Archived Premiership Tips (7th May 2005)

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Archived Premiership Football Betting Tips (7th May 2005)

Premiership 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 of 7th and 8th May 2005.


Archived Premiership football betting tips (7th & 8th May 2005)

Sat 12:30 Chelsea v Charlton
  Chelsea will have been disappointed with their exit from the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool but it wasn't through lack of effort. At least they have the Premiership wrapped up and will want to win at home to Charlton as they should be officially presented with the trophy; they will not want Charlton to spoil the party. Charlton's end of season slide has continued and they are now in the bottom half of the table with no chance of Europe. Liverpool showed that the best way of stopping Chelsea is to press their midfield and stop them playing but I doubt Charlton will be capable of doing this to such good effect. Chelsea to celebrate their title with a win.
Home Win 2-0
Sat 3:00 Aston Villa v Man City
  Villa were taken apart at Spurs but the 5-1 scoreline did not reflect the chances that Villa created, not to mention some refereeing decisions that did not go their way. Only 1 point and 1 place separate these two and though the possibility of 7th place and Europe remains it is less likely, although the result from the Spurs and Boro game may affect the chances of these two progressing; both will be hoping for a draw at the Riverside whilst they take the points here. Villa have drawn their last 3 at home whilst City have drawn their last 3 away but City have only lost once under Pearce, who should be a certainty to take the mangerial vacancy on a permanent basis. Pearce will have no fears and want his players to take the game to Villa and I just think they might sneak it.
Away Win 0-1
  Blackburn v Fulham
  Blackburn are a hard grafting outfit and it is difficult to imagine them playing below par just because they have nothing left to play for, although moving up any number of places in the Premiership means more money. Savage should be back after being rested for the visit to his old club Birmingham so there should be a bit of bite about the Blackburn side. Fulham did not capitalise on their win against Everton and lost out to a mediocre Newcastle side midweek. They may be safe but if they finish there Coleman will not be pleased; Andy Cole also seems to have lost favour with the fans, not surprisingly for a goal hanger. Blackburn are strong defensively and home advantage should give them the points.
Home Win 1-0
  Crystal Palace v Southampton
  Both of these teams are facing up to the possibilities of relegation and occupy third and fourth from bottom respectively. In their last games Palace managed a draw away at Newcastle whilst Southampton emerged with 3 points at home to relegation rivals Norwich. For a team fighting against relegation Palace have OK home form having won 6 from 18 but Southampton's away form is abysmal with 13 losses from 18 games. At the back Palace are probably a better organised side than Southampton but this fixture is going to be very tight. Only 1 goal separates these two in the Premiership table but I think Palace can just edge this one.
Home Win 2-1
  Everton v Newcastle
  Everton's claim to 4th spot and the last Champions League place looks almost certain as they are 3 points above Liverpool and have a game in hand. They've won 11 from 18 at home and no doubt Duncan Ferguson will come on and score the winner; a note of caution for next season is that their long ball game may not be suitable against sides that know how to keep the ball and play. They host Newcastle who have just earned their 3rd away win of the season midweek at Fulham. The return of Bramble is a big boost for them defensively but they are still prone to errors at the back and I'm not sure they'll be motivated for their second consecutive away game with European football not on the agenda. Everton to prove too strong for Newcastle.
Home Win 1-0
  Middlesbrough v Tottenham
  Only 1 goal separates these two in the Premiership table with Spurs the better placed in 7th and currently occupying the last European slot. Obviously this game is a must win for either side but a draw gives the teams below them belief that they can also attain the much coveted 7th position. Boro's recent home form has been indifferent what with the distraction of European competition this season whilst Spurs have only taken 2 points from their last 6 away games; on the road they have only scored 11 goals all season. Boro did well to get a draw at Liverpool on Saturday and Spurs thrashed Villa, and though a draw is probably not the best result for either side it is not the worst.
Draw 1-1
  Norwich v Birmingham
  Norwich lost out in the thriller at Southampton while Birmingham came from behind to beat Blackburn. Norwich have won their last 3 at home on the bounce where as Birmingham have only taken 2 points from their last 6 away games. Birmingham have nothing left to play for this season but not the same can be said of Norwich who are fighting relegation at the bottom of the table, although only 1 point separates the bottom 4 teams. Norwich will need to tighten up at the back after Saturday's performance and will find Birmingham difficult to break down as they are well organised, but back Norwich here as they will be fighting for survival and have good home form whilst Birmingham don't have too much motivationally to drive them.
Home Win 2-1
  Portsmouth v Bolton
  Portsmouth are now safe from the relegation issues and can start to plan for next season in the Premiership but it will take time for Alain Perrin to turn things around at Fratton Park and instill some confidence and consistency. They host a Bolton side who could mathematically still grab 4th place and the last Champions League spot but it is extremely unlikely as Everton are 4 points ahead and have a game in hand; Bolton should however take one of the UEFA places. Portsmouth may find Bolton's mix of styles and strength at set pieces difficult to play against, and in addition to their own poor performance at City and lack of motivation Bolton could well take all the points.
Away Win 0-1
Sat 5:15 Man Utd v West Brom
  After United's demolition of Charlton away it should not be taken for granted that United have given up on overtaking Arsenal for second place even though there is a 4 point gap. They face a West Brom side who have upped their standard in recent weeks but they are still firmly ensconced in the relegation places and it looks like 3 from 4 will go down; if it weren't for other sides down there picking up points West Brom may have been a little safer by now. West Brom need to go for all 3 points as this is the only result that can really help them but they need to be patient otherwise United will just pick them off on the counter. United should take all the points.
Home Win 2-0
Sun 4:05 Arsenal v Liverpool
  Liverpool are now in the Champions League final and ironically, if they can win it and only finish in 5th place in the Premiership they will not qualify for next season's competition. Unfortunately for Liverpool, their local rivals Everton currently hold 4th place and have 3 points plus a game in hand over them. Additionally a trip to Arsenal is not what they would want especially as Arsenal will be wanting to cement their 2nd place and automatic qualification to the Champions League. Liverpool's away form domestically has been awful losing 10 from 18 where as Arsenal have only lost once at home all season. Liverpool showed against Chelsea that they can defend a lead but Arsenal will pose more problems attack wise whilst Liverpool could definitely feel the effects of the midweek game; not only that but Liverpool appear to have been distracted by Europe most of the season. Arsenal should take the points here.
Home Win 1-0

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