Premier League predictions: Lawro v athletics legend Michael Johnson
In-invent Leicester bolt to Anfield on a excessive after hammering Newcastle final weekend, but can they pause the Reds’ flawless inaugurate?
“Leicester maintain performed completely,” says BBC soccer educated Stamp Lawrenson. “All individuals is aware of how ethical Jamie Vardy is up entrance and finally Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is going encourage to his feeble club, which supplies this game an further edge.
“Rodgers will be taking into consideration his side can get dangle of at Liverpool after looking at Red Bull Salzburg bag three times on Wednesday night, but it undoubtedly is the a bunch of pause the set apart I maintain they’re going to fight.
“I peek at Leicester defensively and I create no longer uncover about them retaining out.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a diversity of guests.
This week he’s up againstathletics story and BBC pundit Michael Johnson.
Johnson, who also runs his possess efficiency coaching company, nowadays met up with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to portion about a of his sporting recordsdata.
“We maintain worked with many groups within the past – Arsenal, Manchester United and a few of the Brazilian golf equipment,” Johnson urged BBC Sport.
“We point of curiosity on athletic development, away from the ability of the sport.
“It was inconceivable talk about to to Spurs to pass attempting how they feature, and spacious to keep in touch about how they’re integrating athletic development into their academy and building avid gamers, and helping younger avid gamers end their likely.
“Mauricio has an trusty successful mindset and understands the psychology around avid gamers, and how motivation is highly crucial.
“We talked loads about how that design is highly a bunch of with every athlete, as a result of each and each athlete is motivated differently. He presentations a alive to working out of that and I maintain for this reason he has been so successful.
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|Premier League predictions – week eight|
|Brighton v Tottenham||x-x||0-2||1-3|
|Burnley v Everton||x-x||2-1||2-1|
|Liverpool v Leicester||x-x||2-1||4-2|
|Norwich v Aston Villa||x-x||1-1||2-0|
|Watford v Sheff Utd||x-x||2-1||0-2|
|West Ham v Crystal Palace||x-x||2-0||2-0|
|Arsenal v Bournemouth||x-x||2-0||1-0|
|Man City v Wolves||x-x||3-0||3-1|
|Southampton v Chelsea||x-x||1-2||0-3|
|Newcastle v Man Utd||x-x||1-1||0-1|
A ethical consequence (picking a maintain, blueprint or defeat) is worth10facets. The particular bag earns40facets.
All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless said.
Brighton v Tottenham (12:30 BST)
It can perchance perchance no longer shock me if Tottenham manager Pochettino leaves the club within the shut to future.
For the rationale that summer season, about a of the issues he has acknowledged – care for when he talked about how he’s ‘ideal the coach’ and has no enlighten in transfers – makes it actually feel to me care for he’s within the course of of a long damage-up.
I actually maintain knowing for some time that Pochettino appears to be like to be tired and how it appears to be like to be care for being Spurs manager has change into a chore for him – but maybe he does no longer need day out of soccer, merely out of Tottenham.
Spurs paid the worth for chasing their Champions League game against Bayern on Tuesday when they had been 4-2 down, and ended upconceding seven targets in whole.
However I light think they’re going to pass to Brighton and maintain.
Spurs maintain bought some very ethical avid gamers. Scurry, they’ve had a stinker but undoubtedly there’ll be a response this weekend.
And the Seagulls maintain bought issues of their very possess, with ideal two facets from their past six video games.
Brighton manager Graham Potter is reaching the stage the set apart he would possibly perhaps perchance perchance must rethink his philosophy about taking part in ethical soccer for the sake of picking up some facets.
Burnley v Everton
Everton misplaced to Manchester Cityfinal day out but I knowing they did all correct. In any case they had a bolt.
That’s allotment of the project, even supposing, as a result of we have no longer viewed ample performances care for that from them.
It’s uncommon how they did no longer create the an analogous against Sheffield United of their outdated home game, shall we enlighten.
Desires remain a project for the Toffees, and that project is no longer going to trade anytime soon.
I do know Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored against City but they create no longer carry ample of a possibility up entrance, in particular away from home the set apart they’ve ideal managed one purpose in three matches this season.
They maintain also picked up ideal one point on the road – a 0-0 blueprint at Palace on the opening day, before defeats by Aston Villa and Bournemouth – which does no longer precisely give me spacious perception they’re going to get dangle of anything else at Turf Moor both.
You understand what you’re going to get dangle of from Burnley, and I don’t think Everton are going in roar to accommodate it.
Liverpool v Leicester
I care for that Leicester are unhealthy when they bolt forward, but I don’t think they’re ethical ample at the encourage to get dangle of themselves a consequence at Anfield.
There create appear to be about a points within the Liverpool defence correct now, but there would possibly perhaps be nothing terrifying with the entrance three.
Leicester will must create extra in attack than they managed at Used Trafford final month,when they misplaced to Manchester United.Moreover forcing David de Gea into an early put, they did no longer actually create ample against a team in transition.
Liverpool will offer a mighty more difficult take a look at and it feels to me care for Leicester will would possibly perhaps perchance perchance light be at the very top of their game and be pleased every likelihood that comes their design within the event that they’ll get dangle of one thing out of this one.
Norwich v Aston Villa
You are going to be ready to repeat I actually maintain bought my doubts abut Norwich as a result of I actually maintain predicted them to lose every game up to now this season, but their home invent is largely very ethical.
I create apprehension in regards to the Canaries, as a result of they beat Manchester City and performed brilliantly, then bought overwhelmed easily at Burnley and Crystal Palace with out taking a peek care for they had been going to pain both team.
