Premier League predictions: Lawro v Shepherd star and Man Utd fan Tom Hughes

Newcastle have gotten some very wealthy new homeowners, however will their outcomes be any completely different now the membership has modified arms?

“I do know there shall be a wave of happiness at St James’ Park after they play Tottenham on Sunday,” says BBC soccer professional and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson.

“However, for now, it’s only a case of watch this house with Newcastle. They nonetheless have the identical gamers they did earlier than the worldwide break, and so they have the identical supervisor too.”

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

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, in opposition to quite a lot of company.

This week’s visitor is actor Tom Hughes, whose new movie Shepherd was having its world premiere on the BFI London Movie Pageant on Thursday.

Shepherd star Tom Hughes
Hughes performs Eric Black in Shepherd, which is launched within the UK on 12 November

Hughes, who has additionally starred in Victoria, Crimson Joan and BBC drama The Sport, is a Manchester United fan who’s firmly behind supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“I am nonetheless a believer,” Hughes instructed BBC Sport.

“Ole has had quite a lot of stick for his ways at occasions, however it’s participant errors which have price him – like they did throughout the defeat by Younger Boys final month, for instance.

“I’m nonetheless into him. I like him and he has additionally introduced the enjoyment again to watching United.

“It is the primary time since Sir Alex Ferguson was in cost the place we have had a crew that I type of take pleasure in supporting. I believe that is an enormous a part of it with soccer – the romance of it. I wish to simply take pleasure in supporting my crew and get excited concerning the sport.

“Clearly you wish to win too however I like the entire type of ceremony of it – it is a part of supporting United. The soccer underneath Jose Mourinho was dire, with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal too. It was so laboured, so it’s simply good to have a soccer crew that I sit up for watching.

“Then while you throw in a little bit of spice with Cristiano Ronaldo on prime of that, and it’s thrilling.

“There could possibly be fireworks, you by no means know with United now – and that’s the method it must be. It’s a kind of golf equipment the place there must be a little bit of magic or stardust within the crew. I believe that’s what made me fall in love with them, so it is nice that we have got that again once more.”

Shepherd star Tom Hughes
Hughes didn’t know whether or not to comply with his dad (an Everton fan) or his brother and grandad (each Liverpool) when he selected which crew to assist, so went his personal method. “I bear in mind watching the 1995 FA Cup last with my dad and I used to be considering ‘have a look at this crew, the plucky underdogs which have simply misplaced the league on the final day of the season and have now misplaced the FA Cup last too. They’re my kindred spirits so I’m going to assist them’. After which we received… every little thing. It is one of the best choice I ever made.”
Outcome Lawro Tom
SATURDAY
Watford v Liverpool x-x 0-2 2-1
Aston Villa v Wolves x-x 2-1 1-1
Leicester v Man Utd x-x 1-1 1-3
Man Metropolis v Burnley x-x 3-0 0-7
Norwich v Brighton x-x 1-1 0-2
Southampton v Leeds x-x 0-2 0-2
Brentford v Chelsea x-x 0-2 1-1
SUNDAY
Everton v West Ham x-x 1-2 2-1
Newcastle v Tottenham x-x 1-1 0-3
MONDAY
Arsenal v Crystal Palace x-x 2-0 1-2

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

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

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

SATURDAY

Watford v Liverpool

Watford v Liverpool (12:30 BST)

Welcome again to the Premier League, Claudio Ranieri. The previous Leicester boss had a couple of days to settle in at Watford however this can be a massive sport for him to kick off with.

Liverpool are sweating on whether or not Brazilian duo Alisson and Fabinho shall be again from worldwide responsibility in South America in time to play at Vicarage Street, and what state they are going to be in.

If Alisson is again within the nation, I would play him – he may be a bit drained from travelling however as a goalkeeper his stamina isn’t going to be a difficulty.

Snapshot of the top of the Premier League: 1st Chelsea, 2nd Liverpool, 3rd Man City, 4th Man Utd, 5th Everton & 6th Brighton
Liverpool are the one crew nonetheless unbeaten within the Premier League this season, the remainder of the highest six have all been overwhelmed as soon as

This sport is especially going to be about whether or not Liverpool can break Watford down, anyhow. I believe Ranieri will attempt to make them very troublesome to beat, fairly than considering an excessive amount of about easy methods to begin with a win.

