Manchester United and Liverpool served up a few Champions League classics in midweek, however will issues be as thrilling after they meet at Previous Trafford on Sunday?
“They had been two of the very best video games I’ve seen in a very long time by way of open, attacking soccer,” stated BBC soccer knowledgeable Mark Lawrenson of United’s comeback win over Atalanta and Liverpool’s thrilling triumph in opposition to Atletico Madrid.
“I simply do not see this being the identical, although. United, particularly, have to verify it is not as a result of, if it does open up, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will tear them aside.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, in opposition to quite a lot of friends.
This week’s friends are Elena Cole and Haydn Craven, stars of soccer drama Jamie Johnson.
Collection six of Jamie Johnson launches on CBBC and BBC iPlayer on Monday, following the fortunes of a brand new technology of footballers rising at Phoenix FC.
Alba (Elena) and Liam (Haydn) are rivals who give the whole lot in pursuit of glory. However who would be the subsequent Jamie Johnson?
This collection options cameo appearances from Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright – amongst others – however none of them fairly high Everton fan Elena’s favorite second on the present, which got here in collection 5.
“I used to be a part of a scene at St George’s Park with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jonjoe Kenny and James Maddison,” she instructed BBC Sport.
“It was a rondo coaching drill and I used to be within the center making an attempt to get the ball.
“It is sort of a dream sequence and on the finish Dominic picks me up off the bottom they usually all inform me to maintain going and maintain making an attempt. He is certainly one of my favorite gamers, so it was wonderful!”
Away from the present, Elena and Haydn each play frequently however competitors is fairly fierce between all of the Jamie Johnson forged members for actual soccer abilities and tips – so who’s the very best?
“We at all times play at lunchtime once we are filming,” says Haydn. “However you by no means know if anybody is kind of making an attempt. We movie the video games you see on the present too, however typically we’d solely get 10 minutes of free play on the finish.
“However this summer time we had a soccer match that we filmed which was all actual, and it was nice to see the usual.
“That was in all probability my favorite second since I have been on the present, as a result of we performed 40-minute matches full out, with no stopping. You might inform everybody cherished it.
“The perfect participant we have is Louis Dunn, who performs Jamie. He’s sensible. He does not play in our workforce, however at lunchtimes once you see him play he’s simply so quick and strikes the ball so effectively. There are plenty of excellent gamers within the forged although.”
Elena’s character rugby tackled Haydn in collection 4, which she nonetheless laughs about now – however she says in actual life their kickabouts don’t fairly get that bodily.
“I used to only barge Haydn out of the best way as a result of he was shorter than me, however he is a bit taller now!” she added.
“Everyone seems to be like ‘I am the very best, I am the very best’, however being fully trustworthy there’s a new character coming into the present in collection six. I do not wish to give an excessive amount of away, as a result of you’ll have to watch to search out out, however he’s an excellent participant – in all probability the very best out of all of us.”
In terms of watching soccer each of them are Wales followers – Elena performs in midfield for his or her Underneath-16s too – however they observe completely different golf equipment.
Elena and the remainder of her household help Everton due to her dad – she says “he brainwashed all of us there!” – and her favorite second was seeing them beat Liverpool final season, the primary time that they had completed it in her lifetime.
Haydn is a Manchester United fan and likewise has a season ticket together with his hometown workforce Cardiff Metropolis.
“I used to be a mascot at Previous Trafford in 2014, when David Moyes was in cost,” Haydn defined. “I walked out with Rafael da Silva and we beat Olympiakos 3-0 after shedding the primary leg 2-0.
“That was a high second for me as a United fan, after which for Wales it was Hal Robson-Kanu’s aim in opposition to Belgium at Euro 2016. Nothing will in all probability ever high that, it was simply unimaginable – though it might be wonderful to see Wales make it to a World Cup.
Elena agrees, including: “It might be huge if we will make it to Qatar 2022. I am not satisfied we are going to, although.”
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|Southampton v Burnley||x-x||2-1||0-0||0-0|
|Brighton v Man Metropolis||x-x||0-2||0-3||1-3|
|Brentford v Leicester||x-x||0-2||1-2||2-0|
|West Ham v Tottenham||x-x||1-1||1-1||2-1|
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An accurate end result (choosing a win, draw or defeat) is value 10 factors. The precise rating earns 40 factors.
