Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray has joined Paddy Power to give his insight on the best of the Premier League betting.
Manchester City v Sunderland, Live, Sky Sports 2, 12.45
This is a tough one for Manchester City. Dortmund could have won three or four nil in mid-week and the home side have questions to answer. Good teams come back with good performances though and City should be good enough to win.
Steven Fletcher has been a revelation for the Black Cats and has scored five goals which has really helped their cause. I think City will bounce back to win the game but Sunderland won’t be steamrolled.
Chelsea v Norwich, Live, Setanta, 3pm
The Blues did brilliant business in the summer and have brought in some great talent in Eden Hazard and Oscar. But they are still giving up too many chances to opposing sides. They need to defend better but they are playing so well going forward that they look a home banker. One to throw into any ‘acca’ bets with Paddy Power’s online betting who if you place a 5-fold accumulator on Saturday’s matches across the top 4 English divisions and if just one leg lets you down, will refund your losing bet. (T&C’s apply).
West Ham v Arsenal, Live ESPN, 5.30pm
A tough one to predict. The Hammers record against the Gunners is not very good over the years but Andy Carroll could start and he won’t make life easy for the visitors. I actually fancy Sam Allardyce’s side to get something out of this game and a low-scoring draw will do for me.
Southampton v Fulham, Live Sky Sports 1, Sunday, 1.30pm
Home form might just be the difference in this and Nigel Adkins’ side are the selection to shade it. They needed that win against Aston Villa (3-1) and that will give them plenty of confidence. Fulham are a good side this year despite losing Dembele and Clint Dempsey to Spurs. They’ve brought Dimitar Berbatov in and that’s a good move but he’s unlikely to start today.
Newcastle v Manchester United, Live Sky Sports 1, 4pm
You can’t trust Manchester United to keep a clean sheet at the moment. Alan Pardew’s side won this clash 3-0 last year and will have no fear against a United side that is struggling to get out of second gear. A high-scoring draw, perhaps 2-2 would be my idea of the score.
Wigan v Everton, Saturday, 3pm
I’d consider Everton as one of the more likely away wins. I think the Toffees will win this by the odd goal in three and Paddy Power are quoting 7/1 for a 2-1 scoreline.
West Bromwich Albion v QPR, Saturday, 3pm
I don’t think West Brom are going to get beaten at home today. QPR need to click quickly as Mark Hughes is under a bit of pressure. When they do I’m sure they’ll put some results together – but I’m not convinced they are quite there yet.
Swansea v Reading, Saturday, 3pm
The Welsh side haven’t scored in three games now after a magnificent start to the season. It depends which Swansea side turns up. The Swans need to stop the rot and while I don’t think they’ll get beaten – there’s nothing to convince me that Reading can come away with all three points. A low-scoring draw is my idea of the most likely outcome.
Tottenham v Aston Villa, Sunday, 3pm
I was very close last week with predicting Spurs would get a 2-2 draw with United and that could be the launchpad for AVB at Tottenham after initial unrest among the fans. They were sloppy against Panathinaikos in mid-week and gave away a lead. I think the London side are learning lessons week-by-week though and they will be a hard side to beat at home this season. It’s a home win for me.
Liverpool v Stoke, Sunday 3pm
Brendan Rodgers’ side are really struggling for consistency. A great win against Norwich last week but so disappointing to give up a two-goal lead at home to Udinese. It’s important that they string back-to-back wins together in the Premier League. a 1-0 home win for me and I’m sure they’ll be happy with that.