Andy Gray had an FA Cup stinker last week. He chanced his arm banking on a Liverpool draw and a Leicester only to lose said arm and possibly a leg as he managed just two correct results out of 8. That’s the kind of strike rate even Emile Heskey would be embarrassed by. You, the collective you, played a stormer in comparison predicting five out of eight correct results.
The gap closes to eight as we return to Premier League action. Like an off-air Sky camera it seems it’s only a matter of time before you catch Andy. So the e-scores on the e-doors are:
Andy Gray 128 – 120 You* (*you plural)
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 this weekend. Once more into the crystal-ball gazing.
Andy’s treble: Chelsea, Man City & Aston Villa – 3/1
You say: TBC –
Swansea v Man Utd
Saturday 3pm – Setanta
Long ball merchants Manchester United face the silky passing play of Swansea City. Despite growing criticism of his tactics Louis Van Gaal’s team have picked up more points over the last 15 games (34) than anyone else in the league. Hoof it!
- Rooney might start up front after ending his goal drought
- Bony’s departure has hit Swansea hard
- United are finding ways to win despite some underwhelming performances
Andy’s bets: MAN UTD
You say: MAN UTD
Chelsea v Burnley
Burnley have two chances to win this game. No chance and eh…actually make that one chance.
- Chelsea won’t slip up like City
Andy’s bets: CHELSEA
You say: CHELSEA
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Palace are looking good to stay up thanks to arrival of Alan Pardew but Arsenal haven’t lost at Selhurst Park in 35 years. Everyone will be disappointed if we don’t see some manager-on-manager handbags.
- Arsenal one of the few teams who enjoy playing at Selhurst Park
- Palace have improved but Arsenal are in good form
Andy’s bets: ARSENAL
You say: ARSENAL
Aston Villa v Stoke
A win, two goals in the one game and the prospect of glamorous gilets on the sideline. Villa fans might manage a smile this week. Stoke will look to be the party poopers.
- Feel good factor at Villa Park
- Sherwood to have positive impact on players’ mentality
Andy’s bets: ASTON VILLA
You say: ASTON VILLA
Hull v QPR
The early season joy has subsided and the stark reality of a return to the Championship has long sunk in. One of these teams will go down, possibly both.
- Anyone’s game
Andy’s bets: DRAW
You say: HULL
Sunderland v West Brom
A well worded love letter to the fans won’t hold back the boos if Sunderland drop five points behind West Brom this weekend. A lively if not very elegant game is on the cards.
- Poyet under pressure
- West Brom coming off a morale boosting win
- Home side to respond for the manager
Andy’s bets: SUNDERLAND
You say: WEST BROM
Man City v Newcastle
Saturday 5.30pm, Sky Sports 1
Man City have just one win in their last six games. Newcastle have halted the post-Pardew rot but only have one win in seven themselves. Nervy stuff.
- City desperately need to come out on top
- Newcastle are okay but set for mid-table anonymity
Andy’s bets: MAN CITY
You say: MAN CITY
Tottenham v West Ham
Sunday 12pm, BT Sports 1
Perennial end of season chokers Spurs look a tougher outfit under Pochettino. There’s still time though and Big Sam loves to spoil a party.
- Spurs will be looking forward to this game
- West Ham owners not making it easy for Sam Allardyce
- Returning Spurs player to make the difference
Andy’s bets: TOTTENHAM
You say: TOTTENHAM
Everton v Leicester
Sunday 2.05pm, Sky Sports 1
Midweek Europa League madness saw ten man Everton smash Young Boys 4-1 (easy now). So they’ll be ignoring their one win in nine Premier League games and facing bottom side Leicester full of confidence.
- Everton have shored up the defence of late
- Leicester have a habit of playing well and losing
Andy’s bets: EVERTON
You say: EVERTON
Southampton v Liverpool
Sunday 4.15pm, Sky Sports 1
Liverpool’s former Saints players could be in for some stick. If any of them actually get a game. The Reds are hitting their stride but the Saints just don’t look like folding. Game of the weekend anyone?
- Both teams set to play open attacking football
- Saints recovered from a poor December
- Both teams to score
Andy’s bets: DRAW
You say: LIVERPOOL