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 19th to Sun 21st April 2014.
|Sat 12:45||Tottenham v Fulham|
|With two wins on the bounce, Fulham will now believe that they can bridge the 2-point gap to safety and remain in the top flight. A win away at Villa followed by another at home to Norwich gives them hope especially considering Norwich's tricky run-in. The Cottagers have lost 11 of their 17 away fixtures this season conceding a massive 40 goals. Damien Duff is unlikely to play again this season because of a knee injury whilst the same problem is expected to keep out Mitroglu. Lewis Holtby is ineligible to play against his parent club although current striker Hugo Rodallega has two in two games. They travel to White Hart Lane where Spurs are rapidly gaining a reputation for giving away goals early on in games. Tottenham gave Sunderland an early lead but managed to turn things around, eventually winning handsomely, but away at the Hawthorns last weekend they gave West Brom a 2-goal head start as early as the fourth minute. Again, they fought back to a 3-3 draw but Fulham will turn up expecting a gift or two. Spurs are seven points adrift of a Champions League spot and that now looks highly unlikely with four games to go. Soldado, Vertonghen and Walker all count themselves amongst the Spurs' walking wounded but Tottenham should win this game despite their generosity.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sat 15:00||Aston Villa v Southampton|
|Not all is well at Villa Park. Four defeats on the bounce leaves Villa four points above the drop zone with a difficult last game of the campaign coming away at Man City. The fans have been chanting 'Lambert out' for some time now and the recent suspension of the manager's assistants points to some problems within the ranks. Cowans and Given are currently deputising until the matter's resolved. Villa have been beaten recently by both Fulham and Palace, having won just two of the last ten top flight fixtures. Not surprisingly they'll miss the injured Benteke but Bacuna is also a doubt after missing the trip to Selhurst Park with a hamstring problem. They host 8th-placed Southampton although the Saints are unlikely to improve on that position. The home defeat to Cardiff last weekend came as something of a shock but the recent knee injury sustained by Jay Rodriguez must've come as a bitter blow. Southampton have done well this season but their results tend to be a bit up and down although they're probably due a win. New chairman Krueger has vowed not to sell key players despite mounting debts. Villa don't currently show any appetite for the fight and this could be Southampton's day.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Cardiff v Stoke|
|Cardiff boosted their survival hopes with a single-goal victory at St Mary's last weekend. They're still three points shy of safety with winnable games coming up although they host Chelsea in their last fixture of the season. That victory over Southampton was their first in five matches and gives them a fighting chance. Noone is likely out for the remainder of the season whilst Jones, Turner and John are all doubts. They host a mid-table Stoke side at last enjoying a bit of success under Mark Hughes. They've lost just one of their last seven top flight matches, a three-goal defeat at Stamford Bridge, but won five. Prior to the Chelsea defeat, their most recent away result was an emphatic 4-1 victory at Villa Park, only their second away win in the top flight this season. Hughes is without Assaidi, Etherington and Huth but otherwise has a strong side to take to the Cardiff City Stadium. Despite Cardiff's recent victory, Stoke look to have the edge and this could be their day.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Newcastle v Swansea|
|Newcastle have lost five of their last six top flight matches, two of those defeats coming at St James's Park. The last time they won on home soil was when they beat Palace by a single goal back in March. Injuries have hit them hard over recent weeks and the likes of Debuchy, Santon, Sissoko, Remy and Ben Arfa all look doubtful although Remy could possibly feature at some point. We have harped on about the sale of Cabaye but that has to be the singlest worst decision to sell him mid-season without signing a suitable replacement. They entertain a Swansea side just three points above the relegation places after succumbing to a brace of single-goal defeats at Hull and at home to Chelsea. They miss Chico who saw red against Chelsea as well as Michu who missed that game with an ankle injury. Pardew's not wrong that a win will appease the fans but not sure victory's quite within their grasp at the moment and Swansea could be worth a draw.|
|West Ham v Crystal Palace|
|Palace's stunning 3-2 win at Everton saw them reach the magical 40-point mark and what is assumed to be safety. It was the Eagles's fourth successive victory, a run which has included a single-goal win over Chelsea at Selhurst Park and an emphatic 0-3 scoreline at the Cardiff City Stadium. With regard to that last game mentioned, their appears to be some controversy surrounding leaked line-ups but ignoring that, Tony Pulis surely has to be in the mix for manager of the season after dragging Palace up to mid-table from the bottom of the pile. Amazingly he retains his record of never having been relegated despite managing a number of lower profile clubs. Bolasie and Dikgacoi should recover from knocks for the trip to Upton Park. After their extended rest, we thought West Ham might nick something at the Emirates but they failed despite going ahead through Matt Jarvis. That follows a 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool leaving them mid-table and seven points clear of the bottom three. Nolan and Collins are doubts with injuries but a win for the home side would lift them above their opponents on goal difference. However, Palace appear to have the bit between their teeth and their winning streak might well continue.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 17:30||Chelsea v Sunderland|
