Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray joins The Paddy Power Blog to give his insight on the weekend’s Premier League games. Spurs’ Gareth Bale has scored a phenomenal 12 goals in his last 13 games and is 5/1 joint-favourite to score the opening goal of the game against Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday.
Andy Gray’s Saturday treble:
Chelsea, Stoke and Everton @ 3/1 [Click to tweet]
Manchester United v Norwich, Live Setanta Sports, Saturday, 3pm
I can’t see Robin Van Persie starting this game with the Real Madrid game coming up on Tuesday night. Sir Alex Ferguson always says that Wayne Rooney is better when he’s playing games but he might decide to rest him also with the Champions League tie finely balanced at 1-1. If Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez start up front they’ll cause the Canaries – who beat United 1-0 earlier in the season – plenty of problems. Hernandez to score at anytime is the bet for me at 10/11.
Wigan v Liverpool, Live ESPN, Saturday, 5.30pm,
Liverpool have nothing left to concentrate on now except getting further and further up the table and try to qualify for Europe through a top-six spot. Brendan Rodgers has said as much. I think both teams will score at 4/7 and I reckon Liverpool will just prove too strong for the home side especially if Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge play up front.
Liverpool to win 2-1 is my pick and that’s a 7/1 shot with Paddy Power while the Reds to win by exactly one goal is 13/5 with the online firm.
Tottenham v Arsenal, Live Sky Sports 1, Sunday 4pm
This is a huge game for Arsenal as Spurs have only lost two games in their last 21. Arsene Wenger will say that his side’s league form is very good but defensively I think they’ll struggle to contain a rampant Tottenham. I think there will definitely be over 2.5 goals at 4/7 and I fancy a 3-1 win for the home side at 14/1. Spurs to win by exactly two goals is 11/2 with Paddy Power.
Who’ll get the goals? Well, Gareth Bale is going to attract all the money given the form he’s in with 12 goals in his last 13 games in all competitions. He looks a candidate for anytime goalscorer at 13/10. But if Jermain Defoe starts for Spurs I’d fancy him to get the first goal of the game at 5/1.
If your winning 1st Goalscorer scores again in this match we will DOUBLE your odds.
Aston Villa v Manchester City, Live Sky Sports 1, Monday 8pm
I think Manchester City are focused and will want to make Manchester United work hard for their title. They won’t want to lose another game and Aston Villa and I can see City winning to nil at 6/4 and beating Paul Lambert’s side by a couple of goals at 7/2 to win by exactly two goals in Paddy Power’s online betting.