Arsenal’s long conclude up for a prefer is over, nonetheless how will they fare on Sunday when they host a Manchester City aspect aloof stinging from final weekend’s derby defeat?
“The Gunners did effectively to shut attend attend from a aim down to beat West Ham on Monday, nonetheless that would no longer indicate their complications are over,” stated BBC football expert Imprint Lawrenson.
“They aloof obtain big points on the attend and the truth they beat a struggling West Ham team would no longer exchange that.
“Whoever is accountable, issues are no longer going to enhance overnight.
“What meantime boss Freddie Ljungberg looks to be attempting to form is attach a smile attend on all people’s face. That’s the correct part at this stage, so the avid gamers are playing themselves all all over again, nonetheless I form no longer undercover agent them beating City.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 high-flight suits this season, in opposition to a diversity of company.
This week he’s up in opposition tocomedian and creator David Baddiel,who is touring along with his contemporary expose ‘Trolls: No longer the Dolls’.
Baddiel, who co-wrote England football anthem ‘Three Lions’ with fellow comedian Frank Skinner and Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds, is a Chelsea fan and is playing existence below Blues boss Frank Lampard.
He urged BBC Sport: “I address what’s occurring on at Chelsea for the time being.
“After having to address the switch ban final summer, Frank constructed a truly appropriate team with the avid gamers he had. Now that has been lifted I judge it is a appropriate time on the membership.
“We now obtain got a truly appropriate core of avid gamers because it is, plus people address Ruben Loftus-Cheek getting back from damage.
“The young avid gamers are doing very effectively, Frank has sorted out the steadiness in midfield and if we would possibly well add just a few tremendous avid gamers to that – perchance a striker and one or two to shore up the defence – then I judge we’re going to be the team subsequent season.”
|Premier League predictions – week 17|
|Liverpool v Watford||x-x||3-0||4-1|
|Burnley v Newcastle||x-x||2-0||2-2|
|Chelsea v Bournemouth||x-x||2-0||3-0|
|Leicester v Norwich||x-x||3-0||3-1|
|Sheff Utd v Aston Villa||x-x||2-1||1-0|
|Southampton v West Ham||x-x||2-1||2-2|
|Man Utd v Everton||x-x||2-0||2-1|
|Wolves v Tottenham||x-x||0-2||1-2|
|Arsenal v Man City||x-x||0-2||2-3|
|Crystal Palace v Brighton||x-x||2-1||1-0|
A correct consequence (picking a prefer, design or defeat) is charge10recommendations. The true rating earns40recommendations.
All kick-offs 15: 00 GMT except stated.
Liverpool v Watford (12: 30 GMT)
I am at Anfield for this game, which is the originate of Liverpool’s busy schedule over the following couple weeks.
There are some positives from their outing to Qatar for the World Club Cup, despite the incontrovertible truth that.
In many respects, it is address a mid-season wreck for them, address the one Manchester United had when they took half in this competitors in 1999-2000.
And Liverpool’s first game, whoever it is in opposition to, is no longer going to be too inviting.
So, whereas extra special has been fabricated from how they’re potentially going to play two video games available, I’d peek on the truth they’re all together as a squad, and will be spending most of their time doing heat-climate coaching. From that level of look, it is a prefer-prefer danger.
Earlier than they flee off, the largest part for Liverpool is that they designate off with a victory on Saturday.
I do know they’re going by intention of Watford in Nigel Pearson’s first legit game accountable of the Hornets, nonetheless I will be succesful to handiest undercover agent a Reds prefer right here.
I form obtain it attention-grabbing that despite all the pieces the diversified foreign coaches that Watford obtain had, they’ve modified into to Pearson of their time of need.
It does appear to be a rising trend for Premier League clubs to inch for dwelling managers – including meantime Everton boss Duncan Ferguson, currently 11 out of the 20 are from Expansive Britain or Northern Eire.
I judge that can maybe be a definite inch. They’re on the total doing effectively, and Pearson is one other appropriate manager who is a appropriate different for a team who’re in a relegation scrap – Watford obtain got some appropriate avid gamers, and he will web them taking half in.
If he can prefer the Hornets up, it is no longer going to depend upon what happens right here – it would possibly maybe per chance maybe near down to their outcomes when they play the teams around them.
David’s prediction:That is rather a easy one to originate with – high versus bottom, and Liverpool are taking half in brilliantly whereas Watford are no longer. 4-1
Burnley v Newcastle
Burnley obtain misplaced their past three video games, conceding 11 targets within the approach, which is no longer what you demand from them below Sean Dyche – I bet coaching has no longer been extra special fun for them this week.
