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 5th to Mon 7th May 2012.
|Sat 12:45||Arsenal v Norwich|
|Arsenal's last 3 games has seen their form waver a little after an impressive run of 7 wins from the previous 8 Premier League matches. Draws at home to Chelsea and at Stoke are not to be sniffed at but the home defeat to a much improved Wigan side was something of a shock. As a result Arsenal's grip on 3rd spot is under threat with Spurs just a point behind and only a single goal between them on goal difference. A hamstring problem is expected to keep Walcott out with Gervinho or Oxlade-Chamberlain set to replace him. The Gunners host a Norwich side assured of their Premier League status but guilty of coming unstuck in recent weeks. Their last 3 matches has seen the Canaries lose all 3 conceding a massive 11 goals whilst scoring just the once. Giving the ball away in key areas has contributed to their downfall and there needs to be improvement if they're to get anything at the Emirates. However, the hard work of surviving in the top flight has been achieved and Norwch have probably taken their foot off the pedal a bit.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 1:30||Newcastle v Man City|
|There's a massive game at the wrong end of the table this weekend but this one has to go down as the biggest with regard to determining the final top four placings. City have to go to St James Park and win to ensure they remain in top spot with 1 game to go whilst Newcastle need to better Spurs' result at Villa Park or Arsenal's against Norwich to break back into the top four. The Magpies, and more importantly Cisse, stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this week and proved that their heavy defeat at Wigan was just a blip. Tiote was stretchered off after a clash with Mikel and will likely be replaced with utility man Ryan Taylor if deemed unfit to play. Newcastle haven't lost at home in 2012 but this is a game City have to win. Mancini's side got the job done against United but it wasn't pretty and a similar performance will be required this weekend. Along with United, City have scored the most goals on the road this season but Newcastle's defence has proved robust at home with just 15 goals conceded. Mancini has all his players available and his starting eleven will depend on how offensive he wants to be from the first kick. Both sides are capable of winning this but City really have to go for it.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 2:00||Aston Villa v Tottenham|
|Spurs did Villa a favour at the Reebok this week by beating a Bolton side that would've gone level on points with Villa had they won. Villa's position is a precarious one but they're the only one of the bottom 6 sides excluding relegated Wolves without a win in their last 8 matches. Last week they lost at home to Bolton in an important relegation fixture and have only managed to pick up odd points here and there. Villa should be boosted by the restored centre-half partnership of Dunne and Collins but they need to pose more of a goal threat. Spurs first away win in 2012 couldn't have been more timely and as long as they win their remaining 2 matches, a top four spot will be theirs. Victories over Bolton and Blackburn have been their first successive Premier League victories since early January. Sandro has done a great job deputising for the injured Parker whilst Spurs look dangerous on the counter with Lennon and Bale doing their best work on the flanks. The stats suggest a draw but recent performances hint at an improved Tottenham.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Bolton v West Brom|
|Bolton gave a brave account of themselves at home to Spurs but got caught on the counter too often and their survival hopes suffered another blow. Goal difference is currently keeping them in the bottom three but they've suffered an incredible 11 Premier League defeats at the Reebok this season. That said, they've taken 7 points from the last 15 available at home. By the time this comes round, Coyle will be hoping that both Pratley and Steinsson have recovered from illness, just to give him a few more options. The Trotters host a West Brom side soon to be looking for a new manager with Hodgson unveiled as the new England manager this week. A timely announcement given that the Baggies are safe in mid-table and have little left to play for in their remaining 2 fixtures. West Brom's last 3 matches have been fairly tight with a single goal on both occasions good enough to beat QPR at home and Liverpool away followed by a goalless draw at home to Villa. Though Bolton need the victory, it's difficult to see West Brom lying down.|
|Fulham v Sunderland|
