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 5th to Mon 7th March 2005.
|Sat 12:45||Aston Villa v Middlesbrough|
|Villa have lost their last 2 home games and played rather poorly in both. Their attack is woeful but may be bolstered by the return of Vassell to partner Angel, with Cole missing out through injury, but their main threat has been from Solano and Hendrie from distance. Their biggest absence however is Gavin McCann who had been a revelation in the Villa midfeld providing both solidity in defence and insight going forward. Their opponents Boro have only won 4 away from home and have not won in their last 6 away fixtures; the UEFA cup outings have been a distraction and injuries to key players has stalled them when they could possibly have mounted more of a challenge in the Premiership. Expect a bore draw at Villa Park.|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Portsmouth|
|Arsenal threw everything at Pompey's rivals Southampton but could only take home a point which makes this game against Portsmouth a must win affair, mainly because they are now 10 points behind leaders Chelsea but more importantly they are 4 points behind United and an automatic Champions League spot. With maybe Henry, Pires and Campbell all out injured and Bergkamp, Reyes and van Persie suspended Portsmouth may feel they can take the game to Arsenal but they've only won twice away and lost their last four. Arsenal don't have the biggest squad to fill the gaps with quality and Pompey need some self belief to overcome a very weak Arsenal side; best potential for an upset.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Crystal Palace v Man Utd|
|Palace maintained the pressure on the teams below them by taking another 3 points at home to Birmingham; their fifth home win of the season with 3 of those coming in their last 4 but the visit of United will be a much tougher test considering their exceptional form. United have only dropped 2 points in their last 6 away fixtures and now have van Nistelrooy back, although Gary Neville may miss out due to an ankle injury. The only caveat here might be that Ferguson may wish to rest players with next week's Champions League away fixture to Milan in mind. United should win here but Andy Johnson may well score (from the penalty spot).|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Fulham v Charlton|
|Charlton have only lost once away from home in their last 6 outings and stand a chance of getting something at Fulham who have had a disappointing season. Fulham have lost 6 times at home and are not yet guaranteed safety from the drop. Against Spurs at the weekend they showed no attacking intentions and looked like they had come for the draw; a dangerous policy with so few games to go. Charlton will be disappointed with twice being in the lead at Boro only to be pegged back each time and will, providing their key players find a bit of spark, grab a draw at Fulham, even though Fulham should show more attacking nous at home.|
|Newcastle v Liverpool|
|Last season this game may well have determined who would claim the last Champions League qualifying spot but both teams are off the pace this time around, especially Newcastle and Liverpool only stand an outside chance of catching local rivals Everton. Newcastle have had some good results recently dumping Chelsea out of the Cup and beating an in form Bolton, though these results have come at home. Liverpool however have had erratic away form losing 7 from 13 although 3 of their 4 wins have come recently, and how they respond after their Carling Cup defeat to Chelsea could be telling. Kluivert will be missing for Newcastle so Ameobi should partner Shearer whilst Baros and Morientes should provide the ammunition for Liverpool. This should be a very close game.|
|Southampton v Tottenham|
|Harry Redknapp looks to be turning around things at Southampton but whether or not he can achieve this in it's entirety before being relegated remains open to debate. Palace are sitting within catching distance but Southampton need to learn to kill games off when they are ahead; so far they have drawn 9 of their 14 home games. Spurs have been OK away, winning 5 from 13, but have not made the most of their attacking options; Jol is still probably finding out what his best system is let alone which combination of Defoe, Keane, Kanoute and Mido he should start with. Most of the threat is likely to come from Southampton but depending on which Spurs team turns up, they could well nick a win; saying that a draw is most likely.|
|Sat 5:15||Norwich v Chelsea|
|Norwich still struggle defensively and even though Delia made an impassioned half time plea for the 12th man, they still managed to concede defeat in the dying minutes; Jonsson's sending off in the second half didn't help matters. When they are desperate for points the last team they would want to face is Chelsea who have just secured their first trophy and have only dropped 7 points on their travels all season. Chelsea may be without the magical qualities of Robben but they should still be able to conjure up a few goals against a desperate Norwich.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 12:00||West Brom v Birmingham|
|A big derby game for these 2 sides; most notably for West Brom as they need the points desperately to get off the foot of the table. The home side have been performing better of late but have still only won 2 games (both coming at home) and more often than not throw away 3 points in the last 5 minutes, having drawn half of their home fixtures. Birmingham have endured 4 straight defeats on their travels and are missing Savage in the heart of midfield. To add to their troubles Pennant has now been sent down for 3 months but they still have the likes of Pandiani who can still carry a threat. Last week they were abysmal against relegation threatened Palace and the turmoil at the club this week could give West Brom the edge with them getting at least a point.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:05||Everton v Blackburn|
|Everton managed a good win at Villa but more impressive was the way that they controlled the game. Beattie is still unavailable because of suspension but Moyes will be keen to retain his 5 in midfield and Bent alone up front, although McFadden will be missed through injury. Blackburn tend to be scrappy until they get ahead in games and with their 3 away wins they may feel they stand a chance but Everton have won 9 from 14 at home and should prove solid enough to keep Blackburn out. This fixture should be very competitive but Everton should have the edge and ability to keep Blackburn at bay, especially as Blackburn will probably be more worried about their Cup replay against local rivals Burnley.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Mon 8:00||Man City v Bolton|
|City started awfully at Norwich but showed some mettle in coming back to beat them in injury time. Only 4 points separate these two sides and they have shared a somewhat inconsistent season; Bolton have had a couple of good runs with their latest 7 game undefeated run ending at Newcastle but they tend to follow these with a bad spell whilst City have showed more consistency of late in not getting beat with their only recent defeat at the hands of United. Fowler is back to his best scoring goals with miskicks whilst Wright-Phillips is always available as an outlet when they are under pressure. City seem more equipped of late to handle Bolton's pressure play but I wouldn't put any money on this one.|
|Home Win 2-1|