Premier League predictions: Lawro v MMA star and Man Utd fan Michael ‘Venom’ Web page, aka MVP

Liverpool are prime of the desk and but to lose within the Premier League this season – however will their unbeaten file survive the go to of defending champions Manchester Metropolis?

Metropolis’s final journey to Anfield, in February, noticed them win 4-1 after a nightmare show by Reds goalkeeper Alisson.

“I do not see the same scoreline this time,” says BBC soccer knowledgeable and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson.

“Liverpool look stronger now than they had been then. They’ve hardly made any signings however their injured gamers are all again and so they have now obtained actual competitors for locations proper by way of the group – like Metropolis do, actually.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, towards a wide range of visitors.

This week’s visitor is MMA star Michael ‘Venom’ Web page, aka MVP.

Web page will combat primary ranked Douglas Lima at Bellator London on Friday.

The combat, which is able to head the invoice at Wembley Enviornment, is the primary to be held in London since November 2019 and will probably be proven stay on BBC iPlayer.

Web page is a Manchester United fan who was delighted to see Cristiano Ronaldo return to the membership over the summer season, however feels the setbacks of the previous few weeks reveals there may be nonetheless work to do to carry the glory days again.

“It is nice to have Ronaldo again,” Web page advised BBC Sport. “There may be nice power from everybody from having him there, and he is a good chief.

“You may see he has already lifted the group however there’s a little bit of chemistry lacking in the mean time.

“Whereas the depth of the squad appears nice proper now, even all the way down to the gamers they’ll carry on, the one who must make the distinction is the supervisor.

“It’s all the way down to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A few of his selections up to now few weeks have been poor and, till he wins one thing with United, there are going to be query marks over him.

“I take a look at United’s squad and assume any respectable supervisor may win the league with that, or come very shut. So Ole has obtained to point out that he’s the appropriate man for the job.”

Web page performed soccer himself earlier than specializing in his MMA profession, and was on QPR’s books as an adolescent.

He defined “I used to be at all times very versatile however one among my schoolteachers, Nigel Duncan, who remains to be an excellent buddy of mine, used to name me Patrick Vieira as a result of he felt my sport was comparable – I may run for ages and was good defensively in addition to going ahead. He is in all probability the participant who I modelled myself on probably the most.

“By the point I finished, although, once I was about 22 or 23 and I used to be enjoying Sunday League, I used to be really extra of a defender. I used to be out huge at first, as a quick left-back or right-back. However then they pulled me into the center due to how excessive I may leap within the field. I may get fairly a little bit of top!

“It is a helpful factor to have that as a participant and there are fairly a number of footballers who practice in martial arts as effectively when they can – Paul Pogba is one among them, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one other.

“A number of of them could be useful at MMA – they’re clearly athletic sufficient, it’s simply the mentality of with the ability to be hit.

“Somebody who impressed me with how he handled that was Harry Kane, when he actually obtained a fly-kick to the face from Portugal’s Bruno Alves when he was enjoying for England in 2016.

“Numerous gamers would have been rolling round for hours however not Harry, he jumped straight again as much as stick with it operating for the ball. He is positively robust sufficient and has obtained the appropriate angle for what it takes.”

Venue: The SSE Enviornment, Wembley, London Date: Friday, 1 October
Protection: Watch stay protection on BBC iPlayer from 18:00 BST
Outcome Lawro MVP
SATURDAY
Man Utd v Everton x-x 2-0 2-1
Burnley v Norwich x-x 2-1 0-2
Chelsea v Southampton x-x 3-0 3-0
Leeds v Watford x-x 2-0 3-2
Wolves v Newcastle x-x 2-1 1-1
Brighton v Arsenal x-x 0-2 2-1
SUNDAY
Crystal Palace v Leicester x-x 0-2 1-0
Tottenham v Aston Villa x-x 2-1 4-0
West Ham v Brentford x-x 2-0 3-1
Liverpool v Man Metropolis x-x 1-1 3-1

An accurate end result (choosing a win, draw or defeat) is value 10 factors. The precise rating earns 40 factors.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

Video games kick off at 15:00 BST until in any other case said

SATURDAY

Man Utd v Everton

Man Utd v Everton (12:30 BST)

Manchester United might need left it very late to beat Villarreal on Wednesday, however a very powerful factor for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was that he received that sport.

When United fell behind within the second half, I can simply think about a few of his critics saying ‘effectively, that is going to be three defeats in a row now’ and all that sort of stuff. As a substitute, the main target was on Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner.

