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 1st to Mon 3rd May 2010.
|Sat 12:45||Birmingham v Burnley|
|Birmingham can count themselves unfortunate to lose out in their derby fixture with Villa last weekend. Johnson gave away a penalty late on but replays show that he got to the ball first. However, Birmingham have had a fantastic season and though they can't progress further up the table with two games to go, McLeish'll still be anxious that they finish ninth. They've drawn their last four games at St Andrews but three points in their remaining home fixture against an already relegated Burnley side would be welcome. The Clarets have struggled in the latter half of the season with their away record being particularly awful. Despite winning an away fixture recently at Hull, Burnley have still managed to accumulate the lowest Premier league points on the road; just four. With Burnley down and little to play for, Birmingham look nailed-on for a home win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sat 3:00||Man City v Aston Villa|
|Where do we start with this one? Sixth plays fifth with just a point separating the challengers for fourth spot. City suffered a big blow at the Emirates with Given sustaining a dislocated shoulder; they tried to unsuccessfully bring back Joe Hart from on loan at Birmingham but have had to settle for Sunderland's Martin Fulop. City have seen their tags as fourth place favourites disappear after losing at home to United and managing just a point at Arsenal. Admmittedly, they were both difficult games and with another tough fixture against Villa, surely Spurs have the slenderest of advantages. Villa aren't counting themselves out but with one game fewer to play, they know that victories at Eastlands and at home to Blackburn next weekend are imperative for them to have any chance. The Villans have hit form maybe just slightly too late and won four of their last five on the road although against inferior opposition to City. With so much at stake for both sides it should be a compelling game but picking a winner is almost impossible.|
|Portsmouth v Wolverhampton|
|Though Portsmouth's relegation fate was sealed some time ago, their FA Cup final date has galvanised them and they've shown themselves capable of still taking points off other sides; three draws and an FA Cup semi-final win from their last five games is probably more than most would've given them, especially considering three of those results came on the road. They're still struggling with injuries but a Wembley final is enough incentive to play through the pain. They host a Wolves side that've fulfilled their primary objective of staying in the Premier league but they've not won since March when they beat West Ham at Upton Park. Since then they've drawn four of five games and scored just a single goal; a late equaliser at Ewood Park last weekend. Wolves will be keen to finish as high as possible (every little bit of cash helps) but another draw looks likely.|
|Stoke v Everton|
|Both these sides have little left to play for although Everton are finshing the season in good form. The Toffees are unlikely to finish higher than their current eighth place but that hasn't detracted from their attitude; Arteta and Cahill both grabbed injury-time winners against Everton and Blackburn respectively in their last two games. Aside from that, Everton haven't lost since they were beaten at White Hart Lane at the end of February. They travel to the Britannia where there appears to be unrest; a mole in the dressing room continually leaks reports of dressing room bust-ups and recent results haven't been anything to shout about. The Potters can't now be caught in thirteen place but there's certainly potential for them to climb a couple. However, defeat at home to Bolton and a seven goal battering at Stamford Bridge will probably have Tony Pulis wishing the season was already over. Everton have produced some gutsy displays recently and another looks on the cards.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Tottenham v Bolton|
|This is Spurs' chance to really make fourth spot their own. Six points from a possible nine against Arsenal, Chelsea and United has been a fantastic achievement and to throw all that away against Bolton is unthinkable. Tottenham have won their last five at White Hart Lane and will be hoping that Villa can take something off City whilst they put Bolton to the sword. Spurs' injuries have eased somewhat but both King and Lennon might be saved for the City game next week. Their opponents, Bolton, are now safe from the drop and have improved under Coyle but were surprisingly pegged back to 2-2 by Portsmouth last weekend after being two goals to the good. The weekend before they rallied for a late win at Stoke. It's just whether the Trotters will still have the stomach for a scrap given that relegation is no longer a concern. This is not exactly a foregone conclusion but it's a vital game for Spurs to win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 1:30||Liverpool v Chelsea|
