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Liverpool and Arsenal will win, but Man Utd may struggle

by Aidan Elder | August 17, 2013

Andy Gray blog bylineBecause we know you’re too busy to sift through the mass of platitudes known as football punditry, we’ve done it for you. Here’s just the fillet of Andy Gray’s views on this weekend’s matches with the clichés removed. Well, most of the clichés removed. Sometimes if we removed all the clichés you’d just be looking at a blank space. 

Liverpool v Stoke, Live on BT Sport, Saturday 12.45pm

Suarez may be staying, but he’s still suspended. Mark Hughes takes take of his first competitive game in charge of the Potters.

  • Even without Suarez, Liverpool are too good.
  • Too many questions about Stoke under Hughes, goals an issue
  • Liverpool to win 2-0

Arsenal v Aston Villa, Saturday 3pm

Arsene Wenger are tighter than skinny jeans on Dawn French. Are Villa really as bad as last season suggested?

  • Villa have lots of pace, will cause Arsenal some problems on the counter attack
  • There’ll be goals (both teams will score)
  • Arsenal will be too strong (3-1 win)

Norwich v Everton, Saturday 3pm

New arrivals for Norwich. Roberto Martinez tries to prove that winning the FA Cup is a better reflection of his abilities than getting Wigan relegated.

  • It’s a toughie. Lots of questions
  • Both teams have made some good signings
  • Low scoring draw, (1-1 draw)

Sunderland v Fulham, Saturday 3pm

Paolo Di Canio’s been busy with transfers and was Fulham’s poor end of season form last term just a blip from players thinking about their holidays?

  • Signings make it hard to know what to expect from Sunderland, good pre-season
  • Fulham have never travelled well
  • Sunderland win, probably 2-0
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West Brom v Southampton, Saturday 3pm

Is second season syndrome going to be any issue for these managers? Probably not, but today’s loser will get accused of suffering from it.

  • No Lukaku for Baggies – where do the goals come from?
  • Southampton are good, Hawthorns isn’t too intimidating
  • Saints for a surprise win, 2-1 Southampton

West Ham v Cardiff, Saturday 3pm

Will we get more of the same from West Ham and can the Championship winners hint they’re good enough for the top flight?

  • Big Sam doing a great job at West Ham
  • There won’t be any complacency for the Hammers
  • West Ham will be too good, 2-0 win for the hosts

Swansea v Man United, Saturday 5.30pm, Sky Sports 1

Are Swansea still moving on up and will we be seeing the #MoyesOut hashtag at some point this evening?

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