That’s 5 objectives in 5 video games for him for United now, within the Premier League and Champions League and, no matter United’s issues are, he isn’t one among them.

Snapshot of the top of the Premier League: 1st Liverpool, 2nd Man City, 3rd Chelsea, 4th Man Utd, 5th Everton & 6th Brighton

This will probably be a tricky check for United, as a result of now we have seen how good Everton are below Rafa Benitez, and Solskjaer should cope with out the injured Harry Maguire in his defence.

United struggled with out Maguire on the finish of final season, however the arrival of Raphael Varane means they’re sturdy sufficient on the again now – plus Everton are nonetheless with out Dominic Calvert-Lewin, so they are going to carry much less of a risk.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

MVP’s prediction: That is going to be robust. Based mostly on the way in which now we have been enjoying I do not see this being a spectacular efficiency from United – we must combat onerous for the factors. 2-1

Burnley v Norwich

Burnley v Norwich

That is nineteenth versus twentieth and neither facet have managed a win but, however Burnley have appeared way more like getting one than Norwich have up to now.

Snapshot of the bottom of the Premier League: 15th Crystal Palace, 16th Southampton, 17th Newcastle, 18th Leeds, 19th Burnley & 20th Norwich

Too typically, the Canaries have been out-thought and out-gunned. They have not even obtained a degree on the board after six video games and there have not been too many moments after they have appeared like getting one both.

Burnley, in distinction, have been way more aggressive, even after they have misplaced.

Sean Dyche goes to have work lower out to maintain the Clarets out of hassle however, from what I’ve seen of each groups, they need to take the factors right here.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

MVP’s prediction: Neither of those groups have actually obtained going but, however I’m going to go together with Norwich to get off the mark finally. 0-2

Chelsea v Southampton

Chelsea v Southampton

Chelsea have misplaced their previous two video games, towards Manchester Metropolis and Juventus, however this isn’t the beginning of any severe droop.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel will demand a efficiency this time, and I’d be shocked if their dropping run continues on Saturday.

Southampton have appeared good in a few of their video games, however that hasn’t been sufficient for them to win one but.

Saints will in all probability undertake the same strategy to the one which obtained them a draw at Etihad Stadium a few weeks in the past, and can hope for the same efficiency too.

However a degree might be the very best they’ll hope for once more right here – and I do not see them getting one.

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

MVP’s prediction: Chelsea had been on an incredible run till they misplaced to Metropolis final weekend and they need to bounce again right here. 3-0

Leeds v Watford

Leeds v Watford

Watford have proven they are often awkward opponents however Leeds are too straightforward to beat in the mean time – if it is not one a part of their group that is not functioning, it is one other.

Marcelo Bielsa’s facet scored 12 objectives of their first six Premier League video games final season as a newly-promoted membership – this time, they’ve managed solely half as many.

There have been flashes of their previous selves however, over 90 minutes, we’re nonetheless ready for them to place within the sort of efficiency that we obtained used to. Possibly Saturday would be the day that modifications?

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

MVP’s prediction: Leeds have not received but which actually surprises me – final season they actually impressed me with their soccer. They’ve at all times conceded a number of objectives although. Watford have made a good begin however I feel they is perhaps over-confident right here and push ahead an excessive amount of due to Leeds’ poor type. It is robust to name a winner, however I will gamble and go together with Leeds. 3-2

Wolves v Newcastle

Wolves v Newcastle

Wolves have received two out of their previous three video games and they’re enjoying like a group whose confidence has come again.

Do Newcastle go to Molineux and set themselves as much as be onerous to beat, or do they assume this can be a probability to get a primary win of the season and go for it slightly bit greater than that?

I believe will probably be the previous, however I do not assume it is going to work.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

MVP’s prediction: Each side have been missing a bit in assault and defence. I will go together with a draw. 1-1

Brighton v Arsenal

Brighton v Arsenal (17:30 BST)

Brighton missed the prospect to go prime of the desk on Monday however the way in which they snatched a degree proper on the finish of their sport towards Crystal Palace will nonetheless give them an enormous carry.

The Seagulls have made a extremely spectacular begin to the season, however Arsenal are on a little bit of a roll in the mean time.

