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ANDY GRAY EXCLUSIVE: Why Manchester United will beat ‘average side’ Liverpool

Andy Gray uses his massive football brain to hopefully give us some Premier League winners.

by Aidan Elder | December 12, 2014

Last week wasn’t Andy’s finest week. Not quite on a par with getting turfed out of Sky Sports, but certainly not one he’ll remember with any great fondness. A grand total of three winning selections allowed you, the Paddy Power betting public, to rein in his lead quite substantially. He’s not quite within touching distance though and it’ll be quite a few weeks before we’re close enough for an inappropriate grope. The e-scores on the e-doors are:

Andy Gray 79 – 68 You* (*you plural)

So clearly sitting in his bath tub didn’t help Andy a whole lot. That’s what happens when you’re concentrating on scrubbing those hard to reach places and not fully focused on tipping winners.

Still though, here we go again. The game is simples. One point is awarded per correct prediction, regardless of the odds associated with it and as we go, we add them all up to 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 the best 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 treble: Chelsea (v Hull), Manchester City (v Leicester) and Manchester United (v Liverpool) – 2/1

You say: Southampton (v Burnley), Manchester City (v Leicester) and Chelsea (v Hull) – 21/10

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Burnley v Southampton
Saturday 3pm, BT Sport

The Saints have hit a bit of a sticky patch but it’s still nowhere near as sticky as the jam Burnley need to get themselves out of.

Andy says:

  • Southampton have lost a couple of games, but they’ve still played well
  • Burnley are getting it together now after a bad start
  • There will be goals, but I think it’ll end all square

Andy’s bets: Draw | Both teams to score and the match to end a draw
You say: Southampton | Southampton to win and both teams to score

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Chelsea v Hull
Saturday 3pm

Chelsea need to bounce back after being found to be mere mortals. Hull turn up for what will probably be a flogging.

Andy says:

  • Chelsea lost the unbeaten run, but they’re still the ones to beat
  • Hull have lots of spirit, but I think they need more than that at the Bridge
  • The hosts will be too good here. Home banker.


Andy’s bet
: Chelsea

You say:  Chelsea

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Crystal Palace v Stoke
Saturday 3pm

Palace continue to be surprisingly not shite under Neil Warnock. Stoke on a high after beating up Arsenal and stealing their lunch money.

Andy says:

  • Palace are playing really well to be fair.
  • Stoke were great last weekend, but they don’t always hit those heights
  • The Potters will come up with around performance and I think they’ll win. I don’t know why.


Andy’s bet:
 Stoke

You say:  Stoke

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Leicester v Manchester City
Saturday 3pm

City have found a bit of swagger while Leicester haven’t won a game in almost three months when they shocked City’s local rivals.

Andy says:

  • City have had a great week and I don’t see it end being spoiled on Saturday
  • Leicester are in crisis but they’ve played reasonably well, so they’re open to improve
  • City will have too much for the Foxes.


Andy’s bet
: Manchester City

You say:  Manchester City

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Sunderland v West Ham
Saturday 3pm

A couple of high profile draws has Sunderland in good spirits, but it’s hard to be in better spirits than Sam Allardyce these days.

Andy says:

  • Sunderland have been doing well, but they struggle for home wins
  • West Ham are flying but this is a tough game.
  • I think it will end honours even.


Andy’s bet
:  Draw

You say:  West Ham

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West Brom v Aston Villa

Saturday 3pm

It’s a Birmingham-ish Derby!! And Villa haven’t been terrible lately. What is happening to the world?

Andy says:

  • West Brom have played well at times, but don’t much to show for it
  • Villa are in better form now and they tend to do well at the Hawthorns
  • I see goals but maybe no winner


Andy’s bet
:  Draw | Draw and both teams to score
You say: Aston Villa | Aston Villa and both teams to score

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Arsenal v Newcastle
Saturday, 5.30pm, Sky Sports 1

Fresh after de-pantsing Chelsea, the Magpies are in fine form. They’ll need it because their record at the Emirates isn’t great.

Andy says:

  • Defeat to Stoke. A good win in Turkey. It’s hard to know what to expect from Arsenal.
  • Newcastle are in good nick and will provide a stiff test for the Gunners.
  • Arsenal will get a win.

Andy’s bet: Arsenal to win | Arsenal 3-1 | Santi Cazorla to score first
You say: Newcastle to win | Newcastle 2-1 | Sanchez to score first

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Manchester United v Liverpool
Sunday 1.30pm, Sky Sports 1

United have found some form. It’s not the most convincing form, but it’s better than what Liverpool can manage.

Andy says:

  • United’s results are great, but their performances aren’t. They’re winning – that’s crucial.
  • Liverpool are an average side at the moment. Needs to find a settled side.
  • United will win and they won’t concede

Andy’s bet: Manchester United to win | Man United 2-0 | Man United to win to nil | Ander Herrera anytime goalscorer

You say: Manchester United to win | Man United 2-1 | Man United to and both teams to score | RVP anytime goalscorer

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Swansea v Tottenham
Sunday 4pm, Sky Sports 1

Disappointing results for both teams last time out. But only one manager is under serious pressure.

Andy says:

  • I really can’t figure out what to make of Spurs. Good/bad/ordinary?
  • Gary Monk is doing a great job with Swansea and they’ll fancy this.
  • The hosts are very consistent at home and they’ll win this

Andy’s bet: Swansea to win | Swansea 2-0 | Bony 1st Goalscorer

You say: Swansea to win | Spurs 2-1 | Bony 1st Goalscorer

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Everton v QPR
Monday 8pm, Sky Sports 1

Out of nowhere, QPR are moving in the right direction. Everton really need to click into gear shortly.

Andy says:

  • QPR are on a run, but it’s due to home form. They’re still poor on the road.
  • Everton are having a poor season domestically. They need to find form.
  • It won’t be easy, but Everton will shade a tight game

Andy’s betEverton | Everton 1-0 | Kevin Mirallas 1st Goalscorer

You say: Everton | Everton 3-1 | Lukaku 1st Goalscorer

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