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 11th to Sun 12th May 2013.
|Sat 12:45||Aston Villa v Chelsea|
|Chelsea will have been disappointed to concede the equaliser against Tottenham as late as the 80th minute but the Blues only have to win one of their 2 remaining fixtures, away to Villa or at home to Everton, to be certain of qualifying for Champions League football next season. Six victories in the last 9 Premier League matches has turned things around with only Southampton depriving them of anything. Dropped points in the other 2 matches have come at Liverpool and this week's afore-mentioned visit to Stamford Bridge by Spurs. Despite the fixture congestion, Chelsea show no signs of fatigue and have a strong squad relatively free of injury. However, the trip to Villa Park remains a tough match given Villa's need for at least another point to safeguard their Premier League status. Not so long ago Lambert's side were entrenched in the bottom three but 3 wins and a draw from their last 5 games has given them some much-needed breathing space. Four other clubs lie between themselves and the drop zone with the gap standing at 5 points. Although they left it late to net the winner at Carrow Road last weekend they were much the better side for most of the game and will have regained some confidence after that 2-1 away victory as well as the thumping 6-1 win over Sunderland. Matthew Lowton is the only fresh injury concern after being hauled off at Norwich with a knock. Something from this game for Villa would create a real stir but Chelsea look strong and they're unlikely to miss this chance at securing Champions League football.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 13:30||Stoke v Tottenham|
|Spurs showed plenty of spirit in the tense draw at Stamford Bridge but lacked quality especially at the back. However Adebayor, who's had a poor season to date lit up the Bridge with an outstanding equaliser and his game from then on improved ten-fold. Villas-Boas now has a decision to make as to who starts at Stoke after leaving Defoe out from the start. Given Stoke's physicality, AVB may decide to fight fire with fire and Defoe might just have to bide his time. After a poor run of form, their opponents Stoke have taken 7 points from the last 9 available; just enough to make them mathematically safe when taking into consideration their goal difference. Whether or not that means the Potters will be less up for the fight remains to be seen but this is a match Spurs have to win whilst hoping that Chelsea or Arsenal drop points if they're to finish in that all-important top four spot. Parker and Lennon recovered for the trip to Chelsea but Dembele missed out and Spurs'll hope that the Belgian will be fit for Sunday. Stoke have some doubts over Whelan, Wilkinson and Wilson with Cameron the likely replacement for the latter. Can't see Spurs keeping a clean sheet but their pace on the counter away from home should do enough damage.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 15:00||Everton v West Ham|
|Any higher than a 6th-placed finish now looks beyond Everton as it'd require them to win both remaining fixtures and Spurs to lose both plus a 4-goal swing in Everton's favour. However, the recent news that Sir Alex Ferguson is to step down has plunged David Moyes into the limelight with him virtually confirmed as Fergie's successor. The Toffees' home record is on a par with the best in the top flight having lost just a single Premier League game on home soil all season. The match against West Ham will in all likelihood be the Everton manager's swansong after 11 years in charge and he should be able to field a full strength side. The Hammers are safe from the drop but a 43-point tally could still see them fall into the bottom half of the table should other results go against them. West Ham haven't won on the road since they beat Stoke in early March but they've subsequently drawn at Liverpool and Southampton despite losing at Chelsea and Man City. They had a fairly good April which helped lift them clear of any relegation danger and Allardyce has few injury concerns. Can't see there being too many goals but Everton should have enough to nick it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Liverpool|
|Liverpool's first game without Suarez and they put 6 past Newcastle without reply at St James' Park. Last weekend they played out a goalless draw with Everton at Anfield making it a 4th draw in 5 matches. The Reds may have to settle for 7th but they've only lost 1 of their last 11 games in all competitions. Rodgers has already juggled successfully with Suarez absent and must do the same again with Steven Gerrard set to undergo surgery on a shoulder problem before the end of the season. They travel to Craven Cottage where Fulham are virtually safe and a point from their last 2 remaining fixtures should guarantee it considering their superior goal difference. However, holidays look to be at the forefront of the Cottagers' minds given recent results. Martin Jol's side have lost 5 of their last 6 matches including defeats at home to Chelsea, Arsenal and Reading. Fulham were awful against the Royals and the 4-2 scoreline probably flattered the Cottagers more than it did Reading. Sidwell is still suspended whilst the recovered Berbatov started the Reading defeat in place of the injured Mladen Petric. Considering the recent form of both sides, this has to go down as a Liverpool win despite missing 2 of their most influential players.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Norwich v West Brom|
