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 7th to Mon 9th May 2011.
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Wigan|
|Villa go into this game knowing that a win leaves them mathematically safe and with matches to come away at Arsenal and at home to Liverpool, playing Wigan this weekend represents their best chance of adding to their points tally. McAllister continues to deputise for the recuperating Houllier and he'll be anxious to get a win under his belt after taking a single point from his two games in charge. Villa hope to have a fully fit squad for the visit of Wigan with the exception of Ireland who's returned from on loan at Newcastle after sustaining an ankle injury. The Latics still find themselves in the bottom three on goal difference with the number of games running out. They've lost three of their last four on the road and missed the opportunity to take advantage of a depleted Sunderland side in their latest away match. N'Zogbia will be a big miss should he fail to recover from the dead leg suffered in the draw with Everton. Wigan are capable of scoring at Villa Park but their desperation for points could leave them open to the Villa counter-attack.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Bolton v Sunderland|
|Bolton's misery on the road continued with a defeat at Blackburn last weekend. However, their home form is strong having won their last five home fixtures in succession and their eighth position ensures they have no relegation concerns. Owen Coyle is battling with a heavy injury list but he should have some sympathy for the opposing manager, Steve Bruce, who's literally down to the bare bones. A lack of striking options coupled with injuries to key midfielders and an awful defence were to blame for their heavy defeat last weekend at home to a Fulham side that registered only their second away win of the season. The Mackems aren't quite safe and need a victory to be sure despite a run of just one win in the last eleven games. Nothing's going Bruce's way and this match looks unlikely to either.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Everton v Man City|
|City aren't yet assured of fourth place despite holding a seven point advantage over both Liverpool and Spurs. Their away record isn't great with just one victory from their last six Premier League away fixtures, that coming at Ewood Park where Dzeko's late goal was enough to take all three points. This weekend they face a trip to Goodison where Everton haven't lost in the Premier League since late November. The Toffees were also one of only two sides to win at Eastlands this season so revenge will be on City's minds. David Moyes has had a recent boost with players returning from injury, namely Arteta and Cahill, although Saha is out for the rest of the season and Fellaini is touch and go as to whether he'll appear again before the end of the campaign. City will find this weekend's action tougher than the last (at Blackburn) and could be happy with a point.|
|Newcastle v Birmingham|
|Newcastle are another of those sides who should be safe but their Premier League status is still to be mathematically confirmed. The sale of Andy Carroll has halted any progress they were making and the assumption is that Pardew will have money to spend in the summer should he still be there. The Magpies have only won one of their last six home fixtures, and lost just one, but the win was an emphatic one over Wolves. This weekend they host a Birmingham side with only four points keeping them from the relegation places. Brum have only taken two points from their last five away fixtures; their last victory on the road was that memorable victory over Arsenal at Wembley in the Carling Cup final. They were hammered in their most recent away fixture; a five goal defeat at Anfield. McLeish will be without Craig Gardner after he was sent off in the draw with Wolves and it's looking more like Zigic won't feature again this season as he struggles to shrug off a groin injury. Birmingham are struggling on the road and this is likely to go Newcastle's way.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Ham v Blackburn|
|With three games to go, this is undoubtedly a massive game for both clubs and is likely to have a big say in who goes down and who survives. West Ham are bottom of the pile and their defeat at Eastlands last weekend leaves them three points adrift of safety. More importantly, should they lose this fixture and Blackpool and Wigan both win on the road (unlikely), then their relegation fate will almost certainly be sealed. Injuries to Noble and Parker have come at the worst time and been largely responsible for a run of five successive defeats. To make matters worse, the centre-half pairing of Tomkins and Upson are both rated doubtful for this clash. Blackburn have injuries of their own but it's thought Dunn and Hoilett could return. Rovers have been awful on the road this season losing twelve of seventeen matches but they did get a draw at the Emirates recently, their only away point this year. On stats alone this should be a vital win for the Hammers but injuries have hit them hard, confidence is low, and Blackburn might just nick a goal.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 5:30||Tottenham v Blackpool|
