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 are the predicted outcomes for the midweek fixtures Mon 9th to Wed 11th April 2012.
|Mon 3:00||Everton v Sunderland|
|Only 2 points separates these 2 sides in the top half of the table and the game is likely to have a familiar feel as they've already met 3 times since Boxing Day. The first 2 meetings ended in 1-1 draws whilst Everton won the FA Cup replay at the Stadium of Light by a couple of clear goals. Nikica Jelavic scored the crucial opening goal on that day and has provided the goal threat that Everton have sorely missed this season. The Toffees have won 4 of their last 5 Premier League home fixtures, the exception being that single goal defeat by Arsenal. On paper the Black Cats away form isn't so hot with just 5 points taken from the last 18 but the reality is that thay won at Stoke and drew at Newcastle and City. Everton have few injury concerns whilst Martin O'Neill appears to be coping well with first-choice centre-halves unavailable. However, Cattermole could possibly be a doubt after leaving the field against Spurs after 76 minutes. The stronger case could probably be made for an Everton win but with games coming thick and fast the match may not live up to expectations and a draw looks more likely.|
|Newcastle v Bolton|
|Newcastle's win at the Liberty took them to within 3 points of a Champions League spot although competition between themselves, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal is bound to be fierce with 6 games left to play. Pardew's tactics were spot on against a Swansea side guaranteed to dominate possession but in Papiss Cisse they had the perfect candidate to make the difference on the counter. The Senegalese striker has 9 goals in his first 8 games proving that the Premier League has held no fear for him. Since the defeat at the Emirates the Magpies have won 4 games on the bounce and despite further injuries to Tiote should be full of confidence for the visit of Bolton. The Trotters were heavily beaten at home by Fulham after having won their previous 3 Premier League matches but were fortunate that none of the teams below them made up ground. Those 3 previous victories had all come against sides currently below them and they could well struggle against a Newcastle side that are showing they're no flash in the pan and capable of staying the course. This must surely go down as a home win.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Tottenham v Norwich|
|Tottenham's draw at the Stadium of Light was a good result given the context of Sunderland's improvement but Spurs still don't have a Premier League away win in 2012. They recently beat Swansea at White Hart Lane but that's been their only victory in the last 7 Premier League matches. Despite their run of recent form Spurs have shown glimpses that they're returning to their best especially on home turf. Aaron Lennon continued his comeback from injury with 25 minutes against Sunderland and will surely start against Norwich, a factor that's bound to give them more balance on the front foot. The Canaries reached the 40-point tally with a creditable draw at home to Everton, a tough side to play considering the Toffees' current form. Grant Holt continued in goal-scoring form against Everton taking his Premier League total to 13 and will cause problems for the Spurs centre-halves. However, Norwich have lost their last 3 Premier League away fixtures and even though they've never been out of the game during those defeats, anything at Spurs looks unlikely. A win for the home side but Norwich will have their say.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 5:30||Aston Villa v Stoke|
|Draw specialists Villa managed another point, this time at Anfield, but were denied a much-needed victory late on by Luis Suarez. It was Villa's 13th draw of the campaign but gave them another point's breathing space with the teams below them all losing. Despite injuries to key players, Villa have been picking up points here and there. Victories have proved hard to come by though with just 1 from their last 9 Premier League fixtures; a 1-0 win at home to Fulham in mid-March. They host a mid-table Stoke side that came from behind to beat bottom side Wolves at the Britannia. It was the Potters' first win since early March, a run that saw them go 5 games in all competitions without a victory but now they should be safe and it's keeping that energy and commitment going for the remaining 6 matches. Stoke's away form continues to be a disappointment with 2 points taken from the last 18 available and this is looking more like a game that both sides will struggle to dominate.|
|Mon 8:00||Fulham v Chelsea|
|Fulham's emphatic win at Bolton was only their 3rd away win of the campaign but it was a crucial one in terms of ensuring their Premier League safety. Whilst not mathematically safe, 42 points is always a healthy points tally to reach. Once again Fulham have been unlucky with strikers; Johnson has already been ruled out, Pobrebnyak twisted his ankle at Norwich and Ruiz suffered a suspected broken metatarsal at Bolton but it was Clint Dempsey who stepped up to the plate with 2 goals against the Trotters. Dempsey will likely start in an advanced role against a Chelsea side that can count themselves fortunate to have notched 3 points at home to Wigan. Ivanovic's strike was offside and their injury-time winner only came about because the Latics were pressing late on. Terry, Lampard and Cole are all doubtful for the Blues who prior to their most recent away victory at Villa Park hadn't won on the road in the top flight since the beginning of January. Chelsea are one of the sides in the chase for Champions League football next season but they could come unstuck at the Cottage.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Tues 8:00||Blackburn v Liverpool|
