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 13th to Sun 14th April 2013.
|Sat 15:00||Arsenal v Norwich|
|Arsenal's run of 6 Premier League wins from the last 7 has carried them to within 2 points of both Chelsea and Spurs and they'll be further buoyed by the knowledge that winning their game in hand will leave them in that all important 4th spot at the expense of their north London rivals. With Chelsea still competing in both the FA Cup and Europa League, there's no reason why the Gunners can't finish as high as third. Whilst Arsenal have had to settle for another season without silverware, finishing as the top London club will undoubtedly restore a little pride. Mertesacker misses out after being sent off in the win at the Hawthorns last weekend but Wenger may be able to field the recovering Wilshere and Walcott at some point. They host a Norwich side just about holding on to that 4-point advantage over the bottom three but a run of 15 top flight matches with only 1 win should have all sorts of alarm bells ringing. Pilkington's still out with a hamstring problem and Lee Camp is back between the sticks with both Ruddy and Bunn not fit and injured respectively. Arsenal are stringing together results at the right time and they're unlikely to drop points this weekend.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Aston Villa v Fulham|
|Over the last couple of months Fulham have worked hard to ensure their Premier League survival and 39 points could well be mathematically enough to avoid the drop although their current position of 10th should stand alone as sign of a semi-successful season. After a run of 5 games unbeaten, we thought they were good enough to grab a draw last weekend at St James Park but a stoppage time winner from Papiss Cisse once again proved our's and Fulham's undoing. That's not to say we've changed our mind given Fulham's recent run of form. Steve Sidwell is still suspended whilst Dejegah could return after missing the Newcastle defeat with an ankle injury. They travel to Villa Park where last weekend's away win at Stoke was enough to lift the Villans out of the drop zone and 2 points clear of the bottom three. Villa's run of form which constitutes 3 wins from the last 4 probably sees them finishing the season closer to mid-table rather than the bottom three but Fulham are a tougher prospect on the road than they ever used to be. Ciaran Clark could come back into contention for this one after suffering a shoulder injury but Lambert could continue with Baker partnering Vlaar in the centre of defence. Much more at stake for Villa here but both parties should realistically be happy with a point.|
|Everton v QPR|
|Everton came so close to making it 4 Premier League wins on the bounce and they'd have probably deserved the 3 points at White Hart Lane but Spurs's equaliser means that the Champions League is likely beyond the Toffees. What made the win over Stoke and the draw at Spurs all the more impressive is that Moyes was without the suspended Fellaini and Pienaar, two key players in a small squad. Both will likely return against second-from-bottom QPR who remain 7 points adrift of safety. Last weekend a late Wigan equaliser deprived Rangers of victory despite having played the majority of the game with 10 men after Zamora was dismissed for a high tackle. That leaves the English striker banned for 3 matches plus Wright-Phillips is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on an ankle. Redknapp's side had to beat Wigan to have a realistic chance of beating the drop but the task ahead now looks unachievable with only 6 games left to play. Harry admitted the Wigan equaliser was a cruel blow and it remains to be seen whether QPR have any fight left in them at Goodison.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Reading v Liverpool|
|Another defeat for Reading at home to Southampton, their 7th loss on the bounce, leaves them rock bottom and 8 points adrift of safety with only 6 games left to play. Despite starting well against the Saints they were soon outplayed and it's looking increasingly likely that new manager Nigel Adkins won't be able to prevent the Royals from dropping into the Championship. Le Fondre has been preferred to Pogrebnyak up fron but the super-sub tends to have more impact coming off the bench than he does when starting. Jimmy Kebe is still out with a groin injury and Reading really miss his pace through midfield. They host a Liverpool side that were held to a goalless stalemate by West Ham at Anfield last weekend, a result that threatens to damage their hopes of European football next season. They remain 3 points adrift of 6th-placed Everton but once again lack of consistency has proved their undoing. Since winning 3 successive matches, the Reds fell to defeat at Southampton, beat Villa away but were then held by the afore-mentioned Hammers. With the exception of Allen and Sterling, Liverpool are at full strength and should win at the Madjeski but it's far from a banker.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Southampton v West Ham|
|Last weekend Southampton registered their first win under Pochettino away from home and it was an important result in that it all but seals Premier League safety for the newly promoted club. The Saints are on a 4-match unbeaten run in which they've taken 10 points from the last 12 available, a sequence that includes victories over Liverpool and Chelsea at St Mary's. What was most impressive about Southampton at the Madjeski was the precise interplay between Rodriguez, Lambert and Ramirez; patience which paid off with the 2 goals. The Saints are at full strength for the visit of a Hammers side sitting just below them on goal difference and similarly not mathematically safe but as good as. West Ham have taken 7 points from the last possible 12 including a single goal win at the Britannia as well as last weekend's goalless draw at Anfield. Andy Carroll will likely come back into the side after missing the draw with Liverpool owing to conditions of his loan deal and West Ham should be the stronger for his presence. Joe Cole and Mark Noble are still out with respective injuries but Winston Reid could recover from a thigh problem after also missing last weekend's draw. Both clubs are looking relatively strong going into the final stages of the campaign but Southampton have proved themselves more than capable on home soil against some of the Premier League's top sides.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 12:00||Newcastle v Sunderland|
|A dramatic injury-time winner from Papiss Cisse at home to Fulham last weekend eased relegation fears felt right around St James Park. It's a result that moves Newcastle 5 points clear of the bottom three and sets them up nicely for this weekend's crunch derby fixture. Sunderland didn't enjoy the same level of success at Stamford Bridge despite leading at half-time under new manager Paolo Di Canio. They're teetering above the drop zone on goal difference and haven't won a game since mid-January when they beat Wigan away by 3 goals to 2. Di Canio has criticised the fitness levels of his players and maintains that they need to improve if they're to beat the drop. With Cattermole already out, the Mackems will have to do without the suspended Craig Gardner plus injuries to Bramble and Cuellar make them doubts. The Magpies have their own problems with Coloccini and Debuchy both out but Pardew's dealings in the January transfer window have afforded the manager some extra options. Already 3-1 down from the Europa League away leg in Benfica, Newcastle have their work cut out to progress but any positive result will boost their confidence ahead of the derby showdown. These games are always tight but Sunderland are lacking the quality to get anything away at their biggest rivals.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 14:05||Stoke v Man Utd|
|It's difficult to believe quite how far from grace Stoke have fallen since the turn of the year after notching just a single win in 13 games. Their defeat at home to Villa was their 5th in 6 matches and leaves them in 15th, just 3 points above the relegation places. The Britannia Stadium no longer seems the fortress it once was and Tony Pulis has urged his side to show character as they battle to avoid being dragged closer to danger. They host runaway Champions-in-waiting Man Utd and may sense a ray of hope after United lost at home to neigbours City in a game where only pride and bragging rights were at stake. United weren't really at it on Monday night but Ferguson will expect a reaction from his players and it's not often that they suffer 2 defeats on the bounce. Evans, Smalling, and Vidic are all doubts and Jones could once again start alongside Ferdinand in the heart of the defence. Scholes and Young also have injury niggles that could keep them out. They've still only dropped points in 4 Premier League away fixtures this season and given Stoke's poor form, a United win looks likely.|
|Away Win 0-1|