Archived Premiership Tips (25th March 2006)

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Archived Premiership Football Betting Tips (25th March 2006)

Premiership football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:

Banker

 Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.

Likely

 Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.

Prudent

 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 Mon 27th March 2006.


Archived Premiership football betting tips (25th to 27th Mar 2006)

Sat 12:45 Liverpool v Everton
  Liverpool have finally discovered where the opposition's goal is in dramatic style with 5 at home to Fulham, 3 at Newcastle and then 7 at Birmingham; an average of 5 goals per game over the last 3 games. It would be surrpising if Liverpool caught United for 2nd place, as United have 2 games in hand, but 3rd place should be theirs. The Merseyside derby is always a fraught contest and Everton are likely to defend better than any of Liverpool's 3 previous opponents so don't expect a goal fest. Liverpool have 12 wins from their 16 home games and have only lost once whilst Everton have a rather less consistent record on their travels with 7 losses from their 15 away games. Despite Everton's recent surge back up the table to a more respectable position, the Kop should carry Liverpool to another home win; especially given their current form, home or away.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 3:00 Aston Villa v Fulham
  Somewhat surprisingly after Fulham's good win over Chelsea at the Cottage, Fulham have now moved above Villa in the Premiership and only a single place and point separate these two although Villa do have a game in hand. It's unlikely that either of these will get caught up in the relegation scuffles but both these teams' reports at the end of the season will say 'Need to improve'. Villa have been marginally better away than they have been at home but only 4 home wins explains their poor league position for what are sometimes still referred to as a 'big' club. Fulham are still the only league side without an away win and have only taken 3 points from 16 away fixtures. Recent form just show a string of away losses for Fulham; if any positives are to be taken they should be taken from the fact that having just beaten Chelsea they can approach the Villa game with a degree more confidence and come away with something. Realistically, a Villa win is the more likely option.
Home Win 2-1
  Chelsea v Man City
  With 2 defeats in their last 5 Premiership games (away to Boro and Fuham) and a late winner at home to Spurs, some could be forgiven for thinking that Chelsea's dominance may not be what it once was. Despite the recent dalliances with 'less than perfect' performances Chelsea's home form has been exceptional this season with only 2 points dropped from 15 games. Their opponents, City, were the only team last season to inflict a Premiership defeat on Chelsea but under Pearce's management their great start has petered out to a familiar inconsistency. They have taken only 1 point from their last 6 away games, have 9 defeats from 14 games on the road and are a club embroiled in an injury crisis with 9 first team players on the treatment table. With maybe only 1 player expected back before Saturday, it looks like City won't be in any fit state to threaten Chelsea and a home win looks like a banker.
Home Win 2-0
  Sunderland v Blackburn
  It remains to be seen whether or not Sunderland still have the self-respect to get a home win from this horrendous season, but a classy Blackburn (on their day) are unlikely to feel charitable in their own push for a place in Europe; the Champions League still remains a possibility. There's not much more that can be said about Sunderland and with only 10 points from the season so far, they are unlikely to add many (if any) to that total in the remaining 8 games. Blackburn's stats away from home are not impressive by any means and they are on the back of 3 straight defeats although they won the 3 before those. Blackburn will be without Savage after his first Premiership dismissal last weekend but they have 2 match winners in Morten Pedersen and Craig Bellamy. Expect Rovers to stroll this.
Away Win 0-2
  Wigan v West Ham
  Both these newly promoted sides are proving themselves in the top flight with Wigan currently better off by 2 places and 4 points. The chances of UEFA Cup football next season are not beyond either of these sides but to make the chance reality they have to stay the course for the remaining 8 or 9 games. Wigan's recent run at home has been dismal with only a win and a draw in the last 6 but it is against the top teams that they've failed; a bracket that West Ham don't quite fit into just yet. The Hammers have 5 away wins this season with 3 of those coming in the last 6 but with their FA Cup commitments Pardew has chopped and changed to the detriment of their league position. Wigan have been underestimated all season and are still being underestimated by some but they have the drive and determination to finish higher than they already are; a narrow win for the Latics.
