Premier League predictions: Lawro v MOTDx stars Chelcee Grimes, Craig Mitch and Reece Parkinson
After making a stuttering begin as much as the novel season, the next take a look at for Manchester United is the controversy over with of in-construct Leicester on Saturday.
How will United’s novel £80m centre-aid Harry Maguire gain on in opposition to his broken-down club, with Foxes striker Jamie Vardy searching to take care of his electric construct at Outdated Trafford?
“Maguire versus Vardy is going to be a mesmerizing fight,” acknowledged BBC soccer knowledgeable Worth Lawrenson.
“United are very up and down construct-shiny nonetheless it might perchance well perchance relief them that Leicester are now perchance no longer to take a seat in and shield the a similar contrivance Crystal Palace didafter they beat United last month.
“So, there’ll seemingly be extra scheme for United to take good thing about, nonetheless they’ll deserve to video display out as a result of Vardy is such a deadly participant.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 high-flight fits this season, in opposition to a diversity of guests.
This week he’s up in opposition toChelcee Grimes, Craig Mitch and Reece Parkinson, co-hosts of the BBC’s novel soccer present, MOTDx.
MOTDx, which showcases the contrivance of life and custom of the Premier League, begins on Thursday at 19:00 BST on BBC Two and is on hand on BBC iPlayer.
|Premier League predictions – week five|
|Liverpool v Newcastle||x-x||3-0|
|Brighton v Burnley||x-x||1-1|
|Man Utd v Leicester||x-x||2-1|
|Sheff Utd v Southampton||x-x||2-1|
|Tottenham v Crystal Palace||x-x||2-0|
|Wolves v Chelsea||x-x||1-2|
|Norwich v Man Metropolis||x-x||0-2|
|Bournemouth v Everton||x-x||2-1|
|Watford v Arsenal||x-x||1-1|
|Aston Villa v West Ham||x-x||2-1|
Chelcee, Craig and Reece will invent their predictions on Friday.
A handsome consequence (picking a steal, draw or defeat) is rate10aspects. The express rating earns40aspects.
All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless acknowledged.
Liverpool v Newcastle (12:30 BST)
Newcastle’s ultimate performance of the season came intheir steal at Tottenhamsooner than the global fracture, after they circled the wagons.
I’m obvious Magpies boss Steve Bruce is going to scheme up his facet the a similar contrivance, camped of their agree with half of to strive to stifle Liverpool, nonetheless I create no longer eye it working this time.
The Reds are taking part in extremely neatly, and they hold got obtained extra ways of scoring than most other teams that Newcastle will face. Jurgen Klopp’s facet will procure a contrivance through.
Brighton v Burnley
You’ll seemingly be ready to already eye how Brighton are a extra adventurous facet this season with Graham Potter accountable. Even of their defeat by Manchester Metropolis last day out, they’d pretty of a hasten.
I believe the players fancy having the freedom to assault, and the Seagulls followers will surely expertise staring at them.
It’ll be the a similar contrivance in opposition to Burnley, nonetheless I believe the Clarets will seemingly be a elaborate nut to crack – they in overall are.
Sean Dyche’s facet are a team that I create no longer place a question to to be in the pinnacle eight or the bottom six. They’re in mid-desk on the moment, and that is where I believe they’ll invent.
Man Utd v Leicester
Leicester are searching very energetic and hold made a definite begin as much as the season, so this can even be a take a look at for United.
I’m expecting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet to steal at residence, nonetheless United are such a disjointed team on the moment that we create no longer if fact be told know what extra or much less stage they’ll be at.
Sheff Utd v Southampton
Sheffield United hold made the accurate begin up of the three promoted teams, and I have been impressed by what I’ve seen from them.
Chris Wilder’s facet hold restful obtained a physicality about the trend they play, as a result of the huge majority of the team is the one who came up from the Championship, nonetheless they are inventive to head with it.
I dependable think of us might perchance well well perchance underestimate them pretty bit. After they invent no longer play neatly, on the total, they are restful complicated to play in opposition to – and if they’ll invent that all season, then they’ll pause in the Premier League.
I believe their dependable begin up will proceed this weekend too. Southampton are one other team who hold had some very blended performances and results this season, which is why I’m backing the Blades to capture up one other three aspects.
