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Mark Lawrenson's Premier League predictions 2

1 Name: 606 2017-05-12 23:56
Just true to form Mark Lawrenson gets more results wrong than right, may the form continue.

following on from: https://archive.4ct.org/sports/read/1408828655/
2 Name: 606 2017-05-12 23:57
Manchester City v Leicester City (12:30 BST)

I know Leicester have got a good record against Manchester City recently - they thumped them 4-2 in December and won at Etihad Stadium on their way to winning the title last season - but I just don't see the Foxes beating them again.

I think last season's champions might make it quite an open game, but that will probably suit Pep Guardiola's side.

Guardiola still has a bit of work to do to make sure of a top-four finish but it is in Manchester City's hands and I think they will make it - they have only lost one of their 14 league games since that 4-0 defeat at Everton in January.

Whatever happens in the final three matches, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare should get the job on a permanent basis in the summer - he definitely deserves it.

The players have responded to him since he took over on a temporary basis in February.

After a pretty turbulent campaign, if you know your manager is perfectly capable of getting you good results then why would you run the risk of changing things and seeing the same happen again?

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
3 Name: 606 2017-05-12 23:58
Bournemouth v Burnley

Bournemouth are definitely staying up, and Burnley are effectively safe too because their goal difference means Hull won't catch them.

So both teams could be forgiven if they were on their holidays, because survival is a great achievement for both.

Burnley's form has picked up in the past couple of weeks but Bournemouth always look good going forward and they will be confident of getting a goal, so let's go for a draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
4 Name: 606 2017-05-12 23:58
Middlesbrough v Southampton

Let's give Claude Puel some credit for what he has done in his first season at Southampton, because he has been without some key players for long periods, on top of the talent that left the club in the summer and then in January too.

Saints have still always been comfortable in mid-table, and reached the final of the League Cup.

True, they have never looked like repeating last season's sixth-place finish but that has to go down as an over-achievement, so this year has not been a backward step.

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, went down with a whimper.

You cannot blame Steve Agnew, who took charge in March, for that - it was predecessor Aitor Karanka who set the tone for the season.

Karanka had this thing where it was all about not being beaten, which is all well and good if you are nicking wins while you are doing it, but Boro never really did that.

The times I saw them under him in the first half of the season, they never committed enough players forward - their three midfielders just sat in.

Agnew tried to change that but it didn't solve the other problem in their team, which is a lack of creativity. It was not addressed by Karanka in the January transfer window, and the end result is Championship football next season.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
5 Name: 606 2017-05-12 23:59
Sunderland v Swansea

It is amazing how often a team's form improves once they have been relegated, and we saw it again when Sunderland beat Hull.

This is a far from straightforward game for Swansea, who could put some breathing space between themselves and the Tigers with a win.

I don't think they will get it - I am backing Sunderland to get a point, and make it two games unbeaten - equalling their longest run this season.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
6 Name: 606 2017-05-12 23:59
Stoke City v Arsenal (17:30 BST)

I think Liverpool will have to win their final two games of the season to make the top four, because I think Arsenal are going to win all three of theirs.

The Gunners end their campaign with games at home to Sunderland and Everton, and I would expect them to beat both of those teams at the Emirates.

This is the toughest game of their run-in, but I also think Arsene Wenger's side will win in Stoke - the scene of a protest against him at the train station in December 2014.

It would be typical of Arsenal to end a difficult league season with some good results, and I think Danny Welbeck will play a key part for them, because he is looking stronger with every game he plays after coming back from injury.

Arsenal's system with three centre-halves really seems to suit Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at right wing-back, and it works well with Kieran Gibbs on the other side, although both players seem to better going forward than they are coming back to defend.

Stoke have only won one of their past nine games but are still in the running for a top-half finish.

The Potters will not roll over, but I think the Arsenal fans can leave their 'Wenger Out' banners at home this weekend.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
7 Name: 606 2017-05-13 00:00
[b]SUNDAY[/b

Crystal Palace v Hull City (12:00 BST)

This is a big one at the bottom of the table but, as bad as Crystal Palace were against Manchester City, it is still very hard to tip Hull to win away.

The Tigers have not managed a league victory on the road since 20 August, when they won at Swansea. Seventeen away trips later, they have picked up only three more points with three draws and, overall, they have the worst away record in the top flight.

Palace have been all over the place defensively recently, and three defeats in a row have put them back in trouble.

A point would do for the Eagles here, though, and that is what I think they will get.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
8 Name: 606 2017-05-13 00:00
West Ham v Liverpool (14:15 BST)

As I have said, I think Liverpool will need to win their final two games to make the top four - but I am just not convinced they will do it. I don't think they will get three points against West Ham for starters.

If Liverpool do fall short, it will be because of their mentality. They play as if they will always create chances, so can be somewhat wasteful - but that is not the case. There is something missing with their attack at the moment.

I presume Jurgen Klopp will start with Adam Lallana even if he is not 100% fit because there is no point protecting him any longer - they need his help now.

There is also a case for giving Daniel Sturridge a start too. After coming off the bench along with Lallana in the second half against Southampton on Sunday, he was one of the few Liverpool players to look lively in what was a really poor result for the Reds.

West Ham are supposedly one of the teams interested in signing Sturridge in the summer so this is something of a showcase for him - his future is undecided but it does not matter what his motivation is if he gets Liverpool the points.

The key will be whether they can break West Ham down - the Hammers played with three at the back in their win over Tottenham last week and flooded the midfield.

If they do that again, there will not be much space for Liverpool's creative players, which is why I am going for a draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
9 Name: 606 2017-05-13 00:01
Tottenham v Man Utd (16:30 BST)

It is Tottenham's final game at White Hart Lane but the occasion should not surprise most of the Manchester United players because they played - and lost - in West Ham's last game at Upton Park at the end of last season too.

I have been saying for a while now that I don't buy Jose Mourinho's comments about the size or strength of his squad, and I don't see United's Europa League campaign as an excuse if they miss out on the top four.

Mourinho said he would rest a lot of players against Arsenal last weekend but when you totalled up starting appearances by both teams, United's players had made 226 more appearances than the Gunners' side - that says it all about his so-called weakened team.

Tottenham's defeat and performance at West Ham was a disappointing end to their title hopes but I think we have seen enough from them this season to expect a response, especially at home where they have won 16 and drawn two of their 18 league games so far.

I always enjoyed going to White Hart Lane as a player, because they would always let you play - I don't recall losing many times there with Liverpool.

One memory that stands out is from a game in the 1980s where Kenny Dalglish got absolutely lumped by Tottenham defender Graham Roberts, who was part centre-half, part assassin.

About 30 seconds later, a certain G. Souness got his revenge on Roberts with a very similar sort of tackle. As was often the case, that was the end of that matter.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
10 Name: 606 2017-05-19 20:53
LAWRO'S FINAL DAY PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 BST

SUNDAY

Arsenal v Everton

It appears Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is going to stay on for another year or two and, if that is the case, I am not sure why they have kept it such a big secret.

So, it does not look like this will be Wenger's final game at the Emirates Stadium, but it could be Alexis Sanchez's - the future of the Gunners striker is still in doubt.

Arsenal have got next week's FA Cup final to think about but I don't think that will affect the result, because they can still finish in the top four and they have to go for the win in case Manchester City or Liverpool slip up.

Everton will finish seventh whatever happens and they will make a game of it, but the Gunners are on a good run and I think they will come out on top.

However, even if Arsenal do win, I think it will be too little, too late for Wenger's side as far as making the Champions League places goes - I think Liverpool and City will both win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
11 Name: 606 2017-05-19 20:53
Burnley v West Ham

Other than their win over Tottenham, West Ham's season has tailed off in the last few weeks.

Yes, the Hammers are missing some injured players but they have been very average for a while.

When their fans look at this season, it is their new stadium and their summer recruitment that have been the bugbears for them.

For a while it looked like Slaven Bilic's side were going to get dragged into a relegation skirmish but they are going to get a mid-table finish, which is probably what they deserve.

West Ham are not a bad side when everyone is fit but, if they want a repeat of their seventh-place finish in 2015-16, they definitely need to sign some better players.

Burnley's target this season was to stay up and they have done it. It is mission accomplished and they can build again, which is great.

Their home form has been the key and I think it helped that they got an 'extra' match at Turf Moor early in the season - the venue of their game with Liverpool in August was switched because Anfield was not ready.

They won that game which not only gave them points on the board but it also set the tone for the rest of the campaign. They have never really been under much pressure.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
12 Name: 606 2017-05-19 20:54
Chelsea v Sunderland

Chelsea will get their hands on the Premier League trophy at the final whistle and and will want to sign off with a win but I am not sure what sort of team Antonio Conte will pick before the FA Cup final.

He made lots of changes for Monday's win over Watford but will have to be careful about doing the same for this game.

If, say, striker Diego Costa does not play then he will go two weeks without playing before facing Arsenal at Wembley and it is easy for players to lose their edge.

Whatever team Conte picks, I don't think Sunderland will be able to stop the Blues from finishing their title-winning campaign on a high note.

There are more questions than answers about what will happen next at the Black Cats, and the only thing we really know is that they will be in the Championship next season.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
13 Name: 606 2017-05-19 20:54
Hull City v Tottenham

Hull were relegated after losing to Crystal Palace last week but it was their home defeat against Sunderland in their previous game that really did the damage.

