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 2nd to Sun 3rd April 2011.
|Sat 12:45||West Ham v Man Utd|
|United are still top but defeats at Liverpool, Chelsea and Wolves has seen their lead cut to five points having played a game more than second placed Arsenal. By all accounts their record on the road has been below par this season with eight draws and three defeats from fifteen away fixtures. Both Scholes and Evans are suspended, Rafael, O'Shea and Ferdinand are out but Vidic is expected to return after playing the full 90 minutes for Serbia against Estonia. They travel to Upton Park where West Ham's fight for survival has been a valiant one and at last they go into the weekend's fixtures above the bottom three. Obviously that could all change after 90 minutes but their injuries have abated somewhat and eight points from the last possible twelve, including a win over Liverpool and a draw at Spurs, leaves them heading in the right direction, upwards! Most will probably expect the Hammers to lose this one and whilst defeat won't end their challenge for survival, they might just be worth a point.|
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Bolton|
|It seems that a place in Europe is probably beyond Bolton but no doubt they'll keep pushing. Ironically, it's their opponents that've already secured their place in next season's Europa League after winning the Carling Cup but find themselves second from bottom after taking just a single point from the last possible nine. Birmingham have drawn just one of four games in all competitions since that Wembley victory and it was Bolton that knocked them out of the FA Cup at St Andrews thanks to a late Lee Chung-Yong winner. For the second successive game Brum have lost out to a late goal and though it may look like they're on the slide, only four points separate the bottom eight places so the relegation issue is far from done and dusted. As mentioned, Bolton may have won away in the FA Cup at places like Brum, Fulham and Wigan but have taken just a point on the road in their last eight Premier League attempts. Cahill and Sturridge are both rapidly gaining recognition and it would be a coup for Owen Coyle if he can keep them both at the Reebok next season. The international break has given injured players time to recover on both sides and this'll be a tight game, especially tense for the home side.|
|Everton v Aston Villa|
|The Aston Villa contingent were amongst the more impressive England players on display over the international break and now it remains to be seen if Young, Downing and Bent can do it for their club. Villa are just three points off the bottom of the table and need to pull together if they're to escape the clutches of relegation. However, rumours won't go away as to some players' discontent with Houllier's management and training methods. Dunne and Collins are likely to return in the centre of defence after returning to action for their respective countries. Villa have lost their last three games in all competitions but Everton's injury list will offer them some hope ahead of their trip to Goodison. Everton's creative players have been hit hard with Arteta, Saha, Rodwell and Fellaini all out and Coleman a doubt. The Toffees have taken ten points from their last four Premier League matches but goals are likely to be at a premium in this game. Hence our prediction of a bore draw.|
|Newcastle v Wolverhampton|
|It was an international break of mixed emtions for Mick McCarthy; Matt Jarvis made his England debut after being touted for a role for so long whilst front man, Kevin Doyle, sustained a knee injury playing for Ireland and could miss the rest of the season. McCarthy is confident that the Doyle loss can be covered but their position in the bottom three is still perilous despite taking eight points from their last four Premier League matches. Their win at Villa Park was only their second Premier League away victory of the season and they'll be anxious to continue their good form at St James Park as they bid to climb the table. Newcastle have had a mixed bag of results recently with their two most recent games have both ending in defeat. They were comfortably beaten in their last Premier League outing at Stoke whilst their last four home fixtures have ended with a defeat and three draws. Tiote joins Ryan Taylor on the suspended list but the likes of Best and Enrique could make their return. These games get harder to predict and this is certainly one that could swing either way but I'm going for a rare Newcastle victory.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Stoke v Chelsea|
|Stoke are one of the form home sides having dropped just two points from their last five matches at the Britannia Stadium. They're still not mathematically safe from the drop although their tenth place would be seen as more comfortable than the others below them. However, there is a danger that their success in the FA Cup distracts from their primary goal of finishing as high as possible in the Premier League. Their semi-final date with Bolton is only two weeks away and thoughts are bound to be on reaching the FA Cup final for the first time in their history. Carew and Faye are both doubtful for the visit of a Chelsea side that have begun to get their Premier League house in order after some disappointing results. They've won their last three Premier League matches including wins over United and City and have dropped just two points in their last four away games. David Luiz is looking the real deal both at the back and with his goal contribution although Torres is still to find the back of the net for his new club. Chelsea are now up to third and have Arsenal within their sights. They're expected to match Stoke in a game that won't be for faint hearts but have that extra flair that could see them take all three points.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Brom v Liverpool|
