Premier League predictions: Lawro v Sports Team drummer Al Greenwood

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June 21, 2020
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    Lawro's predictions

    Former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson played in plenty of Merseyside derbies himself but he feels Sunday’s meeting without fans will be like no other in the fixture’s 124-year history.

    Lawro will be at Goodison Park as co-commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live and said: “Of all the games to be played behind closed doors this weekend, this is going to feel like the strangest one.

    “It is a derby but it won’t feel like one in any shape or form. I will be very surprised if the players are clattering into each other like they normally would.

    “Goodison is usually such an intimidating ground in terms of the backing Everton get, especially against Liverpool, and the players usually feed off that derby atmosphere. We will not see any of that this time though.”

    Snapshot showing the top three in the Premier League: 1st Liverpool, 2nd Man City & 3rd Leicester

    Liverpool know two wins will secure their first league title since 1990. The earliest they can win it is Monday, if they beat Everton on Sunday and Man City lose to Burnley the following evening

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

    This week he is up against Al Greenwood, drummer with indie band Sports Team.

    Sports Team have gone straight in at number two in the charts with their debut album ‘Deep Down Happy’, missing out on top spot to Lady Gaga by fewer than 600 sales.

    “It’s been a hectic week,” Greenwood told BBC Sport. “A combination of our album coming out and Premier League football coming back have made it an amazing few days.”

    Sports Team drummer Al Greenwood

    “I retired up front when I stopped playing competitively,” Greenwood explained with a smile. “But I was a number 10 rather than a number nine doing the hard miles. I saw myself as a bit like Dimitar Berbatov, just kind of floating around and dinking it in”

    Greenwood is a Manchester United fan and a keen footballer herself.

    She told BBC Sport: “I used to play pretty competitively, never at too high a level, but I would be training or playing six or seven times a week.

    “Since the band kicked off, I am much more of an occasional five-a-side player – we had a kickaround in the park this week actually – but I’m still a massive fan of grass-roots football and a huge supporter of the men’s and women’s game.

    “Women’s football has made such amazing leaps and bounds in the past few years and I am really disappointed to see it is not coming back after the season was halted early by the coronavirus pandemic.

    “It is a huge opportunity lost, both from the perspective of the gains made at the top level off the back of last summer’s World Cup and also the impact it will have lower down, on younger players.

    Sports Team drummer Al Greenwood

    “I had a great moment when the band went on Soccer AM last year,” Greenwood said. “There was this volley challenge and somehow, through an act of god, it just fell perfectly for me and I got it in the top-left corner. I decided to never ever play publicly again and to retire on that”

    “For me, sitting at home watching the Bundesliga in the past few weeks has brought home how much I missed football and there is a huge appetite for people wanting to watch it in any format.

    “Imagine the impact if the Women’s Super League season had been scheduled around the men’s Premier League games and games were shown live on TV?

    “The authorities talk a good game about football for all and equality across the sport but the outcome has been disappointing as a fan, particularly a United fan, because of what their manager Casey Stoney has done with that side and the sense of community the club had build up.

    “It is very exciting that the Premier League is back, of course but, for United’s women’s team, not getting to complete their first season in the top flight is a bitter pill to swallow.”

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



    Norwich 0-3 Southampton

    Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

    Al’s prediction: 1-2

    Match report

    Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd

    Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

    Al’s prediction: 1-3

    Match report

    Al on why she supports United: “My dad grew up in Stockport and is a United season-ticket holder. It was his mum, my grandma, who got me into football.

    “She was an incredible lady, god rest her soul, who would just sit and chain-smoke watching Western films in her tiny council flat and the only time I ever saw her on her feet was playing football, training me. I remember she had a signed picture of David Beckham on her mantlepiece – he was her hero.

    “My dad would take me to games and we would get to Old Trafford hours early and just walk around the ground to soak up the atmosphere.