Tottenham said goodbye to White Hart Lane with a deserved win over Manchester United and they will want to finish the season strongly despite missing out on the title.

People will say they did not win anything but Spurs are a very good side who came close to winning the title - they did not bottle it one bit.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is doing a great job and the rest of the top six would take a lot of their players if they could - that is how good they are.

Analysis: I'd back Spurs for the title if they were staying at White Hart Lane - Jenas

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
14 Name: 606 2017-05-19 20:55
Leicester v Bournemouth

Bournemouth have already bettered their points tally from last season, despite having a slippery month or two at the start of 2017.

Joshua King has been brilliant since Callum Wilson was injured at the start of February and the Norwegian striker has made astonishing progress as a player since I saw him when he came on loan to Preston in 2010.

The Cherries are already in the top 10 and, if they can become a little bit meaner defensively, then they can continue their progress next season.

Leicester will go above them - and into the top half - with a win, however, and that is what I think will happen.

I do not understand why the Foxes have not revealed yet whether Craig Shakespeare will stay on as manager, but he deserves to keep the job because he turned their season around.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
15 Name: 606 2017-05-19 20:55
Liverpool v Middlesbrough

A win for Liverpool will secure a top-four finish and surely even they cannot slip up this time.

It is all very well saying because Middlesbrough are down already, the pressure is off them and they can go to Anfield and play their football - well, I have not seen Boro play any for the past 37 games.

One big effort from Liverpool will get them over the line, and there will be a good atmosphere which will help.

It is a big game and if they are not revved up and they cannot beat Boro, then they do not deserve to be in the Champions League.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
16 Name: 606 2017-05-19 20:55
Man Utd v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are safe from relegation and in normal circumstances I would be expecting an open game on the final day of the season.

But I have no idea what sort of team either manager will put out, so it is very difficult to predict the outcome.

Jose Mourinho will make lots of changes before Wednesday's Europa League final, but he has such a big squad that it could still be a strong Manchester United side, if he wants it to be.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
17 Name: 606 2017-05-19 20:55
Southampton v Stoke

Southampton are guaranteed a top-half finish and can make sure of a top-eight finish with a win, which underlines that they have had another very good season.

Stoke's form has been heading in a downhill direction for a while now but the nature of the last day of the season always throws up some unexpected results, and I think this game will provide one of them.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
18 Name: 606 2017-05-19 20:55
Swansea v West Brom

This could have been a very tense affair but the pressure is off Swansea after they secured their survival last weekend, and instead it will be party time for them.

I was at West Brom's defeat at Manchester City on Tuesday and they will not change - Tony Pulis will set them up to try to make life difficult for the opposition.

Again, this game is hard to predict because there is nothing really riding on it but I think Paul Clement will have three points to celebrate, as well as staying up.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
19 Name: 606 2017-05-19 20:56
Watford v Man City

I had been wondering for a while what was going to happen to Watford boss Walter Mazzarri, and it was no surprise when it was announced this week that he will be leaving.

I think the Hornets will play well in his farewell game but I still think Manchester City will get the win they need to secure third place.

City are playing well and I thought Vincent Kompany looked great at the back when I watched him against West Brom at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

An open game would definitely suit Pep Guardiola's side and surely Watford will not sit in, because what would be the point of that?

Lawro's prediction: 0-3
20 Name: 606 2017-08-13 15:56
Man Utd v West Ham (16:00 BST)

I see West Ham as a mid-table side looking upwards, but it is asking a lot for them to get anything at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have got a massive squad - in terms of quality as well as numbers, I think it is the best in the Premier League - and I think they are going to have a real go in every competition this season.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
21 Name: 606 2018-08-11 13:44
Bournemouth v Cardiff

His team's survival is probably the only aim for Cardiff manager Neil Warnock this season and he has bought in some interesting players to try to achieve it.

A lot of them are from the Championship, including Preston left-back Greg Cunningham, Bristol City striker Bobby Reid and Norwich winger Josh Murphy, and Warnock has been very clever there.

Between them, they have not played much in the Premier League, if at all, but they will have something to prove.

And although I think Cardiff will struggle, if they end up going down then they will have a very good team at that level.

This is Bournemouth's fourth season in the top flight, and they have just spent big by their standards by bringing in Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma for £25m.

Last year, the Cherries had to wait until the middle of September to get their first win, but it never felt like they panicked.

You know what style of football you are getting from Eddie Howe's side, but it is the same with Warnock's teams and I think they will scrap their way to a point on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
22 Name: 606 2018-08-11 13:44
Fulham v Crystal Palace

Keeping hold of Wilfried Zaha was massive for Crystal Palace because he makes such a difference to their team.

It is going to be interesting to see how new Eagles midfielder Max Meyer gets on in the Premier League too, after his arrival from Schalke.

Fulham have signed a lot of players following their promotion so I am not sure what to expect from them.

But it is sure to be a good atmosphere at their first game back in the top flight since 2014, and I am backing them to start with a win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
23 Name: 606 2018-08-11 13:45
Huddersfield v Chelsea

Huddersfield basically swam the channel to stay up last season and I think the next few months are going to be a similar story for them.

I know the Terriers have strengthened their squad, but they are not going to come out and play open attacking football, and I think they probably already know they will be fighting to keep their head above the water again.

This might be a good time for them to play Chelsea, who are in a mess at the moment.

The Blues at least managed to replace goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is on his way to Real Madrid, but they look short up front with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

For their sake, I hope it does not quickly turn into a season where, a few weeks in, Eden Hazard starts to wonder why he did not also leave for Real.

It is going to take their new manager Maurizio Sarri a while to settle in and sort things out, which is why I don't think they will finish in the top four, but I am still backing them to win this game.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
24 Name: 606 2018-08-11 13:45
Watford v Brighton

Every year I seem to say Watford will have a tough season and they always come good.

And although their fans would probably be delighted if I tipped them to have a rough time again, I actually think they will stay up.

Brighton did well to beat the drop last time out after winning promotion, and I think they will build on that this year.

It looks like they have made some good signings that might have gone under the radar - a bit like Pascal Gross did when he joined them a year ago.

Seagulls manager Chris Hughton has got a plan in place, and his teams are always very steady. I am going with a Watford win here, but I don't see Brighton going down this season.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0
25 Name: 606 2018-08-11 13:45
Wolves v Everton (17:30 BST)

I look at Wolves and what they have done over the summer in the transfer market and think they are going to go for it again after winning promotion.

They have got some very talented Portuguese players and they are a team that I can see scoring lots of goals and having a decent season.

I am still waiting to be convinced by Everton manager Marco Silva after his time in charge of Hull and Watford, but he has signed some interesting players.

I think Everton will have a less turbulent season than last time but it might take Silva a while to work out what his best team is. That's why I am going for Wolves to win this one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
26 Name: 606 2018-08-11 13:46
SUNDAY

Liverpool v West Ham (13:30 BST)

Both of these teams have had a busy summer in the transfer market and, after struggling last season, West Ham have got to be aiming for the top 10 this time.

Liverpool are aspiring to finish a bit higher, obviously, and when I look at the signings that all the teams have made, they look like they have done the best business.

I think the Reds will push City for the title this season and I am backing them to begin with a win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
27 Name: 606 2018-08-11 13:46
Lawro's top-four prediction 2018/2019
1. Man City
2. Liverpool
3. Man Utd
4. Arsenal
28 Name: 606 2018-08-11 13:47
Southampton v Burnley (13:30 BST)

Burnley are usually very steady but are they going to be able to deal with the demands of Europa League football too?

If they get to the group stage, then continuously playing Thursday-Sunday is a difficult one to adjust to.

Southampton only scored 37 goals in 38 league games last season and that area is my biggest concern with them at the moment.

Saints boss Mark Hughes has brought in Mohamed Elyounoussi and Danny Ings to give him more options up front but how their season goes will depend on whether they can find a regular goalscorer, who can stay fit.

Do I think they will beat Burnley? I do.

The Clarets, who were in action in Turkey on Thursday night, have already had a few games in the Europa League but they have not had the chance to find any rhythm and I don't feel as if starting their season early has given them any advantage.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
29 Name: 606 2018-08-11 13:47
Arsenal v Man City (16:00 BST)

What a game this is to start the season for both teams.

New Arsenal manager Unai Emery might not have made any really big stand-out signings, but, with the players he has brought in, I think he has addressed the fact that they have been weak defensively through the middle of midfield and at the back.

But while Emery might not work out his best team for a few weeks, we know all about City - who looked very smooth in their win over Chelsea in the Community Shield last weekend.

City should win this game too, but Emery deserves time to work things out and by that I mean longer than the first few weeks of the season when his side also play Chelsea (away), West Ham (home) and Cardiff (away).

When a manager leaves after being at a club for more than 20 years, like Arsene Wenger was, there is always going to be a lot of change going on and we should leave Emery alone to get on with it.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
30 Name: 606 2018-09-15 13:55
Bournemouth v Leicester

Bournemouth suffered their first defeat of the season before the international break, going down to two late Chelsea goals.

Leicester lost at home to Liverpool last time out and there is a little bit of pressure on Foxes boss Claude Puel despite the fact that, like the Cherries, they have made a decent start.

This is a tough call. You know that the Cherries will play attacking football, but I think Leicester will get something from this one.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
31 Name: 606 2018-09-15 13:56
Chelsea v Cardiff

Like Liverpool and Watford, Chelsea have got a 100% record from their first four league games and I see that perfect start continuing here.

