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 6th to Mon 8th April 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Reading v Southampton|
|A match that sees Reading manager Nigel Adkins taking centre stage. Having been ousted by Southampton, Adkins was seen as the ideal replacement for Brian McDermott at the Madjeski but not surprisingly his tenure got off to a shaky start with a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal. As a result Reading moved to the bottom of the table on goal difference and have to recoup a massive 7 points in the battle for survival. The odds don't look good and Adkins surely has a plan to gain automatic promotion back to the top flight next season. Their current run of 6 straight defeats will have Southampton manager, Pochettino, relishing the chance of making it 3 wins on the bounce. Deserved victories at St Mary's over Liverpool and Chelsea, a couple of decent scalps, followed a goalless draw at Carrow Road. Consequently the Saints are up to 12th although they'd still prefer some more daylight between themselves and the bottom three. Southampton usually set themselves up as difficult to break down away from home under the new manager but this is a good opportunity for 3 points and one they're unlikely to let pass by.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sat 15:00||Norwich v Swansea|
|On first look at this fixture, it's difficult to see either side winning it. Swansea haven't won a top flight game on the road since just before the turn of the year when they won at Craven Cottage although most of us remember that League Cup semi-final first leg win at Stamford Bridge that eventually paved the way to their first silverware. Norwich are just as guilty when it comes to winning matches and have won just one of their last 14 Premier League games; a poor sequence that has seen them slip to just 4 points above the relegation places and leaves them in potential danger. Pilkington is probably Norwich's biggest casualty whilst Angel Rangel could recover from a calf problem after missing the defeat to Spurs. Ashley Williams has been quoted as saying that beating Norwich is key to ending an unwanted 3-match losing streak but if truth be told, Swansea would probably be satisfied enough with a draw. Norwich will be the side chasing the game but both parties may have to settle for a point apiece.|
|Stoke v Aston Villa|
|Stoke's run of form has been absolutely awful and so bad that they've drifted into the bottom half of the table. They've put themselves under undue pressure considering their safety margin is a measly 4 points. Usually the Potters are strong on home soil but their only victory in the last 12 matches was a 2-1 victory over bottom club Reading back in mid-February. Part of the reason has to do with the lack of goals; they've scored just 3 times since the end of January with 2 of those coming in the afore-mentioned win over the Royals. Pulis can't even really blame injuries as the only high profile player they're missing is winger Etherington. They host a Villa side struggling to escape the bottom three with their hefty negative goal difference going against them. However, Villa have had a couple of decent results go for them lately, both against relegation rivals QPR and Reading, but they were beaten by Liverpool at Villa Park most recently despite leading at half-time. Injuries haven't been kind to Villa all season and now striker Andreas Weimann looks like another casualty after sustaining a knock in the Liverpool defeat. Despite the fact that Stoke have been poor, the pressure is now on them at home to dig out a result and the jury's out on whether Villa can handle the physical juggernaut coming their way.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|West Brom v Arsenal|
|If Arsenal turn up, then I can see them as too strong for a West Brom side struggling for consistency. They were comfortably beaten at Upton Park last weekend and despite winning their last 2 home fixtures against Swansea and Sunderland, just prior to that they lost at home to Spurs by a solitary goal. The problem now is the Baggies have no relegation concerns and European qualification looks unlikely leaving little but pride to play for. If West Brom aren't at it, that will only further encourage an Arsenal side currently 5th but chasing hard to finish in the top four. With Spurs 4 points better off having played a game more in 3rd and Chelsea only 2 points to the good in 4th, Arsenal know that all they can do is keep winning games to pile the pressure on. With Spurs suffering recent defeats and Chelsea losing last weekend at Sunderland, the Gunners will quietly believe that they'll get their chance to snatch one of those all important Champions League spots. Wenger is unlikely to get Walcott or Wilshere back fit in time whilst Morrison and Mulumbu are big misses for Steve Clarke. I can see this game staying goalless until Arsenal nick it near the end.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 13:30||Liverpool v West Ham|
|Wins for both these sides last weekend improved their respective positions but mid-table West Ham are still not assured of safety whilst Liverpool are unlikely to qualify for European football next season. Failure to do exactly that will test the resolve of Liverpool to keep star striker Luis Suarez and the likelihood is that he'll be tempted away by a Champions League club in the summer. However, the Reds are on a good run at the moment with 4 wins from their last 5; the only blip being that 3-1 defeat at St Mary's just before the international break. With no fresh injuries Rodgers could field the same starting eleven that won at Villa Park. The Hammers will be without Liverpool loan signing Andy Carroll due to the terms of his deal, a major blow given how well he played in the win over West Brom at Upton Park last weekend. Carroll grabbed a brace in the 3-1 victory and Allardyce credited it as his best performance in a claret and blue shirt. It was a crucial 3 points to avoid being dragged closer to the bottom three and the Hammers should be OK although the trip to Anfield will be no jolly. West Ham's away record isn't great with 10 defeats from 15 games and with Carroll absent, the odds favour the home side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 14:05||Tottenham v Everton|
