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 30th September to Mon 2nd October 2006.
|Sat 12:45||Bolton v Liverpool|
|Despite all the controversy going on at the Reebok, big Sam still managed to take his side to then undefeated Portsmouth and snatch all the points, and in the process be the first to breach Pompey's defence. Bolton remain undefeated at home as they make their way into the top 6, and the biggest plus is the return of Kevin Davies from a facial injury. All Bolton's play is directed at Davies and with Anelka around to pick up the pieces, their partnership could prove fruitful. Whilst Liverpool's home form is perfect, their performance away from Anfield has been far from ideal and with only 1 point from 3 away games, Rafa has to settle on a side that can dig in when the pressure is on. Liverpool may have had a good run of late, considering their home fixtures, but they still look susceptible and Bolton will have the edge at Reebok.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 3:00||Charlton v Arsenal|
|After a poor start to the season by their standards, Arsenal are now back in full flow after their victory at Old Trafford. It was the perfect result to kick start their campaign and victories against Sheffield United and Porto at the Emirates will have given them some much needed confidence. Their solitary away defeat was at Eastlands but now the likes of Henry have clicked into gear, it looks like Charlton may well be in for a torrid time. Charlton usually start the season well and then fade but since Dowie has been in charge they've only won a single game. Currently sitting second from bottom, Dowie must be feeling the pressure and his first task needs to be resolving the defensive lapses that have cost them games; only 1 clean sheet in 6 tells its own story. Dowie's plan may be to try to keep Arsenal out and nick a goal if the opportunity arises but as Sheffield United found, once you let Arsenal in your whole strategy can come crashing down. Arsenal to win by a couple.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Chelsea v Aston Villa|
|Villa go to Stamford Bridge as one of only 2 teams in the Premiership still to suffer a defeat. Only 3 points separate them and the current Champions who are once again back on top of the table. Lampard is back in goal-scoring form with a brace away to Fulham, and Chelsea had a more settled look about their midfield but the balance could easily be upset depending on how Mourinho integrates Cole and Ballack when they return from injury; that is, if they can win their places back. Shevchenko has failed so far to set the Premiership alight but Mourinho looks to be patient and will give him time to adjust to the pace and physical side of the game. Chelsea have averaged 2 goals a game at home but they could well face a tougher test against Martin O'Neill's side. O'Neill will definitely come with a plan and I'd expect him to start the same team as against Charlton with Agbonlahor and Moore dropping when Chelsea have the ball; the exception to the starting lineup could be Laursen replacing Ridgewell. O'Neill is keen to play everything down but will relish pitting his wits against Mourinho; having drawn all 3 games on the road Villa are capable of keeping Chelsea out and earning a share of the spoils.|
|Everton v Man City|
|Everton are back in the top four and remain undefeated. They should have had all 3 points at St James Park but they had to go back to Goodison with only a draw after an offside Ameobi goal was allowed to stand. Neville could revert to right back for this one as Hibbert is suspended following his dismissal for several ill-timed tackles. City's home form is keeping Pearce in his job but on the road they have suffered 3 straight defeats. Against the Hammers, Pearce decided to play Samaras from the start and was rewarded with 3 points and 2 fine goals but with the exception of Joey Barton, there's not much in terms of goal threat coming from elsewhere. City will find it hard to break down a confident Everton side that defend from the front and there looks like being only one winner.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 5:15||Sheffield Utd v Middlesbrough|
|As expected Sheffield United did well to hold out for 64 minutes against Arsenal but once the deadlock was broken anything other than an Arsenal win was never on the cards. If the Blades are to give themselves a chance of remaining in the Premiership come the end of the season they probably need to be a little more adventurous than playing Rob Hulse alone up front. Their opponents, Boro, don't seem able to shake their 'inconsistent' tag and Southgate must be feeling the pressure. No win at home in their last 3 league and cup outings and no win on the road in the Premiership threaten to cast an air of gloom over the Riverside. Southgate still seems to be experimenting with what is his best formation and unless Boro start picking up points the chairman's axe could be wielded, although Gibson has always seemed a patient chairman. With Woodgate at the back for Boro and United fighting for every ball, a goalless fest seems favourite.|
