Tottenham are the latest team to try to end Liverpool’s long Premier League unbeaten run when they host the Reds on Saturday evening.But with Moussa Sissoko joining Harry Kane on the sidelines, will Spurs’ injury problems scupper manager Jose Mourinho’s plans? “Spurs have given Liverpool problems and even dominated them in recent meetings, without taking…

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Tottenham are the most modern crew to strive to pause Liverpool’s long Premier League unbeaten escape when they host the Reds on Saturday night.

But with Moussa Sissoko joining Harry Kane on the sidelines, will Spurs’ hurt issues scupper manager Jose Mourinho’s plans?

“Spurs maintain given Liverpool issues and even dominated them in most modern meetings, without taking one thing else from the sport,” BBC soccer expert Sign Lawrenson acknowledged. “But they aren’t the identical crew without Harry.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, in opposition to a differ of company.

This week he is up in opposition to Hugh Grant and Matthew McConaughey, stars of Guy Ritchie’s novel gangster movie ‘The Gentlemen’.

The movie includes some scenes shot at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, though Fulham fan Grant thinks one other London ground might per chance presumably well presumably goal soundless maintain been ancient as a change.

“It will per chance presumably well presumably goal soundless obviously maintain been on the Cottage,” Grant told BBC Sport. “But I model no longer think it used to be indubitably filmed on the Emirates. I possess we faked it – movie magic.”

Grant sat subsequent to then England manager Fabio Capello when Fulham played Manchester United in 2010. His completely moment as a Fulham fan came when they beat Juventus 4-1 in the Europa League in 2010. “I soundless relive that moment after I will’t sleep,” he acknowledged.

Grant ancient to be a rare at Craven Cottage but admits he would no longer be conscious Fulham’s fortunes now as closely as he ancient to.

“I’m a detrimental-climate supporter,” he explained. “After they are indubitably dreadful, I streak. After they are in the Premier League, I model no longer streak.

“Comely now I’m model of sniffing about. If they streak down a minute bit extra then I will originate going all once more.”

Attend in the united states, McConaughey is phase-proprietor of Texan facet Austin FC, who will be half of Critical League Soccer in 2021.

McConaughey, pictured right here with his wife Camila Alves, is a phase-proprietor of Austin FC. His current Premier League crew is Liverpool on fable of “that is where the McConaughey clan rested on their map thru”

He went to be conscious Chelsea play Lille in the Champions League while he used to be in London in December and says he makes unprecedented scouting trips while he is on his travels.

McConaughey acknowledged: “Since starting with the membership, wherever in the sphere I will scrutinize a match I streak to be conscious how the stadium and crew is escape, and refer to folks to remove up some tricks.”

Premier League predictions – week 22
Consequence Lawro Hugh Matthew
FRIDAY
Sheff Utd v West Ham x-x 1-1 4-0 3-1
SATURDAY
Crystal Palace v Arsenal x-x 0-2 3-1 1-2
Chelsea v Burnley x-x 2-0 1-32 3-2
Everton v Brighton x-x 2-0 2-0 1-1
Leicester v Southampton x-x 2-1 2-2 2-0
Man Utd v Norwich x-x 2-0 0-8 0-8
Wolves v Newcastle x-x 2-0 2-0 2-1
Tottenham v Liverpool x-x 1-2 0-0 1-4
SUNDAY
Bournemouth v Watford x-x 2-1 2-2 2-1
Aston Villa v Man Metropolis x-x 0-3 0-6 1-4

An correct result (picking a gain, arrangement or defeat) is rate 10 aspects. The particular score earns 40 aspects.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15: 00 GMT unless acknowledged.

FRIDAY

Sheff Utd v West Ham (20: 00 GMT)

Original West Ham boss David Moyes has two wins out of two up to now, but after beating Bournemouth and Gillingham, that is a worthy bigger take a look at.

Sheffield United beat AFC Fylde in the FA Cup last day day out but they’ve lost their previous two Premier League video games, though they did face Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool and were very competitive in both.

I’m going to transfer for a arrangement right here, and I indubitably think it’d be a tight result for both groups.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Hugh’s prediction: 4-0

Matthew’s prediction: 3-1

SATURDAY

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (12: 30 GMT)

I used to be very impressed by the model Leeds began in opposition to Arsenal of their FA Cup tie on Monday however the Gunners did properly in the 2d half and ended up getting a lawful gain.

Mikel Arteta’s facet also beat Manchester United on Original Yr’s Day, and are having a watch to position a minute escape of wins collectively. Despite the indisputable truth that they clearly soundless maintain some issues on the back, I indubitably maintain a sense they might per chance presumably well presumably factual kick on.

