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 16th to Sun 17th April 2011.
|Sat 3:00||Birmingham v Sunderland|
|Sunderland are still on the slide and their recent form now reads 'one point from the last 24'. The Black Cats slipped to thirteenth in the table although the gap between themselves and the bottom three remains six points. They were actually ahead against West Brom but calamitous defending and injuries handed the advantage to the Baggies whilst Sunderland fell to another defeat. Bruce has a defensive headache with Bramble and Mensah ruled out whilst Ferdinand limped off last weekend and remains a doubt. Richardson is also doubtful after being forced off in the same match with a calf injury. They travel to St Andrews where Birmingham finally got back to winning ways after their Carling Cup victory with a win over Bolton the weekend before last. They followed that with a draw at Ewood Park last weekend but they need to continue their good form as the relegation places lie just two points and two places below them. McLeish is inundated with injuries but will be hoping that the likes of Johnson, Martins, Zigic, Beausejour and Davies will all be passed fit. Brum are the team in form, have home advantage and will be further motivated by the threat of relegation.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Blackpool v Wigan|
|A tough relegation battle where both sides have to go for the win if they're to enhance their chances of Premier League survival. Blackpool are seventeenth, just a point above the bottom three, whilst Wigan prop up the rest of the league but are by no means adrift with the gap between them and Blackpool only two points. The Seasiders' last three home fixtures have been against Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs; a return of three points (against Tottenham) is not bad considering the quality of the opposition. Holloway is likely to be without David Vaughan with Southern expected to keep his place in centre midfield. Wigan's only casualty is Figueroa who's serving the first of a two match ban after picking up a tenth yellow card at Chelsea. The Latics held on valiantly during that game but eventually succumbed to defeat and their number of Premier League away victories still stands at two. Blackpool hold no fear when it comes to throwing the kitchen sink at their opponents and it could pay off for them against Wigan.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Everton v Blackburn|
|Everton put the pressure on Liverpool above them with a convincing win at Molineux last weekend. It was a good day for David Moyes apart from dealing with the fallout from the substitution of Beckford who allegedly asked to come off after feeling tired. It's admirable how the Toffees have coped with injuries to key players and their midfield could be boosted by the return of Cahill, Rodwell and Coleman this weekend. They haven't lost at home in the Premier League since late November when they were well beaten by West Brom. The visitors are a Blackburn side that don't generally do well on the road but they ended a run of five Premier League away defeats with a point at Arsenal the weekend before last. Rovers' position is a precarious one with just three places and three points separating them from the bottom three. Doubts persist over the fitness of Hoilett, Nelsen and Santa Cruz who all left the field injured against Birmingham whilst Samba completed the full game despite suffering a swollen ankle. Rovers are desperate for points but there only looks like being one winner and that's the home side.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v Chelsea|
|This one might not quite go the way most would expect it to. West Brom are still unbeaten under Roy Hodgson and have climbed back into the top half of the table as a result. That undefeated run includes a draw against Arsenal and a win over Liverpool so there's no reason why Chelsea should scare them. Dorrans is the only player to be ruled out as the Baggies seek revenge for the six goal defeat at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season. Chelsea have failed to hit those dizzying heights since the opening day and finishing in the top four remains their only target after United dumped them out of the Champions League beating them home and away at the quarter-final stage. Their Premier League form has been somewhat better with no defeat since early Feb when Liverpool won at the Bridge and their last away defeat was at Wolves back in early January. I lose count of how many games Torres has now failed to score in for his new club and one wonders how long Ancelotti will persevere with him in the starting line-up. This is a match that the Baggies currently don't look like losing but that's as far as we go.|
|West Ham v Aston Villa|
|West Ham keep doing just enough to climb out of the drop zone only for poor performances to suck them back in. Once again they find themselves in the bottom three after defeats at home to United and away at Bolton. Parker and Upson were both taken off at the Reebok but Grant hopes they'll be fine to play after getting sume much-needed rest. Prior to the United defeat, the Hammers had won their last three home games in all competitions including wins over Liverpool and Stoke. They host a Villa side that look good on paper, especially on the front foot, but have failed to produce the goods on the road with no away win since late January at Wigan. Houllier wants his players to go unbeaten for the remaining games but they're still not safe with a five point advantage over the Hammers. Not knowing how either side will perform on the day makes this game a real unknown quantity. It could swing either way and surprisingly we're going for a home win rather than the draw.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Arsenal v Liverpool|
|Arsenal are in the last chance saloon as far as any silverware goes this season. Clinging to the hope that United will falter on the run-in, the Gunners have to win this crunch game against Liverpool to close the gap to four points having played the same number of games. Sagna, Song and Denilson are expected to be fit and available but doubts persist over the keeper spot and Lehmann could continue between the posts. Despite their exit from several competitions over the last month or two, Arsenal haven't lost in the Premier League since defeat at Old Trafford in mid-December. Liverpool will be full of confidence after a convincing win over City at Anfield in which Andy Carroll grabbed his first home goals for the club. Carroll and Suarez look an exciting combination but injuries have left their defence and midfield short on experience; that said, both Flanagan and Spearing put in good performances against City. Liverpool are chasing fifth spot and a guaranteed European place but five points behind Spurs having played a game more means it's out of their hands. They've lost three of their last four away fixtures in all competitions (at West Ham, Braga and West Brom) and this is likely to be Arsenal's day.|
|Home Win 2-1|