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 Sun 19th May 2013.
|Sun 16:00||Chelsea v Everton|
|We've already seen one Cup hangover this week at the Emirates and we could get another at Stamford Bridge this weekend. Chelsea will no doubt be parading their Europa League trophy before Benitez's last game in charge after a season of relative success despite a period of transition. This game has something of an exhibition feel about it but there's a scenario where the Blues could have to play an additional fixture against Arsenal to decide who goes straight through to the group stages of next season's Champions League. If Chelsea draw and Arsenal win at St James' Park both clubs will be level on points, goal difference and goals scored meaning a decider will be required. Home form at Stamford Bridge has been good in recent months and they've not lost there in any competition since early January. Spurs managed a draw in Chelsea's last home fixture and the Blues should be wary of an Everton side that've drawn half their away matches. One thing you can guarantee is that David Moyes won't be taking things easy in his last match at the helm and neither will his players. A 6th-place finish has been an excellent return, their form impressive over the last couple of months with just a single defeat in the last 10 matches. The Toffees will be at full strength whilst Chelsea will be without the suspended Ramires plus doubts remain over the fitness of Terry and Hazard. Ultimately Chelsea may struggle to reproduce their best whilst Everton can be expected to give their all and the draw is a very plausible outcome.|
|Liverpool v QPR|
|Liverpool have arguably been better without their so-called stars in recent weeks. The absence of Suarez has been particularly noticeable for the right reasons with Daniel Sturridge thriving in the striker's role. The Liverpool forward has netted 6 times in his last 4 matches; one against his old club Chelsea, two in the 6-goal thrashing at Newcastle and a hat-trick in last weekend's match at Craven Cottage. Gerrard's shoulder injury has also given other midfielders the chance to shine. Liverpool won't finish above Merseyside neighbours Everton but a recent run of 11 Premier League fixtures with just 1 defeat should prompt optimism for next season. They host a QPR side relegated several weeks ago and without a win since early March. Rangers have won only 4 top flight matches this season, 2 of them on the road, and may opt not to play Loic Remy in light of recent news. Samba and Cesar are both doubts with hamstring and back injuries respectively. Harry will already be preparing for life in the Championship and some of these players could well be playing for their future. However, it's difficult to see Rangers getting anything at Anfield and a home win looks nailed on.|
|Home Win 3-0|
|Man City v Norwich|
|We thought Man City might slip up away at the Madjeski after their FA Cup final defeat to relegated Wigan. Suffice to say that they were professional and did their job but maybe the sacking of manager Mancini actually gave the players a lift if reports regarding his management style are to be believed. Pellegrini looks favourite to take over but nothing's yet been confirmed. The win over the Royals confirmed City's 2nd-place finish and now we wait to see the ins/outs over the summer as they seek to close the gap on United next season. City have only lost once at home all season, to neighbours and Champions United, and now that opponents Norwich have survived to play another season in the top flight, a City victory looks routine. The Canaries would like to argue against that but it's been a tough second-half of the season for them and they'll have already breathed that all-important sigh of relief. To cement their Premier League status they thrashed West Brom 4-0 last weekend at Carrow Road but that was only their second victory since the end of February and they've not won on the road since early December when they beat Swansea. The bottom line is that anything other than a win for the home side looks highly unlikely.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Newcastle v Arsenal|
|One of only two fixtures on this Premier League final day that actually mean anything and not surprisingly the other involves Arsenal's closest rivals Tottenham. Arsenal and Spurs are locked in a final fixture showdown for 4th spot and that all-important last remaining Champions League place. Spurs have to beat Sunderland at the Lane (quite likely) to stand any chance meaning that only a win for the Gunners at Newcastle will be good enough. Arsenal kept the pressure on by comfortably beating Wigan at the Emirates this week, a result that saw the FA Cup winners finally consigned to the Championship. The Gunners' recent form has been excellent with them dropping just 4 points in the last 9 games, both at home. On the road they've won every match since being beaten at White Hart Lane back in early March. Newcastle secured their top flight status by winning at QPR last weekend and Alan Pardew 'joked' that he didn't care about this game given that they were safe. Not surprisingly, he's since clarified his comments but Arsenal would seem to have the advantage. Especially when you consider that Newcastle's last two home matches have seen them concede 9 goals without reply; 3 against Sunderland and 6 against Liverpool. That said, Coloccini has since returned to the heart of the defence for the draw at West Ham and the win at Loftus Road. Whilst I don't expect Arsenal to win by a handsome scoreline, the Magpies won't be motivated and the Gunners should do just enough.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Southampton v Stoke|
|A meaningless fixture between two sides safe in the bottom half now that Wigan's relegation has been confirmed. Southampton's results have taken a tumble for the worse in recent weeks with just 3 points taken from the last 15 available. Their last home match ended in a 3-goal defeat to West Brom but we're unlikely to see a repeat of that against Stoke. The Potters last scored 3 goals in a game back in December when ironically they drew 3-3 with the Saints at the Britannia. Results have since been below par for Stoke although recent wins at QPR and at home to Norwich plus a draw at Sunderland eventually steered them away from relegation. Last weekend they were beaten at home by Spurs despite going a goal ahead with Charlie Adam's sending-off proving instrumental. The Scottish midfielder is subsequently banned for this game along with Southampton's Fox and Ramirez. Expect a closely fought encounter but the Saints to nick it and finish their season on a high.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Swansea v Fulham|