    “I think a match day is one of those things that are incomparable for a child to be able to experience with all the energy around it. All your senses so alive to the sights, the smells and the sounds – so it will be special for everyone when fans are allowed back into games again because all of us are missing it at the moment.”


    Watford v Leicester

    Watford 1-1 Leicester

    Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

    Al’s prediction: 0-2

    Match report

    Brighton v Arsenal

    Brighton 2-1 Arsenal

    Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

    Al’s prediction: 0-4

    Match report

    West Ham 0-2 Wolves

    Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

    Al’s prediction: The only potential problem for Wolves this season was that Nuno Espirito Santo was playing the same team week-in, week-out, but after the break they have had, they will be strong again. That issue might come back around again with the number of games to be played in such a short space of time, but it will not be a factor right now – and all United fans are watching their backs. 0-2

    Match report

    Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

    Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

    Al’s prediction: Bournemouth will have have had a chance to reset and work out exactly what was going wrong for them. It could be a tight game. 1-1

    Match report


    Newcastle v Sheff Utd

    Newcastle v Sheff Utd (14:00 BST)

    Newcastle’s takeover saga rumbles on and on and on. I feel a bit sorry for their manager Steve Bruce, who has done a really good job – every time he loses he is out of a job, apparently, and it is the same with stories about him being replaced by whoever buys the club.

    Sheffield United did not really look like scoring for long periods against Aston Villa and, sadly for them, everyone who mattered missed it when they did get the ball into the net.

    I don’t see many goals being scored in this set of fixtures anyway, but especially not at St James’ Park.

    Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

    Al’s prediction: I think playing already will help Sheffield United get into their stride a bit. 0-3

    Aston Villa v Chelsea

    Aston Villa v Chelsea (16:15 BST)

    Villa’s first game back against Sheffield United would have been a great one for them to win given their situation but they did not really do enough.

    Yes, they tried to get in and around the Blades but there was no massive urgency.

    Dean Smith’s have an advantage in that they have already played once but I am backing Chelsea here. I don’t think the Blues will have any problems creating chances, put it that way.

    Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

    Al’s prediction: Again, Villa have played once, and they are fighting for their lives. I fancy an upset. 2-0

    Everton v Liverpool

    Everton v Liverpool (19:00 BST)

    I am expecting Liverpool to be the team trying to set the pace but it is optimistic to expect the kind of performance that has put them so far clear at the top of the table.

    As good as the Reds’ front three are, they are only brilliant when they are really sharp and I don’t think they will be.

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    Slip ‘n’ slide penalties: Liverpool fans v Everton fans

    I would not be surprised if Everton are cautious, play three at the back and sit in a little bit – they don’t want to get torn apart – so because of all that I can see it being a close game.

    But the way Liverpool’s season has gone so far, I am still going to go with them to find a way of winning. We already know they are capable of doing that when they are not at their best.

    Lawro’s prediction: 0-1

    Al’s prediction: I have already come to terms with the fact that Liverpool are going to win the title. I think you have to hold your hands up and say that they have been absolutely incredible this season. My partner is an Everton fan so I have been to Goodison a few times but it is hard to see them doing much here. 1-3


    Man City v Burnley

    Man City v Burnley (20:00 BST)

    Liverpool will be champions if they beat Everton and City lose this game – but I think they might have to keep the champagne on ice a little bit longer.

    This will be Burnley’s first game back and Sean Dyche’s side are the one team who might buck the trend and be at it straight away – being competitive, and tackling.

    But City have the massive advantage of having played once already, on top of the fact they are a much better team of course.

    Burnley might still be full of running, harassing and chasing – but only for 70 minutes, not for 90.

    Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

    Al’s prediction: Burnley are pretty good at parking the bus but I still City will break them down and end up winning easily. 4-0

    Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

    How did Lawro do last time?

    For Wednesday’s games, Lawro got the right result but the wrong score-line in both games, earning him an extra 20 points in the tables below.

    Lawro's League Table graphic



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