|An interesting fixture given Liverpool's rivalry with United. Will Liverpool really be that keen to beat Chelsea and play their part in handing the title to their most hated rivals? The Reds' chances of scraping fourth spot grow less likely and would require a strange set of results from the other three contenders. Their inital focus is on the second leg against Atletico Madrid and their line-up on Sunday is likely to be affected by this result and what happens in the Spurs and City games on Saturday. Strikers are in short supply with Torres already out and both Kuyt and Ngog doubts. Their visitors, Chelsea, know that the Premier league title is within their grasp and with a point advantage over United, it is theirs and theirs alone to throw away. The Blues bounced back from the defeat at Tottenham with a seven goal thrashing of Stoke and John Terry is now available after serving a one match suspension. Prior to the Spurs defeat, Chelsea had not lost their last four Premier league away fixtures. A single goal should be enough to settle this and I can't see a further twist in the Premier league title race.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 3:00||Fulham v West Ham|
|Fulham go into tonight's game with Hamburg as favourites to reach the first Europa League final. Their European campaign has been a sign of the success achieved under Roy Hodgson and it's been done with little sacrifice on the domestic front. The Cottagers are comfortable in mid-table and can only slip a maximum of one place but are more likely to move up given their game in hand. Fulham's home form is good with ten of seventeen home fixtures won and who'd bet against them ahead of a visit by West Ham. The Hammers negotiated safety last weekend with a spectacular Parker winner at home to Wigan but the noises emanating from the Boleyn boardroom will have done little from team morale. Zola's continued stewardship is far from certain as is the future of most of the players who seem to have been put up for sale. This game is of little consequence and with West Ham having taken just a single point from their last six away fixtures, this should be a no-nonsense win for Fulham; just be wary of any after-effects from the Hamburg game.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Sunderland v Man Utd|
|Since Sunderland's run without a win earlier in the season, they've picked up considerably and not lost at the Stadium of Light since Villa beat them by a couple of goals back in December. They pose a serious risk to United's ambitions of holding on to the title for another season. United have to win and hope that Liverpool do them a favour against Chelsea, highly unlikely! Reports suggest that Rooney has still not recovered from injury meaning that the unimpressive Berbatov is likely to lead the line and once again it will fall to United's midfield to unlock the door. However, Chelsea's emphatic win over Stoke effectively gives them a two point advantage due to the +8 goal difference over United. Fergie's side have dropped just two points in their last four games on the road and Scholes' last gasp winner at Eastlands shows they've the mettle to get a result. Additionally, with Chelsea playing the day before, any dropped points by the Blues will provide further motivation if required. It's difficult to see United losing and from a draw/win situation, the away side are likely to edge it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Mon 1:30||Wigan v Hull|
|Another dead rubber ahead of the season conclusion. Hull are relegated and already planning for next season's Championship fight as well as trying to pick their way out of financial difficulties whilst Wigan are safe despite their defeat at West Ham. However, the Latics' form at home is not so bad with just one defeat in five. Hull's reputation on the road precedes them as they still travel looking for their first away win of the season. The Tigers have managed five away draws and they've lost less away games than Burnley but the thoughts of them notching their first away win at the last chance aren't worth considering. Altidore's stupid red card last weekend means he'll miss the last few remaining games. This should be a straight forward victory for Wigan but these meaningless games at the end of the season can yield some strange results.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Mon 5:00||Blackburn v Arsenal|
|Arsenal's title challenge is well and truly over after City held them to a goalless draw at the Emirates. That plus three successive away defeats, including the Champions League defeat in the Nou Camp, has seen their season stutter to a disappointing end with no silverware. Injuries have definitely played their part and the directive will be to strengthen next season, just as long as Wenger can stop his best players being tempted elsewhere. They travel to Ewood Park where mid-table Blackburn have frustrated some good opponents in the last couple of months, namely Chelsea and United, though Everton had the final say a couple of weeks ago when Cahill snatched a late winner. That was Rover's third home defeat of the season and their first in the Premier league since Spurs won there in December. If you believe in North London doubles, go for a Gunners win but a draw is our tip.|