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 of Sat 23rd to Mon 25th April 2005.
|Sat 12:30||Everton v Birmingham|
|Everton willl be fuelled by their single goal defeat of United which arrested an alarming dip in form. This however has consolidated their fourth place position leaving them 3 points clear of Liverpool with a game in hand. Birmigham have only taken 1 point from their last 6 away games and have nothing left to play for in the Premiership this season. After the Blues' away defeat to City they should succumb again to Everton.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 12:45||Chelsea v Fulham|
|Even Arsene Wenger gave Chelsea the accolades they deserve after their stalemate at Stamford Bridge and no one doubts that they will be crowned Premiership champions. They will throw everything at Fulham with the intention of securing the league before they have to play Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Fulham have only won 3 away and Chelsea have only conceded 5 goals at home leaving any sceptics feeling very small if they are considering anything other than a home win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Bolton|
|Villa are one of the myriad of sides who feel they stand a chance of getting the last European place and 7th position, but it will be the team that puts the best run together in the remaining games that will be justly rewarded; Villa haven't managed a decent run all season and Bolton will provide a stern test for them, especially at set plays where Villa will struggle without an orthodox centre half. Bolton will want to take all 3 points here as they will want to stay in touch with Everton and Liverpool above them, and keep alive the possibility of Champions League football next season.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Blackburn v Man City|
|Blackburn were bottom in November and have done exceptionally well under Hughes to take themselves to 12th place without setting the world alight. They are difficult to beat at home and have drawn 7 of their 17 games and face tough opposition in City who are rejuvenated under Stuart Pearce, the man everyone hopes gets the City job next season. City only lost in Pearce's first game in charge and have been on a good run since, at last showing some consistency probably something to do with the fact that the players want to play for their manager. Wright-Phillips should be available to start and although he can make the difference, these two are likely to share the spoils.|
|Crystal Palace v Liverpool|
|Palace have had a blip right at the worst possible time and on current form are one of the favourites for the drop; if they had managed to get something away at Blackburn they might have given themelves a chance but now they go into a home game against Liverpool who are playing with justified confidence. Liverpool's away form has not been good this season but they earned a well deserved victory at Portsmouth and face Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League. They have proved that they are not a one man army and can get results without the irrepressible Steven Gerrard, who should be back for this one. Sticking to current form Liverpool should win this one.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Middlesbrough v West Brom|
|Boro were absolutely woeful midweek against Fulham and were extremely fortunate to get an injury time penalty and emerged with a point; their injuries have not abated but this is not really excuse enough for a string of poor performances. They are one of the teams in contention for the last European spot but will not get there on current form. West Brom however are putting together their best run and are still defying the odds to beat the drop after being bottom at Christmas; they are a point clear and could possibly catch the likes of Portsmouth and Fulham who may be 6 points ahead but are by no means safe. Robson has his side playing with belief and if they continue to take the game to the opposition they can take 3 points at the Riverside.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Norwich v Charlton|
|For a side who are bottom, though only on goal difference, Norwich are defying the odds to stay up and are making a real go of it. From their last 6 home games they have taken 3 wins and most notably the scalps of Newcastle and Man United. The partnership of Ashton and McKenzie is starting to pay dividends and the back four are managing to keep the ball out of the back of the net with the help of Green, although they have ridden their luck at times. Charlton are going through an end of season slide and are unlikely to make Europe; they've not won any of their last 5 away games and have probably left it too late to have anything left to play for. Unlike Norwich who have played themselves right back into contention for Premiership survival and have everything to play for; 3 points will give them a big boost.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 12:00||Portsmouth v Southampton|
|The first derby of the day pitches these arch rivals against each other and not only has the kick-off time been brought forward to limit the amount of alcohol taken on board but extra police are expected to attend. Portsmouth made a good start under Alain Perrin but Liverpool put an end to that and they remain only 7 points and 2 places clear of the relegation places. With several of the teams below them playing well and picking up points they need to string a couple of wins together to remain out of danger. Southampton however are firmly in the mire and Harry Redknapp almost looks to have conceded defeat. They have only 1 win and 4 draws from their 17 away games so the omens don't look good but when Crouch and Phillips have played together one of them has scored. Yakubu could carry the Portsmouth threat if he returns from injury. A draw is most likely from two indifferent teams.|
|Sun 4:05||Man Utd v Newcastle|
|After losing to Everton, United have probably conceded that beating Arsenal into second place is now beyond them. In the Premiership recently they seem to have had problems scoring but expect that to be rectified against a weak Newcastle defence. Scholes and Neville won't be available for selection after their indiscipline at Goodison but United have players to come in, although Scholes is always a big miss. Newcastle now have nothing to play for and don't travel well anyway having only won twice away from home. Expect this to be a home win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Mon 8:00||Arsenal v Tottenham|
|Arsenal put in a fine display at Chelsea midweek in what was purported to be a great advert for football. They will undoubtedly have to relinquish the title but second place and automatic Champions League qualification for next season should now be theirs. Spurs will be relieved to hear that Henry is doubtful, even though they haven't won at Arsenal for what seems like an eternity. Spurs have only 5 away from home this season and not won in their last 6 away fixtures, so any misguided fans who think that Spurs could possibly grab something to contribute to their European challenge should think again.|
|Home Win 2-0|