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 midweek fixtures Tues 28th to Wed 29th November 2006.
|Tues 8:00||Watford v Sheffield Utd|
|Watford have had the luxury of a weekend off which could serve them well in the busy December period. Watford may be just above Charlton at the foot of the table but this is a huge game against their promotion rivals. If they win, they will go above United although they won't quite make it out of the drop zone. Ashley Young looks to be the most promising player at Vicarage Road in recent games and could prove a thorn in the Blades' side. United lost out at West Ham in an ill-tempered clash and Warnock has even gone so far as announcing his retirement date after having had only 4 weeks off since 1979. Away from Bramall Lane, United have lost 5 of 7 games but only conceded 9 goals, so Watford are likely to find the going tough but they could well prevail.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wed 7:45||Aston Villa v Man City|
|Villa remain undefeated at home and have only conceded 4 goals at Villa park, but they have had 8 penalties this season and have at last found a reliable taker in Gareth Barry. The captain has not only been scoring goals but some of the balls he's been putting into the box lately have been tremendous. The fact that Villa didn't go on to beat Boro was largely their own doing after wasting some glorious chances. Sutton could return against City, a side that have earned just a solitary point on the road but there were signs of improvement at Anfield where they only lost by a single goal. Micah Richards's versatility has been the biggest positive for Pearce; he started off as a centre half but mainly played as right back this season, before playing in midfield last weekend. City have only scored 3 but conceded 15 away from Eastlands; you'd be brave to bet against the Villa.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Arsenal|
|Both these sides are rocking a little bit at the moment with Fulham succumbing to unfamiliar erratic home form and Arsenal losing 2 away games on the bounce. Fulham lost out to Reading after Pearce was dismissed by the letter of the law; it was a harsh decision on Fulham and after rejigging the team, they failed to pull back a Reading side happy to hold out for a narrow win. Losing Queudrue and Bocanegra to injury leaves Coleman scraping the barrel of his already small squad; they've now lost 3 from 7 games at the Cottage which is almost as many as they lost in the whole of last season. Meanwhile, Arsenal were shot down at the Reebok by old boy Anelka and lacked direction without more experienced players like Henry. Wenger has virtually conceded that his side are now out of the title race but he will certainly have an eye on a Champions League place and his young guns need to pull a result out of the bag; losing at Fulham will be a serious kick in the teeth especially given the home side's recent form and their lack of squad depth. Arsenal to nick a vital 3 points.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Wed 8:00||Bolton v Chelsea|
|Can Bolton take some confidence from the Arsenal result and give Chelsea a spanking too? Unlikely! Chelsea will field a more experienced side than Arsenal and will be better organised to handle the physical problems that Bolton present, whilst the Reebok has always been a bogey ground for Arsenal. It has taken Anelka a number of games to adjust to the Bolton style but maybe his recent brace can kickstart his season. Bolton are flying high in 3rd but Chelsea are 8 points clear of them. Chelsea may have lost twice on the road but the draw at Old Trafford will give them the belief that they can catch United. The Blues next few games are a bit tougher than United's and Mourinho will want maximum points to maintain the pressure on the Premiership leaders. Tough call but Chelsea may have the edge.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Liverpool v Portsmouth|
|Liverpool's home record speaks for itself with only 2 points dropped in 7 games and only 3 goals conceded. The Reds won't have been helped by additional injuries to Gonzalez and Alonso but it has meant that Gerrard resumes his central position, especially since Sissoko is also still absent. Liverpool may have looked lacklustre at times against City but Gerrard's first Premiership goal of the season will have given the whole club a lift. Their opponents, Portsmouth, appear to be reverting to typical away form after a good start to the season; Harry needs to put a stop to 4 successive defeats on the road but they don't come much more difficult than travelling to Anfield and losing Stefanovic and Taylor won't have helped. Liverpool to lose (i.e. Pompey to win) seems to be far too big a step away from the form.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man Utd v Everton|
|Everton travel to Old Trafford on the back of a poor display (with the exception of McFadden) at the Valley. Had Nuno Valente not given the ball away carelessly and Yobo not been doing up his boot, Charlton may well have not equalised but this doesn't disguise Everton's problems without Tim Cahill and Andy Johnson; Beattie and Arteta are the only other Everton players to score this season. The Toffees have only won once on the road and face a United side that have only dropped points at home to Arsenal and Chelsea. United showed the more flair against an efficient Chelsea on Sunday but still failed to come out on top; the point to note from this encounter though was that United are not just going to roll over for Chelsea. United have only conceded 3 goals at home and Everton are unlikely to get a sniff.|
|Home Win 2-0|