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 5th to Mon 7th April 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Man City v Southampton|
|The title race took another twist last weekend with Chelsea losing, City drawing at Arsenal and Liverpool continuing their winning streak. City are four points behind league leaders Liverpool with two games in hand so Pellegrini's side remain in charge of their own destiny. The crunch game comes the weekend after next when City travel to Anfield for a Sunday afternoon kick-off. The outcome of that game could well determine who snatches the title from United. City may have let Arsenal back into the game last weekend at the Emirates but their home record is virtually impeccable with just a couple of points dropped all season. They host a Southampton side sitting pretty in eighth position and full of confidence after giving Newcastle a 4-goal spanking at St Mary's. However they were two goals up in their most recent away fixture, at White Hart Lane, only to see Spurs bounce back and net the winner in injury time. Their form on the road is mixed but it would take a hell of a performance for the Saints to derail City's title bid. Southampton are a good side who play entertaining football but it's difficult to make a case for anything other than a home win.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sat 15:00||Aston Villa v Fulham|
|After stringing together a couple of victories, Villa have suffered a brace of 4-1 defeats; firstly at home to Stoke and then away at Old Trafford. Currently mid-table and eight points above the drop zone, this game presents a real opportunity for Villa to cement their place in next season's Premier League. They entertain bottom side Fulham at Villa Park with the Cottagers fairly recent single-goal victory over Newcastle their only win in the top flight since New Year's Day. Felix Magath maintains that he'll remain in the job even if Fulham are relegated, an outcome looking more likely week by week given that they're five points adrift of safety. They don't have the worst away form in the Premier League but their need for a result could well play into Villa's hand who'll enjoy hitting them on the counter. Expect Villa to bounce back from recent defeats with Fulham still missing a couple of key players.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Cardiff v Crystal Palace|
|A crucial relegation 6-pointer this weekend at the Cardiff City Stadium with the outcome not only having an impact on the two teams involved but potentially on those around them at the foot of the table. Palace will be buoyant after beating Chelsea by a single goal last weekend, the Eagles once again proving that they can shut up shop against the best of them. At home, in terms of games won, Palace have the most impressive record in the bottom half of the table but they've not been so hot on the road having tasted defeat 11 times in 15 matches. Currently they're a couple of places and five points clear of the bottom three so anything from this game would be welcome in maintaining some sort of safety net. Opponents Cardiff have been scoring plenty of goals, eight in the last four games, but they've won just one of their last eight fixtures. They showed character in last weekend's 3-3 draw at the Hawthorns, equalising at the death after conceding, but the Bluebirds remain three points shy of safety. In short Cardiff are scoring whilst Palace are proving difficult to break down making this an intriguing encounter. A draw's not the best result for the home side but it'd be no surprise to see the game end level.|
|Hull v Swansea|
|Just a few goals separate these two sides in the bottom half of the table but they've a 7-point safety cushion and are unlikely to be dragged into the guts of the relegation battle playing out below them. Hull's home form took a dip recently when they lost to Newcastle and Man City but they bounced back with a two-goal win over West Brom. However, the subsequent two away fixtures yielded nothing with defeats at West Ham and Stoke, both by narrow margins. Their opponents, Swansea, have seen a slight upturn in form following some distinctly average results. They convincingly beat Norwich at the Liberty last weekend after travelling to Arsenal the weekend before and salvaging a point. The Swans actually led for the majority of the game at the Emirates before going behind but a Flamini own goal gave them a deserved share of the spoils. Both sides are at virtually full strength and a case can be made for either outcome. We're sitting on the fence with this one and plumping for the draw.|
|Newcastle v Man Utd|
|Rarely can this be said but it's been a good week for United. They returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 4-1 win over Villa at Old Trafford and then their gameplan versus Bayern worked almost to perfection. Willing to sacrifice possession, they went ahead reasonably early in the second half but their lead lasted only eight minutes before they were pegged back. However, they held on for a draw which gives them a fighting chance in Munich next week. Domestically, it's not been a great season but Tottenham are looking catchable in sixth although qualifying for next season's Champions League in a top four spot is surely beyond them. As well as injury to Van Persie, defensive casualties have hurt them most but Vidic and Ferdinand performed admirably this week. They travel to St James's Park where Newcastle are limping towards the end of the season. The Magpies have lost three of the last four, the win coming at home to Palace, but have conceded eight times in the three defeats without scoring themselves. Injuries to key players and the loss of Cabaye have really hurt them and now keeper Krul has been ruled out for several games with a knee problem. United will need to be on song to win here but Newcastle are in disarray and there for the taking.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Norwich v West Brom|
