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 30th April to Sun 1st May 2011.
|Sat 3:00||Blackburn v Bolton|
|Bolton's abysmal run of form on the road continued with a sound beating at Craven Cottage. Their away form, in which they've won just two matches this season, belies their top half position but at least their Premier League status is assured next season. Both Sturridge and Steinsson are rated doubtful ahead of the clash with Blackburn. Rovers had been fairly strong at home but they've not won in the last five games at Ewood Park. Scoring goals has been their biggest problem but Hoilett could return to the forward line after recovering from a hamstring injury. Blackburn have to go for the win given that it's so tight at the bottom of the table and just a single point and superior goal difference is keeping them out of the drop zone. Whichever side gets their house in order is likely to take the points with Blackburn looking the more likely winners.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Blackpool v Stoke|
|Blackpool welcomed both Charlie Adam and David Vaughan back into their midfield last weekend against Newcastle and were unfortunate not to get a much-needed victory. Relegation remains a very real threat with just a couple of goals keeping them out of the bottom three. Blackpool's slide has been a dramatic one and they haven't won a game since they beat Spurs at Bloomfield Road back in February but they've a chance to change that against a Stoke side that aren't too hot on the road. The Potters should be safe after some strong home form but they've taken just a solitary point from their last eight away matches, that point coming at Villa Park last weekend; a game in which Etherington tore his hamstring and faces a race against time to be fit for the FA Cup final. That scenario could well play with the minds of some of the Stoke players, not wanting to miss the Potters' biggest game in recent times. It's a tough one to call but the Seasiders are capable of digging out a result.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Fulham|
|Sunderland finally ended a run of one point in nine games with a win over Wigan at the Stadium of Light. That result should see the Black Cats cling to safety but it came at a price; Bardsley, Welbeck and Gyan all came off with injuries and only Bardsley, who suffered concussion, looks like playing again this season. That leaves Steve Bruce with no fit strikers and no option other than to turn to the youngsters. They host a Fulham side that are no great shakes on the road having won just one of their seventeen away fixtures. The Cottagers are only a point above Sunderland but their win over Bolton this week should see them safe. Johnson and Zamora have only come on as late substitutes in recent games and maybe Hughes is wrapping them in cotton wool given their respective track records injurywise. With Bruce short on strikers and Fulham's propensity to draw away from home, a draw would seem the right way to go.|
|West Brom v Aston Villa|
|Just a point separates these two sides six points above the drop zone with four games to go but relegation is unlikely to be a major concern for either club. Houllier is still recovering from chest pains and it'd be a surprise to see him return to the Villa dugout before the end of the season. McAllister will be happy to deputise as Villa attempt to go five games unbeaten; their last defeat was at home to Wolves and they'll be anxious not to lose another derby fixture. They beat West Brom at Villa Park this season but the Baggies are a different prospect under Roy Hodgson having lost just the once under his stewardship (at home to Chelsea). Steven Reid is a doubt with a calf strain but both Scott Carson and Jerome Thomas are expected to recover from a thigh problem and muscle strain respectively. These derby matches are usually tight and I expect the Baggies to get something from it, possibly all three points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v Everton|
|Wigan are back in the drop zone after defeat at Sunderland and as seems to be the case with the Latics, they fail to put a run of good results together. Their inconsistency has let them down all season and they face a tough game against an Everton side that lost their first Premier League match since mid-February when Hernandez grabbed a late winner at Old Trafford last weekend. The Toffees are probably too far behind Liverpool to realistically challenge for sixth especially given their closest rivals' return to form. Tim Cahill appears to have re-discovered his fitness and might even start whilst rumour has it that Arteta could even be involved at some point. Wigan have Figueroa back from suspension and reserve keeper, Mike Pollitt, is their only injury concern. The Latics are capable of getting a result but Everton's recent form is convincing and they're likely to have the upper hand.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 5:30||Chelsea v Tottenham|