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FA Cup: Arsenal 1-0 Leeds United highlights

These two groups maintain had some right ding-dong battles in most modern seasons so this might per chance be a lawful yardstick to measure Arsenal’s growth under Arteta.

It is miles this map of fixture which presentations how competitive you are. I model no longer mean taking half in properly and a hit, I’m speaking about the model you react must you would must strive in opposition to a minute bit.

Palace will compete in every self-discipline of the pitch and, if Arsenal are going to gain all once more, they’ll must originate it.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Hugh’s prediction: 3-1

Matthew’s prediction: 1-2

Chelsea v Burnley

Burnley are safely into the fourth round of the FA Cup but they’ve lost their previous three Premier League video games.

I model no longer scrutinize that escape of defeats ending right here, both. I do know Chelsea’s dwelling invent has been a minute bit iffy but if the Blues play the model we know they are able to, they’ll gain.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Hugh’s prediction: 1-32

Matthew’s prediction: 3-2

Everton v Brighton

I used to be at Anfield for Everton’s FA Cup defeat by Liverpool last weekend and I possess it has been no longer properly-known a minute bit that Reds keeper Adrian made some indubitably lawful saves in the first half when the score used to be 0-0.

The Toffees were sad in the 2d half, though. I appeared at them and all the map thru midfield Morgan Schneiderlin and Gylfi Sigurdsson appeared pedestrian, which is a anguish.

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FA Cup: Liverpool 1-0 Everton highlights

Brighton were also overwhelmed in the FA Cup third round, by Championship facet Sheffield Wednesday, but their manager Graham Potter had made seven changes for that tie.

It will not be the Seagulls’ first season in the tip flight, but it absolutely is Potter’s – so I will rate why he wants to pay consideration on the Premier League.

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FA Cup: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday highlights

Potter wants to beef up Brighton’s away invent – they’ve completely obtained once on the avenue in the league for the reason that opening day – but that is a nasty time to play Everton.

The Toffees followers were wrathful with the tip results of the derby and though they’ll be fully in the back of the crew on Saturday, they’ll divulge on the next performance.

So, I’m obvious we are going to scrutinize a response from the Everton gamers right here, especially on fable of they are at dwelling.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Hugh’s prediction: 2-0

Matthew’s prediction: 1-1

Leicester v Southampton

Southampton are going extraordinarily properly for the time being but I factual feel Leicester will maintain a minute little bit of a show display.

The Foxes lost to both of their nearest opponents, Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis, over Christmas but since then they’ve obtained at West Ham and Newcastle in the Premier League.

That confirmed where they are at. They are the third-completely crew in the Premier League and are above Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal for a motive – consistency.

That’s why I possess they’ll gain on Saturday, though Saints is no longer going to create it straightforward for them,

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Hugh’s prediction: 2-2

Matthew’s prediction: 2-0

Man Utd v Norwich

Manchester United are missing loads for the time being, at the side of intensity, invention and fine.

You watch at their midfield, and so that they pause no longer frighten anyone.

I do know they are without Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay thanks to hurt, but where is the capacity going to advance back from? Where is the guile?

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Highlights: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Manchester United

United are too straightforward to play in opposition to. They maintain some talented gamers up front but they are able to not pause one thing else in the occasion that they are starved of provider – you maintain Bobby Charlton, George Easiest and Denis Legislation up there, but they are able to not play without the ball.

Defensively they are sad, and overall they watch treasure a bang-lifelike soccer crew.

Their topic is they’ll continually be when put next with the mammoth United groups of the previous, so that they seem even worse.

They would presumably well presumably goal soundless soundless maintain ample to beat the Premier League’s bottom facet at Archaic Trafford, though, especially on fable of Norwich striker Teemu Pukki is an hurt doubt.

With him in the facet, if Norwich can carry out chances then I’d back him to score. Without him, I’m no longer obvious where the Canaries’ objectives are going to advance back from.

So I’m going with a United gain. If they lose or arrangement this game, then I’m no longer indubitably obvious where they would streak subsequent, or what the thinking would be in the back of the scenes.

Within the meanwhile, I model no longer scrutinize them ending in the tip four and so that they would be relying on attracting gamers by tall wages, no longer Champions League soccer.

Comely now, whilst you gave any player a need between United, Metropolis and Liverpool, it’d be a straight need between the Premier League’s top two for anyone who’s mettlesome and wants to gain the tall prizes.

In case you have shut to transfer to United, you would need long previous for the money. You usually procure a obvious model of player and persona who will unpleasant their choice on that, and so that they aren’t these who will remove your membership back to the tip.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Hugh’s prediction: 0-8

Matthew’s prediction: 0-8

Wolves v Newcastle

Newcastle are on a sad escape of invent, and maintain got a total bunch hurt issues to contend with.

