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 20th to Mon 22nd April 2013.
|Sat 15:00||Fulham v Arsenal|
|Things don't get any easier for mid-table Fulham after their 3-goal beating at home to local rivals Chelsea prior to the visit of Arsenal. The scoreline doesn't really reflect Fulham's performance but missed chances cost them in what could've been a closer result. It was the Cottagers' second defeat in 3 matches and the question is has mid-table apathy set in now that Fulham's continued Premier League status is secure. Martin Jol has no fresh injury concerns or suspensions, similar to Arsene Wenger who takes a strong Arsenal side to Craven Cottage. The Gunners' 4-game winning streak came to an end this week when Everton did enough to take home a point in a goalless draw at the Emirates. With Chelsea beating Fulham, that meant Arsenal dropped a place in the table but still have a 2-point advantage over 5th-placed Spurs having played a game more. The draw with Everton is still a good result and Arsenal will be looking to capitalise this weekend with Chelsea travelling to Liverpool and Spurs hosting Man City. This is still a tight game that could go either way but Arsenal have that extra motivation and could snatch this by the odd goal.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Norwich v Reading|
|Reading showed they've still got some fight by holding Liverpool to a goalless draw last weekend at the Madjeski. It ended a run of 7 straight Premier League defeats but they're still bottom of the table on goal difference and a mighty 10 points short of safety. Relegation looks a certainty and another defeat this weekend could mathematically seal it if other results go against them. Their away record is the worst in the top flight with just a measly 5 points garnered on the road. They travel to Carrow Road where Norwich themselves are struggling to find a win. Their last was a 2-1 home victory over Everton but it's their only Premier League win since mid-December when they beat Wigan by the same scoreline. That said, the Canaries aren't the easiest side to beat especially on home turf. Norwich need to dig out a win to ease their own relegation fears given that their current 4-point safety margin is unlikely to be enough. No doubt this one'll be full of drama with so much at stake but Norwich should get a much-needed win under their belts.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|QPR v Stoke|
|Stoke's incredible slide coupled with QPR's perilous position in the bottom three makes this a 6-pointer. The Potters' only Premier League win since Boxing Day was a 2-1 victory over bottom side Reading at the Britannia and their away record is one of the worst in the top flight with just a single 3-pointer to their name. Currently they've a 3-point safety cushion but that counts for nothing when considering their recent form. QPR remain 10 points adrift of safety after losing at Goodison last weekend but they've only lost 1 of their last 6 home matches; on the flip side they've drawn 4 of the other 5 and the victories key to survival have been hard to come by. Prior to the Everton defeat, Redknapp reckoned that 13 points from the final 6 matches could be enough to keep them up but the outlook is even more desperate now and Harry must be hoping for divine intervention. Zamora serves the second of a 3-match suspension whilst Etherington remains a doubt for the Potters. A win probably won't do much to alleviate QPR's problems but Stoke are currently the poorer side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sunderland v Everton|
|Di Canio's impact at Sunderland has been fairly immediate, something of a surprise considering the politics surrounding his appointment. In his first game in charge the Mackems travelled to Stamford Bridge and were unlucky not to get something from the game and last weekend they won handsomely at St James's Park. That was the Black Cats' first victory at their closest rivals in 13 years making their new manager an instant hero as long as he can keep them in the top flight. Currently they're 3 points clear of the bottom three with 5 games to play and there's more hard work to be done. They host an Everton side unbeaten in 6 and still within a sniff of European football next season. The biggest bonus for all Toffees fans is that they're currently 6 points above local rivals Liverpool and I'm sure most of them will be wanting to retain David Moyes' services come the end of the season. Everton have drawn their last 2 away fixtures, 2-2 at Spurs and 0-0 at Arsenal, and can count themselves unfortunate not to have won at White Hart Lane. Normally we'd have them for a win at the Stadium of Light but with the Di Canio factor so prominent, expect another draw.|
|Swansea v Southampton|
|This promises to be a good game between 2 sides who like to play decent football. Swansea have eventually suffered the post League Cup dip that we expected earlier, taking just a single point from the last 12 available; that coming in a 2-2 draw a couple of weeks ago at Carrow Road. The Swans haven't played since then so should be well rested but sometimes that fails to work in the club's favour. Left back Neil Taylor could make his return after suffering a broken ankle in September with Davies most likely making way. Opponents Southampton are on a run of 5 games undefeated including victories over Liverpool and Chelsea, a win at Reading and a valuable draw at West Ham. Whilst still not assured of safety, continuation of their current form will surely see them playing Premier League football next season. Pochettino's next task will then be to hold on to some of his coveted under-rated players; one of them, Luke Shaw, should recover from illness after missing the draw at West Ham. Expect the Saints to get behind the ball and hit Swansea on the counter, a tactic that has served them well and should get them something from the game.|