|Fulham have a 4-point advantage over their counterparts though both are safe from the drop with this game a bit of a dead rubber compared to bigger things being played out at either end of the table. That said, Fulham's surprise win at Anfield saw them go level on points with Liverpool and they'll feel that the FA Cup distraction could play further in their favour as it did earlier this week. The Cottagers have lost just 1 of the last 6 but know that a victory would give them a great chance of finishing 8th, a remarkable feat given the size of their squad and that they started playing Europa League qualifying matches in late June. Sunderland have gone off the boil in recent weeks having taken just 5 points from their last 6 games. The Mackems have only lost once during that run but a couple of those games you would've expected them to win. O'Neill's attention will surely have to shift soon to those players he wants to keep such as Sessegnon and Bendtner, with many covetous eyes expected on the Benin international. Expect home advantage to play in Fulham's favour.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|QPR v Stoke|
|QPR go into this game knowing that they have to win to give themselves the best chance of surviving in the top flight. Their away form's been poor and they won't want to rely on getting anything at the Etihad in their last fixture. Incidentally, they were heavily beaten at Stamford Bridge last weekend yet Cisse surprisingly celebrated his consolation goal as though Rangers had gone into a shock lead rather than having already conceded 6; the phrase 'bigger picture' springs to mind. However, QPR's home form is responsible for keeping them out of the bottom three albeit on goal difference; 4 wins on the bounce against Liverpool, Arsenal, Swansea and Spurs should give them great confidence ahead of the visit of Stoke. The Potters have stagnated in mid-table and they've not won on the road in the Premier League since early January. Six of their last eight away matches have ended in defeat and their reputation as a poor away side isn't going away. Even another win for Rangers might not be enough but they have to go for it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Wolverhampton v Everton|
|Terry Connor is still waiting for that elusive first victory and they were so close to it at the Liberty last weekend despite having to come from 4-1 down. That's 3 draws from their last 6 away fixtures but Wolves are already relegated as they face another home game. Molineux hasn't been a happy home for them in 2012 with their last points coming there prior to Christmas. Whether or not Connor stays in charge for their promotion push next season remains to be seen but for now he has to see off the challenge of a strong Everton side. The Toffees look certain of finishing above arch-rivals Liverpool after establishing a 3-point advantage with a draw at Stoke whilst the Reds surprisingly lost at home to Fulham. Everton haven't lost in the Premier League since tasting defeat at the Emirates in mid-March and their run of recent form is on a par with the best. Not surprisingly, David Moyes is being touted as Alex Ferguson's eventual successor and it's a decision difficult to argue with given Moyes's success on a shoestring budget. This looks like being another good victory for the Toffees.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sun 4:00||Man Utd v Swansea|
|Monday night's Manchester derby failed to live up to its billing in terms of quality but with so much at stake it still delivered. United set out to contain City, a surprising tactic given United's attacking potential and City's home record. Goal difference is now keeping Ferguson's side off the top but 8 goals is a huge margin with just 2 left to play and they have to rely on City slipping up. By the time United kick off they'll know if Newcastle have done them a favour but the truth of it is that United have to go all out for 3 points regardless of the result at St James Park to keep their hopes alive. For a team renowned for their ability to handle pressure in the latter stages, 1 win from their last 4 matches isn't good enough. They host a Swansea side that relinquished a 4-1 lead at home last weekend to give relegated Wolves a share of the spoils. The Swans have lost 10 of their 18 away fixtures but they won't be too disheartened as survival was a priority and a mid-table finish is a bonus. Anything Swansea get from this game will be icing on the cake but the reality is likely to be a win for the home side.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Mon 8:00||Blackburn v Wigan|
|A huge relegation battle at Ewood Park with nothing less than a win good enough for Blackburn Rovers. A victory mightn't be enough to lift Rovers out of the bottom three as the table currently stands let alone whether or not the teams above them can get anything from their respective matches. Blackburn beat Norwich in their last home fixture but the other 6 of their last 7 games have all ended in defeat. They host a Wigan side that've impressed everyone over the last couple of months. The Latics are playing some great football and their emphatic victory over Newcastle at the DW Stadium took them 3 points clear of the relegation places. Recently they've beaten the likes of Liverpool, Stoke, United and Arsenal as well as Newcastle so a visit to Ewood Park should hold little fear. Victor Moses now looks a goal threat whilst Shaun Maloney has fitted in well pulling the strings from midfield. The Latics have now won 5 of their last 7 and another win could see them beat the drop.|
|Away Win 1-2|