|This is undoubtedly a big game for Roy Hodgson. Liverpool have got back to winning ways since replacing Hodgson with Kenny Dalglish whilst the new West Brom manager is facing another battle against relegation. Hodgson managed to keep Fulham in the top flight whilst recent Baggies results suggest he can do the same for them. West Brom are unbeaten in their last five games (four of them draws) and have climbed to sixteenth although only three points is keeping them off the foot of the table. They host a Liverpool side now only four points behind Spurs and looking to have the impetus to possibly threaten the north Londoners. Suarez and Carroll started for the first time together in the victory at the Stadium of Light and that is likely to remain the same for the visit to the Hawthorns after Suarez skipped international duty giving time for his back to recover. Gerrard is also likely to play some part after resuming full training. The Reds have had their off days as well, namely the defeats at West Ham and at home to Braga, but the players are likely to be as motivated as Hodgson with regards to getting one over on their old manager.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Wigan v Tottenham|
|If Spurs harbour ambitions of Champions League football next season then this is a game they surely have to win. They lie four points behind fourth-placed City with a game in hand and Liverpool lie waiting should Spurs slip up. They've lost just once in their last five Premier League away matches (at Blackpool) but need to start converting chances as too many go begging. Spurs have only one definite casualty, Woodgate (no surprise there), and the likes of Huddlestone, Palacios, Kaboul and possibly Bale are close to a return to action. They travel to the DW Stadium where Wigan will be anxious to follow up their win over Birmingham with another in the hope that they can lift themselves off the foot of the table. The victory over Brum was only their sixth of the current campaign but Martinez has no injury concerns ahead of what is a vital game for both clubs. Spurs should prevail if they convert the chances that are bound to come their way but Wigan aren't dead and buried yet.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 5:30||Arsenal v Blackburn|
|Arsenal have had a miserable month but they remain in contention as far as the Premier League is concerned. That's partially due to the fact that United have lost three in four on the road although Chelsea have picked up points and now lie just four points behind the Gunners. Defeated in the Carling Cup final, out of the FA Cup and Champions League, Arsenal only have the Premier League crown left to fight for. Once again injuries have hit them hard although several of them look to have recovered for the Blackburn game. They just have to hope that Almunia stays injury-free because Lehmann showed some nervy moments in this week's reserve defeat against Wigan. Blackburn's away record is poor with five successive Premier League defeats and their thirteenth-placed position belies the fact that they're only three points off the bottom of the table. Givet serves the last of his two-match suspension but there could be returns from injury for Samba and Nelsen. This should be a comfortable win for Wenger and company, providing a rare ray of light to get them back on track in the Premier League at least.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Sun 1:30||Fulham v Blackpool|
|There's not much between these two sides as they battle for points to ease any relegation fears. However, Fulham are at home and they start favourites for that very reason. The Cottagers have dropped just two points in their last five Premier League matches at Craven Cottage and look more formidable now that they've four fit forward players; namely Zamora, Johnson, Dembele and Dempsey. They host a Blackpool side that've surprised many this season especially with their away form, the best of any side below fifth bar Newcastle. However, that form has dipped recently and they've picked up just a single point on the road since the turn of the year. DJ Campbell serves out the last of his three-match ban whilst Charlie Adam is playing down reports of a knee problem suffered playing for Scotland against Brazil. Blackpool won't be shy in going forward but it'll probably be to their detriment.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Man City v Sunderland|
|Sunderland have been on a miserable run since they beat Blackpool away at the back end of January. Since then they've taken one point from six Premier League fixtures and they've not scored in the last three. Steve Bruce is pinning his hopes on having the likes of Mensah, Muntari, Richardson and Welbeck available for the trip to Eastlands but a result at Man City is a big ask when trying to get your season back on track. City have faltered themselves lately dropping points on the road but their home form remains impressive; they've dropped just two points from the last possible eighteen at Eastlands. Kolo Toure is banned and Richards is out but Tevez, Yaya Toure and Zabaleta are all expected to return to the starting lineup. City need a result to hold off the threat of Spurs who lie just four points behind with a game in hand.|
|Home Win 1-0|