Cardiff, in contrast, have not won yet but I don't think their manager Neil Warnock will be too concerned, even if they lose again on Saturday.

The big games for the Bluebirds are against the teams that are going to be around them towards the bottom of the table - anything they get at Stamford Bridge is a bonus but they do not want to be on the end of a heavy defeat.

I'd expect the Welsh side to be very competitive, but Chelsea will have too much for them.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
32 Name: 606 2018-09-15 13:56
Huddersfield v Crystal Palace

The good news for Crystal Palace is that it looks like Wilfried Zaha is on his way back from his groin injury. It seems like they rarely win without him.

Huddersfield are another of the five top-flight teams without a league win but they will be happy with the point they got at Everton last time out.

Palace, whose only win came art Fulham on the opening day, have not really got going yet either, but I think Zaha will help them edge this one.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
33 Name: 606 2018-09-15 13:56
Man City v Fulham

Fulham let a two-goal lead slip against Brighton last time out and only ended up with a point, which is not a good omen ahead of a trip to Etihad Stadium.

But, like Cardiff's trip to Chelsea, this is a free hit for one of the newly-promoted sides.

Nobody is expecting them to get anything from the defending champions, and their aim will be to have something positive to take away from the day, even if it is not the result.

By that I mean not being torn apart and creating some chances themselves, but I don't see Fulham going to City and scoring so good luck with that.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
34 Name: 606 2018-09-15 13:57
Newcastle v Arsenal

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has had some stick for the way he has been setting his teams up so defensively, although the Magpies fans are still very much on his side.

Saturday will be no different - you know his focus will be as much on stopping Arsenal as it is on how his own team get forward.

I just have a feeling it might work this time. Arsenal's players are not the only ones who have been away on international duty of course, but this might be a good time for Newcastle to play them.

Benitez's side beat the Gunners at St James' Park last season, to effectively ensure they stayed up, and I am going to go for the same result.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
35 Name: 606 2018-09-15 13:58
Watford v Man Utd (17:30 BST)

Watford are flying, and much has been made of the part in that played by Troy Deeney's partnership with Andre Gray up front.

This will be a real test for Manchester United's defence, but it is one I think they will pass.

United's win at Burnley last time out was a big result for them, not just because they needed the three points after losing two games in a row, but because they needed to stop all the chatter around Jose Mourinho's future.

I am going to go for another United win here, although I think it will be close.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
36 Name: 606 2018-09-15 13:58
Wolves v Burnley (13:30 BST)

Wolves picked up their first top-flight win of the new campaign last time out, courtesy of Adam Traore's stoppage-time strike at West Ham, and they have looked lively whenever I have seen them this season.

Burnley are yet to win a league game this season and have only one point from their first four league games as well as going out of the Europa League.

With the chances they had at Southampton on the opening weekend of the season, the Clarets should really have beaten them, but it has still been a disappointing start for Sean Dyche's side.

This is a very important game for them and, given Burnley's form, a lot of people might look at it and think they fancy Wolves.

But this is the type of game that Burnley did well in last season and they showed then that they are capable of getting a positive result out of it.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
37 Name: 606 2018-09-15 13:58
Everton v West Ham (16:00 BST)

West Ham are the only top-flight team without a point this season and their manager Manuel Pellegrini has got a few things to sort out right through his team.

Defensively, the Hammers are abysmal. They were so, so open against Wolves and they have been the same in every other game.

Without changing the personnel - as in going to get some more players - I can't see what they are possibly going to do to change that.

Meanwhile, Everton are still unbeaten and have been playing all right but will feel they have dropped points - in their home draw with Huddersfield last time out, or away at Wolves, for example.

I think they will win on Sunday but there are much tougher tests to come.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
38 Name: 606 2018-09-15 13:58
Southampton v Brighton (20:00 BST)

Both of these teams have four points from their first four games and both have picked up an impressive win along the way too - Brighton against Manchester United in August and Southampton at Crystal Palace last time out.

This should be a close contest - the Seagulls showed they are ready to scrap when they came back from 2-0 down to draw with Fulham last time out and, with Danny Ings up front, Southampton are looking far more dangerous up front that they did last season.

I am delighted for Danny because he had such a dreadful time of it with injuries at Liverpool. He is one of those players who everyone loves, because of his work ethic and the way he trained, so it is brilliant he is back playing and scoring.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
39 Name: 606 2018-10-06 13:33
Burnley v Huddersfield

This game is not too far away from being a derby because the two clubs are only about 20 miles apart.

Burnley nicked the points against Cardiff last week, but that is not a bad thing.

It was a bit reminiscent of what they did so well and so often last season, which was to pinch the win when they were under all sorts of pressure.

Huddersfield's problems are well documented, and they include a lack of goals.

The issues that they have got are not going to go away, and it is already looking like it will be a long, hard season for them.

They will get a break one day, but I don't see it happening on Saturday. Another win for Burnley would put them back on an even keel after their own poor start.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
40 Name: 606 2018-10-06 13:33
Crystal Palace v Wolves

Wolves fans feared the worst when I finally tipped them to win last week, but I was right.

They left it late against Southampton, with two goals in the last 11 minutes, but they deserved their victory.

Palace, meanwhile, got beaten by Bournemouth on Monday night after conceding a stupid late penalty.

I am expecting a response from the Eagles but, because of their form and the way they are playing, Wolves are probably expected to win this.

I am not so sure. I know Wolves have already been to Old Trafford and picked up a point but Selhurst Park is a very different environment, and I think they might find it tough there.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
41 Name: 606 2018-10-06 13:33
Leicester v Everton

Both teams ended up comfortable winners last time out, with Leicester winning at Newcastle and Everton beating Fulham.

The Toffees always seem to create chances when they are away from home but they are yet to win on the road this season, and I am backing Leicester to edge this.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
42 Name: 606 2018-10-06 13:33
Tottenham v Cardiff

This is going to be a very different test for Tottenham after their defeat by Barcelona in midweek.

Spurs just have to look at that Barca game in isolation, and forget about it, because it will have no bearing on this game.

Cardiff will try to close Tottenham down and stop them playing but it is going to be difficult for them at Wembley.

The Bluebirds are in a similar situation to Huddersfield in that they are down at the bottom of the table and do not appear to have the personnel to do much about it.

At the top end, with two of the three teams above them - Manchester City and Liverpool - playing each other, this is a big chance for Tottenham to get closer to at least one of them.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
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Watford v Bournemouth

This is sixth versus seventh and, although Watford also began strongly last season, this has been by far Bournemouth's best start to a campaign since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2015.

Both teams play good attacking football and both of them have had blips - Bournemouth's came in their defeat by Burnley a couple of weeks ago, and Watford's when they lost to Arsenal last time out.

But what they also both had in common was they still created lots of chances in those games. Their attacking play is a real positive.

If I am being critical, Bournemouth probably give away too many chances too, and that is why I am going for a Hornets win here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
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Man Utd v Newcastle (17:30 BST)

The situation at Old Trafford is a strange one in many ways and I can't help feeling that the strained relationship we see in public between Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and his players is only the tip of the iceberg.

It is a problem that is not going to go away, either. At the start of September, United won three games - all away from home - but they were still just one defeat away from another crisis.

Mourinho is not helping matter with what he is saying either. His message seems to be 'it is not my fault' but I'm sorry, he is the manager, and they carry the can.

Ultimately, looking at the way his team is playing at the moment, you would have to seriously question his man-management style and say it does not work in the current climate at Old Trafford.

If Mourinho does not get on with Paul Pogba and they don't communicate much, then fine. If Mourinho can still get him to play well on a regular basis then does it matter? No, absolutely not - yet, it seems, with Mourinho, all of that does matter.

Mourinho might be thinking he can get Pogba out of the door in January but he has still got to manage him between now and the start of next year.

I don't think Mourinho's job is in any serious danger at the moment but I would be very interested in United's share price at the moment because, if that starts to drop. then the club's American owners are going to get involved.

As far as this game goes, it is going to be about whether Manchester United can break Newcastle down.

The Magpies have had a terrible start to the season and, however their manager organises his players, I cannot see them really having much joy on the counter-attack.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
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Fulham v Arsenal (12:00 BST)

Ryan Sessegnon clattered the bar for Fulham against Everton last week when the game was goalless.

I just felt if the Cottagers were going to get a positive result at Goodison Park, they had to score first.

Unfortunately for them, they didn't - and they ended up collapsing a little bit in the end.

I think they might get something out of this game, though. Arsenal are still on a very good run, but they played in Azerbaijan on Thursday while Fulham have had the week off.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
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Southampton v Chelsea (14:15 BST)

Imagine the mess Southampton would be in if Danny Ings had not been scoring goals for them?

Chelsea have been doing much better, obviously. Their draw with Liverpool was a brilliant game to watch and the Blues played really well.

I still think Maurizio Sarri's side can look vulnerable, though, particularly away from home.

I am not convinced by Antonio Rudiger or David Luiz at the back because they just strike me as a pair who might have one or two off days.

I know Saints have not won at home yet, and the Blues have not lost away but I think we will see that run of results reverse on Sunday, and I suspect Ings is going to play a big part.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
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Liverpool v Man City (16:30 BST)

Manchester City were so dominant last season because they had long spells where they were near their peak.

In contrast, I don't think either of these teams are playing near their best level yet.

But from my memory of winning the league myself with Liverpool, that does not matter - you just try to win games, regardless of how well you are playing.

