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 14th to Mon 16th April 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Norwich v Man City|
|It's never over until the fat lady sings and that's the message Mancini should be sending out to his players rather than ceding that the title race is over. United's lead at the top was cut to 5 points after Wigan dealt their title hopes a savage blow at the DW Stadium and City convincingly beat West Brom at the Etihad. With City still to host United, there's still hope for Mancini's players if they can win their remaining 5 matches. Balotelli's suspension meant that Tevez got his first start since the warm-up saga and he repaid the manager's faith with a goal. Silva also started after missing the Arsenal defeat and likewise got his name on the scoresheet. They travel to Carrow Road where Norwich are up to 10th after a worthy victory at White Hart Lane. The Canaries have lost just 4 Premier League home fixtures this season, the last a 2-1 defeat to United in late February. With City having won just 1 of their last 5 away fixtures, statistically Norwich are the team to back but gut feeling indicates otherwise. Surely City have to throw everything at the Canaries just in case United falter again.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 3:00||Sunderland v Wolves|
|Everton have been the scourge of Sunderland in recent weeks; firstly they knocked them out of the FA Cup in the replay at the Stadium of Light and then 4 second-half goals from the Toffees without reply on Monday night at Goodison saw the Black Cats leave with their tails between their legs. That result aside, Sunderland have taken points off City and Spurs lately with draws at the Etihad and at home to Harry Redknapp's side. Nicklas Bendtner should return after missing the Everton defeat with a sore back. They host bottom-placed Wolves who remain 6 points adrift after losing heavily at home to Arsenal. Bassong received a straight red early in that game so won't feature at the Stadium of Light leaving either Berra or Johnson to partner Stearman. Terry Connor has yet to win a match since taking control; in fact Wolves have taken just a single point from the last 27 on offer. With Wolves now 9 points shy of safety, even winning all remaining 5 fixtures might not be enough. An unlikely scenario given that they've won just 5 Premier League matches throughout the season so far. There's been some strange results lately but surely this is a banker for Sunderland.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Swansea v Blackburn|
|This is one of those games where current form makes picking a winner pretty difficult. Both sides have lost their last 4 matches with neither performing particularly well recently. Brendan Rodgers apologised to Swansea fans following their 3-0 defeat at Loftus Road, a game in which none of his players performed to the expected level. What will have worried the manager is that their possession game suffered and they invited pressure by uncharacteristically giving the ball away. The Swans still aren't mathematically safe despite drawing close to the line and one more win will probably be good enough for them. Blackburn are once again rooted in relegation territory and failed to beat a Liverpool side short on confidence. By the time Doni was dismissed on 25 minutes, Blackburn were already 2 goals behind and though their man advantage saw them get back on level terms, a last gasp finish from Andy Carroll heaped more misery on Steve Kean's side. Rovers have suffered 4 defeats in 5 on the road, their sole recent victory coming at Molineux. Whilst Yakubu has shown he still knows where the net is, it's going to be hard for them at the Liberty if the Swans can rediscover their penetrative passing game. Expect the home side to get back amongst the goals and take the 3 points.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|West Brom v QPR|
|West Brom are another side not yet mathematically certain of Premier League survival and a heavy defeat at the Etihad this week will have done little for confidence. They kept City to a single goal advantage in the first half but created little pressure of their own and the eventual 4-0 scoreline was a fair one. However, the Baggies have fared better recently on home soil with 3 victories from the last 4 at the Hawthorns. The blip was a defeat to Newcastle but the 3 wins yielded 8 goals with none conceded. They host a QPR side 2 points clear of the bottom three after taking 9 points from their last 3 home fixtures. Rangers' form on the road is not so good with just a single point the sole reward from the last 7 away matches plus they have the poorest away record in the top flight. Derry comes back into contention for the trip to the Hawthorns whilst Cisse continues his 4-match ban. Meanwhile Brunt and Ridgewell remain for doubtul for West Brom after missing the defeat at City. Given QPR's poor away form this has to go down as a home win.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 4:00||Man Utd v Aston Villa|
|Draw specialists Villa go to Old Trafford no doubt hoping for at least another point. The Villans have drawn 14 of their 32 Premier League fixtures including the last 2 at Liverpool and at home to Stoke. Injuries haven't been kind to McLeish's side but dropped points are to blame for their measly tally of 35 and relegation remains a threat. A key fixture will be hosting Bolton Tueday week and they'll need a rare victory then to avoid being dragged into further trouble. Their opponents, United, were dealt a nasty surprise at the DW Stadium this week and they can't afford further slip-ups if they're to hang on to their title. Prior to that defeat United had been on an 8 game winning sequence but their complacent performance against Wigan could mean changes from Sir Alex. Paul Scholes could come back in to the starting line-up whilst Rooney could be rested after a particularly inept performance. It's likely this is only a blip for United and it's difficult to see Ferguson's side capitulate especially with the title almost within clutching distance.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Mon 8:00||Arsenal v Wigan|
|A stunning victory over United at the DW Stadium was enough to lift the Latics out of the bottom three and gave their survival hopes a significant boost. There's no argument that Wigan were the better side and that's been borne out by recent results including victory at Anfield and a win at home against Stoke. They were also the better side at Stamford Bridge only to lose the game to an offside goal and a Mata winner after Wigan were pressing for a winner of their own. Martinez's side are definitely one of those bang in form at the moment but they travel to the Emirates where Arsenal are enjoying their own purple patch. The Gunners are on a run of 9 wins from the last 10 Premier League matches and their comprehensive 3-0 victory at Molineux this week gave them 5 points breathing space in 3rd spot. Djourou will likely continue to deputise for the suspended Koscielny but other than that the Arsenal line-up has a settled look about it. Starting slowly against Wigan will be asking for trouble but the Gunners showed against Wolves that they're capable of grabbing early goals. Given recent results Wigan should be worth something but Arsenal look too strong at the moment.|
|Home Win 2-1|