Liverpool had been knocked off the discontinue of the Premier League by Manchester City’s bewitch at Everton on Wednesday, but is the Reds’ recent dip in invent all the kind down to them feeling the rigidity in the title urge?
BBC Sport’s football educated Stamp Lawrenson says: “Mighty has been talked about about how Liverpool maintain misplaced their heads and all these more or much less things – but they haven’t misplaced it, they are lawful having a spell where they don’t seem to be playing in particular effectively.
“City maintain had the same, and no person talked about they had been bottling it after they misplaced games, did they?
“There are such a large amount of Liverpool followers panicking about the potential the crew is playing once I lawful disclose the more radiant supporters are thinking ‘retain on a minute, bewitch our sport in hand and we’re three factors sure’.
“I disclose Saturday’s sport against Bournemouth would possibly maybe back to aloof all people down, with a ‘attend to industry’ form of performance and end result.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight fits this season, against a vary of mates.
This week he’s up against actor Jamie Dornan and photo-journalist Paul Conroy, who maintain labored together on recent film A Non-public Battle, the legend of acclaimed war correspondent Marie Colvin.
Dornan performs Conroy, who modified into once Colvin’s long-term colleague and modified into once with her on her closing project when she modified into once killed by an airstrike in Syria in 2012. Conroy modified into once badly injured in the same blast but survived.
Dornan and Conroy turned shut chums whereas the film modified into once being made, but as Conroy urged BBC Sport: “Paul and I to find on very effectively, till it involves football.”
Dornan, who grew up in Belfast, talked about: “There are a expansive quantity of Liverpool and Manchester United followers in the course of Eire but it completely is United for me, mainly all the kind down to George Best doubtless – our airport in Belfast is named after him – and thru my dad.”
Liverpool fan Conroy talked about: “When I modified into once rising up in the 1960s and 70s, our home backed on to Anfield. We would disappear all the kind down to the doorway, Invoice Shankly would be coming out and we would shout, ‘All upright, Invoice’ at him – and he would shout one thing unprintable attend.
“Kevin Keegan broken-all the kind down to maintain a TR7 automobile and we broken-all the kind down to head, ‘Will we mind your automobile, Kev?’ with reasonably little bit of extortion and likelihood, and he would more or much less disappear, ‘All upright, lads’ and quit the cash.
“They had been very different times. Shankly broken-all the kind down to shuffle down the road along with his foremost other and to find on the bus after the match.”
“You do now not to find that now,” added Dornan. “However I disclose Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also can very effectively be frigid adequate to to find the bus home.”
|Premier League predictions – week 26|
|Result||Lawro||Paul & Jamie|
|Fulham v Man Utd||x-x||0-2||1-4|
|Crystal Palace v West Ham||x-x||1-1||2-1|
|Huddersfield v Arsenal||x-x||0-2||0-2|
|Liverpool v Bournemouth||x-x||3-0||3-1|
|Southampton v Cardiff||x-x||2-1||0-1|
|Watford v Everton||x-x||2-0||1-3|
|Brighton v Burnley||x-x||0-1||1-1|
|Tottenham v Leicester||x-x||2-1||2-2|
|Man City v Chelsea||x-x||2-1||3-1|
|Wolves v Newcastle||x-x||2-1||0-0|
A upright end result (choosing a bewitch, diagram or defeat) is value 10 factors. The explicit earn earns 40 factors.
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless acknowledged.
Fulham v Man Utd (12:30 GMT)
Manchester United are flying for the time being and it completely is most enthralling a subject of time sooner than Solskjaer will get the manager’s job permanently.
I’m capable of most enthralling recognize one final end result right here – yet every other United bewitch, which would be his tenth victory in 11 games as intervening time boss.
That would possibly maybe be a most enthralling fling, but I don’t have confidence Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola that United are attend in the title urge. They are now not in the running for that at all.
I pains for Fulham, who adopted up their impressive 4-2 bewitch over Brighton with a powerful limp defeat at Crystal Palace closing weekend – once I assumed they would possibly dig in and to find a diagram.
The Cottagers are actually seven factors adrift of safety and it looks adore they might be able to not string two outcomes together, which is a sizable verbalize for a crew of their peril.
I am unsure Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has many playing cards left to play to steal a peep at to change things spherical, and they are running out of games too.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Jamie and Paul’s prediction(Jamie): Fulham are my second well-liked crew – I relish going to Craven Cottage and I would prefer them to preserve in the Premier League… but this end result is now not going to back them enact that. 1-4
Jamie on United: We’re playing powerful more magnificent football now under Solskjaer than we had been under Jose Mourinho. I don’t would prefer to point the blame wherever but Solskjaer is getting essentially the most enthralling out of the gamers, which wasn’t occurring previously. The closing 10 games had been a in fact thrilling time to be a United fan again.
