Archived Premiership Tips (9th September 2006)

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Archived Premiership Football Betting Tips (9th September 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 weekend fixtures Sat 9th to Mon 11th September 2006.

Archived Premiership football betting tips (9th to 11th Sep 2006)

Sat 12:45 Everton v Liverpool
  The first big derby game of the season is by no means a foregone conclusion. Both Moyes and Benitez chose not to sign anyone in the last few days of the transfer window so it's as you were after Everton's win at Spurs and Liverpool's victory over West Ham; the exception being that both Kilbane and Kromkamp have departed. Everton remain undefeated with only points dropped at Ewood Park but their victory at White Hart Lane will have surprised most. Down to 10 men they still managed to turn Spurs over with crisp passing and a fine team performance. Liverpool are still to convince this season with their inability to kill off sides when they tend to dominate; Benitez's team selection could be partly to blame, especially for the draw at Sheffield United, and the qualification for Europe should be taken into account. Either team could win this but Everton look to have improved sufficiently to be worthy of at least a point, so the fence-sitting option shall prevail.
Draw 1-1
Sat 3:00 Arsenal v Middlesbrough
  Will the curse of the Emirates continue and does it all depend on which Boro side turn up? The Ashley Cole saga is over and as classy a full back as he is, it's a big loss; last season he was out for much of the time and Arsenal only scraped 4th place. Arsenal do have Gallas however, a versatile player who can play anywhere along the back line but wasn't the fact that he wasn't playing centre half regularly a reason for leaving Chelsea. Wenger has also negotiated a swap loan deal bringing Baptisita to the Emirates in exchange for the want-away Reyes; Wenger got the best bit of that deal and Julio adds exciting options to the Arsenal attack. They host a Boro side who went ahead against Reading only to lose, were down against Chelsea and came back to win and got whacked by a visiting Pompey side. Despite the Chelsea win Boro could struggle this season and much will depend not only on Southgate's tactical nous but also whether or not he has the dressing room. Expect Arsenal to get back on track.
Home Win 2-0
  Bolton v Watford
  Elbows galore at the Valley means that Davies is not only out injured but also suspended; the question is how will Bolton play without him as their whole attacking philosophy goes through him. No doubt they will change to accomodate Anelka and expect to see more of Stelios and Nolan. They don't come much more physical than Bolton and Watford may well get a bit of a fright if they play the same way. Boothroyd hasn't added to his squad, apart from re-signing Tommy Smith, and though they have shown plenty of competitiveness in recent games it's going to be a tough trip for the Hornets. Prepare for a battle at the Reebok with Bolton likely to come out on top.
Home Win 1-0
  Chelsea v Charlton
  It seems like Mourinho finally wanted to let Gallas ago after the player allegedly said he would score an own goal if selected. To lose such a versatile player is a blow and when money is no object, the task for Mourinho is much harder in keeping everyone happy; only 14 players get to be involved in the game. The upside is that they now have Ashley Cole but his immediate selection would be unfair on Wayne Bridge who has performed well, so yet more disgruntled players at Stamford Bridge. Charlton travel to the Bridge this weekend but I expect there to be no repeat of last season's heroics where they managed a draw in the League Cup and knocked Chelsea out on penalties. Dowie needs time to reshape his side after taking over from Curbishley and they're unlikely to make much impact at Chelsea. A banker for the home side.
Home Win 2-0
  Newcastle v Fulham
  Newcastle have bolstered their attacking line-up with the pace of Martins, the aerial ability of Sibierski and Rossi on loan from Man United. Much of the Magpies' potency is in midfield so further attacking options will give Roeder a bit more breathing space whilst Owen is out injured. Their opponents, Fulham, only managed a solitary away win last season and that came against strugglers Sunderland towards the end of the campaign; no doubt Coleman is well aware of how poor their away form is and the departures of Legwinski and Malbranque will not have helped, but it would be a shock for them to take points at Newcastle and the home side should be strongly backed.
Home Win 2-0
  Portsmouth v Wigan
