Archived Premiership Tips (26th December 2006)

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Archived Premiership Football Betting Tips (26th 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 midweek fixtures Tues 26th to Wed 27th December 2006.

Archived Premiership football betting tips (26th & 27th Dec 2006)

Tues 1:00 Chelsea v Reading
  Unfortunately, this game seems to be overshadowed by Hunt's and Sonko's return against Chelsea after the incidents involving themselves and the Chelsea keepers at the Madjeski; hopefully, everyone will be talking about the game and not about repercussions exacted by players or fans. A sign of Chelsea's pedigree last Saturday was that they still churned out a result after being under huge pressure at the JJB. The Blues are yet to lose at Stamford Bridge, dropping just 4 points over the course of their 9 home games, and the task ahead for Reading looks to be a formidable one. Reading's form seems to have stuttered a little recently with only 1 point from their last 4 games, and that came at home to bottom placed Watford. Coppell will be more than happy with the 26 points already on the board but he will be keen to build on their early progress; however, anything for Reading at the Bridge looks unlikely.

Home Win 2-0
  Tottenham v Aston Villa
  After Spur's first away win of the season at City, they failed to build on this result and drew a blank at St James Park. They remain an enigma away from home but at White Hart Lane they have won their last 6 successive home games, winning 7 from 9 in total. Defoe could be a doubt for this one so Mido could start with Berbatov. Villa visit the Lane after a drop in form; they've lost their last 3 at home and drawn their last 3 away. O'Neill started with Sutton and Agbonlahor up front against United, and must be the surest indication that he's not happy with some of his strikers and plans to strengthen in the upcoming January sales. Villa are the draw specialists with 7 from 9 on the road, but the prospect of another away point at Spurs looks unlikely, and the home side should be backed to get the 3 points.

Home Win 2-1
  West Ham v Portsmouth
  Pompey have only taken 2 points from their last 6 matches on the road and appear to have lapsed back into their traditional good home and poor away form. Harry has worked hard to get his lads into 6th place and they now have a 4 point gap between themselves and the next closest side, Spurs. The problem for Harry is that he travels back to his old club as they enter their 3rd game under new manager, Alan Curbishley, and the change in stewardship could not have gone better; a home win against United and a good point at Fulham have been well deserved after a couple of gritty performances. The honeymoon period looks to be good for Curbs and I expect hime to put one over on Redknapp this time around.
Home Win 1-0
Tues 3:00 Blackburn v Liverpool
  Can Blackburn recover from their mauling at the Emirates in just 3 days? Excepting the last 5 minutes of that game, Rovers were in with a chance but their capitulation at the feet of some great Arsenal moves will have Hughes a little worried. Blackburn are flirting with the relegation places and need some big improvements. Only 3 home wins is not the sort of home form to strike fear into the heart of Benitez's side, especially now that he seems to know his best starting eleven. Liverpool have now climbed to 3rd place and arresting their poor away form with 2 successive victories has been a key factor. Bellamy travels back to Ewood Park and is bound to get some stick, but it is the sort of thing he thrives on and should do well on his return. Another away win for Liverpool will have them believing that they can catch Chelsea.
Away Win 0-2
  Bolton v Newcastle
  The key to this result is likely to be how well Newcastle handle the physical problems that Bolton present to the opposition. Bolton are chasing a Champions League place and are currently in 5th, but they need victories against mid-table sides if they are to fulfill their ambitions. They will be looking for better home form than their 5 wins from 9 games suggests but they will take hope from the fact that Newcastle have secured just 2 victories on the road this season. The Magpies have had their injury problems and Roeder has done well considering; they are gradually getting players back and none has proved more key than the return of Dyer and the way he has linked up with Martins. However, they may be susceptible defensively against Bolton and a home victory looks to be the firm favourite.
Home Win 2-1
  Everton v Middlesbrough
  Everton's away victory at the Madjeski was something only 3 other sides have managed to do this season and came as something of a surprise. Johnson has his scoring boots on again and rumour has it that Moyes is looking for new strike partners in the transfer window. The Toffees have lost just twice at Goodison and the side seem to be adapting well to the loss of Cahill, with McFadden coming in and playing the supporting role. Boro travel to Everton on the back of a valuable 3 points over Charlton, but the Addicks didn't exactly put up much of a fight, so it is difficult to assess whether Boro are actually moving in the right direction. Part of the key will be to keep Viduka, and it now seems that talks are underway. Despite all this, Boro are yet to win on their travels and that's unlikely to change at Goodison.
Home Win 2-0
  Man Utd v Wigan
  United remain 2 points in front of Chelsea at the head of the Premiership, and whilst they may not be extending their points lead, the goal difference just keeps piling up. United have lost just the once at Old Trafford this season (to Arsenal) and don't panic if the game isn't going totally to plan. Scholes scored a cracker at Villa Park and Ronaldo seems to be getting better match by match. Rooney was partially rested for that encounter so should be raring to go for the visit of Wigan. The Latics showed plenty of spirit at home to Chelsea, had the better of the second half and did well to come back from 2 goals down, but were unfortunate to lose out to an Arjen Robben injury time winner. Wigan's form away from home is fairly indifferent and they always seem to finish on the wrong end of results against the big boys. United have faltered a couple of times this season but I don't expect them to come Boxing Day.
Home Win 2-0
  Sheffield Utd v Man City
  Sheffield United could easily push City closer to the drop zone if they play anywhere like they have done in recent weeks. Only 1 place and 1 goal separate these 2 sides and home advantage could play an important part in the final result. The Blades have been defeated just once in their last 5 games and it is this run that has propelled them away from the relegation places; by no means are they safe but results breed confidence and Warnock's men will be eager to get at a City side with just 1 away win to their name. Not only that but City have just endured their first 2 home defeats of the season (to Spurs and Bolton) and some feel that Pearce's job could be in jeopardy. One of their better players, Barton, will be missing after the straight red against Bolton, and it doesn't look good for the blue half of Manchester.
Home Win 1-0
Tues 5:30 Watford v Arsenal
  Halfway through the season and only 11 points on the board leaves the future looking very bleak for Boothroyd's survival hopes. Watford have just 1 victory to their name all season and must be wondering how on earth they are going to stop an Arsenal side in such rampant goal-scoring form. Despite Watford's lowly position they have only lost 2 games at Vicarage Road and are likely to deny Arsenal any time and space on the ball. In recent matches, the Gunners have made it difficult for themselves by going behind and it is this that has angered Wenger so much; the Premiership is difficult enough without shooting yourselves in the foot every time you walk on the pitch. Oddly enough, they seem to be playing better without Henry, and will need to think on their feet to cut through a hard-working Watford side. Watford will make it difficult but Arsenal should still come up smelling of roses.
Away Win 0-2
Wed 8:00 Charlton v Fulham
  I thought Les Reed's Christmas had come early; after all, he was still in a job. That was until 5 minutes ago when Pardew took over and changes the course of this paragraph rather. Not only are results not going Charlton's way but their performances have been absolutely abject; not only this but Darren Bent's barren run in front of goal hasn't helped. Charlton have only lost 4 from 9 at the Valley but just 6 goals in those games highlights some of the issues. Their opponents, Fulham have lost their last 3 on the road and drew the last 3 before that, so they've not exactly been enjoying the best of times themselves. Coleman's side have just 1 win on the road and coinciding with Pardew's appointment, a rejuvenated Charlton could grab a vital point in their struggle for survival.
Draw 1-1