Archived Premiership Tips (16th December 2006)

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Archived Premiership Football Betting Tips (16th December 2006)

Premiership football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:

Banker

 Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.

Likely

 Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.

Prudent

 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 16th to Mon 18th December 2006.


Archived Premiership football betting tips (16th to 18th Dec 2006)

Sat 12:45 Charlton v Liverpool
  A woeful Charlton got hammered last weekend at White Hart Lane and they could be in the firing line again against a rejuvenated Liverpool. Charlton are no longer rock bottom but there's not much in it and they will need a big improvement if they are to get anything from this one. Surprisingly, at the Valley the Addicks have lost just 3 games and taken 8 points from their last 4 but that's probably a misguided stat as they now have to take on a side of Liverpool's quality. The Reds are steadily moving up the table and more importantly, have halted their abysmal away form; they've taken 4 points from their last 2 on the road and are starting to regularly find the back of the net. Liverpool now have some of their key players injury-free and should roll over a Charlton side bound for the Championship.
Away Win 0-2
Sat 3:00 Arsenal v Portsmouth
  Henry may still be out but Arsenal had the luxury of resting some players against Wigan midweek and still came away with 3 points. The top four now has a more familiar look with Arsenal in 3rd and Liverpool just behind them. At home, the Gunners remain undefeated with 4 wins from the last 6. Pompey travel to the Emirates after slipping a few places down the league but ex-Arsenal players, Campbell and Kanu, will be hoping that it's a day to remember for the right reasons. After surprising most with some good early season form away from Fratton Park, Portsmouth are now reverting to type with 4 defeats on the road in their last 5. Matt Taylor made everyone aware of exactly what he can do with his spectacular 'goal of the season' so don't expect him to get too much space. Arsenal are starting to slip into gear now and look set for another 3 points; the 1-1 or 3-0 trend should be bucked at the Emirates at the 9th attempt.
Home Win 2-0
  Newcastle v Watford
  Wherever Watford play, home or away, their basic tactic seems to spoil; they defend all over the park and their workrate is phenomenal. Whilst this strategy stops the opposition from playing, it is very unlikely to yield them any victories and goes some way to explaining just the single win in the bank so far. Again, I expect nothing different when they travel to St James Park but if they go a goal down it becomes very difficult for them to change it and get back in the game. Currently rock bottom and with just 3 points on the road, Boothroyd has to be more adventurous if Watford are to survive. The Magpies are gradually climbing away from the relegation places but there is still a lot of work to do; they still have major injury problems but 2 successive home wins and Martins amongst the goals has Roeder confident that the only way is up. Despite the injuries that Newcastle have, they possess the strength in depth that Watford don't and could just nick it with home advantage.
Home Win 1-0
  Reading v Blackburn
  Much has been made of Reading's first season in the Premiership and rightly so, as they have acquitted themselves marvellously. Already with 26 points, Coppell has made his own job easier but he remains cautious and harks back to his Palace side that were still relegated after climbing to 10th in November. Reading don't have strength in depth and will have to rely on key players staying free from injury. Their opponents, Blackburn, are perilously close to the drop zone with only 2 points and 1 place separating them from relegation candidates, West Ham. Rovers have lost their last 3 successive away games and have only scored 3 goals on the road; the partnership of McCarthy and Nonda appears to be working well but goals aren't really coming from anywhere else. Reading are very well organised and should be expected to make the 3 points a formality.
Home Win 2-0
  Wigan v Sheffield Utd
  Wigan created some good chances against a weakened Arsenal side, and even outpassed them at times, but still failed to score maximum points against one of the big boys. Wigan are comfortable in mid-table with nothing too impressive to talk about, but only 1 point from their last 3 matches at the JJB will have Jewell adamant that the visit of Sheffield Utd is a must win game. The Blades have been in impressive form lately with 2 wins from their last 3 away games, but you underestimate Wigan at your peril. Warnock's side are gradually putting some ground between themselves and the bottom three whilst dragging more established sides into the relegation quagmire. United will give it 110% effort but Wigan will have the edge and have the players capable of absorbing Sheffield's more physical attacks.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 5:15 Aston Villa v Bolton