|Sun 2:00||West Ham v Reading|
|Pardew's old club visit Upton Park this weekend on the back of 2 good results; a home draw against United and a fine win at Bramall Lane. Reading are surprising people with their confident attacking style bolstered by a defence playing with experience and familiarity. It couldn't be more different for the home side who are not playing with any confidence and have not picked up where they left off last season. Pardew has admitted that the current takeover talk and controversy surrounding the Argentine signings have disrupted the club but this seems an easy excuse and he'll be more than eager to get things right on the pitch; the sooner Tevez gets off the mark and the rumours stop the better. Ferdinand could be missing after going off injured against City, which is a big blow and could hand the advantage to Reading. After Newcastle won at Upton Park, most teams should be able to go there with a realistic chance of coming away with 3 points; something Reading are certainly capable of.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 3:00||Blackburn v Wigan|
|Against Boro, Blackburn showed that they do have a defence capable of keeping out the opposition when under pressure. Leaking goals has been a problem in recent performances but going ahead and holding on for victory at the Riverside indicates that the old Blackburn is back. They have no consistent form yet this season but both their new strikers (Nonda and McCarthy) have managed to get off the mark. Wigan have only taken 1 point from their 3 away games and though it's too early to make judgements on a handful of performances, the suspicion is that they could easily be dragged into the relegation battle towards the season close. Confidence is lacking amongst the players and could be down to playing a more direct game; a result of having Emile Heskey in the team and undoubtedly a step backwards. Assuming Blackburn have resolved some of their defensive issues they should roll over a poorer Wigan side.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Man Utd v Newcastle|
|United may not have been firing on all cylinders of late with both Rooney and Scholes returning to match fitness but a vital away win in the Champions League at Benfica after a home defeat to Arsenal and a draw at Reading could be just the tonic to see United return to form. Newcastle are the visitors to Old Trafford and have problems of their own; only 2 wins all season and new striker Martins not yet convincing are only a couple of the problems Roeder has to solve. Their defence is a shambles and maybe it's a blessing in disguise that Bramble will be suspended for this one after his dismissal against Everton. Ameobi could also be added to the injury list after limping out of the same game but the silver lining could be that Rossi may start against his employers if permitted. At the moment United can only improve and should comfortably beat a Newcastle side still stuttering during this early stage of the season.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Portsmouth|
|'Goal shy' doesn't even begin to describe Spurs' start to the season. Only 2 goals scored in 6 games should have Martin Jol extremely worried given the attacking talent available for selection; Berbatov may be injured but Spurs have a strong squad and they need to stand up and be counted. They haven't performed as badly as some of their results have suggested and whilst Jol presents a calm demeanour in front of the cameras, he must be anxious about turning things around. Things couldn't be more different from last season with Spurs fourth from bottom and Portsmouth sitting proudly in third but the reality of the situation is that Pompey have earned their points and Redknapp has shown plenty of savvy in his summer dealings. They did suffer their first defeat and conceded their first goal of the season against Bolton last Monday night, but it was rough justice that they didn't get anything out of the game. Portsmouth will be difficult to break down at the Lane, especially with ex-Arsenal players such as Campbell and Kanu keen to put in good performances. Spurs will do well to get a draw,|
|Mon 8:00||Watford v Fulham|
|Watford are starting to make people look up and take notice with their no-nonsense style and 'never say die' team spirit. They may still be in the bottom three but they have shown signs that they have potential and will not go down without a battle. They still look a little open at the back but did well to come back at Wigan to earn a valuable point. Fulham have already improved on last season's away form with a win at Newcastle and a point at White Hart Lane but Watford are likely to make Fulham work a lot harder if they are to get anything at Vicarage Road. On paper Fulham may have got 4 points on the road but their problem away performances are not yet a distant thing of the past and Watford should provide a stern test as to how much Coleman has turned things around. Watford can claim their first win of the season.|
|Home Win 1-0|