|This is a top of the table clash with both sides forced to go for the win if they're to achieve relative success this season. Chelsea are six points behind United but have to win every match if they're to take advantage of any possible slip-ups by United and retain their title. Spurs are similarly motivated to catch City with the aim of finishing in the top four whilst ensuring that Liverpool don't sneak up on them; with trips to both Liverpool and City yet to come this is a must win game for Spurs and defeat is likely to end their top four challenge. Chelsea have won their last five Premier League matches at the Bridge whilst Spurs last won on the road back in mid-February in Milan. The ever-present Assou-Ekotto is out with a hamstring injury meaning Bale will be less threatening from the left back position whilst Essien has recovered from a muscle strain and could start for Chelsea. Torres's first goal for his new club could see the floodgates open and Spurs could be on the end of a bad result.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sun 12:00||Birmingham v Wolverhampton|
|Wolves were walloped for the third time in four games leaving them second from bottom although other results didn't go against them and survival is still a possibility. Injuries haven't been kind to McCarthy's side, especially in the striking department, and Steven Fletcher is considered a doubt for the trip to St Andrews after coming off at Stoke with a jarred knee. Birmingham were also on the wrong end of a hammering the last time they played when they conceded five without reply at Anfield. Brum aren't safe either although their four point advantage over clubs in the drop zone means that another win, especially over relegation rivals Wolves, will ease any relegation concerns. Birmingham have won their last two home fixtures and with Foster, Ferguson and Zigic all looking fit to play a part, this looks like being a valuable home victory.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Liverpool v Newcastle|
|No doubt Newcastle will do a better defensive job at Anfield than Birmingham did last weekend but Liverpool's emphatic victory over Brum is testament to the job that Dalglish has done since taking over. The Reds are chasing Spurs hard for a place in Europe and with the two still to meet at Anfield, Liverpool must be considered real challengers to that fifth spot. They've taken sixteen points from the last possible eighteen at home and Newcastle will be hoping that old boy, Andy Carroll, won't be fit to face them. The Magpies have won just one of their last seven Premier League away fixtures but their mid-table position should be a safe one. Nolan has declared himself fit to start after being forced off in the draw at Blackpool but Ireland has been ruled out for the rest of the season after making only two substitute appearances. Anything other than three points will be a disappointment for the Reds.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 2:05||Arsenal v Man Utd|
|Draws against Liverpool and at Spurs followed by defeat at Bolton has seen the Gunners title challenge fade away and die. Arsenal have even slipped to third behind Chelsea, and City will be just two points short should they win their game in hand. This is not the game it would've been had Wenger's men not let winning positions in two of their last three games slip away but it still represents a face-saving exercise and Arsenal won't want to lose it. They haven't been beaten at the Emirates since Spurs won there back in November although they have drawn their last three matches there. They host a United side with a six point advantage in the title race and one foot in the Champions League final at Wembley after winning in Germany. For that reason, some uncertainty remains as to whether Fergie will rest players for this match with the second leg against Schalke in mind. United have drawn over half of their Premier League away fixtures and with these matches always so tight, the value has to be with the draw.|
|Sun 4:10||Man City v West Ham|
|Both sides certainly have something to play for in what has to be a must win clash at Eastlands. City know that they just have to keep on winning to retain that last place in Europe and could even leapfrog Arsenal should the Gunners keep dropping points. City's home form is fantastic with thirteen victories and a draw from their last fourteen games in all competitions. As if they needed a further confidence boost, Edin Dzeko scored his first Premier League goal in the single goal victory at Blackburn. Confidence is just one of the many factors that are missing at Upton Park and West Ham once again find themselves bottom of the pile. They were well beaten last weekend at Stamford Bridge and their cause hasn't been helped with midfielders Parker and Noble rated doubtful whilst O'Neil is definitely out. The Hammers have only two Premier League away victories to their name this season and this looks like being another defeat that'll further damage their chances of survival.|
|Home Win 3-0|