Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray has joined Paddy Power to give his insight on the best of the Premier League betting.
Andy Gray’s treble: Everton, Sunderland & Manchester City all to win.
Arsenal v Chelsea, Saturday, Live SS2, 12.45
I’m really excited about this. Arsenal passed a test against Manchester City but this is different. The onus is on them to take the game to Chelsea. It should be a pretty open game with a few chances. Juventus was a test for Chelsea which they didn’t quite see out but this is their biggest League test to date.
Arsenal are defending much better as a team and are betting at getting it back under new coach Steve Bould’s tutelage. Hazard, Mata and Oscar are all terrific players but they are very similar so one of them may miss out on Saturday.
I think both teams will score and Arsenal will shade it 2-1 at 12/1 with Thomas Vermaelen at 20/1 to score first.
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Manchester United v Spurs, Saturday, ESPN 5.30pm
Tottenham haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1989. I don’t expect them to end that run now but this could be a 2-2 draw at 12/1.
Spurs have only lost one game under AVB and they’ve started to gel recently. Manchester United are leaking goals and haven’t looked that convincing this season so far, even though they’ve won six on the bounce in all competitions since losing to Everton.
This could be a cracking game with two teams who play attractive, attacking football but who concede goals, so 3/1 the draw will do for me.
If Robin Van Persie plays you’d have to fancy him to score and that could be a season-long trend for the Dutchman and Jermain Defoe is on a hot streak. Either of the front men to score should give you a run for your money at evens and 12/5 to score at anytime respectively.
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Norwich v Liverpool, Saturday, Live Setanta, 3pm
Liverpool have won on their last three visits to Carrow Road but I don’t fancy them to win here. Norwich are a tough side to play against at home and I’m not convinced this Liverpool side will score many goals. I can see Norwich getting a draw at 13/5 and I don’t expect a lot of goals. So maybe a 0-0 (9/1) or a 1-1 (11/2).
Fulham v Manchester City, Saturday, 3pm
Manchester City to get their first clean sheet of the season and win the game. The Citizens are 11/5 to win to nil and 5/6 to win the game.
Reading v Newcastle, Saturday, 3pm
Brian McDermott’s side may just shade it at 23/20 after their midweek win over QPR. Pavel Pogrebnyak to score first at 13/2.
Stoke v Swansea, Saturday, 3pm
Most teams find the Britannia a hard place to go and a narrow 1-0 win for Stoke is the call at 11/2. Peter Crouch to score it pays 9/2 and if you’re feeling lucky the Scorecast pays 20/1.
Everton v Southampton, Saturday, 3pm
I fancy the Toffees to win comfortably with their good home form at 4/9.
Sunderland v Wigan Athletic, Saturday, 3pm
A narrow home win for Martin O’Neill’s side at 10/11 even though Wigan had a good win midweek but their team will change. James McClean worth a bet to score first at 9/1. A 1-0 win with McClean scoring on the Scorecast bet is 35/1.
Aston Villa v West Brom, Sunday, Live SS1, 4pm
Villa had a very good win at the Etihad and this is a tough Midlands derby to call. Steve Clarke has his side playing well and they’ll make life difficult with five in midfield and just the one upfront. I think it will be a low-scoring draw, maybe 1-1 which is trading at 5/1.
If Paul Lambert could win this it will help his cause with the fans no end. Win a local derby at home and the fans start to warm to you.
QPR v West Ham, Monday, Live SS1, 8pm
QPR desperately need a win and the Hammers haven’t been great away from home. Mark Hughes needs to lift his team and I fancy them to win this at 23/20 but they need to get at West Ham.
I don’ t think Andy Carroll is near being ready to play yet and that’s a blow for Sam Allardyce’s side. If Djibril Cisse plays I’d fancy him to score first for QPR at 6/1 after netting midweek.