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.
Andy’s weekend treble of Newcastle (5/6), Spurs (10/11) and Arsenal (4/11) pays 7/2.
Newcastle v Hull, Saturday, 3pm
Newcastle have won two and drawn one since City hammered them 4-0 in the opening game of the season. That 2-1 away win at Villa Park was a decent return and they’ll want to kick on now against newly-promoted Hull.
Both sides have their share of injury problems but I fancy the Magpies to win on home turf.
Arsenal v Stoke, Sunday 1.30 pm
I’ve been really impressed with Arsenal. The loss to Villa on the opening day is their only blip and they’ve not dropped a point since then and buying Mesut Ozil was a masterstroke. Aaron Ramsey is really starting to fulfil his potential with six goals already this season in all competitions and Olivier Giroud is on fire.
Stoke have only conceded two goals this season under Mark Hughes and they’ll make it very, very difficult for the Gunners. I think Arsenal will win though by a 2-0 scoreline.
Cardiff City v Spurs, Sunday, 4pm
Andre Villas-Boas had a pop over Spurs’ fixture list and losing three players in the 2-0 win against Tromso won’t have helped his mood. Mousa Dembele and Younes Kaboul should be fit but Danny Rose may struggle.
Tottenham lie third at the moment but they won’t find it easy against the Welsh side who’ve beaten Man City and held Everton to a draw at home this season. I just fancy Spurs to shade it.