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 14th to Mon 16th March 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Man Utd v Liverpool|
|A great way to kick off the weekend as top plays third and a game that could go some way to either deciding the title or giving some hope to chasers Chelsea and Liverpool. Both sides have now progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals in some style and both have lost just 2 Premier league games this season. However, United have dropped just 2 points in 13 home games and know that victory will increase the margin over Liverpool to 10 points. The Reds looked to have given up the title race a few weeks ago but an away win at Old Trafford would leave them trailing United by a paltry 4 points. With Gerrard and Torres both fit, Liverpool have shown that they're a class act but the Spanish striker is facing daily treatment on an ankle injury in a bid to start this crunch fixture. Liverpool are more than capable of causing an upset but United's home record is a convincing statistic and now that they've moved up a gear or two, Fergie's side should have too much.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Blackburn|
|The Gunners have drawn their last 3 Premier league home games but they got back on the goal trail at the Hawthorns and getting through to the Champions League quarter-finals will have given everyone at the Emirates a much needed boost. Arsenal need to win to begin the task of overhauling the 3 point advantage Villa have over them and make fourth spot their own. They host a Blackburn side that have escaped the drop zone for the moment after a fantastic win at Craven Cottage; that victory made it two away wins on the bounce for Rovers including the 3 points at Hull. Allardyce is a no nonsense manager and his approach appears to be working with the players and they'll give Arsenal a good game but Wenger is gradually getting key players back from injury and a home win looks likely.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Bolton v Fulham|
|It's been a nightmare week and a half for the Cottagers with three successive home defeats including that big FA Cup defeat by United and losses to two sides below Fulham in the league. Hodgson has pleaded for funds if his side are to progress but one wonders about the timing of such an appeal. Fulham may think they're safe in tenth place but they only have a 6 point margin between themselves and the relegation places. With no away victory to their name, they travel to the Reebok where Bolton have improved home form with 3 wins on the bounce. The Trotters sit only a point and a place below their opponents and will be keen to stretch their home run to 4 successive victories. Megson has finally signed a contract and won't want his side taking their foot off the pedal. Joy for Bolton.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Everton v Stoke|
|Stoke are one of only two Premier league sides yet to win on the road but they did earn a rare point when they visited Villa Park recently. Their home form is largely responsible for their position just a point and two places above the relegation zone but points won on the road will undoubtedly help their cause. Their task isn't made any easier by having to travel to Goodison Park where Everton are having a good run of form and succeeding in keeping up the pressure on an Arsenal side immediately above them. Injuries to strikers and now Arteta have failed to knock them out of their stride and is a sure indicator of the resolve Moyes has developed within the squad. Given Stoke's away form this should be a fairly comfortable victory for the Toffees.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Hull v Newcastle|
|The injury time victory at Craven Cottage could mark a revival in Hull's fortunes although they can consider themselves mighty lucky to take all three points after Fulham fluffed their lines on several occasions. After a fantastic start to the season, the Tigers are finding themselves dragged ever closer to the drop zone and fighting a relegation battle is firmly on the agenda. They host a Newcastle side 4 points worse off and only goal difference is keeping the Magpies out of the bottom three. Their captain, Michael Owen, could make a much needed return to action but his colleagues have lost 4 of their last 5 Premier league away fixtures. Scoring goals will be crucial to Newcastle's survival but Hull are capable of digging in for a point.|
|Middlesbrough v Portsmouth|
|Boro just don't seem able to put a good run together and the heavy defeat at White Hart Lane stresses the need for some consistency, especially after they saw off Liverpool at the Riverside. Prior to that victory, Boro had been on an awful run without a league win but they've only lost one of their last 6 Premier league home games. Boro's position just off the bottom of the table means this is a relegation six-pointer as they host a Portsmouth side just one place and two points above them. Off the field activities are threatening to derail Pompey's season; Paul Hart has been told he can keep the job if he keeps them up but rumour has it that that Portsmouth need to cut the wage bill drastically, a fact unlikely to help them in their fight for survival. Just one win for their last twelve Premier league fixtures doesn't make good reading and this could be Boro's day.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sunderland v Wigan|
|It looks like Wigan are missing Palacios and Heskey with results not matching expectations since their departure. The Latics should be out of the relegation battle affecting so many other sides given their ninth place but a 7 point margin means they're still not mathematically safe. Bruce's side have taken just 2 points from their last 5 Premier league games on the road and the Stadium of Light is no easy place to go. Sunderland have lost just one of their last eight games in all competitions but letting victory slip through their hands at home to Spurs in the last minutes really upset Sbragia. His side's inability to follow his instructions was the main reason but the effectiveness of Cisse and Jones needs some attention. Expect Sunderland to learn from their mistakes and register a victory at home to Wigan.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 1:30||Chelsea v Man City|
|City have the distraction of the UEFA Cup to contend with and have one days less rest than Chelsea who managed a draw in Turin to take them through to the Champions League quarter-finals. City's away form is shocking given their lofty eighth position and two points from their last 6 games on the road isn't good enough considering the quality Mark Hughes has available. Their hosts, Chelsea, have regrouped under Guus Hiddink and are yet to lose with the Dutchman in charge. They'll be hoping that Liverpool can interrupt United's charge towards another Premier league title and in turn keep the Blues in with a chance of snatching the prize for themselves. Hiddink has restored the belief amongst the players and City are unlikely to upset the apple cart.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Aston Villa v Tottenham|
|Martin O'Neill will be hoping that Villa's five day break in Dubai will have been enough to recharge his side's batteries and keep them in the running for claiming a place amongst the top four. Arsenal have closed the gap on the Villans to 3 points and O'Neill will be praying that his worst nightmare doesn't become reality; Villa finish fourth but Arsenal win the Champions League so pinching the remaining Champions League place from under Villa's noses. Villa have failed to win any of their last 3 Premier League home fixtures and could face a tough game against a Spurs side that haven't lost in 4 Premier league games and held United at Wembley. Spurs have climbed to twelfth but with a difficult game next week against Chelsea they need to continue notching up the points if they're to put the relegation issue behind them. A well earned point would suit Spurs very nicely.|
|Mon 8:00||West Ham v West Brom|
|The Hammers have lost just one of their last five Premier league home fixtures, a narrow defeat by United, and have their eyes set on a UEFA Cup place. Just when their injuries seem to ease, Behrami and Collison succumb to knee problems whilst Carlton Cole is suspended. They host bottom side, West Brom, and it seems that the Baggies are finally being cast adrift as the relegation battle intensifies. It's been five successive defeats for Mowbray's men in all competitions and one wonders if the morale has finally dipped below the point of no return. Robinson has called for the players to play with pride and respect the shirt but whether his rallying of the troops has had any effect will be tested at Upton Park. This should be a straight forward victory for Zola's side.|
|Home Win 2-0|