And both teams just seem to keep on doing that. They are still getting results in the Premier League despite their players not really hitting their stride individually or collectively.

People are seeing City and Liverpool both being in quite average form as being a negative issue but, if you look at it another way, then they are both near the top of the table and they haven't even started playing the way they can.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
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Brighton v Wolves

After going six games unbeaten, Wolves slipped up at home to Watford last weekend, which surprised a lot of people - myself included.

But it was a reminder of where Wolves are at, as a promoted team. Their early performances have been impressive and probably got some of their fans thinking they can push for the top six, but a top-10 finish is a more realistic target.

The Hornets game saw Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo name the same team for the ninth successive Premier League game and it will be interesting to see if he makes changes now.

Does he think 'we have had a hiccup but this is still my best XI' or does he decide to shake things up a bit? This might be the time to make some changes.

Brighton's win at Newcastle was a great result for them, and for Seagulls boss Chris Hughton - who was very unlucky to lose his job as Magpies boss in 2010.

Hughton was sacked with the Magpies 11th in the top flight, with the club making a statement saying they wanted someone with "more managerial experience". It was a pathetic decision and Hughton has gone on to prove them wrong on multiple occasions, including last weekend.

Brighton are normally strong at home but they could be without Glenn Murray, who suffered a concussion against Newcastle, and, bearing that in mind, I think the points will be shared.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
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Fulham v Bournemouth

I am not sure if Fulham were so open defensively in their defeat against Cardiff just because they decided to go for it against a struggling team, but it was a worry.

I know people are looking at Fulham and thinking they are in trouble but I am still confident they will get a positive result soon.

This will be an open game, because Bournemouth are an attacking team too, and I think that will suit Slavisa Jokanovic's side - I am expecting a little bit of a revival at Craven Cottage.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
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Liverpool v Cardiff

Cardiff will be full of confidence after getting their first win of the season against Fulham last week but following that up at Anfield is going to be a huge ask for them.

I don't think this will be as easy for Liverpool as some might expect, though.

Jurgen Klopp made a few changes for his side's win over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday, but Cardiff have had the week off - they will be ready for them, and they won't roll over.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
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Southampton v Newcastle

Southampton really needed their point at Bournemouth last time out because it ended a run of three straight defeats.

But because Newcastle have sunk so low in recent weeks, I see this game as their turn to win.

The Magpies had plenty of chances against Brighton last weekend, with 27 shots at goal, but they could not take any of them.

If they keep doing that, the goals will come - and so will their first win of the season.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
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Watford v Huddersfield

Watford's win at Wolves was arguably the result of last weekend and they will be confident of getting another three points here.

Huddersfield have picked up two decent away draws at Everton and Burnley recently, and made life difficult for Liverpool last time out too, but their lack of a goal threat means it is hard to see them getting anything at Vicarage Road.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
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Leicester v West Ham (17:30 BST)

Leicester had their chances in the first half against Arsenal on Monday but finished up well beaten in the end.

West Ham also lost last time out but were a bit unfortunate to be defeated by Tottenham, with Hugo Lloris making some great saves for Spurs.

The Hammers' defence is a lot more solid these days, but the serious injury that winger Andriy Yarmolenko suffered against Spurs is a big blow to them.

Leicester's home form has been a bit up and down this season but I think they will edge this one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
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Burnley v Chelsea (13:30 GMT)

A big late goal such as the injury-time equaliser Chelsea scored against Manchester United always makes you feel like you have won the game.

It means the Blues will be full of confidence before their trip to Turf Moor, but it will not be an easy trip for them.

Chelsea are in action in the Europa League on Thursday and it feels as if Burnley are lying in wait for them.

Sean Dyche's side put up a decent fight against Manchester City last week until the defending champions got their second goal, and you just know that they will work hard, and be difficult to beat.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
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Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 GMT)

Crystal Palace have lost their past three games and their home form this season has been particularly poor, seeing them pick up only one point - against Newcastle - without managing a goal in their four games at Selhurst Park.

So, it does not seem a good time for them to be facing an Arsenal side who have won 10 games in a row in all competitions and who must be big favourites to keep that run going.

With Christian Benteke sidelined, scoring goals is definitely a problem for the Eagles, whose side have managed five in their nine league matches so far - Huddersfield are the only top-flight side to have scored fewer.

Palace have got some tough games coming up too - their three Premier League games in November are against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.

But it is not all doom and gloom for them. I agree with Eagles boss Roy Hodgson that their last defeat, at Everton, was hard to take after conceding two late goals - Palace would have gone ahead earlier in the game if they had converted a penalty, and things would have been very different from there.

The Eagles are overdue a performance at home and, if they can pick up a point, it might be a stepping stone for them to start climbing the table.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
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Man Utd v Everton (16:00 GMT)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho came out after Tuesday's defeat by Juventus and was talking about how good the Italian champions are.

Juve do look a very good team but you have to remember that Mourinho is in his third season as United boss, and he has spent an awful lot of money - so you have to ask why Juve were so much better.

It was not a surprising result, though. I would not say United are going from crisis to crisis because they are going to win some games, but you always feel there is a match around the corner where they are second best, like the Juve one.

I do think they will beat Everton, though. Romelu Lukaku has not been playing well and has not managed a goal in his past eight games but it is amazing how often players in similar situations find the net against their former club.

A defeat at Old Trafford would not be a disaster for Everton, who have won their past three matches.

I was impressed by what Toffees boss Marco Silva said after they had beaten Crystal Palace, when he talked about changing the game with his substitutes.

It is something the top six clubs have the ability to do with the strength in depth in their squads, and it would be great for Everton if they can do it on a regular basis, when they have to.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
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Tottenham v Man City (20:00 GMT)

Manchester City beat Tottenham easily at Wembley at the end of last season and, with its wide open spaces, I think it is a stadium that suits them.

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Richard Ashcroft
From the sectionPremier League
Lawro's predictions
Along with Liverpool and Chelsea, Premier League leaders Manchester City are unbeaten this season, but will Pep Guardiola's side keep that record intact after Monday's trip to Wembley to face Tottenham?

"Tottenham have struggled in Europe but they have been on a really good run domestically and are only two points behind City at the top of the table," BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson said.

"I see Spurs' run ending on Monday, though. It has already been a frustrating week for them, conceding a late equaliser against PSV in the Champions League, and this is the last game they need."

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week's guest is singer Richard Ashcroft.

The former Verve frontman is a Manchester United fan who has followed them since he was "about four or five years old".

Richard Ashcroft challenges Germany legend Lothar Matthaus
Richard Ashcroft, shown here playing for England and challenging former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus during a legends match in 2006, says his favourite current Manchester United player is Marcus Rashford
"My United heroes are the people like George Best, Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs who have the club within their DNA and spirit," Ashcroft explained to BBC Sport.

"I never saw Best play but he is my ultimate hero because he was the first rock 'n' roll footballer - he was a genius.

"George had a tremendous amount of pressure on his shoulders that other footballers did not have to deal with.

"He was human and he had his demons, yet he could still go out on a Saturday and give people something to remember, like Eric Cantona could.

'It's a must, must, must win game' - singer Richard Ashcroft's Premier League predictions
"Eric gave people a bit of magic to take home or go back to work with, and I think that is what Manchester United should be about - creating little moments of artistry with their attacking football.

"As far as current United players go, I really like Marcus Rashford. He is an amazing talent who looks like he is busting his guts, which is what I want to see.

"I don't like people strutting around, unless they are Eric. He could strut around because he was the king - he could turn a game in a second."

Premier League predictions - week 10
ResultLawroRichard
SATURDAY
Brighton v Wolvesx-x1-10-1
Fulham v Bournemouthx-x2-02-1
Liverpool v Cardiffx-x2-03-1
Southampton v Newcastlex-x0-20-0
Watford v Huddersfieldx-x2-02-0
Leicester v West Hamx-x2-00-1
SUNDAY
Burnley v Chelseax-x1-11-3
Crystal Palace v Arsenalx-x1-12-1
Man Utd v Evertonx-x2-02-0
MONDAY
Tottenham v Man Cityx-x0-21-1
A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS
All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless stated.

SATURDAY
Brighton v Wolves
Brighton v Wolves

After going six games unbeaten, Wolves slipped up at home to Watford last weekend, which surprised a lot of people - myself included.

But it was a reminder of where Wolves are at, as a promoted team. Their early performances have been impressive and probably got some of their fans thinking they can push for the top six, but a top-10 finish is a more realistic target.

The Hornets game saw Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo name the same team for the ninth successive Premier League game and it will be interesting to see if he makes changes now.

Very satisfying win for Brighton - Chris Hughton
Does he think 'we have had a hiccup but this is still my best XI' or does he decide to shake things up a bit? This might be the time to make some changes.

Brighton's win at Newcastle was a great result for them, and for Seagulls boss Chris Hughton - who was very unlucky to lose his job as Magpies boss in 2010.

Hughton was sacked with the Magpies 11th in the top flight, with the club making a statement saying they wanted someone with "more managerial experience". It was a pathetic decision and Hughton has gone on to prove them wrong on multiple occasions, including last weekend.

Brighton are normally strong at home but they could be without Glenn Murray, who suffered a concussion against Newcastle, and, bearing that in mind, I think the points will be shared.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Richard's prediction: I have got a family member Lloyd, who is a huge Brighton fan, but I can't see them winning. Wolves are pretty hot. 0-1

Fulham v Bournemouth
Fulham v Bournemouth

I am not sure if Fulham were so open defensively in their defeat against Cardiff just because they decided to go for it against a struggling team, but it was a worry.