Tottenham v Crystal Palace
Tottenham hold no longer if fact be told hit their hasten but, nonetheless they are restful an correct facet and it is clearly a make a selection for them thatthey kept take care of of Christian Eriksen.
This deserve to be an correct game, as a result of Crystal Palace are flying high on the moment and hold already gained at Outdated Trafford this season.
It’ll be as much as Spurs to interrupt them down. They did no longer arrange that in opposition to Newcastle last month, nonetheless I believe they’ll hold extra joy this time.
Wolves v Chelsea
Chelsea hold played neatly in parts of all their games to this point, nonetheless they hold got been normal for parts of all of them too.
There is nothing incorrect with the Blues’ attacking play under Frank Lampard, nonetheless they hold got some enhancing to invent on the aid.
They devise too many mistakes and are perchance too easy to gain at after they haven’t obtained the ball, so it is imperative that they invent extra express of N’Golo Kante as a shield in entrance of their defence.
I’m confident Lampard will gain it fair though. That is a elaborate one for Chelsea, as a result of I essentially rate Wolves and the trend they play, nonetheless I dependable hold a feeling the Blues will edge it.
Norwich v Man Metropolis (17:30 BST)
Norwich invent no longer lack a procedure chance with Teemu Pukki in the team, nonetheless it is a ache to head searching them concede so many – 10 targets in four games to this point.
That is especially annoying after they need to play Manchester Metropolis next, as a result of all of us know the contrivance dependable Pep Guardiola’s facet are going ahead.
It might perchance well perchance well perchance be huge self perception boost for the Canaries if they’ll capture up a degree right here, nonetheless I dependable create no longer eye it going down.
Bournemouth v Everton (14:00 BST)
It looks admire this season might perchance well well perchance be the a similar gentle account for Bournemouth – they’ll repeatedly rating targets, nonetheless they hold got obtained a refined centre as neatly.
And while Everton hold made a tight begin as much as the season, I’m but to be convinced by them a ways flung from residence.
So I’m predicting targets – this fixture has served up some high-scoring thrillers in the previous – and a Cherries steal, dependable.
Watford v Arsenal (16:30 BST)
Quique Sanchez Flores is aid accountable of Watford after Javi Gracia turned into sacked over the global fracture, and a minimal of he’ll no longer need time to gain to know his squad – there are restful several players there from his previous stint accountable.
It’s a ways a shock to head searching a manager sacked after four games of the season, then modified by the man he had succeeded, nonetheless right here is Watford. They devise no longer educate the handbook – they write it themselves.
But Sanchez Flores might perchance well well perchance restful give Watford a make a selection – I believe he’s one of the accurate managers they hold got had in the previous few years.
But even taking into account the ‘novel-manager bounce’ and the incontrovertible fact that I believe we can eye a response from the Watford players, I create no longer eye them getting their first steal of the season.
They will scheme off Arsenal some complications though. The Gunners hold obtained hundreds quality going ahead nonetheless their defensive elements remain.
Except they’ll play shimmering attacking soccer for 90-plus minutes, which is nearly no longer doable, they’ll concede targets. That is where Unai Emery’s facet are at fair now.
Aston Villa v West Ham (20:00 BST)
Aston Villa hold easiest obtained three aspects to present from their first four games, nonetheless I even hold seen masses of encouraging indicators from Dean Smith’s facet. They’re restful settling down, nonetheless I believe he has bought some very proficient players over the summer.
Villa will moreover be inflamed after they hold been denied an equaliser in opposition to Crystal Palace last day out for whatturned into judged to be a dive by Jack Grealish.
That is an example of how, with pretty bit extra success, they’d hold picked up extra aspects.
West Ham are enhancing too, and are unbeaten as a result of the hole day, with novel signing Sebastien Haller getting among the targets.
This one will seemingly be shut, nonetheless I hasten to head with Villa to invent their residence advantage depend.
Lawro turned into talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan
How did Lawro invent last week?
From the last scheme of Premier League fixtures (sooner than the global fracture), Lawro obtained five handsome results, including one accurate rating, out of 10 fits for a entire of80 aspects.
He beatactor and comic Stephen Fry,who obtained four handsome results, without a accurate rankings, for a tally of40 aspects.
|+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION|
GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20
|95||Lawro (moderate after four weeks)|
|90||Helen Housby, Jo Harten|
|Total rankings after week four|