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 Chelsea, Tottenham and Southampton on Sunday pays about 4/1.
Norwich v Chelsea, Live Sky Sports 1, Sunday 1.30pm
Chris Hughton was under pressure to win against Stoke and his side did well to get a result. They’ve spent £25m but the strikers – particularly Ricky van Wolfswinkel – have struggled. Chelsea bounced back from the Champions League defeat to Basle and have looked sharp since.
Chelsea to win 2-0 for me.
- Chelsea have yet to conceded a goal in the second half this season
- Norwich have let in only 23 goals in 22 PL games at Carrow Road
- The Blues have W2, D1 of their last 3 visits to Norwich
Southampton v Swansea, Sunday 1.30pm
Swansea got a good result against St Gallen on Thursday, but I always worry about teams after a European tie. I know they were at home but they might have to make changes and have played a lot of games recently. Southampton are progressing well though and beat Crystal Palace well last week. I fancy them to shade it.
- The Saints have only lost one of their last eight home PL games
- Swansea are looking for three consecutive away wins in the PL for the first time
- This is the Swans seventh game in 20 days
Tottenham v West Ham, Sunday 4pm
West Ham are really struggling at the moment and lack firepower up front. They’re winless on the road to date and their away form in general is poor in the top tier. They had only three away victories last season. The may make life difficult for Spurs in this London derby but I can’t see anything other than a home win for Tottenham.
- Spurs have won the last five head-to-head PL clashes at White Hart Lane
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven league games
- West Ham have yet to win – or score – on the road this season (D2, L1)