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 12th to Sun 13th April 2014.
|Sat 15:00||Crystal Palace v Aston Villa|
|Just a few goals separates these two sides in the bottom half of the table but both have a seven-point advantage over third-from-bottom side Fulham and should be safe if they pick up a couple more points over the remaining fixtures. Palace have given themselves a great shot at survival after picking up maximum points at home to Chelsea and away at Cardiff in the last two games. What makes those results all the more impressive is that they didn't concede in either match, a testament to Tony Pulis's defensive work. Not the same can be said of opponents Villa who've lost their last three games including a shock 2-1 defeat at home to then bottom side Fulham. Striker Christian Benteke missed that game after suffering a rupture Achilles during training and is expected to be out for around six months. Agbonlahor also missed that defeat through illness but should return at Selhurst Park. Other injury doubts are Delph, El Ahmadi and Gardner for Villa with only Gayle set to miss out for Palace. The momentum is currently with the home side and they should notch their eighth home victory of the season.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Fulham v Norwich|
|Undoubtedly the biggest game either of these sides has faced all season with the relegation trapdoor looming ever closer. Five points separates the two clubs either side of the drop zone with Norwich currently the better off. Despite the relegation threat, what makes this a massive six-pointer is Norwich's run-in following this fixture. The Canaries face the current top four sides in their four remaining games making the trip to Craven Cottage their most likely opportunity of picking up any further points before the season close. Fulham's run-in is somewhat easier and should they win this match, you'd probably back them to eventually overhaul Norwich and subsequently avoid the drop. Other factors conspiring against the Canaries are the ill-timed dismissal of manager Hughton and poor away form of which they've lost the last seven in all competitions. Amongst that losing sequence was a 3-goal defeat at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup. Home side Fulham have now managed two wins in four games, the latest a narrow victory at Villa Park. Magath is still without a couple of players but a win for them here could pave the way to a dramatic bid for survival.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Southampton v Cardiff|
|Both sides succumbed to defeat last weekend but the implications were far more serious for second-from-bottom Cardiff. The Bluebirds are six points shy of safety and have won just one of their last nine top flight fixtures, a 3-1 home victory over then bottom side Fulham just over a month ago. By the same token, Southampton are facing another season in the top flight after a solid campaign under Mauricio Pochettino. The Saints have emerged second best on the road recently at White Hart Lane and the Etihad but they've won three of the last five fixtures including home wins over Norwich and Newcastle scoring four times on each occasion. They're without Jay Rodriguez who suffered a knee injury and could miss the next six months whilst Ramirez is also a doubt after missing the trip to City with an ankle problem. Fabio is a doubt for Cardiff who also miss Mark Hudson for the rest of the campaign. The Welsh side have won just a single away fixture this season and that makes Southampton favourites for the three points.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Stoke v Newcastle|
|Just a single place separates these two sides in the middle of the table but the gap is six points. Newcastle are the better off of the two but they're on a dreadful run of form having lost four of their last five matches. Results have taken a dip since that infamous victory at the KC Stadium when manager Pardew suffered a rush of blood to the head. Their most recent defeat was a four-goal hammering at home to United and that result made it a hat-trick of games without scoring whilst conceding eleven times. We've banged on about injuries and the sale of Cabaye but there's no change and their slide looks to continue for the remainder of the season. Their opponents Stoke succumbed to their first defeat in six matches, a not surprising three-goal defeat at Stamford Bridge. The Potters are virtually at full strength with Stephen Ireland expected to return after illness. Hughes appears to have got the best out of players like Ireland and West Brom reject Odemwingie with just two defeats in the last ten games. Despite their relative positions, these clubs are heading in opposite directions and Stoke should be backed for victory.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sunderland v Everton|
|In a weekend full of crunch games, this is another one at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland were hammered at White Hart Lane last Monday evening by five goals to one despite leading early on and boast a poor record of just one point from the last 21 available. With Fulham winning away at Villa Park, the Black Cats replaced the Cottagers at the foot of the table with seven points currently required to achieve safety. The Mackems do have a couple of games in hand but at this stage of the season, they're sure to prefer points on the board. They host an Everton side looking to leapfrog Arsenal into that all-important fourth spot. Last weekend the Toffees smashed the Gunners 3-0 in what was one of their most comprehensive performances of the season. Martinez promised the Evertonians Champions League football and he could well deliver in his first season at Goodison. The win over Wenger's side was their sixth straight victory with them building up a head of steam as the season draws to a close. Everton have a couple of injury concerns but I fully expect them to gain revenge for that single-goal defeat at home to Sunderland earlier in the season.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|West Brom v Tottenham|
|West Brom might've escaped the clutches of relegation for the moment but they're far from safe as we come down to the last handful of games. Their single-goal victory at Carrow Road last weekend took them to a tally of seven points from the last four matches and Pepe Mel is starting to get things right just in time. The alleged bust-up following the draw with Cardiff appears to have taken a back seat for the time being but tension will be running high at the Hawthorns if things don't go the way of the home side. They host a Spurs side boosted by a handsome win over bottom side Sunderland at White Hart Lane but Sherwood's side must cut out the defensive errors if results are to improve. Too many times this season they've gifted goals to the opposition and the opener against the Black Cats was another case in point. To be fair, Sunderland had few other opportunities and it was a comprehensive display from Spurs. Tottenham have a very good away record this season despite recent setbacks and have Adebayor and Chiriches back amongst the starting line-up. The Baggies are at full strength but the away side could edge a very tight game.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 13:30||Liverpool v Man City|
|Of all the important games taking place this weekend this one has to go down as key and possibly title deciding. Liverpool are currently top with a four-point advantage over third-placed City who have two games in hand. Whoever wins this match has their fate within their own hands knowing that the title will be theirs should they win all their remaining fixtures. Liverpool have home advantage as well as the superior recent form having won their last nine top flight matches on the bounce. City have faltered slightly with defeat at Chelsea and draws at Norwich and Arsenal scattered amongst wins over the same period. City's strength is their home form with their away record not quite matching the same standards whilst Liverpool's forte lies in scoring goals with their defence sometimes errant. That said, they've only conceded twice in their last three matches, one less than they conceded in the 6-3 win at Cardiff the week before. The Reds are at full strength with City harbouring doubts over Aguero, Nastasic and Yaya Toure. On balance this could go either way but Liverpool look slight favourites.|
|Home Win 3-2|
|Sun 16:00||Swansea v Chelsea|
|Chelsea travel to the Liberty days after progressing to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of PSG. However, the recent defeat at Selhurst Park saw their Premier League title hopes fade slightly despite the convincing win over Stoke last weekend. They remain second, two points behind league leaders Liverpool, but it's Liverpool and City who have the advantage. However a draw between those two clubs at Anfield this weekend would let Chelsea back in although their goal difference counts against them. The Blues' only doubt could be Eden Hazard who was substituted early on against PSG after sustaining a calf injury. His replacement, Andre Schuurle grabbed the opener in that game and gives Mourinho good options. Their opponents, Swansea, narrowly lost at Hull last weekend after getting back on track with a draw at Arsenal and a convincing win over Norwich. However, their continued Premier League status is not assured with three places and six points separating them from the bottom three. No doubt that both clubs need something from this game but expect Chelsea to edge it.|
|Away Win 1-2|