Former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson, predicts some of this weekend’s English Premier League, EPL, matches
Chelsea will host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, while Tottenham Hotspur will face Burnley in an away Premier League tie.
Liverpool will host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday evening, while Manchester City will tackle West Ham United on Sunday.
Arsenal will clash with Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates Stadium.
Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport, “Arsenal were doing pretty well at Anfield last week until their manager Mikel Arteta reacted to a Sadio Mane challenge and woke the crowd up.
“That defeat ended the Gunners’ long unbeaten run, but I can see them bouncing straight back here because they should have too much quality for Newcastle. Arsenal 2, Newcastle 0.”
Commenting on the Liverpool vs Southampton game, Lawrenson said, “Liverpool have responded to their defeat by West Ham with two really good wins, against Arsenal and Porto.
“Southampton’s form was just starting to pick up until they lost at Norwich last time out. I can’t see them doing any better at Anfield. Liverpool 2, Southampton 0.”
On the Burnley vs Tottenham game, Lawrenson said, “Antonio Conte has made a strong start at Spurs with four points from his first two games in charge and he will know exactly what to expect at Turf Moor.
“Burnley have just started building a nice little unbeaten run, with a win and three draws in their past four league games, but I don’t see them stopping Spurs. Burnley 1, Tottenham 2.”
Commenting on the Man City vs West Ham tie, Lawrenson said, “Manchester City seem to have found a bit of rhythm since the international break – they went through the gears to beat Everton last weekend and then played very well in their win against Paris St-Germain on Wednesday.
“We saw the Hammers put in a really impressive performance to beat Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, but I just wonder if they might hit a bit of a sticky patch after their good run was ended by Wolves.
“They will have to be back at their best to have any chance of leaving Etihad Stadium with anything at all, because I am backing City here. Man City 2, West Ham 0.”
Speaking on the Chelsea vs Man United clash, Lawrenson said, “Chelsea showed you can have a successful season with an interim manager when they won the FA Cup under Guus Hiddink in 2009, but it is a big call for Manchester United to go down that route.
“United’s track record when it comes to big decisions is hardly impressive recently, is it? Chelsea, meanwhile, seem to have made a very good one by appointing Thomas Tuchel at the start of the year. Chelsea 2, Man United 1.”