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 4th to Sun 5th April 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Blackburn v Tottenham|
|Rovers are still teetering on the brink of the relegation places but anything from this game will only help their chances of survival and a win could possibly lift them several places. Out of their last six home games, Blackburn have only lost the once but four of those have resulted in draws. Allardyce has certainly tightened them up at the back but they lack penetration against the better sides and on current form they face one of those when Spurs visit Saturday lunchtime. Tottenham haven't lost any of their last six Premier league fixtures and the recent victories away at Villa Park and at home to Chelsea should really set them up for the run-in with Harry looking to finish in a European spot. Spurs have shown some real quality in recent weeks and as long as they stick to the task defensively, a narrow away win is not out of the question.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 3:00||Arsenal v Man City|
|The Gunners have finally reclaimed fourth spot, opened up a three point gap over Villa and maybe chasing Chelsea down is still not out of the question. After a run of goalless draws, Arsenal have now strung together 6 victories in all competitions and they'll be further boosted with the luxury of having Adebayor, Eduardo and Fabregas all available (fitness permitting). They host the Jekyll and Hyde Man City, a side that have only taken three points on the road on a single occasion this season. Despite their failures away from home, City have progressed to the UEFA Cup quarter finals although they just about scraped through in Aalborg on penalties. It seems that City don't have the appetite for football away from Eastlands and this looks like being one way traffic for Arsenal.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Bolton v Middlesbrough|
|Boro have failed to build on the surprise home win over Liverpool and though they're not certain for the drop, it's looking more and more likely that Southgate will be managing his side in the Championship come next season. They've lost eleven of their fifteen away fixtures and not taken a point from their last eight. Just three points and one place off the bottom of the pile, there's not much room for optimism ahead of the trip to the Reebok. Bolton themselves aren't safe but they're in a much better position despite only one point from their last three games. Prior to the Fulham home defeat, the Trotters had won their three previous Premier league fxtures at the Reebok and should have too much for a Boro side on a downward spiral.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Hull v Portsmouth|
|Hull's slide to the drop zone continues after the away defeat at Wigan. Their recent home record doesn't offer much hope with just 2 points scant reward from their last six encounters at the KC Stadium. Despite their competitive instincts they offer little quality over substance and a lack of variation has been their achilles heel. That said, they're not alone and who goes down could still be something of a lottery. One of those sides in a similar position is Portsmouth who are actually two points and places worse off. However, the win over Everton and draw at the Riverside has got them heading in the right direction and Crouch appears to have struck form with three goals in two games plus the one for England against Ukraine. Pompey's away form still needs addressing although three draws from their last four shows some improvement. A draw might not be the best result for either side but it won't be the worst.|
|Newcastle v Chelsea|
|Just as Alan Shearer is proclaimed the new Messiah and promised copious amounts of cash to save the Magpies from relegation, he must've wished for an easier start than Chelsea although at least his new charges do have home advantage. To begin with, his contract is only for the remaining eight games but as a popular Magpies figure he can count on the fans and the players to support him fully; if they survive, don't rule out him continuing next season. They start in the bottom three against Chelsea and are likely to stay there despite the Blues losing out at White Hart Lane last time out. That was Hiddink's first defeat but United's recent slip-ups mean that they're still in contention for the title. It would be unreasonable to expect Shearer to have immediate success and this looks like being Chelsea's day.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Brom v Stoke|
|The gap between these two is much wider than it was some weeks ago but both remain relegation threatened with the Baggies almost certain to drop to the Championship. West Brom are currently bottom with a seven point gap between themselves and safety. They need to start putting some wins together if they're to survive and they don't come much easier than Stoke, the side with the worst away form in the Premier league. The Potters have failed to register a single victory on the road and have secured just a single point in their last seven attempts. However, they've not been seriously outclassed and this could swing either way but West Brom should be expected to capitalise on home advantage and at least keep their survival hopes alive.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Sunderland|
|Zola won't have been pleased with the news that Carlton Cole was sent home early from England duty with a groin injury; yet another casualty added to the Upton Park treatment room. Without him, the Hammers lacked quality in the final third against West Brom and Blackburn but did enough to earn a point in both cases. However, they're defensively sound but Zola is bound to be sweating on the fitness of centre-half, Matthew Upson, after succumbing to a calf strain. Their opponents, Sunderland, are only three points off the relegation places and have taken just a single point from their last four Premier league games. Sbragia is backing Cisse to come good when he returns from international duty but both him and Jones have struggled in recent weeks. Given the lack of form by either side in the attacking third, this looks increasingly like remaining goalless.|
|Sat 5:30||Fulham v Liverpool|
|How ironic that Fulham take on Liverpool the game after putting United to bed but can they further influence the title race by doing the same to the red half of Merseyside. Fulham have been strong at Craven Cottage this season but had lost the two home games prior to the victory over United and one can't help wondering if the result would've been the same had Scholes not been sent off in the eighteenth minute. They take on a Liverpool side chasing the Champions hard and banging in a total of thirteen goals against Real Madrid, United and Villa in their last three games. So hot have Liverpool been in the last couple of weeks that their goal difference is now better than both United's and Chelsea's. Key has been the performances of Torres and Gerrard and whilst Benitez has these two available, there seem very few opponents able to live with them. No doubt, Fulham will set out to prove everyone wrong but Liverpool look too strong at the moment.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 3:00||Everton v Wigan|
|Everton's away form has dipped in recent weeks and the defeat at Fratton Park came as something of a surprise but their form at Goodison has come good with just two points dropped from their last six home fixtures. They'll be hoping to pip Villa into fifth spot and look capable of making up the four point deficit unless Villa up their game and get some more points on the board. The Toffees host a Wigan side immediately below them although the points gap tells a more accurate story with the Latics adrift by seven. Wigan have only won four on the road this season and a goal for the Toffees should settle the matter.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Man Utd v Aston Villa|
|Defeat for Villa at Old Trafford would be their third on the bounce with the last being that battering at Anfield. O'Neill's men have ceded fourth spot to the Gunners and need to halt the slide in form before it's too late and they lose further ground to Everton. Up until recently, Villa had shown themselves to be very effective away from home with ten victories from thirteen attempts but defeats since at Eastlands and Anfield have left fans wondering if their side has hit the wall. It doesn't help that they have to travel to play the Champions who themselves have hit a rough patch with defeats at home to Liverpool and away at Fulham. Those results have seen United's lead at the top cut to just one point although they do have a game in hand. Once again, the pressure is on for United to dig out a result and though both sides have seen a dip in form, it's not often you bet against Ferguson's side.|
|Home Win 2-0|