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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 weekend of top-flight football.

The former Preston, Brighton, Liverpool and Ireland footballer, turned Oxford and Peterborough manager, now a BBC Sport ‘football expert’, has given his verdict on who might spring a surprise and cause a fair bit of change to the Premier League table.

Mark Lawrenson’s agreed to make Premier League predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, so take a look at what he had to say for this batch…

Crystal Palace v Newcastle

Newcastle started off defending deep in their defeat by Chelsea and then got even deeper.

The Magpies had the odd opportunity but it was an extremely poor display from them. Callum Wilson could be fit to return up front this weekend, but they still need to create far more chances than they have been.

Crystal Palace were not great either, and they really missed Wilfried Zaha. Whenever he’s back after testing positive for coronavirus, he will make a big difference.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

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Brighton v Liverpool

Brighton were really impressive in their win at Aston Villa last weekend. The game could have been done and dusted by half-time.

The Seagulls will be without their best player at the moment, Tariq Lamptey, who is suspended after his red card right at the end of that game, but I did not really fancy them much in this one anyway.

If Brighton try to play their way out from the back again, like they did in July when Liverpool nicked the ball off them and scored a couple of early goals, they will be in trouble. This will be a hard enough test for Graham Potter’s side anyway.

Liverpool have played Brighton six times in the Premier League in the past three seasons, and won every time. I know the Reds still have lots of injuries but I think this will be win number seven.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Live match stream updates of that game can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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Manchester City v Burnley

Manchester City have put five goals past Burnley in each of their past three meetings at Etihad Stadium.

I don’t see City scoring quite that many this time – they haven’t managed more than one in any of their past six league games – but the points should still be theirs without too many problems.

If Sergio Aguero is fit, Pep Guardiola should play him up front. They will make loads of chances on Saturday, and Aguero is the best man to take them – I know he has been injured, but I don’t really understand why Pep Guardiola doesn’t just play his strongest attacking line-up when he is available.

Burnley look a lot more solid now Ben Mee is back in their defence, but I don’t see them keeping City out.

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

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Everton v Leeds

Leeds are probably still wondering how they didn’t beat Arsenal on Sunday – and so am I.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be just as attack-minded here, because they just don’t change, home or away. They approach every game like it is Custer’s Last Stand, and it is all or nothing for them.

Everton got the win they needed at Craven Cottage last weekend but they were hanging on a bit at the end, and I didn’t see anything that makes me think they will keep Leeds out.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Live match stream updates of that game can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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West Brom v Sheffield United

There are various reasons why these two sides are the bottom two, and one of them is a lack of goals.

West Brom have managed only six in nine league games, and Sheffield United have fared even worse with just four. That’s the joint-lowest total with Burnley, who have played a game less.

The Baggies and the Blades are also the only sides yet to win in the top flight this season, and both of them have no doubt earmarked this game as a big chance to put that right.

Things don’t always work out like that, though, which is why I am going for another draw.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Live match stream updates of that game can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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Southampton v Manchester United

Manchester United have been much better on the road this season, and have won three out of three away league games so far.

I am backing them to make it four out of four on Sunday, with the template being their win over Everton at Goodison Park before the international break.

We know how good Southampton have been but they are not going to just sit in – they will have a go at United, who will be happy for them to do that and then look to pick them off the same way they did at Everton.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

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Chelsea v Tottenham

Spurs put on a Jose Mourinho masterclass when they beat Manchester City last weekend.

It was a great performance and they are playing well, but I do feel with Tottenham that they have to score first for that gameplan to be successful.

Chelsea always seem to get a lot of goals – they are the highest scorers in the Premier League this season – and I am not so sure Spurs will keep them out.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

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Arsenal v Wolves

I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is, but Wolves are lacking something at the moment.

Arsenal are a bit stodgy as well, though. I’m going with the Gunners, but Wolves could easily edge it.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

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Leicester City v Fulham

Leicester ended up being well beaten at Anfield last weekend but the chance Harvey Barnes had to equalise for them at 1-0 was massive. If he’d scored then, there might been a bit more doubt in the Liverpool defence.

The Foxes didn’t give much service to Jamie Vardy as they chased the game but I don’t see this one going the same way.

I know Leicester’s home form hasn’t been brilliant, but I look at Fulham and they are so open.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

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West Ham v Aston Villa

Like Manchester United, Aston Villa are another team who have been getting much better results away than they have managed at home.

Villa have improved in every department compared to last season, but West Ham have got better too, and they are on a good run right now.

I like the look of the Hammers’ attack at the moment and, even if this one is close, they have got the quality to nick the points.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

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How did Lawro do last time?

Last weekend, Lawro got four correct results from 10 matches, including one exact score.

How many of Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions do you think he’ll get right? Let us know your thoughts and maybe your own predictions in the comments below!

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