Happy New Year!! Yes, we know it’s nearly the middle of January, but we haven’t spoken since last year, so you have to put up with our generic platitude.
Welcome back for another edition of Are You Smarter Than Andy Gray? The world’s favourite competition that pits the Paddy Power customers’ betting prowess against the Premier League predictions of football punditry legend, Andrew Mullen Gray. In fact, it’s the world’s only competition that pits the Paddy Power customers’ betting prowess against the Premier League predictions of football punditry legend, Andrew Mullen Gray
With the Christmas celebrations, we haven’t spoken to Andy in a while, but hopefully he’s used that time off to recuperate his big football brain to come up with some excellent Premier League tips. Either that or he spent the time off sipping cocktails on a beach somewhere while we all stuff turkey sandwiches into our faces for breakfast. He’d want to renergise his tipping because the Paddy Power customers have been gradually closing the gap in recent weeks are were unlucky to come away from our last edition with just a one point victory. That means the e-scores on the e-doors are:
Andy Gray 106 – 92 You* (*you plural)
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 (v Newcastle), West Brom (v Hull) and Arsenal (v Stoke) – 5/2
You say: Manchester City (v Everton), Chelsea (v Newcastle) and Tottenham (v Crystal Palace – (nearly) 4/1
Sunderland v Liverpool
Saturday, 12.45pm, BT Sport 1
The Black Cats have won just one of their last 10 games. That’s a record that even Brendan Rodgers can deride.
- Sunderland are tough to beat, especially at home, but they don’t always find a way to win.
- Slight signs of a Liverpool revival, but it’s nothing to get carried away with.
- I think Sunderland could nick it, but I see it ending in a draw.
Andy’s bets: Draw | 1-1 Draw | Coutinho 1st Goalscorer
You say: Liverpool to win | Liverpool 2-1 | Steven Gerrard 1st Goalscorer
Burnley v QPR
A relegation Royal Rumble between a Clarets team who are decent at home and an Rs side who are the same. Shame for Harry this is an away game.
- I like QPR as a team, but you can’t have any faith in them away from home.
- Burnley are always very spirited at Turf Moor
Andy’s bet: Burnley to win
You say: Burnley to win
Chelsea v Newcastle
The Magpies managed to halt the Chelsea juggernaut before Christmas, but they’re now one Alan Pardew lighter. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
- That defeat at St. James’s Park really showed that Chelsea are mortal.
- Newcastle can cause them problems, but won’t get anything here.
Andy’s bet: Chelsea to win
You say: Chelsea to win
Everton v Manchester City
Saturday, 3pm Setanta
The Toffees are normally a bit of a bogey team for City. They’re also normally not struggling with the form of a team heading for relegation.
- Everton’s recent form is a real concern. Balance that with a surprisingly good record against City.
- City are on a good run and their quality will prove too much for Everton.
- Heart says Everton, but my head says it’s City’s
Andy’s bet: City to win | City 2-1 | Yaya Toure 1st Goalscorer
You say: City to win | City 3-1 | Romelu Lukaku 1st Goalscorer
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Leicester v Aston Villa
Leicester have improved in the last couple of weeks, but even a win in this midlands derby won’t get them out of the drop zone.
- Leicester have to be confident after their strong showing at Liverpool.
- Villa don’t get many goals, but they’re suited to a game like this
Andy’s bet: Draw
You say: Aston Villa to win
Swansea v West Ham
The Hammers have stumbled after being snuggly in the top four at Christmas. An away trip to Swansea isn’t really what they need right now.
- The Hammers looked good away to Everton in the cup.
- Swansea are normally fairly reliable at home
Andy’s bet: Swansea to win
You say: West Ham to win
West Brom v Hull
A crucial relegation mud-wrestle at the Hawthorns. Hull take slightly more confidence into the scrap.
- Tough call, but home advantage swings it in the Baggies’ favour.
Andy’s bet: West Brom to win
You say: West Brom to win
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Saturday, 5.30pm Sky Sports 1
- Palace have played some good football, especially at home and Pardew’s arrival will give them a boost.
- Spurs are on a great run now after a sticky patch.
- The hosts will get something out of this, but it may not be all three points.
Andy’s bet: Draw | 2-2 Draw | Harry Kane 1st Goalscorer
You say: Tottenham to win | Tottenham 3-1 | Harry Kane 1st Goalscorer
Arsenal v Stoke
Sunday, 1.30pm Sky Sports 1
Arsenal continue to get the job done without being especially impressive. Could Stoke record a double over them? ‘Possibly’ is the less than conclusive answer.
- Arsenal are lacking consistency but they show flashes of playing some quality football.
- Stoke are on a good run of form, but their record away to Arsenal isn’t good.
- The Potters will make it hard for Arsenal, but the Gunners will shade it.
Andy’s bet: Arsenal to win | Arsenal 1-0 | Santi Cazorla 1st Goalscorer
You say: Arsenal to win | Arsenal 3-1 | Alexis Sanchez 1st Goalscorer
- A surprising 9/2 value punt for the Arsenal v Stoke game that the data is pointing us strongly towards
Manchester United v Southampton
Sunday, 4pm, Sky Sports 1
United are unbeaten in 11 despite being about as convincing as a Tom Cruise marriage. Southampton have recovered from a blip and could be a pain in the ass.
- United’s good run isn’t as solid as they results suggest, but they’re returning to full strength now
- Southampton will give it a good go, but it may not be enough.
- Home advantage makes me think United will be ok.
Andy’s bet: Manchester United to win | United 2-1 | United to win and both teams to score | Falcao 1st Goalscorer
You say: Manchester United to win | United 3-1 | United to win and both teams to score | Rooney 1st Goalscorer