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Andy Gray: Joy on Merseyside and in Manchester this weekend and money to be made on all four

Andy Gray slips comfortably back into the predictions chair like a modern man slips comfortably into an environment of gender equality

by Aidan Elder | October 18, 2014

It’s not that we don’t like international football, it’s that we vastly, vastly, vastly, vastly prefer Premier League weekends. A lot.

After a weekend off for the Euro 2016 qualfiers, the top flight action is back. Not quite with a bang, but certainly some interesting games that we’ll presume we can predict the result of until we’re proven incredibly wrong at some point of the future. And once again, we’ve got Scottish punditry wizard, Andy Gray to pit his football brain power against that of the Paddy Power customers in a feature we call ‘Are You* Smarter Than Andy Gray? (*You plural)’

After another good week of tipping, Andy has taken a firm control of the competition. After seven weeks of pitting Andy Gray’s predictions against the most popular bets of the Paddy Power customers, the scores on the e-doors are:

Andy Gray 51 – 37 You* (*you plural)

One point is awarded per correct prediction, regardless of the odds associated with it, so it’s time to start reeling in that lead.

It’s the same story once again – we pit the prediction abilities of the Graymeister (he hates that name) against the most popular bet among the Paddy Power customers and see who is smarter. Well, we probably know who is smarter because none of the Paddy Power customers lost their cushy punditry job for making sexually inappropriate remarks, but we want to see who can give Premier League betting tips. Keep reading for this week’s throwing shit at a wall and seeing what sticks well thought-out predictions.



Andy’s weekend treble: Newcastle, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester Utd & Manchester City

You say: Newcastle, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester United & Manchester City


Arsenal v Hull
Saturday 3pm

Injuries are piling up for Arsenal even earlier than they normally do. They should still be able to handle Hull. Right?

Andy says: Hull have done well and Steve Bruce has had a terrific start to the season but Arsenal have too much quality for them.

Andy’s bets: Arsenal to win

You say: Arsenal to win



Burnley v West Ham
Saturday 3pm

West Ham have found some form while Burnley are still hunting for that first win of the season.

Andy says: Burnley are in for a long, cold winter and they need to win a game. I don’t think it’ll happen this weekend though.

Andy’s bets: Draw
You say: West Ham to win 




Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Saturday 3pm

Palace shocked the Blues in this fixture last season. Under different management, can the Eagles do it again? Probably not, but who knows?

Andy says: These are the games that cost Chelsea the title last season and I don’t think Mourinho will let that happen this season.

Andy’s betsChelsea to win

You say: Chelsea to win 



Everton v Aston Villa
Saturday 3pm

Yes, Everton are pretty to watch, but they’re not winning very many points. Villa’s counter-attacking could be suited to heaping more problems on the Toffees.

Andy says: Villa have got some problems, can’t get goals and until Benteke comes back I’d always worry about them.

Andy’s bets: Everton to win

You say: Aston Villa to win 



Newcastle v Leicester

Saturday 3pm

It’s been a good week or so for Newcastle. Mainly because they haven’t had to play any matches. Leicester will think they can get something out of this.

Andy says: Newcastle had a good draw last time out against Leicester and Papiss Cisse is starting to score goals again. Plus Alan Pardew hasn’t been in the headlines for a couple of weeks.

Andy’s bets: Newcastle to win
You say: Newcastle to win




Southampton v Sunderland
Saturday 3pm

The high-flying Saints host a Sunderland team who are unbeaten in four games, yet not really impressing anyone.

Andy says: Southampton have had a great start but against teams I’d expect them to beat. The two tough teams they’ve played this season, Liverpool and Spurs, have beaten them. The time off will give them time to prepare though and Sunderland don’t have eneough about them.

Andy’s bets: Southampton
You say: Southampton



QPR v Liverpool
Sunday, 1.30pm

QPR are propping up the table. The visit of Liverpool is a chance to claim an ego-boosting big scalp.

Andy says: I’d like to sit here and offer QPR some word of comfort but I can’t. Lacking on goals, short of ideas, bereft of confidence and everytime I’ve seen them go behind in a game they collapse.

Andy’s bets: Liverpool to win
You say:  Liverpool to win



Stoke v Swansea
Sunday 4pm, Sky Sports 1

Andy says: Stoke are only favourites because they have home advantage but they will be tough to beat at the Britannia and it’ll be a tough game to watch.

Andy’s bets: Stoke to win

You say: Swansea to win



West Brom v Manchester United

Monday 8pm, Sky Sports 1

United went into the international break with a narrow win, but the ressurgence will be tested away to the Baggies.

Andy says: West Brom will be looking forward to this and in Saido Berahino they have one of the hottest young strikers at the moment but  I think United will be improved defensively and will have too much in attack.

Andy’s bets: Manchester United to win

You say: Manchester United to win


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