Premier League predictions: Lawro v The Greatest Dancer captain Oti Mabuse

Sunday sees the main good test for Manchester United intervening time manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when his in-invent workforce retract on Tottenham.

To this point, Solskjaer has won all 5 of his video games guilty within the Premier League and FA Cup – but how will he fare at Wembley?

BBC Sport’s soccer expert Worth Lawrenson says: “Spurs procure beaten United at home in every of the past three seasons, with most of their most contemporary workforce fascinated with those video games.

“It correct feels love Tottenham know they can flip United over. They beat them at Feeble Trafford in August, so I am backing them to contain a uncommon double – for the main time since 1989-90.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 high-flight suits this season, towards a differ of company.

This week he’s up towards Strictly dancer Oti Mabuse, who’s a dance captain on original BBC One inform The Finest Dancer.

“Increasing up in South Africa my dad had an sizable passion for soccer,” Mabuse told BBC Sport.

Oti Mabuse exhibits Dele Alli the supreme approach to floss in Premier League Predictions

“The World Cup in South Africa in 2010 used to be sizable, it changed how the country appears to be like and works at the fresh time.

“I used to be an apt dancer for the World Cup! Everyone used to be so livid, it introduced the total country collectively. That is the magic of soccer.”

You would also sight episode one in all The Finest Dancer now on iPlayer. Episode two is on BBC One at 20:10 GMT on Saturday.

Premier League predictions – week 22
End resultLawroOti
West Ham v Arsenalx-x1-21-1
Brighton v Liverpoolx-x1-1zero-2
Burnley v Fulhamx-x2-zero1-2
Cardiff v Huddersfieldx-x2-zero1-zero
Crystal Palace v Watfordx-x1-21-1
Leicester v Southamptonx-x2-zero2-1
Chelsea v Newcastlex-x2-zero1-1
Everton v Bournemouthx-x2-12-1
Tottenham v Man Utdx-x2-11-1
Man City v Wolvesx-xthree-zero2-1

An right result (deciding on a grab, procedure or defeat) is payment 10 functions. The true score earns Forty functions.


All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless talked about.


West Ham v Arsenal (12:30 GMT)

Identical old carrier will more than seemingly be resumed this weekend by manner of Premier League groups going with their strongest line-united statesafter resting avid gamers final week – no longer correct right here, but across the division.

Both of these facets are safely into the next round of the FA Cup after beating decrease league facets – I used to be at Blackpool for BBC Radio 5 live to see Arsenal cruise by means of.

FA Cup: Blackpool zero-three Arsenal highlights

Within the Premier League, the Hammers’ invent has been very up and down in contemporary weeks, but the identical will more than seemingly be talked about in regards to the Gunners.

I’m going for an Arsenal grab right here, but it absolutely is definite that Unai Emery quiet has rather heaps of labor to contain.

He has fully been guilty for half a season and I mediate that, after they arrive up towards the tip groups, the identical considerations quiet dwell.

The main downside is at the help. Would I relief them defensively? No, thoroughly no longer. Too many of their defenders are no longer Champions League level, which is the fashioned they need them to be at.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Oti’s prediction: 1-1

Brighton v Liverpool

Liverpool procure bought a downside in central defence with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip injured, and I suspect Fabinho will play there – I will no longer see what else Reds boss Jurgen Klopp would contain.

Ki-Jana Hoever did big when he came on for Lovren towards Wolves, but you might possibly seemingly seemingly perhaps no longer are looking out to chuck a Sixteen-year-dilapidated in at Brighton because he would procure Glenn Murray to take care of.

I know the Seagulls are no longer basically the most attacking workforce, and Liverpool turned them over easily at Amex Stadium final season, but Murray towards a baby? No, he would procure too principal experience for him.

Right here is a terribly lawful test for Liverpool, on the help of their defeat by Manchester City and then their defeat at Molineux after Klopp determined the FA Cup used to be no longer in his high two priorities.

FA Cup: Wolves 2-1 Liverpool highlights

It might possibly well seemingly seemingly perhaps clearly be preferable for Liverpool to be at Anfield as they give the impact of being to leap relief this weekend, especially since the item about Brighton is that they are very lawful at stopping groups from taking half in.

Brighton procure bought a lawful home myth too, which is why I’m going for a procedure right here.

I contain no longer know whether this would seemingly seemingly even be a bit bump within the avenue for Liverpool but, if I am lawful and they fall functions on Saturday, I’d additionally relief them to come to winning programs in their home video games towards Crystal Palace and Leicester sooner than the dwell of the month.

