Liverpool haven’t scored of their previous three dwelling Premier League video games however can they break their Anfield duck towards leaders Manchester Metropolis on Sunday?
“Jurgen Klopp’s facet badly must win to slender the hole on the high, however quite a bit will rely on whether or not Sadio Mane is match to steer their assault,” mentioned BBC soccer skilled and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson.
“The Reds want Mane for the time being greater than anybody, as a result of on his day he’s simply unplayable. Liverpool do not press the identical with out him, and their assault is extra pedestrian too. Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri will not trigger Metropolis something like the identical form of issues.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, towards quite a lot of visitors.
For this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, he’s up towards Gethin Jones, who presents Morning Stay each weekday morning from 09:15 to 10:00 GMT on BBC One.
Gethin is an Everton fan, and says there have been two explanation why he “fell in love with the Toffees” when he was rising up in Cardiff within the Eighties.
“All my mates have been Liverpool followers, and I favored being completely different,” he informed BBC Sport. “However the large factor was that there was an actual backbone of Welsh gamers at Everton on the time.
“Large Nev (Southall) was in aim, Kevin Ratcliffe was captain and Pat van den Hauwe was at left-back – the primary of many nice left-backs I’ve seen play for us by the best way – they usually all turned heroes of mine. We received the league twice in three years, we had an excellent group they usually have been superb instances.
“It wasn’t simply the Welsh gamers I beloved at Everton, although. I used to be an enormous fan of Gary Lineker too – I even had Quasar trainers to match his boots – and I’ve bought favorite gamers from all of the completely different eras. I will always remember Daniel Amokachi’s targets after he got here on in our FA Cup semi-final in 1995.
“Nev was superb to assist us beat Manchester United at Wembley within the closing, and I am unable to actually get my head across the reality we’ve not received something since.
“Why has it been so lengthy? I simply do not know. We’ve got had some superb gamers up to now few years, however they’ve gone on to win issues elsewhere somewhat than with us.
“In fact we examine ourselves to Liverpool, who have been our most important rivals within the Eighties. There have been instances since then the place we have been at their degree however they’ve pushed on and, for numerous causes, we’ve not.
“Our new stadium may assist, however I really like Goodison Park, and I’ll miss the place vastly after we come to depart it.
“I as soon as bought requested to audition for Joseph the musical and needed to do it in entrance of Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Invoice Kenwright, who’s a theatre producer in addition to being Everton’s chairman.
“I spent 90% of the audition speaking to Invoice about whether or not Everton have been going to maneuver from Goodison. I did not get the position by the best way.”
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|Burnley v Brighton||x-x||1-1||0-1|
|Newcastle v Southampton||x-x||2-0||1-2|
|Fulham v West Ham||x-x||0-2||0-2|
|Man Utd v Everton||x-x||2-1||3-1|
|Tottenham v West Brom||x-x||2-0||3-0|
|Wolves v Leicester||x-x||1-1||1-0|
|Liverpool v Man Metropolis||x-x||1-1||1-2|
|Sheff Utd v Chelsea||x-x||0-2||1-3|
|Leeds v Crystal Palace||x-x||2-0||1-1|
An accurate end result (selecting a win, draw or defeat) is price 10 factors. The precise rating earns 40 factors.
Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Gethin’s prediction: 0-2
Burnley v Brighton (15:00 GMT)
Burnley didn’t lie down towards Manchester Metropolis, but it surely was all fairly comfy for Pep Guardiola’s facet as soon as that they had their early aim.
Brighton, in the meantime, bought their well-known win at Anfield on the identical evening. The final time they received there within the league, in March 1982, I used to be enjoying towards them for Liverpool – so it has been an extended wait.
The Seagulls have received three of their previous 4 league video games, and drew the opposite one. In addition to being on an excellent run of outcomes they’re conceding only a few targets – they’ve stored a clear sheet in all of these matches.
