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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 but exciting weekend of football.

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 weekend’s matches, so take a look at what he had to say for this batch…

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Burnley v Arsenal

Burnley were much improved when they shared the points with Leicester on Wednesday, while Arsenal were very impressive when they beat the Foxes at the weekend.

The Gunners will want revenge for their home defeat by the Clarets before Christmas, when they had Granit Xhaka sent off and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Burnley’s winner with an own goal.

It is a draw I am going for here, though, which will help keep Burnley edging away from the bottom three.

Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions: 1-1

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Sheff Utd v Southampton

Southampton’s freefall continued with their defeat against Everton on Monday and they have now taken just one point from their past nine matches.

This Saints slump needs to stop soon if they are going to stay up, because the 30 points they have so far will not be enough for survival.

Saturday won’t be easy for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side either, especially now key midfielder Oriol Romeu has been ruled out for the rest of the season. He is like Kalvin Phillips at Leeds – the heartbeat of their team.

Sheffield United are in a much worse situation in the table, but they got a great win over Aston Villa on Wednesday and have clearly not given up hope yet.

It will be close but I think Southampton will get something out of the game, and even a point would be something for them to build on.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

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Aston Villa v Wolves

Aston Villa are becoming very difficult to predict. They showed they could cope without Jack Grealish when they beat Leeds last weekend, but they were pretty poor in his absence as they lost to Sheffield United on Wednesday.

The good news for Villa is that Grealish could be back against Wolves, who have been looking more like their old selves lately.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were well beaten in the end by Manchester City in midweek but they were still hard to break down. They didn’t get much of a chance to attack against City but, apart from that game, they have had a bit more bite recently too.

Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions: 0-1

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Brighton v Leicester

Leicester dropped more points in their draw at Burnley on Wednesday but they did not play too badly in that one considering their injury issues.

The Foxes have got another fight on their hands here, though. Brighton have ended up empty-handed in their past couple of games, against Crystal Palace then West Brom, but they are playing well and sooner or later they are going to get a result that their performance merits, or even get a bit of luck themselves.

Leicester hammered the Seagulls at King Power Stadium before Christmas but that was when their forward line was fit and firing on all cylinders, which is not the case now.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

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West Brom v Newcastle

Being honest, I can’t see this one being a thriller, because both of these sides usually focus on making themselves hard to beat.

I don’t see Newcastle changing that cautious approach, especially now Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have joined the injured Callum Wilson in the treatment room. That means their three best attacking players are all unavailable.

West Brom won’t just throw caution to the wind, especially after suffering so many heavy defeats earlier in Sam Allardyce’s reign, but this will surely be a game that he looks at as one his side have to win, or at least have a good chance of winning.

So, if it is goalless with half an hour to go, it will probably be the Baggies who go for it a bit more. The problem with that is they look better on the counter-attack than they do when they are controlling play.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-0

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Liverpool v Fulham

I am at this game for BBC Radio 5 Live and, in normal circumstances under Jurgen Klopp, I would be saying this will be a routine home win for Liverpool.

Nothing feels routine for Liverpool at Anfield at the moment, though, with the run they are on there at the moment – Thursday’s defeat by Chelsea was their fifth in a row at home in the league.

Having Fabinho fit again at centre-back will obviously help the Reds in defence, but the key to the outcome of this one is going to be what they are like going forward, because scoring goals has become one of their biggest issues.

As Fulham have shown us on plenty of occasions in the past few weeks, they won’t be a pushover. They won’t lack belief, either, after going within a few minutes of beating Liverpool at Craven Cottage in December.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

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Man City v Man Utd

United must know by now that they are not going to stop City winning the league.

I remember in April 2018 when City led 2-0 in this game at half-time and were about to clinch the title, but United came back to win 3-2.

That only delayed the inevitable, though. City were crowned champions a few days later.

It’s similar with this game. United have been struggling to score of late – they have drawn a blank in their past three games in all competitions – but, if they do get something out of it, it will be more important for their top-four hopes than for catching City at the top.

Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions: 2-0

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Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have gone three games unbeaten now, and the five points they have picked up in that time have been really important. Mathematically they aren’t safe of course, but you look at them and know they are not going to get relegated now – the pressure is off.

It’s hard to know what to expect from Tottenham these days, as we found out against Fulham in midweek when they had to hang on to take the points.

But if they play like they can do, and let their attacking players off the leash like they did when they beat Burnley last weekend then they should win this game.

The best part of this Spurs team are their three forwards – Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale – so they might as well go for it, because playing more pragmatically has not worked for them.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

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Chelsea v Everton

Both these sides are right in the mix for the top four and this is a tough one to call.

Chelsea still haven’t conceded a home goal in four games under Thomas Tuchel and Everton are better on the road than they are at Goodison Park – the Toffees haven’t lost an away game since 1 November and 29 of their 46 points have come on the road.

I’m going to go with a Chelsea win here, although it would not surprise me if Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti ends up getting something to show for his return to Stamford Bridge.

Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions: 2-0

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West Ham v Leeds

Leeds are very up and down at the moment – they are a bit like Aston Villa in that they are hard to predict.

West Ham have been far more consistent, which is why they are in the race for the top four. Yes, they lost at Manchester City last weekend but that was still a very good performance.

If Kalvin Phillips is back in the Leeds midfield then that improves their chances, but I’m backing the Hammers to maintain their impressive form.

Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions: 2-0

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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 27 23 4 0 73 0
2 Man Utd 27 21 4 2 67 0
3 Chelsea 27 19 6 2 63 +1
4 Liverpool 27 16 10 1 58 +3
5 Leeds 26 18 1 7 55 +6
6 Tottenham 26 16 5 5 53 +2
7 Leicester 27 13 5 9 44 -4
8 Arsenal 26 13 3 10 42 +2
9 Wolves 27 10 9 8 39 +3
10 Everton 26 8 9 9 33 -5
11 West Ham 26 9 5 12 32 -5
12 Burnley 27 8 7 12 31 +3
13 Brighton 26 8 5 13 29 +3
14 Southampton 26 8 2 16 26 0
15 Aston Villa 25 6 7 12 25 -6
=17 Crystal Palace 27 5 7 15 22 -4
=17 Newcastle 26 7 1 18 22 0
18 Sheff Utd 27 5 5 17 20 +2
19 Fulham 27 3 0 24 9 -1
20 West Brom 27 0 3 24 3 -1

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