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 23rd to Mon 25th September 2006.
|Sat 12:45||Liverpool v Tottenham|
|Maximum points at home and only a single goal conceded are the signs that Liverpool are finally getting to grips with the new season. Benitez probably should have a pretty good idea now of what his best side his and as the team takes on a more settled look, so the point should come. Agger keeping Hyypia on the bench has been one of the more surprising changes but the young lad has done well and deserves his place. They looked well in control against Newcastle and should have won by a wider margin but Alonso's goal from inside his own half really put the icing on the cake. Spurs have had one of their worst ever Premiership starts and with the strikers misfiring and midfield not providing enough the omens do not look good; at least the defence looks fairly solid thanks to King's return from injury. Spurs' shyness in front of goal is unlikely to last for long but with no points and no goals and on the road it's difficult to see them getting anything at Anfield where Liverpool will dominate possession for long periods.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Sheffield United|
|Arsenal had been disappointing all season until they emerged victorious from Old Trafford with a late winner. They should have gone ahead earlier in the match but Kuszczak made a vital penalty save to keep the game on a knife edge. At the moment Arsenal seem to lack a bit of steel such as a Vieira or Campbell but this result can kick start their season. Two draws at home is not good enough but they should get their first Premiership win at the Emirates against a Sheffield United side currently rooted to the foot of the table. The Blades are finding the step up to Premiership level tough and still yet to score away from home, they could find the trip to Arsenal a trifle daunting; they were outclassed at home to Reading and back to basics looks to be the way forward for Neil Warnock. United to make a battle of it early on but Arsenal to roll out comfortable winners.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Aston Villa v Charlton|
|Martin O'Neill is not too keen to take the plaudits just yet as there is still a long way to go and he sets his own standards high. His side remain unbeaten and they key to this has been their defending. They defend all over the pitch but the transformation in the back four has been remarkable. Both Laursen and Sorensen played blinders last weekend to keep out a Watford side that don't let you rest on the ball for a second. Villa also have pace on the wings with converted strikers Moore and Agbonlahor. The manager will want to continue the 100% home record when Charlton visit; a side that are currently 3rd from bottom and have the unenviable form of 4 defeats in 5 games. This has been Charlton's worst Premiership start and Dowie has admitted he's facing the biggest challenge of his short management career. Charlton have always been a hard-working side and the luxury of Rommedahl in the side is something they can ill afford; when he's good he's good but too often he misplaces passes, doesn't track back and fails to get past the defender to the bye line. Most of Charlton's success last season came with Bent alone up front but Hasselbaink's signing has forced a change of system. Expect Villa to win comfortably.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Fulham v Chelsea|
|Fulham's away form seems to be improving with a win at Newcastle and a draw at Spurs so Coleman must be doing something right. His team remain undefeated after an opening day defeat at Old Trafford. Their form at Craven Cottage has always been good and kept them in the Premiership last season but Chelsea are always going to be a difficult prospect wherever you play them. Coleman will be gutted after losing Luis Boa Morte for up to 6 weeks with a fractured cheekbone. Chelsea are now only 1 point off of the lead as their season is slowly showing signs of getting into gear with a vital home win against Liverpool. There have been worries along the way however with a loss at the Riverside and 3 goals conceded in their 5 games; a high figure given their miserly defence last season. Fulham stand a chance of causing an upset but in all likeliness, Chelsea will just edge it especially now that they've closed the gap on United.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Man City v West Ham|