This must be a detailed recreation, however each groups have climbed away from the relegation zone in current weeks and some extent can be an honest end result for each of them.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Gethin’s prediction: It will not be a thriller, however Brighton to hold on their nice run, after making the lengthy journey north. 0-1
Newcastle v Southampton (15:00 GMT)
That is in all probability a very good time to play Southampton, who’re in need of obtainable gamers regardless that the crimson card Jan Bednarek obtained close to the tip of Tuesday’s 9-0 defeat at Outdated Trafford was overturned.
I used to be there for BBC Radio 5 reside and, though Saints did not capitulate till the previous couple of minutes, it was a horrible evening for them which could have taken quite a bit out of their gamers too, as a result of they labored extraordinarily onerous.
Newcastle misplaced at dwelling to Crystal Palace in midweek however they have been fairly full of life, and stored up the extra formidable strategy that noticed them win at Everton final weekend.
Extra of the identical ought to see the Magpies get some reward right here, after taking solely two factors from their earlier 5 dwelling league video games.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Gethin’s prediction: The query is how will Southampton reply to shedding 9-0? I believe it’s a must to see a response. 1-2
Fulham v West Ham (17:30 GMT)
West Ham got here unstuck towards Liverpool final weekend, when they didn’t play effectively, however the signal of a very good facet is when you possibly can reply after a poor efficiency and the Hammers actually did that of their win over Aston Villa.
I used to be impressed by the best way David Moyes’ facet have been arrange from entrance to again – they stored Jack Grealish quiet for starters, however they at all times bought males ahead rapidly too.
New mortgage signing Jesse Lingard made an prompt impression along with his two targets in that recreation, and he has clearly been coaching onerous and seemed actually sharp regardless of hardly enjoying for Manchester United this season. There can be extra to return from him, I am certain.
Fulham didn’t actually lay a finger on Leicester on Wednesday and their lengthy look forward to a primary league win for the reason that finish of November goes on – I do not see them ending it right here, both.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Gethin’s prediction: I am actually impressed by West Ham for the time being. 0-2
Man Utd v Everton (20:00 GMT)
Manchester United’s 9-0 win over Southampton was a freak end result besides it’ll give them lots of confidence. This can be quite a bit tougher for them, although.
On the bodily facet of issues, Everton are very sturdy, they usually have clearly bought some high quality too.
Wednesday’s win at Leeds means Carlo Ancelotti’s facet have received 5 of their previous six away league video games – it is their dwelling kind that has been letting them down lately.
The Toffees have already crushed Tottenham and Leicester on the street this season, however I believe taking the factors at Outdated Trafford too is an enormous ask.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Gethin’s prediction: Relying on what is going on with work, I do not at all times get to observe Everton however each season, it doesn’t matter what, I at all times appear to be in entrance of the TV after we play at Outdated Trafford and I’ve excessive hopes, and we at all times appear to lose there. Our document there is not fairly that dangerous in actuality, however we’ve solely received there as soon as – in 2013 – since 1992. The best way I bear in mind the video games, it at all times appears like we lose 3-1 for some cause, so though I actually need to again us, I’m going to stay with custom. 3-1.
Gethin on Everton’s supervisor Carlo Ancelotti: “He’s simply class, is not he? When he arrived, it was like he immediately noticed folks for what they have been – Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a superb instance, when Ancelotti informed him he is similar to a much bigger, higher, stronger and sooner Filippo Inzaghi.
“I bear in mind watching Inzaghi and pondering he was a horrible footballer, however unbelievable in entrance of aim, which is what Ancelotti wished Calvert-Lewin to emulate along with his ending within the field. I am an enormous believer within the energy of sports activities psychology and if you’ve bought somebody like Ancelotti, who has been round all the highest gamers, telling Calvert-Lewin that he might be that good, then he’s going to take heed to him, and imagine it.”
Tottenham v West Brom (12:00 GMT)
The one excellent news for Tottenham after they suffered their third successive league defeat towards Chelsea on Thursday is that it seems Harry Kane can be again from harm ahead of anticipated.
Even with out him up entrance, they need to nonetheless be too sturdy for West Brom although.
The Baggies have picked up just one level from their previous 4 video games and are 10 factors from security, which is a heck of lots of floor to make up. It is vitally troublesome to see how they will flip issues round and get out of this case.
