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 9th to Mon 11th May 2009.
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Portsmouth|
|Just a single point and place separate these two sides six points above the relegation places with three games to go. They should both be safe but a win for either side would virtually guarantee their Premier league status. Rovers haven't lost at Ewood Park for four games now including draws against West Ham and Everton but Pompey have drawn four of their last five away fixtures with the defeat coming at Old Trafford. Paul Hart looks to have steered his side up the table and may even get to keep the job; his players appear happy with him at the helm at any rate. Everything seems to indicate that it'll be difficult to separate the two sides and a score draw looks the sensible option.|
|Bolton v Sunderland|
|Sunderland are another north-east club in danger of succumbing to the drop should another of their bitter rivals emerge as winners in the derby game on Monday night. No doubt the Mackems will be hoping that game ends in stalemate thus improving their own chances of surviving although winning at the Reebok would give those chances a real boost. However, Sunderland have lost six of their last seven games and their last four on the road have all ended in defeat without scoring whilst conceding eight times. Bolton are the hosts and have taken an impressive thirteen points at home out of the last possible eighteen. Another victory will see their Premier league status guaranteed for next season and it seems Gary Megson is finally getting things right at the Reebok having been given a little time. There only looks like being one winner in this physical contest.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Everton v Tottenham|
|It's not surprising that Everton's home defeat to Man City was just a blip given that they followed it with a victory that was never in doubt at the Stadium of Light. Prior to that City defeat, the Toffees had dropped just two points in their last seven games and will be seeking another victory in an attempt to leapfrog Villa into fifth. They host a Spurs side also fighting for a place in the Europa League next season and though Redknapp has worked wonders with his players, two successive defeats on the road (at Ewood Park and Old Trafford) doesn't stand them in great stead. In both games they were ahead at half-time only to see events turn against them in the second half; however, the way they capitulated after United were awarded a dodgy penalty showed signs of a soft under-belly. Spurs are good on the front foot but Everton's defence is well organised and they should have enough to sneak a close victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Aston Villa|
|Fulham are in contention for the last Europa League place and Hodgson is bound to be motivated given that he stands to reap a £750k bonus should the Cottagers clinch seventh position. Their home record had been good until recently but three defeats in their last five has tarnished that record somewhat. They entertain a Villa side already assured a place in the Europa League who only got back to winning ways last weekend at home to Hull after a run of twelve games without a win in all competitions. The one goal victory over the Tigers wasn't the most convincing and Villa will need more if they're to prevail at Craven Cottage but with little left to play for, expect Fulham to have the final say.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Hull v Stoke|
|Hull will be hoping that they can glean something from this game especially with the north-east derby in mind on Monday evening; a draw in that fixture would be the best result for the Tigers regardless of this outcome. Hull haven't won at home since early December although they have picked up the odd point here and there. Their captain, Ian Ashbee, looks like he'll miss this one after suffering a knee injury at Villa Park although the good news is that he's not out as long as was feared. Hull host a Stoke side that are guaranteed safety if they take all three points at the KC Stadium. The Potters have been on the wrong end of some gritty results lately but they're hard to beat and concede very little. They've only managed one victory on the road this season but they're more than capable of making the nightmare a reality for Hull in their own bid for salvation.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Brom v Wigan|
|Defeat for West Brom at home to Wigan could mean that the Baggies are relegated should other results go against them and even if they don't, inferior goal difference could be enough to see them drop. However, they made a brave stand in their last home fixture by beating Sunderland to the tune of three goals without reply and their pretty football might carry them to another three points against a Wigan side that've struggled since the closure of the transfer window. The Latics have suffered three defeats in their last four Premier league away games and their recent form has seen them drop out of Europa League contention. Wigan might have nothing to play for but the Baggies will be fighting for their very survival in the top flight.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 5:30||West Ham v Liverpool|
|The Hammers have done better than expected under Zola this season especially considering the injuries to key players. They're the club in prime spot to take the remaining Europe League place but the visit of Liverpool will be a difficult one, more so if the Reds still believe they have a chance of snatching the title from United's grasp. Recently West Ham have been dogged in defence and yielded very little but games at home to United and Chelsea both ended in single goal defeats. Their opponents, Liverpool, have won eleven of their seventeen Premier league away fixtures including four victories from their last five. Liverpool will be disappointed that their season has ended this early and with nothing to show for it but the faint glimmer of the Premier league title and the hope that United might drop points will keep them going to the end.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 1:30||Man Utd v Man City|
|As the games tick by, it becomes increasingly likely that United will retain the title with their destiny firmly in their own hands; Liverpool still have three points to make up with a game less to play. United have looked back to their best in recent games and as well as being favourites for the title have a Champions League final against Barcelona to look forward to. Additionally, Ferguson has managed to use his squad efficiently and still get results. Local rivals, City, have just strung together four victories in all competitions including a rare three points on the road (at Everton) but their away form generally this season has been poor with only two away wins to their name. Hughes' side are chasing the last open Europa League spot and pulled off a surprise win at OId Trafford last season but United are unlikely to take their eye off the ball as they look to claim more silverware.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Arsenal v Chelsea|
|This could be the third place play off for the Champions League after both sides were knocked out in their respective midweek fixtures. Arsenal were fairly and squarely eliminated by United but Chelsea's exit at the hand of Barcelona was difficult to stomach especially considering the number of valid penalty appeals turned down by the referee. Both clubs' seasons have come to an earlier end than they'd have preferred although Chelsea still have a date at Wembley to look forward to. The Gunners have lost just two Premier league games at the Emirates this season whilst Chelsea have only lost three on the road so there's not going to be much to choose between them. The respective managers have a big job ahead of them with regards to raising morale and the game's unlikely to be the humdinger it might have been had there been more at stake.|
|Mon 8:00||Newcastle v Middlesbrough|
|No doubt this game will attract the most attention this weekend with so much at stake for both north-east clubs. Only a few goals separates these two sides in the bottom three and a win is absolutely vital if one of the two clubs is to survive; it's looking increasingly likely that at least one will drop to the Championship. Newcastle have home advantage but controversy never leaves St James Park and it's been Joey Barton's turn to take centre stage; another disgraceful tackle on Alonso at Anfield has lead to a falling out with Shearer and Barton may not play for the Magpies again. Newcastle were most definitely second best at Anfield and scoring goals has been the issue; Shearer may start with a three pronged attack and pray that they find the back of the net. Their opponents, Boro, have an awful away record with just eight points on the road this season and the last ten Premier league away games have all ended in defeat. The fact that this is a derby game makes it even more difficult to call and survival for either side relies on the sides above them dropping further points. Gut feeling says that Newcastle have a better chance of making the grade.|
|Home Win 2-1|