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 Premier League 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.
He’s been in good form though with two winning trebles including a 6/1 poke before the International break.
Andy’s gone for a weekend treble of Manchester City (4/6), Spurs (4/9) and Southampton (5/6) that pays 10/3.
Stoke v Manchester City, Saturday, 3pm
It will be a real test for Mark Hughes’ short time at Stoke to try to counter Manchester City’s free-flowing style. You know what you’re going to get at the Britannia though so it’s not going to be easy for Manuel Pellegrini’s side and they were beaten away at Cardiff. The visitors will be happy with a scrappy 1-0 win.
- The Citizens have two clean sheets to add to last season’s 18 – the best in the PL
- In their last nine PL encounters, Stoke haven’t managed to beat beaten the Citizens once
- The Potters have made their best-ever start to a PL campaign, under new boss Mark Hughes
Tottenham v Norwich, Saturday, 3pm
Not a banker but I expect Spurs to win. Arsenal ended their winning run in the North London Derby and a few new players are still being bedded it. Chris Hughton’s side will make it tough for them and while I don’t see Spurs hammering them – I expect Andre Villa-Boas’ team to win.
- Spurs have yet to score from open play this season in the PL
- Norwich have lost eight and drawn 2 of their last 10 away PL games
- The Canaries have drawn twice and won once in their last three visits to White Hart Lane
Southampton v West Ham, Sunday, SS1 4pm
The one thing we know about Sam Allardyce is that a point away from home is a good result and this will be no different. I like Southampton and the way they play under Mauricio Pochettino. They’re a team that should get better as the season progresses and they could have too much quality at St Mary’s for the Hammers. It won’t be easy as West Ham will set their stall out for a draw. But I’ll take the Saints to win 1-0 or 2-0.
- Both sides have won, drawn and lost a game this season
- Southampton haven’t lost to the Hammers at St Mary’s in their last four ties
- The Hammers have won only one of their last 15 PL away games