|With Liverpool beating Newcastle and Spurs falling to defeat at Chelsea last weekend, Spurs' hopes of landing a place in Europe look remoter than ever this season. To be fair they were unfortunate at Stamford Bridge with two dodgy goals going against them but surely Gomes's time at the club is up after showing for the second time in four games that he can't catch the ball. With games to come against Man City and Liverpool, Spurs have to beat Blackpool to give themselves any chance of European qualification. Their biggest injury problems are at full back with Assou-Ekotto and Hutton both out, and Corluka doubtful. Goal difference is keeping their opponents, Blackpool, out of the drop zone but the Seasiders have taken just a single point on the road this year. Charlie Adam has vowed to up his level of performance after disappointing in recent matches but Blackpool are virtually at full strength. Spurs have had plenty of warnings in recent weeks but it's imperative they avoid this banana skin.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 12:00||Wolverhampton v West Brom|
|West Brom's win over Villa last weekend means that the Baggies are virtually safe ahead of another derby game against relegation candidates Wolves. Roy Hodgson has surprised many by dragging West Brom up the table and his side have lost just the once, at home to Chelsea, since he took over. Hodgson has some injury concerns with Brunt, Jara and Reid all doubts and Scharner suspended but Thomas could return after a hamstring injury. They travel to Molineux where McCarthy is still sweating on the fitness of Doyle and Ebanks-Blake; both are likely to miss out leaving Ward and Fletcher to start up front. Wolves haven't won a match since Doyle was injured back in March, not such good form with safety within touching distance. Only a win will satisfy McCarthy but this'll be tight and a draw looks the right result.|
|Sun 2:05||Stoke v Arsenal|
|Ahead of next weekend's trip to Wembley, Stoke could be forgiven for resting players but that's not really in Tony Pulis's nature, making this a tough fixture to predict. The Potters are strong at home and haven't lost there in any competition since just after Christmas. Etherington is the only short-term injury concern but he won't feature giving him the maximum possible recovery time before the FA Cup final. Arsenal travel to the Britannia on the back of a home victory over United that keeps the title race open but they were beaten in their last away fixture, at Bolton, by a late Cohen goal. The big news for Arsenal fans is that Vermaelen could feature after missing most of the season with an achilles injury. Even if Arsenal can put Stoke to bed and with United and Chelsea playing each other, the Gunners probably have too much ground to make up to consider themselves for the title. Back in February, Stoke lost out to an early Squillaci goal at the Emirates but they're capable of at least holding the Gunners on home soil.|
|Sun 4:10||Man Utd v Chelsea|
|As Sir Alex Ferguson rightly says, it's squeaky bum time and United are right there challenging on two of the biggest fronts in European football. They currently top the Premier League table with a three point advantage over second placed Chelsea and they're through to face Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley having knocked out Chelsea along the way, beating them in both legs. United have only dropped two points at Old Trafford this season making the venue an important factor in their favour. Rooney should recover from a tight hamstring after missing the midweek victory over Schalke. This is arguably Chelsea's biggest game of the season after being written off only months ago. Beating United will hand them the advantage in the title race with better goal difference and two games to go. The Blues boast a fully fit squad ahead of the visit to Old Trafford but that still doesn't mean Ancelotti knows his starting strikers. Chelsea have won their last five successive Premier League fixtures but they were fortunate against Spurs and United's victories over them in the Champions League could be a telling factor.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Fulham v Liverpool|
|Liverpool currently hold that all important fifth spot but only goal difference is keeping them there having played a game more than Spurs. Dalglish has reignited the passion amongst his players since taking the helm and he's successfully blooded a number of younger players in big games because of injuries. However, their away form remains questionable with just one win from their last four on the road; that coming against a weak Sunderland side. Andy Carroll comes back into the frame after recovering from injury meaning Kuyt will shift back into midfield. They travel to Craven Cottage where only the foolhardy underestimate Fulham. There were doubts over the fitness of Dempsey, Duff and Hangeland but all are expected to return leaving Hughes with no injury concerns. They won convincingly at Sunderland last weekend; not a bad result considering it was only their second away win of the season but then Sunderland have been hard hit by injuries. Their home form has been the basis of their sustained run in the top flight and to ram that point home, they've taken 19 points from the last 21 available at the Cottage. Fulham might even do Spurs a favour this weekend.|
|Home Win 2-1|