|It looks like Fulham must've been thinking about holidays since early April. The Cottagers have taken just a single point from the last 21 available and could've been in serious danger of dropping out of the top flight had it not been for Wigan's own demise. As a consequence Fulham are tagged with the worst recent form in the Premier League and coupled with the fact that they've won only 3 away games, not many would give them a hope at the Liberty. Swansea themselves have suffered a little after their League Cup success but they recently drew at home with City and won away at Wigan before losing, as expected, to United. Swansea are unlikely to have Vorm back after he was stretchered off at the DW with a head injury whilst Fulham continue to miss the suspended Steve Sidwell, a major factor in recent defeats. Another game with very little at stake, possibly either side could move up or down slightly, but one I'd fully expect the Swans to win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Tottenham v Sunderland|
|Spurs go into this match with Sunderland knowing that they have to win to stand any chance of finishing above Arsenal in 4th spot. Their fate is still out of their hands as an Arsenal victory at St James' Park would make any result at the Lane negligible. Given the circumstances you'd have to think that a home win isn't in doubt especially considering the Mackems are now safe from the drop, albeit by the skin of their teeth. Spurs are undefeated in 7 games and should be at full strength and the suspicion is that Defoe could partner Adebayor up top given the need for maximum points. As in recent weeks, Sunderland are without 3 of their most influential players in Fletcher, Sessegnon and Gardner but have managed draws against Stoke and Southampton in their last 2 matches. However, their last away fixture was a 6-1 thumping at Villa Park; a result key to securing Villa's survival. Di Canio appeared to have rallied the troops for his first couple of games but that seems to have waned and a first goal for Tottenham could open the floodgates. A comprehensive win for the home side but unlikely to be enough to leapfrog their north London rivals.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|West Brom v Man Utd|
|This might be Sir Alex Ferguson's last match in charge but it seems the big party was last weekend at Old Trafford where the Premier League crown was paraded for all to see. Everton manager, David Moyes, has been named as successor to the Ferguson dynasty and it's a brave man that follows in Fergie's footsteps attempting to live up to the expectation. United's dominance has been there for all to see this season and their away record has been a big contributor having lost just two Premier League fixtures on the road. Ashley Young is still out injured whilst Rafael will miss the trip to the Hawthorns through suspension. The Baggies are currently 8th and can't finish any lower than 9th. Their home record is the best of the clubs outside the top six having won 9 of their 18 fixtures. However, results have taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks with 3 defeats on the bounce; a 3-2 defeat at home to Wigan was followed by a narrow loss at Eastlands and last weekend they were hammered 4-0 at Carrow Road. Steve Clarke is without the suspended Fortune but injuries haven't been too bad; it's more a case of playing out the latter stages of the campaign in the knowledge that safety isn't an issue. This is Ferguson's 1500th game in charge as well as his last and he won't want to sample the bitter taste of defeat.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|West Ham v Reading|
|West Ham are another side that appear to have gone off the boil in recent weeks. Just 1 win in the last 7 games sees them finish the season in mid-table but the margins between safety and relegation aren't much. Recently the Hammers have lost at Eastlands and Goodison but they've not lost at home since going down 3-2 to Spurs in late February. This could be Andy Carroll's last game for the east London club unless some sort of deal can be arranged with parent club Liverpool, either on loan or permanent. They host a relegated Reading side that failed to fulfill our hopes of beating City at the Madjeski during the week. However, they did win handsomely at Fulham a couple of weekends ago; only their second away win of the season and their first since beating Sunderland in early February. Nigel Adkins will undoubtedly be planning for next season in the Championship which could motivate those playing for their futures. Given that the Royals have only won 6 of 37 games all season, it might be a tad foolish to bet against the home side.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Wigan v Aston Villa|
|Had Wigan managed the unthinkable and won at the Emirates this Tuesday, this game would've been set up as a massive relegation battle. As it is, Wigan's drop to the Championship has been confirmed whilst Villa's top flight status is secured. The Latics have been as unpredictable as ever this season but they've played some great football and their FA Cup final success is firm evidence of that. However, they couldn't maximise their enjoyment of the moment knowing that they were still fighting relegation. Now that their future has been decided, it's unlikely that they'd now want to revel in their FA Cup glory. Wigan's home form hasn't been great winning just 4 matches at the DW this season. Injuries haven't been kind to them and it now looks like they'll be without Callum McManaman after he was stretchered off at Arsenal. Opponents Villa have nothing to fear now from their trip to the northwest although they'll miss striker Christian Benteke after he was sent off in last weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea. In their last away fixture, Villa crucially won at Carrow Road but it was only their 5th top flight away victory of the season. I suspect this game will be unlikely to get out of third gear and a draw looks the best bet.|