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
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
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
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 bets: Chelsea to win
You say: Chelsea to win
Everton v Aston Villa
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
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
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
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