Welcome back for another edition of Are You Smarter Than Andy Gray?
The short answer to that somewhat rhetorical question is no because Andy Gray cleaned up last week, nailing his treble, picking lots of winners and calling the 2-2 draw in Liverpool v Arsenal and also going close with a few other correct scores. It was a substantially better the performance of you plural who had an unwavering and somewhat misplaced faith in Everton and thought Manchester United’s winning run would never end. A view that somewhat overlooked the fact they’re still looking at Michael Carrick to be their rock of defensive strength. That means the e-scores on the e-doors are:
Andy Gray 97 – 82 You* (*you plural)
Now that we’re at the crucial Christmassy period that people seem to place a huge amount of faith in, the games come thick and fast. By the end of it, the gap between Andy and you plural could be basically nothing or we could be sinking like Leicester. The Boxing Day fixtures aren’t the most glamourous, but they’re better than sitting around with a painfully full stomach in mutual dislike of your extended family, so we’ll take it.
So 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. Once more into the crystal-ball gazing.
Andy’s treble: Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal – 6/4
You say: Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal – 6/4
Chelsea v West Ham
Friday, 12.45pm, Sky Sports 1
London’s top two teams, believe it or not. Well, if you’ve seen Arsenal defend you’ll probably believe it easily enough.
- West Ham have improved a lot and are no pushovers
- Chelsea have won 4 from 4 in all comps since Newcastle ended their unbeaten league run
- Diego Costa is due a goal
Andy’s bets: Chelsea to win | Diego Costa to get the opener
You say: Chelsea to win | Diego Costa to get the opener
Burnley v Liverpool
Both teams are probably playing better than their form suggests but who’ll end up the latest hard luck story of their season?
Andy’s bet: Liverpool to win
You say: Liverpool to win
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Saints halted their nosedive with a good win last weekend while Palace are without a win for just over a month
Andy’s bet: Draw | Both teams to score
You say: Southampton to win | Correct score to win 2-1
Everton v Stoke
It’s a clash of footballing philosophies at Goodison Park. One team likes to play football, the other will kill you while you sleep
Andy’s bet: Everton to win narrowly
You say: Everton to win
Leicester v Tottenham
You’d think bottom of the table Leicester would have no chance here, but then you remember they’re playing Tottenham.
Andy’s bet: Draw | Both teams to score
You say: Spurs to win | Correct Score 2-1
Manchester United v Newcastle
The Magpies won this fixture last season. They face a different United this time around, but a similar result isn’t out of the question.
- LVG has turned United around
- They’re unbeaten at Old Trafford since an opening-day loss to Swansea
- The Magpies need to pick themselves up after Tyne-Wear derby defeat
Andy’s bet: Manchester United to win | Falcao FGS (if he starts)
You say: Manchester United to win | Wayne Rooney to score first
Sunderland v Hull
Fresh from pick-pocketing their local rivals, the Black Cats have another chance to upset a Geordie – this time Steve Bruce.
Andy’s bet: Sunderland to win
You say: Sunderland to win
Swansea v Aston Villa
Andy’s bet: Swansea to win
You say: Aston Villa to win
West Brom v Manchester City
City have strung together a good run of results and should have too much talent on show. The Baggies are slipping towards their usual relegation dogfight.
Andy’s bet: Man City to win
You say: Man City to win
Arsenal v QPR
Friday, 5.30pm, BT Sports
QPR are playing well at times. Just not away from Loftus Road. You’d think even the Gunners couldn’t mess this up.
- Harry Redknapp’s side have lost eight games away from home
- Arsenal are tough to beat at the Emirates
- Giroud & Sanchez will torture the R’s defence
Andy’s bet: Arsenal to win | Correct Score: 2-0 | Giroud 1st goalscorer
You say: Arsenal to win | Correct Score: 3-1 | Charlie Austin first goalscorer
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