|Norwich's game at home to Villa last weekend was billed as a 'must'win' affair for both sides but the Canaries failed to turn up until late on and Villa could've been out of sight had they taken their chances. Norwich almost did enough to snatch a point in the final stages but it wasn't to be. That leaves Hughton's side in a precarious position and hopeful that Wigan fail to get anything at the Emirates next week. However, Norwich's fate lies within their own hands and they must go all out for maximum points against West Brom in their last home match of the season. Their remaining fixture is away to Man City so anything from that game is unlikely. The Baggies themselves travelled to Eastlands last weekend and were narrowly beaten by a single goal but City were forced to work hard for the three points. West Brom are safe but they've shown plenty of appetite in their recent games and this'll be no easy ride for the Canaries. Only a couple of weeks ago the Baggies won by 3 clear goals at St Mary's, something of a shock given Southampton's recent home form. Both clubs have no new injuries/suspensions to report and the starting line-ups should be familiar. Another tight game where the draw looks a good option.|
|QPR v Newcastle|
|No longer the relegation 6-pointer it might've been but Newcastle really need something from the game because should they fail, a Wigan win at Arsenal (unlikely) could well land them back in the drop zone. QPR are already relegated and haven't won a game since early March but showed some pluck at home to Arsenal last weekend despite going a goal down in the first minute. However, Rangers didn't fall apart and that's how the scoreline finished. Redknapp could field the same side that lost to the Gunners if Samba and Cesar fail to recover from illness and injury respectively; at least they've Bobby Zamora back from suspension. Newcastle have Coloccini back fit in the heart of their defence and his performance was crucial in the goalless draw at West Ham last weekend. Their home form has been extremely poor but on the road the Magpies have drawn the last two so there'll be some optimism that they can get something from this one. Sissoko and Santon could both be fit for the trip to Loftus Road after missing the West Ham draw. However, scoring has become a problem for Pardew's side with just 2 goals scored in their last 6 matches and given that QPR aren't that prolific either, the margins are likely to be tight. Tempted by an away win but the head rules and the draw beckons.|
|Sunderland v Southampton|
|Only a point and a goal separates these 2 sides in the bottom half of the table. Both are in danger of falling into the relegation trap should Wigan do the unthinkable and win their remaining 2 fixtures which means that a win for either side at the Stadium of Light would seal their respective top flight status. This is one of the few weekend fixtures where both sides genuinely have something to play for; not that that means watching Sunderland will be any more entertaining than it normally is. O'Shea grabbed the all important equaliser at home to Stoke but they're missing their top three goalscorers; Fletcher is injured whilst Gardner and Sessegnon are both banned. Opponents Southampton have players suspended of their own with both Fox and Ramirez out for the remainder of the season but the Saints have other matchwinners and will likely have a little more to light up the so-called Stadium of Light. One could argue that Sunderland's recent form has been better than that of Southampton's but the Saints were unfortunate to lose at White Hart Lane last weekend and their only blip has been the defeat at home to West Brom. The bottom line is that Southampton have goals in them and Sunderland look like suffering a nail-biting end to the season.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sun 16:00||Man Utd v Swansea|
|The cat's finally out of the bag and Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of yet another Premier League winning season. David Moyes and Jose Mourinho are being lined up as the favourites to take over but surely Pep Guardiola would've been in the running as well had he not opted for the Bayern Munich job. Regardless of Fergie's imminent step down, the United manager won't want his last home match to be a damp squib as it was last weekend at home to Chelsea. United never really turned up and if there was going to be a winner, Chelsea looked the only candidate. They host a Swansea side that'll believe they're far from just making up the numbers. This week they travelled to Wigan for a game that the Latics had to win but the Swans came from behind to notch their first Premier League victory since the beginning of March. Michael Laudrup won't mind too much if he spoils the Old Trafford party but Swansea are virtually assured of a top-half finish and it's difficult to see them giving their all. To be honest, it's difficult to gauge what you'll get from either side but it's not often you'd bet against United at home. Swansea's Ki and Michu are unlikely to feature plus keeper Vorm is expected to miss out after clashing heads with Ben Davies whilst United are without the suspended Rafael.|
|Home Win 2-0|