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 Tues 17th to Wed 18th April 2007.
|Tues 7:45||Arsenal v Man City|
|Arsenal got back to winning ways at home to Bolton and only the poorly timed defeat to West Ham has interrupted a run of 5 consecutive victories at the Emirates. The Gunners trail Liverpool by 2 points in the race for 3rd place and though they may not win any silverware this season, third place will mean less qualifying games in next season's Champions League. They host a City side that have shrugged off poor form since Christmas to take 2 draws at home and 3 victories on the road in their last 5 games, and should now be safe from fear of relegation. The stats however do not always tell the truth and Liverpool didn't present too many problems at Eastlands, and though Pearce now has the striking services of Mpenza, City have failed to score at home in 9 hours and 20 minutes of football; the manager should be thankful to his defence for shutting out the opponents in recent games. City have little to play for but Arsenal still have the incentive of 3rd place to fire them up and should put a dent in City's recent run.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Tues 8:00||Man Utd v Sheffield Utd|
|United are still leading the way in the Premiership by 3 points but Chelsea have edged closer and United's treble could be brought down to earth by the Blues, as much as Chelsea's quadruple could fall flat on its face if United have anything to do with it. Ferguson has injury problems in defence but Rio could be fit for this encounter, with Gary Neville possibly returning for the Milan game. United have only dropped 5 points at home this season so not surprisingly, their last 6 games at Old Trafford have all resulted in home victories. It's highly unlikely that Warnock's side will upset United's current run despite their emphatic win over West Ham at Bramall Lane; a game in which both sides were desperate for the points. The Blades are once again above the drop zone but can't rest on their laurels with only a 2 point breathing space and 4 or 5 games to go. Away from home, Sheffield Utd have lost their last 6 successive games and given Man Utd's current scoring form, it looks to be one way traffic.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Wed 8:00||Blackburn v Watford|
|Whilst not mathematically relegated yet, Hornets' fans must know that the draw of the Championship is beyond their best efforts. Whilst Aidy Boothroyd's leadership and attitude have been admirable and reflected in his team's performances, the gap in quality has been too much but if Aidy can keep his players, expect them to bounce straight back up next season. Watford have lost 4 of their last 5 on the road, not including the semi-final defeat to United, and take on a Blackburn side at Ewood Park that took Chelsea to extra time in the other FA Cup semi-final having should have won it in normal time. Rovers are another side that now have little to play for but at least with the FA Cup out of the way they can concentrate on their remaining league games. Watford are never as easy to beat as their league position suggests but Blackburn will be disappointed if they don't take all 3 points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Liverpool v Middlesbrough|
|Liverpool are clinging on to 3rd place by 2 points but their record is pretty good with only 1 defeat at Anfield this season. They may have one eye on the Champions League showdown with Chelsea but Benitez will be keen to reduce the number of games they play next season as far as possible. Boro should be safe from relegation but their mid-table obscurity and defeat at home to Villa seems to have cast a grim reality over the Riverside and Southgate has his work cut out in the summer. Boro have just 1 victory on the road this season and given the fortress that Anfield has been under Benitez it's unlikely that Boro will receive any generous treatment. Boro won't drop a place if they lose this but their season is rapidly entering a decline with nothing left to play for. A win for Liverpool to retain 3rd place.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Ham v Chelsea|
|Once you thought that the Hammers were on the up and finally putting together some warranted results, they turn in an inept performance at Bramall Lane and could have said goodbye to their survival hopes with 5 games to go. Not only do West Ham entertain Chelsea but they also play Everton and Bolton who will be fighting for European places and they have to visit Old Trafford on the last day. Chelsea travel to Upton Park looking to close the gap on Premiership leaders, United, and though they look a little weary the quadruple is still within their grasp. They showed against Blackburn in the FA Cup semi-final that even though they look down and out at times, they have the strength of character to dig out a result. This is the problem West Ham have to deal with and even if they go ahead they will have to stand firm if they are to get anything from a Chelsea side that have won their last 4 Premiership away fixtures. The Hammers need to produce a big performance but I doubt it will be big enough.|
|Away Win 1-2|