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 Wed 13th December 2006.
|Wed 7:45||Chelsea v Newcastle|
|Chelsea came through their battle with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge with their undefeated home record still intact but they will be disappointed at losing ground over the weekend to league leaders United. A draw was probably a fair result but Chelsea did squander good opportunities to win the game and the lack of goals in recent fixtures must be causing Mourinho some concern; his policy of accomodating Lampard, Ballack, Essien and Makelele in a midfield four is detrimental to the side, and they would create far more for Drogba and Shevchencko if they played a bit wider with Robben and Wright-Phillips (or Cole when fit). Despite all that, only 4 points dropped and 4 goals conceded in 8 home games leaves Newcastle with a daunting task; their poor away form has been arrested with 5 points from the last 3 games but they were slightly fortunate at Ewood Park to have Blackburn's Henchoz sent off and were hanging on before Martins sealed the win with his second goal of the game. The Magpies have their injury problems and are coping well in the circumstances, but should find Chelsea too hard a nut to crack.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wigan v Arsenal|
|If only Arsenal fought for everything in every game the way they did at Stamford Bridge, then this result would not be in doubt. Unfortunately they do not put in exceptional performances week in week out and before their draw at Stamford Bridge, had succumbed to 3 successive away defeats. Henry's absence is probably benefitting the Gunners at the moment, with Adebayor alone up front and 4 attacking midfielders in support. Arsenal visit a Wigan side that are not quite living up to the expectations of last season but they are doing well enough; the last visitors to the JJB, Liverpool, put 4 past them in the first half and though that was obviously an off day, Jewell will be concerned that the same doesn't happen against an Arsenal side capable of inflicting similar damage. Understandably, Wigan's poor results last season came against the cream of the Premiership and they haven't done enough to make me think differently this season. Arsenal overplay less without Henry and a more direct style could benefit them; 3 points for the Gunners.|
|Away Win 1-2|