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 30th March to Mon 1st April 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Sunderland v Man Utd|
|United travel to the Stadium of Light with an unassailable 15-point advantage and still 9 games left to play. The sides below them should feel embarrassed at not having mounted a stronger challenge, especially neighbours City whose title defence hasn't amounted to much. Ferguson's side are on a massive 16-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, 8 of those away from home, with their last defeat coming at Carrow Road back in mid-November. There is the possibility that Ferguson will field a weakened side at Sunderland given that they face an FA Cup quareter-final replay at Stamford Bridge on Easter Monday. Sunderland are getting slowly dragged towards the relegation battle below them and 3 points from the last 7 matches leaves them just 3 places and 4 points above the bottom three. Their last victory came at Wigan back in mid-January and this game at least provides the opportunity to make up for recent disappointments but the future looks bleak for O'Neill's side with upcoming fixtures at Chelsea and Newcastle. To make matters worse Steven Fletcher was stretchered off in Scotland's defeat to Wales and Sessegnon is a doubt with a groin problem. The odds are definitely in United's favour regardless of Ferguson's selection.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Sat 15:00||Arsenal v Reading|
|With arch-rivals Spurs losing two Premier League games on the bounce, Arsenal will feel that they can close the 4-point gap and make at least 4th spot theirs especially considering they've a game in hand. With Chelsea only a point better off than Tottenham, there's no reason why the Gunners shouldn't set their sights higher on finishing third. Arsenal bounced back from their Champions League exit in Munich with a creditable win at Swansea and have now won 5 of their last 7 top flight matches. However, Wenger's without both Wilshere and Walcott which could leave Oxlade-Chamberlain given a rare start. They host a Reading side under the guidance of new manager Nigel Adkins, recently sacked by Southampton. The Royals remain second from bottom after their fifth successive defeat, a narrow one at Old Trafford, and need to close a 7-point gap if they're to survive. Whilst a new manager can often provide the catalyst to rejuvenate the club, the size of Adkins's task can't be underestimated. The bottom line is that Reading have the worst away record in the division with just a win and 2 draws to their name and anything from this game, despite a new manager coming in, looks highly unlikely.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Man City v Newcastle|
|Two recent away defeats has seen City fall woefully short of challenging United for the title. They're now 15 points adrift and even they must concede that their prized Premier League trophy will be heading to Old Trafford. Now they must concentrate on finishing 2nd and ensure that they book their place in next season's Champions League proper. They've lost just one Premier League home fixture this season despite recent disappointments. Mancini will be boosted by the news that Aguero is fit again after recovering from a knee injury and should step straight back in to the side. They host a Newcastle side that've succeeded in climbing away from relegation trouble but are struggling on the road. The Magpies have won just a single Premier League away fixture this season and have lost their last 3 successive top flight away matches, the most recent of which was a 2-1 defeat at third-from-bottom Wigan. Haidara was stretchered off after a horror tackle in that game and joins Ben Arfa, Coloccini and Krul on the sidelines. City need to to improve but they should have enough to see off Newcastle.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Southampton v Chelsea|
|Back in early January, Southampton were comprehensively knocked out of the FA Cup at St Mary's by Chelsea despite taking the lead. The Blues ended up putting 5 past the Saints though much has changed at St Mary's since then. Pochettino is now at the helm with Adkins employed at the Madjeski. Southampton's home form has been unpredictable of late with wins over Man City and Liverpool sandwiching a defeat by QPR; make sense of all that! However, only 4 points and 2 places separates them from third-from-bottom Wigan and another win would go a long way to easing any relegation concerns. Opponents Chelsea leapfrogged Spurs into 3rd after Tottenham suffered a shock defeat at home to Fulham and now have 2nd-placed City within their sights. Chelsea's Premier League away form in recent weeks has been poor though with defeats at City and Newcastle and only a draw at second-from-bottom Reading. The other big factor is that Chelsea have a FA Cup quarter-final replay at home to United on Easter Monday and the temptation for Benitez to field a weakened side on Saturday could play into Southampton's hands. Cahill and Ramires are doubts after missing international fixtures during the week. Tough one to call with both sides showing that anything is possible but the feeling is that Southampton can get something from this game.|
|Swansea v Tottenham|
|Swansea have had a fantastic season to date, winning the League Cup and consequently cementing a place in Europe as well as reaching the psychological 40-point mark that'll undoubtedly guarantee their continued top flight status. Laudrup has been careful to ensure that the wheels haven't come off following their League Cup success but the bottom line is that they've lost 3 of their last 4 league matches. They stayed in the game until late on at home to Arsenal but never created much and paid the price in the end. After missing several matches with a calf problem, Chico should be fit again to partner Ashley Williams in the centre of defence. Swansea have lost only 3 home matches this season but they face a Tottenham side looking to bounce back from 3 straight defeats in all competitions. The most recent, a single goal defeat at home to Fulham, was the most disappointing and threatens to damage their prospects of finishing in the top four. Chelsea leapfrogged them in the last weekend of action and Arsenal are only 4 points behind with a game in hand. Lennon and Dawson have recovered from hamstring injuries and Villas-Boas will be taking a strong side to the Liberty but the worry is how much the international fixtures have taken out of key players like Bale. Spurs' away record is second only to United's this season in terms of victories and they'll be looking to hit Swansea with pace on the counter. As long as they don't make schoolboy errors late on as they did at Anfield, then this is a game they could possibly nick.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Ham v West Brom|
