this season and should no longer be underestimated away from the Cottage; picking up points in each of their last 5 away games has complemented their usual reliable home form and their season should be a far more comfortable ride than the last. Coleman has made most critics eat their words since his side were touted as favourites for the drop. City are a poor side and will concede sooner or later; the way Fulham are playing at the moment they could just nick it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Newcastle|
|So often Arsenal seem to be getting it together and then at other times they fail to deliver the finished product. There's no doubt that they are currently playing some vintage football and it's not often that Liverpool are on the wrong end of a 3-0 drubbing. Arsenal remain undefeated at home and with 3 wins from the last 4 at the Emirates, it looks like sorry Newcastle could well be in for a very tough time. Now that the Gunners have climbed back up to 3rd place, Wenger has the top two set in his sights and will not want them to break further away. The Magpies picked up a point at City but 4 defeats from 6 away matches has them down as firm favourites to get beat. Scott Parker has been holding his team together in the last couple of games but once again injuries have conspired against Roeder's team and they lack depth both in defence and attack. Currently occupying one of the relegation places, it looks highly unlikely they'll improve their position over the weekend. Arsenal to run riot.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Chelsea v West Ham|
|Chelsea bounced back from their Spurs defeat with an emphatic win over lowly Watford; a Drogba hat trick has him in pole position for the Premiership golden boot and a goal for Shevchenko lends weight to the theory that the Chelsea strikers are finally getting it together. The Blues have only dropped 2 points at home and take on a West Ham side that must be disappointed after their defeat at the Riverside; especially after they looked to have turned the corner with their home victory over Arsenal. The Hammers have now lost their last 5 Premiership away matches and sometimes the fixtures against the top sides just come at the wrong time. They may have climbed a few places with the win over Arsenal but they're not out of the woods by a long way and will be desperate for any kind of result at Stamford Bridge. They'll be lucky to get a point and Chelsea should stroll it.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Everton v Bolton|
|Everton suffered their first home defeat of the season last weekend and lost key performer, Tim Cahill, to a knee injury to make matters worse. The absence of Cahill means that Moyes is likely to start with Beattie partnering Johnson up front; a system which hasn't really worked for them so far this season with Johnson not high on confidence after much criticism and Beattie looking a shadow of the player he once was. They host a Bolton side who seem to be stuttering a little after a good start to the season. Two home defeats followed by a draw at Bramall Lane are uncharacteristic of a usually robust Bolton side; most alarming was the way they let Sheffield Utd back into the game after taking a 2 goal lead. Having Nolan back in the side makes a hell of a difference but the man Everton will really have to keep quiet is El Hadji Diouf, and make sure he keeps his hands to himself as Paddy Kenny learnt to his disbelief last weekend. The result could go either way but a bore draw looks likely.|
|Portsmouth v Watford|
|Pompey couldn't make the pressure count against Fulham and had to settle for a point but they will be keen not to slip further down the table from sixth place and will be once again looking for maximum points at Fratton Park. At home they have conceded only 3 goals and lost just the once so it looks like Watford could well face an uphill task. The Hornets got taken apart at Stamford Bridge last weekend and their away record doesn't make good reading with only 2 draws and 11 goals conceded in 6 games. Boothroyd admits that his squad lack some of the class of other sides in the Premiership but believes that team spirit, organisation and work ethic can take them a long way; it will be a tough job for him to keep his players motivated to produce week in week out when results aren't necessarily going their way, especially towards the business end of the season. Portsmouth should prove too strong for a well-intentioned Watford side.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Reading v Charlton|
|Reading picked up a vital win over Spurs after 4 successive defeats leaving them in a healthy 11th position and moving them just above their recent opponents. Reading have only lost twice at home (to Chelsea and Arsenal) so on the face of it, there doesn't look to be much hope for a Charlton side currently occupying bottom spot. The sacking of Dowie has come at a time that makes no sense; in some respects Charlton have turned things around of late with a home win over City and draws at Newcastle and at home to Watford, all in their last 4 games. The only blott on that record is a defeat at Wigan in which they showed some spirit against a form side. Dowie may have been heavy handed in his approach but he was never going to be anything else and pushing him out once they've started to pick up some points seems rash and ill-thought. This could set back Charlton even further and will only play into Reading's hands.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sheffield Utd v Man Utd|
|Surprisingly, Sheffield Utd have only lost twice at home this season and their spirited comeback at home to Bolton after being 2 goals down justifies their climb out of the relegation places. There's no doubt that Kazim-Richards was going for goal and it was great to see his perception rewarded by getting on the scoresheet (in addition to virtually their only other goal scorer, Rob Hulse). Can the Blades take some confidence from this result and give Man Utd a run for their money? Utd currently hold top spot and have only dropped 2 points on the road; they may have faltered a little with the League Cup defeat at Southend and they weren't at their best in their win at Blackburn but the key factor is that they secured another 3 points and have maintained the 3 point gap over Chelsea. During the course of the season some victories will be narrow and others will be by wider margins; victory by a wider margin is more likely at Bramall Lane.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sat 5:15||Middlesbrough v Liverpool|
|Every time Boro look to be on a downward spiral they manage to pull a result out of the bag and consign the form book to the bin. After their defeat at Watford they looked primed to succumb at home to a rejuvenated West Ham but super sub Maccarone came on to rescue the day. Southgate will be bolstered by the news that Ehiogu and Riggot are once again fit and available and with 4 wins from 6 home matches they should feel confident taking on a Liverpool side that have only taken 1 point from 18 on the road, and that was at Sheffield Utd on the opening day of the season. Benitez still hasn't found the right formula away from home and his side capitulated at the Emirates after the first goal went in; no doubt, he'll be back to his rotation policy for this encounter. It seems Liverpool are there for the taking if only Boro can find some consistency; a Boro win looks promising but as ever with games at the Riverside, don't bet on it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Wigan v Aston Villa|
|After a shaky start, Wigan are now on a good run having won their last 4; the narrow victories at Bolton and Fulham should have given Jewell's side bags of confidence. The good news for Wigan is that McCulloch has now worked his way back into the team and is getting amongst the goals. Currently in 8th place, they take on a Villa side riding high in 4th. Villa have suffered just the single defeat this season, which came at Liverpool; they then bounced straight back with a great away win at Everton thanks to Sutton's headed winner. O'Neill will hope Sutton bangs a few more in before he finally opts for retirement. Villa have drawn 4 of their 6 away games, and with both of these sides playing well, the draw looks favourable.|
|Sun 4:00||Blackburn v Tottenham|
|Both these sides have had mixed starts to the season; Blackburn have lost 3 games at home whilst Spurs are yet to win away, scoring just the one goal on the road (the other was an own goal at Villa) which came in a defeat at Reading last weekend. Spurs were great for the first half hour and even went ahead but once Reading upset their rhythm, they found it difficult to get back in the game. Their problems in front of goal have been well publicised but it was their all-round defending and Robinson's position for the goals that gave the most cause for worry. Rovers are still waiting for key injuries Nelsen, Reid and Roberts to return and need to dig in to get some results to stop their current slide of 4 straight defeats but Spurs seem in generous mood on the road and Blackburn could nick an invaluable win.|
|Home Win 1-0|