Premier league 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 8th to Sun 9th March 2008.
||Blackburn v Fulham|
|Rovers finally scraped the expected 3 points at St James Park and it has kept them in the hunt for a place in Europe next season. Seventh place is no longer a guaranteed European place given that Spurs won the Carling Cup and one of the top four may not win the FA Cup, so the pressure is on for them to at least try and overtake a Villa side 3 points above them. Blackburn haven't suffered defeat at home in their last 4 and that's unlikely to change against a Fulham side yet to secure a win on the road. Things haven't gone well for Roy Hodgson since his appointment as manager and it looks increasingly likely that he'll take the Cottagers down to the Championship. The current deficit stands at 6 points and looks too high a mountain to climb. Fulham have taken 2 points from their last 6 away games and it's not really enough to make them worth the value at Ewood Park.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Liverpool v Newcastle|
|It's been a good week for Liverpool; the win over West Ham finally moved them above Everton and into the automatic Champions League places. They may have a significant goal advantage but the Toffees are level on points so Liverpool are unlikely to have it all their own way. Another hat-trick from Torres moved him to within 3 goals of Ronaldo in the golden boot and it's all smiles at Anfield. Key to their continued good form are the participation of Gerrard and Torres; Benitez will be a fool to rest them now when they must lay claim to every possible point. The Reds have lost just one Premier league game at home this season and should not worry too much about the visit of a Newcastle side still to win under Kevin Keegan. Blackburn robbed them of the points at St James Park in injury time last weekend; had Michael Owen remembered his shooting boots it could well have been a different story. The Magpies are gradually sliding down the table but the games don't get any easier and this looks like a cast iron Liverpool victory.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Reading v Man City|
|Reading finally secured a win at the ninth attempt when they visited the Riverside; that result doesn't lift them out of the bottom three but it puts them right in the mix with their survival hopes enhanced considerably. The Royals have suffered 4 successive home defeats but prior to that their home form had not been bad with 6 wins from 10 games. Their opponents, City, are slipping down the table after a poor run and Europe next season looks unlikely. Sven is missing Richards through injury and Petrov is still serving a suspension; additionally, Elano has become a marked man and stopping him seems to be the gameplan. City have won just 3 games on the road this season and they may find it difficult against a Reading side that should be lifted by the result against Boro. The result could go either way but Reading are capable of beating the drop.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 3:00||Sunderland v Everton|
|Sunderland's home form is pretty good and explains why they've managed to escape the immediate clutches of relegation but they only have a 2 point margin to play with and every home game must be viewed as potential points. They've won their last 4 successive home fixtures but take on an Everton side that are extremely eager to qualify for the Champions League. They've had the carrot dangled in front of them for the whole season and will be keen to ensure that it is not stolen away from them, least of all by Liverpool. The Toffees are still going strong in the UEFA Cup and have won half of their Premier league away games this season, losing just once in the last six. This is a hard one to call and both sides will be driven by different ambitions but Everton have a steely side to them and could just snatch a vital victory.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Tottenham v West Ham|
|West Ham are reeling after two massive 4-0 defeats, firstly at home to Chelsea and then away at Liverpool. In neither game did the Hammers look the part and it seems some malaise is setting in; safe in mid-table on 40 points, they know that neither relegation nor the chase for European football will involve them and apathy looks to be the order of the day. They travel to White Hart Lane to play the Carling Cup champions but will be hoping that the side to turn up resembles the shambles that were soundly beaten at Birmingham. Ramos made a number of changes for the game at St Andrews due to niggly injuries and tired legs. Also priorities have now shifted to the UEFA Cup given that European football is assured next season but Spurs shouldn't take their eye off the league as theoretically their Premier league status remains uncertain. Assuming Spurs field a strong eleven they should enjoy a victory but these derby games are always closely contested.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Wigan v Arsenal|
|Wigan have won 4 of their last 6 home games but are still dangerously close to the relegation situation with just 2 points separating 5 places. The Latics appear to be hoping that their dire excuse for a pitch will even things out against Arsenal but that sort of attitude usually comes unstuck. There's no doubt Arsenal like to pass the ball but this season has shown that Wenger is more keen to mix the play and the Gunners can hit it long if they need to. Arsenal are still in pole position despite their lead being cut to a single point after 2 successive draws. After their sensational win in Milan they must be feeling invincible; the bottom line is that they've lost just one Premier league game this season and it's unlikely that number will rise to 2 at the JJB. United are maintaining the pressure and that should urge the Gunners to another 3 points.|
|Away Win 0-2|