Tottenham are the Premier League leaders going into Sunday’s sport in opposition to third-placed Chelsea, however which London aspect will come out on prime at Stamford Bridge?
BBC Sport soccer professional Mark Lawrenson mentioned: “It is a nice match-up. Tottenham are very able to shutting groups out however Chelsea have gotten an actual leading edge in the mean time.
“Loads will hinge on who will get the primary objective. I’ve a sense it will likely be Chelsea.
“By the point this sport is performed, Liverpool may very well be again on prime, and it’s doable Spurs, Chelsea or Leicester may very well be leaders by Monday evening.
“I am actually having fun with it being so open. I nonetheless suppose when each crew is totally match and has hit their stride, Liverpool are nonetheless the perfect aspect however that state of affairs might by no means occur.
“We may have 4 or 5 groups nonetheless within the title race within the final couple of months of the season, which might be good – particularly if we’ve bought followers again at video games by then.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, in opposition to a wide range of visitors.
This weekend, he’s up in opposition to Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith, who’s a lifelong Middlesbrough fan.
Smith instructed BBC Sport: “Once I was rising up every little thing was all the time in regards to the Boro.
“I am from Billingham, which is a small city close by, so I did not have a lot selection within the matter once I was a child. Taking part in soccer within the yard, everybody can be speaking about them.
“It was within the late Nineteen Eighties when Bruce Rioch was in cost. The membership had virtually gone bust in 1986 and the gates to our outdated Ayresome Park floor have been padlocked. I keep in mind watching it on the native information, and there was all of the uncertainty about whether or not we’d survive.
“We had come by way of it however we have been in a rut within the outdated Third Division and Rioch had no cash to spend. He constructed his crew utilizing a number of youngsters, so there was an actual reference to them, as a result of they have been largely native.
“Issues took off and it was a particular time. Rioch is well-known for instilling self-discipline, however we had an incredible crew spirit. We had some very proficient younger gamers too like Gary Pallister, Colin Cooper, Stuart Ripley and Tony Mowbray – aka ‘The Redcar Rock’ – and naturally Bernie Slaven scoring the objectives.
“Slaven had written to each Soccer League membership for a trial and we have been the one ones to answer. For him to then go on and get the objectives to get us up the divisions and into the highest flight was simply an unbelievable story.
“He was my hero. Once I performed as a child I used to be normally up entrance, so I used to be all the time Slaven within the playground.
“I form of ended up on the wing once I was older although as a result of I used to be fairly quick and cherished taking folks on, so I assume I was Ripley in the long run. That is how I noticed it anyway.”
Native businessman Steve Gibson helped save the membership from liquidation and by the mid-Nineteen Nineties he had overseen a courageous new period on Teesside, with Bryan Robson in cost and a brand new dwelling for Boro at Riverside Stadium. They have been quickly again within the Premier League and making thrilling Brazilian signings like Juninho, Emerson and Branco.
“There have been some nice gamers down the years,” Smith added. “Like Slaven, Cooper has all the time been a favorite of mine as a result of he was such a stalwart. These childhood gamers stick in your thoughts as a result of you’ve their posters on the wall, however I’ve ended up attending to know him fairly nicely too.
“However there have been loads of others, as I’ve bought older, watching folks like Alen Boksic. It was open to query whether or not he was that enthusiastic about enjoying for us however when he did play, wow, his management and motion was simply so good.
“Then there was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka too. I could not fairly imagine his first contact.
“It was a complete pleasure watching the gamers I’ve simply listed when it was going your manner, however when it wasn’t going your manner, there have been gamers who gave all of it, all the time, like your Coopers and even Juninho. He by no means gave lower than 100%. He was all the time unbelievable.
“They stand out as a result of they forge an actual reference to the membership.”
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An accurate consequence (selecting a win, draw or defeat) is value 10 factors. The precise rating earns 40 factors.
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)
Newcastle began off defending deep of their defeat by Chelsea after which bought even deeper.
The Magpies had the odd alternative but it surely was an especially poor show from them. Callum Wilson may very well be match to return up entrance this weekend, however they nonetheless must create much more probabilities than they’ve been.
Crystal Palace weren’t nice both, they usually actually missed Wilfried Zaha. If he is again after testing optimistic for coronavirus, he’ll make an enormous distinction.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Paul’s prediction: That is the form of sport Newcastle have been profitable just lately, in opposition to the percentages… however I ponder if that luck goes to form of run out. Crystal Palace have gotten a bit bit extra going for them up entrance. 1-0
Brighton v Liverpool (12:30 GMT)
Brighton have been actually spectacular of their win at Aston Villa final weekend. The sport may have been executed and dusted by half-time.
The Seagulls shall be with out their greatest participant in the mean time, Tariq Lamptey, who’s suspended after his pink card proper on the finish of that sport, however I didn’t actually fancy them a lot on this one anyway.
If Brighton attempt to play their manner out from the again once more, like they did in July when Liverpool nicked the ball off them and scored a few early objectives, they are going to be in bother. This shall be a tough sufficient check for Graham Potter’s aspect anyway.
Liverpool have performed Brighton six occasions within the Premier League up to now three seasons, and gained each time. I do know the Reds nonetheless have a lot of accidents however I feel this shall be win quantity seven.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Paul’s prediction: Each of those groups prefer to play good soccer, however one among them is healthier at it. Liverpool would possibly leak a objective although. 1-3
Manchester Metropolis v Burnley (15:00 GMT)
Manchester Metropolis have put 5 objectives previous Burnley in every of their previous three conferences at Etihad Stadium.
I do not see Metropolis scoring fairly that many this time – they have not managed multiple in any of their previous six league video games – however the factors ought to nonetheless be theirs with out too many issues.