I judge we can undercover agent a reaction from them right here and, on the very least, they’ll be competitive in opposition to Newcastle.
The Magpies obtain been ideal of unhurried, despite the incontrovertible truth that. They are a this type of laborious-working team and it would no longer topic one bit that they are no longer repeatedly easy on the glimpse.
That is going to be a fantastic battle, nonetheless I’d attend Burnley.
David’s prediction:The part about doing these predictions is you are all correct with Liverpool-Watford after which you web a mid-desk-ish clash and I actual judge ‘I form no longer know who’s going to prefer this’. 2-2
Chelsea v Bournemouth
It is five defeats in a row now for Bournemouth, and it is laborious to gawk that scuttle ending right here.
The Cherries obtain got a long list of accidents to take care of, especially on the attend, and I actual form no longer undercover agent them keeping Chelsea out.
There’ll likely be a spring in all people’s step within the Blues squad after they secured their space within the final 16 of the Champions League this week, and Lampard has got appropriate competitors for locations in his squad.
Scoring targets would no longer appear to be an topic for them both and despite the incontrovertible truth that they’ve had the occasional blip – address final week’s defeat at Everton – I judge Chelsea are in decent form correct now.
David’s prediction:We had a diminutive little bit of a hiccup in opposition to Everton which turned into a diminutive bit surprising, and we clearly aloof obtain a diminutive little bit of work to form, especially on the attend. We are better at dwelling, nonetheless, and I judge we can near attend from that defeat and prefer. 3-0
Leicester v Norwich
Norwich are no longer frightful going forward nonetheless they battle on the diversified discontinue and I form no longer judge they’ll be waiting for taking half in Leicester for the time being.
The Foxes actual prefer on winning and their self belief must aloof be sky-high.
They obtain got now won eight league video games in a row, and also it is main to address them to form it nine on Saturday.
David’s prediction:That is one other high versus bottom clash and I form no longer prefer out extra special hope for Norwich right here. 3-1
Sheff Utd v Aston Villa
It feels address at any time after I tip Sheffield United to prefer – address I did for their final dwelling game, in opposition to Newcastle – they discontinue up getting overwhelmed.
And at any time after I attend their opponents to web one thing out of the sport – address I did final weekend when they played Norwich – the Blades prefer.
The latter has been a extra special more frequent incidence to this level this season, and Chris Wilder’s aspect obtain impressed all people since their arrival within the tip flight.
They play address they are a Championship aspect in a elevated division, which would possibly sound address a backhanded reward nonetheless I indicate it in handiest a definite intention.
The Blades fight for all the pieces and by no approach know when they’re overwhelmed. I am backing them to prefer all all over again this weekend too.
Their performances and outcomes obtain no longer dropped off yet, and seeing as we are if truth be told in mid-December I form no longer judge they can.
Create-vivid, Aston Villa are rather up and down and would possibly well be rather launch, nonetheless their main topic is that they form no longer seem so as to web anything else out of video games except they play effectively.
Villa obtain got some very appropriate avid gamers so there’ll not be any longer any intention they can sink address a stone, nonetheless it looks they’ll be hovering throughout the relegation locations for the foreseeable future.
David’s prediction:That is slap-bang within the ‘I form no longer know’ class. 1-0
Southampton v West Ham (17: 30 GMT)
I form no longer judge West Ham obtain helped their manager Manuel Pellegrini with the noises which obtain been coming out of the membership.
Whoever is feeding tales to the media looks to be attempting to form all people conscious that Pellegrini’s future is being discussed, due to he’s no longer doing very effectively – so form no longer be vastly bowled over if he’s no longer right here subsequent Sunday.
You form no longer decide to remark any of that, due to it is obvious he’s below stress.
It actual feels address Pellegrini is an empty tube of toothpaste – they’re actual squeezing the final bits out of him for the time being, and it would no longer be long except he’s executed.
While West Ham scurry down the desk, Saints obtain been heading within the unsuitable intention with a scuttle of seven recommendations from their past four video games.
They obtain been unlucky to lose to Newcastle final outing and so they’ve seemed address a distinct team in most recent weeks. Danny Ings can not conclude scoring for the time being, which is at hand for them.