|Both these sides are still flirting with the potential prospect of relegation. Norwich are the better off of the two clubs with a six-point safety cushion but West Brom are just a place above the bottom three with only three points currently the margin between success and failure. On the road the Canaries have been awful but they're still picking up points from home games which has given them that extra bit of breathing space. In fact Norwich have only lost four top flight matches at Carrow Road this season and will be aiming for a win over a West Brom side under even more pressure. That pressure told last weekend when the Baggies conceded a late, late Cardiff equaliser after going ahead late on themselves. Berahino gave the ball away and there've been alleged dressing room bust-ups that we may not have heard the last of yet. Mel's first win in charge came recently at the Liberty Stadium but they failed to build on that at Hull and lost by two clear goals. West Brom are looking rattled and that could play into Norwich's hands.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sat 17:30||Chelsea v Stoke|
|Stoke will be aiming to do what Crystal Palace did to Chelsea last weekend although replicating that result on the Blues's home turf will be somewhat more difficult. The Eagles successfully shut out Chelsea with centre-half Terry inadvertently providing the Palace winner. Mourinho appeared to accept that the title was now beyond them with rivals Liverpool and City in stronger positions. Things didn't improve much this week in Paris either as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals but at least they netted a precious away goal that could be important in next week's return leg at Stamford Bridge. It shouldn't be forgotten that Chelsea are still undefeated in the Premier League at home under Jose Mourinho making this a daunting task for opponents Stoke. The Potters have put together an impressive run of results, including a win over Arsenal, in which they've taken 13 points from the last 15 available. Hughes's side are virtually back at full strength now that Walters and Adam have returned from suspension. Despite the fact that the form is with the away side, at home the stats dictate in Chelsea's favour.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 13:30||Everton v Arsenal|
|Only four points separates these two sides with both aiming to finish the campaign in that all-important fourth spot. Currently Arsenal lay claim to it but opponents Everton have a game in hand making this a must win game for both clubs. Not only are the Toffees on home soil but their recent form is far better than that of the Gunners. Everton have won their last five matches in their push for Champions League football next season but this game is far tougher than of any of those five. Arsenal have taken just five points from their last five games and as a result seen their title hopes fade away. Recently they've been beaten at both Stoke and Chelsea before two home games yielded just two points. They slipped up in the draw with Swansea but did well to come from behind against Man City to claim a point. Wenger is still without a host of players including Ozil, Koscielny, Ramsey, Walcott and Wilshere whilst Everton have doubts over Ross Barkley. These two are evenly matched and the best bet looks the draw.|
|Sun 16:00||West Ham v Liverpool|
|Another win lifts West Ham to that magical 40-point mark and safety. That said, they're mid-table and eleven points above the relegation places so it's unlikely that the drop should particularly concern them. After three successive defeats, the Hammers have strung together a couple of victories over sides below them in the table, namely Hull and Sunderland. This match represents a massive step up in class as Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Joe Cole face their former club. Liverpool are currently top of the table and lead Chelsea by two points. More importantly they lead third-placed City, who have two games in hand, by four points but next weekend they host challengers City and Liverpool's fate will be in their own hands should they beat their rivals. The Reds are on a fantastic run of eight straight victories winning home and away alike and the question will be can the West Ham defence contain the twin-pronged attack of Suarez and Sturridge. Brendan Rodgers's side will be at full strength whilst Sam Allardyce could be without centre-half Collins who missed the win over Sunderland with a calf injury. The Hammers have improved but Liverpool look too strong at the moment.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Mon 20:00||Tottenham v Sunderland|
|Four defeats from the last six top flight games has seen Spurs slip right off the pace and out of the top four reckoning. They've failed to match the top sides in key games this season and their current sixth position, eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, is a direct result of that. Manager Tim Sherwood watched from the stands last weekend as his side fell to a four-goal defeat at Anfield, a stance which didn't exactly send the right message to media and fans alike. Maybe the writing's already on the wall with potential successors such as Van Gaal already suggested in the press. If Spurs can stop giving goals away like Christmas presents, there's every chance they can stop the rot this weekend at home to Sunderland. The Mackems are second from bottom and four points adrift of safety. Nothing seems to be coming right for Gus Poyet with his side taking just a single point from the last six Premier League matches. How many times has relative success in the League Cup cost the club in an ensuing relegation battle. Sunderland may have only scored three times in those last six games but they're sure to get some chances at White Hart Lane. Normally you'd expect Spurs to outscore them but there are doubts over the fitness of strikers Adebayor and Soldado. Both sides are poor at the moment but home advantage should count.|
|Home Win 2-1|