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 9th April 2007.
|Mon 12:45||Watford v Portsmouth|
|Watford have now been cast 9 points adrift at the foot of the table after West Ham's and Charlton's recent form has seen them move away and exert mounting pressure on the teams above them. Watford are still not mathematically relegated but the signs are all there and the side that have won only 2 home games all season take on a Pompey side that sent Man Utd packing from Fratton Park on Good Friday with nil points. Portsmouth's form since the new year has not been great and the victory against United is just the sort of victory Harry needed to give his troops some confidence and keep them in the hunt for a European place. Pompey have just 3 away victories this season and none for a while; against the bottom club it's about time they pulled a result out of the bag on the road.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 3:00||Aston Villa v Wigan|
|There aren't any easy picks on this bank holiday Monday but this looks to a safer gamble than the other five. Wigan are in serious danger of being caught by Charlton and only 2 points currently separates them from dropping back down to the Championship. The Latics have lost 4 of their last 6 away fixtures and travel to Villa Park where Villa have lost just the once in their last six. Their last 2 victories at home came against bottom clubs, Watford and West Ham, and if Villa are to pick up points it seems likely that O'Neill will have targeted Wigan as a potential maximum. A Villa victory could move them up 3 places and it's about time Young and Carew carried the fight along with Agbonlahor. A rare Villa victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Bolton v Everton|
|Fifth plays sixth in a 6 pointer that could make all the difference with regards to a place in Europe next season; given Arsenal's recent demise a place in the Champions League may even be up for grabs. Bolton finally got back amongst the goals at Wigan after some disappointing results and a fresh Teymourian could add that bit of extra spice required in a match that has the potential to bore the pants off everyone. Everton have their own boy wonder at the moment in James Vaughan, another striker given full reign as the manager looks for some fresher legs and keen appetite. The Toffees have drawn 3 of their last 4 away games and this dull encounter promises to end similarly.|
|Fulham v Man City|
|Fulham may have been battered by Everton after going ahead and Coleman may be dealing with flak on a personal level, but they've only lost 1 of their last 6 home games and are due a decent result at Craven Cottage. City have won 4 of their last 6 away games but ironically can't win at home. Only 1 place and 2 points separate these two in the wrong half of the table and any sort of slide could land either in relegation territory especially given the way Charlton and West Ham are performing. City are obviously capable of snatching results as they did at both Newcastle and Boro, but Fulham have Premiership status to play for and if the fans get behind them they should get the 3 points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Newcastle v Arsenal|
|Arsenal really aren't having it all their own way any more with 2 successive defeats on the road and their undefeated record at the Emirates finally falling to the unlikeliest of teams; West Ham were staring relegation in the face but the Arsenal defeat will have shocked many. The Gunners are only hanging on to 4th place and a Champions League spot by 2 points and need to make the most of this game in hand if they are to put a bit of distance between themselves and Bolton. Newcastle got a good result at Bramall Lane to give themselves a level of comfort in mid-table. In their last 6 home games, they've lost just once and given Arsenal's poor string of results since their season virtually finished with the Champions League defeat to PSV, assuming the Magpies can defend with some resolve Arsenal could be there for the taking.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Charlton v Reading|
|Charlton are finally out of the bottom three and should be proud of the way they've pulled themselves back from the brink. The Addicks have taken 9 points from their last 3 home games and though Pardew is performing miracles, they shouldn't underestimate a Reading side perfectly capable of matching them in all areas of the pitch. Reading have lost their last 3 away games and have been gradually slipping down the table but they've had some tough fixtures in which they've acquitted themselves well despite losing. Coppell has earned his side the right to play with some freedom as reward for getting points on the board during the first half of the season, and Charlton will need to be wary of Reading's attacking strength. Though Charlton are out of the drop zone they're far from safe and need to register 3 points to put the pressure on the teams around them. However, Reading have proved a mite too canny and should be worth a point.|