Archived Premiership Tips (9th December 2006)

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Archived Premiership Football Betting Tips (9th December 2006)

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 9th to Mon 11th December 2006.

Archived Premiership football betting tips (9th to 11th Dec 2006)

Sat 12:45 Man Utd v Man City
  United can go 9 points clear of Chelsea before the Sunday showdown if they an beat City at Old Trafford. They've only dropped 5 points at Old Trafford this season and shipped just 3 goals so City won't find it easy, especially since City have only racked up a measly total of 4 points on the road. Though this derby game is a fiercely contested event, United are having everything their own way at the moment and when they get going are virtually unstoppable; the only danger for them is that if they start like they did against Benfica, City may have a chance but derby games are played at the highest tempo anyway, so it's difficult to see that happening. Despite their emphatic win at Villa Park, City leak an average of 2 goals a game on the road and that looks to be a good scoreline in this one.
Home Win 2-0
Sat 3:00 Blackburn v Newcastle
  Both these sides have been performing below expectation and only 1 place separates them on the same number of points; in fact, the number of games won, drawn and lost at home and away are exactly identical. Rovers have only lost 2 of their last 6 home games which came against United and Bolton so they're not on too bad a run of form. Newcastle's injury list just keeps on growing and there are no signs of any of their injured players returning just yet. Despite this, they snatched the 3 points against a high-flying Reading and must now travel to Ewood Park on the back of some poor away form. The Magpies have never been renowned travellers and have taken just 2 points from their last 5 games on the road. Blackburn must start favourites against a weakened Newcastle side, but you can never write the Magpies off.
Home Win 1-0
  Liverpool v Fulham
  Liverpool have a fantastic undefeated home record and 6 from 8 games tells it's own story. Not only that but they also seem to have put their away hoodoo to bed with a cracking first half display at Wigan; it was probably no coincidence that a returning Bellamy inspired his side to their first away win of the season. He may be an irritating individual with his constant moaning but there's no doubt he instills panic in most defences with his pace. Their opponents, Fulham, appear to be reverting to type; their usual away form is coming back to haunt them with 2 successive defeats after 4 successive draws, and their early season form now seems a distant memory. On the road, Fulham concede an average of 2 goals a game and Coleman won't be happy with the mediocrity and lack of ambition shown by his players. Liverpool to give Fulham nightmares.
Home Win 3-0
  Middlesbrough v Wigan
  Boro are having another poor season with no away victories and only 4 wins at the Riverside. They remain inconsistent and Southgate will be disappointed by the manner of their defeat at White Hart Lane; managers ram home to their players that it is imperative that they concentrate for the full 90 minutes but Arca turned his back and Keane netted the winner. Despite the results, Woodgate has been a good signing and the sooner Southgate can secure a permanent deal, the better. Wigan visit the Riverside with good away wins under their belt at Fuham, Bolton and West Ham. After their awful first half against Liverpool last weekend, they bounced back with 3 points at Upton Park and were well worthy of the win. Usually, Jewell's side are a hard one to beat and if they can do enough to keep out Boro, they are more than capable of snatching a winner.
Away Win 0-1
  Portsmouth v Everton
  Rumours seem to be circulating that Redknapp's lot may not be a happy one after Mandaric departed and new owner, Gaydamak, has come in despite the popular Pompey manager taking his side to their best ever Premiership position. Portsmouth are right among the chasing pack in 4th place and though he hopes to finish in the top six, Fratton Park remains an intimidating place to go. Pompey have lost just the solitary game at home and dropped only 4 points in their last 5 home fixtures. They entertain an Everton side who struggled to 3 points against West Ham but Moyes has had to contend with some late injuries; already without Cahill, they may now be without Neville, Arteta and Anichebe but at least they have Johnson back, and Vaughan made the most of a rare opportunity. Everton may be in 7th place but they have only taken 3 points from their last 6 matches on the road and they may struggle without their best side at Pompey.
Home Win 2-0
  Tottenham v Charlton