David’s prediction:I if truth be told obtain a romantic part for Southampton due to I turned into obsessed by Saints fable Matthew Le Tissier attend within the 1990s. I form know he’s no longer taking half in for them anymore nonetheless I if truth be told obtain repeatedly rather liked them due to of that. 2-2
Man Utd v Everton (14: 00 GMT)
Duncan Ferguson will aloof be accountable of Everton for this game and he has got them at it already, as we saw of their prefer over Chelsea final week.
You actual knew what turned into going to happen – the Goodison Park punters would be pumped up, and Ferguson made sure the avid gamers obtain been too.
He went with a 4-4-2 formation so there obtain been no grey areas in phrases of the intention in which he wanted his aspect to play and, must you attach all of that together, it all labored very effectively.
That is a truly diversified take a look at for Everton, despite the incontrovertible truth that. Manchester United tore Manchester City aside final week and can obtain scored loads more than the 2 targets they managed within the principle 30 minutes.
Everton clearly would possibly well no longer be as launch as City obtain been and can attach in a single other extremely dedicated efficiency, nonetheless, even so, I am backing United.
That is the following step for them – they’ve no longer had an topic in opposition to the tremendous teams this season nonetheless now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got to originate wining these video games in opposition to people they must aloof beat.
David’s prediction:Each of these teams are hoping their fortunes are on the flip in rather about a concepts after winning final weekend, nonetheless I’d aloof grunt United are going to prefer – Marcus Rashford in explicit is taking half in brilliantly for them for the time being. 2-1
Wolves v Tottenham (14: 00 GMT)
Wolves are unbeaten within the Premier League since mid-September – 11 video games ago – and it is obvious they’ve got a diminutive little bit of further quality going correct by intention of their aspect.
Those runs can not final without end despite the incontrovertible truth that, and I am going to inch for a Tottenham prefer.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho made quite loads of adjustments in opposition to Bayern Munich in midweek which is in a space to attend sooner than this game.
Mourinho’s aspect obtain been miserable when they misplaced at Frail Trafford final week. I form no longer judge he will allow them to be as frightful all all over again at Molineux.
David’s prediction:Wolves obtain done if truth be told effectively this season and Spurs haven’t. However Spurs obtain now got Jose Mourinho accountable, and he’s without a doubt in his honeymoon length there. 1-2
Arsenal v Man City (16: 30 GMT)
As adverse to their defence, I form no longer judge Arsenal need an dreadful lot of work in inform to turn out to be a high-four aspect, which is why their vacant manager’s job would possibly well allure to Carlo Ancelotti now he has left Napoli.
I form no longer undercover agent meantime boss Ljungberg being offered the put up on a permanent foundation, and I form no longer undercover agent that changing despite the incontrovertible truth that his aspect prefer this game – nonetheless he would possibly well prefer the citadel except the summer if wanted.
Will Arsenal prefer? No.
City won comfortably in Europe on Wednesday night after making about a adjustments and I am attempting ahead to to gawk a response to their derby defeat when their regulars return to action for this one.
David’s prediction:Arsenal are attempting to flip it around for the time being, after having rather a laborious time. However I judge stopping City would possibly well very effectively be a step too a long way for them correct now, even supposing City are no longer doing rather to boot to they’ve been. 2-3
Crystal Palace v Brighton (19: 45 GMT)
This needs to be moderately spiky, and it is miles mostly very laborious to call.
I am going to inch along with Crystal Palace to eradicate the derby honours, despite the incontrovertible truth that, and Roy Hodgson deserves replacement credit rating for the job he has done.
Hodgson is a vastly skilled manager and it presentations. Palace would possibly well every so ceaselessly obtain a tough patch due to of an absence of targets nonetheless they’re by no approach going to be struggling shut to the bottom of the desk – he has got them nice and exact.
Lawro turned into talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
How did Lawro form final week?
From the midweek fixtures, Lawro got five correct outcomes, including two actual rankings for a total of110 recommendations.
He beatCollege Venture superstar Bobby Seagull,who got six correct outcomes, nonetheless with one actual rating, for a total of90 recommendations.
|/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION|
GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20
|90||Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Bobby Seagull, Geraint Thomas|
|86||Lawro (life like after 16 weeks)|
|80||Andy Murray, Stephen Graham|
|70||Michael Johnson, Craig Mitch, Alex Scott|
|60||Sonny Invoice Williams, Stefan Ratchford|
|50||Chelcee Grimes, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton|
|40||Stephen Fry, Neil Jones, Tommy O’Dell|
|Entire rankings after week 16|