There are 11 days between the Palace and Leicester suits and, because Liverpool are out of the FA Cup, Klopp will more than seemingly be in a quandary to present his avid gamers about a days off to leisure their bodies, and definite their heads.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Oti’s prediction: zero-2

Burnley v Fulham

I even procure thought for a whereas that Burnley procure clicked all over again and, in conjunction with their FA Cup grab over Barnsley, they now procure three victories on the lag.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche would doubtlessly disagree but I will no longer support thinking their Europa League campaign conducted its phase in their dreadful commence to the season.

Burnley correct appear to procure bought their starvation and need relief, besides to their invent – and I correct can no longer see Fulham getting the leisure right here.

FA Cup: Fulham 1-2 Oldham Athletic highlights

The Cottagers’ home defeat by League Two facet Oldham used to be one in all the greatest upsets on zero.33-round weekend.

Some distance from home, they procure bought the worst myth within the tip flight with correct two functions from 11 video games, and I contain no longer see them adding to that tally at Turf Moor.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-zero

Oti’s prediction: 1-2

Cardiff v Huddersfield

Both of these groups are out of the FA Cup and correct procure their fight for Premier League survival to point of curiosity on now.

Cardiff procure given themselves a probability, but it absolutely is absorbing to take care of out principal hope for Huddersfield, who procure misplaced eight league video games in a row and are sinking snappily.

The Bluebirds procure correct misplaced their past two home video games, to Tottenham and Manchester United, by a mixed score of eight-1, but they procure in truth been on a half-first payment dash otherwise.

First and main of the season I watched Cardiff and thought ‘crikey, the put are they going to procure any functions?’ but they procure improved loads and now right here’s a game that I procure a examine and request them to know.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-zero

Oti’s prediction: 1-zero

Crystal Palace v Watford

Crystal Palace’s final Premier League game noticed them beat Wolves at Molineux, to follow up their infamous victory at Manchester City sooner than Christmas.

The Eagles’ home invent has been loads much less convincing but they’re quiet a workforce that is heading within the lawful route and they must no longer sleep safely in mid-desk.

Watford are inconsistent but they gradually appear to score objectives, which is why I in truth procure a feeling additionally they can edge this one.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Oti’s prediction: 1-1

Leicester v Southampton

Leicester’s FA Cup exit at Newport final weekend used to be doubtlessly basically the most perplexing of the total upsets suffered by Premier League clubs, especially whenever it’s also possible to very wisely be a Foxes fan.

Their grab over Everton on Unusual one year’s Day had taken them up to seventh, and they’re clearly no longer going to transfer down.

FA Cup: Newport County 2-1 Leicester City highlights

We are in a position to utterly speculate about Claude Puel’s reasons for altering his workforce so principal on Sunday. It is miles all a bit bit outlandish.

Presumably his remit is that he has to full within the tip 10, so he used to be thinking the FA Cup also can procure within the manner of that?

On paper, Southampton’s invent has dropped off a bit with one point from their past three video games.

They fright me a bit bit, because their squad needs some strengthening, but original Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has bought one thing about him which helps, and I mediate they’re going to be all lawful.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-zero

Oti’s prediction: 2-1

Chelsea v Newcastle (17:30 GMT)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez bought a gigantic welcome at Anfield when he went relief with the Magpies over Christmas, but I contain no longer mediate he’ll procure the identical invent of reception on Saturday at but every other of his passe clubs.

Sadly for Benitez, I will see him being on the irascible dwell of a identical result – even supposing I contain no longer see Chelsea hammering Newcastle the manner that Liverpool did.

It appears to be like love the Blues are going to procure a brand original striker in January, we correct contain no longer know who this also can additionally be but.

They need one because they had been a bit short of objectives recently, but for the time being I quiet mediate they’re going to be too precise for the Magpies.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-zero

Oti’s prediction: 1-1.


Everton v Bournemouth (14:15 GMT)

Both of these groups had been in dreadful invent recently – and Everton’s outcomes at home within the past few weeks are doubtlessly basically the most caring thing for boss Marco Silva.

The Toffees procure fully won one in all their past eight league video games, taking fully two functions from their past four video games at Goodison Park.

Everton were too ‘fearful and anxious’ – Silva

Bournemouth also can additionally be rather inconsistent anyway but they’re more down than up for the time being – and procure misplaced 9 of their past 12 league suits.

That dash of outcomes has considered each and each groups plunge out of the the tip half of the desk, but they’re quiet in a position to a high-10 dwell.

I contain mediate that Everton, in particular, will come lawful at some stage because they procure some very lawful avid gamers.

Silva correct has to determine what his handiest workforce is – and this would seemingly seemingly even be the fixture they need.

