Archived Premiership Tips (2nd April 2005)

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Premiership Football Betting Tips (2nd April 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 Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd April 2005.


Archived Premiership football betting tips (2nd & 3rd April 2005)

Sat 12:45 Charlton v Man City
  Charlton followed up a good home victory against Spurs with an awful home battering against West Brom who beat them 1-4. Every year they face the promise of European football only to see their season tail off into disappointment and under achievement. They face a City side who recently lost a great motivator when the going was good in Keegan, but now have a manager (Stuart Pearce) determined to prove he is worth his salt and has the rest of the season to prove that. City will be without Wright-Phillips but Pearce will be scenting Charlton are ready to roll over and City's inconsistent form could spring a surprise.
Away Win 1-2
Sat 3:00 Arsenal v Norwich
  If any of the fixtures this weekend look a formality this one certainly does. Norwich are the only side without an away win but they could welcome back Brennan, Bentley and Svensson. Not all will play but Bentley will be most eager to impress the man who loaned him to Norwich; Monsieur Wenger. Norwich will need to tighten up at the back and concentrate for the full 90 if they are to get anything out of this one. Arsenal have had 16 players away on international duty so Wenger will be keen to see them return unscathed although they may well look jaded. Campbell and Henry could possibly return from injury but Bergkamp remains doubtful. Arsenal will be hoping United slip up as second place is still up for grabs and they should be guaranteed to win here.
Home Win 3-0
  Birmingham v Tottenham
  Birmingham's season has been fairly disappointing because of injuries to key players but they should still finish mid table even though they are not quite safe yet. Somewhat surprisingly Spurs are safe and if they feel so inclined could make a push for a European place as long as the end of season malaise does not kick in. They have a wealth of options in attack but sometimes find the opposition difficult to break down especially when the opposition tends to be more competitive in midfield and able to absorb the pressure, as is the case with Birmingham. The facts that tell the story are that Birmingham have won their last 3 home games whilst Spurs have lost their last 4 away; added to this Birmingham tend to be a bit of a bogey side for Spurs and have done well against them in recent seasons.
Home Win 1-0
  Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough
  If Palace can win this and Southampton lose against Chelsea, Palace will escape the bottom three, though how long that may stay the case is uncertain. What may prove the key to this game could be the fitness of Andy Johnson who recently sustained an ankle injury meaning his withdrawal from the England squad, but my initial thoughts are that he would make all efforts for this vital fixture. Dowie may well be confident of beating Boro who have been on the slide ever since their European campaign seriously kicked in, and now that they are out of Europe their season has diminished into nothing with Europe only a distant possibility next season, although key injuries at the Riverside have played an important part in their poor form. Boro have not won any of their recent 6 away games whilst Palace have taken 3 victories from their last 6 home matches; Palace should just have the edge.
Home Win 2-1
  Liverpool v Bolton
  One point separates these two in the chase with Everton for 4th and a Champions League qualifying spot. Liverpool now have Morientes injured and the only option up front is Baros who has been rather wasteful this season, especially after finishing top scorer in Euro 2004. Liverpool may also find Bolton a handful if Hamann has not recovered from a knee injury as they are a powerful side who can mix things up. The only stat that favours Liverpool is their home form; winning 10 from 15 puts them behind only Chelsea and United. However Bolton will have a say in the proceedings and play well against the big teams having taken points off of all of them so far this season. Bolton are enjoying another good run of form and could turn Liverpool over if Liverpool's injury problems persist.
Away Win 0-1
  Man Utd v Blackburn
  United have not lost in the Premiership since October and have kept up the pressure on Chelsea although they still trail by 11 points and have no realistic chance of overtaking them; they are however ahead of Arsenal and will have no greater incentive to keep winning games and claim the other Champions League automatic qualifying spot. Blackburn have not won at Old Trafford in 43 years and will need all of their battling qualities to stand a chance of claiming anything at the final whistle; the absence of Dickov and possibly Savage may leave United unharried and free to express themselves. Blackburn have done well to climb out of the drop zone but they are still not safe and will take anything but United are also under pressure and have the better talents to produce a result.
Home Win 2-0
  Newcastle v Aston Villa
  Newcastle's winning run finally came to an end after a draw away at Fratton Park and some of those victories may have been fortunate but it all points to a turnaround in fortunes for Souness. Both Newcastle and Villa have 38 points and have near identical records with Newcastle having played a game less. The most noteworthy stat is that both have only won away twice and this should spell Villa's downfall. Shearer should be fired up to try and close the gap on Milburn's club record and his will to win will spread to his team mates. Villa have problems up front with injuries and Hitzlsperger rumoured to be interested in moving to Germany; Djemba Djemba will also be missing from the middle.
Home Win 2-0
Sat 5:15 Southampton v Chelsea
  50 points separate these two but that somewhat belies Southampton's recent improvement and their justified surge out of the bottom three. Though Southampton have not lost recently at home they host near certain champions Chelsea who have won their last 6 away games. Southampton now have a core nucleus of players such as Crouch, Redknapp and Niemi/Smith who can ensure their competitive edge in games but Chelsea's array of talent should prove too strong. Chelsea will be without the once again injured Robben but the player who is finally mixing his talent with some discipline, Joe Cole, should stand in.
Away Win 1-3
Sun 1:30 Fulham v Portsmouth
  This fixture is a must win match for both sides; they're both sitting just above the relegation zone with just one point between them. Defeat would be disastrous especially if other results went against them; Fulham should use home advantage to leave Portsmouth in a perilous position especially considering they have a game in hand. Fulham's home form hasn't been great but they haven't lost in 4 home games where as Portsmouth have lost their last 5 away, added to which Zajec's record has been particularly awful since he took over from Harry Redknapp. Fulham should take the crucial 3 points.
Home Win 2-1
Sun 4:05 West Brom v Everton
  West Brom have not lost at home for 5 games and although they remain in the penultimate relegation spot they are still only 3 points short of Southampton and short-term safety. Robson has finally brought a more solid look to his side and with a substitute hat trick from Earnshaw away at Charlton, the Welsh international may well start. Everton however are experiencing a serious blip in form and the sale of Gravesen tells most of the story; McFadden and Arteta could also miss out leaving Everton short of that vital ingredient, creativity. They are familiar however with the rough and tumble of the Premiership and will fall back to this tactic if necessary but Robson should have his side drilled on how to cope with them. West Brom should get something out of this one but I think it will only be a single point.
Draw 1-1

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