  Villa's form has dipped a little recently and although they are well positioned in the chasing pack, one can't help thinking that they should be higher up the league; they've only lost twice this season but 10 draws begins to explain it. Their first home defeat came last time out at Villa Park against a City side that hadn't won away up until that point, and the draw at Bramall Lane won't have done too much for confidence either. They host a Bolton side that have their sights firmly set on a European place this season, and the hope will be that they can make it a step up into the Champions League. This may be too much to expect from Sam Allardyce's team just yet but the thrashing of West Ham goes some way to proving they have the potential. Away from home their form has been mixed and losing the last 2 on the road at Reading and Everton may have cast some doubts in their minds. Who would bet against the draw specialists taking a share of the spoils?
Draw 1-1
Sun 1:45 Everton v Chelsea
  Everton's treatment room is getting busier as Christmas approaches and recently players have had to play out of position and not made too bad a fist of it, but these weaknesses always come back to bite when you're up against the very best, and although Chelsea may not be league leaders they do have the personnel capable of exposing Everton's frailties. At Goodison, the Toffees have lost just the once and won 3 of their last 4, so there's no doubt Everton will have a go at a Chelsea side losing a bit of ground on leaders United. Chelsea cut the lead to 5 points with a workmanlike win over a depleted Newcastle side; they were awful in the first half and Mourinho's substitutions proved to be the difference, with Drogba netting the winner and his 9th Premiership goal of the season. On the road, Chelsea have dropped an incredible 8 points and with only 1 win in their last 3, maximum points are not necessarily a foregone conclusion. However, Moyes won't have his best team available for selection which should hand the advantage to the Blues.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 3:00 Man City v Tottenham
  This game looks to be one of great home form versus poor away form. City remain undefeated at Eastlands and have conceded just a single goal. City are hard to fault at home but they have looked a little lightweight up front and won't be helped by Corradi's absence after receiving a second yellow card for diving. Thatcher will also be missing as he sits out a 1 game suspension for 5 yellows. Spurs have been awful on their travels winning none from 8 games and securing just 3 points. They may have slaughtered Charlton at the Lane last weekend but on the road they lack confidence. Jenas, Keane and Zokora will all be missing but there have been recent positives with Berbatov looking more comfortable in the Premiership and Huddlestone proving himself an accomplished player at such a young age; Spurs haven't yet lost when he's started. Only 3 goals on the road and up against a good home team spells more away disappointment for Spurs.
Home Win 1-0
Sun 4:00 West Ham v Man Utd
  Pardew didn't get long once Magnusson took over and disaster at Bolton was the final straw in his departure. A slightly harsh decision considering last season's success but Magnusson has obviously decided to throw money at survival in January and now has his man in place; no surprise that it's Alan Curbishley. Though the Hammers' home form is not too bad, they play host to a United side that have managed to steal a march on the current Premiership champions to the tune of 5 points and are in scintillating scoring form. United's goals are coming from all over the park at the moment and they have only dropped 2 points on the road, winning their last 5 on the bounce. There's no point in deliberating further; United should win at a romp and Pardew's probably glad he's not in charge for this one.
Away Win 0-3
Mon 8:00 Fulham v Middlesbrough
  Only 2 places and 3 points separate 2 sides not having the best of times this season. Both Fulham and Boro could still be dragged into the relegation dogfight unless they start to turn in some decent results. Fulham were excellent at Craven Cottage last season and only lost 4 games there but already they've lost 3 and Coleman needs to work at getting back to what they did well then. 4 goals conceded in a desperate second half at Anfield won't have done much for their confidence but they need to get a result against an inconsistent Boro side without a win on their travels. A bonus for Southgate has been the return of Viduka, and his partnership with Yakubu will be key to a good run of form. Boro have taken only 1 point on the road in their last 5 games and if, as expected, Fulham finally rediscover their home form then Boro will, once again, fall to defeat.
Home Win 2-1

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