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 treble of Manchester United, Manchester City and Swansea pays just over 6/1.
Manchester United v West Brom, Saturday, 3pm
I can’t see West Brom getting anything at Old Trafford. The Baggies have never beaten Manchester United away in the Premier League and I don’t see that changing now. They had a big win against Sunderland last week but this is a tall order.
United haven’t struck form at all yet this season and need an emphatic and convincing victory to really get their season moving again. The win over Liverpool mid-week in the Capital One Cup will have helped and now’s the time for David Moyes’ side to kick on. United to win 3-0 appeals at 7/1.
- Manchester United have never lost at home to WBA in the PL (W6, D2).
- The Red Devils have won the last two head-to-heads at Old Trafford 2-0.
- Wayne Rooney (2) and RVP (1) have scored three of the four goals in those games.
Aston Villa v Manchester City, Saturday, 3pm
City signaled their intent with the 4-1 drubbing of Manchester United last Sunday and they can beat Paul Lambert’s side. The Villains got a badly needed win against Norwich at Carrow Road and managed to keep their first clean sheet in the league in 27 matches. But Manuel Pellegrini’s side should have too much firepower for them at Villa Park.
- Paul Lambert’s side have yet to draw a game this season (W2, L3).
- Villa are looking for their first clean sheet at home in 14 PL games.
- City have won 1-0 on their last two PL visits to Villa Park.
Swansea v Arsenal, Saturday, Live Sky Sports 1, 5.30pm
Swansea have scored the two fastest goals in the Premier League to date so there could be a lively start to this game. The Swans are a good team and they can end the Gunners excellent run of away wins on Saturday. Michael Laudrup’s side really should have beaten Liverpool and gave away two dreadful goals.
With Michu and Bony, the home side possess a real threat up front and can cause Arsene Wenger’s defence some real problems. It’s the home side to shade it for me.
- Arsenal are the only side to have scored in all their PL games this season.
- The Gunners have won their last seven PL games on the road.
- Both sides have W2, L2 of their four PL clashes.
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