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 21st to Sun 22nd April 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Arsenal v Chelsea|
|No doubt Arsenal will still be smarting from that home defeat to Wigan on Monday night. Vermaelen's goal looked like it would kickstart the Gunners' comeback but their performance fizzled out and they missed the chance to go 8 points clear of Spurs. Ahead of the match with Chelsea they've been rocked by further bad news with Arteta ruled out for the rest of the season with ligament damage. Benayoun is also unavailable due to conditions of his loan deal with Oxlade-Chamberland a natural replacement whilst Ramsey will likely come in for Arteta. That's 2 defeats in the last 4 for Arsenal and they'll need to be on their mettle from the off against a Chelsea side that've rediscovered the winning formula under Di Matteo. Their crowning achievement so far this season was beating Barcelona at Stamford Bridge this week but the tie's not yet over and the cherry on top will be getting through to the final next week. With that in mind expect the likes of Drogba and Lampard to be rested whilst Ivanvovic serves the 2nd match of his domestic suspension. That said, Chelsea do have strength in depth and haven't lost since tasting defeat at the Etihad in mid-March. The Blues can do themselves a real favour and put Newcastle, Spurs and Arsenal all under pressure for a Champions League spot but it's difficult to pick a winner from these two at the moment.|
|Sat 3:00||Aston Villa v Sunderland|
|Several weeks ago Villa had some breathing space between themselves and the bottom five but Wigan's astounding form has cut that deficit to just a single point. The one bonus in Villa's favour is that a 6-point margin still separates themselves from the bottom three. Their form has been atrocious with just a single victory from their last 11 Premier League fixtures. They've drawn 14 of their 33 top flight matches and it's been their failure to turn those draws into wins that's cost them as well as numerous injuries to key players. They host a Sunderland side that are struggling to hit the highs they achieved at the beginning of O'Neill's tenure. The Black Cats have now gone 5 games without a win (3 of them draws) and consequently have fallen back into the middle of the pack. Their performance against Wolves was reportedly their worst under O'Neill at the Stadium of Light with only Sessegnon providing any inspiration. Don't expect a classic at Villa Park and with both sides struggling for a win lately, we're backing the draw.|
|Blackburn v Norwich|
|Blackburn's bid to avoid relegation has taken a massive dive in the last month with Rovers losing their last 5 matches. Losing at relegation rivals Bolton was obviously a bitter blow but it was the home game against Liverpool that must've really dented their confidence. Liverpool scored twice early on then went down to 10 men, Blackburn got back on level terms only for Andy Carroll to stick away the winner in injury time. With Wigan's, QPR's and Bolton's recent form all better than Rovers the future doesn't look good for Steve Kean's side and it's no surprise to see Blackburn fans organising another protest march ahead of this match. Norwich travel to Ewood Park on the back of a home thrashing by Man City but the Canaries remain mid-table. Their away form has been mixed but they've 2 victories from their last 5 on the road; especially surprising given that those wins have come at decent home sides like Swansea and Spurs. The Norwich defence will be stretched without the injured Ayala and Whitbread but this game will be about converting goal chances. Norwich's Holt and Wilbraham or Morison versus Blackburn's Yakubu and Hoilett and I'd expect the Canaries to have the edge.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Bolton v Swansea|
|Bolton's situation is a precarious one in the bottom three and 2 points shy of safety. Of the bottom three they look the most likely to escape but QPR and Wigan above them look just as likely to do enough on current form to keep Bolton at bay. The Trotters did win a sequence of 3 games recently but they were all against bottom five sides and subsequent results have been defeats at home to Fulham and away at Newcastle. They host a Swansea side that ended a run of 4 defeats with a convincing win over Blackburn at the Liberty last weekend. Recent losses had hinted that opponents had managed to thwart Swansea's possession game but the Blackburn victory proved that the confidence is still high and they still have the penetration that seemed to be lacking in those defeats. Gylfi Sigurdsson continues to be the danger man and Bolton will need to be on their game to keep his chances to a minimum. This is obviously a more important game for the home side but the Swans are more than capable of nicking it.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Fulham v Wigan|
|Wigan are the one side in the bottom five giving themselves a massive chance of avoiding the drop. Their recent run of results has been top drawer especially when you consider the quality of their opponents. First they won at Anfield and then they beat Stoke at the DW. Refereeing decisions robbed them of at least a point at Stamford Bridge and the most recent victories over United and Arsenal have probably been the most astonishing of all. The Latics are now 5 points clear of the relegation places and they're playing the best football they've played all season. They travel to Craven Cottage where mid-table Fulham have little left to play for in their remaining 5 games. The Cottagers can't seem to get an established run of form going before succumbing to defeat but it has to be said that their home performances have generally been good. Only Swansea have beaten Fulham at home in 2012 although Martin Jol has had to rely heavily on Clint Dempsey's goals with Johnson and Ruiz out, Pogrebnyak doubtful and Zamora sold. Despite Fulham's creditable performances at Craven Cottage, Wigan are getting the rewards their play deserves and current form suggests they'll leave with something.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Newcastle v Stoke|
