Archived Premier League Tips (22nd September 2007)

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Archived Premier League Football Betting Tips (22nd September 2007)

Premier league 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 22nd to Sun 23rd September 2007.


Archived Premier League football betting tips (22nd to 23rd Sep 2007)

Sat 3:00 Arsenal v Derby
  Shrewd should be Wenger's middle name; as the lauded one from Highbury left for Barcelona, a youngster emerged from his shadow and looks like he could be the player of the season. Fabregas was compared to Platini by his manager and has ruled the roost at the Emirates since Henry's departure; if he can remain injury free and live up to his early season billing, Arsenal will have cause for celebration come the end of May. The Gunners demolished Seville during the week and at no point look threatened, so Derby's chances look slim (and Slim's just left town). The Rams registered their first victory of the season at home to Newcastle and cries rang round the ground of 'Are you Scotland in disguise?'. The capture of Kenny Miller has given them some heart and though they are now off the bottom of the pile, the renaissance continuing at the Emirates looks a tad unlikely. Scotland beat France away during the international break, could the same happen on the domestic front? Nay.. or is it non..
Home Win 3-0
  Liverpool v Birmingham
  Liverpool fans desperately want to win the Premier league but it looks like the board and the manager value the Premier league and Champions League equally. Benitez's decision to rest players at Fratton Park was ludicrous and they were lucky to come away with a point and fortune smiled on them again when a full strength side failed to cut the mustard in Porto but still managed a draw. If decent players are to maximise their potential they need that cutting edge and resting players this early in the season is not beneficial to the club or player; how can managers talk of resting players with only 5 or 6 league games chalked off and no major tournament played during the summer. The Reds have had dependable home form over the last couple of seasons and will need it when they take on a Birmingham side that have nothing to lose; Birmingham turned over Liverpool in their last Premier league visit to Anfield, the season before last. Bruce registered his first 3 home points last weekend against Bolton and will be keen to build on that and put in a solid away performance, but their last away trip (at Boro) was a disaster and they'll need to play better. Liverpool's last home game resulted in a 6-0 spanking of Derby; it won't be 6 but the home side should emerge with the 3 points.
Home Win 2-0
  Middlesbrough v Sunderland
  Only 1 place and 2 goals separate these two sides in the wrong half of the table. Sunderland have taken just a single point on the road whilst Boro are as inconsistent as ever with a win, draw and loss from their 3 home games. The Mackems enjoyed a valuable victory at home to out-of-sorts Reading last weekend but 2 successive away defeats means they'll start as underdogs at the Riverside. Sunderland had more shots on target and won more corners than in their previous five Premier league games put together and the main reason for that was the debut of new front man, Kenwyne Jones; he provided an outlet and will cause problems for Woodgate. Aliadiere will be missing for Boro after damaging a hamstring and Southgate will be restricted to just Tuncay and Mido up front. It was a poor game at Upton Park but Tuncay had his chances only to be denied by Green and the woodwork. Boro's inconsistencies make this impossible to predict but given that they are at home and Sunderland have secured just a single away point, a home win looks favourite.
Home Win 2-1
  Reading v Wigan
  Steve Coppell knows only too well that Reading's performances last season will make it harder for them to achieve similar results this time around and life in the bottom three means that aesthetically pleasing football comes second to scrapping and fighting for results. A positive for Coppell from the Sunderland defeat was that they did wake up for the last 15 minutes and managed to pull back a goal, but they need to be out of the blocks against Wigan if they are to secure a vital win. The Latics have only picked up a point on their travels and are without Emile Heskey after the curse of the metatarsal struck again. The job of partnering Sibierski will fall to either Aghahowa or Marcus Bent; neither with a Premier league goal between them this season. Wigan have performed better than expected but the loss of Heskey could prove costly and it's about time Reading got back on track.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 5:15 Fulham v Man City
  Fulham had their share of bad luck in the first few games of the season but that all changed when they rescued a point at home to Spurs. However, after 6 games they still only have 5 points on the board and have failed to convince anyone that they won't be scrapping against relegation come next May. They play host to a City side that have conceded just 2 goals all season, coming in their last 2 away games; single goal defeats at the Emirates and Ewood Park. Sven's new look side may have rode their luck at times but the core of the side is a sound defence, providing the platform for the rest to play. Fulham are not on a par with Arsenal or Blackburn and though City have only scored 5 goals in 6 games, I suspect they'll find the Fulham defence slightly easier to pierce.
Away Win 0-1
Sun 1:30 Newcastle v West Ham