Crystal Palace v West Ham
West Ham did very effectively against Liverpool on Monday night – they purchased some extent, but would possibly maybe maintain gained it.
Marko Arnautovic ought to be attend to lead the Hammers’ assault on Saturday on chronicle of, if he’s match, he has to play.
I am now not rather sure what to bear of Manuel Pellegrini’s aspect on chronicle of every on occasion I peep at them and disclose, ‘This lot are a factual crew’ after which there are games where I see them and disclose, ‘Beget this lot lawful met every other in the avenue?’
That is the potential West Ham are, and segment of the motive they are so inconsistent.
Palace maintain purchased their very maintain problems, mind you.
They’ve gained their previous two home games in the league and FA Cup but their outcomes at Selhurst Park had been iffy this season and I disclose a diagram is the possibly final end result right here.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Jamie and Paul’s prediction(Paul): I did reasonably little bit of research sooner than doing these predictions and my lad Max chanced on when Sylvester Stallone and Robert de Niro did them [in January 2014]. The motive they went for Crystal Palace is Stallone lawful liked the title, so as that is a similar motive I’m going with. I will follow Sylvester Stallone. 2-1
Huddersfield v Arsenal
Huddersfield played some nice football of their defeat by Chelsea closing week, but they looked very open.
Which that you would possibly possibly also recognize why their worn manager David Wagner modified into once powerful more cautious and played the potential he did, on chronicle of he concept that modified into once their most enthralling likelihood of nicking the though-provoking end result.
There is rarely at all times a expansive rigidity on Jan Siewert whatever happens right here, on chronicle of this sport is more about the legend at Arsenal, and what’s occurring to them.
Defensively, the Gunners are lawful now not very factual and I have been reasonably puzzled by some of Unai Emery’s choices.
Final week, of their defeat at Manchester City, Emery played with two left-backs – Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac – in his aspect, but Bernardo Silva aloof toasted the two of them down that flank.
I lawful disclose Emery is definitely struggling to construct up a resolution to his defensive verbalize, in particular along with his aspect’s break factors – even supposing Shkodran Mustafi ought to be match after limping off against City.
Absolutely Emery should always peep at the peril and disclose his aspect’s most enthralling invent of defence is assault, in particular for this sport. In the event that they might be able to accumulate a kind of developing a lot of possibilities, they are going to bewitch.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Jamie and Paul’s prediction: 0-2
Liverpool v Bournemouth
Liverpool’s perfect verbalize for the time being is that they are reasonably thin on the bottom, numbers-radiant, in particular at the attend.
It would possibly well well maybe now not be too injurious if they’d most enthralling misplaced one defender, one midfielder and one attacker, but they are all in the same form of division.
Even Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, who’re every break doubts for this sport, are more defensive-minded midfielders, in station of attacking.
So Jurgen Klopp has misplaced that shield reasonably bit and even Virgil van Dijk has began to peep reasonably bit fashioned on chronicle of there are so many assorted of us spherical him.
However the Reds are at home and playing a Bournemouth crew that are now not factual defensively.
After beating Chelsea 4-0 the Cherries went and misplaced 2-0 at Cardiff closing weekend, which is adore going one from low to yet every other.
I am unsure what more or much less performance we are going to likely be capable to acknowledge from Eddie Howe’s crew this time, but I would aloof attend Liverpool to bewitch with ease.
Lawro’s prediction: 3-0
Jamie and Paul’s prediction (Paul): Two for Mo Salah and somebody else can knock yet every other one in. Approved disappear for it lads, don’t let me down. 3-1
Paul on Liverpool: I’m capable of’t declare adequate about Jurgen Klopp – what a particular person. There is that feeling about Liverpool now, among the many followers, that things are coming attend to the potential they had been. I disclose currently are coming attend and fingers crossed they are.
Southampton v Cardiff
Cardiff’s invent on the road has now not been expansive this season – they maintain got most enthralling one bewitch and two draws to bid for 12 games, and most enthralling Fulham maintain picked up fewer factors.
Southampton’s home invent is now not exactly impressive both, with most enthralling two wins from 12 games at St Mary’s, but every of them maintain come since Ralph Hasenhuttl took value at the birth up of December.
I do know they are aloof hovering lawful above the relegation zone but Saints are aloof unbeaten in the league in 2019 and I disclose Hasenhuttl deserves more credit score for changing the mood at St Mary’s, as effectively as his outcomes.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Jamie and Paul’s prediction: 0-1
Watford v Everton
Right here’s simply the best sport of the season for Everton boss Marco Silva, who goes attend to his worn membership on the attend of a fling of 4 defeats from his previous five games.
It’s wanted to applaud Everton’s owner Farhad Moshiri for coming out this week and backing Silva but, if they preserve it up losing, it turns into very complicated to retain doing that.
