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 5th to Wed 6th December 2006.
|Tues 8:00||Charlton v Blackburn|
|Charlton are still rooted to the bottom of the Premiership and with Christmas just around the corner, must be aware that every club bottom at Christmas has been relegated with the exception of West Brom. There are signs that Charlton can get out of their current predicament with 5 points from their last 3 home games, and if Andy (Puskas) Reid can keep scoring then who knows. Blackburn visit the Valley after a flattering win over a poor Fulham side, but they have only a single victory on the road. The partnership of Nonda and McCarthy is already working well but away from Ewood Park, Rovers have only scored 3 goals. Charlton will have been gutted by the way they let Sheffield Utd back into the game at Bramall Lane, but they can make amends by taking 3 points at home to Blackburn.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Tottenham v Middlesbrough|
|Seven games at White Hart Lane and Spurs have lost just the once, dropping 4 points in all. They may have felt hard done by against Arsenal last weekend but in truth they looked toothless, and North London derbies in the past have been far more passionate encounters. Jol will be giving his players a kick in the proverbials and had Mido been fit, Berbatov could well be sitting on the bench. The Bulgarian has been performing well in Spurs' European fixtures but looks to be struggling with the more physical side of the Premiership. Boro's away record has been disappointing with no victory yet but their draw at Villa Park may have given them a lift after 3 away losses. Unfortunately, a harsh defeat at home to United and a cheating Ronaldo leaves them in 15th place and only 3 points above the drop zone. Spurs have to make the most of their home games and will have to work hard against Boro, but home advantage should give them the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wed 7:45||Newcastle v Reading|
|Newcastle won't have played for 10 days but their injury problems haven't really eased. The unfamiliar territory of the relegation places puts the pressure on the home team to get a result against a newly promoted Reading side. Their last game at St James Park was a vital win over Portsmouth and this game is another one against a club riding high in the Premiership and proving everyone wrong. Kevin Doyle is scoring for fun at the moment and now heads up the Premiership golden boot alongside Drogba and Kanu, with 8 goals. Reading have shown that if they score first they are very hard to pull back and they won't be afraid to attack Newcastle. This game could be a cracker and there is probably very little to choose between them at St James Park.|
|West Ham v Wigan|
|Wigan have taken some notable scalps on the road this season (at Bolton and Fulham) but they have lost 4 of their 7 away fixtures, and won't be feeling too confident after Liverpool bashed them in the first half at the JJB to the tune of 4 goals. This result said more about Liverpool and the return of Bellamy than it did about Wigan, but Jewell was mindful that his side didn't expose the visitors enough. West Ham went down at Everton to make it only 1 point and only 2 goals on the road. However, there was a big plus for Pardew in Tevez's performance; he was absolutely everywhere and should have earned back the respect of his team mates after last week's walkout. At home, the Hammers have had relatively more success with 4 wins and only 2 defeats; they've been victorious in their last 3 at Upton Park. With such poor away form, West Ham know that they must make home advantage count and take all 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|