Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray has joined Paddy Power to give his insight on Super Sunday’s crunch Premier League fixtures. There’s plenty to fight for with top four places up for grabs and the relegation battle heating up. Luckily Mr Gray is here to try to help us win a few pennies on a jam-packed Sunday of footy.
Stoke v Tottenham, Sky Sports 1, 1.30pm
Tottenham weren’t at their best against Chelsea, certainly Gareth Bale was nowhere near it, but they stuck in there. In the last 15-20 minutes of that game they could have gone onto win it. That says a lot about them.
Spurs should beat Stoke and keep up the pressure for fourth. Unlike Chelsea’s game with Villa where there could be a few goals, don’t expect that with Tottenham v Stoke. It will be a tight and uncompromising match. Tottenham should shade this one and win at 10/11, the best bet is Spurs to win by one goal at 5/2.
They will want to finish the season strongly. They don’t want to give Arsenal or Chelsea a spot by losing a game. They need to make them work it. That’s the kind of message Andre Villas-Boas will be giving his team, make the other clubs earn their Champions League spot. To do that Tottenham have to beat Stoke and the smart money is on them doing just that.
Manchester Utd v Swansea, Sky Sports 1, 4.00pm
Would you want to be a Manchester United player selected in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last home game and went and lost it. No-one would want that on their CV as a footballer and no United player would want to be part of that. This will be a cup final-like attitude from the Manchester United players to send their manager away because I’m not so sure Sir Alex will take charge of his team against West Brom in the final week.
The emotion on Sunday, there will be tears, a celebration, a farewell and huge emotion. It will be everything people want it to be and a coronation of a team winning the Premier League again, and the coronation of a new man coming in. It will have every kind of emotion you can think of and the players will have to detach themselves from that for 90 minutes and get the job done.
The odds of 3/10 are generous and you’d expect United to win in style.
The man who has done the most to win the title this season, the man who Fergie took a chance on, the one that the boss spent £24 million on because he knew he’d make the difference. Robin van Persie is nailed on to score the first goal at 5/2.