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 1st to Thurs 4th May 2006.
|Mon 5:15||Sunderland v Arsenal|
|Sunderland have managed to get relegated beating their own lowest Premiership points record in the process. They have still not won a game at the Stadium of Light this season and the visit of Arsenal is unlikely to change that statistic. In fact Sunderland have only taken 1 point from their last 6 home games and have conceded virtually 2 goals a game at home this season. Arsenal are in the Champions League final but are still trailing Spurs in the chase for 4th place. If Barcelona beat Arsenal in the glamour piece at the end of the season and Spurs win at West Ham on the last day, 5th will be the best they can do and no Champions League football next season. Despite this Wenger's players have to keep the pressure on and should win this one quite comfortably.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|Mon 8:00||Man Utd v Middlesbrough|
|United may have lost heavily at Chelsea on Saturday but they have to get a result today to almost ensure that Liverpool do not pip them for 2nd place and the remaining automatic Champions League spot. United have only lost the once at home this season in the Premiership and it's unlikely that a Boro side playing their 3rd game in 5 days will put up much resistance. Boro have magically sneaked their way into the UEFA Cup final as the result of 2 fantastic home performances against Basle and Steaua Bucharest but away from home they have not been as prolific. It is because of their European run that they face a 4th fixture in 7 days on Wednesday. Thankfully for McLaren they are safe from the drop so most efforts will be concentrated on getting the just rewards for their European efforts.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v West Ham|
|Another fixture that could be tainted by the presence of one of the competing sides in a cup final. West Ham have made it into Europe and to Cardiff on the back of a great FA Cup run and though they are assured of a European place they'll want to take the prize come FA Cup final day. The Baggies may have been relegated by Portsmouth winning at Wigan but they have won 6 home games this season; not that this statistic is remarkably impressive but it is compared to their away form. West Brom last won 6 home games ago but they'll want to win their last home game of the season before they drop to the Championship. Given the probability that Pardew will play a weaker eleven, West Brom could get that consolation home win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Tues 8:00||Blackburn v Chelsea|
|Blackburn look almost certain of a UEFA Cup place this season; they're 2 points above next placed Newcastle with a game in hand. Mind you, this is that game in hand and taking 3 points off Chelsea, the already crowned Premiership champions of 2006, is no mean feat It has been done by 3 sides this season but Chelsea no longer have the distractions of any other competitions and will want to win their remaining Premiership fixtures. Blackburn have won 11 home encounters this season but have only taken 1 point from their last two and given Chelsea's current mood, it looks like more points for the Blues.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Wed 8:00||Bolton v Middlesbrough|
|Bolton will have been gutted by their defeat at White Hart Lane which effectively put a nail in their coffin as regards European football next season. At home their form has taken a bit of a dip recently with only 1 win from their last three but they should take all 3 points against a Boro side who must face near exhaustion as they approach their 4th game in 7 days. Boro will also want to rest some of their key players ahead of the UEFA Cup final. This all points to a nailed on Bolton win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Thur 7:45||Man City v Arsenal|
|City have been reliant on their home form most of the season but it is now 3 successive defeats at Eastlands for City and the most disappointing will have come last Saturday when they fell to Fulham who, up until that point, were the only team in the league without an away win. City may have avoided relegation but the outlook doesn't look good for Pearce; there are only so many times you can bawl at players. It's another game that Arsenal have to win to keep the pressure on Spurs but it's a balancing act for Wenger who will want to keep his key players fresh for the Champions League final. Despite this Arsenal should be fancied to go on and win this one.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sunderland v Fulham|
|These two started this fixture about a month ago but the game was abandoned due to blizzard conditions after Fulham were a goal up. If the game had been allowed to run Fulham could well have had their first away win much earlier than last weekend. There's not much more to be said about Sunderland that hasn't been already; they're down and out and still attempting to salvage some pride but even that is proving difficult. Still without a home win it looks bleak for Sunderland where as Fulham could push on and claim 2 away wins for the season.|
|Away Win 0-1|