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 18th to Sun 19th April 2009.
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v West Ham|
|The defeat for West Ham at White Hart Lane could have harmed their ambition to play in Europe next season and they'll need to pick up points at Villa Park if they're to keep those hopes alive. That defeat was their first since losing the FA Cup replay at the Riverside and Zola has done remarkably well given the unrelenting injury problems afflicting his squad. Their opponents, Villa, have halted the slide after taking a point at home to Everton; that put an end to a run of four defeats although they should've taken at least a point at Old Trafford. The Toffees are chasing hard for that fifth spot and it's vital that O'Neill's side win to finish as high as possible. Assuming Villa can field their strongest eleven, this should see them return to winning ways.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Middlesbrough v Fulham|
|Boro remain in the drop zone but the home win over Hull gave their survival chances a hefty boost and must've given the players involved some added confidence. However, Hull looked poor on the day and Boro have been in this position before but failed to turn the corner; remember that two goal victory against Liverpool back in February. The worry is that they face a Fulham side that have traditionally been poor away from Craven Cottage but Roy Hodgson's magic has finally worked and they've lost just one of their last five fixtures on the road. To add weight to that statistic they've won their last two away games (at the Reebok and Eastlands) against sides with better home records than Boro and don't forget that two goal victory over United at the Cottage. A close call with Boro fighting for survival but don't expect Fulham to roll over.|
|Portsmouth v Bolton|
|Bolton have taken just two points from their last eight Premier league away fixtures but showed some grit in the defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend by coming back from four goals down with three goals in eight minutes to leave Chelsea more than a little nervous with twelve minutes to go. The Trotters aren't mathematically safe but their home form should see them survive the season. Portsmouth are a little closer to the relegation dogfight and their draw at home to West Brom last weekend wasn't really good enough. Results have improved under Paul Hart but there's still some way to go. Fratton Park used to be an intimidating ground for any away side but it's not too late for the fans to play their part in keeping the only Premier league south coast side playing in the top flight.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Stoke v Blackburn|
|Blackburn have conceded eight times in their last two fixtures away from home although picking up points at the Emirates and Anfield is no easy task. Roberts can be added to the injury list with Diouf and Pedersen also yet to be passed fit to play. Rovers are just four points clear of safety and know that victory is essential but the Britannia Stadium is no easy place to go and Stoke have lost there on just three occasions this season. The Potters may have only drawn last weekend against a rejuvenated Newcastle but they've not lost on home ground since the back end of December and probably need at least one more win, maybe two, to be confident of playing Premier league football next season. If Blackburn are short on attacking options, a single goal should be enough to settle it for Stoke.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sunderland v Hull|
|Just two points and two places separate these sides just above the drop zone; victory is imperative for both and should results go against them they could either drop into the relegation places or come very close to it. Hull were poor in the defeat at the Riverside last weekend and never has the term 'marathon, not a sprint' been more applicable. Their start to the season was magnificent but it's been a slippery slope since late December with just one Premier league win during that period. Sunderland haven't much to shout about either with a single point from the last six attempts and Sbragia knows that keeping the Black Cats in the Premier league will only boost the chances of him keeping his job come the end of the season. On a positive note, Jones got back into the scoring habit at home to United and there could be a little relief at the Stadium of Light with Sunderland grabbing a vital win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Tottenham v Newcastle|
|Redknapp has performed a minor miracle by taking Spurs from bottom of the table with just two points into the top half with Europe next season the objective. Their home form has dramatically improved and they've won their last three on the bounce including victories over Chelsea and West Ham. They host a Newcastle side still short of safety by two points and yet to win under Shearer although the local hero hasn't been afraid to ring the changes. Spurs are a different proposition to Stoke and it remains to be seen whether he'll stick with three at the back. Viduka could play some part after resuming training this week but the Magpies have only won twice on the road. Expect Spurs to make life difficult for Newcastle's back line with a single goal enough to carry the day.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 3:00||Man City v West Brom|
|City's UEFA Cup campaign is probably responsible for them falling off the pace in the Premier league although the defeat at home to Fulham last weekend could be a minor blip. Up until that point their home form had been excellent despite their star striker, Robinho, yet to hit the back of the net in 2009. The visit of bottom side, West Brom, should yield him several opportunities to change that statistic as the Baggies' defence has looked a little fragile in recent weeks. Mowbray's men have taken just seven points on the road and their fate looks virtually sealed with six games to go. They might've performed the great escape back in the 2004/2005 season but the task looks beyond them this time and City should get the three points despite playing in the week.|
|Home Win 2-0|