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 25th to Mon 27th April 2009.
|Sat 3:00||Bolton v Aston Villa|
|Will Villa manage to hang on to fifth or will Everton pip them in the closing stages? With their place in Europe next season virtually guaranteed there's little but pride to play for in the remaining games although O'Neill will be keen to get as mony points on the board as possible. Their last three away games have all ended in defeat though the likes of United, City and Liverpool away from home are never going to be easy games. They travel to the Reebok where Bolton have won four of their last five home games, the blip being a defeat to an improving Fulham side. One more win for Bolton should see them staying in the top flight and maybe Megson is finally winning over the fans (or most of them anyway). The Trotters appetite for a physical games should see them have the better of a Villa side that have gotten out of the winning habit.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Everton v Man City|
|Robinho finally netted for the first time in 2009 last weekend in the victory over West Brom but City's form on the road has been awful with just one point scant reward from their last six away fixtures. They're safe in mid-table but the opportunity of a place in Europe next season looks to have almost gone; however, with the money available, you'd think that the players would be under pressure playing for their future places. A buoyant Everton side are the hosts after seeing off United in the FA Cup semi-final and then holding Chelsea to a draw at the Bridge; both games without conceding. Not only that but the Toffees' home form is great at the moment with just two points dropped in their last seven games. Jo has found his scoring touch since moving to Goodison and a goal or two against his old side would make him a very happy chappie.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Fulham v Stoke|
|Fulham are one of the sides chasing down the last European place and what a difference Roy Hodgson has made since his appointment; taking them from the verge of relegation last season to an established position in the top half of the table and Europe a possibility. Somewhat ironically, their away form has picked up but at the expense of some disappointing home results although the victory over United was a high point. Stoke look like surviving now after taking ten points from their last four games though Higginbotham and Beattie have both been ruled out of the trip to Craven Cottage. The win at the Hawthorns at the beginning of the month was their first away victory of the campaign but it's difficult to see them putting back to back away wins together considering their mounting injuries and Fuller's suspension.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Hull v Liverpool|
|Hull's position becomes more perilous week by week. The Tigers haven't won a Premier league home game since the beginning of December and they've only a three point safety cushion. Should Boro win at Arsenal (unlikely) and Blackburn get a better result than Hull, then Brown could be sitting in one of those relegation places. Just when you're desperate to get points on the board, Liverpool are one of the last opponents you want to face. The Reds narrowly avoided defeat in a titanic battle against Arsenal at Anfield but have virtually admitted that the title is gone and is United's to lose more than ever. Liverpool have lost just two away Premier league games and while Hull will make it as difficult as possible for Benitez's side, Liverpool should have too much quality.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|West Brom v Sunderland|
|This game could see whether West Brom have given up on their struggle for Premier league safety. Currently bottom, five points adrift of the team above them and nine points short of survival with just five games to go, they must be mad to not be already planning for the Championship. No doubt some players will be considering their future at the club and their heads could already be elsewhere. The Baggies have been scoring goals but not winning games and they'll face a battle against a Sunderland side that'll have renewed vigour for the fight after coming out on top at home to Hull last weekend. The Mackems' situation is also precarious with just four points separating them from the drop zone and though they've lost their last three away fixtures, this is a massive game and the pairing of Jones and Cisse should come out on top.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Ham v Chelsea|
|Despite injuries to key players, West Ham have far from limped through the season and are firmly in contention for the one remaining European slot. They've lost just one of their last seven Premier league home fixtures (a narrow defeat to Man Utd) and have looked remarkably secure in defence with Upson taking many of the plaudits. Their opponents, Chelsea, are fighting for silverware on two other fronts and could well rest players for this game bearing in mind that the goalless draw at home to Everton has spelt the end of their title challenge. The trip to Barcelona next week may be the main focus for some of the players and a fairly dull draw may suit both parties.|
|Sat 5:30||Man Utd v Tottenham|
|The title is surely United's to lose after both Liverpool and Chelsea only managed draws during the week. The Old Trafford outfit have won fourteen of their sixteen Premier league home fixtures but Ferguson is making sure complacency doesn't enter the camp after they failed to kill off Pompey in the first 45 minutes of the midweek game. United are three points clear of Liverpool with a game in hand (away at Wigan) but should not take anything for granted against a Spurs side that can be dangerous if they're in the mood. Redknapp's side haven't been beaten in the league by any of the top four this season and gave as good as their opponents when they met in the Carling Cup final. Though Spurs are now safe they're still chasing a place in Europe and can't be counted out although there aren't many who'd back United to lose at home.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Arsenal v Middlesbrough|
|Despite having a number of players unavailable for the game at Anfield, the Gunners showed that they're a match for anyone and Arshavin demonstrated his talents as he single-handedly secured a point for his side. They may well only finish fourth but they're still playing for pride and may yet reach the Champions League final assuming they can despatch United along the way. The visitors to the Emirates are a Boro side that face serious threat of relegation and may not even climb out of the drop zone should they win here. Victories have been hard for Boro to come by but occasionally they deliver the odd shock; however they've not taken a point from their last nine away games and with United up next, it could be the crunch game at St James Park that seals their fate.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sun 4:00||Blackburn v Wigan|
|Blackburn are seriously flirting with the threat of relegation as they hover just above the drop zone with only three points separating them from Boro. Successive away defeats at Arsenal, Liverpool and Stoke hasn't helped Allardyce's cause and they were a trifle fortunate to take all three points from their last home game (against Spurs). They entertain a Wigan side that hasn't fared too well lately although Zaki could make his return from injury. The Latics have generally done well against the sides below them but they're now safe and with only a handful of wins on the road and Blackburn scrapping for survival, this could go either way. It's a game of huge importance for Rovers but don't expect it to be pretty.|
|Mon 8:00||Newcastle v Portsmouth|
|Newcastle have the luxury knowing other relegation rivals results before they play. Assuming Boro lose at the Emirates, the Magpies could climb a place but will remain in the relegation places regardless. Since taking over, this is Shearer's first realistic chance of getting a win under his belt and could provide the lift that sees Newcastle to safety especially given that they've winnable home fixtures left against Boro and Fulham. They host a Pompey side that lost in the week at Old Trafford and while they didn't get rolled over, they offered little threat. Hart's side are not yet safe but they've only won two away fixtures and it'll be a tough trip to Newcastle. If the Magpies start the way they finished at White Hart Lane then it'll be a very happy St James Park.|
|Home Win 2-0|