Premier League predictions: Lawro v Foo Fighters guitarist and Arsenal fan Chris Shiflett

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Foo Fighters guitarist and Arsenal fan Chris Shiflett

Lawro's predictions

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“The massive strikes have not occurred this month,” stated BBC soccer professional and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. “I do know Liverpool obtained some new defenders, however they simply wanted cowl, actually.

“In any case, a very powerful factor for the Reds is that they’ve began firing in assault once more. They’ve a few of their outdated swagger again, and Mohamed Salah’s second objective of their win at West Ham was sensational.”

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Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, in opposition to a wide range of visitors.

For this week’s Premier League fixtures, being performed from Tuesday to Thursday, he’s up in opposition to Foo Fighters guitarist and Arsenal fan Chris Shiflett.

Foo Fighters’ tenth studio album, Drugs At Midnight, is out this week. Their newest preview observe, Ready On A Battle, is out now they usually hope to hit the highway once more later this 12 months.

“A bit like not having followers at video games, the weirdest component of placing out an album right now just isn’t having exhibits to bounce the songs off the folks,” Shiflett instructed BBC Sport.

“That is all the time a very powerful component of a brand new file. I do not know when it will likely be, however every time we are able to go on tour, we can be able to go.”

Foo Fighters
Chris is the one member of Foo Fighters who’s a soccer fan, however Dave Grohl’s Scottish guitar tech Ally Christie is aware of his stuff. Chris says “he’s way more educated than me”.

That is the second time Chris has taken on Lawro – the final time was when their earlier album, Concrete And Gold’, was launched in 2017, when he obtained 7/10 outcomes appropriate and managed three precise scores. to complete high of that whole season’s visitor leaderboard with 160 factors.

“The humorous factor about that was I actually did my analysis. I obtained with Dave Grohl’s outdated guitar tech Ally Christie, who’s from Glasgow and a soccer nut.

“We went via all of the fixtures and labored out the predictions… after which once I went to do it, I had picked the flawed set of video games.

“So I used to be fully winging it. I assumed a few of my scores have been fairly ridiculous, so it’s good to know they really labored out OK. I’m going to be extra conservative with my scores this time, although.”

Chris Shiflett
Chris was a proficient footballer as a boy in California and have become an Arsenal fan via his love of punk rock – cemented when his youngsters grew up as Gunners

Chris is happy by the younger gamers who’ve damaged via at Arsenal in current months and is satisfied supervisor Mikel Arteta is the appropriate man to deliver success again to the membership.

“Final season ended on an actual excessive, so myself and Arsenal supporters all over the place have been type of anticipating this season to construct on that,” he defined. “Clearly we had a tough patch earlier than Christmas, nevertheless it looks as if now we have discovered our ft and we’re on an excellent run of kind.

“It’s nice to see all the youngsters doing so properly – that has type of been the story of the season for us, with younger gamers like Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka within the workforce and turning issues round.

“Arteta deserves the credit score for that. With every successive switch window, you possibly can see him tightening issues up, however he’s nonetheless giving the youngsters an opportunity, and general he’s constructing to one thing higher and higher. You possibly can see what he’s making an attempt to do with the workforce and when it really works it’s unbelievable.”

Outcome Lawro Chris
Sheff Utd v West Brom x-x 2-0 1-0
Wolves v Arsenal x-x 2-0 1-2
Man Utd v Southampton x-x 2-0 2-1
Newcastle v Crystal Palace x-x 2-1 0-1
Burnley v Man Metropolis x-x 0-2 0-3
Fulham v Leicester x-x 0-2 0-2
Leeds v Everton x-x 2-0 2-2
Aston Villa v West Ham x-x 2-0 2-1
Liverpool v Brighton x-x 2-0 3-1
Tottenham v Chelsea x-x 1-1 0-2

An accurate outcome (selecting a win, draw or defeat) is price 10 factors. The precise rating earns 40 factors.



Sheff Utd v West Brom

Sheff Utd v West Brom (18:00 GMT)

It was a foul weekend for the underside three, with Newcastle and Brighton each profitable.

A minimum of each of those sides have been exhibiting a little bit of battle, although. It is clear they have not given up hope but.

