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 31st March to Mon 2nd April 2012.
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Chelsea|
|Chelsea's Premier League away form has been poor recently having lost their last 3 on the road but the tide appears to be turning for the Blues. They put in a gritty performance at the Etihad despite losing and then forgotten man, Salomon Kalou, put them ahead in the Champions League away leg in Portugal. Di Matteo is rotating his squad to good effect but their failure to beat Spurs at the Bridge last weekend leaves them trailing 4th spot by 5 points. They travel to Villa Park where Villa still need a handful of points to be sure of not getting dragged into the battle against relegation. Villa's 1-0 win over Fulham was their only victory since the end of January and they were convincingly beaten at the Emirates last weekend. Subsequent to that defeat Stylian Petrov has fallen ill and hasn't trained all week whilst Bent, Dunne, Clark, Hutton and N'Zogbia are all out. The way Chelsea are playing they should win this one.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Everton v West Brom|
|Recent weeks has seen Everton up their game and if they continue in this form there's no reason why they shouldn't finish in the top half of the table. True, they were badly beaten at Anfield and narrowly lost at home to Arsenal but a shock victory at Swansea last weekend followed by FA Cup progress at Sunderland should have the Toffees full of confidence. Jelavic scored in both of those victories and looks the perfect cure for Everton's lack of goals. They host a West Brom side that've taken just a point from their last 3 games and were 3 goals down within 34 minutes at home to Newcastle last weekend. To say that Roy Hodgson was disappointed by that defeat is probably something of an understatement but the Baggies should be safe. Morrison leaving the pitch with a knee injury is a serious blow especially as Brunt, Dorrans and Thomas are all fresh doubts. West Brom have only lost 1 of their last 5 Premier League away fixtures but Goodison is a tough place to go and the home side should prevail.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Norwich|
|Fulham suffered their first home defeat recently since United smashed them at the Cottage just before Christmas; Swansea were the deserved victors on this occasion by a convincing 3-goal margin. It's an unlikely result at Craven Cottage but underlines Fulham's inconsistency; after the defeat at the Etihad, the Cottagers went on a 3-game winning run and now they've just gone on a similar losing sequence with the goals drying up for Fulham and Pogrebnyak alike. They entertain a Norwich side 3 points better off and back to winning ways with a home victory over Wolves after a 5-game winless run. The Canaries' form hasn't suddenly gone to pot, they just narrowly lost 3 tough fixtures; at home to United, and away at Stoke and Newcastle. Paul Lambert will have to do without captain Grant Holt who was sent off for 2 yellows against Wolves leaving Morison likely to start. Craven Cottage is another tough ground to go to but Norwich might just be worth a point.|
|Man City v Sunderland|
|More dropped points at the Britannia last weekend saw City fall 3 points behind United although they do have a marginally superior goal difference. The important factor to bear in mind is that City still have their 100% home record intact with just 4 matches at the Etihad to be played, one of those against arch-rivals United. There've been further reports of an alleged bust-up between Mancini and Balotelli, and with Dzeko again failing to convince, Aguero must surely come back in if recovered sufficiently from an ankle problem. Their opponents, Sunderland, were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Stadium of Light this week by an in-form Everton side and performances on the road have started to falter. The Black Cats haven't won on the road in the Premier League since their victory at the Britannia back in early February, their latest disappointment a defeat at Ewood Park. Both Cattermole and Sessegnon are back for Sunderland although leaving the Etihad with anything is unlikely.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|QPR v Arsenal|
|Failing to keep 11 men on the pitch will surely be a contributing factor if QPR do indeed get relegated. Djibril Cisse was sent off at the Stadium of Light in their defeat last weekend, his second dismissal in only 5 games for the club meaning the QPR striker will miss the next 4 matches. Hughes opted to start both Barton and Wright-Phillips on the bench for the Sunderland defeat and it remains to be seen if he repeats that for the vist of Arsenal. Rangers showed plenty of character in their last home fixture by coming from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool, though it has to be said that Dalglish's side appear to have lost their way lately and it was only QPR's 3rd home win of the season. Arsenal are unlikely to capitulate in such fashion especially considering their recent form. A run of 7 successive Premier League victories has seen the Gunners move 3 points clear of Spurs and make 3rd place their own (at least for the time being). Most importantly, Wenger hasn't been rocked by any new injuries and the starting eleven is now taking on a more familiar look. Van Persie now has 34 goals in all competitions this season and who's to say he won't net again at Loftus Road. Looks like another 3 points for the Gunners.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Wigan v Stoke|