|With City slipping up at home to Chelsea's opponents Sunderland, the Blues now have their fate within their own hands. Win all their remaining games including the weekend after next trip to Anfield and the title will be theirs. However, Chelsea should take heed from City's midweek draw with Sunderland at the Etihad. Though the Black Cats look dead and buried at the foot of the table, six points adrift of safety, Connor Wickham's brace actually had the away side leading for a short time towards the end of the game. That was Sunderland's first point in six games but though safety is still mathematically possible, their fate looks virtually sealed. They miss the suspended Bardsley plus Ki with a knock although Cuellar could return from a hamstring problem. Chelsea recovered from their narrow defeat at Selhurst Park with a home win over Stoke and a close victory at Swansea. On paper this should be a straightforward game for them to win but already there have been plenty of twists and turns in this season's title race. That said, Chelsea still haven't lost at home in the tp flight under Mourinho and I can't see them folding now, even without the injured Hazard to torment the opponent's defence. Has to go down as a home win but Chelsea beware!|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Sun 12:00||Norwich v Liverpool|
|Norwich are in a very precarious position, just two points the gap between themselves and the bottom three, with arguably the most difficult run-in of any club. Four games to go and the Canaries host Liverpool and Arsenal whilst also having to travel to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge. Centre-half Michael Turner has praised stand-in Norwich boss Neil Adams for his impact since replacing Chris Hughton but they've still not won and now face this season's most prolific strikers. In fact, Norwich have suffered three defeats on the bounce including the recent single-goal loss at home to West Brom. Their only injury doubt is centre-half Bassong who's expected to recover from a minor knock. Opponents Liverpool go into this game knowing that no slip-ups will see them wrest the title from United. They'll be aiming to extend their winning sequence to eleven games and after seeing off City's challenge, know that a win over Chelsea the weekend after next will see them win the Premier League barring any mistakes. Henderson is suspended for three matches after seeing red against City but either Lucas or Allen will step in. Sturridge is also a minor doubt but Liverpool will still back themselves to score more than Norwich setting themselves up for another victory.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 14:05||Hull v Arsenal|
|This fixture is a prequel to next month's Wembley FA Cup final after Hull saw off the challenge of Sheffield United and Arsenal won a penalty shoot-out against Wigan. The Gunners bounced back from that semi-final encounter with a good win over West Ham at the Emirates despite going a goal behind. Their current position, fourth place, is probably the best they can hope for but they were a little fortunate to hang on to it after Everton failed to beat Palace this week at Goodison. However, the Gunners have a fairly straight forward final four fixtures and should be able to finish in that final Champions League qualifying spot. Opponents Hull have home advantage on this occasion and have won their last two home fixtures without conceding although they've lost four of their last six Premier League matches. The Tigers are six points clear of the relegation places in 13th and probably need a couple more points just to be certain of safety. There's no expected return for Brady, McGregor or McShane whilst Arsenal have doubts over Gnabry and Monreal although Ozil could potentially return from a hamstring injury. Arsenal will need to play well to get a result here but now they're back in fourth, I can't see them throwing it away.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Sun 16:10||Everton v Man Utd|
|A top four spot and Champions League football were within Everton's own hands and they could've blown it. Defeat at home this week to Crystal Palace meant that the Toffees failed to leapfrog the Gunners and may have to settle for fifth spot with this game and another hosting Man City amongst others still to come. Palace were always leading with a late rally from Everton not enough to have an impact on the result. Martinez's winning sequence of seven top flight matches came to an end against the unlikeliest of opponents and now they must pick themselves up for the visit of United. It's a return to Goodison for United manager David Moyes towards the end of a rather unsuccessful campaign at Old Trafford. United currently lie seventh, ten points shy of Champions League football, and may have to settle for a place in next season's Europa League. However, United have cobbled together three wins in the last four top flight games including convincing victories over Villa and away at Newcastle. Fellaini, Rafael and Rooney are all doubts with Van Persie ruled out whilst the Toffees are still without Jagielka and Pienaar. Plenty for both clubs to fight for here and the points could well be shared.|
|Mon 20:00||Man City v West Brom|
|City's title hopes are fading after their 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Etihad this week. The win looked nailed on for the home side but City were obviously still feeling the after-effects of that dramatic 3-2 defeat at Anfield last weekend. Sunderland even led for a short time until a late Nasri goal saved City's blushes. Pellegrini's side remain third but trail league leaders Liverpool by six points with just one game in hand. Yaya Toure is out with a groin problem whilst David Silva missed the Sunderland draw with an ankle injury. They host another side in danger of beiing relegated, although not quite in as perilous a position as their most recent opponents. West Brom are three points clear of the drop zone with a game in hand but again they threw away a 3-goal lead at home to Spurs to eventually draw 3-3. Results have gradually turned for the better for Pepe Mel but there's still a soft centre at the heart of the Baggies that can be got at. Morrison and Olsson are both doubts with niggles. On a positive note, West Brom have already won at Old Trafford this season so why not the Etihad? Realistically however, this has to go down as a home win.|
|Home Win 2-0|