Snapshot of the bottom of the Premier League: 15th Newcastle, 16th Burnley, 17th Brighton, 18th Fulham, 19th West Brom & 20th Sheff Utd

West Brom are nonetheless conceding, however not as many. They did properly to remain of their recreation in opposition to Fulham on Saturday as a result of they have been fully outplayed within the first half, however they improved, and deserved their level.

Sheffield United couldn’t handle a repeat of their win at Previous Trafford once they went to Etihad Stadium, however they made life troublesome for Manchester Metropolis.

The circumstances make this the largest recreation of the season to this point for each of them, as a result of it’s the likelihood to do harm to the groups round them in addition to getting three large factors themselves.

A draw wouldn’t do a lot good for both aspect, particularly Sheffield United. I concern for the Blades anyway, but when they do not win this one then it might be curtains for them.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Chris’ prediction: These are the worst two groups within the league so it’s a powerful one to name. 1-0

Wolves v Arsenal

Wolves v Arsenal (18:00 GMT)

Arsenal have been stable in opposition to Manchester United on Saturday and at the moment are unbeaten in seven within the league.

Wolves are on the different finish of the size, form-wise, and have gone eight league video games with out a win, however they’d some possibilities of their defeat by Crystal Palace and their new mortgage striker, Willian Jose, made some good touches. He’s first rate and he’ll get higher.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s aspect gained at Emirates Stadium on the finish of November – within the recreation the place Wolves striker Raul Jimenez suffered a severe head harm – and I simply have a sense they’ll come out on high this time too.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Chris’ prediction: I obtained with Ally once more, who’s my go-to soccer professional, and his prediction was a 1-1 draw. However I am unable to probably go along with that as an Arsenal supporter, so I’m going with 2-1 to the mighty, mighty Arsenal. 1-2

Man Utd v Southampton

Man Utd v Southampton (20:15 GMT)

It isn’t been an incredible few days for Manchester United, who misplaced at house to Sheffield United after which have been held by Arsenal.

Southampton have been unfortunate to not get something in opposition to Aston Villa on Saturday, once they created sufficient possibilities to get a minimum of a degree however the huge choices didn’t go their manner.

Once they met at St Mary’s earlier within the season, it was an actual thriller with United getting back from 2-0 right down to win 3-2.

I am at Previous Trafford for five Dwell for this one, and this time I’m anticipating the identical consequence, however in additional easy trend.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Chris’ prediction: 2-1

Newcastle v Crystal Palace

Newcastle v Crystal Palace (20:15 GMT)

Newcastle performed rather well of their win in opposition to Everton. It was an incredible outcome, however I used to be actually impressed with the best way they obtained it – they actually went for it, for as soon as, and have been committing loads of males ahead.

Crystal Palace additionally obtained an excellent outcome, a decent win over Wolves, but when Newcastle play the identical manner once more this time then I feel they’ll have extra success.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Chris’ prediction: I’m going with Palace however Newcastle confirmed on the weekend that they’re a type of groups the place you by no means know. 0-1


Burnley v Man City

Burnley v Man Metropolis (18:00 GMT)

Burnley have been a bit subdued in opposition to Chelsea on Sunday and perhaps their efforts in opposition to Aston Villa and Liverpool previously few days caught up with them.

This can be one other powerful night for the Clarets – Metropolis have gotten an incredible file in opposition to them not too long ago, profitable their previous seven conferences, and Pep Guardiola’s aspect are enjoying properly in the meanwhile. They carry on profitable too.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Chris’ prediction: Manchester Metropolis are in kind and favourites to win the title, so this might be three, 4 and even five-nil. 0-3

Fulham v Leicester

Fulham v Leicester (18:00 GMT)

Leicester misplaced to Leeds on Sunday nevertheless it was a extremely good recreation. The breakaway third objective was the clincher for Leeds however the Foxes created a load of possibilities, and it was actually shut.

Fulham will look again at their draw with West Brom and suppose they need to have made the three factors secure early on, however figuring out why they did not win after enjoying fairly properly is nothing new for them.

The Cottagers’ final league win got here 10 video games in the past, in opposition to Leicester, however I do not suppose they’ll be capable to deal with the Foxes’ assault this time.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Chris’ prediction: Fulham are one other workforce having a fairly horrible season. 0-2

Leeds v Everton

Leeds v Everton (19:30 GMT)

It was an odd efficiency by Everton on the weekend. They by no means actually obtained going in opposition to Newcastle and one other fear is that the objectives have dried up for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has not scored in any of his previous seven league video games.

