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 22nd to Wed 23rd August 2006.
|Tues 7:45||Watford v West Ham|
|Watford probably feel a little hard done by after their defeat at Goodison where they lost out to a penalty given against Powell for heading the ball; referees really are on form for the start of the season. The Hornets are going to upset some sides this season but I just wonder if the Hammers might be a little too strong for them. Lee Bowyer seems to have put the worst behind him and turned in a sparkling performance at home to Charlton. Pardew still has the option to use Sheringham if the game is going away from them and they look a team going places. They just need to be careful that their European exploits don't mar their Premiership form. A close encounter but West Ham might just spoil the party.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Tues 8:00||Tottenham v Sheffield Utd|
|Spurs' new boys looked like rabbits caught in the headlights at the Reebok; neither of the three debutants (Ekotto, Zokora or Berbatov) did anything to inspire their side and it will be surprising if all 3 start against the Blades. Not that they deserve an excuse but Spurs have never found Bolton the easiest place to go; back at the Lane they should have a degree more confidence although United will scrap for everything. Warnock will have been pleased with the point earned against Liverpool but in all fairness thay would have won the game were it not for a dubious Liverpool penalty. What might worry him though was the lack of posession that United had; if Liverpool had put out a better side they may well have been lucky to get anything from the game. A close one to call but Spurs' first home game of the new season should yield a maximum 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wed 7:45||Aston Villa v Reading|
|Villa were 6 minutes away from victory over Arsenal at the Emirates and the account they gave of themselves was nothing less than expected under Martin O'Neill. Defensively they were excellent with Ridgewell and Mellberg giving everything for the team. O'Neill still has plenty to do but this is the sort of start he was looking for with players repaying their faith in him with a solid performance. Unfortunately for Reading they should find the Villa defence a tougher nut to crack than the woeful Boro back four, but this shouldn't take anything away from a wonderful Reading comeback. However, it's not all roses for Coppell's side as Dave Kitson is out with an injured knee after a poor Chris Riggott challenge. Reading are not frightened to attack teams and will pose problems for Villa, but the Villans should just nick it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Blackburn v Everton|
|You would have thought that getting rid of Paul Dickov and Craig Bellamy would have improved Blackburn's disciplinary record but with 2 defenders sent off on the opening day of the season, it remains debatable. Neill deserved to go but Todd was unlucky as he got the ball first so he may yet be saved by video evidence. Surely Blackburn can't defend this badly again and they'll need to be organised at the back to keep out the lively Andy Johnson. Everton were slightly fortunate in their win over Watford but it's the first time they've taken maximum points on the opening day of the season in the last 5 years and will have hopefully put to bed any repeat of last season's poor early form. Usually, both these sides are fairly tight at the back and a hard-fought draw looks on the cards.|
|Man City v Portsmouth|
|As expected, Man City lost to Chelsea in their opening fixture and it didn't look like being anything other than a Chelsea victory from start to finish. Young managers are having a tough time of it at the moment with Pearce, Coleman and Southgate all losing at the weekend; experience does count for something after all. City finished last season dismally and must pick up quickly; the visit to Stamford Bridge was a foregone conclusion but they have surprised Chelsea before and a point or more could have got their season off to a flyer. One of the teams flying early on is Pompey with an emphatic 3 goal victory over Blackburn; the ex-Arsenal duo of Campbell and Kanu have already proved to be shrewd signings by Rednapp with Campbell a rock at the back and Kanu grabbing the goals up front. Not only did Kanu grab 2 goals and miss a penalty but he was involved in both the Blackburn sendings off; all with only 30 minutes spent on the pitch. Pompey's away form is traditionally poor but Harry will have earmarked the visit to Eastlands as a potential for maximum points. Keeping it tight at the back they could nick a win.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Wed 8:00||Charlton v Man Utd|
|After Dowie's first defeat as Charlton manager, he must now face the attacking intent of Manchester United. Luckily for Charlton, Rooney and Scholes are suspended but United still have other players to come in, all be it not of the quality of those having to sit out. Dowie will also be without Traore who stupidly got himself dismissed for a second yellow. After Bent having his most success as a lone striker last season, it could take time for the partnership of him and Hasselbaink to work, so Dowie may still be on the lookout for some new faces. With United hitting the back of the net 4 times in the first 19 minutes, their only mistake could be over-confidence. With Fergie admitting it's probably their best start to the season, United now sit above Chelsea after one game. It must be remembered, however, that they were playing Fulham who are among most people's candidates for the drop. It's difficult to back anything other than a United victory.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Fulham v Bolton|
|Fulham have started the season pretty much as expected and are bound to get the proverbial rocket from Coleman before they kick off against Bolton. Last season it was their home form that kept them in the Premiership with 13 wins from 19 games but their defending was so awful against United any improvement remains questionable. This season is going to be a struggle for the Cottagers and the visit of Bolton is likely to give them something to think about. Allardyce has money to spend but is playing a waiting game for the right players and judging by his players' performances against Spurs, he's doing the right thing. Bolton's style has not changed one little bit and injury to Kevin Davies would leave them struggling but they fight for everything and get away with it. At this stage of the season Bolton look OK whilst Fulham look like they're just starting pre-season; a Bolton win looks likely but be wary of Fulham's home form.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Middlesbrough v Chelsea|
|Boro caught Chelsea on the hop last season and took them for 3 goals; it didn't seem likely then and it certainly doesn't seem likely now. Southgate will have been gutted after conceding a 2 goal advantage to new boys Reading, and returning to the Riverside with nil points. Maybe he should have played himself at the back but now he needs to concentrate on getting things right for the visit of the Champions. Chelsea are highly unlikely to have an off day as they did last season and while it may take some time for their players to gel together, kicking the season off with a 3-0 win over Man City can't be bad. The good odds are on Boro but the sensible money is with Chelsea and the Blues should make the 3 points a formality.|
|Away Win 0-1|