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Andy Gray: Manchester City can rain on Rafa’s parade

by Josh Powell | November 24, 2012

Andy Gray blog bylineExpert 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: Southampton, Manchester City and Tottenham to win: 10/1

Swansea v Liverpool, Live on Sky Sports 1,
Sunday 1.30pm

Brendan Rodgers should be received fantastically well against Swansea because you cannot deny the job he did there was fantastic. The Swans are tough to beat at home and after beating Liverpool in the League Cup at Anfield, the confidence will be high and they’ll believe they can do it again. When a new manager comes back, as a player you don’t want to make it easy for them, you want to beat them and you want to put his side to bed. Because it is Liverpool, Swansea will want them to beat them even more.

It’s a tough one to call because Brendan Rodgers could get the draw here at 23/10. There should be goals for both teams as well so 1-1 might be the correct score at 11/2.

Luis Suarez has really carried Liverpool in the League this season and without him Liverpool would be in a really difficult position right now. But teams know that and can concentrate on stopping Luis Suarez so that means that others in the team need to chip in with goals. Until they do the pressure is on Luis Suarez and if Swansea keep him quiet they could win this one.

Despite that the Reds should have enough to nick the point.

Chelsea v Manchester City, Live on Sky Sports 1,
Sunday 4.00pm

Teams tend to perform well in their first game with a new manager and it is a great game for Rafa Benitez to go into. Rafa will love the Champions coming to Stamford Bridge and he’ll enjoy being back in the limelight again. It will be tough though because there are an awful lot of Chelsea players who were fond of Roberto Di Matteo and will be very upset that he lost his job in the manner that he did.

Fernando Torres will start as there is no reason for him not to. Benitez will put him into the side and try to talk to him and bring some confidence back to him. There’s not an awful lot Benitez can do at them moment because he doesn’t know the players. So because of that there won’t be many ground breaking changes to the Chelsea side.

Manchester City can win this because of the turmoil that surrounds Chelsea. They lost their manager and then the Mark Clattenburg decision must affect the club’s moral. All of this means City can sneak in and win at 9/5.

The correct score at 2-1 is appealing at 17/2 and Carlos Tevez is a great shout to open the scoring at 13/2. He didn’t play midweek which was surprising. He’d scored two goals against Villa and still didn’t start against Real Madrid which was astounding. He should start against Chelsea and he looks hungry for goals.

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