That run will not final for too lengthy – not lots has modified in regards to the Gunners, actually, as a result of I nonetheless assume they are going to go on streaks of excellent or dangerous outcomes identical to final season – however they are going to be smiling on Saturday night anyway.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

MVP’s prediction: Arsenal began the season in stunning type however they’ve began to select up lots up to now few weeks. Brighton are doing wonderful although and I feel they are going to edge this one. 2-1

SUNDAY

Crystal Palace v Leicester

Crystal Palace v Leicester (14:00 BST)

It will need to have harm Crystal Palace to be denied victory so late on towards Brighton on Monday. They began that sport rather well too.

Leicester are usually not having a good time of it in the mean time, however Jamie Vardy has began scoring once more – three objectives in his previous two video games – which makes me assume their type goes to enhance quickly.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

MVP’s prediction: Palace’s outcomes have been very up and down, however they’ve performed effectively in a few of their video games. Leicester have been dropping a number of factors so I fancy Palace right here, however solely simply. 1-0

Tottenham v Aston Villa

Tottenham v Aston Villa (14:00 BST)

Aston Villa are ticking alongside properly and obtained an ideal win at Previous Trafford final day out. They performed effectively, and caught at it too – they had been so decided, and it paid off.

The other was the case for Tottenham of their dismal derby defeat towards Arsenal. That was an actual fear – for those who can’t get your self motivated for a sport like that one, then you’ve got severe issues.

Nuno Espirito Santo has to enhance the temper and morale in his camp, however he additionally must get Harry Kane firing. I feel that can occur quickly, which is why I’m backing Spurs right here.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

MVP’s prediction: Tottenham haven’t had the best time up to now few weeks, however I feel we’ll see a response right here. 4-0

West Ham v Brentford

West Ham v Brentford (14:00 BST)

Brentford look full of life and have precipitated a number of groups some issues already this season – together with Liverpool final week.

However West Ham could have Michail Antonio main their assault and, nearly as good because the Bees are, I do not see them preserving him quiet for 90 minutes.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

MVP’s prediction: Brentford have executed rather well, however West Ham look very harmful. 3-1

Liverpool v Man City

Liverpool v Man Metropolis (16:30 BST)

Manchester Metropolis misplaced to Paris St-Germain within the Champions League in midweek, however they nonetheless put in an excellent efficiency.

That Champions League group sport was by far the least essential of an enormous week for Metropolis that began with a superb win at Stamford Bridge, and ends at Anfield.

Metropolis will probably be proper at it once more right here, however so will Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s facet weren’t up towards anybody of the identical form of high quality in midweek, however they mainly simply swatted Porto away.

“I’m at Anfield for this one and I am unable to wait – these video games are performed at such a fierce depth and are normally determined by nice margins.”

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

MVP’s prediction: These are two completely wonderful groups, enjoying rather well and they’re a risk the entire time. That is such an thrilling sport, the type the place everybody will probably be tuning in, whether or not they help one of many groups or not. It is horrible to attempt to name a winner, however I might say Liverpool are probably in barely higher type, and in the event that they rating first they are going to win. 3-1

Lawro was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do final week?

Final week, Lawro obtained three appropriate outcomes from 10 matches, all three as precise scores, for a complete of 120 factors.

He beat DJ Friction, who obtained 5 appropriate outcomes, however with solely two precise scores, for a complete of 110 factors.

Lawro's League Table graphic

TEAM P W D L PTS +/-
1 Man Utd 6 6 0 1 18 +3
2 Man Metropolis 6 5 1 0 16 0
=3 Aston Villa 6 5 0 1 15 +5
=3 Leeds 6 5 0 1 15 +15
=5 Brighton 6 4 2 0 14 +1
=5 Leicester 6 4 2 0 14 +8
=5 Liverpool 6 4 2 0 14 -4
8 Chelsea 6 2 4 0 10 -5
9 Tottenham 6 2 3 1 9 +2
=10 West Ham 6 2 2 2 8 -3
=10 Newcastle 6 2 2 2 8 +7
12 Everton 6 2 0 4 6 -7
=13 Arsenal 6 0 4 2 4 -3
=13 Brentford 6 1 1 4 4 -4
=13 Wolves 6 1 1 4 4 +1
16 Southampton 6 1 0 5 3 0
17 Watford 6 0 2 4 2 -5
=18 Burnley 6 0 1 5 1 +1
=18 Crystal Palace 6 0 1 5 1 -3
=18 Norwich 6 0 1 5 1 +2

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2021-22

110 Friction, She Drew The Gun
83 Lawro (common after six weeks)
80 Tom McFarland
50 Aqib Khan, Shaun Thomas
40 Dan Haggis of The Wombats, Justin Younger

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