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 17th to Mon 19th April 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Man City v Man Utd|
|The early lunchtime fixture promises a fierce encounter between top four derby rivals with much at stake. A defeat for United would virtually hand the title to Chelsea whilst the same for City would set them back in their aspirations to secure fourth place given that Spurs are breathing down their necks. United have looked patchy recently and failed to break the deadlock at Ewood Park, a draw in which Ferdinand, Giggs and O'Shea all picked up injuries but there is hope that Rooney will be fit to travel to Eastlands. Their hosts, City, looked unbeatable on home soil at one point but they dropped points against both Liverpool and Everton. However since that defeat to the Toffees, City have bounced back with three successive victories scoring an amazing tally of fourteen goals and conceding just twice. Undoubtedly this will be billed as Tevez v Rooney and picking a winner will be tough.|
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Hull|
|After getting hammered at home by Burnley last weekend, Hull relieved the Clarets of their away reputation and it is now the Tigers that lay claim to the worst away record in the Premier league. The two sides may have taken the same nnumber of points on the road but at least Burnley have now won a game where as Hull have managed just four draws. Dowie's side capitualted in the second half of that game and you wouldn't rate their chances at St Andrews where Birmingham have lost just twice this season. McLeish's side aren't exactly free-scoring but they've conceded just twelve times at home and though qualification for Europe may be beyond them, I can't see them making it easy for Hull. The single goal victory has proved profitable when backing Birmingham this season and this looks like another good case.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Blackburn v Everton|
|Blackburn proved last weekend that they don't get rolled over too easily at Ewood Park by holding a United side desperate for maximum points to a goalless draw; that's United and Chelsea held plus Birmingham beaten in recent weeks. In fact, Rovers haven't been beaten at home in the league since a Crouch brace proved too much before Christmas. However, they host an impressive Everton side still clinging to the possibility of Europa league football next season. They're unbeaten in their last four games on the road and only a Jagielka own goal in injury time prevented them from getting all three points at Villa Park and bringing that European dream closer to reality. Everton's last three fixtures have all ended in stalemates and a similar outcome looks likely at Blackburn.|
|Fulham v Wolverhampton|
|The Europa League semi-finalists have had a fantastic season and given that they've little to play for domestically, their draw at Anfield last weekend was all the more creditable. Hodgson's role in what his side has achieved can't be stressed enough. Their home form has been great with only a defeat by Man City and a draw against Spurs at Craven Cottage interrupting a sequence of eight home wins in all competitions. Despite the lack of domestic success, Bobby Zamora will be aiming to impress with the ultimate goal of getting a seat on the plane to South Africa so Fulham should have plenty to offer. They host a Wolves side that are gradually easing their way towards safety but their buffer is only six points with four games to go. McCarthy's side are disciplined at the back and concede very little; they almost did enough to earn a point at the Emirates only to be undone by Bendtner in injury time. Wolves have improved as the season has progressed but Fulham are strong at home and they should have too much.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Stoke v Bolton|
|Bolton battled well at Stamford Bridge but came away with nothing taking their run of successive defeats to four without scoring a single goal. The Trotters are five points and five places clear of the drop zone so further points can be considered a priceless commodity. They travel to the Britannia Stadium where Stoke's form has been somewhat mixed having played Spurs, Villa, Arsenal and City in the Premier league since mid-February. They did however recently notch three points against Hull and their Premier league status is assured. The Potters should be worthy of a win but it's unlikely to be a pretty game to watch.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sunderland v Burnley|
|Until last weekend Burnley had taken just a single point on the road all season but the second half at the KC Stadium gave the Clarets a massive boost in terms of escaping the clutches of relegation. They still remain in the bottom three but the gap between themselves and safety has now been cut to four points with four games to go. That win could've done wonders for Brian Laws whose neck was thought to be on the block only a week ago. However, they need to follow up their exploits at Hull with another victory at the Stadium of Light; Sunderland haven't lost at home since December. Darren Bent also has a World Cup place to fight for and he'll be looking to add to his tally of 22 Premier league goals. Now that the Mackems have got back into the winning habit they'll be tough to beat and a win for Burnley would be the equivalent of lightning striking twice.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sst 5:30||Tottenham v Chelsea|
|Spurs ended eleven years of hurt during the week by notching their first Premier league win over arch-rivals Arsenal since 1999. They were resolute in defence and incisive on the counter despite going long periods without any decent possession. Danny Rose's goal was the perfect start and maybe Lennon's recent setback won't be quite so hard-felt. That victory keeps Spurs in touch with City for fourth place but they'll need to replicate that display in another fascinating encounter against Chelsea. Apparently, King can't play two games in a week but he'll be sorely needed again to bolster the defensive line. The Blues are currently top and are strong favourites to wrest the title back from United but they've not impressed in recent games. The victory over Bolton was pedestrian and conspiracy theorists out there may think that they already have the double sewn up after Villa were denied the most blatant of penalties at Wembley last weekend. This game is likely to have a massive impact on both the title and fourth place so it should be worth watching, even to the extent of subscribing to ESPN!|
|Sun 1:30||Wigan v Arsenal|
|Though the Gunners will feel down after the midweek defeat at White Hart Lane knowing that the title is beyond them, there was a positive to come out of it and that was the return of RVP. Van Persie only came on for twenty minutes but nearly did enough to turn the game on it's head and would've done had it not been for Gomes' heroics. Arsenal fans can be forgiven for thinking 'What if?' but injuries have hit them hard especially approaching the run-in. They travel to Wigan where the home side failed to beat what was essentially a reserve Pompey team despite their need for points to avoid slipping into the bottom three. The Latics have five points breathing space and Martinez has guaranteed his side will give everything in their remaining games but they need to play a lot better if they're to get any change from Arsenal. Expect the Gunners to bounce back with a comfortable victory.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 4:00||Portsmouth v Aston Villa|
|Avram Grant's made no secret of the fact that players will be rested ahead of their Cup final date at Wembley, evidenced by the team he picked at Wigan. However, some of those fringe players are attempting to stake a claim for a Wembley place and they did their cause no harm with a point at the DW Stadium. It's difficult to back Portsmouth given the team selection and the fact that they're already relegated but they're capable of causing an upset, especially at Fratton Park. They host a Villa side that salvaged a draw against Everton in injury time but just a point could prove insufficient as far as their challenge for fourth place is concerned. Villa lie seven points behind City with five to play so they need to win all their remaining games to have any chance; that said, both City and Spurs have tough fixtures ahead of them. Villa have won at both Wigan and Bolton since mid-March and should have enough to put Pompey to bed; drawing too many games explains why the elusive fourth place has gradually slipped from their grasp.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 8:00||Liverpool v West Ham|
|Last week we thought that the outcome of Liverpool's game against Fulham was a foregone conclusion; that was before Torres succumbed again to his ongoing knee problem. Liverpool looked toothless without him and it looks like the talismanic striker is targeting a comeback against Athletico Madrid. Finally, it seems that the Reds have accepted that Champions League qualification is beyond them; six points behind with four games to go relies heavily on other results going their way. The Hammers are struggling at the other end of the table but a draw at Goodison and three points against Sunderland has seen them move four points clear of the drop zone. Burnley's win at Hull was probably the best result for West Ham but points on the board is their only sure way of staying up. There was good news for Zola with Boa Morte returning in a reserve game after eight months out with a knee injury but Parker misses out after serving the last match of his suspension. Liverpool are far from convincing but a goal should be enough for victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|