Premier League predictions: Lawro v singer and Man Utd fan Tom Grennan

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March 8, 2020
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    Lawro's predictions

    Manchester United have already beaten Manchester City in two of their three meetings this season – so will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side win again on Sunday?

    City will be hoping for a repeat of their victory at Old Trafford in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final in January but BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson thinks United are a different proposition these days.

    “I was impressed by United when I saw them at Goodison Park against Everton last weekend,” Lawrenson said. “They had a good balance in midfield and a bit of fight as well.

    “They had creativity, combativeness and character, which is a good mix – they will need more of the same against City.”

    Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

    This week he is up against singer Tom Grennan.

    Tom Grennan

    Grennan’s new single ‘This Is The Place’ is his first new material since his 2018 top-five breakthrough debut album ‘Lighting Matches’

    Bedford-born Grennan, who was on the books of Luton Town, Northampton and Stevenage as a youngster, is a Manchester United supporter – and a big fan of Solskjaer.

    “I really like Ole, and I think he needs to be given a proper chance,” he told BBC Sport.

    “People are very quick to sack managers off but I agree with United legend Roy Keane, who said recently that Ole should get another year – in fact, I would give him longer. He is the one for me, anyway. It is a big job so give him time.

    “The only thing I think he needs is a bit more authority sometimes and to be more outspoken when we have not played well.

    “At times he is a bit too much like a substitute teacher, when he should be acting like the headmaster.

    “He is too nice. I wish he would channel a bit of Keane’s anger, or use Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘hairdryer’ and scare some of our players a bit when they do not perform.”

    A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

    LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

    All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless stated.

    SATURDAY

    Liverpool v Bournemouth

    Liverpool 2-1 Bournemouth

    Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

    Tom’s prediction: I know Liverpool have lost a few but this is still an easy win for them. 4-0

    Tom on Liverpool: It is hard to say this as a United fan but I have to hold my hands up and admit that the way they have been playing is amazing. What they are doing is where United want to be.

    Match report

    Arsenal v West Ham

    Arsenal 1-0 West Ham

    Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

    Tom’s prediction: 0-0

    Crystal Palace v Watford

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford

    Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

    Tom’s prediction: Palace are at home so I am backing them. 2-1

    Sheff Utd v Norwich

    Sheff Utd 1-0 Norwich

    Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

    Tom’s prediction: Norwich keeper Tim Krul did so well in the shootout against Spurs – did you see his bottle with all their penalties written on it? I think they might win this one too. 0-1

    Southampton v Newcastle

    Southampton 0-1 Newcastle

    Lawro’s prediction: 0-1

    Tom’s prediction: 0-0

    Wolves v Brighton

    Wolves 0-0 Brighton

    Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

    Tom’s prediction: Wolves to win 100%. 2-0

    Burnley v Tottenham

    Burnley 1-1 Tottenham

    Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

    Tom’s prediction: 1-0

    Match report

    SUNDAY

    Chelsea v Everton

    Chelsea v Everton (14:00 GMT)

    I am sure Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti will get a great reception at Stamford Bridge, on his return to the club where he won the Premier League and FA Cup Double in 2010.

    I thought Ancelotti’s side were very unlucky not to beat Manchester United last weekend – I know Gylfi Sigurdsson was lying close to United keeper David de Gea but he was not obstructing his view – so I can see why the Toffees boss was unhappy with that decision.

    But I am going with Chelsea here. Most of their problems at home this season have come against lesser teams and I think they will be fully focused this time.

    Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

    Tom’s prediction: 2-0

    Man Utd v Man City

    Man Utd v Man City (16:30 GMT)

    United look a lot better of late, and they have a realistic chance of finishing in the Champions League places. I have been impressed by City recently too though.

    Kevin de Bruyne’s form is a big reason I am expecting Pep Guardiola’s side to kick on between now and the rest of the season, but he is a doubt for this one because of a shoulder injury.

    Whether he plays or not could make the difference whether City win or not. I am expecting midfield to be a key battle in the outcome, and it would usually be an area where they are on top.

    But with Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic fit, and Bruno Fernandes providing the spark, I have a feeling United will be competitive in there, and this should be a very close game.

    Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

    Tom’s prediction: I am backing United. We will go in with the mentality that we have beaten them before, and that we can do it again. I think we have got the legs to do it, too. Marcus Rashford is out but I think Mason Greenwood is ready for the big games like this one. 2-1

    Tom on United midfielder Bruno Fernandes: When you watch him, he has got a bit of Cristiano Ronaldo to him, like he was back in the day. He brings a bit of energy to the team, which is great to see.

    There is still work to do though. Against Everton last week, I thought we were boring and rubbish to watch. I still don’t feel like this is the United that we all know and want to see.

    But just as it will with Ole, it is going to take time for everyone to get the feel for each other on the pitch. I feel like next season we will hopefully be a better United.

    Right now, I am happy that Bruno has come in and I am excited about watching him progress and grow in the team – I want Rashford back from injury soon though.

    I would be buzzing with a top-four finish. Do we deserve it? I am not too sure, but all the other teams have been inconsistent too, not just us.

    MONDAY

    Leicester v Aston Villa

    Leicester v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)

    I thought Aston Villa were competitive enough in the Carabao Cup final but it always felt like Manchester City were going to win it.

    Now it is back to a relegation battle for Dean Smith’s men, and this is a tough game for them as they look to climb out of the bottom three.

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    FA Cup: Leicester City 1-0 Birmingham City highlights

    The Foxes have not been in great form themselves but their boss Brendan Rodgers picked a strong team on Wednesday night against Birmingham, and got the result he wanted.

    I am going with Leicester to win again here, too. Wilfried Ndidi is back from injury and makes a big difference in midfield while, up front, Jamie Vardy should be fit to return too.

    Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

    Tom’s prediction: 2-2

    Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

    How did Lawro do last time?

    Lawro and his guest, Hot Property host Yung Filly, have both predicted five correct results and no exact scores from the seven FA Cup fifth-round ties to be played so far this week.

    Lawro and Fillly have both gone for Manchester United to beat Derby 2-0 in the final tie on Thursday, so they will finish level, whatever the outcome at Pride Park.

    Their scores in the FA Cup do not count towards the tables below.

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