I do know West Brom boss Sam Allardyce continues to be drumming into his facet what he desires them to do, and I’m certain their outcomes will enhance – I simply can’t see them happening a run ok to get them out of the underside three.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Gethin’s prediction: 3-0
Wolves v Leicester (14:00 GMT)
Wolves’ fightback to beat Arsenal was an incredible end result and it felt like an enormous achievement after 9 video games and not using a win however I wasn’t satisfied by their efficiency.
Leicester had a little bit of a dip once they dropped factors towards Everton and Leeds however they have been extraordinarily comfy once they beat Fulham in midweek. They are going to be assured of getting one thing at Molineux.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Gethin’s prediction: Wolves can spring a shock right here. 1-0
Liverpool v Man Metropolis (16:30 GMT)
Manchester Metropolis final received at Anfield in 2003, and since then they’ve misplaced 13 out of 19 video games there in all competitions.
Sunday is clearly an incredible probability for Metropolis to finish that poor run, however it’s Liverpool who want the factors extra as a result of they’ve slipped off the tempo on the high of the desk.
I do not suppose both facet will go all-out to win it, although. I am anticipating it to be a bit cagier than that.
What worries me extra about Liverpool is their inconsistency. They’d a few poor outcomes at first of the yr, earlier than profitable comfortably at Tottenham and West Ham.
I believed that they had turned the nook and have been wanting their ordinary selves, then got here this week’s defeat and poor efficiency towards Brighton. That was a extra perplexing end result than once they misplaced at dwelling to Burnley, they usually cannot afford to play like that once more towards Metropolis.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Gethin’s prediction: Liverpool may get a aim by way of some magic from Mohamed Salah but when Metropolis discover their rhythm, they are going to win. 1-2
Gethin on the race for the highest 4: The Premier League has been so random this season that in fact we have an opportunity. Leicester are in there for the time being, West Ham are shut and so are we. It is undoubtedly doable and perhaps chasing Liverpool for a spot and having them because the carrot will assist. If we will end above them, I reckon we are going to make it.
Sheff Utd v Chelsea (19:15 GMT)
Sheffield United have received three of their previous 5 Premier League video games, which is fairly good – however they’re nonetheless backside of the desk, 11 factors from security, which exhibits the dimensions of their survival process.
The Blades have proven a willingness to go for it within the closing phases of video games and it has paid off – all three of these wins got here due to a aim within the final 20 minutes.
Onerous work is giving Chris Wilder’s facet an opportunity within the first place, however I believe in video games like this it’s Chelsea’s high quality that can present by way of – particularly when their gamers are nonetheless making an attempt to impress new Blues supervisor Thomas Tuchel.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Gethin’s prediction: I am an enormous fan of Wales midfielder Ethan Ampadu, who has been utilized in defence by Sheffield United lately, however he cannot play on this recreation as a result of he’s on mortgage from Chelsea and might’t face his father or mother membership. 1-3
Leeds v Crystal Palace (20:00 GMT)
Leeds are at all times a very good watch however they must do higher on their new pitch than they did towards Everton.
I heard it being described afterwards as ‘wanting prefer it had been handled with olive oil’ which I believed was an incredible line – however as Leeds supervisor Marcelo Bielsa mentioned, his gamers have been slipping and Everton’s weren’t.
Leeds do not appear in a position to defend at the very best of instances however what may assist them get a clear sheet this time is that Crystal Palace ahead Wilfried Zaha is a serious doubt with a hamstring harm.
Palace will play on the break like they often do whether or not he’s match or not however, with out Zaha, they simply do not carry the identical risk.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Gethin’s prediction: Palace negate groups, Leeds assault you and attempt to mess around you. So, let’s go for a draw. 1-1
Lawro was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
How did Lawro do final time?
From the final Premier League video games, Lawro bought 5 right outcomes from 10 matches, together with two actual scores, for a complete of 110 factors.
He beat Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett who bought six right outcomes, however with solely one actual rating, giving him a complete of 90 factors.
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