|Spurs bounced back from 3 defeats in all competitions with a much-needed win at Swansea. Once again pace on the counter was the key, a tactic not easy to force at White Hart Lane given the onus on the home side to dictate the play. With Chelsea losing at Southampton, Spurs leapfrogged the Blues into third and maintained their 4-point advantage over Arsenal. At the time of writing, the lilywhites do have the distraction of a Thursday night Europa League match at home to Basel and injuries were at a minimum until Defoe's groin strain came to light. They host an Everton side who've won their last 3 matches, all at home, including a 2-0 victory over 2nd-placed Man City. They also managed a single goal win over Stoke last weekend without Fellaini and Pienaar, both of whom are serving 2-match bans. That means they won't be available for this game either and they could well struggle away from home without 2 of their most influential players. The Toffees are currently 6th and no doubt harbour their own hopes of qualifying for Europe next season making this an important match for both clubs. Spurs will be looking for revenge for the injury-time defeat at Goodison earlier in the campaign after going into the final stages a goal to the good but holding on at Swansea suggests they can see out the win if they get ahead.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 15:00||Chelsea v Sunderland|
|Chelsea managed to progress to the FA Cup semi-finals at the expense of United but at what cost to their own hopes of finishing in the top four. They slipped to fourth in the table over the weekend after losing at Southampton and it's looking like a battle between Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal for the last two remaining Champions League spots. However, the Blues have won their last 4 matches at Stamford Bridge in all competitions and should have no worries seeing off a Sunderland side in all sorts of turmoil. Sunderland's decision to sack Martin O'Neill in the wake of a single goal home defeat to Man Utd has an air of premeditation about it given that it was hardly a game they were expected to win on current form. The Mackems have drifted to 16th and just a single point above the relegation places after no win in their last 8 matches. With O'Neill gone, the decision was made to bring in Di Canio and that brought with it a whole can of political worms that threatens to detract from the most basic of requirements, staying up! Their most prized asset, striker Steven Fletcher, is out for the remainder of the season and boy does it show. Chelsea's defence is hampered by injuries to Cahill and Cole but a makeshift back four should be able to handle Sunderland's attacking threat. This should be a comfortable win for Chelsea and only more problems for Di Canio.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Fulham|
|Fulham's safety was pretty much assured with their expected win over QPR although the Cottagers didn't have it all their own way in the end. That victory marked an unbeaten run of 5 top flight matches including draws at Norwich and Sunderland and a surprising win at Tottenham. Suddenly Fulham are looking hard to beat but they'll have to make do without midfield stopper Steve Sidwell after he was sent off last weekend for serious foul play. They travel to St James Park where Newcastle are still struggling to escape the clutches of the relegation threatened clubs. The Magpies have just a 3-point advantage over the bottom three, a gap that can change considerably over the course of a single weekend. To be fair, they've been hard hit by injuries with Coloccini, Debuchy, Haidara, Krul, Santon and Tiote all expected to miss out. Home form hasn't been too bad but they've suffered on the road recently with defeats at Spurs, Swansea, Wigan and most recently a 4-goal beating at Eastlands. The pressure will be on Pardew's side to get a result at home but Fulham are looking pretty solid at the moment and could well be worth a point.|
|Sun 16:10||QPR v Wigan|
|Wigan are mounting their customary late surge for Premier League survival but why do they alway leave it so late in the season. One theory is that they're not good enough to compete for honours and a relegation battle is more preferable than nothing to play for at the latter end of the campaign; tongue in cheek of course! Though it must be frustrating for the fans and chairman alike when the Latics start the season so poorly only to leave themselves a battle for points in the last quarter. That all said, Wigan have 3 wins from the last 4 games and are teetering above the drop zone on goal difference. They travel to second-from-bottom QPR for a game that could have potentially massive implications as to who stays up and who goes down. Rangers are at least off the bottom on goal difference but 7 points separates them from safety and that's a huge amount to make up with only 7 games left to play. Poor defending cost QPR the match at Fulham but they showed spirit in pulling a couple of goals back and they need to replicate that fight and cut out the errors if they're to give themselves a stab at continued Premier League status. This is a match of huge significance and a home defeat could spell the end of QPR's season but Redknapp won't be understated in highlighting the severity of the club's plight and there should be a corresponding response.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 20:00||Man Utd v Man City|
|Usually a top of the table clash like this would mean a mouth-watering encounter with all to play for but a gap of 15 points between United and City means that realistically only pride and bragging rights are at stake. United have the title sewn up but City have only a 5-point advantage over 3rd-placed Spurs and will want to ensure that they qualify automatically for the Champions League by finishing 2nd. However, City's recent away record hasn't been entirely convincing with defeats at Southampton and Everton sandwiching a narrow 1-0 win at Villa Park. United's home record only adds further weight to the theory that Fergie's side will be victorious after winning 14 of their previous 15 Premier League home fixtures. Fair enough, United weren't quite on the money at Stamford Bridge earlier this week but there's no way they'll want to concede any ground to one of their biggest rivals. Rooney, Scholes and Evans all missed the narrow win at Sunderland but it's thought they'll be fit for Monday's meeting. City have Kompany back although Nastasic missed the emphatic win over Newcastle with an unknown problem. Not the game it could've been but one that United should win.|
|Home Win 1-0|