|West Brom v Newcastle|
|West Brom have quietly gone about their business this season and are currently 8th on 44 points. Six points behind Liverpool makes it unlikely they'll progress any further up the table and Steve Clarke may have to address any complacency in their remaining 6 matches. They've now gone 3 games without a win but their home form is generally good with 9 victories this season from 16 top flight games. The Baggies are without Mulumbu who serves the second of his 3-match suspension whilst Odemwingie and Ridgewell are injury concerns. They host a Newcastle side fresh from a home thumping to arch rivals Sunderland, a result that leaves them 3 points above the drop zone. The Magpies have lost 3 of their last 4 Premier League matches and won just a single top flight away fixture this season. Coloccini, Krul and Santon all look likely to miss this one with respective injuries and another defeat looks on the cards at the Hawthorns.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|West Ham v Wigan|
|Allardyce was rightly disappointed not to take all 3 points off United at Upton Park this week after Van Persie's equaliser was allowed to stand despite him scoring from an offside position. However, the Hammers continued their good run of form that reads just 1 defeat in their last 6 matches, a 2-goal loss at Stamford Bridge. They're currently 12th but there's definitely scope for West Ham to move up a couple of places before the season close. There's been little improvement on the injury front as they host a Wigan side desperate for a win that could see them climb out of the bottom three. The Latics look the only side currently in the relegation places capable of avoiding the drop but first they have to make up that 3-point gap on the sides above them. Wigan have taken 7 points from the last 12 available with only City at Eastlands depriving them of anything in the last 4 matches. Recent performances have convinced Martinez that his side can survive but West Ham are looking too strong for them on current form.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 13:30||Tottenham v Man City|
|Spurs have had a week off from domestic football and their narrow exit from Europa League football should allow them to focus fully on finishing in the top four and ensuring Champions League football returns to White Hart Lane next season. Currently they lie 5th, 2 points behind Arsenal, but have a game in hand. Leading up to this game, Bale, Lennon, Gallas and Defoe have all been injured but the outlook was positive with them all expected to be back in training prior to this fixture. Whether or not they'll be available for selection remains to be seen but this is an important game that Spurs have to win. Opponents City are currently second and that is where they're likely to finish given the deficit required to catch United. City have won 5 of the last 6 including a 2-1 win at Old Trafford; the only disappointment being the 2-goal defeat at Goodison. Both Aguero and Silva are doubts for Sunday's match with hamstring problems, a factor that'll hamper City's attacking options. With so much doubt over the starting line-ups, the only outcome worth considering is the draw.|
|Sun 16:00||Liverpool v Chelsea|
|Two draws and a defeat for Liverpool in their last 4 matches has dealt a massive blow to their ambitions of playing in Europe next season. To be honest, most of us thought they didn't stand a cat in hell's chance anyway but the gap between themselves and 6th-placed Everton stands at 6 points. Those games recently in which they have dropped points, namely the draws at home to West Ham and away at Reading, they should've done better in and it doesn't bode well for the visit of a Chelsea side that appear to have their tails up as they look to hang on to 3rd place. The emphatic win at Fulham was their 4th in 5 games and the return of John Terry came with a clean sheet and a brace of goals. Chelsea haven't been at their best on the road lately but the return of their captain brings some much-needed steel in defence as well as leadership when games are tight. Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill are expected to return from injury soon but the best they can probably hope for is a place on the bench. Usually it's best to plump for the draw in these fixtures but I think Chelsea might be worth a shout on this occasion.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Mon 20:00||Man Utd v Aston Villa|
|United now only have a 13-point lead over local rivals City and despite 2 dropped points at Upton Park the Premier League title doesn't look in doubt. In fact it seems United were fortunate to leave with a point after Van Persie's equaliser was allowed to stand despite him being offside. Regardless, it keeps up the pressure on Luis Suarez in the race for the golden boot. Van Persie just has to convince boss Ferguson that he starts their remaining 5 fixtures. Although United recently suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Man City, United have been imperious at Old Trafford all season having dropped just 6 points over the course of the entire campaign to date. Young and Scholes are Ferguson's only casualties as they take on a Villa side aiming to ease fears over relegation. Currently they're 3 points clear of the bottom three but that gap can disappear over the course of a weekend especially when you're fourth-from-bottom with a massively negative goal difference. However, Villa's results have improved recently and their only defeat in the last five has been a 2-1 home loss to Liverpool. The concern is that they travel to the Champions-in-waiting and on a good day would count themselves fortunate to get anything. Agbonlahor remains a doubt after missing the draw with Fulham because of a thigh injury sustained in the win at Stoke. Villa are desperate for the points but it takes a brave man to bet against United at Old Trafford.|
|Home Win 2-0|