Leeds have been spectacular of their win over Leicester, which noticed Patrick Bamford finish his mini goal-drought.

Bamford deserves a point out for the standard of that strike, and in addition for taking part in Jack Harrison in for the essential third objective – his perspective and consciousness is high class.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Chris’ prediction: Something might occur right here, however out of respect and deference of the Kaiser Chiefs, I’m going for Leeds to get a draw. 2-2

Aston Villa v West Ham

Aston Villa v West Ham (20:15 GMT)

West Ham’s profitable run is over they usually discovered it onerous going in opposition to Liverpool on Sunday – they did not create many possibilities within the first half and, as the sport opened up, it shortly obtained away from them.

I’m going to go along with Aston Villa right here. They’ve performed properly since returning to motion after the coronavirus outbreak on the membership at the beginning of January and their assault could cause the Hammers issues.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Chris’s prediction: These are each good groups, though West Ham are in higher kind – up till the weekend anyhow. I wished to throw in a single wildcard choose, and that is it. I do know Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath is a Villa fan, which is pretty much as good a motive as any to go along with them. 2-1

Liverpool v Brighton

Liverpool v Brighton (20:15 GMT)

Brighton performed rather well of their win over Tottenham. Spurs had a number of possession however did not do something with it – Brighton had a lot much less, however created umpteen possibilities.

As I maintain saying, the Seagulls all the time battle to attain a second objective to complete video games off – however one was sufficient for them to see it via on Sunday.

Graham Potter’s aspect are first rate defensively, they usually gave Liverpool a extremely good recreation once they drew 1-1 on the south coast in November, however I simply really feel Jurgen Klopp’s aspect are enjoying with a number of perception in the meanwhile.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Chris’ prediction: I used to be happy to see Brighton beat Tottenham – good for them. Liverpool have gone via a tough patch nevertheless it looks as if they’re out of it now, and they’ll proceed making an attempt to shut the hole on the high. 3-1


Tottenham v Chelsea

Tottenham v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

That is Thomas Tuchel’s largest check as far as Chelsea supervisor, even with Tottenham on a poor run of kind.

It appears to be the identical outdated story with Spurs – Harry Kane will get injured, and they aren’t the identical workforce with out him.

Gareth Bale’s arrival final September was meant to assist change that, however he seems a shadow of his former self.

Bale has misplaced that zip which was his trademark and once I watch him play, it would not actually look like he’s having fun with it.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Chris’s prediction: I’ve all the time been an outspoken Arsenal fan, I’ve by no means been shy about it, and each time I put up one thing about them on Twitter, there’s all the time the vast majority of feedback going: ‘Oh no, you are an Arsenal supporter?’ I do know I am unable to please everybody, and I would not need to – it’s good to twist the knife generally! So, after all I am unable to have Tottenham profitable this one. With out Harry Kane, it seems like they’re in a little bit of a dive anyway. 0-2

Lawro and Chris have been talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do final time?

From final weekend’s Premier League video games, Lawro obtained 4 appropriate outcomes from 10 matches, with no precise scores, for a complete of 40 factors.

He beat Lewis Evans from post-punk band Black Nation, New Highway who obtained three appropriate outcomes, with no precise scores, giving him a complete of 30 factors.

Lawro's League Table graphic

1 Man Metropolis 20 17 3 0 54 0
=2 Chelsea 21 16 3 2 51 +5
=2 Man Utd 21 16 3 2 51 0
4 Liverpool 21 14 6 1 48 -1
5 Leeds 20 14 1 5 43 +7
6 Tottenham 20 12 4 4 40 0
7 Arsenal 21 12 3 6 39 +3
8 Leicester 21 11 2 8 35 -4
=9 Southampton 20 8 2 10 26 +2
=9 West Ham 21 7 5 9 26 -4
=9 Wolves 21 6 8 7 24 +5
12 Everton 19 5 8 6 23 -4
13 Brighton 21 6 3 12 21 +4
14 Burnley 20 5 5 10 20 +2
15 Crystal Palace 21 4 6 11 18 -2
16 Aston Villa 19 4 5 10 17 -7
17 Newcastle 21 5 1 15 16 -2
18 Sheff Utd 21 3 4 14 13 +2
19 Fulham 20 3 0 17 9 -1
20 West Brom 21 0 2 19 2 -1


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