Video games kick off at 15:00 BST except in any other case acknowledged
Arsenal v Aston Villa (20:00 BST)
Each these groups are in mid-table for a cause – there are some positives about the best way they’ve began the season, however there are methods to get at them too.
Aston Villa suffered a late collapse in opposition to Wolves final day trip, whereas Arsenal scraped a draw with Crystal Palace on Monday in a sport that stated extra about the place they’re for the time being than their current run of three straight wins did.
The Gunners in all probability thought that they had turned the nook after their poor begin to the season however I do not assume that’s the case. I am going with them to win this one, however that’s primarily all the way down to them having dwelling benefit – it’ll be one other shut one.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Elena’s prediction: Arsenal had been a bit dodgy firstly of the season whereas Aston Villa have been extra good than dangerous. That is going to be a draw. 1-1
Haydn’s prediction: Arsenal have picked up and are on a little bit of a roll for the time being. 1-0
Chelsea v Norwich (12:30)
That is high versus backside and, although Chelsea might be with out injured duo Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, there’s solely going to be one end result right here.
Norwich simply can’t rating targets – they’ve solely managed two of their first eight video games – and they’re up in opposition to the joint-meanest defence within the division.
If there was going to be a sport that Chelsea would choose to be with out Lukaku and Werner, it might be this one. They may discover a means although.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Elena’s prediction: Norwich have not made an excellent begin – it is a powerful one for them. 2-0
Haydn’s prediction: I’ve received a sense Chelsea are going to run away with this one. 5-0
Crystal Palace v Newcastle
Graeme Jones might be in command of Newcastle following Steve Bruce’s departure, and it is a free hit for him as a result of he is probably not within the operating to take the job completely.
Callum Wilson is again match for Newcastle, and also you noticed the distinction he makes to their assault together with his early aim in opposition to Tottenham.
I might be extra anxious in regards to the Magpies on the different finish, although, even when Wilfried Zaha will not be effectively sufficient to play for Palace.
Palace haven’t fairly managed to show some good performances into wins but underneath Patrick Vieira – Monday’s draw with Arsenal was one other instance of that, as a result of they need to have received – however they’re progressing properly.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Elena’s prediction: It will be fascinating to see what Newcastle do within the January switch window however till then they may wrestle. 2-1
Haydn’s prediction: It may be tight however I am going with Newcastle. 1-2
Everton v Watford
I am undecided what Watford had been making an attempt to do of their 5-0 defeat by Liverpool final weekend, in Claudio Ranieri’s first sport as Hornets boss.
They made it really easy for Liverpool, and did not even begin to attempt to play till they had been 4-0 down.
Watford should do extra right here, however I do not assume it is a good time for them to play Everton, who had been crushed at dwelling by former supervisor David Moyes’ West Ham on the weekend.
We’ll see a response from Rafa Benitez’s facet too, that is for positive. I do know they’re nonetheless with out Dominic Calvert-Lewin up entrance, however they need to nonetheless win this one.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Elena’s prediction: I’ve received to go for the Everton win, have not I? We have made begin to the season, however we simply must stick with it. I do not assume we are going to make the highest 4, however we will end within the high six. 2-0
Haydn’s prediction: Elena went for an Everton win? That will not occur – no likelihood! 1-1
Leeds v Wolves
Wolves are on a roll, with 4 wins of their previous 5 video games, and they’re scoring some targets now too.
In the meantime, Leeds misplaced once more final week, at Southampton. They had been with out Kalvin Phillips, Raphinha and Patrick Bamford at St Mary’s and Raphinha may be the one certainly one of that trio who performs right here.
This can be a tough time for Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa however I believe they may discover some type quickly – it won’t occur till Phillips and Bamford are again although.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Elena’s prediction: Leeds play good, attacking soccer however Wolves have hit a little bit of type and I believe they may flip up for this one. 0-1
Haydn’s prediction: I reckon there might be a couple of targets right here. 2-2
Southampton v Burnley
Burnley are nonetheless ready for his or her first league win of the season however Southampton received theirs in opposition to Leeds final week, which was huge for them.
