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.
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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 9th to Mon 11th April 2011.
|Sat 12:45||Wolverhampton v Everton|
|Wolves slipped back to nineteenth after a bad day at the office at St James Park but they need to get on a run and keep it going if they're to avoid the drop. McCarthy switched to 4-4-2 during the game at Newcastle but one wonders would he have done so had Doyle been fit and available. However, Wolves have only been beaten once in their last five Premier League home games including taking the scalps of United and Chelsea. They host an Everton side hit hard by injuries but Moyes will be hoping that Cahill, Coleman and Rodwell are all passed fit to play. With Saha, Fellaini and Arteta already out for the rest of the season, they don't need any more injuries. The Toffees' form on the road has been patchy but they surprisingly won at Newcastle in their last away fixture. Everton can probably consider themselves safe unlike most of the sides below them whilst Wolves will be desperate for a win. Neither side looks like coming out on top here and the draw beckons.|
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Birmingham|
|Blackburn finally ended a run of five successive Premier League defeats with a deserved draw at Arsenal depsite Nzonzi being dismissed with twenty minutes still to play. That red card means the midfielder will be missing as Rovers take on Birmingham at Ewood Park. Blackburn haven't won at home since they beat the Baggies back at the end of January with a subsequent home defeat and two draws seeing them slip to just two points above the drop zone. Their opponents, Birmingham, also had a good weekend just gone as they recorded their first victory since winning the Carling Cup over a month ago. However, their situation is as desperate as Blackburn's as they battle to keep the threat of relegation at bay. Their last away day resulted in defeat at bottom club Wigan and doubts over the fitness of Zigic, Martins, Jiranek and Hleb only adds to their problems. A vital game for both clubs but Rovers should be able to capitalise on home advantage.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Bolton v West Ham|
|West Ham find themselves back in the bottom three after succumbing to defeat at home to United. Two Mark Noble penalties gave them hope but United's dominance and Rooney's class finally told. However, the Hammers' away form has improved with just a single defeat in their last six Premier League away fixtures; no doubt as a result of finally getting a number of players back from injury. They know that victory at the Reebok could do wonders for their survival bid but Bolton have a good home record having taken 13 points from the last possible 18. The danger for the Trotters is that they aren't prematurely distracted by their FA Cup semi-final date with Stoke next weekend. Owen Coyle will do his best to keep them focused on the immediate game in hand, especially after losing at Birmingham where he felt they deserved a share of the spoils. Bolton have lost just two home Premier League matches this season and I can't see West Ham getting anything unless Bolton's minds are elsewhere.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v Wigan|
|Chelsea could be something of a wounded animal after their Champions League defeat at home to United. Deprived of a penalty in the dying minutes, the task now looks an uphill one at Old Trafford if they're to make the semi-final stage. On the domestic front, recent results have seen them climb their way back into the top four despite Torres still failing to find the back of the net in nine games for the Blues. It was surprising to see Ancelotti bring on Anelka for Drogba against United leaving Torres to continue to frustrate in front of goal. The assumption is that he'll continue with the Spanish striker against bottom club Wigan and maybe one will go in off his backside to get him back on the goal trail. Wigan grabbed a point at home to Spurs last weekend but they need to start winning games if they're to avoid dropping to the Championship. The Latics have won just six Premier League matches all season and not many would give them a prayer of getting something at the Bridge.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Man Utd v Fulham|
|On paper this looks like a nailed-on three points for United but they best beware of a Fulham side that are picking up results now that they have very few injury concerns. The Cottagers moved a step closer to Premier League safety after their convincing win over Blackpool and the instrumental Zamora now has three goals to his name after returning from injury as a sub and grabing the winner over Blackburn. However, their away form is disappointing with just a single Premier League victory on the road this season and now they travel to the fortress that is Old Trafford where United have dropped just two points throughout the entire campaign. The title looks United's to throw away with a seven point advantage over Arsenal having played a game more. It's been a good week for United and Ferguson with them taking a one goal advantage back to Old Trafford in the Champions League plus the fact that Ferdinand came through the match unscathed. The other side of the coin is that the FA rejected the appeal over Rooney's TV rant and the striker will be suspended for this one plus the FA Cup semi-final with City. Berbatov will likely come in to partner Hernandez and the three points should go United's way.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sunderland v West Brom|
