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 Fri 6th to Sun 8th April 2012.
|Fri 4:30||Swansea v Newcastle|
|After 3 successive victories Swansea have lost their last 2 matches, at home to Everton and away at White Hart Lane. The defeats have come about mainly as a result of their opponents changing their tactics and stopping the Swansea midfield from playing. However, that approach can be difficult to maintain for 90 minutes and the Swans will still get chances. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been their stand-out player and was responsible for their consolation goal against Spurs. Swansea's only other shot on target came from the Icelandic midfielder but Friedel proved equal to it; not surprisingly Sigurdsson has been named the recent Premier League Player of the Month. They host a Newcastle side level on points with Chelsea and as Alan Pardew puts it, a year ahead of schedule in their quest for Europe. Champions League football isn't out of the question though the Magpies manager reckons another 3 wins should at least see them qualify for the Europa League. Newcastle have won their last 3 on the bounce with the attacking trio of Ben Arfa, Cisse and Ba always a threat. However, Perch continues to deputise for the injured Coloccini and Guthrie is a doubt after being forced off with a calf problem in the win over Liverpool. The only change for Swansea should see Caulker return at centre-half in place of Monk. It's very difficult to pick between the two and both sides would probably be happy with a draw.|
|Sat 12:45||Sunderland v Tottenham|
|There are signs that both these sides are coming back into form after some disappointing results in recent weeks. The Black Cats were recently beaten at Ewood Park and lost their FA Cup replay with Everton at the Stadium of Light whilst Spurs win over Swansea last weekend was their first Premier League victory since mid-February. Sunderland's confidence should be boosted by their astounding performance last weekend where they were the first side to take anything off City at the Etihad; amazingly they were 3-1 up before being pegged back by a City onslaught. Spurs have an FA Cup semi-final date with Chelsea to look forward to and managed to draw level on points with the Gunners after Arsenal lost at Loftus Road. Bridge will likely come back in at full-back for Sunderland whilst Spurs have Lennon fit again though whether he'll start remains to be seen. Both sides are capable of taking maximum points here and for that reason the draw looks the best bet.|
|Sat 3:00||Bolton v Fulham|
|After the defeat by City at the beginning of March, Bolton were level on points with Wigan at the foot of the table. Their stock has risen significantly since then with 3 successive Premier League victories, all against sides in and around them battling against the threat of relegation. Though the Trotters aren't out of the woods by any means they have the momentum that could see them survive one of the closest relegation scraps for years. Kevin Davies scored the decisive goal in the win at Wolves last weekend and will be hoping he's done enough to earn himself a rare start against Fulham. The Cottagers managed a hard-fought win over Norwich last weekend, an important victory that stopped the rot of 3 successive defeats. However, Fulham's away record is as poor as ever with just 2 wins all season and 4 defeats in the last 5. There is a slight doubt over the fitness of Pogrebnyak after he twisted an ankle in the win over Norwich though Jol reckons he should be OK. As we've said, Bolton have the momentum and if other sides around them lose, a win could give the Trotters some much-needed breathing space.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Chelsea v Wigan|
|Chelsea appear to have rediscovered the winning formula under caretaker manager Roberto di Matteo. They've a Champions League semi-final date with Barcelona after making their way past Benfica, winning home and away. On the domestic front they've another semi-final date with Spurs next weekend in the FA Cup and their Premier League results have picked up with a win at Villa Park last weekend. Additionally, they've taken 11 points from the last 15 available at home in the hope of catching Spurs or Arsenal in the chase for 4th although they'll need to watch their backs with Newcastle lagging behind them on goal difference. They host a Wigan side still second from bottom although recent results have kept them in with a shout of avoiding relegation. The Latics haven't been beaten in their last 4 matches and recently won at Anfield and at home to Stoke. They're playing well and putting a great run together but the trip to Stamford Bridge is always going to be a difficult one. Martinez will likely name an unchanged lineup whilst Chelsea could start Gary Cahill in place of John Terry who's reportedly suffered breathing difficulties with cracked ribs. Wigan have shown in previous seasons that they won't go down without fighting but this is one Chelsea should really win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Liverpool v Aston Villa|
|Over the last 8 weeks Liverpool's fall from grace has been nothing short of remarkable. Whilst they've fared well in the cup competitions, the Reds have lost 6 of their last 7 Premier League matches. They've the worst form in the top flight bar that of bottom club Wolves and they've even slipped a point below Everton in the table. To make matters worse, Reina's headbutt at St James Park earned him a 3-match ban leaving Doni to take up the role between the sticks. Villa are the visitors to Anfield after suffering defeats at Arsenal and at home to Chelsea. The Villans are just 5 points above the dropzone and are in serious danger of being dragged into the relegation furore below them. Injuries to key players hasn't helped and the latest news of Petrov's acute leukaemia is another bitter blow for the club; whilst we're on the subject, we wish Petrov a healthy recovery. The blame for Villa's lowly position may well lie with their propensity to draw matches; they've drawn 12 of their 30 fixtures and bearing Liverpool's form in mind, you'd think Villa probably worth a point. However, Liverpool still have a number of match winners in their side and sooner or later they'll start winning again.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Norwich v Everton|
