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 25th to Sun 26th February 2006.
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Sunderland|
|Sunderland may have picked up the odd point here and there but their future is doomed. The Championship beckons and all they can do now is go down with some pride; I know it's not mathematically over and done with yet but from a betting point of view it's a dead cert. Talking of relegation, Birmingham are only 2 places above them but they do have an extra 10 points. However they still need another 6 points to catch Boro immediately above them; this in itself will be some achievement. It all points to a massive 6 pointer at St Andrews and though Birmingham have lost 7 of their 12 home games they should be fired up for this one.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Blackburn v Arsenal|
|Blackburn haven't lost at home in their last 6 and of those have notched up 4 wins. Overall they have only lost twice at home this season. Mark Hughes's side have a tough reputation and do not lie down easily; they also have a potential match winner in Morten Pedersen. Some may think Arsenal may have turned the corner after the Madrid result but the truth of the matter is that they have been exceptional away from home in the Champions League this season whilst being awful on the road domestically; 3 wins is just not enough for a team of Arsenal's calibre. The other factor is that Real didn't really get in and about the Arsenal players and gave them too much space; the only thing you can be certain of from a Blackburn side is that they will be snapping at the heels of the opposition at every opportunity. Arsenal should expect a much tougher game and Rovers could get a result.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Charlton v Aston Villa|
|Both these sides are having fairly inconsistent seasons and don't seem to be able to put a decent string of results together. Villa have not lost in their last 6 away fixtures and Charlton have only lost the once at home in their last 6 home fixtures. Charlton have no injury worries as such but Villa have some defensive problems with Delaney, Bouma and Laursen all out. Normally this game would fall in favour of the home side but Charlton's home form is no better than their away form where as Villa have done marginally better away from Villa Park this season. So unable to make a decision, the stage looks set for a draw.|
|Chelsea v Portsmouth|
|Chelsea's disappointment midweek means Mourinho is focused more than ever on the domestic front; as the Blues' manager it was his first home defeat in 90 minutes. However it would be presumptious to think that Chelsea have lost confidence and may slip up in the Premiership. After all, Portsmouth are no Barcelona and with a 12 point lead Chelsea have plenty of cushioning. Looking at Portsmouth's current situation it looks like Redknapp could be the first manager to take the top two south coast sides down to the Premiership; maybe he'll move to Bournemouth next. Pompey have lost 10 of 13 away games this season and their recent away form is a string of straight losses; in total they have conceded 29 goals on the road, the most in the Premiership. Looks like the writing is on the wall for Portsmouth.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sat 5:15||Newcastle v Everton|
|Newcastle may have put together a good string of results together under the temporary partnership of Roeder and Shearer but results don't tell the whole story and whoever takes the permanent role at St James Park will have their work cut out. In midfield they are strong but their defence is weak and without Shearer, Owen and Dyer they struggle up front. Shearer was not fit enough to return midweek against Charlton so remains doubtful and Dyer looks to be sidelined for another 3 weeks with a recurrence of his hamstring injury. They face an Everton side who are currently top of the Premiership form guide and could inflict Newcastle's first defeat under the temporary management. The curse of the manager of the month doesn't seem to have afflicted Moyes and they now have their sights set on a UEFA place. A single goal should be enough for Everton to settle this one.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 12:15||Liverpool v Man City|
|The man of the moment at Anfield will no doubt be Robbie Fowler after his move back from Eastlands and what are the odds that he scores his first goal back at Anfield in front of the Kop against his old team; these things happen in football. Liverpool are hot on the trail of United and have 10 wins from 13 home games and have only dropped 2 points in their last 6; the main problem they have is getting their strikers in a rich vein of form. City's away form however has not been good with 7 losses from 12 games and though they can dominate games they fail to make this dominance count. This was notable in their last gasp draw in the FA Cup last weekend at Villa Park. Liverpool should win comfortably.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 1:00||Bolton v Fulham|
|Bolton have found it tough scoring of late but they have only lost at home just the once in the Premiership this season. They may have the distraction of a midweek European game, although they have responded well in subsequent Premiership games, but the possibility of Henrik Pedersen returning from injury could provide them with a goal scoring alternative. Their opponents this weekend are Fulham and are the only Premiership side yet to secure an away win; given how difficult it is to score at the Reebok a Fulham win looks extremely unlikely. Fulham's away form couldn't be more different from their home form and with only 1 point from their last 6 away games, Bolton should be backed.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 3:00||West Brom v Middlesbrough|
|West Brom may be lying only 1 place above the relegation spots but they do have a 6 point gap above closest placed Birmingham and when teams are struggling to get points 6 points is a big ask to make up; not to say that the Baggies are safe but their home form is fantastic compared to the teams around them. With 6 wins and some good scalps, such as Arsenal, they should start favourites but Boro have been an inconsistent side this season and have paid for their European commitments by sacrificing their Premiership position and are consequently only 1 place above the Baggies. Unlike Bolton, Boro have not fared too well in Premiership games immediately following European excursions but they will have been buoyed by their home win over Chelsea. The thing is how much will Boro's game against Stuttgart affect their weekend performance?|
|Home Win 2-1|