Manchester United have bounced again from their 6-1 house defeat by Tottenham with spectacular wins over Newcastle and Paris St-Germain, however can they proceed their good type in opposition to Chelsea on Saturday?
“United have had a great week, simply when questions have been beginning to be requested about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as supervisor,” stated BBC soccer knowledgeable Mark Lawrenson.
“Ole has been below strain however he was confirmed proper to play Harry Maguire in opposition to Newcastle. Then, in opposition to PSG, he needed to change issues on the again when Maguire was dominated out and he bought that one proper too.
“However what United want on Saturday is one other good efficiency, as a result of it nonetheless appears like they’re too inconsistent in the meanwhile. No-one is kind of positive what to anticipate.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, in opposition to quite a lot of friends.
This weekend, he’s up in opposition to legendary Fashion Council drummer Steve White.
The band’s biggest hits anthology ‘Lengthy Scorching Summers: The Story of The Fashion Council’ is out on the finish of this month.
White, who has additionally performed with Paul Weller, Oasis, Ocean Color Scene and The Who amongst many different bands, is a lifelong Charlton fan.
“I had no alternative within the matter,” White advised BBC Sport. “My first Charlton recreation was in opposition to Bolton in 1971. I went to The Valley with my dad and my grandad, and I used to be by no means allowed to go anyplace else.
“There have been loads of ups and downs since then. It simply appears to be that now we have had our unfair share of individuals coming in to run the membership up to now and making guarantees that they will by no means hold.
“Hopefully now we have bought a extra steady future, as a result of now we have bought a incredible floor and a incredible fanbase – we’re a incredible membership and we shouldn’t be in League One.”
It’s 13 years since Charlton have been final within the prime flight however White nonetheless watches a variety of Premier League soccer. His spouse is Mancunian actress and TV presenter Sally Lindsay and their twin sons are Manchester Metropolis followers.
“They arrive to The Valley with me however they’re Metropolis followers, with out a shadow of a doubt!” White stated.
“What has occurred to Metropolis, and in addition golf equipment like Leeds and Southampton, reveals how one can recuperate when you fall down the divisions.
“However what you really want are the suitable folks in cost. It would sound odd coming from a Charlton fan, however what Steve Parish has finished at Crystal Palace is incredible.
“There are good folks operating plenty of golf equipment, however what has occurred to us in recent times reveals how there must be extra stringent checks on folks which might be probably investing in soccer golf equipment, earlier than they take management.
“All this speak of a closed store on the elite degree of soccer is improper as properly. It will get boring in any other case.
“And likewise, what I do not like and what you might be starting to begin to see is the elevation of golf equipment into international manufacturers, the place the followers do not truly matter anymore.
“For me, having been a Charlton fan all my life, it’s in regards to the expertise on the day as a lot as how properly the staff is doing. All of us need to go to play-off finals once more, all of us need to be again within the Premier League too, however I’m going with my dad, who is sort of 80, and I’ve been going with him for almost 50 years.
“My eldest son and my twin boys go too and we meet folks down there. I type of have a day off from music and watch the Reds. Possibly I am a bit naive or old-fashioned however that’s what soccer is all about for me – that have, and the followers and the banter.
“Even now, my two 10-year-olds are enjoying for a staff and I’m concerned within the refereeing – I actually take pleasure in it.
“Clearly, with the coronavirus pandemic now we have not been allowed to look at Charlton, however watching children’ soccer, I’ve been getting that very same feeling of simply the fervour and the enjoyable. That is what I believe it’s all about actually.”
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An accurate end result (choosing a win, draw or defeat) is value 10 factors. The precise rating earns 40 factors.
Aston Villa v Leeds (20:00 BST)
Villa are going nice weapons, with 4 wins out of 4 within the Premier League to this point. It is not simply been their outcomes which were spectacular, as a result of they’ve been enjoying properly too.
However I simply fancy Leeds right here. I watched them in opposition to Wolves on Monday and, though they ended up being overwhelmed, it’s clear already this season that, even when they aren’t enjoying properly, they’re aggressive and they’ll give everybody a great recreation.
Kalvin Phillips is out injured, which is a blow to Leeds as a result of he covers acres and acres for them. However you will not see something completely different from them on Friday – they will not change the way in which they play as a result of considered one of their higher gamers is out.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-2
Steve’s prediction: I am so glad to see Leeds again within the Premier League, I believe it’s the place they need to be… however I am unable to see them beating Villa, who’re rather well organised. 2-1
West Ham v Man Metropolis (12:30 BST)
Manchester Metropolis have a tremendous document at London Stadium – they’ve received each time they’ve performed there and, in sequence, the scorelines have been 5-0, 4-0, 4-1, 4-0 and 5-0.
I believe it is going to be a unique story this time although. I’m anticipating a a lot nearer recreation.
West Ham come into the sport on the again of their sensible late comeback to attract with Tottenham, and there appears to be a great vibe across the membership in the meanwhile.
