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 midweek fixtures Tues 19th and Wed 20th April 2005.
|Tues 8:00||Bolton v Southampton|
|Bolton are on a good run of form lately and should not be discounted when talking about 4th place and the last Champions League spot. Sam Allardyce has blended youth and experience on a budget and produced some fantastic results; they've only lost 4 at home and face a Southampton side who managed their first away win recently but have since failed to build on that and remain firmly entrenched in the relegation fight. Phillips and Crouch are combining well but their problems remain at the back where Niemi has not performed as well as he did before recent injuries. Bolton's style may well prove too much for a side with only one away win all season.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Middlesbrough v Fulham|
|Boro have had a bit of a break recently but they still have serious injury problems, a factor that has contributed to their slip in the league and failure in Europe. Unlike their opponents Fulham, they still have the last European spot to play for where as Fulham have nothing to play for in the remaining games being 7 points and 2 places above the relegation places and probably needing just 1 more win to guarantee safety. Boro have lost their last 2 home games whilst Fulham have lost their last 4 away, but whilst Boro have the most to gain I can see Fulham getting a draw.|
|Wed 7:45||Aston Villa v Charlton|
|Villa have only lost 4 at home and their overall form recently has improved, most notably turning around a 2-0 deficit away at Southampton and emerging 2-3 victors. Their opponents, Charlton, have been experiencing their regular end of season slide and haven't won in their last 4 games. Some fans have been calling for Curbishley's head but this is premature as he has worked wonders with the infamous tight Charlton budget. They've only won 4 away games this season and are likely to lose out to a Villa side slowly gaining some confidence.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man City v Birmingham|
|Birmingham have only taken 1 point in their last 6 away games and although this was against Chelsea, City are an improving side under Stuart Pearce having only lost once and will take the game to Birmingham. Pearce is obviously new to management but it is his enthusiasm and will to win that is so refreshing, qualities that are inevitably reflecting in his players. He only has the remaining games to support his application for the permanent position but most impartials are hoping that all goes well for him. The return of Wright-Phillips could be an added bonus and the determination of the City players is likely to graft them the 3 points against the likes of Pandiani, Pennant and Heskey.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Norwich v Newcastle|
|Norwich have started to show that they can score goals but alas, they also concede them; a convincing home win against United followed by a 3-3 draw at Palace gives Norwich some late hope but they will need to tighten up at the back. Ashton looks to be finding his feet in the Premiership and getting the goals they need but only results will tell. Newcaste are now out of Europe, out of the FA Cup and have nothing left to play for; five places and 11 points above the drop zone leaves them in lower mid table mediocrity. They have only won 2 games away and with injury/other problems to key players plus poor performances from their defence and notables such as Kluivert, it is unlikely they will prevail at Carrow Road.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Portsmouth v Liverpool|
|Since Alain Perrin took over at Portsmouth his side have taken 4 points from 6 and with the Fratton Park faithful behind them they should give Liverpool a good run for their money; their biggest issue may be not having Yakubu available due to injury. Liverpool have only won 4 away from home this season and have lost their last 3 but they are starting to get players back from injury, and while not certain of reproducing their Champions League away form on the domestic front they should be able to come away with a point.|
|Tottenham v West Brom|
|Spurs are leading the challenge for 7th place and the last European spot but they haven't always been convincing against the so-called weaker teams this season. They face a West Brom side who are attempting to defy the stats and stay in the Premiership despite being bottom at Christmas; they are now 1 point clear of the relegation places with a game in hand and everything to play for. Robson has done really well to turn things around and although Spurs have won their last 4 at home, the Baggies could claim a point. Can the great escape continue?|
|Wed 8:00||Blackburn v Crystal Palace|
|Blackburn's home form is relatively inconsistent having won just 4 matches this season but they are still hard to beat; mainly because they kick the other side off the park to even up the odds slightly. Their cup run is now over and they are safe from relegation so all they have left to play for pride and an improved position. However, their opponents, Palace, have only won away once and this was some time ago. They did well to come back against Norwich from 1-3 down but they will be looking for all 3 points and this could well leave them exposed to the counter attack. Blackburn should win this one.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Chelsea v Arsenal|
|Some would say that this is the game of the weekend but with Chelsea 11 points clear and the title virtually guaranteed does it have as much interest as some of the relegation issues. Chelsea have been quoted as saying that they would like to wrap up the Premiership before the Champions League continues and Arsenal will be wanting to cement their 2nd place and guaranteed Champions League spot so maybe there is more at stake than looks at first. Chelsea have won 12 from 16 at home and not lost whilst Arsenal have won 11 from 16 away and lost 3 times. Arsenal may not have Henry which could be a big blow but at the end of the day, Chelsea will get something from this game and my tip would be for all 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Man Utd|
|Everton had the weekend off whilst United booked their place in the FA Cup final with a convincing win over a weakened Newcastle side. Everton's recent win over Palace apart, they have been struggling for the same sort of form that has got them into 4th place and coming up against a United side who have just rediscovered their goal-scoring touch (most notably van Nistelrooy) will be a stern test for them. United also managed to give Giggs a run out so he should be available for the midweek fixture; the only thing on United's mind will be attack as 2nd place and beating Arsenal are everything, and they are extremely unlikely to concede 3rd place in the eventual run in. United should be able to break Everton down and come away with the points.|
|Away Win 0-1|