Their away performances must get dangle of mighty better, as a result of their survival hopes can no longer depend solely on what they’ll create at Carrow Highway. If it’s all about that, then sooner or later the stress will repeat.
One other project Norwich maintain is at the encourage. They maintain conceded 16 targets in seven video games this season, that methodology they in total must bag at the least two merely to get dangle of a level.
On paper, you would possibly perhaps perchance perchance ask them to beat an Aston Villa side who maintain misplaced three out of three on the road this season – but outcomes alone create no longer repeat the rotund myth for Dean Smith’s side.
There maintain been in successful positions with lower than 20 minutes to pass at Tottenham and Arsenal, but misplaced both video games, and had been unlucky now to no longer get dangle of anything else from their defeat by Crystal Palace too after havinga unhurried equaliser controversially dominated out.
Every groups had been promoted final season and maintain had some spacious classes about how laborious the Premier League is.
There are the explanation why they’re both within the underside four and they maintain to bolster within the event that they’ll climb the desk.
As a long way as Saturday goes, I would possibly pass for a 1-1 blueprint as a result of I will no longer uncover about both side retaining a tidy sheet.
Watford v Sheff Utd
Afterfinal week’s defeat by Wolves,Watford are now the particular top-flight team with out a maintain.
I’m no longer particular precisely what is terrifying with the Hornets as a result of they peek a shadow of the side they had been final season, in spite of getting a range of the an analogous avid gamers that finished 11th.
Sheffield United showed against Liverpoolfinal week that they’ll give everyone a game but I merely maintain a silly feeling this is in a position to perchance be the game the set apart Watford conclude the rot.
That has nothing to create with invent, obviously. It’s extra that we understand how ethical the Hornets avid gamers will also be, and this is in a position to perchance be the week the set apart issues inaugurate to happen for them and new manager Quique Sanchez Flores.
West Ham v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)
Every of these groups are going well and West Ham, in explicit, maintain impressed me.
They appear to maintain added a little bit of of metal at the encourage in comparison with final season and Andriy Yarmolenko has shown how ethical he’s since coming back from his long-term hurt.
The Hammers maintain extra to offer in attack than Palace create, which is why I maintain they’re going to get dangle of the maintain here. I merely can no longer actually uncover in regards to the Eagles inflicting them too mighty pain.
Arsenal v Bournemouth (14:00 BST)
Arsenal had been good-attempting terribleagainst Manchester United on Mondaybut they’re going to peek at a blueprint at Used Trafford as being an ethical point, in spite of United’s present web page.
Bournemouth maintain made a fascinating inaugurate to the season but I don’t peek at this game as one the set apart they’re going to ask to get dangle of anything else – they’ve no longer picked up a level in four outdated visits to the Emirates, and I don’t think that trot will pause this weekend.
Scurry, the Cherries can maintain prospects, but Arsenal are going to maintain a range of the ball and they’ve the quality of their attack to get dangle of it count.
Man City v Wolves (14:00 BST)
Wolves play in Turkey within the Europa League on Thursday night so here is a considerable turnaround before they bolt to play the defending champions.
Manchester City made a spacious assertion with their maintain final weekend, as a result of a range of different folks had been attempting forward to their makeshift defence to crack when Everton had a bolt at them.
I’d argue thatgoing to Goodison Park and successfulwas one of their ideal outcomes up to now this season, and I maintain they’re going to safe issues loads more uncomplicated on Sunday.
Wolves are better when they arrive forward than they’re when they take a seat in, and I’m attempting forward to City to safe a mode thru them.
Southampton v Chelsea (14:00 BST)
Chelsea maintain had an ethical week, with wins over Brighton and Lille, but they’re light a side that supplies prospects away.
Frank Lampard’s side are bettering week by week but, within the interim, they’re light a team that will even be susceptible in a bunch of sessions of video games.
That’s what I’m attempting forward to to happen at St Mary’s. The Blues would possibly perhaps perchance perchance light maintain, but Southampton can maintain some alternatives too, and it will seemingly be shut.
I used to be actually attempting forward to extra from Saints this season of their first rotund marketing campaign under Ralph Hasenhuttl, but up to now they don’t peek care for they’ve bought mighty better.
They are light ready for their first home maintain of the season, and I don’t think they’re going to get dangle of it this week.
Newcastle v Man Utd (16:30 BST)
Newcastlewaved the white flagat Leicester on Sunday.
They solely capitulated within the 2nd half of and I’m particular Magpies manager Steve Bruce can maintain made it clear to his avid gamers this week merely how unacceptable that was.
I’d ask to pass attempting a response from them, and I also place confidence in a of the Newcastle followers who stayed away from their blueprint with Brighton will be encourage for this game.
Manchester United huffed and puffed their design thru their blueprint with Arsenal on Monday and by no methodology actually seemed care for they had been ethical ample to be pleased rotund control of the game.
I understand why United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pronouncing it will be pleased time for his side to flip issues around but, to boot as having a long-term belief, they maintain to get dangle of encourage to successful ways soon.
Lawro was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan
How did Lawro create final week?
From the final field of Premier League fixtures, Lawro bought eight ethical outcomes, including three true rankings, out of 10 matches for a whole of170 facets,his best bag of the season up to now.
He beatworn Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas,who bought six ethical outcomes, with one true bag, for a whole of90 facets.
|+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION|
GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20
|104||Lawro (moderate after seven weeks)|
|90||Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Geraint Thomas|
|50||Chelcee Grimes, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton|
|Total rankings after week seven|