Ranieri has promised to take the Watford gamers out for dinner in the event that they maintain a clear sheet, fairly than simply shopping for them a pizza like he as soon as mentioned he’d do with Leicester, however I believe he’ll get to maintain his pockets in his pocket on the weekend.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Tom’s prediction: Properly, as I’m talking now I’ve simply jumped off the prepare on the way in which down from up north and I’m actually standing in Watford. Being a United fan too, I’ve to again Watford right here. 2-1

Aston Villa v Wolves

Aston Villa v Wolves

Wolves had simply began to select up a little bit bit earlier than the worldwide break however I have been extra impressed by Aston Villa thus far.

These are the type of video games the place, final season, I would not be fairly certain what you’d get from Villa however I believe they’re much more dependable now.

Will probably be tight, however dwelling benefit will make the distinction for Dean Smith’s aspect.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Tom’s prediction: A decent sport this one, so I am going for a low-scoring draw. 1-1

Leicester v Man Utd

Leicester v Man Utd

Manchester United are with out their two first-choice centre-backs, Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire, however it’s hardly a disaster as a result of they’ve Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly to return in as an alternative.

We are going to in all probability see Fred and Scott McTominay paired collectively in entrance of them in midfield once more to present United extra defensive cowl however, whoever Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picks, I doubt we’ll see a swashbuckling attacking show from his aspect.

Leicester have gotten their very own issues on the again, with Jonny Evans nonetheless uncertain and Wesley Fofana sidelined, however at the least they’ve Jamie Vardy scoring once more even when they aren’t successful in the mean time.

With Vardy in type, the Foxes at all times have an opportunity in video games, and I believe they may get one thing right here.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Tom’s prediction: This can be a troublesome sport, however I’ve to again United. 1-3

Tom’s tactical recommendation to Solskjaer? As a boy, Tom as soon as gave Sir Alex Ferguson some tactical recommendation after inadvertently chatting with him on the cellphone when his dad phoned up the resort the crew have been staying at in Chester and requested the receptionist to talk to the United supervisor to examine in the event that they have been actually there.

So, what recommendation would he give Solskjaer now, if he might communicate to him?

“Properly, Fergie fairly rightly ignored me, as a result of I instructed him to drop Gary Pallister after which, within the subsequent sport, Pallister scored twice,” the Shepherd actor mentioned. “So, clearly, no matter I say to Ole, he should not hear.

“However I’d inform him that we will not maintain taking part in Fred and Scott McTominay to do one function in midfield when we have now received so many attacking gamers to slot in there. I do not know what the reply is, as a result of we’re in all probability a participant quick – a Declan Rice, N’Golo Kante and even Allan from Everton.

“We’re lacking that last piece so I do not know what the reply is with the gamers we have now in the mean time, as a result of Paul Pogba is so mercurial. When he’s on it, he’s unstoppable however he can lose possession in that defensive third of midfield.

“McTominay may be the answer, although. He will get ignored a bit and if he can rating from 35 yards in opposition to Manchester Metropolis within the rain, he can do something in my thoughts!”

Man City v Burnley

Man Metropolis v Burnley

Burnley have misplaced 5-0 on every of their previous 4 visits to Etihad Stadium within the Premier League and FA Cup so they’re in all probability not trying ahead to Saturday very a lot.

Metropolis could possibly be with out their Brazilian duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, relying on whether or not they make it again from South America in time, however I do not assume it’s going to make an excessive amount of distinction to the result right here.

Pep Guardiola’s aspect produced an impressive efficiency at Anfield final trip and something related will see them win simply. Burnley’s watch for a primary win of the season goes to go on a little bit longer.

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Tom’s prediction: Properly, I did not again Liverpool, so I am unable to actually again Metropolis, can I? My dad used to dwell in Burnley for some time – after Everton, they’re his second crew and he’s an enormous Sean Dyche fan – so I’m going to go together with them. And, if I’ll go together with them, I’ll as nicely go massive. 0-7

Norwich v Brighton

Norwich v Brighton

Norwich lastly have a degree on the board after their draw at Burnley final trip, which is nice information for them. They’re nonetheless backside although, and each sport appears troublesome for them.

Brighton additionally drew, in opposition to Arsenal, however have been a bit unfortunate to not win that one.

The Seagulls have taken seven factors from their three away journeys thus far this season, and I would be shocked in the event that they left Carrow Street empty handed.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Tom’s prediction: 0-2

Southampton v Leeds

Southampton v Leeds

Southampton have been doing fairly nicely in opposition to Chelsea till James Ward-Prowse was despatched off.

