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 22nd to Sun 23rd March 2008.
||Tottenham v Portsmouth|
|Anyone who thought that Spurs had little to offer for the rest of the season will be forced to think again by their resilient comeback in the 4-4 draw against Chelsea. Ramos warned the players previously that they had the remaining 9 games to play for their places before he shuffles the pack in the close season and his tactic appears to have paid off. Spurs are now unbeaten in their last 7 Premier league home games and face a Pompey side that have established a reputation for snatching victories on the road. Portsmouth have won over half their Premier league away fixtures this season but lost 4 of their last 6; however, the key note of interest will be Defoe's return to the Lane and with 6 goals already to his name since moving to the south coast, his reception should be fairly good having justified his decision to move. Pompey will give a good account of themselves but Spurs won't want to let themselves down after digging out such a great result against Chelsea.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Sunderland|
|With the other sides around them doing relatively well last weekend, Sunderland have found themselves just 1 place and 2 points above the drop zone; what's more, Fulham's surprise victory over Everton means the Cottagers also stand a realistic chance of getting out of it. The Mackems haven't won an away fixture all season with just 1 point coming from their last 6 attempts. They travel to Villa Park looking for their first away victory but Villa have only lost 4 home games, with no defeats coming in their last six. Villa's defeat at Fratton Park means that Portsmouth jumped above them and with only fifth place in the league likely to go to the UEFA Cup, Europe remains an unlikely prospect. Given Sunderland's lack of a cutting edge on the road, a Villa victory should be backed.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Blackburn v Wigan|
|Wigan have experienced a major turnaround in results as they head for safety; whilst 31 points may not be the final necessary target to ensure survival, 6 points now separates them from Bolton and they have breathing space. A key factor has been their home results which have considerably improved and is probably largely due to the state of the JJB pitch; the odd bobble has played more than its part. Away from home, Wigan's track record reads a little differently and they've just 7 points to show for their efforts. Blackburn are their hosts and the carrot that is European football has almost disappeared after they suffered defeat at Upton Park; allegedly there was much finger-pointing at half time in the Blackburn dressing room but at least it shows some commitment. Rovers haven't fulfilled their early season promise but playing Wigan on a flat surface should give them the edge.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Bolton v Man City|
|Bolton's season could well come to a sticky end; they sit third from bottom on 25 points and a 2 point gap has now developed above them. The Trotters have had a good stab at the UEFA Cup but the quest for continued Premier league status meant they sacrificed further progression in the european competition; all to no avail as they've not secured any points domestically since. Bolton have taken just 1 point from their last 4 home fixtures but something tells me they'll have enough against a City side that have looked toothless recently. City have fallen off the early season pace they set and the possibility of European football next season is fairly remote. Sven's men have won just 3 of their 14 away trips but the good news is that Petrov is once again available after suspension although Richards remains on the injury list. Bolton have all to play for but City's defence should ensure that they emerge with a point.|
|Middlesbrough v Derby|
|Just when you think Boro are starting to gain some ground and putting some good performances together, it all falls to pieces and they get rolled over; most notably were the home defeats to Reading and Cardiff. Consistency has never been their forte but it's getting to the point where you wouldn't back them unless you were expecting them to spring a surprise. Despite all that, they should start favourites against a Derby side with just 3 points on the road all season, scoring just 6 goals in those 15 games. It is still mathematically possible that Derby avoid relegation but realistically they're doomed; however, the Rams are building for the future and believe they'll have better options when they hopefully return to the Premier League. To their credit they made a fist of it at home to United but their away form is so poor that Boro look the safe bet. Ha ha ha!|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Fulham|
|When Owen equalised at Birmingham last weekend, everyone associated with Newcastle reacted like they'd won the game; such has been their miserable run of form but at least that draw put an end to 4 successive defeats. The Magpies are yet to win under Keegan and are one of 8 sides fighting to escape the dreaded drop. They currently have a four point safety margin but that could be easily eroded should they lose at home to relegation rivals, Fulham. Forget Super Sunday, they'll be plenty of eyes on this game! The Cottagers have finally strung some results together to give themselves a chance of survival but it was the home victory against Everton that made many sit up and take note. However, the bottom line is that Fulham are still to win on their travels and with Michael Owen back on the scoresheet plus a houseful at St James Park, maybe it's about time Keegan finally got that first win under his belt.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Reading v Birmingham|
|This is another one of those relegation six pointers. Only 1 point and 1 place separates these two just above the bottom three and what a difference victory will make. So often when these situations arise a draw seems the inevitable conclusion but Reading have rediscovered the winning formula excepting the defeat at Anfield; a win at the Riverside followed by another at home to City has given their chances of survival a real boost. This game sees the return of Martin Taylor to Premier league action for Birmingham and hopefully he still has the confidence to give the game 100% commitment. Birmingham have lost 10 of their 15 away fixtures with 2 points coming in their last six and given Reading's renewed confidence another Birmingham defeat looks on the cards.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:15||Everton v West Ham|
|The Hammers were happy last weekend when young Sears's winner ended a run of three successive 4-0 defeats. There's no doubt that West Ham have a good squad but injuries have played their part this season and they have no choice now but to settle for mid-table obscurity. Curbishley has already been warned that there'll be little money available for purchases in the summer so the accent must be on an injury-free squad and promotion of youth through the ranks. They've lost 4 of their last 6 away fixtures and face a tough visit to Goodison Park. Everton followed their exit from the UEFA Cup with a surprising defeat at Craven Cottage. However, with 8 games to go, it's difficult to see the Toffees letting Liverpool have it all their own way in the chase for fourth spot and at the very least they'll want to assure themselves of fifth spot and european football next season. Everton are far too gritty and determined to let themselves slip and anything other than a home victory would be surpising.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Man Utd v Liverpool|
|United strolled to a comfortable victory at home to Bolton to go 3 points clear at the top of the table. Ferguson managed to rest several players with this fixture in mind and having already handed back pole position to Arsenal several times, he'll be keen to take maximum points and another step towards the title. United have dropped just 5 points at Old Trafford this season but Liverpool are one of their deadliest rivals and there's no love lost when the red half of Merseyside come to town. Liverpool are out of the title race but need to ensure that they hold on to fourth spot, not only to finish above Everton but to guarantee Champions League football next season. The Reds' away form is not on a par with their form at Anfield, although they've only lost twice on the road, but Gerrard and Torres will be key. United have their own match winners but how they handle the Liverpool pair will go some way to determining the outcome of the game. United should make home advantage count.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sun 4:00||Chelsea v Arsenal|
|The second half of Super Sunday matches up second and third in the title race and promises to be another cracker. Chelsea's midweek draw at White Hart Lane looks to have got the vote for game of the season (so far) but it was a shock to see Chelsea defensively poor at set pieces and twice concede a winning position. Much of the blame lays at Grant's feet for substituting Joe Cole for Alex and handing the advantage to Spurs; in fact, they were fortunate not to concede a Spurs winner at the death. The Blues still have an outside shot at the title with 5 points the current deficit and are yet to be beaten at Stamford Bridge. Their opponents, Arsenal, have seen their 5 point lead at the top of the table disappear after 4 successive draws as they drop into second place. The Gunners only defeat of the season in the Premier league came at the Riverside and 6 of their 14 away fixtures have all ended level; something tells me to expect more of the same.|