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 midweek fixtures Mon 17th to Wed 19th April 2006.
|Mon 12:45||Tottenham v Man Utd|
|Despite thinking that Spurs had been living on their nerves in recent fixtures they still managed a vital win at Goodison and stay 4 points ahead of Arsenal and more importantly stay in 4th spot. Next week Spurs have to go to Arsenal so some sort of result against United is paramount. United's away form is on a par with Chelsea and they have won their last four but the home draw against Sunderland will have shocked them and they will probably now have accepted that the title is now beyond their grasp. They still need points to ensure they finish in second place but they have a game in hand over Liverpool and should be certain of getting the second Champions League spot not requiring qualification. Two good sides should set up a classic and a draw looks to be the order of the day; after all Spurs have only lost to Chelsea at White Hart Lane this season.|
|Mon 3:00||Charlton v Portsmouth|
|Charlton don't really have anything to play for in the remaining games and will have been disappointed with their quarter final exit from the FA Cup. They haven't lost at the Valley in their last 6 home games and face a rejuvenated Portsmouth side under Harry Redknapp who haven't tasted defeat in their last 6 Premiership meetings; 4 wins and 2 draws has been a superbly timed run of form in Pompey's bid to avoid relegation. They need to continue this to be sure of avoiding the drop and as a consequence will have a lot more to play for against a Charlton side that historically dip at the end of the season. It will be a surprise to see Portsmouth not pick up at least a point here and they could even get all three.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Chelsea v Everton|
|Chelsea have only dropped 2 points at home all season, conceded only 9 goals and scored a whopping 41 times. They have reacted well to speculation that they would possibly falter after United closed the ground behind them and now only need 4 points to retain the Premiership title. Everton's good run has come to an end with successive home games ending in a draw against Sunderland and defeat against Spurs. The Toffees have mixed form away from home and have won only 5 of 17 games. This looks like being another 3 points in the bag for the impressive Chelsea.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Middlesbrough v West Ham|
|In what could well be a dull dress rehearsal for the FA Cup semi final at the weekend, home advantage could play a big part in a fixture which would expect two weakened sides to take the field. Both of these sides have seen the cup competitions as their route into Europe next season; last weekend Boro nearly grabbed a point in their defeat at Portsmouth whilst the Hammers just about secured 3 points against an out of form City team. Form goes out of the window for this one as the player selections are far from certain so home advantage looks to be the factor to go with.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sunderland v Newcastle|
|A local derby provides the latest opportunity for Alan Shearer to notch a few more goals before he retires in several games time. Sunderland are now officially relegated but they have earnt 2 brave points recently with good away draws at Goodison Park and Old Trafford. Despite this improvement Sunderland are yet to win at home and have only secured 4 draws from 16 games; only 1 of those coming in their last 6. Newcastle have been doing well of late and are definitely in the pack chasing a UEFA Cup place; they have lost 11 of 17 away games but this one will have been earmarked for a potential 3 points. The only thing Newcastle will have to wary of is that Sunderland only have pride to play for now that they are relegated and that sometimes brings the best out of sides.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Mon 8:00||West Brom v Bolton|
|This fixture pitches together a home side that have lost their last four home games and an away side that have lost their last four away games. West Brom are now desperate for points to avoid relegation but are now 1 point adrift of local rivals Birmingham and 4 points behind Portsmouth who currently represent safety. Their plight seems to increase in desperation match by match and their chances look ominous, especially when they have to face a Bolton side renowned for their physical style. West Brom have lost 10 at home where as Bolton have only lost 8 away and the tension could just be too much for West Brom leaving Bolton to snatch it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Tues 7:45||Wigan v Aston Villa|
|Wigan have had a disappointing run lately especially at home with only 2 draws from their last 6. In fact Wigan have the worst home form of the top 14 Premiership sides; not a statistic that gives them too much to cheer about but they face a Villa side that have endured a far from impressive season. Villa may have secured a vital win at the weekend against local rivals Birmingham which should see them to Premiership safety and the Blues to the Championship but away from home they have lost their last 3 on the bounce and only won 4 times on the road this season. It's about time Wigan picked up a win and now that Villa are more confident of retaining their Premiership status they may let their guard fall against the Latics.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wed 7:45||Birmingham v Blackburn|
|These 2 sides meet after having both lost at the weekend and both still have much left to play for. Birmingham are still fighting relegation and are now 3 points adrift of Portsmouth who look the favourites to beat the drop after a fantastic run. Birmingham have lost 8 of 17 games at St Andrews although only 2 of those defeats have come in the last 6 but Blackburn are a difficult proposition and until recently were in the chase for 4th spot but now it looks like the UEFA Cup is a reality after trailing Spurs by 7 points. Their UEFA Cup place is still up for grabs so they have just as much to fight for as Birmingham but Blackburn do have a bit more about them and should be fancied to condemn the Blues to more misery.|
|Away Win 0-1|