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 18th to Sun 19th March 2006.
|Sat 12:45||Everton v Aston Villa|
|Everton are slowly climbing up the league after a poor start to the season, and after injuries to Beattie and McFadden they both look back to their best with exquisite goals last weekend at home to Fulham. Everton have won their last 5 home games and it looks a tough fixture for a Villa side that lost last weekend at Blackburn and were knocked out of the FA Cup at Man City in midweek. Despite these losses Villa have performed well away from home and should have taken all 3 points at Ewood Park as they were by far the better side. Because of their performances O'Leary shouldn't have a problem picking his players up for the trip to Goodison, but given Everton's home form the Toffees should just edge it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Charlton|
|It's not often that Arsenal have the luxury of no midweek game, especially now that they are the only Premiership side left in the Champions League. Their younger players look to be settling in after poor away form and deserve their starting places; additionally it doesn't look like it will be long before some of Arsenal's renowned defenders return from injury. The Gunners clinched a vital win last weekend at home to Liverpool and with 10 wins from 14 games it looks difficult for a Charlton side who have only won 5 games on the road; in fact they have only taken 3 points from the last 6 away fixtures. Charlton rely too much on the Darren Bent's goals but this is unlikely to prove enough against a rejuvenated young Arsenal.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Blackburn v Middlesbrough|
|Blackburn were excellent away at Spurs and got nothing, then were awful at home to Villa and snatched all 3 points. It just goes to prove that possession and territory don't always guarantee victory. Blackburn have impressive home form with 10 wins from 14 games and have already beaten Boro twice at the Riverside. They've only dropped 2 points in their last 6 games at Ewood Park and should be fancied to beat a Boro side who may be feeling the effects of a long European campaign. Boro managed to scrape past Roma on away goals and although they are still in Europe, their domestic form has suffered as a consequence. With 7 losses from 13 games on the road this could be yet another domestic fixture that passes them by.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Bolton v Sunderland|
|Bolton responded to their European exit with a fine win over West Ham but this was in part down to Pardew's tampering with tactics, and they could have easily scored more than the 3 they ended up with in the first half. Bolton have only lost the once at home this season and the visitors to the Reebok are likely to return home with nothing. The opponents this time around are Sunderland and they still prop up the Premiership with only 10 points. New caretaker manager Kevin Ball didn't have the luck that sometimes goes the way of new management and they endured another loss last weekend to rival Premiership new boys Wigan. 10 Premiership points tells the story of Sunderland's season and Bolton should find this easy going.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man City v Wigan|
|This is a tricky one to predict given the home form of City and the away form of Wigan. City have won 9 from 15 at home and have won the last 7 at home on the trot in all competitions; the last 4 in the Premiership. Samaras is proving his value and at home City play with confidence as though they expect to win. However the visitors to Eastlands have impressive away form especially for a newly promoted side; they've won 7 of 14 away games and rarely know when they're beaten. Given the respective home and away forms of these 2 sides the game in prospect looks to be an exciting one and could swing either way; additionally City could well have one eye on the FA Cup quarter final tie with West Ham on Monday night and a draw is probably the best bet.|
|West Brom v Man Utd|
|The Baggies came back for a point in the local derby last weekend but it was a game where a win was vital. They are still in imminent danger of being caught by Birmingham and need as much daylight between them and their local rivals as is possible. West Brom have lost the majority of home games this season and rarely fare too well against high flyers United. Rooney and Saha look to be the first choice strike partnership at the moment but it can't be too long before van Nistelrooy starts; obviously at the expense of Saha as Rooney seems to have rediscovered his goal-scoring touch. United have only lost 3 games on their travels this season and it would be a surprise if West Brom could pull off this one.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|West Ham v Portsmouth|
|Because of the Hammers' success in the FA Cup this will be their 3rd of 4 games in 9 days. Alan Pardew claims that he'll be sending out a full strength side against Portsmouth but the truth of that remains to be seen. For the purposes of this we'll have to assume that he won't be doing a West Ham old boy a favour and that they'll start favourites. Portsmouth managed a surprising home win last weekend but it's been a heavy losing streak on their travels and with 12 losses from 16 away games Harry has a lot to do to pull a victory out of the bag against his old club. As long as West Ham aren't too distracted by their FA Cup success (so far) then they should take the points, but Portsmouth will give it a go.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:15||Birmingham v Tottenham|
|There's everything to play for at St Andrews; Birmingham will be hoping that a win can take them out of the relegation spots whilst Spurs will be hoping that a win can help to consolidate 4th position. Birmingham have only 4 victories from their 14 home games but have only taken 1 point from the last 6. Spurs are once again showing vulnerability in the last 5 minutes of games and it looks like this weakness is going to cost them come the end of the season; it wouldn't be surprising to see them not qualify for Europe as the teams below them are just waiting for them to slip up. Remember Spurs at Sunderland where they only came away with a point after a late Sunderland equaliser? Birmingham are a bit of a bogey team for Spurs and they could get a point.|
|Sun 1:30||Newcastle v Liverpool|
|Newcastle only have the FA Cup left to play for this season but they are still to lose at St James Park under Glenn Roeder. Liverpool will provide a tough test and until this week they had had a problem scoring goals; that is until Fulham felt the backlash and leaked 5. Having played so many games something was bound to suffer and that has been Liverpool's away form; only 1 win in the last 6 and 5 losses in all on the road will have Newcastle thinking they can snatch a victory. The Magpies are gradually getting players back from injury and though they still have some key ones missing, they could get all 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Fulham v Chelsea|
|It is becoming more conceivable by the week that Fulham could get caught up in the relegation battle as the season nears its close. The only Premiership team without an away win faltered last time out at Craven Cottage with a 4 goal defeat at the hands of Arsenal. Until then their home form had been good with 9 wins from 13 games but with Chelsea the next visitors to the Cottage it looks like another home defeat. It is not inconceivable that Chelsea may drop points as the run in approaches but they seem to be able to pull points out of the bag when it's least expected; most notably at home to Spurs last weekend in injury time. Chelsea have 10 wins from 14 games on the road and if Fulham are to get anything they should take heart from Boro's convincing victory over the Blues; from a betting perspective stay safe with Chelsea.|
|Away Win 0-2|