If Sergio Aguero is match, Pep Guardiola ought to play him up entrance. They may make a great deal of probabilities on Saturday, and Aguero is the perfect man to take them – I do know he has been injured, however I do not actually perceive why Pep Guardiola does not simply play his strongest attacking line-up when he’s accessible.
Burnley look much more stable now Ben Mee is again of their defence, however I do not see them holding Metropolis out.
Lawro’s prediction: 3-0
Paul’s prediction: Metropolis usually are not significantly prolific in the mean time however I feel this shall be fairly comfy for them. 3-0
Everton v Leeds Utd (17:30 GMT)
Leeds are most likely nonetheless questioning how they did not beat Arsenal on Sunday – and so am I.
Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect shall be simply as attack-minded right here, as a result of they simply do not change, dwelling or away. They strategy each sport like it’s Custer’s Final Stand, and it’s all or nothing for them.
Everton bought the win they wanted at Craven Cottage final weekend however they have been hanging on a bit on the finish, and I did not see something that makes me suppose they are going to preserve Leeds out.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Paul’s prediction: That is tough to name – all of Leeds’ video games are! What number of objectives will they rating earlier than they run out of power? I used to be a fan of Patrick Bamford when he was at Boro and all the time thought that, in a great crew, he would do nicely… so it’s good to see him scoring some objectives within the Premier League. 2-2
West Brom v Sheffield United (20:00 GMT)
There are numerous the explanation why these two sides are the underside two, and one among them is an absence of objectives.
West Brom have managed solely six in 9 league video games, and Sheffield United have fared even worse with simply 4. That is the joint-lowest whole with Burnley, who’ve performed a sport much less.
The Baggies and the Blades are additionally the one sides but to win within the prime flight this season, and each of them have little doubt earmarked this sport as an enormous likelihood to place that proper.
Issues do not all the time work out like that, although, which is why I’m going for one more draw.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Paul’s prediction: Sheffield United have been harmful going ahead final season, particularly after they bought the ball out extensive, however the objectives have dried up. They are going to be stinging a bit from the criticism they’re getting and other people saying their first 12 months within the Premier League was a fluke so I feel they are going to actually come out with one thing to show, in opposition to a crew they are going to suppose they will beat. 1-2
Southampton v Manchester United (14:00 GMT)
Manchester United have been a lot better on the highway this season, and have gained three out of three away league video games thus far.
I’m backing them to make it 4 out of 4 on Sunday, with the template being their win over Everton at Goodison Park earlier than the worldwide break.
We all know how good Southampton have been however they aren’t going to only sit in – they are going to have a go at United, who shall be blissful for them to do this after which look to choose them off the identical manner they did at Everton.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Paul’s prediction: You simply do not know what you will get from United in the mean time. Saints are doing nicely, so I am going for a draw. 1-1
Chelsea v Tottenham (16:30 GMT)
Spurs placed on a Jose Mourinho masterclass after they beat Manchester Metropolis final weekend.
It was an awesome efficiency and they’re enjoying nicely, however I do really feel with Tottenham that they’ve to attain first for that gameplan to achieve success.
Chelsea all the time appear to get a number of objectives – they’re the best scorers within the Premier League this season – and I’m not so positive Spurs will preserve them out.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Paul’s prediction: Both the floodgates are going to open, or it will likely be tremendous tight and uninteresting as dishwasher. I am going with the latter – though I hope I am mistaken. 0-0
Arsenal v Wolves (19:15 GMT)
I am unable to put my finger on precisely what it’s, however Wolves are missing one thing in the mean time.
Arsenal are a bit stodgy as nicely, although. I am going with the Gunners, however Wolves may simply edge it.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Paul’s prediction: Tony Pulis by no means appears to be a very widespread supervisor wherever he goes, however when he was in cost at Boro he was the one who actually gave Adama Traore an opportunity. I’d go and watch Traore with my mates and we might go ‘this man goes proper to the highest, he will not be with us for lengthy so let’s take pleasure in him whereas we are able to’. Traore has been sensational for Wolves but it surely was Pulis who gave him his first actual alternative and his confidence grew from there.
As for the sport, I am going with Arsenal. They’re stable if unspectacular, however Wolves have been a bit detached by their requirements this season. 2-1
Leicester Metropolis v Fulham (17:30 GMT)
Leicester ended up being nicely overwhelmed at Anfield final weekend however the likelihood Harvey Barnes needed to equalise for them at 1-0 was huge. If he’d scored then, there would possibly been a bit extra doubt within the Liverpool defence.
The Foxes did not give a lot service to Jamie Vardy as they chased the sport however I do not see this one going the identical manner.
I do know Leicester’s dwelling type hasn’t been good, however I have a look at Fulham and they’re so open.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Paul’s prediction: I take pleasure in watching Leicester and they need to be accountable for this one as a result of Fulham are so open. 3-1
West Ham v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)
Like Manchester United, Aston Villa are one other crew who’ve been getting a lot better outcomes away than they’ve managed at dwelling.
Villa have improved in each division in comparison with final season, however West Ham have gotten higher too, and they’re on a great run proper now.
I just like the look of the Hammers’ assault in the mean time and, even when this one is shut, they’ve the standard to nick the factors.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Paul’s prediction: West Ham have clearly been a unique proposition this season, and Villa stunned lots of people by popping out of the blocks so shortly. That is one other exhausting one to name, however I feel whoever will get their noses in entrance shall be pegged again within the final quarter-hour. 1-1
Lawro was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
How did Lawro do final time?
Final weekend, Lawro bought 4 right outcomes from 10 matches, together with one precise rating, for a complete of 70 factors.
He was overwhelmed by Idles bassist Adam Devonshire, who bought six right outcomes, together with one precise rating, for a complete of 90 factors.
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