Another week, another poor showing from Andy Gray who managed to predict just the three correct results. You lot did slightly better with five correct predictions and now the gap is getting so tight, that even Messi would struggle to nutmeg through.
So as we stand the e-scores on the e-doors are:
Andy Gray 133 – 129 You* (*you plural)
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, Spurs and Southampton – 2/1
Andy’s four to score anytime: Benteke, Kane, Sturridge and Austin – 27/1
You say: Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City – 3/1
Man City v West Brom
Saturday 12.45pm – BT Sports 1
It’s looking increasingly likely that only one of these managers will be in their current roll come next season and it isn’t the one who’s side sit six points off the top of the table.
- Not an easy game for City, I just wonder how they’ll feel after the disappointment of losing to Barcelona
- West Brom are playing quite well and not conceding many goals
- They need to give their fans something to cheer about because they’re in a really poor run of form
Andy’s bets: MAN CITY A hard fought 1-0 win, at most 2-0. Bony is well overdue a goal, but Aguero would be my goal scorer.
You say: MAN CITY
Newcastle v Arsenal
Saturday 3pm – Setanta
Arsenal have won 13 of their last 17 Premier League games. The four games where they’ve dropped points have all been away games. Meanwhile Newcastle haven’t suffered the expected post-Pardew collapse.
- Arsenal are finishing this season very strongly, and even though they bowed out of Europe, they still put in a great performance winning 2-0.
- I don’t see Newcastle being able to beat this Arsenal side and they are struggling for form lately
Andy’s bets: ARSENAL. I can see a 2-1 win here. Giroud is always worth a shout for a goal, as is Ramsey who I like, and he’s starting a little streak now.
You say: ARSENAL
Aston Villa v Swansea
Sherwood for England!! Is a headline we’re likely to see if he keeps Villa up. We’re going to go ahead and presume England fans will never be fully happy with Hodgson. Garry Monk is comfortably ensconced as the Swans boss but his side are as predictable as a bag of drunken badgers.
- Sherwood is doing a great job, they’re playing well
Andy’s bets: ASTON VILLA
You say: ASTON VILLA
Southampton v Burnley
The Saints haven’t exactly collapsed but their inability to score with any regularity looks set to kill off their top four dreams. Three goals in their last seven games points to a tight fight against a very gamey Burnley.
- I thought Southampton were excellent against Chelsea, so they should be too strong for Burnley
Andy’s bets: SOUTHAMPTON
You say: SOUTHAMPTON
Stoke v Crystal Palace
Pardew has done a great job since taking over at Palace. This is still a game between sides destined for mid-table insignificance.
- Home advantage is important here and Palace will like that as they like to counter with pace
Andy’s bets: DRAW: I’m predicting a score draw here
You say: STOKE
Tottenham v Leicester
Spurs were so terrible against United that Leicester will be travelling to the capital with high hopes. Similar stuff from the Londoners and the Foxes could be your banker bet of the weekend.
- Tottenham should bounce back after that big loss to United at the weekend
Andy’s bets: TOTTENHAM
You say: TOTTENHAM
West Ham v Sunderland
Saturday 5.30pm, Sky Sports 1
Sunderland are developing a habit for sacking managers. Good thing for Dick Advocaat that he never hangs around too long anyway. Meanwhile the hubris of West Ham owners and fans alike could see them pushing a very capable Premier League manager out the door.
- A case of two teams that aren’t playing good football.
- First game in charge for Dick Advocaat, but has he had enough time to get his team ready and get to know his players.
- West Ham at home makes them favourites for this game, and Big Sam needs to get a win.
Andy’s bets: WEST HAM I think a comfortable 2-0 victory. Sakho needs to return to goal scoring form, and Kevin Nolan is always a threat.
You say: WEST HAM
Liverpool v Man United
Sunday 1.30pm, Sky Sports 1
United are starting to find a rhythm under Louis van Gaal. It’s not always the most attractive rhythm but it’s getting the job done. Liverpool are playing well and getting big slices of luck when they need it. A dangerous combination.
- Massive importance on this game – A United win gives them a cushion, and a Liverpool win sees them leap frog United
- Liverpool are meeting Man Utd at a bad time as United have finally come good
- I fancy Liverpool though, just because of the form they are in, and the way they can grind out the results, as they did against Swansea
Andy’s bets: LIVERPOOL: A 1-0 in a very tight game. Sturridge is slowly getting back to his best so I like him for first goalscorer. If not him, Coutinho or Lallana.
Hull v Chelsea
Sunday 4pm, Sky Sports 1
Chelsea have drawn seven of their last twelve games in all competitions…and they’re still going to cruise to the title.
- We know for definite that Hull will make it a hard game for Jose Mourinho’s men
- I do fancy Chelsea however, they might just be too strong in the end. We are still awaiting that statement win, and this could be the game.
Andy’s bets: CHELSEA: It wouldn’t surprise me if Costa ends up being the only scorer after finally breaking his duck.
QPR v Everton
It seems Roberto Martinez needs to go on a late season winning run to be sure of a job next season…or at least to keep the fans off his back.
- Everton got a right good thumping on Thursday evening
- The long journey back from Kiev won’t help them
Andy’s bets: QPR