Because 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.
Andy’s gone for a weekend treble of Newcastle (23/20), Manchester City (2/11) and Swansea (15/8) @ 6/1.
Newcastle v Fulham, Saturday, 3pm
This could be a scrappy game but I just fancy the Magpies to come out on top. Fulham beat Sunderland away in the first game of the season but the Mackems dominated and missed some good chances. I don’t think Newcastle will make the same mistake.
- Newcastle have won the last two head-to-heads at St James’s Park
- Fulham lost 8 and drew 7 of their 19 games on the road last season
- Papass Cisse is 11/2 to score first with Paddy Power
Man City v Hull, Saturday, 3pm
Manchester City have a phenomenal home record and I expect them to come bounding back after last week’s surprise defeat at Cardiff. Steve Bruce’s side got three points against Norwich but I doubt even he thinks they are going to turn Manuel Pellegrini’s over.
- City have scored in every home league game since they drew 0-0 with Birmingham in November, 2010
- City are 13/10 at -2 on the handicap and I think they’ll win by more than two goals
- City kept 18 clean sheets last season the best shut-out stats in the top tier
West Brom v Swansea, Sunday, 1.30pm
Swansea have been a bit unlucky in losing 4-1 at home to Man United and had a soft penalty awarded against them at Spurs. I thought West Brom might struggle this season and things haven’t quite clicked into place for Steve Clarke’s side just yet.
- The Swans have won 4 of the last 6 games against West Brom
- New signing Wilfried Bony has two goals in three games for Swansea
- Leading scorer Michu is 3/1 to score first for his team
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