Jokanovic frustrated by Fulham's defensive mistakes
I know people are looking at Fulham and thinking they are in trouble but I am still confident they will get a positive result soon.

This will be an open game, because Bournemouth are an attacking team too, and I think that will suit Slavisa Jokanovic's side - I am expecting a little bit of a revival at Craven Cottage.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Richard's prediction: 2-1

Liverpool v Cardiff
Liverpool v Cardiff

Cardiff will be full of confidence after getting their first win of the season against Fulham last week but following that up at Anfield is going to be a huge ask for them.

Cardiff City 4-2 Fulham: First league win a great feeling - Neil Warnock
I don't think this will be as easy for Liverpool as some might expect, though.

Jurgen Klopp made a few changes for his side's win over Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday, but Cardiff have had the week off - they will be ready for them, and they won't roll over.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Richard's prediction: Klopp has almost brought the mentality of his Borussia Dortmund side to Anfield. Liverpool have also happened upon a few world-class players in the transfer market as well. Luckily for them, things are going well. It pains me to say it but 3-1

Southampton v Newcastle
Southampton v Newcastle

Southampton really needed their point at Bournemouth last time out because it ended a run of three straight defeats.

But because Newcastle have sunk so low in recent weeks, I see this game as their turn to win.

Newcastle need to be more clinical - Benitez
The Magpies had plenty of chances against Brighton last weekend, with 27 shots at goal, but they could not take any of them.

If they keep doing that, the goals will come - and so will their first win of the season.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Richard's prediction: 0-0

Watford v Huddersfield
Watford v Huddersfield

Watford's win at Wolves was arguably the result of last weekend and they will be confident of getting another three points here.

Huddersfield have picked up two decent away draws at Everton and Burnley recently, and made life difficult for Liverpool last time out too, but their lack of a goal threat means it is hard to see them getting anything at Vicarage Road.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Richard's prediction: 2-0

Leicester v West Ham
Leicester v West Ham (17:30 BST)

Leicester had their chances in the first half against Arsenal on Monday but finished up well beaten in the end.

West Ham also lost last time out but were a bit unfortunate to be defeated by Tottenham, with Hugo Lloris making some great saves for Spurs.

Hammers created more chances than Spurs - Pellegrini
The Hammers' defence is a lot more solid these days, but the serious injury that winger Andriy Yarmolenko suffered against Spurs is a big blow to them.

Leicester's home form has been a bit up and down this season but I think they will edge this one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Richard's prediction: It might surprise people but I think West Ham are going to nick this one. 0-1

SUNDAY
Burnley v Chelsea
Burnley v Chelsea (13:30 GMT)

A big late goal such as the injury-time equaliser Chelsea scored against Manchester United always makes you feel like you have won the game.

It means the Blues will be full of confidence before their trip to Turf Moor, but it will not be an easy trip for them.

Chelsea are in action in the Europa League on Thursday and it feels as if Burnley are lying in wait for them.

Sean Dyche's side put up a decent fight against Manchester City last week until the defending champions got their second goal, and you just know that they will work hard, and be difficult to beat.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Richard's prediction: I would love the Burnley boys to put up some serious resistance and I am sure they will.

I believe it is going to be cold but that is to Burnley's advantage because it is always freezing up there - not one of their players should ever play at home with gloves or tights on. But I still think they are getting a beating, unfortunately. 1-3

Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 GMT)

Crystal Palace have lost their past three games and their home form this season has been particularly poor, seeing them pick up only one point - against Newcastle - without managing a goal in their four games at Selhurst Park.

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester: Emery praises Gunners 'high quality' football
So, it does not seem a good time for them to be facing an Arsenal side who have won 10 games in a row in all competitions and who must be big favourites to keep that run going.

With Christian Benteke sidelined, scoring goals is definitely a problem for the Eagles, whose side have managed five in their nine league matches so far - Huddersfield are the only top-flight side to have scored fewer.

Palace have got some tough games coming up too - their three Premier League games in November are against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.

Roy Hodgson admits late defeat is 'harsh blow'
But it is not all doom and gloom for them. I agree with Eagles boss Roy Hodgson that their last defeat, at Everton, was hard to take after conceding two late goals - Palace would have gone ahead earlier in the game if they had converted a penalty, and things would have been very different from there.

The Eagles are overdue a performance at home and, if they can pick up a point, it might be a stepping stone for them to start climbing the table.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Richard's prediction: I want to know who the guy was who wrote that banner 'in Arsene we trust' because now Arsene Wenger has left Arsenal, he has ruined it for me. I used to text the Arsenal fans I know after every bad result saying just one word - 'trust' - and now I can't do it.

Who are they playing again? Palace? Oh, they hate going there. C'mon Palace - 2-1

Man Utd v Everton
Man Utd v Everton (16:00 GMT)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho came out after Tuesday's defeat by Juventus and was talking about how good the Italian champions are.

Juve do look a very good team but you have to remember that Mourinho is in his third season as United boss, and he has spent an awful lot of money - so you have to ask why Juve were so much better.

Lukaku's moment is not sweet - Mourinho
It was not a surprising result, though. I would not say United are going from crisis to crisis because they are going to win some games, but you always feel there is a match around the corner where they are second best, like the Juve one.

I do think they will beat Everton, though. Romelu Lukaku has not been playing well and has not managed a goal in his past eight games but it is amazing how often players in similar situations find the net against their former club.

A defeat at Old Trafford would not be a disaster for Everton, who have won their past three matches.

Tactical changes paid off for Toffees - Silva
I was impressed by what Toffees boss Marco Silva said after they had beaten Crystal Palace, when he talked about changing the game with his substitutes.

It is something the top six clubs have the ability to do with the strength in depth in their squads, and it would be great for Everton if they can do it on a regular basis, when they have to.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Richard's prediction: This is must, must, must-win game for United and I would be happy with 2-0

Richard Ashcroft on Man Utd and Mourinho: "There are a lot of people jumping on Jose's back, but he has got a tremendous ability to absorb pressure.

"He has taken over a club in flux, but one that cannot wait around for a minute - we have got to be at the top, that is the only place for us.

"And, if we cannot be at the top, we had better be winning or losing with some kind of style.

"I have said this before, but I mean it - I would rather we go down with 11 lads from a 30-mile radius of Manchester, but playing the right way.

"I would rather be relegated than have stallions running around who don't understand what it means to put that shirt on.

"I am like any fan - I would pay to play and I would bust a gut. Give my that shirt man and I swear to God I would do something, even now."

MONDAY
Tottenham v Man City
Tottenham v Man City (20:00 GMT)

Manchester City beat Tottenham easily at Wembley at the end of last season and, with its wide open spaces, I think it is a stadium that suits them.

Manchester City 5-0 Burnley: Pep Guardiola joy at 'beautiful, beautiful goals'
I cannot see any reason why City won't do something similar this time - especially now Kevin de Bruyne is back from injury.

City boss Pep Guardiola said his side's performance in their midweek win over Shakhtar Donetsk was the best he had seen since he has been at the club, so it would appear they are in decent form too.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
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Bournemouth v Man Utd (12:30 GMT)

Bournemouth showed all of their best attacking attributes with the way they rolled Fulham over last time out.

The Cherries were great going forward and so clinical as well - they must be full of confidence at the moment.

Manchester United also won last weekend, but their performance against Everton was far more perfunctory.

I still think United will find a way of winning this one, though, even if they do not play particularly well.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
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Cardiff v Leicester

It is hard to know where the Leicester players will be mentally after such an emotional week.

There has been such an outpouring of love for Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died along with four others when his helicopter crashed after last week's game against West Ham.

He was clearly a very special person because the whole city has responded, and the Leicester players will be desperate to get a result for him.

Cardiff will be competitive, but I am backing Leicester to get a win on what will be a difficult day for everyone.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
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Everton v Brighton

Brighton rode their luck a little bit against Wolves last weekend but they held on for their third straight clean sheet that also secured a third successive win.

Chris Hughton's side have now got a bit of a cushion between themselves and the bottom of the table but he will obviously want to keep chipping away and picking up points.

It is hard to see them getting anything at Goodison Park, though.

Everton have dropped points at home to Huddersfield and West Ham but I think they are progressing as a team and, as I have said before, Toffees boss Marco Silva can change games from the bench if he has to.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
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Newcastle v Watford

Watford pummelled Huddersfield last week, while Newcastle's wait for their first Premier League win of the season went on after they drew 0-0 at Southampton.

On paper, this is another Hornets victory but I just have a feeling that Newcastle's luck at St James' Park is going to turn.

The Magpies managed 27 shots without scoring in their defeat by Brighton in their last home game and, if they keep creating that many chances, a couple of them are going to go in.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
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West Ham v Burnley

This game last season was memorable for West Ham for all the wrong reasons - they lost 3-0 and there were a series of pitch invasions during the second half.

There is a different mood at the London Stadium now, so let's hope we don't see any repeat of that kind of unrest.

West Ham are a better team than they were last season too but, at the moment, you would not say the same about Burnley.

I was surprised by how easily the Clarets were beaten by Chelsea at Turf Moor last weekend because I thought they would put up more of a fight.

Rather than chasing sixth or seventh place like last season, I think Burnley would be happy if they finished sixth or seventh from bottom this time.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
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Arsenal v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)

Both of these teams look dangerous when they come forward but at the back Liverpool are stronger, and they look a much better all-round team than they did 12 months ago.

