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 25th to Sun 26th November 2006.
|Sat 12:45||Charlton v Everton|
|Charlton may have taken 4 points from their last 2 home games but the suspicion is that Les Reed has bitten off more than he can chew. Their performance at Reading was woeful and the Royals could have won by more than just the 2 goals; he may have to rely on more than ProZone stats to ram his message home. The Addicks are still rooted to the bottom of the table and have only scored 4 goals in 6 home games; Everton are not the easiest side to break down, even by the best of teams. They do miss Cahill but Johnson will get chances at the Valley and he could be the difference. The Toffees may have only 1 win on the road but they will want to build on their 7th position and they can compound Charlton's misery with a narrow win.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Middlesbrough|
|O'Neill is performing minor miracles at Villa Park, especially with little scope to make many adjustments before the January transfer window. After 13 games, his charges have only succumbed to a solitary defeat (away at Liverpool) and are doing him proud. Sorensen kept his side in the game at Wigan and Sutton looks to have been a shrewd signing; despite only a third of the season in, the prospect of European football next season looks promising. Southgate takes his Boro side to his old club with only 2 points won from a possible 18 away from home. The Boro attack has been goal shy of late but their defence shouldn't be underestimated with Woodgate and Schwarzer giving little away at the back. However, Villa should be high on confidence and the points should be theirs.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Reading|
|Fulham had been on a pretty good run of late, especially away from home, until they travelled to Eastlands where City exposed them as being extremely poor. Their defending was naive, to be kind, and they got their just deserts for a woeful performance. Coleman is adamant that things will change for the visit of Reading and usually they make the most of their home games but 2 defeats at Craven Cottage already is unlike the Fulham of last season. Reading look like Premiership old boys in their first season and are giving as good as they get, if not better. They're yet to draw an away game this season but 2 wins from 6 on the road is not a bad return; winning at Bramall Lane and Upton Park may not be too much to shout about but it's better than some other more established Premiership sides have performed at those venues. Reading could easily upset the form here but Fulham are fairly reliable at home and the Coleman hairdryer should do the trick.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Liverpool v Man City|
|This is a battle of the 2 sides with excellent home form but on the road things just aren't happening for them; the sad factor for City is that they're making the short trip and consequently are unlikely to return to Eastlands with anything other than nil points. Liverpool have only dropped 2 points at Anfield scoring an average of just over 2 goals a game. Gerrard moved back to the centre for the trip to the Riverside and it was the Reds' first clean sheet in 8 away fixtures. They certainly increased the pressure in the second half but will Benitez continue with this policy or switch Gerrard back to the right; a bit of rotation is not exactly unfamiliar to the Liverpool manager. Bar Charlton and West Ham, City have the worst away form in the Premiership and have conceded a massive 14 goals on the road. Their home win against Fulham finally saw Corradi get off the mark and Barton put in another good performance, but Liverpool at home are just too hot to handle.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|West Ham v Sheffield Utd|
|The Hammers look to have turned the corner with 2 successive home wins and a valiant performance at Stamford Bridge where thay only lost out to a Geremi free kick. Reo-Coker and Ferdinand are at last showing their class and even Tevez appears to have adjusted to the Premiership, although he's yet to score his first goal. Now that they've fought their way out of the relegation places they will want to make the most of the visit of Sheffield Utd, who narrowly lost out to Man Utd but did enough to give them a scare. The Blades have secured 4 points from their last 3 away games; the points coming in a massive win at St James Park and a valuable draw at Man City. No one should be in any doubt that Sheffield Utd are giving the Premiership their best shot but West Ham can play their way out of their recent plight.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:15||Bolton v Arsenal|
|Only 1 point and 2 places separate these two sides towards the top end of the table; Arsenal will be looking to make up ground on the top two after a disappointing home draw against Newcastle whilst Bolton will be wanting to put an end to a miserable run of 3 defeats and a draw in their last 4 games. The Reebok used to be a bit of a fortress but 2 home defeats gives the Gunners some hope, especially since they've already taken maximum points at Old Trafford. Bolton have been misifiring lately with Allardyce still waiting for Anelka to hit the back of the net; Arsenal on the other hand create chance after chance but fail to make the most of their opportunities. Arsenal have 3 wins already on the road this season and should start favourites against a Bolton side struggling to live up to their early season form.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 1:30||Newcastle v Portsmouth|
|The Magpies earned a vital point at the Emirates last weekend thanks to an inspired goal and some great goalkeeping; both down to returning players Kieron Dyer and Shay Given. Newcastle have struggled with injuries but the return of key personnel helped to lift them out of the drop zone; coupled with the recent performance of Martins, Roeder may have something to look forward to. There's no doubt that Arsenal had them under the cosh at times but it still required an Henry free kick special to deprive them of an away maximum. Their opponents, Pompey, are still flying high in third place but Redknapp won't be happy with their recent dip in away form; they've lost the last 3 successive games on the road. As ever, it's Portsmouth's home form that sees them in the unfamiliar position of a Champions League place; whilst they not be that bad away from home the result at Arsenal and fresh players back from injury could turn the tie in Newcastle's favour.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 3:00||Tottenham v Wigan|
|Wigan are currently 4 places above Spurs but only 2 points separate them which illustrates the tight competition between 14 or so sides in this season's Premiership. After last season promised so much, Spurs have failed to live up to expectations and are languishing in 13th place where as Wigan have defied the pundits' predictions for the drop and are comfortable in the top half of the table. Spurs have enjoyed 3 wins on the bounce at the Lane, including that memorable win over Chelsea, but have only scored 7 goals in all 6 home games and failed to follow up the Chelsea win with a result at Reading; the Royals hammered them after early Spurs domination. After a shaky start, Wigan have promised much and opponents have found them difficult to break down. The Latics have won their last 2 away fixtures and unless Spurs put in a decent performace, Wigan can come away with a point.|
|Sun 4:00||Man Utd v Chelsea|
|Whichever way you think this game will go, you're bound to get decent odds on it. These two are very evenly matched with United just havng the edge in terms of home advantage and league position; a win for United will open up a 6 point gap, a draw will not change anything where as a Chelsea victory will put the Blues on the same number of points. First and second battle it out in what is bound to be a classic. United's only dropped points at home came at the feet of Arsenal, whilst Chelsea have lost on their travels to both Boro and Spurs. Fergie will be pulling out all his top guns for this encounter and with the likes of Rooney returning to top form, Chelsea may have to rely too much on Terry (especially if Carvalho is not alongside him). If United are on form they should put one over their closest rivals.|
|Home Win 2-1|