Metropolis have gotten a variety of accidents to cope with – Fernandinho is their newest participant to be sidelined – and to this point this season, they aren’t trying as slick as ordinary going ahead.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Steve’s prediction: This ought to be pretty snug for Metropolis. 0-3
Fulham v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)
Fulham have gotten some extent on the board after their draw with Sheffield United final week, however it’s laborious to make a case for them getting something from this one.
The Cottagers will in all probability have extra of the ball however I do not see them breaking Palace down, or preserving the Eagles out on the different finish.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Steve’s prediction: It is nice to see Ademola Lookman again within the Premier League with Fulham. He presumably left us somewhat early [he left Charlton for Everton in 2017 when he was 19] as a result of he may have finished with one other season at The Valley earlier than he moved up. He scored on his debut for Everton in opposition to Metropolis and that was meant to be the beginning of huge issues for him however he has needed to take a couple of sideways steps. It is actually good to see him enjoying properly once more. Palace are wobbling a bit however I nonetheless do not see Fulham successful this one although. 0-2
Man Utd v Chelsea (17:30 BST)
Like Manchester United, Chelsea’s greatest downside this season has been on the again.
I watched them in opposition to Southampton final weekend and so they simply capitulated. It has not been a one-off and Blues boss Frank Lampard might be pondering ‘who the heck do I play there?’
At the least Lampard has goalkeeper Edouard Mendy match for Saturday as a result of, nearly as good as Chelsea are going ahead, they can’t defend.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Steve’s prediction: Chelsea have an amazing assault however their defence is fairly surprising. United aren’t significantly better on the again although. 1-1
Liverpool v Sheff Utd (20:00 BST)
With Virgil van Dijk injured, Fabinho performed properly at centre-back in opposition to Ajax on Wednesday night time however I believe it is going to be tougher for him if he stands in once more there on Saturday.
Fabinho will probably be wonderful in open play, it’s from set-pieces the place I would fear about him. Van Dijk was such a large affect when it got here to defending corners and free-kicks – he mainly had a magnet on his head.
Sheffield United will probably be making an attempt to check Liverpool in these conditions, particularly with Adrian in objective.
So, I would again the Blades to attain at Anfield and, though I would again Liverpool to attain extra, I simply assume it is going to be a bit tight.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Steve’s prediction: I’ve bought a gentle spot for the Blades as a result of I do a variety of work in Sheffield, however Liverpool are going to be too sturdy for them. 2-1
Southampton v Everton (14:00 GMT)
Everton are nonetheless unbeaten however I’ve a sense that run ends right here.
Southampton are trying extra just like the facet they have been in the summertime after they completed final season so strongly. Objectives aren’t an issue for them with Danny Ings enjoying so properly.
With Everton, they must do issues a bit in a different way in assault whereas Richarlison is suspended and it’s going to be fascinating to see what Carlo Ancelotti does whereas he’s out.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Steve’s prediction: Due to my good pal [former Ocean Colour Scene bassist] Damon Minchella I’ve to say Everton will win this one, however they’ve began the season so properly anyhow. 0-3
Wolves v Newcastle (16:30 GMT)
Wolves have been excellent at Leeds on Monday. They understood precisely what Leeds have been about, and matched them, however regarded actually harmful on the counter-attack too.
It was a good recreation however Wolves did sufficient to win it and they’re clearly an excellent facet. I like the way in which they’re arrange.
They may in all probability create extra possibilities on Sunday and I do not see Newcastle preserving them out.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Steve’s prediction: 1-1
Arsenal v Leicester (19:15 GMT)
This can be a good time for Arsenal to play Leicester, who’ve misplaced their previous two league matches.
The Foxes nonetheless have damage issues over Jamie Vardy and they’ll positively be with out a few different key gamers in Caglar Soyuncu and Wilfred Ndidi. I am going for a Gunners win.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Steve’s prediction: Arsenal to edge it. I’ve bought a variety of Gooner mates, so I would higher say that. 2-1
Brighton v West Brom (17:30 GMT)
Brighton’s outcomes have not likely mirrored the actual fact they’re much higher staff than they have been final season.
They solely bought some extent in opposition to Crystal Palace final weekend however we noticed in that recreation that, in addition to creating extra possibilities, they’re beginning to dominate video games in midfield.
I am anticipating to see extra of the identical from them right here.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Steve’s prediction: 0-1
Burnley v Tottenham (20:00 GMT)
I nonetheless cannot fairly imagine how Tottenham threw away a 3-0 lead in opposition to West Ham with lower than 10 minutes remaining, and solely picked up some extent.
That simply confirmed how Spurs are nonetheless one thing of an enigma and, as harmful as they’re going ahead, they’re nonetheless susceptible on the again.
I believe Burnley can capitalise, in the event that they take the sport to Spurs. The Clarets are getting increasingly more gamers again from damage, and I am backing them to get their first win of the season.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Steve’s prediction: Spurs may have one thing to show after what occurred final weekend. 1-2
Lawro was chatting with BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
How did Lawro do final time?
Final weekend was one other powerful one for Lawro and his visitor. Lawro bought three appropriate outcomes, together with one actual rating, for a complete of 60 factors, whereas Afrobeat star Rema scored zero.
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