Arsenal still have something of a soft centre, and the opposition always seems to create chances against them - which is asking for trouble against Liverpool.

The Gunners won 11 games in a row before they drew at Crystal Palace on Sunday but they have not played a top side since they lost to Manchester City and Chelsea at the start of the season.

I think Liverpool will have a little bit too much for them but, even if Arsenal do lose, this has still been a very encouraging start by their new manager Unai Emery.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
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Wolves v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)

I was surprised that Wolves were beaten by Brighton last weekend, but that was another lesson for them about life in the top-flight - and how you can still be beaten even if you have the better of a game.

It will be interesting to see if Wolves manage to have the majority of play and possession in this game, and how they approach it.

Manchester City are the only top six team to have come to Molineux so far this season - Wolves took the game to them, and it worked.

A lot has been said about Tottenham this week following their defeat by Manchester City, most of it negative.

Their wait to get into their new ground is clearly affecting the whole club but, on the pitch, from one to 11 they are still a very good side that has made a very good start to the season.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
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Man City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

Southampton cannot buy a goal at the moment - they have only managed six from their first 10 league games.

So, their chances of getting anything out of this game will rely on their defence, and whether they can hold out at Etihad Stadium.

Saints kept a clean sheet against Newcastle and Bournemouth in their past two games, but stopping City's attack is something else entirely. I cannot see it happening.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
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Chelsea v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

Crystal Palace are another team struggling for goals - they got two penalties against Arsenal last week but have a total of seven goals from their first 10 matches.

The Eagles' attack relies heavily on Wilfried Zaha, and if he does not produce some magic then they look short of ideas.

Chelsea, in contrast, are on a roll. Even without Eden Hazard they looked a class apart from Burnley last weekend, and were convincing winners.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has got a talented squad and happy camp - they are playing well, winning and enjoying themselves, and I think that will continue on Sunday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
67 Name: 606 2018-11-03 14:37
Huddersfield v Fulham (20:00 GMT)

On current form, this looks like it could be a game in the Championship next season - these two teams have managed one win from their combined 20 league games so far.

Huddersfield have not scored a goal in any of their five home games this season either, but surely that has to change against a Fulham team with the worst defensive record in the Premier League?

I actually think Huddersfield will win, but it is Fulham who have the better chance of staying up this season.

The Cottagers have got goals in their team, but they have got to find a formation that lets them keep the back door closed too because, at the moment, that is not happening.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
68 Name: 606 2018-11-10 14:58
Huddersfield v West Ham

Huddersfield will be full of confidence after getting a much-needed first win of the season against Fulham on Monday.

Now they are back at home again, in another game they will think they can get something out of.

West Ham can blow hot and cold so it is difficult to know what to expect from them, but we do know the Terriers do not score many - so I cannot see there being many goals in this one.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
69 Name: 606 2018-11-10 14:58
Leicester v Burnley

Leicester were playing for their late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in their win at Cardiff last week, and their first home game since he was killed along with four other people in a helicopter crash at King Power Stadium is sure to be another emotional day.

It is the first time the players and the home fans have all been together since the tragedy happened and the one thing that Leicester will not want to do in memory of the man is be beaten.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
70 Name: 606 2018-11-10 14:58
Newcastle v Bournemouth

Like Huddersfield, Newcastle picked up their first win of the season last week, which will have been a massive weight lifted off their players' shoulders.

The Magpies also get the chance to follow up that win against beatable opposition, and on home turf too.

When I say "beatable", I mean that as good as Bournemouth have been this season, it is not as though the Magpies are going away to play a top-four team.

As a player, when you finally win a game after a long wait, it can change your mindset. I am not saying the Magpies are going to surge up the table, but this is a chance for Rafa Benitez's side to carry on their momentum.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
71 Name: 606 2018-11-10 14:59
Southampton v Watford

Southampton are really struggling at the moment, but I don't think their 6-1 defeat by Manchester City will play on their minds too much here.

It is more Saints' lack of goals at home that is a problem - they have managed only three in five games so far.

After three draws and two defeats, Mark Hughes' side are still waiting for their first home win of the season too.

Will they get it against an inconsistent Watford side that lost to Newcastle last time out? Yes.

I am officially declaring this 'bottom of the table week' because this is another winnable game for a team in and around the relegation zone.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
72 Name: 606 2018-11-10 14:59
Crystal Palace v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

With two points from five games this season, Crystal Palace have the worst home record in the Premier League - even worse than Southampton's.

But the Eagles showed what they are capable of with their 2-2 draw against Arsenal the last time they played at Selhurst Park, and I am expecting something similar on Saturday.

This is another London derby, and they are almost always tight. Also, Tottenham have had lots of games recently - on some iffy pitches - which won't help them either.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
73 Name: 606 2018-11-10 14:59
Liverpool v Fulham (12:00 GMT)

Liverpool had a bad night against Red Star in Belgrade on Tuesday - in every department.

Their passing was poor, defensively they weren't great and although they created a few opportunities, their finishing wasn't up to scratch either.

From one to 11, they were ordinary and, as well as the fact they lost, the worrying thing for the Reds was that they looked like a one-trick pony.

They have not suddenly become a bad side, though. It is more that Jurgen Klopp tried to change his team around a little bit and it did not work.

And I don't see them struggling against Fulham either.

The Cottagers are having a disastrous run that has seen them fall to the bottom of the table, and I think they will lose for a seventh successive game on Sunday.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
74 Name: 606 2018-11-10 15:00
Chelsea v Everton (14:15 GMT)

Everton got a good win against Brighton last week and played really well too.

But scoring goals against the Seagulls at home is completely different to doing it at Stamford Bridge and it is hard to see past a Chelsea win here.

There is still a question mark over Blues striker Alvaro Morata, despite his goals against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

It was a good day for Morata, but he has had plenty of bad days too, and he needs to repeat that kind of form in the next 10 games to prove himself.

The good news for Chelsea is that they know they can always rely on Eden Hazard to get them out of trouble if they need it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
75 Name: 606 2018-11-10 15:00
Arsenal v Wolves (16:30 GMT)

The more I see of Arsenal, the more I think what a good job Unai Emery has done since taking charge of the Gunners, and with the minimum of fuss.

Arsenal were very impressive again in their draw with Liverpool, and I am expecting more of the same this time around.

Wolves have now lost three games in a row but, whatever happens here, I don't think they are in danger of slipping too far down the table - they have got too much quality for that.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
76 Name: 606 2018-11-10 15:00
Man City v Man Utd (16:30 GMT)

The way Jose Mourinho's side have been fighting back in games recently is like the United of old. Even if you have got a lead against them, you know they are going to come back.

City's fans might turn up at Etihad Stadium thinking they have done Southampton and Shakhtar for six, and now they will take United - but football is rarely that simple.

On a similar note, United fans might be optimistic because of their win at the Etihad towards the end of last season, but I don't see that happening again.

I don't see City winning either, though. I usually always fancy them so much to win at home, but with United being so resilient, I am going to go for a draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
77 Name: 606 2018-11-23 20:48
Brighton v Leicester

It has been a difficult few weeks for Leicester after the helicopter crash that killed Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others, but they have coped with everything very well, on and off the field.

Vichai's son, Aiyawatt, has taken over the club and pledged to carry on his father's work so nothing will change behind the scenes as they look to move on, and I imagine the Leicester players will be thinking 'that is great, now we need to do our part'.

With only one defeat from their first five games at the Amex Stadium this season, Brighton's home record is decent - but I just feel Leicester will edge this one.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
78 Name: 606 2018-11-23 20:49
Everton v Cardiff

Away from home this season, Cardiff have a total of one point and two goals from five games - and it is hard to see them improving on either at Goodison Park.

The Bluebirds just don't ever look like winning on the road, and it will be hard for them against Everton, who are nicely placed and got a decent draw at Stamford Bridge last time out.

Everton boss Marco Silva is getting very close to working out what his best team is, and he has good options from the bench too. They have got the makings of a good side.

They slipped up a couple of times at home earlier this season - losing to West Ham and drawing with Huddersfield - but, otherwise, they have beaten everyone you would expect them to, and Cardiff definitely fall into that category.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
79 Name: 606 2018-11-23 20:49
Fulham v Southampton

You nearly always get a bounce when you bring in a new manager, because players who have been in and out of the team feel they have got a chance to persuade him they should be starting.

Claudio Ranieri is a bit of a feel-good appointment for the fans as well, and I am expecting him to have an instant impact at Craven Cottage after replacing Slavisa Jokanovic.

Saints manager Mark Hughes is already under pressure and a defeat would obviously increase speculation about his own future.

His side were robbed in their last home game against Watford, in terms of a bad decision costing them, because there is no argument against the fact that Charlie Austin's goal should have stood.

But you could also argue that Watford were probably good value for a draw in that game anyway - and it is Saints' performances, as well as their results, that have left Hughes' job under scrutiny.

Southampton's next two games after this one are at home to Manchester United and away to Tottenham, so things are not going to get any easier for him anytime soon.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
80 Name: 606 2018-11-23 20:49
Man Utd v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have not won any of their past seven games in all competitions, and have managed just four goals in that spell too.

So this is simply a game that Manchester United have to win - can you imagine the furore from their fans if they don't?

