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Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions

Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions are revealed as we look forward to what will be another busy midweek of action.

The former Preston, Brighton, Liverpool and Ireland footballer, turned Oxford and Peterborough manager, now a BBC Sport ‘football expert’, often reveals who he’s backing and can change up the Premier League table.

Mark Lawrenson has now given his Premier League predictions for the matches taking place over the next few days, so take a look at what he had to say for this batch…

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Man Utd v Fulham

United have the Europa League final next week but this is their last home game of the season, with their fans back at Old Trafford, and I think they will field a strong team.

I can’t see United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doing the same at Wolves on Sunday, but a win here would be a good way for them to sign off.

I don’t think Fulham will be able to stop them.

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

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Southampton v Leeds

Leeds put on a masterclass against Burnley on Saturday and they are flying at the moment. They are becoming a really good side, and are very difficult to play against.

Like everyone else, Southampton will be glad to have fans back at St Mary’s Stadium but I don’t think they would have picked Leeds to be the visitors.

I’ve been impressed by Nathan Tella for Saints, but Danny Ings is not fit enough to play 90 minutes yet and they are not the same side without him.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

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Brighton v Man City

City are surely going to bring some of their A-listers back after resting them in Friday’s win over Newcastle.

It’s a good idea to keep them ticking over with the Champions League final on 29 May in mind.

Brighton are neat and tidy as we know, but I don’t see them hurting City.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-3

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Chelsea v Leicester

I really enjoyed Saturday’s FA Cup final, which was a really intriguing game and turned into a classic cup story.

The Wembley atmosphere was great, and it was nice to have that back. Leicester were celebrating at the end, but Chelsea will have been thinking how it could have been their day.

That’s one of the reasons I’m going for a Chelsea win here. They will want some revenge and they need a win to keep their top-four hopes in their own hands, plus they are playing at Stamford Bridge and they will have some fans there to help them.

Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions for this game: 2-0

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Everton v Wolves

I’d correctly predicted every Premier League game at the weekend, until the last one – which was Everton versus Sheffield United.

I went for an Everton win, despite their terrible form at Goodison Park, because I thought they were bound to beat the bottom-of-the-table Blades. It just shows you can never rely on them!

Having their fans back for this one should help Everton a lot, though, so I am going for another home win this time – if only because Wolves don’t really ever look like scoring.

Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions for this game: 2-0

 

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Newcastle v Sheff Utd

The positive thing for Sheffield United is that they are not going down being beaten heavily every week.

There is nothing riding on this game now Newcastle are safe but it’s important they put on a good show in front of their fans. By that I mean they should go for it a bit.

The last thing Steve Bruce needs is an off-day from his team and a load of supporters chanting ‘Bruce out’ at him as soon as they are allowed back in the stadium.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

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Tottenham v Aston Villa

Tottenham’s home form has held up over the past few weeks, but they are not going to get in the Champions League from here.

Spurs should be able to get at Villa, who let another lead slip at Crystal Palace on Sunday and seem to be leaking more goals at the moment.

Tottenham’s win over Wolves means they can mathematically still catch Chelsea as they are five points behind with six to play for.

It looks more likely that Spurs will have to settle for a Europa League place and two wins in their final two games will confirm that.

Tottenham face Leicester on the final day in another key game.

The north Londoners could slip into the Europa Conference League place in seventh and are currently only ahead of West Ham on goal difference.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

 

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Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Arsenal, who had the weekend off, are on a run of three successive league wins and I think they will make it four in a row at Selhurst Park.

Their young players have made a difference for them in recent weeks.

If Palace boss Roy Hodgson is leaving when his contract ends in the summer, it would be a nice touch if they could make an announcement before this match…

…so he gets a proper send off in his final home game in charge. It might help lift the players too.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

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Burnley v Liverpool

Burnley will score and this won’t be a comfortable night for Liverpool – but I’d back the Reds to win.

Jurgen Klopp’s side don’t know for sure that winning their final two games of the season will secure a top-four place because goal-difference may decide it, but all they can do is look after their side of things by taking the points at Turf Moor.

Sunday looked like it would be yet another day where Liverpool dropped points in a game they should have won, but they will be buoyant after Alisson’s winner against West Brom.

At least one of the teams immediately above them will drop points the night before they play Burnley, which will be another massive incentive. It won’t be easy, but I think Liverpool will get the victory they need.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-3

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West Brom v West Ham

West Ham have run out of steam in the past few weeks, and their results have tailed off at the worst possible time for their top-four hopes.

The Hammers have gone off the boil, but they have not been playing poorly, and they have not had any breaks.

West Brom put up a heck of a fight against Liverpool on Sunday, but I’m going with West Ham to bounce back here.

Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions for this game: 0-2

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LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS TABLE

+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION

  TEAM P W D L PTS +/-
1 Man City 36 32 4 0 100 0
=2 Chelsea 36 26 6 4 84 +2
=2 Man Utd 36 26 6 4 84 0
4 Tottenham 36 26 5 5 83 +2
5 Liverpool 36 23 12 1 81 0
6 Leeds 36 23 1 12 70 +4
7 Leicester 36 19 6 11 63 -4
8 Arsenal 36 17 5 14 56 +1
9 Wolves 36 14 11 11 53 +3
10 Everton 36 13 10 13 49 -2
11 Brighton 36 12 8 16 44 +6
12 Burnley 36 11 10 15 43 +3
13 West Ham 36 11 7 18 40 -6
14 Southampton 36 11 5 20 38 0
15 Aston Villa 36 8 8 20 35 -4
=16 Crystal Palace 36 8 7 21 31 -3
=16 Newcastle 36 9 4 23 31 0
18 Sheff Utd 36 5 6 25 21 +2
19 Fulham 36 3 0 33 9 -1
20 West Brom 36 0 5 31 5 -1

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