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 2nd to Mon 4th December 2006.
|Sat 12:45||Arsenal v Tottenham|
|Two defeats on the road, at Bolton and Fulham, and Wenger is bleating on about fixture congestion; he has a point in that Spurs haven't played since last weekend but if the Gunners had won both away games they'd have been walking tall before this feisty encounter. Arsenal are currently in unfamiliar territory in 6th place and Wenger has conceded the title race but this is one game that both sets of players will move heaven and earth to win; in fact, Spurs may be more up for it given their larger English contingent. Arsenal may remain undefeated at the Emirates but it hasn't been home from home with 4 of ther 7 games ending in disappointing draws. Spurs have been poor away from home and are still searching for their first win but form doesn't necessarily dictate the outcome of the North London derby. Jenas could return from injury and there are no other major injury concerns, except Mido, so it should be pretty much the Spurs side that took 3 points off Chelsea at White Hart Lane. Arsenal have squandered so many chances this season and sooner or later they're probably going to batter someone but if Spurs can score first, a share of the spoils seems likely.|
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Fulham|
|Blackburn won't have played a Premiership game for 12 days when this fixture kicks off but who's to say whether or not they'll benefit. Rovers are having a disappointing season languishing below par in 16th place; injuries have played a part but some players, such as Pedersen, just haven't performed to the same level as last season. Their home form isn't great with just 1 point from the last 3 games but the 2 defeats came at the hands of United and Chelsea. They host a Fulham side that have put in some topsy turvy performances; they've turned around their away form with only 2 defeats in 7 games but their home form has suffered in comparison to that of last season. Just when you think Fulham are on a roll they put in abject performances and that could well happen at Ewood Park, especially after the Cottagers' narrow win over Arsenal. Expect Blackburn to be a bit fiery and work hard for the 3 points; Pedersen might even score!|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Portsmouth v Aston Villa|
|Portsmouth are still riding high in third place after the likes of Bolton, Arsenal and Liverpool have failed yet to catch them. Only 2 points separate the 6 places from 3rd through to 8th and it's a lottery for the remaining 2 Champions League places. Pompey's good home form continues with 5 wins from 7 games, and they followed that up with a good point at Anfield; they're only the second side to go to Liverpool and get anything. Villa are also well tucked in the chasing pack but had they converted some of their draws into wins they would've been out on their own in third. On the road, Villa have got 5 draws from 7 games, losing one and winning one, but Fratton Park is a fairly intimidating place to go and their confidence will not be good after City claimed their first away win of the season at Villa Park. O'Neill has had an excellent start to the season with a small squad but this will test their stickability and Pompey start favourites.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Reading v Bolton|
|After a spell where they had to play the cream of the Premiersip and lost 4 in succession, Reading have now bounced back in real style winning their last 3. The Royals have only lost twice at home (to Arsenal and Chelsea) and Coppell's philosophy of not being afraid to attack the opposition is paying dividends. Coppell knows that his lightweight squad at this level will be vulnerable to losing players and that they must grasp every opportunity to get points on the board. Sitting proudly in 8th place they now take on a rejuvenated Bolton side defying the odds in the battle for a Champions League place. Bolton recently battered Arsenal and were only just pipped by Chelsea at the Reebok, but their away form has not been so good with only 1 point from their last 2 games. No doubt the Trotters will attempt to outmuscle the home side but it's not been so long since Reading were dealing with that week in week out in the Championship. The home side should be worth a point.|
|Sheffield Utd v Charlton|
|Sheffield Utd may still be amongst the relegation places but their win at Vicarage Road will have given them a massive lift and the 4 point gap between themselves and Watford gives them hopes of survival. They probably rode their luck at times in claiming their third win of the season but on the whole they deserved it and created the better chances. Warnock knows how to make his side hard to beat and Charlton must be dreading their visit to Bramall Lane; the Addicks have just a solitary point to show for their 7 awaydays this season and an average of 2 goals against will not make healthy reading for the recently appointed Charlton manager. Charlton may have been brave promoting Les Reed but they may also have been foolish; Dowie didn't really stand a chance and the board have made their move too early. Certainly talk of Andy Reid being compared to Puskas must have been tongue in cheek. Charlton could well struggle against a United side prepared to give it their all.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wigan v Liverpool|
|Liverpool have taken just 2 points from their away fixtures this season and scored just a single miserable goal, which came on the opening day at Bramall Lane. Most pundits keep saying that it won't be long before Liverpool turn around their away form and start scoring goals, but with injuries to key midfield players such as Zenden, Alonso, Garcia and Sissoko the corner could be some distance away. Benitez won't have been happy with just a point at home to Portsmouth; moving Carragher into midfield smacks of desperation and the Reds found it difficult to penetrate a stubborn Pompey defence. Also, Wigan should not be underestimated at the JJB; after a poor start to the season and the Spurs away defeat excepted, they have put some good results together. Wigan have lost just the once at home and the likes of Camara and McCulloch should be fancied to score. Gerrard can't keep winning games singlehandedly and I fancy the apple cart to be upset with Wigan securing a valuable 3 points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:15||Middlesbrough v Man Utd|
|Woodgate may have put in some impressive performances so far this season for Boro but the task of shackling Rooney will surely test him; more games already for the North East outfit than in 2 years at Madrid could see him return to peak form. Boro, once again, are having an on-off season but with a home victory over Chelsea amongst their 4 wins, they are never easy to write off. Except of course where the opposition is United; Fergie's lads remain the only Premiership side undefeated on the road, scoring 16 and conceding just 4 in 7 games. The manager showed that he has a strong squad by making several changes for the visit of Everton and they still romped home 3 goals to the good. Southgate's side always look capable of causing an upset by nature of being unpredicatable but United are a difficult side to bet against.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 4:00||Everton v West Ham|
|Everton are a greatly weakened attacking force without the services of Tim Cahill and Andy Johnson; we wondered where the goals would come from against Charlton and in the end they were fortunate to grab a point courtesy of a Hreidarsson own goal. At Goodison, their form has not been too bad with only 1 defeat but the pressure will be on Moyes to deliver the goods against a West Ham side slowly making their way up the table after a poor start to the season. The Hammers may have lost their last 6 away games but strange things have been happening in the Premiership recently and nothing is straight forward; they performed well at Stamford Bridge losing to just a single goal and Tevez must be close to netting his first of the season. After player power deemed he should wear a Brazil shirt all week, he must be itching to put back on the claret and blue and convince Pardew he deserves 90 minutes. Both sides are struggling for goals at the moment so a goalless fest looks favourable.|
|Mon 8:00||Man City v Watford|
|City's home form is not in doubt; at Eastlands they remain undefeated and have conceded just a single goal (against Fulham). What will have given Pearce's side a boost is the away victory at Villa Park; Villa had remained undefeated at home until the visit of City which makes the result ever more surprising. City will be high on confidence for the visit of a Watford side second from bottom and yet to win away from home. There were signs of desperation in Watford's home defeat to Sheffield United and their penalty claims going unheeded won't have helped, but Watford need to show a bit more to stay in this league. Boothroyd claims his side are not being given any breaks by referees but if they had more skilful players they wouldn't have to rely on handouts by the officials. It will surprise many if Watford remain in the Premiership but they need to start digging out results from tough games like this one; unfortunately for them, they might as well write this result off.|
|Home Win 2-0|