  Pompey face Wigan on the back of their biggest ever Premiership away win; a 4 goal margin over Boro, the comeback kings against Chelsea. The biggest surprise is that Portsmouth are also the only Premiership side yet to concede a goal; the whole defence takes the credit but Sol Campbell has played his part. Redknapp has managed to tempt Cole from Man City who'll provide some experience up front whilst Todorov has been snapped up by Wigan. Paul Jewell has also added Kevin Kilbane to his squad but although he's planned for the sale of Chimbonda, it's a good player to let go especially coupled with the loss of Bullard to Fulham. Portsmouth must be high on confidence and are capable of returning Fratton Park to the fortress it once was. Wigan will be competitive but Harry's boys should emerge with the 3 points.
Home Win 1-0
  Sheffield Utd v Blackburn
  These two currently occupy the bottom 2 spots in the Premiership respectively but Blackburn are much better than their position suggests. Losses away at Portsmouth and at home to Chelsea were difficult games but they nearly took all 3 points at home to Everton were it not for a late Cahill goal. Hughes managed to capture Nonda from Roma on a season-long loan and Neill has been offered an extended contract; it shouldn't be long before they get their first 3 points of the current campaign. Sheffield United are a tough proposition at home and though they might defend with passion they're unlikely to dominate games possesion wise. They were fortunate to get a point at home to Liverpool and if the Reds had been more clinical they would have had a point less. There was another team in red and white stripes that didn't perform too well last season and there could be echoes of the same around Bramall Lane. Rovers to get their first win.
Away Win 1-2
Sat 5:15 Man Utd v Tottenham
  Fergie has remained quiet throughout the transfer window with only the signing of Michael Carrick to speak of; he hasn't been given long to settle in before facing his old club. Previously this fixture would have left him on the wrong end of the result (justified or not) but this time around he'll likely be celebrating 3 points. Contrary to United, Spurs have been very active in the transfer market signing 3 good players in the last few days; Mido, Chimbonda and Malbranque although the latter will be out of action until November with a groin injury, similarly Berbatov will be out for 2 weeks after international duty. If Spurs believe themselves capable of competing for the top four places they need to start beating the likes of United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. That remains the best indicator of how far they have progressed and if they can make the step up. Martin Jol should know better than most how best to play against Carrick but United have too many good players and the only Premiership side with a 100% record should claim victory.
Home Win 2-0
Sun 4:00 West Ham v Aston Villa
  There's no keeping these 2 sides out of the news nowadays. Surprises abound at Upton Park with the signings of Tevez and Mascherano from Corinthians; hidden agenda or not, it looks like exciting times at West Ham and they will be more than useful additions to a strong squad. Zamora, jointly with Kanu, still tops the Premiership scorers with 4 goals from 3 games; after keeping the bench warm he has made the most of Ashton's injury to cement his place in the team so Pardew has a decision to make and it will be a test not only of his character but also of any possible clauses regarding the Argentine signings. Meanwhile, the revolution continues at Villa Park with Randy Lerner boosting his holding and pushing the club to private ownership. On the field O'Neill has started well with 2 home wins following on from the away draw at Arsenal. Personnel haven't changed much at Villa; the manager will try to get the best out of the players already there with a view to maybe making a few signings in the January transfer window. However, the late signing of Petrov should provide some competition for places. Both sets of claret and blues look to be on the up and even stevens looks to be the call, but it's possible that home advantage might just be the order of the day.
Home Win 2-1
Mon 8:00 Reading v Man City
  Reading have brandished their no-nonsense style already and look set to try and outscore opponents; they've only failed to score at Wigan, scored first in the Villa defeat and came back well to win from 2 goals down at home to Boro. Coppell looks set to keep his Championship winning side intact and places the emphasis more on team performance rather than individuals. They host a City side that have let a lot of experience walk out the door in James and Cole but the surprise for me was Sibierski going to Newcastle; Sibierski is a great header of the ball and his goals earned City decent points last season. City may have surprised an out-of sorts Arsenal side with a penalty win but I can't see them being much away from Eastlands this season; Coppell has probably ticked this one off as another potential win and City are there for the taking.
Home Win 2-1