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 Sun 24th May 2009.
|Sun 4:00||Arsenal v Stoke|
|It seems that Arsene Wenger has reassured everyone that Arsenal remains his sole focus, and though this season has been disappointing in terms of silverware, the job of building a side to challenge the rest of the top four continues in the summer. The important factor is that they've qualified for the Champions League next season and this game is largely meaningless, especially considering that Stoke's survival in the top flight is guaranteed. The Potters have lost twelve of eighteen games on the road and the Emirates would be the last place you'd expect to see a major upset on the last day of the season. A reasonably comfortable victory for the Gunners looks likely.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Aston Villa v Newcastle|
|Newcastle dropped back into the bottom three after they succumbed to defeat at home to Fulham and Hull snatched a point away at Bolton. The relegation battle has gone to the wire and now it is out of Newcastle's hands but they know they have to better Hull's result at home to United. The Magpies haven't won on the road since they took three points at the Hawthorns back in early February and that was only their second away victory of the season. Their opponents, Villa, have a Europa League place sewn up and they finally won their first home game since early February with a narrow win over Hull just a couple of weeks ago. The last few months must have been disappointing for Villa given their early season form but they'll want to finish on a high although Newcastle will be desperate for any sort of result. If the Magpies don't over commit players forward, a point may be enough.|
|Blackburn v West Brom|
|Not much to play for at Ewood Park with West Brom already relegated and Rovers safe by a larger margin than expected. The Baggies have played some good football but unfortunately that's not enough at the highest level and they drop to the Championship; a contributory factor has been their poor away record with just a single victory on the road. Blackburn don't have an impressive track record themselves but Allardyce has made his side a lot harder to beat as you'd probably expect from one of his sides. Rovers have won their last three home games and this one's likely to follow the same pattern.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Fulham v Everton|
|Fulham need just a point from this game to be certain of playing in the Europa League next season but success is not always welcome and the thought of playing another possible seventeen games with such a small squad could wreak much damage on Fulham's league position next year. The Cottagers have won eleven of their eighteen home games this time around and will start favourites against an Everton side already qualified for the Europa League with only bettering Villa's result and cementing fifth spot the sole incentive to get a result. The Toffees have only lost one of their last six Premier league away fixtures but Fulham are a tough side at home and the FA Cup final in a weeks time might just prove a distraction for the Everton players.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Hull v Man Utd|
|Too much fuss has been made over the possibility that United may field a weakened side at the KC Stadium. The Champions' focus is obviously on the Champions League final next week but you'd have to feel pretty certain that most sides Ferguson could put out would be capable of beating Hull. There's been much speculation over whether Ferdinand will play but it looks like he's set to if he's to prove his fitness ahead of the prestigious event in Rome next Wednesday. Hull are fortunate that they are in a position where their destiny is still in their own hands but only bettering Newcastle's result at Villa Park will keep the Tigers in the Premier league. However, it's always a big ask to beat United regardless of the eleven players picked to play for the Champions.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Liverpool v Tottenham|
|It looks like Liverpool have finally conceded that they're not going to win the title and it's been a season where they've been so close yet so far. No trophies to show for their efforts but running United very close and finishing second is a step forwards. The Reds have still not lost at Anfield this season and will be looking for another clean sheet against the side that managed to tempt Robbie Keane back after things failed to work out under Benitez. Spurs know that if they win and Fulham lose to Everton, then a Europa League place will be theirs but Redknapp is aware of that paricular poisoned chalice and whilst they won't want to lose the game, they're unlikely to be going all out for victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man City v Bolton|
|Both these sides are safe in mid-table with nothing to play for so the outcome won't necessairly go the way of the form book. However, City are the form home side on the back of eight successive home victories if you ignore the visit of Fulham. With City's rebuilding programme expected to continue over the summer, this is the last chance for some of the players at Eastlands to show that they're worthy of a place in the squad and shouldn't be offloaded during the close season. Bolton are the visitors and have gone off the boil in recent weeks, probably once safety was virtually assured. Their last four games have all ended as draws but a defeat looks on the cards this time around.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Chelsea|
|It looks like Chelsea will have to settle for third place and given some of Hiddink's comments over the last few weeks, it may not only be the manager's last game for the Blues. Chelsea have won thirteen of their eighteen Premier league fixtures and are unlikely to roll over for a Sunderland side threatened by relegation. The Black Cats have lost three of their last four home games and need a point to be certain of staying up. Should they lose and Newcastle and Hull both win, then Sunderland will have to get used to life back in the Championship. Sbragia won't be the only one hoping that Villa or United get a result.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|West Ham v Middlesbrough|
|Boro are clinging to the mathematical possibility that they can still stay up but the draw at home to Villa wasn't enough and now they have to win at West Ham by a few clear goals whilst hoping that Hull and Newcastle both succumb to defeats. Downing's injury won't have helped Boro's cause but the extent of his injury is still being assessed although he's definitely out for their crunch game. Boro have lost their last eleven Premier league away fixtures and it won't be easy at Upton Park. The Hammers have lost three of their last six home games but these defeats came against United, Chelsea and Liverpool; Boro are not really a side in the same category and the Hammers are likely to make Boro's Championship nightmare a reality.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wigan v Portsmouth|
|Only one point and two places separates these two sides going into a game that has little significance for either; with both of them safe, motivation will be in short supply. Recent result for both clubs have been mixed; Pompey haven't won on the road since November when they won at the Stadium of Light and that was only their second away victory whilst Wigan have won only one of their last seven home games. Going on form this looks like being a draw; a result that would both sides would probably be happy to settle for.|