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Andy Gray: Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal will be fine, but Manchester United will lose if Costa starts

Everybody's favourite Scottish pundit who isn't Graeme Souness looks into his crystal ball to tip this weekend's Premier League action

by Aidan Elder | October 24, 2014

Hilarious own goals was the main theme of last week’s Premier League action. That and laughing at Sunderland. There was also a fair amount of excitement across the weekend starting with City’s trouncing of Spurs and ending with Man United’s amusing scrambling for a point at West Brom. Hey – even Burnley v West Ham turned into a bit of a cracker and no-one was expecting that.

Andy was busy sunning himself on the beach last week, so we didn’t get a full range of tips from him, but it was still enough to give the Paddy Power Punters another sound spanking. After another solid week from Tipmaster G, the scores on the e-doors are:

Andy Gray 58 – 43 You* (*you plural)

One point is awarded per correct prediction, regardless of the odds associated with it, so there’s plenty of time left to catch up. In fact, there’s almost seven months left to catch up.

So let the catching up begin. 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.

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Andy’s weekend treble: Liverpool (v Hull), Swansea (v Leicester) and Tottenham (v Newcastle) all to win – 15/4

You say:  Liverpool (v Hull), Manchester City (v West Ham) and Arsenal (v Sunderland) all to win – 3/1

RESULT: Andy 0 – You 0

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West Ham v Manchester City
Saturday 12.45pm, BT Sport

Two in-form teams with impossibly high expectations that they probably won’t live up to met at Upton Park.

Andy says:

  • City are very inconsistent at the moment. When they hit form, something comes along to stop the progress
  • West Ham are playing brilliantly and they’ll make life tough for the champions
  • City are still good enough to emerge with all three points

Andy’s bets: Manchester City to win | Manchester City to win and both teams to score | David Silva 1st Goalscorer

You say: Manchester City to win | Manchester City to win and both teams to score | Sergio Aguero 1st Goalscorer

RESULT: Andy 0 – You 0

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Liverpool v Hull
Saturday 3pm

A spanking from Real Madrid midweek highlighted the Reds’ struggles. Could Steve Bruce and his badly tied tie lump more pain on Brendan Rodgers.

Andy says:

  • Liverpool are looking very vulnerable at the moment
  • Hull played well and should have won at the Emirates last week
  • The Reds will improve and they’ll do enough to shade it

Andy’s bets: Liverpool
You say:  Liverpool

RESULT: Andy 0 – You 0

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Southampton v Stoke
Saturday 3pm

Both winners last week, but in very different ways. Will the Saints continue their rampant good form?

Andy says:

  • Southampton had an amazing result against Stoke but recapturing that form can be difficult
  • If there’s a team that can capitalise on complacency, it’s Stoke
  • This could end up being a draw

Andy’s bets: Draw

You say: Southampton 

RESULT: Andy 0 – You 1

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Sunderland v Arsenal
Saturday 3pm

Some top class shouting themselves in the foot led to disappointing results for both teams last weekend. Who’ll bounce back a week on?

Andy says:

  • Sunderland need to up their game after the shambles against Southampton
  • They will be better than they were last week
  • But it won’t be good enough to stop Arsenal who will get the win

Andy’s bet: Arsenal

You say: Arsenal 

RESULT: Andy 1 – You 1

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West Brom v Crystal Palace

Saturday 3pm

These two team hosted the big boys last weekend – and didn’t do too badly.

Andy says:

  • Both teams have valid reasons for optimism
  • Not much to choose between two well organised teams
  • Home advantage will tip the balance in the Baggies’ favour

Andy’s bets: West Brom
You say: West Brom

RESULT: Andy 0 – You 0

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Swansea v Leicester
Saturday 5.30pm, Sky Sports 1

The Swans suffered defeat and an amusing Gary Monk meltdown in defeat to Stoke. The Foxes lost less amusingly to Newcastle.

Andy says:

  • Swansea are struggling for form and Gary Monk’s rant was a sign he’s having trouble turning it around
  • Leicester haven’t shown much since that Man United win and aren’t in great form either
  • I see goals in this and the Swans will get more of them

Andy’s bets: Swansea to win | Swansea 3-1 | Gylfi Sigurosson 1st Goalscorer
You say: Swansea to win | Swansea 2-0 | Bony 1st Goalscorer

RESULT: Andy 1 – You 3

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Burnley v Everton
Sunday, 1.30pm Sky Sports 1

Burnley are the only team in the league without a win, which is amazing considering Newcastle and QPR are in the same league. The Toffees are looking for a good run after a slow start to the season.

Andy says:

  • Everton looked good against Villa last week and may have found their form
  • Burnley were a bit unlucky against West Ham, but they lack quality
  • The Toffees will make it two league wins on the bounce

Andy’s bets: Everton to win | Everton 3-1 | Lukaku anytime goalscorer
You say:  Everton to win | Everton 2-0 | Baines anytime goalscorer

RESULT: Andy 3 – You 1

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Tottenham v Newcastle
Sunday 1.30pm

Spurs lost and Newcastle won last weekend, but that almost certainly doesn’t reflect the deluded confidence levels heading into this game

Andy says: 

  • Spurs are the better team, but I’m never too confident on teams that have played on Thursday night
  • Newcastle won, but they didn’t impress hugely
  • It might be tight, but Tottenham will edge this

Andy’s bets: Tottenham to win

You say: Tottenham to win

RESULT: Andy 0 – You 0

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Manchester United v Chelsea

Sunday 4pm, Sky Sports 1

When United are clawing their way to a point at the Hawthorns you probably don’t want to be going up against the rampant league leaders.

Andy says:

  • It’ll be more entertaining than the snore-draw they served up last year
  • Don’t listen to Jose, Diego Costa may well end up playing and if he does, Chelsea will win
  • If he doesn’t start, United have a chance of claiming a draw

Andy’s bets: Chelsea to win | Chelsea 2-1 | Hazard First Goalscorer

You say: Chelsea to win | Chelsea 3-1 | Costa First Goalscorer

RESULT: Andy 0 – You 0

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QPR v Aston Villa

Monday 8pm, Sky Sports 1

QPR’s moral victory over Liverpool might help the confidence, but did nothing for the points tally. Away specialists Villa will think they can make ‘Arry even more miserable than he already is.

Andy says:

  • QPR can take confidence from how they performed last week
  • This is the type of game that suits Villa’s counter-attacking style, but they lacking a goal threat
  • It’ll be an open game, but it’ll probably end up being a draw

Andy’s bets: Draw | 1-1 Draw | Charlie Austin 1st Goalscorer

You say: Aston Villa to win | Aston Villa 2-1 | Eduardo Vargas 1st Goalscorer

RESULT: Andy 1 – You 0

Week Total: Andy 6 – You 6

Overall: Andy 64 – You 49
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