I do know the Toffees do in a tantalizing performance in midweek against Manchester City but right here is a tricky sport for them. Watford are inconsistent, but furthermore they are a harmful attacking crew.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Jamie and Paul’s prediction (Paul): I dreamt this one closing night. My dad’s an Evertonian so I am giving him the thumbs up. 1-3
Brighton v Burnley (17:30 GMT)
Brighton are into the closing 16 of the FA Cup after beating West Brom on Wednesday night, but they are on a uncomfortable fling in the league.
Burnley, in difference, maintain saved on choosing up factors in recent weeks. They are yet every other crew who’re aloof unbeaten in the league in 2019 and, after drawing their previous three games, I lawful maintain a sneaky feeling they are going to head to the Amex Stadium and bewitch.
It has purchased the makings of a factual sport, on chronicle of I don’t disclose both aspect will give very powerful away, but Burnley are in better invent so I would attend them to edge it.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-1
Jamie and Paul’s prediction: 1-1
Tottenham v Leicester (13:30 GMT)
Leicester created adequate possibilities to to find one thing out of their sport with Manchester United, but the purpose they purchased against Liverpool closing week is actually the most enthralling thing they wish to bid from their previous five games in all competitions.
In difference, Tottenham lawful back on discovering a kind to bewitch games no topic obviously aloof being with out some of their key gamers.
If you peep into why or how they maintain got done it, it all leads attend to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. I disclose he’ll to find yet every other three factors right here.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Jamie and Paul’s prediction: 2-2
Man City v Chelsea (16:00 GMT)
City maintain had a sizable week with games against Arsenal and Everton, but they had been ready to birth up with Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling on the bench against the Toffees, so as a minimal these two will likely be somewhat recent.
Chelsea maintain had the week off after thumping Huddersfield closing weekend but I don’t disclose that bewitch over the Terriers adjustments the truth that every particular person is now not effectively with Maurizio Sarri’s crew.
They’ll aloof pose a likelihood to City’s title say, even supposing.
The tales about Eden Hazard going to Accurate Madrid lawful seem to to find stronger and stronger a week, but as long as he keeps performing then that is now not a discipline.
Right here’s going to be City’s hardest sport of the week, on chronicle of Chelsea maintain purchased some very factual gamers.
I would attend Gonzalo Higuain to attain for Chelsea, and his lope in the field is top class, but City are on a roll, and I will head with them to bewitch it.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Jamie and Paul’s prediction (Jamie): City seem to be attend on the saunter again after reasonably of a lunge. 3-1
Wolves v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)
Newcastle’s recent signing Miguel Almiron ought to aloof bear his debut and I am looking ahead to seeing how he will get on.
I genuinely maintain seen a total bunch images of him and he looks adore a participant but this would possibly be an spicy night for him on chronicle of the Premier League is terribly different to the MLS, and Wolves are a crew in invent.
Of the total teams chasing seventh station, Nuno Espirito Santo’s crew are with out a doubt essentially the most consistent by the use of performances, and I’m capable of recognize them getting a fourth-straight bewitch on Monday.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Jamie and Paul’s prediction: 0-0
Lawro modified into once talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
How did Lawro enact closing time?
No longer very effectively. He equalled his lowest earn of the season, 20 factors, after getting two upright outcomes and no perfect scores from closing weekend’s 10 Premier League games.
He misplaced to Atlanta Falcons large receiver Mohamed Sanu and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarter-attend Ryan Fitzpatrick, with Sanu scoring 50 factors (five upright outcomes, no perfect scores) and Fitzpatrick scoring 30 factors (three upright outcomes, no perfect scores).
On the opposite hand, Lawro did powerful better with Manchester City’s bewitch over Everton of their rearranged sport on Wednesday, and scored 40 factors for precisely predicting the champions would bewitch 2-0.
|Total scores after week 25|
|Lawro v Company|
|+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION|
GUEST LEADERBOARD 218-19
|140||The 1975’s Ross MacDonald|
|90||Jim Glennie, Mario Hezonja, Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark|
|83||Lawro (moderate after 25 weeks)|
|80||Richard Ashcroft, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Stamp Wahlberg|
|60||Idris Elba, Dolph Lundgren, Mumford & Sons, Dillian Whyte|
|50||Bring Me The Horizon, Theo Ellis, Drew McIntyre, Mohamed Sanu, Dolph Ziggler|
|40||Tom Grennan, Josh Warrington|
|30||Ryan Fitzpatrick, Oti Mabuse|
Lawro’s most enthralling earn: 260 factors (week seven v Karl Pilkington)
Lawro’s worst earn: 20 factors (week 24 v Grime superstar Yizzy & week 25 v Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarter-attend Ryan Fitzpatrick and Atlanta Falcons large receiver Mohamed Sanu)