What pissed off me most about that call is that VAR instructed the referee to go and watch it once more, and he was proven replays in sluggish movement, which is simply ridiculous. How will you choose how harmful a deal with is in the event you do not see it in actual time? Gradual any problem down and it appears terrible.

The tip consequence was one other defeat for Saints, who’re nonetheless with no win after seven video games.

I do not fancy their possibilities a lot right here, both, particularly if Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is again from the calf damage that dominated him out of England responsibility.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Tom’s prediction: Marcelo Bielsa is only a wizard and Dan James has simply gone to Leeds, and I felt sorry for him at United. I’m going to go together with two targets for him. 0-2

Brentford v Chelsea

Brentford v Chelsea (17:30 BST)

That is the primary time these two west London golf equipment have met within the league since 1947 so Brentford’s floor shall be rocking once more for this one, however I simply fancy Chelsea to silence them on Saturday.

The Blues had a little bit of a blip on the finish of final month however they got here by that, and I’m anticipating one other skilled efficiency from them this time.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Tom’s prediction: I just like the look of Brentford; they may undoubtedly get a draw right here. 1-1

SUNDAY

Everton v West Ham

Everton v West Ham (14:00 BST)

Everton have made a glorious begin to the season however they could discover it arduous going in opposition to West Ham – they definitely will not get the large open areas they loved of their draw with Manchester United.

The Hammers misplaced to a really late Brentford aim of their final sport so I am anticipating a response to that anyway, after which you’ve their supervisor David Moyes again at his previous membership – he shall be going for a win.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Tom’s prediction: Everton are trying robust in the mean time. 2-1

Newcastle v Tottenham

Newcastle v Tottenham (16:30 BST)

I maintain studying about who the subsequent Newcastle supervisor goes to be, so I really feel sorry for Magpies boss Steve Bruce, as a result of no-one has come out and mentioned what is going on to him.

Regardless of the choice is on his future, simply inform him and make it public – do not simply go away him dangling. It is not a super state of affairs for him or his gamers.

Tottenham discovered a little bit of type in opposition to Aston Villa of their final sport, however they’re nonetheless removed from convincing and I do not assume they may have the ability to spoil the occasion for the Newcastle followers within the stands.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Tom’s prediction: 0-3

MONDAY

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Arsenal v Crystal Palace (20:00 BST)

I like the way in which Crystal Palace have come collectively underneath Patrick Vieira, and their urgent taking part in type may be very efficient too.

This can be a massive second for Vieira, who’s taking his new crew again to his previous membership. He’ll get an amazing reception however Arsenal are on a roll and I believe they may create sufficient possibilities to win this one fairly comfortably.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Tom’s prediction: That is difficult, since you by no means know which Arsenal are going to show up. I like Conor Gallagher at Palace – he has received a bit of sophistication about him and good hair – so I’m going to go together with a little bit of a shock right here. 1-2

Lawro was chatting with BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do final week?

Within the final set of video games earlier than the worldwide break, Lawro received 5 appropriate outcomes from 10 matches, together with two precise scores, for a complete of 110 factors.

He beat MMA fighter Michael ‘Venom’ Web page, who received three appropriate outcomes, with no precise scores, for a complete of 30 factors.

Lawro's League Table graphic

TEAM P W D L PTS +/-
1 Man Utd 7 7 0 0 21 +3
2 Leeds 7 6 0 1 18 +14
=3 Leicester 7 5 2 0 17 +10
=3 Man Metropolis 7 5 2 0 17 0
=5 Aston Villa 7 5 0 2 15 +5
=5 Liverpool 7 4 3 0 15 -3
7 Brighton 7 4 2 1 14 -1
8 Chelsea 7 3 4 0 13 -7
9 Tottenham 7 3 3 1 12 -1
10 West Ham 7 3 2 2 11 -1
11 Newcastle 7 2 2 3 8 +8
=12 Arsenal 7 1 4 2 7 -1
=12 Wolves 7 2 1 4 7 0
14 Everton 7 2 0 5 6 -9
=15 Brentford 7 1 1 5 4 -8
=15 Burnley 7 1 1 5 4 +3
17 Southampton 7 1 0 6 3 0
18 Watford 7 0 2 5 2 -3
=19 Crystal Palace 7 0 1 6 1 -5
=19 Norwich 7 0 1 6 1 +1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2021-22

110 Friction, She Drew The Gun
87 Lawro (common after seven weeks)
80 Tom McFarland
50 Aqib Khan, Shaun Thomas
40 Dan Haggis of The Wombats, Justin Younger
30 Michael ‘Venom’ Web page

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