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 8th to Sun 9th April 2006.
|Sat 12:45||Tottenham v Man City|
|Spurs can get back on track this weekend after last weekend's disappointment at St James Park. They need to keep winning to keep hold of 4th place and more importantly keep Arsenal at bay behind them as the Gunners are only 2 points adrift with a game in hand. Spurs have good home form with 10 wins from 16 games and just the single defeat to Chelsea; they could take advantage of a City side who are still probably feeling the lash of Stuart Pearce's tongue after a run of 4 straight defeats. Some of City's players look to be back from the treatment room but the fact is that they have lost 10 of their 15 away games and only taken a point from their last 6 on the road. Given that City are now out of the reckoning for Europe and Spurs have so much to play for, a home win looks to be on the cards.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Charlton v Everton|
|Charlton's recent home form is fairly good with 4 wins and 2 draws from their last 6 but more importantly, they seem to have stopped conceding silly goals and the partnership of Perry and Hreidarsson is working well. Charlton are still not convincing enough at the other end of the pitch in front of goal but face an Everton side who aren't necessarily confident away from home either. Everton slipped up last weekend by only getting a point at home to Sunderland and they've only managed 2 points from their last 4 games on the road. Only 1 place and 1 point separate these 2 sides so it's going to be a hard fought game at the Valley; the flow should be with Charlton at home.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Portsmouth v Blackburn|
|Pompey are straight off the back of 3 fantastic wins that has given them a chance of staying in the Premiership. Of the teams fighting against relegation they are the side with the best recent form and after a fine win at Fulham should not be underestimated. Last season Portsmouth were renowned for their home form and it won't be long before the fortress atmosphere returns to Fratton Park. Their opponents, Blackburn, were fortunate to get a draw at home to Wigan and blew the chance to go above Arsenal in the race for 4th spot. Rovers have 9 losses from 16 away games and have 3 wins and 3 losses from their last 6 away; they rely heavily on the guile of Pedersen and the pace of Bellamy and if these 2 match winners don't perform to the max then Blackburn sometimes struggle. Back the Portsmouth run to continue.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Fulham|
|Fulham are not mathematically safe and last week's defeat at home to Portsmouth could be crucial in their run in. This fixture pitches together a home team yet to win at home this season and an away team yet to win away; surprisingly Sunderland have picked up 3 more points away from home than Fulham have. Sunderland and Fulham have both only secured 4 points (all draws) at home and away respectively this season and could not be more evenly matched. However, some of Sunderland's play at the Stadium of Light has deserved more this season and their work ethic and desire should knock Fulham off the ball; with relegation a cert Sunderland now have the freedom to express themselves and they should be the stronger team. To go down with only 11 points would be criminal.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:15||Wigan v Birmingham|
|Wigan have not been on too good a run of late but got a good draw at Ewood Park during the week and were unfortunate not to secure the win. At home they've only taken 1 point from their last 6 games and their European hopes are gradually slipping. They face a Birmingham side who have enjoyed some recent success with a draw against Chelsea and victory against Bolton (both at St Andrews) and are playing their part in making the relegation struggle interesting for everyone. Steve Bruce has a host of injuries and fielded his 31st different back four last Saturday against Chelsea; he must have got something right in the end. Birmingham's record away from home is dismal with 10 defeats and only 2 wins from 15 games.Though Birmingham will be up for it, Wigan at home could prove too strong.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 12:00||Aston Villa v West Brom|
|With Villa, Birmingham and West Brom separated by 3 places the tension will be high at Villa Park come Sunday. Villa do have a 7 point breathing space between themselves and Birmingham but if Portsmouth can stage a recovery 2 of the 3 sides mentioned above will be playing in the Championship next season; to be fair Fulham are not yet safe either. Villa's record this season has been dismal with only 4 home wins and after the thrashing at Highbury last weekend confidence will not be high; some elements of the Villa faithful are keen to see O'Leary walk or be walked. Despite some good away performances from West Brom they have only 1 away win to their name but have picked up 5 points from the last 6 away games. This game is going to be a scrap and could go either way; whilst a draw is not the best result for either side with 6 games to go it's not the end of the world either.|
|Chelsea v West Ham|
|Since they were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona, away from home Chelsea seem to be dropping points everywhere. However, at Stamford Bridge their record is second to none and they have only dropped 2 points all season; that's 15 wins from 16 games. The gap between themselves and United is closing and with only 7 points separating them, Chelsea are starting to look over their shoulder. West Ham failed to make it a perfect birthday for Teddy last weekend against Charlton as they played out a goalless stalemate but they have surprised a few teams away from Upton Park this season with 6 wins from 16 games and 3 of those coming in the last 5; the most notable was their 3-1 victory over the Arsenal at Hightbury. Can they repeat the same feat at Stamford Bridge? Unlikely, Chelsea have all the pressure on them and should respond.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 2:00||Liverpool v Bolton|
|Liverpool seem to have cemented third place for themselves as they are unlikely to be caught and United are also unlikely to drop points in their bid to catch Chelsea. Liverpool have only lost a solitary game at home this season and have rediscovered their potency in front of goal now that Rafa has threatened to wield the axe in the summer with strikers being the main target. Bolton's challenge for a Champions League spot has faltered after they've realised they can't play every game at home; only 4 away wins is hitting their campaign hard and a loss at St Andrews midweek will have been disappointing. Now they have to go to Anfield where they should expect more misery to come their way after 3 sucessive away defeats.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 3:00||Middlesbrough v Newcastle|
|Only 2 places and 2 points separate these 2 in the Premiership. Boro have the distraction of a home tie against Basle after being 2-0 down from the first leg whilst Newcastle are still not convincing away from home having secured 5 defeats from their last 6 on the road. Boro can pull performances out of the bag at the Riverside when they need to but it is the big sides that inspire them and not necessarily the atmosphere of a local derby. Newcastle have nothing left to play for except maybe Roeder's possible managerial position or Shearer's swan song and this one doesn't have enough riding on it to merit anything other than a drawn out stalemate.|
|Sun 4:00||Man Utd v Arsenal|
|With £56m in the win bin for shirt sponsorship over the next 4 years United are going to be challenging Chelsea for the biggest prize in domestic football next season; that's not to say that they are not in the hunt this season with only a 7 point gap and Chelsea hosting United on the penultimate weekend. Recently United only win at home and confidence must be sky high with Chelsea almost in reach and Saha, van Nistelrooy and Rooney all on the scoresheet. Arsenal have also had their own purple patch reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time and enjoying some emphatic victories over lesser Premiership opposition. Despite Arsenal's recent good form they have lost 8 of 15 away games and Old Trafford is always an intimidating place to go; United to take the points.|
|Home Win 2-1|