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Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League score predictions

Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions are revealed as we look forward to the next round of matches of this exciting season.

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.

Lawro, along with grime star and Wolves fan S-X, have now given their Premier League predictions for the matches taking place over the next few days, take a look at what they went with…

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Brighton v Crystal Palace

Brighton have hit a bit of form after that long run of draws or defeats they were on before Christmas.

The Seagulls are not just getting wins – three in their past four games in all competitions – but they are playing well too, so they will be full of confidence.

I still think Crystal Palace will get something out of this one, though. The rivalry between the two sides has produced some really good games in recent seasons, and I can see this one being close.

The Eagles have won on their past two visits to the Amex Stadium, but this time, with the way Brighton are playing, they will probably be happy not to be beaten.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1.

S-X’s prediction: Brighton have been playing well, but I am a bit of a Wilfried Zaha fan so I am going with Palace for that reason. Zaha to win it with a penalty. 1-2.

Brighton v Crystal Palace

Man City v Chelsea

I’m not a fan of lunchtime games full stop because the atmosphere is always flat, whoever is playing. This will be the same, despite it being a meeting of the top two, and it would be very different if this was a tea-time kick-off.

It is going to be interesting to see how Chelsea line up because they are short of defenders after Andreas Christensen tested positive for Covid-19 this week.

Thomas Tuchel’s side played well when they despatched Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, but this is a much bigger test and I’m not convinced they are ready for it.

Chelsea’s Premier League form has been patchy and even a draw here would not be enough to help their title chances. I don’t think they will get that, though.

City played really well when they won at Stamford Bridge in September, but they have really hit their stride in the past few weeks. I’m going for another win for them, which would be their 12th in a row in the league.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.

S-X’s prediction: It’s going to be a close game but City will take it. 1-0.

Man City v Chelsea

Newcastle v Watford

Chris Wood should go straight into the Newcastle side and I can see why they bought him.

He is not a prolific goalscorer but he is a powerful force up front, and will hold the ball up.

You can just picture the scene at St James’ Park – there will be a full house and, after signing Wood, they will all be expecting a really good performance and a win.

Newcastle need it, not just to improve their own situation but to keep Watford right in the relegation mix as well.

The problem Eddie Howe’s men have there is that, defensively, we know they are all over the place.

I still think the Magpies will win, because Watford are leaking a lot of goals and losing a lot of games, but it might be a tense finish and Newcastle will need their fans as well as Wood to get them over the line.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.

S-X’s prediction: Newcastle need a win badly, but so do Watford and I just have a feeling the Hornets will edge it. 1-2.

Newcastle v Watford

Norwich v Everton

Most of the teams down the bottom have problems keeping goals out, but Norwich can’t score them either – they have drawn a blank in their past six league games.

I don’t see that changing on Saturday. Everton are hardly in great form themselves, but they have been busy this month in the transfer market and you can see what their manager Rafael Benitez is trying to do at both ends of the pitch.

After shipping Lucas Digne out he has signed two defenders and has brought in another winger, Anwar El Ghazi, on loan from Aston Villa. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin fit again, Everton should not be lacking in firepower any more.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2.

S-X’s prediction: No goals in this one! 0-0.

Norwich v Everton

Wolves v Southampton

Southampton played really well when they beat Brentford in midweek, but Wolves have impressed me for a few weeks and have turned into a really good side.

Wolves boss Bruno Lage doesn’t get enough credit for that, possibly because they don’t score too many, but they are a very tidy footballing team and the goals will come.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.

S-X’s prediction: This is going to be a tough game and it might be quite open too. 3-2.

S-X on Wolves’ season: Being a Wolves fan you have to be ready for ups and downs, but it feels like we are a solid Premier League club now, rather than worrying about relegation. It doesn’t feel like we are a team that is going to win anything yet, but even when we lose games it doesn’t feel like we are in danger of dropping out. At the beginning of the season I was a lot less certain about that, because we had a new manager and we didn’t know what to expect. It just shows why you have to give these things time. Lage had to find his way with a new team when he arrived, but now he is doing really well.

Wolves v Southampton

Aston Villa v Man Utd

Aston Villa were hard done by when they lost at Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday night, and I reckon they will reverse that result at Villa Park.

New Villa midfielder Philippe Coutinho will be available#, but I don’t know whether he will start because he has not played many minutes recently. He’ll probably be on the bench and if they need a lift – and a trick or two – they can bring him on.

It is United who have got more problems at the moment, though. I really thought we would see an improvement under Ralf Rangnick.

Their results haven’t been that bad, other than their loss to Wolves at the start of the year, but their performances have mostly been poor and there are obviously some deep-rooted problems inside the club that need to be sorted out.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.

S-X’s prediction: Can Villa do what Wolves did a few days ago and beat United? No! Apologies to everyone in my family who are Villa fans, but I don’t think United will let that slip. 0-2.

Liverpool v Brentford

Liverpool went with Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino up front against Arsenal in midweek, but they could play Divock Origi through the middle here.

They should have enough to beat Brentford at Anfield. The Bees put on a very disciplined defensive performance when they lost 1-0 to Manchester City over Christmas, but they shipped four goals against Southampton on Tuesday, which is not exactly ideal preparation for this game.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0.

S-X’s prediction: Brentford are a good team and they will have a real go – it feels like they could beat anyone, and also lose to anyone – but Liverpool are at home and should win this one. 2-1.

Liverpool v Brentford

West Ham v Leeds

West Ham have picked up again after their little slump in results and have now won four games in a row in all competitions.

FA Cup highlights: West Ham United 2-0 Leeds United

That run included their win over Leeds in the FA Cup last weekend and I am going to go for the same outcome this time.

The Hammers are very powerful and such a difficult side to play against now with the pace they have in attack. I don’t see Leeds in any danger of the drop, but I also can’t see them keeping West Ham out.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0.

S-X’s prediction: This is a hard one to call but I am going to go with Leeds. 0-2.

West Ham v Leeds

Tottenham v Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is running out of players because of illness and injury, so there is a chance this game might be called off.

If it goes ahead, I am not expecting a classic.

The way Tottenham went out of the Carabao Cup without much of a fight was disappointing, but they are still unbeaten in the league in eight games under Antonio Conte.

Conte will want to keep that record, so being hard to beat will be the priority, but I have a feeling Spurs will nick all three points, even though Son Heung-min is still out injured.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0.

S-X’s prediction: Anything could happen here, but Arsenal are not quite the same team when they are away from home. 3-1.

Tottenham v Arsenal

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