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 3rd to Mon 5th May 2008.
||Man Utd v West Ham|
|United face West Ham knowing that the destination of the title remains in their hands. They may have slipped up at Stamford Bridge last weekend but their superior goal difference could be the title clincher as long as they win their remaining 2 fixtures. United have already earned their place in the first all English Champions League final against Chelsea and won't want to concede defeat to the Blues in either competition. Fergie's men have dropped just 5 points at home all season but their opponents, West Ham, have been something of a bogey team for the home side; last season they did the double over United and they secured a 2-1 victory at Upton Park just before the new year. They look likely to hang on to tenth place given the 5 point gap between them and Spurs but recent form has not been impressive, especially on the road where they've taken 1 point from the last 5 fixtures. The mood within the United camp must be good and they're favourites to get a result.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Wigan|
|Whilst not mathematically safe, Wigan are 5 points and 4 places clear of the bottom three; the counter argument however is that this week they're at Villa Park and next week they play host to United, so further points are unlikely. They failed to make the most of Reading at home last weekend and only time will tell if that point gained will be enough. Villa however are anxious to claim fifth spot and Europen football next season and should Everton lose at the Emirates then a Villa win will take them above the Toffees on goal difference. Villa have lost just once at home in their last 10 Premier league games and have been banging the goals in enhancing their credibility against the weaker sides. On the road Wigan are definitely one of those and with only a single away win to their name, a Villa victory looks likely.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Blackburn v Derby|
|Blackburn are the fortunate club this weekend to be playing already relegated Derby. The Rams caused a stir by having the gaul to score 2 goals at home to Arsenal but were eventually outgunned by 6 goals to 2. Derby have managed a paltry 3 points on the road this season so predicting anything other than a home win would be tantamount to grounds for insanity. Rovers secured a surprising 3 points at Fratton Park but a European place still looks an extremely unlikely prospect. They look like they're going to hold on to strike sensation, Santa Cruz, after a successful first season and will need to if they want to build for the next. Rovers are undefeated in their last 9 Premier league games at Ewood and this should be a walk in the Park.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Fulham v Birmingham|
|With regard to the scrap at the bottom of the table this is undoubtedly the biggest game of the weekend. Both clubs occupy the remaining undecided relegation spots and a win for either side could lift them out of the bottom three as long as other results go their way. Fulham looked decidedly average at Eastlands before Kamara's goal 20 minutes from time finally spurred them into a stunning fightback from 2-0 down to take all 3 points. They've now registered 2 successive away victories but their home form could be better with just 1 win in their last five. Birmingham's fate was almost in their own hands but they let a 2 goal lead slip at home to Liverpool leaving them in the drop zone after Reading and Bolton snatched a point each away from home. McLeish's side have taken just a single point from their last 6 away fixtures with their last at Villa Park ending in a 5-1 drubbing. This game will be tight and the home side could be relegated if they fail to get anything but recent results could be enough to give Fulham the edge.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Middlesbrough v Portsmouth|
|Two successive defeats for Pompey indicates that their minds are now on the FA Cup final and an automatic European spot via the league appears to be slipping from their grasp. They're 5 points shy of fifth position and Redknapp must be confident that the lads will beat Cardiff and secure European football next season by winning the FA Cup. Though their league form has dipped they should be playing for their Wembley places and they'll need some motivation to match Boro's attitude as the Teesiders attempt to ensure that relegation does not creep up on them. Aside from Fulham and Derby, Boro have the worst home record in the league although they have won 3 of their last 6 at the Riverside. To be honest, you never know what you're gonna get when Boro are playing and I'd have to plump for a draw.|
|Reading v Tottenham|
|With just a single place and point separating Reading from the bottom three, they have to win their remaining 2 fixtures if they're to avoid the drop. The point at Wigan was a good result (all three would have been better) but they'll need to draw on home form that is the best of the bottom six sides if they're to prevail. The Royals have won 8 and lost 8 at the Madjeski and on paper the game against Spurs may be seen as a tricky one but Spurs look as though they've already slipped into a close season slumber. Though they've played reasonably well, finding the back of the net has been a problem; the lilywhites have not won in five and the last four have ended in 1-1 draws. Transfer speculation is rife at the Lane with many names rumoured to be victims of Ramos's cull and many others alleged to be coming in with Modric already looking like a done deal. Reading will be up for keeping their survival hopes alive and defeat looks on the cards for Spurs.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 5:15||Bolton v Sunderland|
|Sunderland's win at home to Boro ensured Premier league football for Roy Keane's side next season and you'd be right to question their appetite when they visit the Reebok. Their away record isn't particularly impressive despite having won 2 of their last 3 away fixtures (their only 2 of the season) and the Mackems' squad are likely to be focused on their summer hols. They travel to Bolton where the Trotters will be fighting tooth and nail for the 3 points in an effort to avoid relegation. Megson's side have taken 7 points from the last possible 9 and though the goals haven't been exactly flowing, a 'blood and thunder' game like this should be right up Bolton's street. Results are all important at 'squeaky bum time' and Bolton should have the nerve to carry it through.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Arsenal v Everton|
|Not sure whether it's bravado or not but several of the Gunners are alleged to have stated that they're still in with a chance of the Premier league title. Whilst still mathematically possible the reality of them making up 4 points on both Chelsea and United with just 2 games to go smacks of excessive wishful thinking; Wenger's mind games seem to be rubbing off on his own players. Arsenal will want to maintain their undefeated domestic record at the Emirates against an Everton side trying to hold off the attentions of an unwanted Aston Villa side desperate to pip them to fifth spot. The Toffees had the chance to increase the gap over Villa to 6 points last weekend but could only draw with them at Goodison. Their form since their exit from the UEFA Cup has tailed off considerably with just 1 point from their last 3 away fixtures. If Arsenal really believe events will conspire to deliver them the title then expect a winning performance.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Liverpool v Man City|
|Liverpool are bound to be on a massive downer after their exit from the Champions League at Stamford Bridge; not only have they missed out on the highest European honour but they've nothing to play for on the domestic front. Fourth place is theirs and there's no scope for movement up or down but at least they have Champions League football next season. They've won their last 6 Premier league home games and lost just once at Anfield all season so should be expected to do well despite their recent disappointment. Their opponents, City, collapsed in the last 20 minutes at home to Fulham after being 2-0 up to eventually go down 2-3, and the meeting that followed between Sven and Shinawatra looks to have marked the end of Sven's management role at Eastlands. The second half of the season has been disappointing for City despite the fact they can't finish below ninth but reacting by sacking Sven seems a somewhat exaggerated response. Heads will be down but Liverpool should secure the 3 points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Mon 8:00||Newcastle v Chelsea|
|The Magpies are now undefeated in 7 games and have won their last 3 successive home fixtures so confidence should be high ahead of the showdown against the Champions League finalists. Chelsea stand a good chance of wresting the title from United but will have to rely on bettering United's results in the last 2 games; the Blues will give themselves maximum opportunity by winning their remaining fixtures which could mean a fairly open game at St James Park. Newcastle are still aiming to finish in the top half but only succeeding in getting a draw at West Ham could put paid to that ambition; however they're neck and neck with Spurs and on current form they should be expected to pip the lilywhites to eleventh position. Newcastle should be worthy of a point but I'd expect to see goals.|