|Whilst Everton have been climbing the table, Norwich have slipped slightly unable to make any real ground but mid-table is very tight and one result can change things significantly. Norwich battled hard at Craven Cottage yet got nothing from the game although Grant Holt returns from suspension against the Toffees. The Canaries have won just one of their last 6 matches (a win over Wolves) but recent fixtures have been tough on them. Everton's win over West Brom was their 3rd successive victory in all competitions since Arsenal won at Goodison but the Toffees will be more buoyed by the fact that they moved a point above arch-rivals Liverpool in the Premier League table. Current form favours Everton but Norwich haven't been outplayed lately in their defeats and could be worth a point at Carrow Road.|
|West Brom v Blackburn|
|Blackburn found themselves back in the bottom three after an expected defeat at home to league leaders United. Their failure to get anything at the Reebok recently means a couple of successive defeats has set them back. However, Rovers have goalscorers in Yakubu and Hoilett and should cause problems for most defences. They travel to the Hawthorns where West Brom have lost 9 of their 15 Premier League home fixtures. The Baggies aren't out of the woods yet as far as relegation is concerned although the gap over their opponents is 8 points. The Baggies have taken just a single point from the last 12 available (a draw at Wigan) so aren't exactly full of confidence. With West Brom's poor home record, it's tempting to back Blackburn but Rovers have only won 2 on the road this season so a draw looks the safest bet.|
|Stoke v Wolverhampton|
|Tony Pulis will have been disappointed with his side's defeat at the DW Stadium last weekend, especially after previous games had seen them draw at White Hart Lane and then hold City at the Britannia. However, their home form remains good with them taking 7 points from the last 9. Both wingers, Pennant and Etherington, are doubtful with ankle problems but the latter is expected to recover in time for the visit of Wolves. The bottom Premier League club are now 6 points adrift after taking just a single point from the last 21 available. They made a fight of it at home to Bolton last weekend but losing to a relegation rival was a bitter blow. A similar defeat at Blackburn in mid-March was another nail in the coffin. Henry and Doyle could start the game if Connor was to make changes but Stephen Hunt remains sidelined with a groin problem. With Wolves having to force the game, it's likely they'll leave themselves open to Stoke's counter and this has got a Potters win written all over it.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sun 1:30||Man Utd v QPR|
|Kicking off before their local rivals, United could go 8 points clear of City should they emerge victorious against QPR. Not only have United opened up the gap at the top but the goal difference between the title rivals is now virtually negligible. The Red Devils' win at Ewood Park last weekend extended their unbeaten run to 11 Premier League fixtures having dropped just 2 points during that sequence. The injuries are easing at Old Trafford and the current players appear to be benefitting from the familiarity of playing together week in week out. Rangers were responsible for one of the shock results last weekend by beating Arsenal at Loftus Road. It was a win that lifted QPR out of the bottom three although further victories will be required if Hughes's side are to avoid the drop. Zamora led the line against the Gunners and will likely do so again at Old Trafford although Helguson and Campbell have recently returned from injuries. Both sides need the points but we can only see one winner.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 4:00||Arsenal v Man City|
|Arsenal's winning sequence of 7 Premier League fixtures came to a surprising end at Loftus Road last weekend. That defeat coupled with Spurs's win over Swansea means the 2 north London sides are level on points with 7 games left to decide who finshes 3rd. After Van Persie's amazing 26 Premier League goals so far this season, he's on a comparitively barren run not having scored in the last 3 games but that's unlikely to last for long. Ramsey started the QPR defeat in place of Oxlade-Chamberlain but both should be expected to start against City with Arteta or possibly Rosicky to make way. City have been dropping points in quick succession over the last couple of weeks; the rot started with defeat at Swansea and continued with a draw at Stoke culminating in their first home points of the season dropped at the Emirates against Sunderland. They've gone behind in their last 4 matches and have had to rely on late goals to keep their title hopes alive. As it is they've fallen 5 points behind league leaders United and that could be extended to 8 by the time City take to the Emirates pitch. The good news for Mancini is that Aguero and Lescott are deemed fit though whether their inclusion can halt their slide remains to be seen. A game of high expectations on both parts but Arsenal are capable of edging it.|
|Home Win 2-1|