|With Arsenal hosting Chelsea and Spurs struggling, this match represents a bona fide chance for Newcastle to move into the top four. Currently the Magpies trail Spurs on goal difference but are on a 5-match winning run. They've lost just 2 Premier League games at St James Park this season and the attacking trio of Ben Arfa, Cisse and Ba have had more than their fair share of memorable moments throughout the campaign. They host a Stoke side surely safe from the drop but their away form has once again held them back this season. The Potters haven't won on the road in the top flight since taking maximum points at Ewood Park at the turn of the year. Wilkinson is Pulis's only injury doubt but the manager has plenty of options in that area so should travel to Newcastle at full strength. With the home side on such a good run and Stoke not great on the road, Newcastle are surely the side to back.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 5:30||QPR v Tottenham|
|Tottenham are yet to win a Premier League away fixture in 2012 and the manner of the FA Cup semi-final defeat at Wembley will have done little for confidence. Refereeing decisions obviously played a part but that's no excuse for a second-half collapse. Spurs know that they need a win if they're to keep hold of that all important Champions League spot especially with Arsenal hosting Chelsea this weekend. However, Spurs have shown vulnerability in the last couple of months when they've been chasing the game and that could play into QPR's hands. Rangers have taken 10 points from the last possible 12 at Loftus Road including wins over Liverpool and Arsenal. Their home run has been solely responsible for their climb out of the bottom three. These sides may be at either end of the table but both are under pressure to deliver and the side looking more capable of doing that is QPR; a defeat for Spurs will surely mean that the wheels have come off. A very tough game to call with cases for either side but the first goal will be all important.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 12:30||Man Utd v Everton|
|You'd have to say that realistically Everton's season is virtually over. Defeat in the FA Cup semi-final to their local rivals will have been difficult to stomach but the only motivation they now have is to finish above those same opponents in the Premier League standings. With the gap between themselves and Chelsea 10 points, further progress up the table is surely out of the question. It was a surprising defeat given that the Toffees had gone the previous 5 games unbeaten but they ran out of ideas despite going ahead. Leighton Baines is a doubt for the trip to Old Trafford after sustaining a tight hamstring towards the end of the Wembley semi-final. United remain 5 points clear at the top after putting their defeat at Wigan behind them and sticking 4 past Villa. It was a rare slip-up from the Red Devils and they're unlikely to repeat it ahead of the showdown with rivals City next weekend. With City fully expected to win at Molineux, United have to press their home advantage and avoid being contained by an Everton side that'd probably be happy with a point.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 4:00||Liverpool v West Brom|
|Recent home wins over QPR and Blackburn have proved crucial in alleviating any relegation fears at the Hawthorns. Especially important given that they've taken just a single point from their last 4 Premier League away matches, a draw at Wigan in mid-March. Fortune and Olsson are fresh doubts after picking up injuries in the narrow win over QPR last weekend. They travel to Anfield where Liverpool's form is certainly questionable. Recent victories away at Blackburn and in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley have helped to paper over the cracks but the Reds have failed on too many occasions to put teams to bed on home turf. A draw against Villa and defeat by Wigan just aren't good enough with Liverpool surprisingly winning just 5 of 16 Premier League home fixtures this season. Andy Carroll is no doubt the Liverpool man of the moment having scored the late winners in those 2 most recent victories and will surely start again alongside Suarez. If Liverpool hold any Premier League ambition, they'll want to finish above local rivals Everton but recent form isn't really a good indicator.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wolverhampton v Man City|
|Wolves managed to halt their run of 7 successive defeats with a point at the Stadium of Light but the result had more to do with Sunderland putting in their worst home display under O'Neill rather than any improvement on Wolves' part. With 4 games still to play and at least 8 points to find, surely survival is beyond expectation at Molineux especially considering a measly 6 points is their current tally for 2012. Their cause has been further hampered by a knee injury to keeper Hennessey leaving De Vries to make his Premier League debut. Man City aren't the sort of opponents you'd want to face in your first game in the top flight. They thumped 6 past Norwich at Carrow Road last weekend and have the taste for more with United dropping points recently at Wigan. The City players still believe that they've a title to chase even if Mancini appears to have publicly conceded any hope. With Balotelli still banned Tevez should again start alongside Aguero. The challenge for Wolves will be keeping the scoreline to a minimum whilst City will be aiming for another goal glut in the hope that Everton can get something at Old Trafford.|
|Away Win 0-3|