We didn’t get to hear from Andy Gray last week. He’s not on the internet much and we could totally blame him for that by claiming he was too busy hosting an evening of Hobbit-mud-wrestling in his mansion, but we’re not like that. It was actually Unicorn-mud-wrestling. It definitely wasn’t because we spent last Friday afternoon driving in out of the QPR training ground hoping someone would do a driver’s seat interview with us. No at all.
So after not hearing from him last week and the disarray of the FA Cup, that leaves the scores on the e-doors at:
Andy Gray 122 – 111 You* (*you plural)
This week it’s back to the Premier League and that’s no harm. 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 this weekend. Once more into the crystal-ball gazing. ==============================================================================
Andy’s treble: Man City, Chelsea & Newcastle Utd
You say: Man City, Chelsea & Southampton
Tottenham v Arsenal
Saturday, 12.45pm BT Sport
North. London. Derby. Feisty. Form book. Other words you normally hear about a derby.
- Both in decent form and eyeing a top four spot
- Spurs very reliant on Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen to score the goals
- Arsenal have more match winners in their team.
Andy’s bets: Arsenal
You say: Arsenal
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Villa find the net like a fisherman who’s going out of business. It’s hard to imagine them getting anything against a ruthless Chelsea team
- Villa are getting desperate but this weekend doesn’t look any brighter for them
Andy’s bet: Chelsea
You say: Chelsea
Leicester v Crystal Palace
Saturday, 3pm – Setanta Ireland
Two recent resurgent teams had their resurgences ended lately. The loser here will have to deal with the crushing reality that they’re not very good. And still in a relegation mud-wrestle.
- Palace are in better form under Pardew and played well in defeat to Everton last week
Andy’s bet: Crystal Palace
You say: Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Hull
Manchester City won just one league game in January. If you’re sharing the same stat as Steve Bruce, your status as a league contender has to come into question.
Andy’s bet: Manchester City
You say: Manchester City
QPR v Southampton
QPR lost their manager during the week, but we guess they’ll just continue as they have. Harry On Regardless. Haha! We just thought of that! We’ve brains in our heads and they think stuff. No seriously, QPR are getting relegated, but they might make it a tricky day for the Saints.
- A good game for Les Ferdinand to take the reigns but I don’t think they’ll win
Andy’s bet: Draw
You say: Southampton
Swansea v Sunderland
Both of these teams won last weekend. Good on them. One of them should try to do another win this week.
Andy’s bet: Swansea
You say: Sunderland
Everton v Liverpool
Saturday 5.30pm – Sky Sports 1
Another Derby! What a time to be alive!
Andy’s bet: Draw
You say: Liverpool
Burnley v West Brom
Sunday 12pm, Sky Sports 1
Relegation. Like football’s castration.
Good idea to try to avoid it.
That was almost a haiku. A terrible, terrible haiku.
- West Brom are getting better under Pulis
- Sean Dyche will be looking to make his side tough to beat
Andy’s bet: West Brom
You say: Draw
Newcastle v Stoke
Sunday 2.05pm – Sky Sports 1
It’s the battle everyone is talking about. Yes, it’s the battle for 10th place.
- Stoke on a 4-game run, may be tough to keep that going.
- Newcastle were convincing last week against Hull and have looked good under Carver’s management
Andy’s bet: Newcastle
You say: Newcastle
West Ham v Manchester United
Sunday 4.15pm, Sky Sports 1
Fresh from claiming the scalp of Cambridge in the cup, United head to London to get kicked by Big Sam’s men.
- A game West Ham relish
- Home side to put United’s back four under a lot of pressure
- United have drawn 6 of 11 away from home
Andy’s bet: Draw
You say: Manchester United