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 28th to Mon 30th April 2012.
|Sat 3:00||Everton v Fulham|
|Everton bounced back from the disappointment of their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool with a stunning performance at Old Trafford to throw the title race wide open. We've bemoaned the Toffees this season for that lack of killer instinct in front of goal but they've now scored 4 goals apiece in their last 2 Premier League matches. Their motivation for a strong finish has to drive from their desire to finish above arch-rivals Liverpool; they currently have a 2-point advantage over the Reds who's thoughts are likely to be on next Saturday's FA Cup final. Leighton Baines is unlikely to recover from a hamstring problem leaving Phil Neville to fill in at left back against a mid-table Fulham side. The Cottagers have won just 3 Premier League matches on the road this season but 2 of them have come in the last couple of months (at QPR and Bolton). That said, Everton are a tougher prospect at Goodison and there may be some complacency in the Fulham side given that their last gasp victory at home to Wigan guaranteed their top flight status.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Stoke v Arsenal|
|Just 1 point from the last 2 games has seen Arsenal's hold on 3rd place pegged back to 3 points with Newcastle breathing down their necks. Third has taken on extra emphasis because of Chelsea's Champions League run; should the Blues win that competition and not finish in the top four only the top three plus Chelsea will qualify for next season's Champions League. Looking at Arsenal's away form, they've won 4 of the last 5 but the Britannia Stadium is never an easy place to go. The Potters have lost there just 4 times in the Premier League this season with the last time back in early February when Sunderland won by a solitary goal. Speaking of goals, football writer's player of the year, Robin van Persie, has scored 27 Premier League goals this season (1 ahead of Rooney) but has only netted once in the last 7 matches; a penalty in the 3-0 win at Molineux. Expect goals to be at a premium with little to separate the 2 sides.|
|Sunderland v Bolton|
|No doubt Sunderland are safe from relegation but the last month has seen a drop in the level of performance from the side that was going so well under O'Neill only several months ago. The last 5 games has seen the Mackems draw 4 and lose the other. Injuries haven't helped and O'Neill recently confirmed that Larsson and Richardson will miss the rest of the season after going under the knife. They host a Bolton side that gave their survival hopes a real boost with a win at Villa Park this week. The Trotters went behind just after 60 minutes but within 3 minutes they were in front and managed to hold on. That was their first win since they won at Wolves in late March making it 2 victories from their last 3 away matches. Sunderland's season is over and they've nothing to play for whilst Bolton will probably be happy just to get something from the game.|
|Swansea v Wolves|
|Wolves' defeat at home to City confirmed their expected relegation and it's unlikely they'll improve on their position at the foot of the table. They've been cast adrift in recent weeks with just 2 points their sole reward from the last 11 matches. Surprisingly those 2 draws did come on the road at difficult grounds in the northeast, namely St James Park and the Stadium of Light. They travel to the Liberty Stadium where Swansea rediscovered the winning formula recently with an emphatic win over Blackburn, a victory that halted a run of 4 successive defeats. Last weekend they grabbed a point at the Reebok and now the focus is on finishing as high as possible. With difficult games against United and Liverpool coming up, this represents Swansea's last realistic chance of getting another maximum on the board. Wolves will press but Swansea are used to that and should prevail.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v Aston Villa|
|It's all going off at Villa Park and not surprisingly given their recent record of just a single victory from their last 13 Premier League matches. Currently they've a 3-point advantage over the bottom three but it was their defeat at home to Bolton this week that has threatened Villa's hold on 15th place. McLeish has been given the dreaded vote of confidence but what's the point of making changes with 3 games to go. Villa's problems have been down to drawing too many games with 15 of their 35 matches ending level. They travel to the Hawthorns where local rivals West Brom are already assured of Premier League football next season. April's been a good month for the Baggies; ok, they were beat heavily at the Etihad but they won last weekend at Anfield and their last 2 home games have ended with victories over Blackburn and QPR, plus they didn't concede in those 3 wins. No doubt Villa have to push for victory but they're lacking the quality at the moment and this should be West Brom's day.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wigan v Newcastle|