The Clarets put up a good struggle of their defeat at Manchester Metropolis however that’s the least I count on from them. Objectives appear onerous to come back by, which is a fear.
Southampton are hardly prolific themselves, however I believe they may edge this one.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Elena’s prediction: This one may be fairly boring. 0-0
Haydn’s prediction: I agree! 0-0
Brighton v Manchester Metropolis (17:30)
Brighton have made a superb begin to the season, however that is their first sport in opposition to one of many huge boys and it’ll be onerous for them.
Manchester Metropolis are enjoying effectively, and had been glorious of their 5-1 Champions League win over Membership Bruges in Belgium in midweek. Defensively, they offer little or no away.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Elena’s prediction: Metropolis might be too robust. 0-3
Haydn’s prediction: It is onerous to say this as a United fan however Metropolis will win. Brighton will give them a sport although. 1-3
Which Premier League supervisor would you like to play underneath?
Elena: It might be Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola, a kind of two. Even talking as an Everton fan, it’s important to say Klopp is an excellent supervisor. It is the identical with Pep, you may inform they each enhance their gamers.
Haydn: Of the managers now, it might be Pep, as a result of you may inform he loves working together with his gamers – he even coaches the opposition typically. However of all time, it must be Jose Mourinho. I am an enormous Jose fan!
Brentford v Leicester (14:00)
This might be a very good sport if each groups play the best way they’ve been.
I’m not positive how Brentford did not get something out of their defeat by Chelsea final day trip, whereas Leicester have had one heck of every week with thrilling wins over Manchester United and Spartak Moscow.
The Bees triggered Chelsea a great deal of issues and will probably be the identical once more right here, however I do assume having Jonny Evans match makes an enormous distinction for Leicester’s defence.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Elena’s prediction: Leicester to nick it. 1-2
Haydn’s prediction: Brentford’s followers will assist make the distinction. 2-0
West Ham v Tottenham (14:00)
West Ham received a very good win at Everton final week in a sport I had a sense they’d nick.
Tottenham’s revival continued at Newcastle, the place their high quality got here by way of after a troublesome begin and Harry Kane received off the mark within the Premier League.
This one is difficult to name. I do not assume there might be a lot between them on Sunday, or come the tip of the season.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Elena’s prediction: That is going to be shut. 1-1
Haydn’s prediction: It’s onerous to foretell this one as a result of each groups are excellent on their day. 2-1
Manchester United v Liverpool (16:30)
Manchester United’s efficiency to come back again from 2-0 down in opposition to Atalanta and win 3-2 on Wednesday summed up what they’re like underneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They’ll have spells the place they’re terrible, in addition to when they’re very onerous to cease.
If United had been crushed then that might have been a bonus for Liverpool however, as a substitute, each of them are on a excessive going into the weekend.
There may be in all probability extra stress on United to get a constructive end result, as a result of they’ve dropped factors in every of their previous three league video games, however a draw wouldn’t be a foul end result for both camp and that is what I am going for.
Liverpool will not change the best way they play – they cannot. The explanation I believe United will shut up store is as a result of, if they’re open, you’ll concern the worst for them.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Elena’s prediction: United to win it, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner within the final minute. 1-0
Haydn’s prediction: I am going with United however we have to maintain a clear sheet. That is an enormous ask with Mohamed Salah enjoying the best way he’s for Liverpool. His targets in opposition to Manchester Metropolis and Watford had been simply stunning. 2-0
Haydn’s favorite Manchester United participant: I believe Edinson Cavani is sensible, together with his work-rate he places in. His motion is so good. I do like Scott McTominay too, though he’s going by way of a little bit of a dodgy patch for the time being. I am a defensive midfielder myself, and I truly used to mannequin my sport on Ander Herrera when he performed for United, due to his ardour and, once more, his work-rate. The perfect ever was Xavi, although.
Lawro was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
How did Lawro do final week?
Final weekend, Lawro received 5 appropriate outcomes from 10 matches, with no precise scores, for a complete of 50 factors.
He beat Shepherd actor Tom Hughes, who received one appropriate end result with out the precise rating, giving him 10 factors.
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