  Both sides meet in this crucial encounter after encouraging narrow midweek victories but Spurs' home advantage will give them the edge. It was a vital win for Charlton and lifted them off the bottom of the table, maybe just in time for them to avoid the pending doom that being bottom at Christmas brings. It mustn't be forgotten however that the Addicks were only playing a below par Blackburn side; this win will have given them confidence but only 1 point on the road so far spells the probable fate awaiting them at White Hart Lane. Spurs have only dropped 4 points at the Lane this season and 5 successive wins at home only points to another 3 points in the bag. Defoe looked good against Boro but just couldn't score; with Keane coming off the bench to win the game, it's anyone's guess as to which one Jol starts with. If Spurs don't win this, it will definitely cost them at the end of the season.
Home Win 2-0
  Watford v Reading
  During midweek, Charlton leapfrogged the Hornets to leave them rock bottom and adrift by 2 points; that may not seem much but when you've only amassed 10 points all season, it's more than a minor obstacle to overcome. Watford have won only 1 game all season and must take on promotion rivals, Reading, in a game they would have earmarked as a potential 3 points at the start of the season; I'm not so sure now. The defeat at Newcastle excepted, the Royals are absolutely flying and proving that they are in the Premiership to stay. With 3 wins on the road already, James Harper bagging his first goals and Doyle in such good form, it's difficult not to back them. The return of Glen Little is a major boost and though Watford are a physical team, they showed against Bolton last weekend that they can handle that sort of pressure. Reading for another good away win.
Away Win 1-2
Sat 5:15 Bolton v West Ham
  Bolton have slipped a few places in recent weeks and Allardyce will be disappointed that his side haven't made more of their early season promise, although only 1 point separates 7 places. Their performance at Reading was not up to their usual standard and they must improve for the visit of struggling West Ham. The Hammers looked like they had turned the corner in terms of performances despite not getting the results, but the home defeat to Wigan probably leaves Pardew a little desperate. Also, only 1 point and 2 goals on the road from 8 games and nothing in their last 6 doesn't leave them much hope of bringing anything back from the trip to the Reebok. West Ham could well struggle with Bolton's physical style and this looks like a home banker if ever there was one.
Home Win 2-0
Sun 4:00 Chelsea v Arsenal
  Both these 2 sides topped their Champions League groups but are currently having to settle for 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Premiership. With United expected to win their game at home to City, the pressure is on Chelsea to get a result against Arsenal. Chelsea have only dropped 2 points at home conceding just 3 goals, with just the draw to Villa the only blot on their home record. Arsenal are currently 16 points off the league leaders and could be 19 behind when this game kicks off, leaving Wenger only the challenge of a Champions League place next season. Arsenal have lost their last 3 away fixtures in the Premiership so confidence won't be at an all-time high going into this contest and after all the shenannigans surrounding Henry, it may be for the best that he's not 100% fit. Given Arsenal's recent problems, I can only see one winner but at the back of the mind is Arsenal's victory at Old Trafford not so long ago.
Home Win 1-0
Mon 8:00 Sheffield Utd v Aston Villa
  Sheffield Utd are proving that they're certainly a side that doesn't know when they're beaten; their comeback against Charlton at Bramall Lane epitomises their bulldog spirit and gives them the self-belief that they can survive in the Premiership. By no means safe, Warnock is well aware that they have to fight for every point and have to make the most of home advantage. The Blades have only lost 3 of 8 home games proving that they're not the walkover most expected. Aston Villa are the visitors to Bramall Lane this weekend and the point at Fratton Park will have boosted them after a poor display at home when they were taken apart by Man City. Yet again, Martin O'Neill's side were awarded a penalty and one wonders what will happen when their luck starts to turn. Expect him to strengthen his squad in the transfer window to keep their hopes of Europe on track; it's never been tighter with only 1 point separating 7 places. Villa's record may be good this season with only 2 defeats but on their travels they have drawn 6 of 8 games; probability points to another draw and United would be quite happy with that.
Draw 1-1