|After a patchy period, West Brom are looking solid again and have suffered just one defeat in their last 5 Premier League matches. That was a single goal loss at Stamford Bridge but of the other 4 they've won 3 and most recently they drew at Stoke, a tough place for any side to go. The only doubt for Baggies boss Clark is midfielder James Morrison as he takes a strong side to Upton Park. From a quick glance at the table, West Ham appear to be on the slide but they've had some tough games recently. They've lost to both Spurs and Chelsea but unlike West Brom, they actually managed to win at the Britannia Stadium; only themselves and Chelsea can lay claim to that particular feat this season in Premier League matches. Sam Allardyce has Joe Cole back but Noble is out after undergoing surgery and Nolan is doubtful with a recurring toe problem. I can see both sides getting something from this game and a draw wouldn't be a bad result for either.|
|Wigan v Norwich|
|Given Wigan's appalling home record, we made the mistake of thinking Newcastle would see them off at the DW last time out but the Latics aren't labelled unpredicatable without just cause. It looks like they could well be staging their typically dramatic late bid for survival and 2 wins from the last 3 matches leaves them just 3 points shy of fourth-from-bottom Villa. Can they stage another great escape or will their successful FA Cup run distract them? Wigan's system of 3-4-3 gives them options in attack but does leave them open at the back. They've lost over half their Premier League home fixtures but host a Norwich side that have won only one of their last 13 top flight matches although they've managed to draw 6 of the last 9. The Canaries are mid-table and 7 points clear of the relegation places but there's always the fear that they'll be dragged into it if results don't pick up. That makes this a doubly important game for both sides but Norwich seem confident of their continued Premier League status if the news of a 4-year summer deal for Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is anything to go by. Hughton's side have shown plenty of resistance in the last month or two and that could be enough to earn them a point.|
|Sat 17:30||Everton v Stoke|
|Stoke have managed just one win (at home to lowly Reading) from their last 11 Premier League matches, an awful run that includes 7 defeats. Currently mid-table on 34 points they should be safe with a 7-point advantage over third-from-bottom Wigan. Their away form makes for equally depressing reading and whilst not the worst in the top flight, just a single win on the road from 15 games is poor. In their most recent fixture they were held to a goalless draw at home by West Brom and by all accounts it was a performance lacking inspiration. Huth is available again after suspension but is unlikely to make the difference in the final third. They travel to Goodison Park where David Moyes recently celebrated 11 years in charge with a 2-goal victory over 2nd-placed City. It was the perfect way to bounce back from their FA Cup exit at home to Wigan the weekend before despite Steven Pienaar's dismissal on the hour for a studs-up tackle. Not only is Pienaar unavailable for the Potters' visit but Fellaini is also suspended after picking up his tenth booking of the season. Howard and Jagielka are also out with injuries but the Toffees are 2 points behind 5th-placed Arsenal and looking for their 3rd successive Premier League home win. Everton don't have the strongest of squads and are definitely the weaker for suspensions and injuries but Stoke are really struggling at the moment and one goal could be enough for a valuable home win.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 13:30||Aston Villa v Liverpool|
|Liverpool managed to string together 3 Premier League victories but then came badly unstuck at Southampton and maybe they've finally realised this season is unlikely to amount to much. Whilst Suarez has been single-handedly ravaging defences all season, their league table position shows that the Reds need further investment and more importantly have to keep hold of the Uruguayan striker. Liverpool will be looking for revenge at Villa Park after being turned over by the Villans at Anfield earlier in the season and Carragher and Reina should come back into the side. However, Allen has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a shoulder problem. Opponents Villa have managed to secure a couple of massive victories against Reading and QPR, clubs below Villa in the table, enabling them to move out of the bottom three and 3 points clear of third-from-bottom Wigan. Both Bent and Delph are available again to Lambert but he could well be reluctant to change a winning side. Neither side has drawn any of their last 5 Premier League matches and it looks like Villa Park will see a winner; surprisingly we're edging the way of the home side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 20:00||Fulham v QPR|
|A West London derby that has far more at stake for bottom side QPR than it does for mid-table Fulham. Rangers might be level on points and goal difference with second-from-bottom Reading but they remain a massive 7 points adrift of safety. The thing is, they did spring a surprise victory at St Mary's recently but failed to do the same at Villa despite leading early on. Ex-Spurs signings Jenas and Townsend are flavour of the month after both netting in each of QPR's last two games but Redknapp has to decide whether to stick with 4-3-3 or switch to 4-4-2 and risk the luxury of Adel Taarabt; unlikely away from home but they need the points. Opponents Fulham are traditionally a strong side at Craven Cottage but this season has been a mixed one although they've perked up recently. The Cottagers have only lost 1 of their last 6 matches, a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to United, and served up a rare treat for their travelling fans a couple of weekends ago when they won by the same margin at White Hart Lane. We don't envisage Martin Jol making any changes after a settled side has taken 7 points from the last 9 available. There's too much at stake for this to be a straight forward home win but Fulham should come out on top.|
|Home Win 2-1|