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 11th to Sun 12th April 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Liverpool v Blackburn|
|Things can change quickly in football and everything had been going well for Liverpool until Wednesday night when Chelsea brought them crashing back down to earth. Though only halfway through the Champions League tie it looks an uphill task for the Reds and to be fair, Chelsea could and should have won by more. Domestically, Liverpool are piling the pressure on leaders, United, and are just a point behind although United have a game in hand over Portsmouth. Essien did a great job on Gerrard in the midweek defeat but expect the Liverpool talisman to have a bigger say when Blackburn visit Anfield. Benitez's side are yet to lose at home in the Premier league this season whilst Rovers have improved on the road in recent weeks with wins at Hull and Craven Cottage. However, last weekend they didn't look like getting anything from the game until the 82nd minute when Spurs went to sleep at the back. Liverpool should dominate Blackburn in the possession stakes leading to a likely home victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 3:00||Chelsea v Bolton|
|Chelsea looked back to their best against Liverpool in the midweek victory at Anfield and the return of a fit again Essien is partly responsible for the improved performances. The Blues have lost just the once under Hiddink (at White Hart Lane) and have only dropped two points in their last six home games. They're four points off the top of the table but if they can win their remaining seven games, maybe anything is possible. They host a Bolton side that enjoyed a convincing victory over Boro at the Reebok last weekend but their form on the road has been poor with just two points taken from their last seven away fixtures. The Trotters aren't entirely safe from the threat of relegation but they have an eight point margin to play with. However, I can only see one winner at Stamford Bridge.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Middlesbrough v Hull|
|Boro crashed to a heavy defeat last weekend at the Reebok and their situation looks ever more perilous with relegation looming larger as the weeks tick by. They're currently five points adrift of safety and should be viewing this as a 'must win' game against fellow strugglers Hull. The Tigers have steadily slipped down the table over the course of the season although their safety net is now reduced to five points. Phil Brown will also know that this is an important game but they've won just one of their last fifteen Premier league encounters. This game looks more and more like a draw especially considering Boro have drawn four of their last five Premier league home fixtures.|
|Portsmouth v West Brom|
|Portsmouth's results have improved significantly since Tony Adams' departure and Paul Hart looks like he might achieve his objective of keeping Pompey in the Premier league. They're only four points and two places above the drop zone but sustaining their current form should see them survive. As if to boost their chances, they host a West Brom side unfortunate enough to have the tag of worst Premier league away side. Not only are the Baggies bottom of the pile and eight points adrift of safety, but they've only taken six points on the road; not exactly confidence boosting stats for the away team. West Brom faced a 'must win' game last weekend at home to Stoke but failed miserably and another 'nil points' looks a fairly safe prediction.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Man Utd|
|United haven't had the best couple of weeks. The performance at home to Porto was below standard and to keep alive their hopes of retaining the Champions League, they now need to do what no other English team has done and win in Porto. On the domestic front, their form has dipped a little with defeats against Liverpool and at Fulham; even the win at home to Villa was not assured until new United hero, Macheda, scored late in injury time. Defensively, they look vulnerable and had they been going somewhere other than the Stadium of Light, then maybe the result would've been in doubt. Sunderland have now gone six games without a win and Sbragia knows that he needs to keep the Black Cats up if he's to keep his job. Their form has seen them drop to just one spot above the relegation places and with a Shearer inspired Newcastle immediately below them , it'd be a double blow should they swap place with their arch-rivals. However, this is a good opportunity for United to regain some confidence and nothing other than victory will do.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Tottenham v West Ham|
|Spurs look to have played their way away from the threat of relegation after putting together some decent form but the manner of the defeat at Ewood Park was disappointing. Spurs were leading and never looked threatened until the 82nd minute when they went to sleep and ended up the losing side. Too many times late goals have cost Spurs this season and their failure to concentrate for the full ninety minutes may have cost them a place in Europe. However, their form at home has been good after going seven Premier league games without defeat including draws aginst United and Arsenal and that great win over Chelsea. Spurs have already beaten West Ham at Upton Park in December but since then Zola has worked wonders with a side decimated by injuries. The Hammers have now gone five games without defeat and conceded just a single goal during that run. That has seen them rise as high as seventh place with a three point advantage over Wigan in eighth. Spurs losing at home is difficult to see but West Ham are a tough nut to crack.|
|Wigan v Arsenal|
|Arsenal look like making fourth place their own after both the challenges of Villa and Everton have slipped away in recent weeks. The Gunners got a great result in Spain and look favourites to go through to the Champions League semi-finals although at 1-1 the game's still tight. They've won their last four Premier league games and look more threatening in front of goal with the return of Adebayor and Walcott. They travel to the JJB where Wigan have only lost one of their last six Premier league fixtures although their form on the road has been mixed, not forgetting that heavy defeat at Goodison last weekend. Arsenal are bound to cause the Latics some problems and look likely to continue their winning streak.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 5:30||Stoke v Newcastle|
|The hype surrounding this game is no doubt all about an Alan Shearer inspired Newcastle and their fight against relegation but it shouldn't be forgotten that Stoke have home form worthy of a side placed much higher in the league and actually grabbed their first Premier league away win of the season last weekend at the Hawthorns. The Potters last lost at the Britannia back at the end of December against West Ham and Newcastle's task won't be much easier than last weekend when they lost at home to Chelsea. The Magpies are three points adrift of safety but have extra incentive knowing that a win could move them out of the drop zone to be replaced by rivals, Sunderland, assuming the Mackems lose at home to United. No doubt Shearer is the man to inspire but are his playing staff good enough? This game could go either way but Stoke are the form side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 2:00||Aston Villa v Everton|
|Just one point separates these two sides in the fight for fifth place although both look certain of a place in Europe; the Champions League however looks very distant after both clubs slipped off the pace and Arsenal nicked back in to make up the orthodox top four. Villa's form has dipped considerably with just a single point from their last six Premier league fixtures although they were unlucky at Old Trafford last weekend when they were the better side for much of the game. Everton's away form has also fallen short of standards set in the first half of the season and they last won on the road back on Boxing Day. However, the Toffees are well organised and as long as they don't concede are always capable of snatching a goal as they've shown on a number of occasions already this season.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 4:10||Man City v Fulham|
|Another top half clash that sees just two points and one place separating both sides. City and Fulham will both hold hopes that they can climb high enough to claim a place in Europe but the wrong result here for either side will spell the end of those dreams. City are the Jekyll and Hyde side that have performed fantastically well at home but are awful on the road; they've won their last six succcessive Premier league home fixtures (only United having won more home games) but have secured just a single point on the road this year. Fulham are similar in many ways to City in that they've good home form but are traditionally poor on the road. However, they managed their first Premier league away victory of the season only recently (at Bolton) and have only lost one of their last four on the road. City should win but Fulham are bound to pose some problems.|
|Home Win 1-0|