It felt treasure Magpies boss Steve Bruce used to be making growth with his results before Christmas, but now it feels treasure that is a length he factual wants to procure thru, till his better gamers are fit all once more.

Wolves also suffered a pair of defeats over Christmas but I model no longer scrutinize any motive for jam – they’ve so worthy fine of their squad.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Hugh’s prediction: 2-0

Matthew’s prediction: 2-1

Tottenham v Liverpool (17: 30 GMT)

After I possess of this fixture, I possess of Dejan Lovren’s terrible day at Wembley in 2017 when Harry Kane took him aside. in a 4-1 defeat.

The Reds are a seriously better crew now, though, and Spurs are no longer fairly the identical both – though for a weird motive.

Without Kane, I model no longer know the map Spurs will damage Liverpool.

Certain, Christian Eriksen can play but he is a free agent in the summertime and in a self-discipline to refer to thoroughly different golf equipment – is he indubitably going to tug his finger out and escape round with the change of getting injured? I’m no longer obvious about that.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Hugh’s prediction: 0-0

Matthew’s prediction: 1-4

SUNDAY

Bournemouth v Watford (14: 00 GMT)

Bournemouth’s performance of their last Premier League game, a 4-0 defeat by West Ham on Original Yr’s Day, used to be potentially their worst since they were promoted to the tip flight in 2015.

Watford being held by Tranmere after going 3-0 up used to be potentially the strangest results of the FA Cup third round – and lawful suited fortune to them in the replay on fable of maintain you ever viewed the pitch at Prenton Park?

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League One Tranmere advance back from 3-0 down at Watford to originate replay

See at league invent, and there might per chance be completely one winner – the resurgent Hornets – but I soundless think the Cherries are fantastic of springing a surprise.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Hugh’s prediction: 2-2

Matthew’s prediction: 2-1

Aston Villa v Man Metropolis (16: 30 GMT)

I acknowledged a transient time back that I believed Manchester Metropolis maintain got their mojo back, and so that they confirmed it with their Carabao Cup gain over Manchester United.

Perchance thanks to how lawful Liverpool maintain been, Kevin de Bruyne has no longer indubitably had the acclaim that he might per chance presumably well presumably goal soundless maintain. He has been completely improbable in the Metropolis midfield.

Aston Villa got a tall gain at Burnley last day day out in the Premier League but that is a fully thoroughly different activity for them.

Danny Drinkwater will boost Villa’s midfield after joining from Chelsea on mortgage, but I soundless can not scrutinize any additional than a Metropolis gain.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-3

Hugh’s prediction: 0-6

Matthew’s prediction: 1-4

How did Lawro pause last week?

Within the FA Cup third round, Lawro got 20 correct results out of the 32 ties, at the side of six staunch ratings.

+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAM P W D L PTS +/-
1 Man Metropolis 21 20 0 1 60 +2
2 Liverpool 20 18 2 0 56 -1
3 Tottenham 21 16 4 1 52 +3
4 Chelsea 21 14 4 3 46 0
5 Arsenal 21 10 7 4 37 +5
6 Man Utd 21 10 6 5 36 -1
7 Leicester 21 9 5 7 32 -5
8 Watford 21 9 3 9 30 +11
=9 Burnley 21 8 3 10 27 +6
=9 West Ham 20 8 3 9 27 +7
11 Aston Villa 21 7 4 10 25 0
12 Everton 21 6 6 9 24 -1
=13 Bournemouth 21 7 2 12 23 +5
=13 Newcastle 21 7 2 12 23 0
=13 Wolves 21 7 2 12 23 -6
16 Southampton 21 5 3 13 18 -4
17 Brighton 21 5 2 14 17 -3
=18 Crystal Palace 21 3 5 13 14 -9
=18 Sheff Utd 21 4 2 15 14 -10
20 Norwich 21 1 7 13 10 0

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20

Rating Guest leaderboard
160 Gabriel Luna
140 Arnold Schwarzenegger
100 Adam Peaty
90 Avelino, Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Bobby Seagull, Geraint Thomas
80 Andy Murray, Stephen Graham
77 Lawro (lifelike after 21 weeks)
70 David Baddiel, Richard Hawley, Kojo, Michael Johnson, Craig Mitch, Alex Scott
60 Sonny Invoice Williams, Serge from Kasabian, Stefan Ratchford
50 Chelcee Grimes, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton
40 Stephen Fry, Neil Jones, Tommy O’Dell
30 Seth Rollins
Total ratings after week 21
Lawro 1,610
Guests 1,480

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