|As good as Wigan have played in recent weeks, they're taking on the form Premier League team. Newcastle have won their last 6 games, a sequence that has propelled them back into the top four and just 3 points behind Arsenal. The reason we mention the Gunners is that if Chelsea win the Champions League, only the top 3 sides will qualify for next season's tournament; therefore Newcastle still need to keep their foot on the pedal and finish as high as possible. Not only have the Magpies won their last 6 matches but they've conceded just the 1 goal in that time, a remarkable statistic given that first choice centre-half Coloccini has missed 2 of those victories. The Latics are once again battling valiantly against the drop and as it stands are safe by virtue of a point though Bolton do have a game in hand. Wigan's great run of results came to an end at Craven Cottage last weekend but they gave it everything and only a late Senderos goal deprived them of a point. Di Santo is a doubt after suffering a calf injury during the Fulham defeat but other than that this promises to be a full-on end-to-end game. However, Newcastle look stronger in all areas of the pitch and should take the 3 points.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 5:30||Norwich v Liverpool|
|If you needed any proof that Liverpool have been sidetracked by the FA Cup then just take a look at their recent Premier League results. Just 1 win from the last 6 including defeats at QPR, at home to Wigan and most recently at home to West Brom leaves the Reds 2 points behind Everton in 8th place. With another game to play at home to Fulham before the FA Cup final next Saturday it remains to be seen how Dalglish will juggle his squad as further silverware is surely the priority. They travel to Carrow Road where Norwich failed to use the win at Spurs as a springboard to better things. The Canaries were hammered at home by Man City and didn't match the level of early season performances last weekend at Ewood Park. There's no question that their form has dipped with just 2 wins from the last 11 games in all competitions. However, if Norwich play to their potential they could easily capitalise against a Liverpool side going through their own rough patch.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 13:30||Chelsea v QPR|
|No doubt the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge will be one of euphoria after Chelsea's progression to the Champions League final at the expense of Barcelona. Given that type of performance, it may even suit the Blues for QPR to come on to them. Lately, every game has been a massive one for Chelsea and the Premier League matches will be no different as a top four spot is still within their grasp. With Ivanovic suspended and Cahill injured, Di Matteo will have to decide who partners John Terry. Other players expected to sit out after Tuesday's spectacle are Drogba, Lampard and Mikel. QPR's 4 wins on the bounce at Loftus Road has lifted them into 16th place but only a point separates them from the bottom three. This may be a derby fixture but Rangers haven't fared well on the road with 2 points their reward from the last 11 Premier League away matches. Taarabt's red card in the win over Spurs means the creative midfielder will be out for this one. Chelsea may have their eyes on all sorts of prizes at the moment but it's unlikely to leave them in a charitable mood.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sun 4:00||Tottenham v Blackburn|
|Can anyone really put their finger on what has gone wrong at Spurs over the last 2 months? Some have blamed the media speculation revolving around Redknapp and the England job whilst others are content to label them as 'bottle merchants' and 'soft-centred'. Whatever the reasons there's no denying that the current Tottenham side have quality. However, just 1 win from their last 9 Premier League matches explains why they're 3 points behind Newcastle in 5th and likely to miss out on Champions League football next season. They host a Blackburn side who remain in the bottom three despite last weekend's win over Norwich at Ewood Park. With 3 games to play, Rovers have a 3 point deficit to make up whilst hoping that the sides above them fail to make further ground. Steve Kean has a settled side at the moment but they've lost 5 of their last 6 on the road; at least the protesting fans won't be heard at White Hart Lane. If Spurs keep their shape and by that I mean Bale and Lennon keeping the width and not coming inside, Tottenham can get back to winning ways.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 8:00||Man City v Man Utd|
|With many billing this match as the 'showdown' or 'title decider', Manchester hasn't seen a bigger game for quite some time! Despite United slipping up at home to Everton last weekend, Mancini continues to concede the title in United's favour. Maybe he hasn't done the maths yet and should City win, boy will he get a nice surprise come Monday night! Fair enough, City still have a difficult trip to Newcastle but United face an equally daunting visit to Sunderland. Going into this game City still have that fantastic home record of just 2 points dropped all season and that's the telling statistic. Balotelli is available again after suspension but surely Mancini won't break the partnership of Aguero and Tevez in favour of the troublesome Italian. Ferguson will probably start with the same side that drew with Everton but there's surely been some stern words from the manager this week. It shouldn't be forgotten that United lost their last away fixture (at Wigan) and this could be City's day. Whether or not there'll be further twists and turns before the season end remains to be seen. There's a few fat ladies out there and they're still singing!|
|Home Win 2-1|