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 21st to Sun 22nd March 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Portsmouth v Everton|
|Everton have been hard on the heels of Arsenal and Villa most of the season and now that Villa seem to be fading slightly, it'll give them an extra edge in the push for fifth place. The Toffees' away form has slipped a little in recent weeks with three draws and a narrow defeat at United but they play with confidence and will fancy their chances of snatching victory at Fratton Park where Portsmouth have lost five of their last six Premier league encounters. Pompey are one place above the drop zone on goal difference alone but are confident they can survive with just one defeat in their last four games since the new management team took over. The thing is that draws aren't enough when you're scrapping for your very existence and they'll need to push for maximum points. That will feed right into Everton's hands who could quite easily snatch a winner.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v West Ham|
|The Hammers looked toothless at Upton Park against West Brom without Carlton Cole available. The big man is suspended again this weekend but Zola is likely to give Tristan a run out after Sears and di Michele failed to unlock the Baggies' defence. Off-the-field events have failed to knock West Ham out of their stride as they chase a European place but Blackburn will be no easy ride at Ewood Park in their efforts to avoid relegation. Though Rovers have forced their way out of the drop zone they remain only a point clear and there will be concerted pressure from those around them to avoid the drop. Allardyce has made his side more resilient, although the four goal defeat at the Emirates doesn't necessarily indicate that, and they've only lost one of their last 6 home games whilst the Hammers have only lost one of their last 6 away fixtures. This looks like being one to miss.|
|Fulham v Man Utd|
|Fulham managed to stop the rot with their first away win of the season (at the Reebok) after losing three successive games in all competitions. One of those defeats was by four goals against United at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup but Hodgson will be hoping that their latest victory will inspire them to inflict more misery on United after the Red Devils' surprise heavy defeat at home to Liverpool last weekend. With four points and a game in hand over title contenders Chelsea and Liverpool, Fergie knows that his side are still in pole position and the Premier league title is theirs to lose. It's usual to expect a reaction from United after losing so heavily, and especially to their title rivals, and they should be backed to recover from their latest hiccup despite Fulham traditionally being a tough home side.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Stoke v Middlesbrough|
|This is another one of those six pointers with Stoke and Boro both in the bottom three, although the visitors are one place and two points worse off. A draw is no good for either side if they harbour any hopes of surviving in the top flight and a victory is imperative. The Potters might look like they're struggling but they've won half their home fixtures and their perilous position can be put down to their away form as the only Premier league side without a win on the road. Their opponents, Boro, failed to capitalise on the euphoria of beating Liverpool at the Riverside and have followed with defeats at Spurs and Everton plus they rescued a last gasp point at home against Portsmouth. The Riversiders have won just 2 Premier league games away from home and Stoke should prove too strong for them at the Britannia.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Chelsea|
|Believe it or not, Spurs have their sights set on a European place but before you laugh, their recent form has seen them climb to eleventh in the table on the back of five successive Premier league games without defeat. Their win at Villa Park last weekend was a sign of how far they've come after taking just 2 points from the first eight games of the season under Juande Ramos. They host a Chelsea side that now hold hopes of beating United to the ultimate prize and remain undefeated since Guus Hiddink took charge at Stamford Bridge. They've still not set the world alight but key for them has been the return of Michael Essien who's scored in both games since putting his injury nightmare behind him. More often than not, Chelsea have had the edge in recent years but Spurs can point to a draw at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season and that Carling Cup victory at Wembley last year. An important game for both parties that could end in stalemate.|
|West Brom v Bolton|
|West Brom still remain rooted to the bottom of the pile although the draw at Upton Park last weekend kept the deficit between them and Boro to four points. However the Baggies have lost their last three home games although two of them were against United and Arsenal. They didn't offer too much at West Ham but more importantly, they didn't lose and going into Saturday's encounter must take some optimism from the fact that Bolton have taken just a single point from their last six fixtures on the road. To add weight to that statistic, last weekend the Trotters gave Fulham their first away victory of the current campaign. The relegation battle has been closely contested all season and just to keep everyone's interest, don't bank on the Baggies giving up just yet.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||Newcastle v Arsenal|
|The Magpies are flirting dangerously with the threat of relegation and remain just above the drop zone on goal difference. Michael Owen has admitted that he needs to be firing on all cylinders after returning from injury if Newcastle are to climb the table. They've salvaged just three points from their last five home fixtures and face an Arsenal side looking strong again after a very indifferent period. The Gunners could've done without the spitting episode but on the positive side, they're getting key offensive players back after injury and they've managed to reclaim fourth spot whilst also looking favourites to hang on to it given the form of a fading Villa. Arsenal were last beaten in the league back in November at Eastlands and the jury's out on whether Newcastle are quite up to the task.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 1:30||Wigan v Hull|
|After eight Premier league games without a win, Wigan finally got back to winning ways at the Stadium of Light. They're now sitting pretty in eighth position and can realistically entertain the idea of challenging for a European place. Hull are the visitors to the JJB and must get over their controvertial exit from the FA Cup at the Emirates although the spitting incident is set to run and run. Ever since the Tigers' fantastic start to the season, the only direction available was down although four points from their last two fixtures has alleviated their relegation worries a little. The safety margin remains tight at four points and they'll be targeting some sort of reward from the Wigan trip. However, the Latics should be expected to push on from the Sunderland victory with another win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 3:00||Man City v Sunderland|
|Mark Hughes seems assured that a European place will keep him in a job come the summer but nothing's a given with so much money part of the equation. However, a top seven spot is still far from certain and City need to drastically improve their away form. Thankfully for them, this fixture is at Eastlands and after a run of five successive Premier league home victories, who'd back them to lose? They host a Sunderland side still unable to make good their escape from the clutches of relegation and the safety margin is only three points. The return from their last five away fixtures has been a similar number with three of those games drawn. Ferdinand could come back into the heart of the defence but his presence is unlikely to influence the outcome.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Liverpool v Aston Villa|
|There's no doubt that it's been Villa's away form that lifted them as high as fourth but slipping to fifth last weekend with defeat at home to Spurs will be a bitter blow. Villa have taken just one point from their last four Premier league games and now they face a trip to Anfield with Gareth Barry likely to feature centre-stage after his on-off transfer to Liverpool. It's not that Villa haven't been playing well; more a case of lacking a finish to all the hard work. Their opponents, Liverpool, have everyone running scared after the convincing victories over Real Madrid and at Old Trafford. Benitez will feel that they still have a shot at the title but in all honesty, it's United's to throw away. The Reds are the only Premier league outfit not to taste defeat at home this season and though Villa may feel they have nothing to lose, Liverpool should still be expected to finish as comfortable winners.|
|Home Win 2-0|