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 16th April 2005.
|Sat 3:00||Charlton v Bolton|
|Charlton staged a bit of a fight back against Portsmouth but it wasn't enough and their disappointing end of season slide continues. Their last home game against Man City they salvaged a draw in injury time but Bolton are likely to offer a stiffer test. Charlton's hopes of Europe have probably slipped away but Bolton must be thinking they can possibly grab the 4th place and the last Champions League spot; they've won 4 of their last 6 away whilst Charlton's home form has been fairly inconsistent. This promises to be a tight game but Bolton's confidence should edge it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Crystal Palace v Norwich|
|Norwich managed one of the shocks of the season with their 2-0 win over Man United and some have commented that they finally played to their potential; had they done this more often they would not be in the perilous position they are but is it too late for them to survive? Their opponents, Palace, were awful at Everton and will need to improve at home to Norwich after suffering a recent dip in form. Contrary to the results of these 2 last weekend Norwich are still to win away whilst Palace have won 5 at home. A draw means nothing and both will want to win this game to improve their relative positions significantly as there is everything to play for with 19th against 20th, but who would pick a winner.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Fulham v Man City|
|Fulham's away form may be poor but their home form has kept them just out of reach of the relegation places; they've only lost once in their last 6 at Craven Cottage but they face a much rejuvenated City side under Stuart Pearce. Everyone is aware that City are the epitome of inconsistency but Pearce has his team playing with drive and determination, and most of all the will to succeed. Neither team have much to play for with City in mid table and Fulham probably safe with a game in hand, but maybe Pearce's position as manager potentially being dependent on results in the remaining games could well drive his team to victory.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Liverpool v Tottenham|
|Liverpool's injury problems have been well documented and now Gerrard will miss their midweek European game although his availability for the weekend is unknown; there is good news however with the return to fitness of Xabi Alonso. At home they have won 11 from 16 and it is this home form that has carried them to 5th spot and shouting distance of Everton and that last Champions League spot. By contrast Spurs' away form has been poor with them only managing to score 9 goals on the road despite their abundant talent in attack and though both sides believe they have a European agenda, it looks as though Liverpool's home form should carry them to another victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Southampton v Aston Villa|
|Any improvements Southampton had made under Harry Redknapp seemed to go by the wayside in their crunch match at Ewood Park where they were abysmal and gave Blackburn far too much space. Kevin Phillips finally looks to be forcing his way back into the side and should partner Crouch in what is reminiscent of his partnership with Niall Quinn at Sunderland. Villa will obviously be without Ridgewell after he lost his head and Mellberg through injury but Vassell is back playing and scoring, a welcome addition bearing in mind Villa's lack of goals. Villa's away form has also been poor but they have carved out 2 of their 3 away wins this season in the last 3 away fixtures. The outcome of this one will be determined by which Southampton side turn up but their scrap for survival and Harry's kick up the proverbial could drive them on to win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:15||Birmingham v Portsmouth|
|Birmingham nearly stunned Chelsea and many others with their spirited display at Stamford Bridge where they managed to snatch a point from the certain Champions and nearly held out for all three. They have only dropped 2 points in their last 4 home games and face a Portsmouth side managed by new appointment Monsieur Perrin, a relative unknown to the Premiership. Portsmouth may have beat Charlton with the Fratton Park faithful behind them but they have lost their last 6 away and now that 7 points separate themselves and relegation, it is likely that they may not be quite so up for it. Birmingham should take all 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|