|Sunderland, like Blackpool, are a team on the slide. Just a single point earned from the last 21 on offer has seen the Mackems slip out of the European reckoning and as far as twelfth, just six points above the relegation places. Bruce has attributed their decline to injuries but they didn't help themselves in the five goal thrashing at Eastlands. They host a West Brom side immediately below them in the table and two points adrift. The Baggies are yet to lose under new manager, Roy Hodgson, and have taken seven points from the last possible nine including drawing with Arsenal and beating Liverpool. Morrison is likely to come back into the side for the trip to the Stadium of Light after recovering from a thigh injury. Of the two sides, the momentum certainly appears to be with West Brom but the question is are Sunderland capable of halting the slide?|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Tottenham v Stoke|
|Peter Crouch should, and probably did, hang his head in shame after a suicidal fifteen minutes in Madrid. Two rash tackles effectively put paid to Spurs' Champions League campaign and surely the emphasis for Harry Redknapp must be on this game against Stoke rather than next week's return leg against Real at White Hart Lane. Spurs face a tough eight game run-in as they attempt to claw their way back into the top four having now drifted five points behind Chelsea. They now, once again, appear to have an injury list as long as your arm with the right-back spot a particular problem. Of more concern will be the lack of goals with none for in the last four matches in all competitions. They host a mid-table Stoke side but still not safe from the drop. The Potters have lost their last six Premier League away matches and were soundly beaten at Upton Park by three goals to nil in their last attempt. Higginbotham will miss out with a knee ligament injury but Carew could return after a niggling back problem. Stoke could well have their minds on next weekend's FA Cup semi-final clash with Bolton and their poor away form is likely to continue. Any sort of victory could be enough to get Spurs' season back on track.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 1:30||Blackpool v Arsenal|
|Ian Holloway reckons two more wins and a 39 points total might be enough to keep Blackpool up but sending out such a message is dangerous psychologically. It gives the impression that the finish line is almost there but it's not quite been reached and really every game should be taken as it comes. The old cliche is every game until the end of the season is a cup final. The Tangerines are a place and a point above the drop zone and they've taken just a solitary point from their last four matches. They look like a team on the slide and they played like it in the defeat at Craven Cottage. They host an Arsenal side also struggling for form after the misery of exiting three competitions with nothing to show. The Gunners have drawn their last three Premier League matches, a factor which has seen United stretch their lead at the top of the table to seven points. Wenger will be anxious to see a response after their lacklustre display at home to Blackburn last weekend and given the personnel at his disposal, nothing less than three points will satisfy.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 4:00||Aston Villa v Newcastle|
|Gerrard Houllier suggested that the draw at Everton represented a turning point in Villa's season, not the ideal scenario after succumbing to a late equaliser. However, he must've been boosted by the news of an injury-free squad giving him a selection headache of a different nature. Villa's last home fixture resulted in a single goal defeat to Wolves but changing to 4-4-2 at Goodison with Agbonlahor partnering Bent appeared to pay off. They host a Newcastle side that should be buoyant after their 4-1 home win over Wolves. Tenth yellow cards of the season for both Nolan and Tiote means they're suspended and the Magpies' midfield could well suffer. That coupled with the news that Leon Best is out for the rest of the season leaves Pardew having to rely on Ameobi and Lovenkrands. Newcastle's last away game ended in a drubbing at Stoke and whilst that's unlikely to be repeated, this could be Villa's day.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Liverpool v Man City|
|Mancini opted for a more attacking line-up against Sunderland and reaped the rewards with a five goal demolition job. That's likely to change ahead of the trip to Anfield with the manager likely to revert to a more defensive strategy and Tevez ploughing a lone furrow up front. That said, it appears to be a tactic that hasn't really worked as City haven't won on the road in any competition since Boxing Day and three of the last four Premier League away fixtures have ended in defeat. Liverpool suffered a setback last weekend as they lost out to a late penalty at the Hawthorns and injuries hit them hard defensively. Johnson was forced off early with a hamstring injury whilst Agger will miss the rest of the season with a tendon problem. The defensive reshuffle will mean Carragher switching to right back, Kyrgiakos and Skrtel in the centre and Wilson at left back if Aurelio fails to recover in time. The other injury news is that Gerrard's groin problem is likely to keep him out and some reports suggest he'll miss the rest of the season. With injuries and tactics playing a big part in this game, a draw might not be too far wide of the mark.|