|Liverpool again failed to give a creditable account of themselves, this time only managing to draw at home against a weakened Villa side. They've taken just 4 points from the last 24 on offer and lost their last 4 successive away fixtures at United, Sunderland, QPR and Newcastle. Teams around 8th-placed Liverrpol are closing on them and there's every probability they could fall further down the table. With Johnson and Kelly out, Flanagan will likely continue at right-back but the main concern will be the Reds' continued profligacy in front of goal. They travel to Ewood Park where Blackburn will be desperate to halt a run of 3 successive defeats and climb out of the relegation places. However, looking at their recent home form in isolation, Rovers have lost just 1 of the last 4 and that was a modest defeat to United. Kean will be without Modeste after he was dismissed for violent conduct in the heavy defeat at the Hawthorns but other than that Blackburn have very few problems around team selection. With Liverpool's minds possibly on next weekend's FA Cup semi-finals with local rivals Everton, Rovers could get something from this game as the Reds' woes continue.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wed 7:45||Man City v West Brom|
|City must surely concede that the title is out of their reach after the last gasp defeat at the Emirates. Just a single win from their last 5 Premier League matches has seen them drop crucial points and their last home match (against Sunderland) saw them lose their 100% record at the Etihad with them fortunate to avoid defeat. City were far from their best against the Gunners and the mood within the camp looks far from a happy one. Balotelli looks an increasingly isolated figure and eventually saw red though he should've been dismissed in the first half. The Italian striker will subsequently miss the next 2 matches whilst knee problems sustained by Yaya Toure and Silva mean they're unlikely to feature. Their opponents, West Brom, will be pleased after an emphatic win over Blackburn ended a run of 4 matches without a win. The Baggies need more points to be mathematically certain of staying up but just 1 point from the last 3 away fixtures isn't great form to take into the game at the Etihad. Despite City's absentees they've quality players that can come in and the wheels haven't quite come off enough for West Brom to take advantage.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Wigan v Man Utd|
|Another great weekend for United in which they did what was required and disposed of QPR whilst local rivals City saw their title challenge fall by the wayside. United are now 8 points clear with slightly superior goal difference and who'd realistically back City to prevent them strolling to glory again; Betfred certainly haven't as they've already paid out on another United Premier League title. The Red Devils have taken 34 of the last 36 points available and Wayne Rooney's return to form has been a key influence on recent results; his Premier League goal tally is now 22, just 4 behind Van Persie. They travel to the DW Stadium where Wigan have been playing well despite remaining second from bottom. Prior to the undeserved defeat at Stamford Bridge, the Latics hadn't lost in four including beating Stoke at the DW and Liverpool at Anfield. Wigan deserve some credit for their recent performances but stopping the United steamroller may prove a task too demanding.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Wolverhampton v Arsenal|
|Arsenal were on top throughout the match with City at the Emirates and their patience paid off with a late strike from Arteta. They put the defeat at Loftus Road last weekend behind them, cementing their hold on 3rd place and that all important Champions League spot. The Gunners finally have a settled look about them but Koscielny's yellow card against City takes his tally to 10 and Wenger will have to resort to Johan Djourou. They travel to bottom club Wolves who have to win as many of their remaining 6 games as possible if they're to stand any chance of staying up but they've won only 5 Premier League fixtures throughout the season. The statistics don't make very good reading with them having lost their last 7 Premier League home matches and the last time they got anything from a game was in late February at Newcastle where they left with a 2-2 draw. Terry Connor's stewardship of the club looks as doomed as the club's continued top flight status and I suspect there's little they can change at this stage of the season if they're to avoid defeat against a confident Arsenal.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|Wed 8:00||QPR v Swansea|
|Once again QPR's inability to keep 11 players on the pitch will cost them in terms of player availability for important matches they need to win if they're to escape the clutches of relegation. Currently they're hovering above the drop zone on goal difference but both Cisse and Derry are suspended for the visit of Swansea. Derry will be the man more sorely missed given his defensive midfield qualities, a role much needed against a Swansea side that keep the ball for fun. The Swans have seen a downturn in their fortunes with 3 successive defeats against Everton, Spurs and Newcastle. Opponents are happy to let them play before hitting them on the counter when they get the ball back. Rodgers obviously has a small squad and that's probably why Sinclair and Graham were rested for the Newcastle defeat but expect them to return and give Swansea some much-needed penetration. The Swans haven't seen too much success on the road this season but they might have too much quality for Rangers especially if the home side again go down to 10 men.|
|Away Win 1-2|