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 29th to Sun 30th April 2006.
|Sat 12:30||Chelsea v Man Utd|
|First play second in what could be a classic. Both these sides are likely to finish the season in their current positions but there will be plenty of pride at stake which should contribute to an entertaining game. The only home results for Chelsea tend to be wins whilst United can do nothing but win on the road which sets the tone for Mourinho versus Ferguson. Because of the 9 point gap between them it is unfortunate that the result will have no direct bearing on the league table but the least United will be aiming for is a win as a point for Chelsea will result in the home side being crowned Champions at the end of the game. Whichever bet you decide to take the odds should be fairly good as this is a real fence-sitter.|
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Newcastle|
|Birmingham are making a scrap of it with Portsmouth in the fight to avoid the drop and have taken 11 points from their last 6 home fixtures, not tasting defeat in their last 3. Considering their injury problems they are putting on a brave effort and it's all hands to the pump but they could have left it too late. Their opponents, Newcastle, have improved dramatically under Roeder and still have the UEFA Cup to fight for; additionally there may be more bad timing for Bruce as St Andrews could witness the return of Michael Owen. The Magpies have 3 wins from their last 5 away fixtures and have been scoring goals for fun in recent weeks. Stopping Newcastle's midfield will be key for Birmingham but even if they do that, Owen is always capable of nicking a result. More doom for the Blues.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Liverpool v Aston Villa|
|The Liverpool bandwagon rolls on and even catching United remains a possibility although United would have to falter somewhat in their last few games. Liverpool have only dropped 2 points in their last 6 home games and with only 1 Anfield defeat this season the likelihood of a poor Villa side getting anything appears extremely doubtful. Garcia should be suspended after exchanging handbags with Mullins but there was a positive from Wednesday night in that Cisse scored a brace; an eccentric player who tends to be abysmal or brilliant and more often than not the former. Villa may not get any more points this season but if Birmingham win their remaining games they should still avoid relegation by the skin of their teeth on goal difference. Nevertheless it won't be a happy ship at Villa Park and O'Leary may well be lucky to keep his job through the close season. Villa have lost their last 4 away fixtures and 5 on the bounce looks likely.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man City v Fulham|
|Stuart Pearce has finally got his men back on track with an away win after 7 successive away defeats and that should give them some confidence after enduring 2 consecutive home losses. City have 9 home wins from 17 games and Pearce will be looking for a good end to the season to maximise his transfer kitty for next season. A plus for them is that their opponents, Fulham, are the only side in the whole football league yet to secure an away win. Chris Coleman is running out of chances to avoid this label and after City only Sunderland provide them with the opportunity to get that elusive away win. As much as Fulham have survived in the Premiership because of their home form, only 4 points won on the road shows the extent of their inadequacies playing away. A City win is on the cards.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Middlesbrough v Everton|
|Boro's UEFA Cup run just goes to show that you can never count them out; when you think they should be dead and buried back they come fighting as witnessed by Basle and Steaua Bucharest. After a semi-final exit in the FA Cup, McLaren will be pleased that his side have progressed to the more prestigious final despite his own personal disappointment that Scolari looks to have beaten him to the England post. They may be feeling the effects of a long season but 4 wins from the last 5 Premiership home games puts them in pole position against an Everton side that have only taken 3 points from their last 6 away fixtures. Everton are definitely without Cahill and Valente, and could also miss Arteta and Hibbert whilst Boro look to be without Southgate, Schwarzer, Mendieta and Pogatetz. A home win looks likely as Boro seem to have goals in them at the Riverside where as Everton have trouble scoring at home, let alone away.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wigan v Portsmouth|
|Wigan have had a fantastic season and despite pre-season predictions that they would go down, they have never looked in danger and have spent the majority of the season amongst the European places. They have been as consistent at home as they have been away and have mainly tasted defeat only against the big teams. Whelan has been quoted as promising Jewell a job for life but things change quickly in football and no one knows that better than Paul Jewell who'll be taking nothing for granted. They host a Portsmouth side that are currently on target to escape the dreaded drop; 2 points clear of Birmingham with 2 games to go is a great starting position but Wigan away and Liverpool at home may not yield too many points. There's no doubt Harry will have the Portsmouth players fighting for their lives but away from home they have only had 4 wins all season but a share of the spoils at the JJB could be about right.|
|Sat 5:15||Charlton v Blackburn|
|Charlton are just playing out the rest of the season and though they have only dropped 4 points from their last 6 home fixtures they were incredibly fortunate to emerge from the game against Portsmouth with all 3 points. Traditionally, they finish the season poorly but Curbishley has been reported as now placing the priority on reversing this trend. Blackburn have also tailed off in recent weeks and at one time were in contention for fourth place but now may miss out on a UEFA Cup spot. On the road Rovers have lost 4 of their last 6 away fixtures and though they still have something to play for, Europe appears to be slipping away from them. Another game that could go either way but home form should prevail.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Bolton|
|The draw at Highbury last weekend ensures that Spurs' fate is in their own hands; if they win ther remaining games at home to Bolton and away to the Hammers, fourth place will be theirs regardless of Arsenal's results over the next week or so. Ironically, the Gunners have only to win the Champions League to deprive Spurs of their prize but this will be a big ask and at least a UEFA Cup place is guaranteed. Spurs have won 11 of 18 home games and only lost to Chelsea and United at White Hart Lane whilst Bolton's away form has taken a turn for the worst with only 2 points from their last 6 away games. Both sides need a result; Spurs for fourth spot and Bolton for a UEFA Cup place but the home side should emerge victorious.|
|Home Win 2-1|