It is one thing for United to be out-played and beaten by a team as good as Manchester City, which is what happened in the derby last time out, but it will not be acceptable if they slip up here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
81 Name: 606 2018-11-23 20:50
Watford v Liverpool

Despite the controversy over the way they got their point at Southampton before the international break, I actually thought Watford's performance at St Mary's was decent - that part of it seems to have been overlooked a bit.

Liverpool beat Fulham last time out but, for the first time at Anfield this season, they were probably a little bit fortunate to get a win.

There was a question mark over whether Aleksandar Mitrovic's goal for Fulham should have stood just before the Reds took the lead, and they huffed and puffed a bit after that too - it was not a very fluid performance.

It does not matter that Liverpool are not at their best at the moment - that is not a problem - but their preparation for this game might be.

The Reds are obviously not the only team who have seen all their players disappear on international duty over the past fortnight but Jurgen Klopp has an important Champions League match at Paris St-Germain on Wednesday to think about too, which complicates things a little bit for the weekend.

Taking all of that into consideration, I am going to go for a draw. I just have the feeling Watford will be lying in wait for them, and they will see Liverpool as a scalp - just like they did with Spurs when they beat them in September.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
82 Name: 606 2018-11-23 20:50
West Ham v Man City

The international break can be a distraction for the top teams and stop their momentum but I do not see that happening with Manchester City.

City boss Pep Guardiola will be on to his players straight away, ensuring they have got their focus back.

It is seven wins in a row for City in all competitions, and I think they will make it eight this weekend.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, who won the title with City in 2014, is starting to get some consistency from his attacking players like Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic, but upsetting his old team is a big ask.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
83 Name: 606 2018-11-23 20:50
Tottenham v Chelsea (17:30 GMT)

A lot has been made about Chelsea's impressive start under Maurizio Sarri, but Tottenham are only a point behind them.

If they win this, Spurs go above the Blues, which is an extra incentive - not that they need it, because there is not too much love lost between the two sides.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
84 Name: 606 2018-11-23 20:50
Bournemouth v Arsenal (13:30 GMT)

Wolves had umpteen chances and battered Arsenal last time out, and the Gunners were very fortunate to escape with a draw.

I don't think Arsenal will be so lucky this time, however.

I know they have built up a reputation for fighting back in games since Unai Emery took charge but I am expecting Bournemouth to cause them lots of problems, and also to hold on.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
85 Name: 606 2018-11-23 20:51
Wolves v Huddersfield (16:00 GMT)

I was very impressed by Wolves in their draw at Arsenal - they did enough to win that game.

They should have too much for a Huddersfield side that have mustered two points and four goals from their five away games this season.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
86 Name: 606 2018-11-23 20:51
Burnley v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)

Newcastle built up a bit of momentum with their results before the international break and now they have got a run of games where they will expect to pick up more points.

I don't see them winning on Monday night, though.

Burnley got a good point last time out at Leicester thanks to a determined defensive display and I think we will see more of the same here.

A draw at Turf Moor is still a decent result though - and I think if you offered that to Magpies boss Rafa Benitez now, he would snap your hand off.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
87 Name: 606 2018-12-01 15:13
Crystal Palace v Burnley

Both of these teams are just above the relegation zone, and both of them are struggling for goals - Burnley have scored 13 from 13 games so far, while Palace are the division's joint-lowest scorers with eight.

The Clarets seem to have lost some steel at the other end too. Only Fulham have conceded more goals in the top flight this season, and teams seem to be able to cut through Sean Dyche's side and create chances against them.

Palace's 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford last week was a really good result but their efforts there will seem a bit wasted if they follow that up by dropping points here - this is a game they have to win.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0
88 Name: 606 2018-12-01 15:13
Huddersfield v Brighton

Brighton boss Chris Hughton knows his side should have beaten Leicester last week, after leading 1-0 against a team who were down to 10 men for so long.

This is a tough game for the Seagulls, against a Huddersfield side who will be full of confidence after beating Wolves, and have now taken seven points from their past three games.

It is still going to be a long, hard season for the Terriers but until that run started, with a win over Fulham, it almost looked like you could close the doors and turn off the lights on their survival hopes.

Now, they have given themselves some hope - not just with some good results but good performances too.

I find it fascinating how often it seems to happen that when a team finds some form, like Huddersfield are, they tend to play teams who are losing form a little bit.

After winning all three of their games in October, Brighton have not won for a month. A few weeks ago they probably would have fancied their chances of taking three points here, but I am not so sure anymore.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0
89 Name: 606 2018-12-01 15:13
Leicester v Watford

Leicester are definitely due a home win - their last one came against Huddersfield on 22 September.

Watford did not deserve to lose by three goals to Liverpool last weekend but wouldn't it just be typical to see Hornets boss Javi Gracia sign his new four-year contract, and then lose his next match. That is how football often works.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
90 Name: 606 2018-12-01 15:14
Man City v Bournemouth

Bournemouth have lost three games on the bounce and a trip to Etihad Stadium is the last thing you need when you are trying to find some form.

At least it will be out of the way after this weekend, though. That is the way a lot of teams will view this fixture because they will not expect to get anything out of it.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
91 Name: 606 2018-12-01 15:15
Newcastle v West Ham

When Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez puts a run of good results together, it is not for just two or three games - it seems to last a bit longer than that.

The Magpies are currently unbeaten for four games and have won their past three, and I can see them getting three more points here.

West Ham, meanwhile, have only won one of their past six matches. Flaky is probably a good way to describe them, although I don't see them getting dragged down into the relegation battle.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
92 Name: 606 2018-12-01 15:17
Southampton v Man Utd (17:30 GMT)

Nothing seems to be working for Southampton at the moment and, although Manchester United are hardly firing on all cylinders, I still expect them to be too strong for Saints.

I just look at this game and cannot see Mark Hughes' side causing United enough problems to beat them.

This United side has got issues of their own in attack, as we have seen in their past two games against Crystal Palace and Young Boys, but I would back them to find a way to win on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
93 Name: 606 2018-12-01 15:18
Chelsea v Fulham (12:00 GMT)

New Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri goes back to Stamford Bridge, and he is sure to get a good reception.

Ranieri got a very good, and very important, win over Southampton last week in his first match in charge - but this is a much tougher assignment.

Fulham's biggest problem is that they have got such a soft centre and Ranieri is unlikely to be able to change that without bringing in some new personnel in the January transfer window.

As I predicted, Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season when they went to Wembley to play Tottenham, but I don't see it as a serious setback, or the start of them struggling.

The Blues just put in a poor performance, against a very good Spurs side. If they play like they have showed they can on Sunday, then they will bounce back with a win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
94 Name: 606 2018-12-01 15:18
Arsenal v Tottenham (14:05 GMT)

Tottenham have had some big games domestically and in Europe in the past couple of weeks, and they have won them all.

It helps that most of Spurs' players are fit again, or fit enough to play a part in games - like Christian Eriksen did on Wednesday when he came off the bench to score the winner against Inter Milan.

Jan Vertonghen's return from injury in that game was a boost but the really important thing for Tottenham is that their key attacking players - Eriksen, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min - are playing well.

On top of that, Moussa Sissoko is starting to look like the player they thought they had signed when they bought him from Newcastle two years ago.

That is why I am backing Spurs to come out on top here.

Arsenal have not really been convincing whenever I have seen them recently, but that just makes it even more impressive that no-one can beat them - they are 18 games unbeaten and ticking along quite nicely.

But that is just an extra thing for Spurs to aim at on Sunday. Not only can they take the three points, they can end Arsenal's run too - and they would really enjoy that.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
95 Name: 606 2018-12-01 15:18
Liverpool v Everton (16:15 GMT)

Under Marco Silva, Everton are one of the most improved teams in the league - but his first Merseyside derby is a very different test for him.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp knows what to expect, and he has not lost any of his six games against Everton, winning four of them.

It is not just bragging rights that are at stake this time, because Liverpool are looking to keep up with Manchester City at the top of the table, and Everton are trying to remain on the fringes of the top four.

It will be fast and furious, but I think Liverpool will win, and cure a bit of their hangover from their Champions League defeat against Paris St-Germain.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
96 Name: 606 2018-12-04 21:55
Bournemouth v Huddersfield

I was impressed by the way Bournemouth played against Manchester City on Saturday. They lost, but they caused the league leaders a lot of problems.

The Cherries have now lost four games in a row, although that bad run should come to an end here.

Huddersfield got a great result in their previous away game - a 2-0 win at Wolves - but otherwise they have been poor on the road.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
97 Name: 606 2018-12-04 21:55
Brighton v Crystal Palace

The M23 derby is always a spicy one and both teams come into it on the back of wins at the weekend.

Crystal Palace played really well to beat Burnley and build on their draw at Manchester United, but because of the nature of this game I would expect it to be very close and hard-fought.

I can see it ending up with the points shared.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
98 Name: 606 2018-12-04 21:56
West Ham v Cardiff

West Ham had one of their good days at Newcastle on Saturday, with Felipe Anderson continuing his excellent form.

Cardiff's win over Wolves on Friday night was a brilliant result for them, but they are another team who have been struggling on the road, taking only one point from six matches.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
99 Name: 606 2018-12-04 21:56
Watford v Man City (20:00 GMT)

Watford had their chances and enjoyed lots of possession, but could not turn that into goals in their defeat by Leicester on Saturday.

The Hornets have now taken only one point from their past four games. Their form is not a serious cause for concern, although I am not expecting Watford to improve on that tally on Tuesday.

