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 9th May 2010.
|Sun 4:00||Arsenal v Fulham|
|As the season draws to a conclusion, Arsenal's form appears to have taken a turn for the worse with just a single point their sole reward from the last four games. It should be noted that the three defeats all came away from the Emirates but it's cause for concern ahead of the 'must win' final game of the season against Fulham. The Gunners bitter rivals, Spurs, are breathing down their necks and could move above them into third should they lose and Spurs win at Burnley. That particular outcome would cap a miserable season for Arsenal but it's an unlikely one against a Fulham side that have their sights set on the Europa League final next week in Hamburg. The Cottagers were unsuccessful in their attempt to move this fixture to Saturday and give their players more time to rest so it won't be surprising if Hodgson leaves key players out for this game. Both Zamora and Duff look certain not to feature and Fulham look unlikely to add to their single Premier league away victory this season.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Aston Villa v Blackburn|
|Villa's defeat at Eastlands last weekend put paid to their hopes of finishing fourth meaning that this game is of little consequence but Villa can still manage fifth should City lose at West Ham. Their place in next season's Europa League competition is assured but several English players at Villa Park will feel they could do more to ensure that they feature in Capello's World Cup plans. Villa haven't lost at home in the Premier League this year and will start favourites against a Blackburn side that have won on just two occasions on the road. Rovers have great home form as evidenced last weekend with their win over Arsenal much to Wenger's frustation. O'Neill will be prepared for what you get coming up against one of Allardyce's sides and Villa are likely to end their season on a happy note.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Bolton v Birmingham|
|There'll be very little to inspire anyone at the Reebok this weekend. Neither side can improve on their respective 14th and 9th positions though both will be happy with their continued Premier league status, especially Birmingham who've done exceptionally well under McLeish. The Blues away record has faltered in recent weeks and they've won just one of their last seven away fixtures in all competitions. Their hosts, Bolton, haven't done badly considering the transition that's gone on at the club this season with Megson going and Owen Coyle coming in. The Trotters are moving away from the style of football synonomous with Sam Allardyce but won't reap the dividends until next season. Expect this to be a tight affair as Birmingham don't concede many, but Bolton are likely to have the final say.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Burnley v Tottenham|
|Relegated Burnley have the unenviable task of trying to stop a euphoric Tottenham that finally managed to clinch Champions League football next season with a worthy victory at Eastlands this week. This is one of the few fixtures this weekend that still has some potential sparkle given that Spurs can leapfrog Arsenal into third should they win at Turf Moor and the Gunners lose at home to Fulham; an unlikely scenario but one that should see Tottenham continue to give it their all. Ledley King is unlikely to feature after playing three games in twelve days but Lennon will be anxious to grab his final chance at making a lasting impression on Capello. Burnley's early season successes counted for nothing as they begin to prepare for life in the Championship. The Clarets have taken just a point from their last six matches at Turf Moor and it remains to be seen whether they'll have the backbone to repel what is likely to be a very attacking Tottenham side.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Chelsea v Wigan|
|Chelsea have held their fate in their own hands for the last couple of weeks and it's difficult to see them falling at the final fence knowing that victory at home on the last day of the season will give them the title. The Blues have dropped just five points at Stamford Bridge throughout the campaign and had a scare recently at White Hart Lane but responded well with nine goals scored without reply in victories at home to Stoke and away at Anfield. Their opponents, Wigan, are expected by most just to turn up but Martinez has promised that the Latics will be no pushovers. Wigan are on a run of five successive away defeats and have little to play for given that they're already safe despite their return of 36 points. With so much at stake for Chelsea, anything other than a home victory looks virtually impossible.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Everton v Portsmouth|
|This is the last chance for Pompey's fringe players to shine ahead of the FA Cup final next weekend but Grant is unlikely to risk his bigger players with the big event so close. They already have a host of players racing to be fit in time but still managed to dig out a draw at the Reebok and beat Wolves at home in their two most recent fixtures. They travel to Goodison park knowing that their respective positions will not change whatever the outcome making this effectively a friendly. Everton have enjoyed a late surge to reach eighth but European football is beyond them this time and much to their frustration, they'll finish the season second to Liverpool. However, the Toffees have taken 25 points from the last 27 on home soil and will be strongly fancied to see off a Portsmouth side distracted by next weekend's big day out.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Hull v Liverpool|
|After labelling Liverpool a poor away side, they travelled to Turf Moor and won comfortably but their season has been extremely disappointing and they look destined to finish seventh. The absence of Champions League football next season is likely to affect the club significantly over the summer in terms of management and playing staff. Benitez's position looks uncertain whilst rumours persist regarding their biggest players; namely Fernando Torres. They travel to relegated Hull where Iain Dowie hopes to remain in charge despite dropping to the Championship. The Tigers have financial problems which is bound to affect their chances of bouncing back into the Premier league at their first attempt. Hull have lost four of their last five home games and though we reckon Liverpool aren't much to write home about, the Reds should really win this one.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Man Utd v Stoke|
|Though the chances of Wigan nicking anything at Stamford Bridge look extremely remote, United have to cling to that hope and fulfill their end of the bargain by beating Stoke if they're to retain the Premier league title. Fergie's men have won fifteen of their eighteen Premier league games at Old Trafford and will be disappointed if the title doesn't fall their way but they're unlikely to give Stoke much pause for breath. The Potters will probably finish tenth but they key factor for Pulis is that they've exceeded last season's points tally, a sure sign of progress. Recently, they were hammered by seven at Stamford Bridge but have responded well since by holding Everton at the Britannia and beating Fulham at Craven Cottage. With Pulis in charge you can't dismiss Stoke but the victory is likely to be United's whilst the day will probably be Chelsea's.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|West Ham v Man City|
|City's challenge for fourth was brought to a surprising halt at Eastlands this week by a Spurs side that showed more appetite for it on the day. City's forward line were not at their best and Mancini's tendency to adopt a cautious approach backfired. The common concensus was that finishing fourth was a minimum requirement as far as the Italian's job was concerned; time will tell over the course of the summer and it wouldn't be too much of a shock if the billionaire owner brought someone else in. However, the club's away record has improved since the manager's appointment and they've not lost on the road since Hull beat them in early February. They travel to Upton Park where some of the Hammers players could be playing for their continued West Ham career given some of the statements coming out of the boardroom. Zola could also go over the summer but they've avoided relegation and a period of consolidation is required. The Hammers have won their last couple of home games (against Wigan and Sunderland) but City represent a step up in quality. City's midweek defeat means that there's nothing to play for and a draw might suit both parties.|
|Wolverhampton v Sunderland|
|Both these sides managed to avoid relegation thanks to an improvement in form over the last couple of months. Sunderland managed a single goal victory at the KC Stadium on their last away day but prior to that, their only other away win came on the opening day at Bolton. Cattermole and Meyler are the big name casualties for the Mackems going into the final day of the campaign at Molineux. Wolves have built their success on keeping things tight and staying competitive which made the 3-1 defeat at Fratton Park all the more surprising. McCarthy's men hadn't conceded three in the Premier league since City beat them at Molineux just before the turn of the year. Again, both sides have little to play for and any excitement is likely to be in short supply.|