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 Sun 22nd May 2011.
|Sun 4:00||Aston Villa v Liverpool|
|An intriguing match in which Villa have nothing to play for whilst Liverpool still have an outside chance of securing a place in next season's Europa League. The Reds were favourites to finish fifth but crashed at home to Spurs last weekend in what was King Kenny's first home defeat, a major shock! That said, they're only a point behind Spurs with better goal difference and should they better Spurs' result at home to Birmingham then fifth spot would be theirs. Though Villa's season is over, they showed that they still have the appetite with a surprise win last weekend at the Emirates. Two early goals from Darren Bent hit Arsenal hard and they never really recovered. Ashley Young's future is also uncertain and Sunday's shop window will serve as a reminder to those coveting his services. Villa have drawn their last two home games and this looks like being a case of more of the same.|
|Bolton v Man City|
|Man City have finished as high as they possibly can but they'll be keen to finish above Arsenal and avoid playing an extra Champions League qualifying round next season. Mancini has achieved the twin objectives of Champions League football plus silverware and the summer is likely to see more money being spent in further strengthening the squad. However, City's Premier League away record isn't great with four defeats in their last five. They travel to the Reebok where Bolton's season has imploded now that their continued Premier League status is assured. They've suffered four straight defeats and though three of those have come on the road, defeat at home to a woeful Sunderland side was absolutely criminal. The one shining light has been Daniel Sturridge's goals, something the Trotters have definitely lacked, but it's the last game at the Reebok for the on-loan Chelsea striker. If form continues as expected, then a narrow City victory looks likely.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Everton v Chelsea|
|Not much of a game in store at Goodison with both sides unlikely to finish in different positions than they already are. Chelsea will finish in second regardless of what happens on Sunday whilst Everton could be pipped into seventh by Fulham should they lose to Chelsea and Fulham beat Arsenal. These two sides met in the FA Cup this season and the game at Everton was a 1-1 draw with the subsequent replay at Stamford Bridge also ending in the same result with the Toffees eventually squeezing through on penalties. Everton haven't been defeated at home in the Premier League since late November when they were well beaten by the Baggies whilst Chelsea's away results have been mixed; the most recent was the title deciding defeat at Old Trafford. Not one to argue with history, another draw sounds like a good scoreline to stick with.|
|Fulham v Arsenal|
|Arsenal's season has collapsed over the last month or so and they now look like finishing fourth after coming so close to challenging for the title. True, a better result for them at Craven Cottage than City get at Bolton could see them leapfrog City into third but the way they've been playing recently, it doesn't look likely. The Gunners have lost three of their last four matches (to Bolton, Stoke and Villa) and ironically, the game they won was at home to United. Their opponents, Fulham, proved that the heavy home defeat to Liverpool was a blip by bouncing back at St Andrews and beating Birmingham convincingly. Zamora is still struggling with a niggling groin injury but Hughes is hopeful he'll be fit for the last game of the season. The Cottagers have lost just four home Premier League matches and they might be worth a bet given Arsenal's recent run.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Man Utd v Blackpool|
|Much has been made of the fact that Fergie might not field his strongest starting eleven against Blackpool now that the Premier League title is theirs and with the Champions League final against Barcelona in mind. Whatever his selection, United have dropped just two points at Old Trafford all season and they won't want to blot their copybook on the final day as they receive the Premier League trophy. Blackpool kick off the match in the bottom three knowing that anything less than a win could send them down. If they lose, they could possibly be saved by virtue of Birmingham losing more heavily at White Hart Lane. However, the Seasiders have taken just 2 points from the last possible 21 on the road and now they face the biggest question of all. Blackpool are capable of scoring but beating United at Old Trafford seems a step too far.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Newcastle v West Brom|
|This is a dead rubber if ever there was one with two mid-table sides slugging it out for nothing in particular. Newcastle salvaged a point at Stamford Bridge last weekend with a last gasp Steven Taylor equaliser and beat Birmingham in their last fixture at St James Park. However, West Brom are a much improved side under Roy Hodgson and they were under serious threat of relegation before he took over. The Baggies were recently beaten at Wolves but they've lost just two in six on the road. Both of these clubs will already be planning their summer spending, the players will likely have taken their foot off the pedal and a relaxed atmosphere at St James Park makes this a tough one to predict. Putting it one way, neither side will be disappointed with a draw.|
|Stoke v Wigan|
|Stoke must be sick of Manchester City after the sky blues beat them in the FA Cup final and then again at Eastlands during the week in the league. However, the Potters have had a very successful season with a Wembley final and most likely a top half finish. Stoke's home form is almost on a par with some of the top sides and they haven't lost at the Britannia since United beat them just after the turn of the year. Whilst Tony Pulis will be more than happy with what his side have achieved, there'll be no letting up for their final home game against Wigan. The Latics are second from bottom but enjoyed a massive boost to their survival hopes by beating West Ham at the DW last weekend, effectively relegating the Hammers. Wigan have some good players, notably Charles N'Zogbia, but it looks a big ask for them at Stoke. However, they've been unpredictable all season although we're still sticking to our relegation guns.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tottenham v Birmingham|
|Spurs hadn't won since they were beaten at home by Real Madrid but one of the shocks of last weekend was them winning at Anfield to make themselves favourites to take fifth place. Spurs have been disappointing against some of the weaker Premier League sides this season but maybe that victory at Liverpool has given them the catalyst to finish the campaign on a high. Injuries are again hitting hard but King is likely to feature with Gallas out whilst Defoe could start in place of Van der Vaart despite making public his unhappiness at not starting more regularly. They host a Birmingham side that need to win to be sure of staying in the top flight. That said, Brum were desperately poor in the defeat at home to Fulham last weekend despite knowing a win was mandatory. As if to further deepen their own plight, several players were out partying into the early hours on Tuesday, just five days before arguably their biggest game of the season. McLeish's side have also been severely weakened by injuries and it could well be a Blue day indeed.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Ham v Sunderland|
|West Ham go into the last game of the season knowing that their Championship fate has been sealed. Despite being two goals to the good, the Hammers couldn't hold on at Wigan and the result was nil points, relegation and the immediate sacking of Avram Grant. Kevin Keen has been placed in temporary charge with ambitions to take the role on a permanent basis but the West Ham board are unlikely to take a risk in their next appointment after mishandling Grant's continued tenure half way through the season. The Hammers' demise didn't stop the players attending a club dinner during the week but some of the higher profile players are bound to want to put in a good performance in front of their own fans prior to negotiating a move away from the club. Their opponents are a Sunderland side that are safe but crippled by injuries. Surprisingly, the Mackems registered their first away win since January at the Reebok only the other week but Bolton were poor that day. There is nothing at stake but pride and West Ham should be expected to try and salvage some.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wolverhampton v Blackburn|
|Wolves' campaign for survival received a massive shot in the arm with successive victories at home to West Brom and away at Sunderland. They still need another win to be sure of staying in the top flight and the game against relegation rivals, Blackburn, has become an all or nothing match. Both sides are on 40 points and a draw may suit but survival for both would rely on the three sides below them not winning their respective fixtures. Therefore the approach must be all out for maximum points. Blackburn's away record is fairly awful with just 2 points gained from the last possible 24 although those two draws did come at the Emirates and Upton Park recently. Stalwart in defence, Chris Samba, is rated doubtful for this one after coming off against United with a tight hamstring and groin although Kean claims he's ready to gamble on the centre half's fitness. McCarthy will have Wolves fired up for this and they should be expected to win even though rumours of Kevin Doyle suffering a setback after returning from injury are still to be confirmed.|
|Home Win 2-1|