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Andy Gray exclusive: Arsenal can win but Manchester United will be held to a draw

by Josh Powell | January 18, 2013

Andy Gray blog byline

Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray has joined Paddy Power to give his insight on another Super Sunday in the Premier League

Chelsea v Arsenal, Sky Sports 1, 1.30pm

This is a tough one to call. If it had been at the Emirates you’d fancy Chelsea because of their incredible away form but they look nervy playing at Stamford Bridge. You just have to look at the game in midweek against Southampton. They were 2-0 up and only twice in the last 11 years, out of 89 games, Chelsea have been 2-0 up at half-time and not won. That shows you how rare that happens and how edgy this team is. If John Terry starts that would help them as he has vast experience and is very influential on the pitch.

Arsenal will fancy this. There is no real pressure on them and they can go there and keep the ball and frustrate Chelsea. But Arsenal are the kind of side Chelsea will like playing against. Arsenal don’t have destructive players, the players who are great when they don’t have the ball. If Chelsea pick Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard then they can start playing around them and could get some joy.

Arsenal can nick this one though and win by a single goal at 9/2. Theo Walcott has signed a new deal and can celebrate by scoring at anytime at 11/5. This game looks like a 2-1 and it could go either way because it is a tight game. Arsenal can edge it though and 2-1 is appealing at 11/1.

Tottenham v Manchester United,
Sky Sports 1, 4.00pm

Tottenham were held by QPR last week but did enough to win the game and they were playing a team who were very defensive minded and made life difficult for them. QPR stuck at it and deserved a point in the end.

This game is different but very difficult to predict. The only thing you could guarantee is plenty of goals and there should be over 2.5 at 4/7. Both sides love to play attacking football and both teams are geared up to attack. It will be interesting to see what Andre VillasBoas does with Emmanuel Adebayor at the Africa Cup of Nations and he could bring Scott Parker back into the midfield and play Mousa Dembele further forward.

There will be plenty of goals here but Manchester United should get something. It has high-scoring draw written all over it. 2-2 is 9/1 and 3-3 is a monster 30/1.

This is a big game and big names decide big games. You can see Jermain Defoe and Robin Van Persie both on the scoresheet. Both strikers are extremely hot and look incredibly sharp. Defoe will always get shots on goal, that’s what he lives for, and you know Van Persie will get chances. Either man could open the scoring at 13/2 and 4/1 respectively.

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