Home Win 2-1
Sat 5:15 Portsmouth v Arsenal
  Despite Pompey's recent revival under the guidance of Harry Houdini and the man of the moment Pedro Mendes, it remains a huge task for them to escape the clutches of relegation. They can now see light at the end of the tunnel but football can be a cruel game and they will need to play like they have done for the past 2 weeks for the remainder of the season; I'd be surprised if they are given license to play with as much freedom as West Ham gave them last weekend. With only 3 home wins all season the thought of beating Arsenal, who themselves are pulling out all the stops in the race for fourth place, will be tough. Arsenal's away form has been poor with only 4 wins on the road but they have picked up of late with a fine win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Adebayor seems to be the preferred partner for Henry and the defence appears to have adjusted after the infamous injury problems. You'll get great value on Portsmouth but Arsenal will probably take the points.
Away Win 0-2
Sun 1:30 Middlesbrough v Bolton
  Any clues as to how Boro are likely to play will be gratefully received. With 5 wins, draws and losses at home inconsistency is the word and though they are through to the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup, the Premiership table doesn't lie; the only positive they can take from their lowly position is that they probably won't be relegated. Bolton are now out of the UEFA Cup after a lengthy run and with their 2 games in hand could well finish in the top 4. Their problem has been reproducing their home form around the country; at the Reebok they score enough and their defence is tight but on the road they find goals harder to come by whilst they concede 3 times as many. They haven't won in the last 6 and either team could win or lose it; the safe bet looks to be for them to cancel each other out.
Draw 1-1
Sun 2:00 Charlton v Newcastle
  Charlton may well only have Alan Curbishley's England future left to play for this season but they have taken 20 from their last 24 points at home. The Valley may not be a fortress but with Darren Bent finding holes in opposition defences the future looks rosy from an attacking perspective. Newcastle are infamous for performing poorly in the capital but have looked harder to beat under Roeder. They have 10 defeats from 15 away games and have taken only 3 points from the last possible 24 on their travels. Shearer has 8 games remaining of his football career and he's determined to enjoy them but they are likely to get their pockets picked down at the Valley.
Home Win 1-0
Sun 4:00 Man Utd v Birmingham
  Steve Bruce won't enjoy going back to Old Trafford after the week he's had; a home loss to Spurs when Spurs hadn't won there for 20 years, then a home thrashing from Liverpool in the quarter finals of the FA Cup with no reply to 7 Red goals. Birmingham maybe can escape relegation if they pull their socks up but the way they are playing and the way Portsmouth are fighting it looks like the Blues are dead certs for the drop. 9 defeats on the road and only 1 point from their last 6 away spells party time at United. Van Nistelrooy could well miss out again after Saha's brace last week and there's probably more to that story than we'll ever know. United have only lost once at home and have an impressive succession of home wins at Old Trafford recently. Whilst they are unlikely to catch Chelsea, second place looks to be theirs despite Liverpool's good form as they have 2 games in hand over the Reds. United to win this at a stroll.
Home Win 3-0
Mon 8:00 Tottenham v West Brom
  Spurs, somewhat surprisingly, have managed to hold on to the prestigious 4th place but time will tell and Arsenal, Blackburn and Bolton lie in wait; Bolton also have 2 games in hand to further their cause. Spurs have only lost at home to Chelsea this season and it is their home form that underlies their current Premiership position. West Brom are the visitors to White Hart Lane and their away form is woeful with only 1 win; that coming amongst a 5 point total from the last 6 on the road. There's no doubt West Brom will come for a scrap as they can now feel both Portsmouth and Birmingham breathing down their necks, but Spurs could have Mido back and should be favourites for all 3 points.
Home Win 2-0

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