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 19th and Sun 20th March 2005.
|Sat 12:45||Blackburn v Arsenal|
|Blackburn are a team of scrappers epitomised by the likes of Dickov and Savage, and if there's anything Arsenal don't like it's when the opposition get amongst them and let them know they've been in a game. Arsenal will be without Henry, Campbell and Cygan so once again their defence will be questioned. Blackburn will be on a high after getting a point at Anfield and reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup so should be up for giving their fans a good performance against the Champions.|
|Sat 3:00||Charlton v West Brom|
|Charlton have fairly good home form and will want to follow up their victory over Spurs with another over bottom side West Brom. This is by no means a foregone conclusion as West Brom have improved in recent months although they are yet to win away and have lost their last 3 away on the trot. Charlton can now sniff a place in Europe and will want the 3 points to cement their position, especially since their home form has provided the foundation for this and they cannot count on getting points from their remaining away games.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Chelsea v Crystal Palace|
|Chelsea have only dropped 2 points from their last 12 games and remain undefeated at home this season conceding only 3 goals in the process. They could possibly welcome back the attacking flair of Robben after injury although Mourinho may not play him the full game, but contrary to what some may think Chelsea possess enough attacking potential without him. Palace are hovering 2 points above the relegation zone and remain 4 points adrift of their nearest rivals Portsmouth. They have had some good results of late but it is a big ask for them to get anything at Chelsea especially considering they have only accumulated 8 points on their travels so far this season. Chelsea should continue setting the pace.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man Utd v Fulham|
|Although United may now be out of Europe and are 11 points behind leaders Chelsea they are not a side to let their heads drop and see the rest of their season tail off in disappointment. They are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and will want to remain in second place in the league for several reasons; in case Chelsea do slip up, to finish above Arsenal and to grab the second automatic Champions League place. They no longer have a striker crisis though van Nistelrooy could do with some matches, but Giggs and Gary Neville may be missing through injury. They entertain Fulham who have not built on last season's successes and remain too close to the drop zone for comfort. Van der Saar will be eager to do well against possible employers come the summer but Fulham have lost 8 from 14 away games conceding an average of 2 goals a game and they will find it difficult to compete with a form United side.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Portsmouth v Newcastle|
|Portsmouth have had a miserable run of form since Harry Redknapp left and what used to be a fortress at Fratton Park is no longer the case; they have just one home victory from their last 6. It must be stressed that Newcastle are not the best travellers having only won twice away in the Premiership, but their recent form in all competitions contradicts this as they have won their last 7 and are still in th FA and UEFA Cups; the latter including a great away victory at Olympiakos in Greece. Souness has been a little lucky but he has improved them defensively as they now defend from the front. They will be without Kluivert and Bramble but Ameobi will partner Shearer and O'Brien should fill in at the back. Portsmouth will make a game of it but Newcastle may just snatch it with Souness's favourite score.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Tottenham v Man City|
|This game should hold some interest for most neutral parties bearing in mind the inconsistencies of both sides and the circumstances surrounding the game. Keegan's resignation is bound to have had some effect although motivation within the club should not be lacking considering Stuart Pearce's drive and determination. City have tightened up at the back of late and should give Spurs a hard game; remember their comeback from 3-0 down to win 3-4 in last year's FA Cup at the Lane. Spurs, for all their firepower, can't get the ball in the back of the net at the moment and are conceding at the back meaning even draws are hard to come by. The defeat at Charlton will have been hard to bear and they will need to win this one to keep any chance of Europe alive. Unfortunately I only think they'll manage a draw.|
|Sat 5:15||Bolton v Norwich|
|Norwich are rock bottom having only managed 6 points on their travels and none of those coming by virtue of a win. Regardless of Delia's plea for more passionate support (something about a twelfth man) their fans must know the die is cast and they are bound for the Nationwide come August. Bolton currently have no injury problems and are proudly sitting in sixth position but they have the worst home form, with the exception of Spurs, of any side in the top half of the table. Bolton are a confidence team and they are playing with it at the moment; this in addition to their physical style should prove too much for Norwich. Bolton will miss Diouf through suspension.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 12:00||Birmingham v Aston Villa|
|These 2 sides have not enjoyed great form of late but form can go out of the window on these big derby occasions. Villa will be out for revenge after their defeat to Birmingham at Villa Park but Angel and McCann will be out through injury although Cole and Delaney could be available on the bench; once again striking options will be limited for Villa. Birmingham will be without the jailed Pennant which will probably mean less chances for Pandiani, but goals will probably be at a premium. A derby draw looks to be the favourite.|
|Sun 3:00||Middlesbrough v Southampton|
|The UEFA Cup has been a big distraction for Boro and their league position has suffered consequently; every match following a midweek european game has resulted in dropped points but they have still managed to hold on to eighth position. Now they are out of Europe they can possibly start to concentrate on getting back in for next season but they currently have 10 first team players in the treatment room. Southampton will travel to the Riverside in an optimistic frame of mind after recent performances have lent credit to the idea that they can still escape relegation. The spine of their team has proved a revelation, most notably the performances of Paul Smith in goal. Southampton can get something out of a game that should be tight.|
|Sun 4:05||Liverpool v Everton|
|Only one place separates these two but the crucial factor is the 7 points difference and a Champions League position. Liverpool will be seeking revenge for their 1-0 defeat at Goodison but though their home form overall has been impressive winning 9 from 14, they have had a wobble of late only drawing against Blackburn. They have had a number of injuries but still have good players available in all positions. Everton have also had a wobble of late losing their last 2 at home but they are likely to frustrate Liverpool by playing 5 in midfield so Baros and Morientes will need to take their chances. Merseyside derbies are always close fought affairs but both teams have more than local rivalry at stake which should see Liverpool pressing hard for the victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|