  Newcastle's display at Pride Park last weekend will have raised cause for concern. After Owen's display for England, it looked as though he would lead the charge for the 3 points but they failed to score and a niggle means he may not be available for this encounter. Allardyce has made the Magpies more resolute in defence but it has been at the expense of what the black and white fans really love, good attacking play. They were undefeated until last weekend but now play host to a West Ham side that have won 2 from 2 on the road; although Reading and Birmingham were the respective opponents, they made the Royals pay heavily for a below par performance. No doubt Bellamy will have a point to prove against his old club and it'll be interesting to see if he gets any change out of Sam's new look defence. The Magpies are yet to concede at St James Park whilst the Hammers have kept clean sheets on the road, so a goalless draw looks the order of the day.
Draw 0-0
Sun 2:00 Aston Villa v Everton
  By all accounts, Villa were worth a point at Eastlands but failed to convert their chances and narrowly lost out. Regardless, O'Neill is capable of turning his small squad into top six contenders and since the opening day home defeat to Liverpool they've won each of their subsequent home games against Fulham and Chelsea. The Chelsea result was not a fluke and they totally deserved the 3 points but can they maintain their momentum at Villa Park against the blue half of Merseyside? Everton are competing in the top half of the Premier league and already have 6 points from 3 away games, but won't have been tested to the full at Tottenham or Bolton. There's no doubt that Moyes has strengthened his squad this season and will be a test for Villa but their performance midweek was below par and they paid for it with a late equaliser; they couldn't make the difference count against 10 and then 9 men in the dying minutes. If O'Neill's side play to their potential, there's every chance that the 3 points will be theirs. A Gareth Barry penalty could well set them on their way.
Home Win 2-1
Sun 3:00 Blackburn v Portsmouth
  Rovers will have been disappointed with their midweek defeat in Europe, but Hughes's side usually show some bouncebackability and respond well in subsequent games. If Ryan Nelsen has tweaked his hamstring that could be a bitter blow for Blackburn, although he shouldn't be out of action for too long. Rovers are one of only 3 sides to remain unbeaten on the domestic front (the others being Arsenal and Liverpool) and that's a statistic to be pleased with after having already played Arsenal at home and Chelsea away. Their opponents, Portsmouth, haven't started with the same verve that they did last season and once again it's their away form that's letting them down; just 1 point on the road and the last two ending in defeat. Rovers are fairly reliable at Ewood Park and have the platform to really have a go at teams; as long as they don't suffer too much of a hangover from midweek then Pompey will struggle to keep them out.
Home Win 2-0
  Bolton v Tottenham
  Who would've thought Bolton bottom and Spurs only 3 places above them after 6 games? Both managers are under severe pressure to get some results on the board and the chopping block may already be prepared for heads to roll. Both are rumoured to have 6 games to turn things around but no Premier league games are easy. Martin Jol probably has the best chance of keeping his job; he has better players and they've been somewhat unfortunate in recent games. Sammy Lee has tried to change too much since Allardyce's departure and coupled with the loss of some personnel, they appear to have lost that cutting edge in the middle of the park. There's very little to choose between these two; Spurs managed their only away point of the campaign at Fulham after being 3-1 up and Bolton's only win of the season came at home to Reading. Considering both their performances in Europe midweek, one would have to fancy Spurs after their 6-1 hammering of Anorthosis. Bolton had a lengthy trip away in Macedonia and they'd have been hoping for more than a 1-1 draw. As like last season, Spurs first European game kickstarted them and they should go from strength to strength.
Away Win 1-2
Sun 4:00 Man Utd v Chelsea
  Mourinho gone! How long before we say Terry gone, Lampard gone, Drogba gone? Results haven't exactly gone the Special One's way with defeat at Villa Park followed by a home draw against Blackburn and the same result in their Champions League outing against Rosenborg; the worrying factor was that plan B revolved around pushing John Terry up and punting the ball to him. To be fair, results haven't merited resignation or the sack and this is just another indicator of how big a part money plays in the game; Abramovich wanted results (especially in the Champions League) by playing entertaining football and will have to learn soon that money can't buy everything. The most astonishing factor in all this is that Avram Grant has been named manager rather than just being installed as caretaker while the search goes on for the next special one. With Drogba and Lampard out, the odds are certainly stacked against them at Old Trafford. United have been winning games by the odd goal since their early season stutterings and their current 4th position shows they are steadily improving. Ronaldo and Rooney are both back (the former with the winning goal in Lisbon) and they will be in no mood to give Chelsea a shoulder to cry on. Some may think the wounded lion could emerge but the loss of Mourinho could be a bitter blow and heads in blue will be down at the Theatre of Dreams.
Home Win 1-0

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