The membership has had a lawful week anyway with the knowledge about their audacious plans for his or her original stadium, and that also can kick them on to carry out a lawful performance in front of their like followers.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Oti’s prediction: 2-1

Tottenham v Man Utd (Sixteen:30 GMT)

Right here is a superb test for United caretaker Solskjaer and this also can additionally be tantalizing to see whether he’ll be as attack-minded at Wembley as in his first 5 video games.

It is miles rather that you just might possibly seemingly seemingly perhaps be also think United will no longer procure the identical quantity of possession they procure loved in those suits – if no longer, they’re going to need a particular manner.

Tottenham’s programs, meanwhile, are tried and tested.

There used to be more files about Tottenham’s stadium this week but when it is miles no longer going to be ready till March, they’re better off staying at Wembley till the dwell of the season.

Shifting grounds mid-season is one thing no Premier League workforce has performed sooner than, let on my own particular individual that will more than seemingly be absorbing for the title at that gradual stage of the campaign and additionally making an strive to growth within the Champions League.

If Spurs can wait till the summer season to transfer, then they must contain.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Oti’s prediction: 1-1. “I love Jesse Lingard’s moves! They are new! He’s bought some swag. I’d give Dele Alli a six out of 10 for his floss. His used to be adorable – but it absolutely wasn’t snappily adequate.”


Man City v Wolves (20:00 GMT)

City scored seven towards Rotherham, 9 towards Burton – so I assume they’re going to be going for 11 towards Wolves.

Regardless of the return to invent of Pep Guardiola’s facet, I mediate Wolves will wander to Etihad Stadium in confident mood, especially because they gave the defending champions one of these lawful game in a 1-1 procedure at Molineux in August.

Highlights: Manchester City 7-zero Rotherham United

Within the identical manner that Liverpool’s final-gasp winner within the Merseyside derby no doubt spurred them on the next few video games, I in truth contain in truth feel that Sadio Mane hitting the post for the Reds towards City has had a identical contain on Guardiola’s facet.

That game, which City won 2-1, used to be so finely balanced and if that Mane shot had long gone in, I mediate Liverpool would procure won it.

You fully procure to search at City’s leads to the 2 video games they procure conducted since then to see how principal that result has lifted them, and I correct see them kicking on now. The blip they had over Christmas looks a really prolonged time ago already.

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: Pep Guardiola proud of ‘unbelievable’ avid gamers

Wolves, who are ninth, are having a look lawful for a high-10 dwell, and that’s no longer correct all of the manner down to what we procure considered from them within the main half of the season.

Within the past their owners procure gradually kicked on from a quandary of strength, which is the manner to contain it – and they regarded to contain that all over again after they tried to model Tammy Abraham.

If they contain quit within the tip half that is in all likelihood a terribly lawful first season relief for them, and likewise it’s also possible to envisage them in truth building on that within the summer season.

Lawro’s prediction: three-zero

Oti’s prediction: 2-1

How did Lawro contain final time?

Within the zero.33 round of the FA Cup, Lawro picked the lawful end in 14 of the 32 ties, in conjunction with one true result.

Within the four ties the put he went up towards Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac [Tranmere 0-7 Tottenham, Everton 2-1 Lincoln, Blackpool 0-3 Arsenal and Wolves 2-1 Liverpool], Lawro bought three right outcomes and not utilizing a yell-on ratings, whereas Annie additionally bought three right outcomes but with one true score.

From the final round of Premier League video games initially of January, Lawro bought four right outcomes, in conjunction with one supreme score, from 10 suits, for a filled with 70 functions.

He used to be beaten by rapper Yatez, who bought eight right outcomes, with one true score, for a filled with 110 functions.

Total ratings after week 21
Lawro v Guests
=1Man City2118threezerofifty seven+1
=1Man Utd2118threezerofifty seven+5
threeLiverpool21Thirteeneightzeroforty seven-2
FourTottenham21Thirteen62forty five-1
5Chelsea21ThirteenFourFourforty three-1
=12Crystal Palace21651023+2
=15West Ham216three1221-5


a hundred and sixtyDavid Ginola
A hundred and fortyThe 1975’s Ross MacDonald
a hundred and twentyJoe Thomas
90Jim Glennie, Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark
86Lawro (realistic after 21 weeks)
eightyRichard Ashcroft, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Worth Wahlberg
60Idris Elba, Dolph Lundgren, Mumford & Sons, Dillian Whyte
50Insist Me The Horizon, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and Theo Ellis.
FortyTom Grennan, Josh Warrington

Lawro’s handiest score: 260 functions (week seven v Karl Pilkington)

Lawro’s worst score: Forty functions (week three v Idris Elba, week eight v Chris Stark and week 12 v Mumford & Sons)

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