|Wigan proved again last weekend with their win at Anfield that they're not done and dusted as far as the battle for survival is concerned. The Latics have lost just one of their last 7 matches although 4 of them have ended in draws. They're just 1 point shy of safety although their goal difference needs some work and only victories are likely to see them retain their Premier League status. Diame looks to be out with a groin problem but both Moses and Rodallega could be ruled fit to play. They host a mid-table Stoke side that should be pleased with recent draws away at Spurs and at home to City. Prior to the draw at White Hart Lane, the Potters had lost their previous 3 away fixtures as well as an FA Cup defeat at Anfield and a Europa League defeat in Valencia. Tony Pulis's only possible absentee is Salif Diao with a hamstring injury leaving him able to field his strongest line-up at the DW Stadium. Given recent results the draw looks to be the favourable outcome.|
|Wolverhampton v Bolton|
|If it was possible to back both sides to lose then that would be my preferred option. Wolves have lost every home game in all competitions in 2012 (7 defeats on the bounce) whilst Bolton have lost their last 4 successive Premier League away fixtures plus the recent FA Cup tie at Spurs. Bearing in mind recent circumstances the FA Cup match was always going to be a tough one for the Trotters but Bogdan was in inspirational form between the sticks. They'll need to improve defensively when they go to Molineux but the return of Wheater at centre-half will be an added bonus. Darren Pratley is unlikely to recover from a leg problem meaning Tim Ream will probably have to again deputise in midfield. Wolves have their own injury problems but recent reports suggest that Karl Henry, Stephen Hunt, David Davis and Ronald Zubar are all set to be available for this crunch fixture. A win for Wolves is unlikely to be enough to lift them off the bottom of the table but it'd give them some hope with 7 games to go. However, Bolton have fared well in these relegation 6-pointers and if I had to stick my money on one or the other, it'd be the away side.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 1:30||Newcastle v Liverpool|
|If success is gauged by cup competitions then Liverpool have done well by winning the Carling Cup and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals but that doesn't tell the whole story. The Reds have lost 5 of their last 6 Premier League fixtures but it's their 2 most recent defeats that'll have caused concern. They were 2 goals to the good at Loftus Road only for the game to start to slide away from them 13 minutes from time. Worse was to come at Anfield last weekend when Wigan silenced the crowd on 63 minutes with a neat finish from Gary Caldwell. Dalglish has blamed tiredness, injuries and refereeing decisions but in all truth his record since taking up the reins again at his old club is a poor one. Liverpool could fall further down the table should they fail to get anything at St James Park this weekend. Newcastle are 8 points clear of their opponents after successive victories at home to Norwich and away at the Hawthorns. The Magpies haven't lost at home in 2012 and the 3-pronged attack of Ben Arfa, Cisse and Ba looks very potent indeed. Perch is almost certain to replace the injured Coloccini but both Ryan Taylor and Cheikh Tiote should be available for selection. No doubt the stage will be set for the returning Carroll and Liverpool are capable despite recent results but Newcastle will start favourites.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Swansea|
|At the moment you can't be too sure of what Swansea are likely to pull out of the bag. March had been good to the Swans with victories at home to City and away at Wigan and Fulham, all without conceding. Then last weekend Everton delivered one of the shocks of the day by beating Swansea at the Liberty. Swansea's Premier League status is all but mathematically guaranteed for next season and the way they play football should ensure an open game at White Hart Lane. Gylfi Sigurdsson has emerged as the player to watch after scoring 4 times in his last 4 starts. Tottenham remain 5 points clear of Chelsea after securing a well-earned point at the Bridge, a game in which they had the chances to take all 3 points after an improved second half. Spurs showed signs of getting back to their attacking best in the FA Cup win over Bolton and the scoreline could've been more emphatic had Bogdan not been in superlative form between the sticks. Lennon remains the big absentee for Harry Redknapp though Van der Vaart may be preferred to Kranjcar in the right midfield slot. This should be an exciting game but it's one Spurs have to and should win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Blackburn v Man Utd|
|After winning at Old Trafford on New Years Eve, Blackburn should feel positive going into a game against such high-profile opposition. 10 points from the last possible 15 at Ewood Park has seen them climb 3 points clear of the bottom three but there's still a long way to go if Rovers are to survive. Right now they're obviously the best placed of the bottom five but losing away at relegation rivals Bolton hasn't made the task ahead of them any easier. However, United have taken a massive 28 points from the last 30 available; a tally that has seen them overtake City at the top of the table and open up a 3-point advantage. Apart from United moving up the gears in recent months, their away record is far superior to any other side and they've dropped just 9 points at other grounds this season. Ferdinand and Evans have improved as a centre-half pairing in recent weeks, Scholes and Giggs are still capable of running the midfield with help from Carrick whilst Rooney's goals are proving key. A win for United though Blackburn aren't the worst side around.|
|Away Win 0-2|