Archived Premiership Tips (26th August 2006)

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Archived Premiership Football Betting Tips (26th August 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 26th to Mon 28th August 2006.


Archived Premiership football betting tips (26th to 28th Aug 2006)

Sat 12:45 Liverpool v West Ham
  Liverpool's season has not got off to a great start with only a draw at Bramall Lane and Sissoko, Riise and Carragher all injured until September. The Reds have been involved in Champions League qualifying games in the run up to the Premiership so should be fitter than most but I don't think Benitez quite knows what his best team is yet, or has decided not to play it; the draw against Sheffield United and again against Maccabi Haifa should have been a wake-up call and you're likely to see a better side at Anfield come the weekend. However, you can never write off West Ham and with Bobby Zamora soaring above everyone else in the goal-scoring charts the pressure could be on the Liverpool defence. Zamora started the season 4th in the pecking order but injuries to other players has given him his chance and he's grabbed it. The Hammers midfield looks to have some decent quality but they may struggle for posession against the likes of Alonso and Gerrard. This will be a tight affair but Liverpool should just edge it.
Home Win 1-0
Sat 3:00 Charlton v Bolton
  Charlton are rooted to the foot of the table after their second defeat of the season and things could not be more different than they were at the beginning of last season. They rarely threatened the United goal and ended up conceding three; Scott Carson was the most impressive player for the Addicks and that shows the size of the task in Iain Dowie's hands. After the slick passing of United, Charlton must now face the long ball of Bolton and they are unlikely to fair any better. Faye is unlikely to start after coming on as a sub, handling the ball, conceding a penalty and being ultimately responsible for 2 points dropped against Fulham; Allardyce doesn't let these things lie and won't Faye know it. Surprisingly, Giannakopolos is yet to start for Bolton this season but it shouldn't be long before he's back among the goals. Bolton to take advantage of a weak Charlton side.
Away Win 0-1
  Fulham v Sheffield Utd
  After going down heavily at Old Trafford, Fulham have new signing, Jimmy Bullard, to thank for their first point of this season's campaign. They did have Faye of Bolton to thank for blatantly handling in the penalty area but Bullard's fast becoming a cult figure at the Cottage and has been one of Coleman's better signings. The worry for Fulham is that Coleman resorted to the long ball game against Bolton; had Malbranque been back in the side they would have been much better playing the ball on the floor. Sheffield United managed a point against Liverpool but failed to show much at White Hart Lane and look the most likely of the newly promoted sides to drop back down to the Championship. There's no doubt that Warnock's players will give their all but it's going to be a long hard season and the step up may be a step too high for his current crop of players. Fulham's home form has been their saving factor and it should drive them to their first win.
Home Win 1-0
  Tottenham v Everton
  Spurs got back to winning ways at the Lane against Sheffield Utd after a disappointing first game away defeat at Bolton. Berbatov, Lennon and Keane all looked on fire and even though Defoe only came on for the last 10 minutes, he also displayed his shooting skills despite not scoring. Spurs didn't give the Blades too many chances and if they can succeed in keeping the door shut, it can be a better season than the last; not forgetting that Ledley King is still to come back. The one thing you can guarantee about Everton is that they are dogged and don't give up easily; they have some players of genuine quality such as Cahill and Johnson but that quality doesn't run throughout the team. Spurs only lost 2 home games last season and with their confidence up after the Sheffield Utd win, Everton should be going home with nowt.
Home Win 2-0
  Watford v Man Utd
  Watford have already been tagged the new Wimbledon and Aidy Boothroyd doesn't mind it one bit. They play to their strengths and the pace of winger Bouazza and strength of King are likely to frighten most Premiership defenders. They will do their best to get at teams and upset their rhythm but against the quality of Man Utd, the players will have to keep it up for 90 minutes and even then one piece of class can undo you. Alex Ferguson was in the stand with McLaren to watch the draw against the Hammers, so it can be assumed that Fergie isn't going to take the Hornets lightly. United will want to maintain their 100% start, especially as rivals Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have already dropped points. United are again without Rooney and Scholes but they showed in their 3 goal win at the Valley that they are more than capable of taking teams apart without them. Despite all the boos and general abuse, Ronaldo was once again in fine form; if anything you have to admire his tenacity regardless of his World Cup antics. United to win with a clean sheet.
Away Win 0-2
  Wigan v Reading
