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 lots will rely upon whether or not Sadio Mane is match to steer their assault,” mentioned BBC soccer knowledgeable and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson.
“The Reds want Mane in the mean time 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 type of issues.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, towards a wide range of visitors.
For this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, he’s up towards Gethin Jones, who presents Morning Reside 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 Nineteen Eighties.
“All my mates had been Liverpool followers, and I preferred being completely different,” he informed BBC Sport. “However the huge factor was that there was an actual backbone of Welsh gamers at Everton on the time.
“Huge Nev (Southall) was in purpose, 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 staff they usually had been superb occasions.
“It wasn’t simply the Welsh gamers I liked 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 am going to always remember Daniel Amokachi’s objectives 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 got not received something since.
“Why has it been so lengthy? I simply do not know. We’ve had some superb gamers up to now few years, however they’ve gone on to win issues elsewhere reasonably than with us.
“After all we evaluate ourselves to Liverpool, who had been our foremost rivals within the Nineteen Eighties. There have been occasions since then the place we have been at their stage however they’ve pushed on and, for varied causes, we’ve not.
“Our new stadium may assist, however I really like Goodison Park, and I’ll miss the place massively once 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 had 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 value 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, nevertheless it was all fairly snug for Pep Guardiola’s facet as soon as that they had their early purpose.
Brighton, in the meantime, bought their well-known win at Anfield on the identical night time. 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 objectives – they’ve saved a clear sheet in all of these matches.
This needs to be an in depth sport, however each groups have climbed away from the relegation zone in current weeks and a degree can be a good 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 an excellent time to play Southampton, who’re in need of accessible gamers regardless that the crimson card Jan Bednarek obtained close to the top of Tuesday’s 9-0 defeat at Previous Trafford was overturned.
I used to be there for BBC Radio 5 stay and, though Saints did not capitulate till the previous few minutes, it was a horrible night time for them which could have taken lots out of their gamers too, as a result of they labored extraordinarily onerous.
Newcastle misplaced at dwelling to Crystal Palace in midweek however they had been fairly full of life, and saved 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 dropping 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 nicely, however the signal of an excellent facet is when you possibly can reply after a poor efficiency and the Hammers definitely did that of their win over Aston Villa.
I used to be impressed by the best way David Moyes’ facet had been arrange from entrance to again – they saved Jack Grealish quiet for starters, however they at all times bought males ahead rapidly too.
New mortgage signing Jesse Lingard made an prompt impression together with his two objectives in that sport, and he has clearly been coaching onerous and seemed actually sharp regardless of hardly enjoying for Manchester United this season. There might be extra to return from him, I am certain.
Fulham didn’t actually lay a finger on Leicester on Wednesday and their lengthy watch for 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 in the mean time. 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 a variety of confidence. This might be lots more durable 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 not too long ago.
The Toffees have already overwhelmed Tottenham and Leicester on the highway this season, however I believe taking the factors at Previous Trafford too is a giant ask.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Gethin’s prediction: Relying on what is occurring with work, I do not at all times get to look at Everton however each season, it doesn’t matter what, I at all times appear to be in entrance of the TV once we play at Previous Trafford and I’ve excessive hopes, and we at all times appear to lose there. Our file there is not fairly that unhealthy in actuality, however we’ve got solely received there as soon as – in 2013 – since 1992. The best way I bear in mind the video games, it at all times seems like we lose 3-1 for some motive, 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 individuals for what they had been – Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a good 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 considering he was a horrible footballer, however unbelievable in entrance of purpose, which is what Ancelotti needed Calvert-Lewin to emulate together with his ending within the field. I am a giant believer within the energy of sports activities psychology and whenever 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 hearken to him, and consider 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 might be again from damage 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 a variety of floor to make up. It is extremely troublesome to see how they’ll flip issues round and get out of this example.
I do know West Brom boss Sam Allardyce continues to be drumming into his facet what he needs them to do, and I’m certain their outcomes will enhance – I simply can’t see them occurring 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 ideal end result and it felt like a giant 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 had been extraordinarily snug 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 ideal 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 the beginning of the 12 months, earlier than profitable comfortably at Tottenham and West Ham.
I believed that they had turned the nook and had been wanting their common 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 purpose 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 after all we have got an opportunity. Leicester are in there in the mean time, West Ham are shut and so are we. It is positively doable and possibly chasing Liverpool for a spot and having them because the carrot will assist. If we are able to 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 job.
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 purpose within the final 20 minutes.
Exhausting 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 attempting to impress new Blues supervisor Thomas Tuchel.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Gethin’s prediction: I am a giant fan of Wales midfielder Ethan Ampadu, who has been utilized in defence by Sheffield United not too long ago, however he cannot play on this sport as a result of he’s on mortgage from Chelsea and may’t face his father or mother membership. 1-3
Leeds v Crystal Palace (20:00 GMT)
Leeds are at all times an excellent 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 ideal line – however as Leeds supervisor Marcelo Bielsa mentioned, his gamers had been slipping and Everton’s weren’t.
Leeds do not appear in a position to defend at one of the best of occasions however what may assist them get a clear sheet this time is that Crystal Palace ahead Wilfried Zaha is a significant doubt with a hamstring damage.
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 menace.
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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