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 Sun 11th May 2008.
|Sun 3:00||Birmingham v Blackburn|
|Losing the 6 pointer at Craven Cottage last weekend means that Birmingham stayed in the bottom three and their fate is no longer in their own hands. They need to better both Reading's and Fulham's results this weekend if they are to escape the clutches of relegation but they're up against it with Reading likely to secure victory at Derby. However, Birmingham haven't been beaten at St Andrews for 7 games now and host a Blackburn side with nothing to play for having missed out on a possible place in Europe. Rovers have lost 3 of their last 6 on the road and are likely to find it difficult to match Birmingham's desire as McLeish's side give it their all in an effort to survive.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v Bolton|
|Bolton's win over Sunderland means that they preserve their Premier League status without having to rely on getting some sort of result at Stamford Bridge; an unlikely scenario given their away record of just 2 victories this season. Safety would imply that Megson retains his role but there's plenty of rebuilding work required during the summer, not least in tempting a decent striker or two. Chelsea are seeking divine help on Wigan's behalf; at least a point for the Latics against United would gift the title to the Blues as long as they secure the expected maximum at home to the Trotters. Chelsea should win this fixture comfortably but the title is less likely; whatever the case, they'll have a chance for revenge as they and United go head to head in Moscow in the all English Champions League final.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Derby v Reading|
|With relegation staring them in the face, Reading must beat already relegated Derby if they're to boost their own survival chances. Currently occupying one of the bottom three places means that their fate is not necessarily in their own hands; they must hope that Pompey do them a favour and cast aside relegation threatened Fulham. The Rams have conceded an average of at least 2 goals a game at Pride Park on their journey to the lowest ever Premier League points total and they've managed just a single victory, none at all under Paul Jewell. The question is can Reading expose Derby's weak defence by finding the back of the net, something they've not managed in the last 6 games. The Royals have struggled to a measly total of 8 points on the road but this is a must win fixture.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Everton v Newcastle|
|Everton should have secured fifth spot some time ago but their form has been lacking and after defeat at the Emirates, only Villa's inability to see off Wigan saved their blushes. The Toffees know that a point or more will give them European football next season but should they slip up, victory for Villa at Upton Park will mean that the Villans nick that vital place in Europe. Moyes' men have lost just the once at Goodison (to Chelsea) in their last 8 outings so the omens don't look too good for a Newcastle side that have rediscovered a rich vein of form despite also losing to Chelsea last weekend. Prior to that, the Magpies were undefeated in seven and Keegan looked back to his old self. Given the speculation surrounding St James Park, one wonders if he'll still be in charge next season but he's certainly turned them around and built expectations for the future. Everton are unlikely to risk all out attack for the 3 points and a draw would suit both parties.|
|Middlesbrough v Man City|
|City's second half of the season has been more than disappointing but Shinawatra hasn't helped matters at the club by not clarifying Eriksson's position. The Swede is rumoured to be facing the sack and the names of Scolari and Mourinho are already in the frame as possible replacements. The players and fans must be unsettled and 4 defeats in their last 6 games doesn't bode well for the trip to the Riverside. Boro's home victory over Portsmouth leaves them safe but once again it's been another below par season for the Riversiders. Southgate pleaded with the fans to turn up the volume before the Pompey game but the stadium was only half full; they're only likely to add their voice once further investment has been made and the quality of football on offer has substantially improved.That said, Boro could be worth the 3 points.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Portsmouth v Fulham|
|The question is how much of an eye do Portsmouth have on the FA Cup final? Three successive defeats would indicate that their thoughts are most certainly at Wembley but Redknapp won't want that sort of record going into a game that determines their participation in Europe next season. Pompey have lost just 4 games at Fratton Park this season but in Fulham, they face a side that have dragged themselves out of the bottom three by sheer willpower securing 9 points from a last possible 12. The Cottagers rise from the ashes has been remarkable and Hodgson's side now know that their destiny is in their hands; one more victory from the last game will see them safe in the Premier league. However, do they have the balls and is Pompey's season over? Verdict: a McBride winner will guide Fulham to safety.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sunderland v Arsenal|
|Victories for United and Chelsea last weekend means that Arsenal are still 4 points behind and definitely out of the running; most assumed they were done and dusted before last weekend except for a misguided few who still clung to the theory that the top two would both implode with a couple of games to go. One wonders if the wheels are about to fall off at the Emirates as rumours abound of summer departures; Flamini has gone, Hleb almost, interested parties have been warned off of Adebayor and now Fabregas is being courted by Real Madrid despite being offered the captaincy. They travel to the north east on the back of 2 wins and 2 defeats from their last 4 away fixtures to face a Sunderland side that have the best home form of 13 of the 20 Premier League clubs. Both clubs' seasons are now over but Keane will want a reaction after the Mackems' disappointing performance at the Reebok. Both parties should be happy with a point.|
|Tottenham v Liverpool|
|Last game of the season and neither side has anything to play for. Both have qualified for Europe; Spurs for the UEFA Cup courtesy of winning the Carling Cup and Liverpool for the Champions League. It's been a season without silverware for the Reds, although the turmoil at board level has distracted attention away from Benitez, and they're unable to improve on fourth spot having to settle for an extra couple of Champions League qualifying fixtures next season. Spurs are guaranteed eleventh position and can make the top ten should they win and West Ham fail to win at home to Villa. Expect a hive of transfer activity at both clubs this summer as they look for improvement in the Premier league next season. An entertaining game in prospect but a share of the spoils looks likely.|
|West Ham v Aston Villa|
|As far as this game is concerned, you might as well stick your hard earned wager on the lottery. West Ham have nothing to play for but Villa have the motivation of a place in Europe yet still succumbed to Wigan at home. If the Villans can win, they still have to rely on Everton slipping up at home to Newcastle if they are to lay claim to that ever elusive European place. O'Neill's side have lost 2 of their last 4 away fixtures and can't seem to find any consistency; similarly, the Hammers have lost 2 of their last 5 home games and have had a season fraught with inconsistency. Curbishley's aim was to finish in the top ten (bonus dependent) and tenth is their highest possible finish; however, should they not win and Spurs take Liverpool to the cleaners then they'll have to settle for eleventh position and no bonus. The fact that no obvious conclusion is apparent indicates a draw might be the best bet.|
|Wigan v Man Utd|
|This is one of two games that will decide the title but United have it all in their own hands and victory at the JJB will mean they're champions for a second year running. However, statistics suggest that they won't have it all their own way; Wigan are using their infamously poor pitch to their advantage and haven't lost in their last 7 home fixtures including draws against Arsenal and Chelsea. Additionally, the shock away win at Villa Park means their Premier League status is ensured and Bruce is now aiming to finish at least thirteenth. Surprisingly, United have won just half their away fixtures this season so the 3 points is not necessarily a foregone conclusion but with so much at stake, who'd bet on Fergie's men falling at the final hurdle? Answer: a Chelsea fan. Expect ups and downs but United to pull through.|
|Away Win 1-2|