  Wigan had a week of rest this week but what they probably need more than anything at this stage of the season is games. A bit of joy for Paul Jewell will have been Henri Camara committing himself to the club until 2009 after signing a new £25K a week deal. Jewell brought new players in against Newcastle and they gelled immediately, defying most predictions that Wigan will be for the drop. Their opponents, Reading, may well turn out to be one of those sides that never draw and are always great value to watch. Steve Sidwell is proving his value but how long will Coppell be able to keep hold of him. Reading will do well at home this season and are likely to grab goals wherever they go but may find it tougher defensively on the road in the Premiership. Wigan could well get their first points of the season despite Reading giving it a go.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 5:15 Man City v Arsenal
  This fixture pitches together 2 teams who are both stuttering at the beginning of the season. Of the two, Arsenal look more capable of getting a result and managed to grind out a point against Villa and a win against Zagreb after going behind; the latter to reach the group stages of the Champions League. Walcott has come on as a late substitute on both occasions to turn the game in Arsenal's favour; how long before he starts? The Reyes situation is still unresolved with Arsenal turning down the latest offer from Atletico Madrid but if he doesn't play until the transfer window closes where's the value? The home side, City, were basically abject against Portsmouth and if Pearce's motivational methods result in the likes of Thatcher charging round the pitch at 110 miles per hour taking out anyone in sight, then he'll be lucky to have half a dozen players left on the pitch at the final whistle. Despite only a yellow card Thatcher may still pay a higher price for his assault on Mendes. Quality needs to replace quantity at Eastlands but I doubt it will happen before Arsenal pay a visit.
Away Win 0-2
Sun 2:00 Aston Villa v Newcastle
  Martin O'Neill is having the desired effect at Villa Park with a great point at the Emirates and a fine comeback to mark his home debut against Reading; last season the Villa players would have succumbed after going a goal down but not now and the playing staff are essentially the same. Villa aren't suddenly going to win every game but at least they have improved defensively, are playing with passion and fighting for their places. They host a Newcastle side that are also showing ambition this season as they steadily improve their squad; the signing of Obafemi Martins as the fastest player in the Premiership will be a useful addition. The Magpies' involvement in Europe means they've only played the single Premiership game, a home win against Wigan, but should be match fit because of the extra European fixtures. These two sides should both do comparatively well this season, with Newcastle probably finishing the higher, and a stalemate looks on the cards.
Draw 1-1
Sun 4:00 Blackburn v Chelsea
  The good news for Rovers is that the partnership of McCarthy and Roberts up front seems to be bearing fruit straight away. The bad news is that their defence is looking dodgy with Andy Todd being particularly responsible for two poor performances. Hughes does have new signing, Andre Ooijer, to bring in at the back but Lucas Neill still has a further 2 games to sit out after being sent off against Portsmouth. Chelsea travel to Ewood Park after a shock defeat at the Riverside in the last 10 minutes, but Mourinho is unlikely to panic. After all, he has the finisher he has long been after in Andriy Shevchenko, who got off the mark against Boro, but the problems exist in midfield where too many midfield players are vying for 4 places resulting in some 'egos' having to play out of position. Additionally Robben, Ballack and Cole are all doubts for this fixture. Chelsea could have killed Boro off in the first half on Wednesday night and this will be the message Mourinho should be driving home; also their level of fitness should improve over the next few games and they shouldn't just rest up with 10 minutes still to go. However, Blackburn look too weak at the back to avoid defeat by the Blues.
Away Win 1-2
Mon 8:00 Middlesbrough v Portsmouth
  Boro are likely to be the 'inconsistent' side in the Premiership this season; they followed up a collapse at Reading with a fine comeback at home to Chelsea. Pundits have chewed the fat over Southgate's tactics in absorbing Chelsea and attacking them in the last quarter of the game but given Southgate's reaction, I'm not sure he particularly meant to absorb them for that long; as the season goes on teams are less likely to tire in the last 10 minutes. Yakubu and Viduka will pose problems for the opposition all day long and with the young talents of Downing and Cattermole, Southgate has a good squad to pick from; it's just the defence that requires some new blood. Pompey travel to the Riverside undefeated with a fine home win over Blackburn and a decent draw at Man City although they should have won this game. Portsmouth have always had a fairly poor record away from Fratton Park but they have tightened up at the back with Campbell partly responsible for 2 clean sheets. The only problem is they do remain toothless on the road and this will be a factor Harry has to address next. Making Fratton Park a fortress is a priority but they also need to pick up points away. Unfortunately, they are likely to miss midfield maestro, Mendes, who suffered somewhat at the hands of Thatcher. Boro are likely to have more attacking potential than Pompey and this should give them the edge.
Home Win 2-1

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