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 2nd to Mon 4th May 2009.
|Sat 12:45||Middlesbrough v Man Utd|
|United travel to the Riverside as odds on favourites to retain their Premier league title with a three point cushion and a game in hand. They also have a slight advantage going into the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Emirates next week. United have dropped points in just one of their last six Premier league away games when they were defeated at Craven Cottage but were on the ropes last weekend at home to Spurs until the referee and Rooney turned the game in the home side's favour. Expect no such lapses against Boro although Southgate's side did beat Liverpool at the Riverside and haven't lost at home since Boxing Day as they strive to battle their way out of the bottom three. Boro are capable of springing a surprise but if United play as the can from the off, there should be only one winner.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sat 3:00||Chelsea v Fulham|
|With the Premier league prize virtually beyond their grasp and a key Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Barcelona to look forward to next week, Chelsea could be accused of losing their focus for this West London derby. They only managed a draw against Everton in their last Premier league home fixture and won't find it easy against a Fulham side that are aiming for Europe next season and have made remarkable progress under Roy Hodgson. Last season he just about saved them from the drop and this season he has worked on their away form. They've suffered a couple of defeats at Craven Cottage recently but only lost once on the road since the beginning of February. Hangeland and Hughes have been key performers in the centre of defence and they might just keep a clean sheet at the Bridge.|
|Man City v Blackburn|
|City just have that home defeat to Fulham that otherwise blotts an impressive home record of seven successive Premier league victories at Eastlands. Hughes has even managed the unthinkable by inspiring his side to a win at Everton; only their second Premier league victory on the road of the current campaign. There's talk of Eto'o lending his weight to next season's efforts but with so much money available at City, there's bound to be much speculation now and during the close season. They host a Blackburn side that eased their relegation plight with a win at home to Wigan but their situation remains precarious with three places and six points separating them from trouble. However, Rovers have lost their last three successive away fixtures and with the form book in mind, it looks like another away defeat is on the cards.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Portsmouth v Arsenal|
|The point earned at St James Park might have gone a long way to ensuring Pompey's survival in the Premier league but they're not completely out of it yet and need to pick up points wherever possible. Team spirit and results have improved since Paul Hart's appointment; they've now picked up ten points from their last five home games but the visit of Arsenal will be a big test. The Gunners have much to do next week when they host United and though there's little chance of Arsenal climbing further up the table from fourth, Wenger is unlikely to rest players as injuries have been a problem and some, such as Fabregas, have not long returned from the treatment room. Arsenal haven't lost away from home since November and Fratton Park isn't as intimidating a ground as it used to be.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Stoke v West Ham|
|Stoke's gradual climb away from the drop zone has been admirable and they should be safe; key to their survival has been their home form with 32 of their 39 points secured at the Britannia Stadium. The Potters haven't lost at home since Boxing Day but recent games have been tight, so expect another one against a West Ham side that have shown their miserly side in recent weeks. Despite injuries to key players the Hammers haven't been heavily beaten and had Noble scored the penalty last weekend they would've earned a worthy point at home to Chelsea. West Ham are still chasing a European place but their away form has been mixed and the Britannia has proved a difficult place to go with Stoke losing there on just three occasions. Both parties might have to make do with a point as this looks like being a stalemate.|
|Tottenham v West Brom|
|One wonders whether Spurs would've held on for a point or maybe all three had Howard Webb not awarded United a penalty in the second half at Old Trafford when Spurs were two goals to the good. In the end, they fell apart and the result was reminiscent of the 3-5 defeat several seasons ago against United at White Hart Lane. The remaining European place looks like it'll go to Fulham but Harry won't have given up just yet. They host a West Brom side that don't know when they're beaten; despite propping up the rest of the league they managed a resounding victory at home to Sunderland to give themselves fresh hope of surviving although the situation still looks ominous. The Baggies have secured just a single victory on the road and defeat would virtually seal their fate.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Wigan v Bolton|
|In recent weeks, Wigan's results have been indicative of a side that have shown little ambition for the remaining part of the season. Three successive defeats including ten goals conceded with just one in reply have seen the Latics slip from contending a European spot. Bruce hasn't adquately filled the gaps left by selling Heskey and Palacios and they've paid the price. They host a Bolton side that are now close to safety and only two places and three points below themselves. The Trotters haven't shown enough on the road although they did give Chelsea a scare at Stamford Bridge by nearly making it all the way back from four goals down. Given that Bolton have taken just a single point from their last five away fixtures, we'll see if Wigan are willing to settle for mid-table obscurity or maybe make a late charge for Europe.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Liverpool v Newcastle|
|Shearer's Newcastle remain in the bottom three and a point at home to Pompey may well prove not enough in their bid for Premier league survival. Picking a three-pronged attack was brave but all three misfired; to be honest they didn't have a lot of chances and that could be down to the system and lack of guile from midfield. They now set out to do what no other side has done in the Premier league and inflict defeat on Liverpool at Anfield. As if to compound the problems for Newcastle, Gerrard resumed full training this week and is set to feature as the Reds aim to keep up the pressure on United. The title looks almost gone for Liverpool but while it still remains mathematically possible they're likely to give it their all, while Newcastle's best hope is that the sides around them fare no better over the weekend.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Sunderland v Everton|
|Everton's defeat at home to Man City last weekend was something of a shock and maybe they've one eye already on the FA Cup final at Wembley. Jagielka's knee injury will have been a bitter blow but Lescott is more than adequate cover. Everton's recent away form has dipped a little although they've looked solid with clean sheets at Stamford Bridge and at Wembley against United. They travel to the Stadium of Light where Sunderland's recent results haven't been great and the threat of relegation remains for all to see. Not only that but the heavy defeat at the Hawthorns against bottom side, West Brom, won't have done much for the Black Cats' confidence. There seems to be a theory that Sbragia has lost patience with the Jones/Cisse partnership and David Healy could start as they bid to ease their relegation fears. However, Everton's defeat last weekend was probably a blip and Sunderland will find it tricky breaking their defence.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||Aston Villa v Hull|
|Hull's fall from grace has been incredible as they hover just above the relegation places. Ironically, they might not enter the drop zone just yet given difficult games for both Boro and Newcastle, but the Tigers look one of the favourites to drop down to the Championship. It's now been three successive away defeats but the defeat at the Riverside will be seen as a key failure in their relegation battle. It seems that their opponents, Villa, have forgotten how to win with no victory to their name since the away win at Ewood Park in early February; that's twelve games without a win in all competitions. Fortunately, their place in Europe next season looks safe although all hopes of a Champions League spot have now evaporated. At least, this fixture gives Villa the chance to get back to winning ways in front of their own fans.|
|Home Win 2-1|