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Andy Gray: More pressure for Van Gaal, a happy Klopp and a 12/1 correct score to round off the day

by Andy Gray | December 26, 2015

Andy’s Treble: Chelsea, Spurs and Man City all to win at 6/4

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Stoke v Manchester United – 12.45pm

It’s troubling times for Manchester United and I think this is more than just three points on the line for Louis Van Gaal. If United lose, and I think they could, his position will be in serious doubt.

I fancy Stoke, even though they lost to Crystal Palace last week Mark Hughes will be expecting his players to perform better than that. United appear to me to be lacking in confidence and belief, they’re not enjoying their football.

This will be tight but I fancy Stoke to heap more pressure on Van Gaal. United don’t have a lot of goals in them so Stoke play anywhere near like they did against Manchester City I fancy them to win to win 1-0 or 2-1.

Andy’s Bet: Stoke to win at

Liverpool v Leicester – 3pm

Leicester are the underdogs in the betting but that won’t stop them from playing with a freedom that’s so refreshing. That said I fancy Liverpool but the problem I have is I don’t know which Liverpool is going to show up. Will it be the team that beat Manchester City so convincingly at the Etihad or the one which lost to Watford last week. They were absolutely hopeless in that game.

I’m going to bank on the former and that Klopp is going to get a performance from his players. He was so disappointed last week that I can’t believe he hasn’t gotten stuck in to his players last week to demand better.

There should be goals in this game, similar to Leicester’s trip to Goodison Park last week when they won 3-2. I can see something similar again because Leicester are so open. Liverpool have got problems at centre-back with Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren out injured so that won’t make life easy for them.That said I can see Liverpool winning 3-2.

Andy’s Bet: Liverpool to win 3-2 at

Chelsea v Watford – 3pm

With the problems Chelsea have got we still have a team bang in form your can back at . I feel that Chelsea might just be easing their way back. There’ll be a different feel about Stamford Bridge. They won last week, Mourinho’s gone and Guus Hiddink is in, possibly with Didier Drogba to join him.

Watford are a threat and if you don’t deal with the front two, Deeney and Ighalo, you give yourself a problem. But I think Chelsea can deal with them and I’m looking for them to control the game and win 2-0.

Andy’s Bet: Chelsea to win 2-0 at

Aston Villa v West Ham – 3pm

It’s Villa to get their first win at home this season. They’re due it, they need it and I’m going for a narrow Villa win.

Andy’s Bet: Aston Villa to win at

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace – 3pm

Palace to beat Bournemouth. Their away form to stand up and bring the Cherries’ run to an end.

Andy’s Bet: Crystal Palace to win at

Manchester City v Sunderland – 3pm

City are big odds on and I agree. They’re big favourites and this should be a home banker.

Andy’s Bet: City -2 goals at

Swansea v West Brom – 3pm

Two teams struggling a little bit so I’m going to go for a score draw.

Andy’s Bet: Draw and both teams to score at

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich – 3pm

Spurs are I side I like to get a Champions LEague spot this season and if they’re going to finish in the top four they need to win their home games against sides like Norwich. Home win.

Andy’s Bet: Spurs -1 goal at

Newcastle v Everton – 5.30pm

Everton have only won two league games in their last ten which is extraordinary when you think how positive everyone has been about them. They’re actually struggling. They’ve drawn too many games and they’re not winning enough but Newcastle are a big doubt for me. I think Everton will give a good performance and win 2-1.

Andy’s Bet: Everton to win 2-1 at

Southampton v Arsenal

Southampton’s form doesn’t suggest we can be looking at them with any great confidence. Ronald Koeman’s side are in a bit of turmoil but he has some really good players who should enjoy playing against Arsenal. This is one I’m really looking forward to and it could be the best game of the day. It will be open, there will be goals and I’m going to go for Southampton to get something. I don’t think they can win but I like the score draw in this game.

Andy’s Bet: 2-2 draw at

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