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 of Sat 30th April, Sun 1st May and Mon 2nd May 2005.
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Blackburn|
|Most eyes would probably have been on Savage's return to St. Andrews but he is unlikely to feature as Hughes will probably rest him after several hard games following return from injury. Birmingham have now signed Pennant and may look expensive at £3m but others were interested; maybe he can repay Bruce's faith by staying out of trouble and turning in some good performances. Both teams are hard to beat and don't create that many chances; Birmingham have drawn their last 2 at home whilst Blackburn have drawn their last 3 away so it looks like a draw.|
|Fulham v Everton|
|Fulham have not lost in their last 6 home fixtures and Everton have lost their last 2 away but this one remains a difficult one to predict. Fulham have been inconsistent all season and it's still possible mathematically for them to be caught up in the relegation struggle so they need to win this one to guarantee safety but Everton will have a say in matters as they will want to cement their 4th place position and the last Champions League place. Boa Morte has povided the inspiration for Fulham whilst Duncan Ferguson has chipped in lately with some vital goals. This will be a tight affair and difficult to pick between the 2 sides.|
|Liverpool v Middlesbrough|
|Liverpool have learned that should they win the Champions League and only make 5th place it is unlikely they will qualify for next season's Champions League; it will be 4th place and most likely Everton that grab the remaining spot however bad for football that may seem. Liverpool have only lost 3 home games and their injury list has been shortening over recent weeks leaving more options available to Benitez. Boro's away form has been indifferent and their injury list, if anything, has worsened; they are still in with a chance of finishing 7th and taking the extra UEFA cup place so this should drive them forward but Liverpool's home form is the clincher here and they should take all the points.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man City v Portsmouth|
|City are a rejuvented side under Pearce and have not lost in their last 5 games; most will be hoping that he's given full responsibility next season and if so City can consider Europe an option the season after. Portsmouth now look to have avoided relegation but have nothing to play for, added to which their away form is woeful. They may have demolished Southampton in the first half at Fratton Park but City away is a different proposition; another home win for City and more points gained for Pearce's job application.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Newcastle v Crystal Palace|
|Newcastle have had a pretty dismal season in the Premiership and with nothing left to play for they will be pleased for the season to be over. The injury to Kieron Dyer will be a blow, especially as they have a number of players out injured but it's about time they conjured up a win at home. They face a Palace side who are just outside the relegation places on goal difference but have only taken 1 point from their last 6 away fixtures. With only 1 away win all season they will be scrapping for survival but Newcastle need to salvage some pride and have the talent to do so if they put their mind to it. Shearer to inspire a Newcastle win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Southampton v Norwich|
|Ignore what's happening at the top of the table because this has got to be the game of the weekend. The two bottom teams face each other at St. Marys with survival still possible, although it looks like only 1 from 4 can stay up. A win for either of these 2 sides could take them out of the bottom three depending on other results so there's all to play for. Southampton will miss Crouch through injury and Redknapp through suspension whilst Niemi has not performed well after returning from injury, but the biggest miss will be Crouch who has inspired his team to better performances recently. Unfortunately they face a Norwich side who are definitely on the up; although they are yet to win away they have put together a string of fine performances to give themselves a chance of staying up. Southampton are in disarray where as Norwich are buoyant.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 5:15||Bolton v Chelsea|
|If Chelsea win this one the title is theirs but the outcome of this game is by no means a foregone conclusion. Bolton play well against the bigger teams, as evidenced by their 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, and will still feel they have a chance of getting 4th spot if results go their way. Chelsea have only dropped 7 points away all season winning their last 6 games on the road but I just feel that Bolton may well get something from this one. I don't expect Chelsea to lose but their minds could be distracted by the Champions League plus they may not want to risk players ahead of the return fixture at Anfield. Duff is already unavailable through injury but how much is Mourinho willing to gamble. Bolton to hold out for a draw.|
|Sun 1:00||Tottenham v Aston Villa|
|One point and one place separate these two in the charge for 7th place and the last European slot. Spurs have done unusually well to remain in contention this late in the season and will need to take something from this game and the one against Boro to keep alive their European hopes. They now have some strength in depth and the injuries look to have cleared up for the most part but they face a Villa side who have improved recently with 3 wins from 6 away from home. Both sides need Europe to attract better players and build their squads into those that can compete with the top sides for the big prizes; any silverware would be nice. Expect this to end even.|
|Sun 4:05||Charlton v Man Utd|
|By their own standards, United's away form this season has been appalling as they have only won 8 and lost 4 from 17, and can best explain why they are sitting in 3rd place and 4 points adrift of Arsenal. However, they travel to Charlton who's season has petered out to nothing as they have now slipped away from the European places and with 3 losses in their last 6 home games, United will see this as a potential 3 points even though United have lost their last 2 on the road. United are still missing some influential players such as Scholes and Neville but Ferguson will want them to remain committed until the final kick of the season. After all, Charlton have little left to play for.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||West Brom v Arsenal|
|Although Bryan Robson has turned around West Brom's home form and their attempt at climbing away from relegation has been admirable there won't be many to back his side to win this encounter. Arsenal play some mesmerising football at times and this will be a tough test for West Brom who haven't lost any of their last 6 at home, whilst Arsenal have only lost one of their last 6 away. Henry may still be injured but Campbell could return, although Wenger may want to stick with Senderos after some good performances. West Brom unlikely to be able to hold out for 90 minutes.|
|Away Win 0-2|