|Only 1 point separates 2 sides that are currently failing to live up to expectations. To be fair City tailed off at the end of last season and haven't really got back on track whilst the Hammers haven't yet got their Argentine pairing firing on all cylinders and are being carried by goals from Bobby Zamora. If City didn't have Joey Barton they'd certainly be struggling and their biggest goal scoring threat coming from midfield identifies where Pearce needs to invest; he does have injury problems but the departures of Cole and Sibierski hasn't helped. However, City did go one better than rivals, United, with a penalty win over Arsenal and haven't conceded at home. West Ham travel to Eastlands with Pardew not yet really knowing what his best side is and on the back of 2 home defeats; Palermo in the UEFA Cup and Newcastle in the Premiership. Tevez is getting closer to breaking his duck and it shouldn't be long before his partnership with Zamora pays dividends but this promises to be a dull game and a bore draw looks likely.|
|Middlesbrough v Blackburn|
|Boro may not be the inconsistent side we expect them to be and much of that has to be down to the loan signing of Woodgate; rumour has it that Southgate has agreed a fee with Real Madrid and only Woodgate's agreement needs to be confirmed before the move is made permanent. Woodgate has been a rock in Boro's last two fixtures; draws at both Bolton and Arsenal are difficult places to come away with anything. It should not be forgotten that Boro also turned over Chelsea at the Riverside so the omens do not look good for a Blackburn side leaking goals left, right and centre. Eight goals conceded in 5 games and none scored on the road spells pending disaster for Hughes's side if Boro decide to throw the kitchen sink at them. If their is a silver lining for Blackburn, at least Pedersen is now off the mark and new signing, Benni McCarthy, has also notched a couple. A dodgy Rovers defence should gift Boro the points.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wigan v Watford|
|When they looked dead and buried Wigan fought back well to earn a point at Goodison with Scharner getting both the goals, but how much will their confidence have been knocked after their midweek exit from the Carling Cup. Wigan are still a good side under Paul Jewell but the departures of Chimbonda and Bullard with Heskey and Kilbane coming in hasn't improved the squad. Watford proved what a spirited side they are with Boothroyd at the helm and their workrate against Villa was phenomenal; as a team for the full 90 minutes they didn't give the opposition any time or space and still managed to carve out good chances. If they can reproduce this form away from home there's no reason why they can't get something at Wigan and I fancy Watford to get a point.|
|Sat 5:15||Reading v Man Utd|
|It wouldn't surprise me if the Reading chant was 'We'll score one more than you!' as this seems to reflect the freedom with which they play. With their first away win in the bag Coppell's lads are showing that they are no mugs but how will they fare against the Premiership big boys when United come to town? United's 100% record was left in tatters by Arsenal after the Gunners earned a deserved victory at Old Trafford. United had Rooney and Scholes back after suspension and their lack of match fitness showed but I wouln't have thought it would take them long to find the spark. If the United defence can maintain their concentration for the full 90 minutes against the less popular teams they should come away with a victory, but leave no doubt that Reading will have a go. Reading have won both of their home games whilst United have won both away games so something has got to give; a dose of reality for those at the Madjeski I fear.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Newcastle v Everton|
|Newcastle have had mixed results so far with 2 wins and 3 defeats; the home defeat to Fulham being the biggest surprise. They were poor at Liverpool midweek and were second best for long periods of the game. Everton will travel to St James Park eager to tighten up at the back after twice relinquishing the lead to Wigan and dropping 2 points at home. Moyes will be keen to absorb Newcastle attacks and hit them on the counter and he seems to start games this way with Cahill giving Johnson support from midfield. There's no doubt that both Cahill and Johnson are match winners and unless Newcastle score early they could easily fall into the Everton trap.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||Portsmouth v Bolton|
|Top of the table Portsmouth go into this fixture with plenty of confidence; Redknap's men rightly lead the way after only dropping 2 points in 5 games and no goals yet conceded. The experience at the back in Campbell, James and Stefanovic blended with the talented Johnson gives their defence a solid look. A significant highlight was the goal scoring return of Lomana Lua Lua; his somersaulting goal celebration hasn't changed despite it being responsible for his recent injury. Bolton travel to the Fratton Park fortress finding goals hard to come by with only 4 in 5 games. The absence of Kevin Davies has disrupted Sam's gameplan with only 1 point on the road but Anelka has taken his place with Diouf in support. Anelka found it hard against Woodgate and his task is unlikely to get any easier against Campbell. A close encounter but Portsmouth should continue their good start.|
|Home Win 1-0|