Like most teams, the problem they will have against Manchester City is securing enough of the ball.

City boss Pep Guardiola left a few players out of the win over Bournemouth with a view to this one, and this might actually turn out to be a more straightforward game for the leaders.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
100 Name: 606 2018-12-04 21:56
WEDNESDAY

Burnley v Liverpool

Liverpool needed Jordan Pickford's error to hand them victory in Sunday's Merseyside derby, but they still got the job done and, in the Premier League, that is what they have been doing all season.

Burnley, meanwhile, are in trouble. It is not just as if they are out of sorts - more that, they seem to have lost their fight.

That was the one thing you could always rely on them having last season, when they were horrible to play against. Now it feels easy to beat them, which is very unusual for a Sean Dyche team.

Dyche has pointed out that they went a long run without winning then as well, but they were a different team, with a very different attitude.

It is two points from seven games now for Burnley and the really worrying thing is that they have played a few of the teams around them at the bottom in that time, without finding a way to win.

Turf Moor on a cold December night is still a test, no matter how badly Burnley are playing, but it is one I think Liverpool will pass.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp played 4-2-3-1 against Everton and brought Xherdan Shaqiri into the team. He could do the same here, but it looks like Roberto Firmino needs a rest, so Klopp might have to shuffle his pack a little to get the result he wants.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
101 Name: 606 2018-12-04 21:56
Everton v Newcastle

I thought Newcastle would keep their good run going against West Ham but they ended up being taken apart.

Everton were also beaten, but they did really well in the Merseyside derby. They got their tactics right offensively and defensively, and looked like a proper team.

It hard to see the Magpies getting anything at Goodison if Everton can replicate that performance. The Toffees fully deserve their place in the top six at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
102 Name: 606 2018-12-04 21:57
Fulham v Leicester

After Sunday's defeat at Stamford Bridge, new Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri faces another of his former clubs - and his old players at Leicester will be desperate to beat him, in the nicest possible way.

The Cottagers were competitive against the Blues and you can already see some signs that they are going to be more difficult to beat - but you cannot just conjure up drastically different results overnight with the same pool of players.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
103 Name: 606 2018-12-04 21:57
Wolves v Chelsea

Wolves' defeat at Cardiff means they have now taken only one point from their past six games, and things are not going to get any easier for them against Chelsea.

Nuno Espirito Santo's team need to find a decent performance from somewhere but, even if they do show some improvement here, that might not be enough for them to get a positive result.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
104 Name: 606 2018-12-04 21:57
Man Utd v Arsenal (20:00 GMT)

Sunday's north London derby was the perfect script for Arsenal, where they started well, found themselves 2-1 down but came back with a massive bang.

They would have probably beaten anybody with the way they played in the second half - they were that good.

Manchester United dropped more points in their draw at Southampton, but it was not a huge surprise. It was the same old story in many ways, in that they did not play well but managed to get a result.

Despite the contrast in both sides' form, I still have a feeling United will find a way to win game.

They need the three points if they are going to have any chance of making the top four by the end of the year, which is Jose Mourinho's target.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
105 Name: 606 2018-12-04 21:57
Tottenham v Southampton (20:00 GMT)

It was strange to see Southampton boss Mark Hughes get sacked after his side put in such a good performance against Manchester United, but he has paid the price for a string of poor results previously.

Whoever gets the job will have a chance to get to know the Saints squad before the January transfer window opens, and you can envisage him being busy next month - he will need to be.

Tottenham will be stinging after their derby defeat by Arsenal and we will see a reaction here. Whoever is in charge of Southampton will probably be leaving Wembley empty-handed.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
106 Name: 606 2018-12-08 12:14
Bournemouth v Liverpool (12:30 GMT)

This is a big week for Liverpool, who must win their Champions League group game against Napoli on Tuesday to reach the last 16.

They can start it by going top of the Premier League if they beat Bournemouth - but only Manchester United and Arsenal have won at Vitality Stadium this season, and neither of them found it particularly straightforward.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made some very brave changes in Wednesday's win at Burnley, starting the game without any of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah up front.

When they went 1-0 down at Turf Moor, I was thinking 'this is going to be interesting' but they responded in the right way.

Whatever line-up Klopp goes with this time, this will be a test.

Some of Liverpool's recent performances have been ordinary, while Bournemouth have been great this season, and returned to winning ways against Huddersfield on Tuesday after losing four in a row.

The Cherries play good football and are easy on the eye, but they are not a soft touch - and Liverpool will have to play well to beat them.

I am still really encouraged by Liverpool's season so far, though - their performances have not been great but, in the Premier League, their results have been.

In the Champions League, if Klopp's side had beaten Red Star in Belgrade - and I know it is is a big if - they would be virtually through to the knockout stage already and we would be looking at them in a different light.

They have not been playing well as a team, but I think what they have done so far is really positive, because I am thinking 'wow, what will they do if they really get going?'.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
107 Name: 606 2018-12-08 12:32
Arsenal v Huddersfield

Arsenal had a tough game against Manchester United on Wednesday night but they have got a decent-sized squad so I don't see that being an issue here.

I just can't see a situation where Huddersfield can go to Emirates Stadium and win.

This game is not totally inconsequential when it comes to the Terriers' survival hopes, but it will not be a game they will expect to get any points from and, if they do, it will be an absolute bonus.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
108 Name: 606 2018-12-08 12:42
Burnley v Brighton

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was not happy about them, but the tackles that Burnley put in against the Reds on Wednesday night were legal, and they are the kind of thing the Clarets need.

Sean Dyche's side have been too nice to play against this season, so it was nice to see them snarling again - even if they did end up losing the game.

I think Burnley will need a phase of that if they are going to climb out of trouble, starting with the visit of Brighton.

The Seagulls had a great result on Tuesday with their derby win against Crystal Palace and they seem a lot stronger than last season, not least in the way they seem to be able to pick themselves up after a bad result.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
109 Name: 606 2018-12-08 12:42
Cardiff v Southampton

New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was in the stands to see his new side get comprehensively beaten by Tottenham on Wednesday night, and it will be interesting to see what team he picks after spending so little time with his players.

Hasenhuttl will get a reaction, because suddenly everyone is playing for their place now Mark Hughes has left.

But I don't think he will know too much about Cardiff, and I am pretty sure he won't have crossed paths with Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock before.

So this is a case of 'welcome to the Premier League' for Hasenhuttl and this is going to be a tough test for him.

Cardiff have won three of their last four home games, and I can see them getting another victory here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
110 Name: 606 2018-12-08 12:43
Man Utd v Fulham

I am covering this game for BBC Radio 5 live and wondering whether there will be anything different about Manchester United this time. At the moment it is the same story every week.

United have a few issues with their manager and with different areas of their team but the bottom line is that they just cannot seem to win a game - Wednesday's draw with Arsenal was their fourth league game in a row without a victory.

Surely that has to change at home to the Premier League's bottom club, even taking into consideration that Fulham have improved under Claudio Ranieri.

Things have been pretty bad at Old Trafford for a while, but anything but a win would really underline where United are at the moment, and how far they are off the top four.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
111 Name: 606 2018-12-08 12:43
West Ham v Crystal Palace

West Ham have had back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Cardiff and they are starting to look far more like a team, although Marko Arnautovic's hamstring injury is a blow.

Crystal Palace will have a point to prove after being beaten by Brighton last time out, but I am going for another Hammers win here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
112 Name: 606 2018-12-08 12:43
Chelsea v Man City (17:30 GMT)

Chelsea made a fabulous start to the season but I have never seen them as genuine contenders in the title race.

This has become an even tougher game for Blues boss Maurizio Sarri with his side losing two of their past three away games, and I am going for a City win here.

Away from the Champions League, very few teams have really tested City this season - Liverpool gave them a good game at Anfield and they drew at Wolves, but Wolves' goal should never have been allowed anyway.

So it is going to be interesting to see how close Chelsea get to them, and whether they can make life difficult for the champions at all. I really do have my doubts.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
113 Name: 606 2018-12-08 12:43
Leicester v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)

It has been a while since Leicester last lost - a run of seven games since they were beaten at Arsenal on 22 October.

Tottenham play Barcelona on Tuesday in a game they have to win to reach the last 16 of the Champions League, but I think Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will pick a strong team here.

Finishing in the top four and being in the Champions League in Spurs' first season in their new home will be even more important than getting out of their group this time.

If Spurs do play a strong team, then I think they will win.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
114 Name: 606 2018-12-08 12:44
SUNDAY

Newcastle v Wolves (16:00 GMT)

Wolves have had a wobble but I wonder if they have turned a corner after their fightback to beat Chelsea on Wednesday.

Newcastle picked up a good point at Everton on the same night, to get back on track a bit after their home defeat by West Ham at the weekend.

Apart from that result against the Hammers, Newcastle have been in decent form for the past few weeks, and I think they will get another draw here.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
115 Name: 606 2018-12-08 12:45
MONDAY

Everton v Watford (20:00 GMT)

This is Marco Silva's current club versus Marco Silva's former club.

I would imagine it will be competitive on the pitch and maybe in the boardroom too, bearing in mind Watford were unhappy with Everton's initial approach for him last year.

In terms of the game, the Toffees are only three points above the Hornets in the table, but in much better form.

Watford, who did not win in November, are yet to win in December, but have been competitive when I have seen them, even though they have taken only one point from their past five matches. I don't see them getting anything here either, however.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

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