Chelsea’s bid to safe a top-four position has wobbled in contemporary weeks however they’ve the danger to get again on course on Monday after they host Manchester United.
“The Blues are nonetheless favourites for fourth,” stated BBC soccer skilled Mark Lawrenson stated: “They only want to give a boost to their center of attention in fits.
“They’ve dropped issues via taking their eye off the ball a little bit bit whilst you least be expecting it, which has observed them let some issues slip away.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight fits this season, in opposition to a number of visitors.
This week he resumes his winter-break fight with British snowboarder Katie Ormerod, who was once his opponent final week too when this set of fixtures began.
Typhoon Ciara scuppered Manchester Town’s sport with West Ham on Sunday, so handiest 3 Premier League video games had been performed final weekend within the first a part of the staggered spoil.
Up to now, Katie leads Lawro via 20 issues to 10 however, with the remainder seven fixtures going down over the following six days – together with the rearranged Town as opposed to Hammers sport – there may be nonetheless all to play for.
|Premier League predictions – week 26 (phase two)|
|Wolves v Leicester||x-x||2-1||1-2|
|Southampton v Burnley||x-x||2-0||1-0|
|Norwich v Liverpool||x-x||0-2||0-2|
|Aston Villa v Tottenham||x-x||0-2||3-2|
|Arsenal v Newcastle||x-x||2-0||2-0|
|Chelsea v Guy Utd||x-x||2-1||3-4|
|Guy Town v West Ham||x-x||3-0||4-3|
A proper end result (choosing a win, draw or defeat) is value 10 issues. The precise rating earns 40 issues.
Wolves v Leicester (20:00 GMT)
Those groups have were given top-four ambitions and it is a giant sport for either one of them.
It will have to be an entertaining one too, as a result of they’re each truly excellent going ahead and at all times create a large number of possibilities.
There have been loads of objectives on this fixture final season, with Diego Jota finishing his hat-trick in harm time to nick a 4-Three win for Wolves.
I will see a equivalent end result this time round too, with the house aspect edging it.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Katie’s prediction: 1-2
Southampton v Burnley (12:30 GMT)
Southampton ended up at the unsuitable finish of a 4-Zero defeat at Liverpool of their final league sport, however they’d performed rather well at Anfield.
Burnley additionally deserved extra from their house sport in opposition to Arsenal. They drew 0-Zero however had sufficient possibilities to win it.
Saints nonetheless have the worst house document within the Premier League this season, with 11 issues from 12 video games, however they’ve in reality picked up so much just lately after taking just one level from their first six fits at St Mary’s.
Plus Southampton striker Danny Ings continues to be in a crimson patch, and you have got to fancy him to attain in opposition to the Clarets, who’re one among his former groups.
So there are many causes to again Saints right here, even supposing I’m reasonably reluctant on account of how neatly Burnley are taking part in.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Katie’s prediction: 1-0
Norwich v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)
Originally of the season it gave the look of Norwich’s house shape would give them a platform for staying up, however it has no longer truly labored out like that.
And whilst Manchester Town had been undone at Carrow Street in September when Norwich went at them, I simply do not see the Canaries inflicting Liverpool the similar form of issues.
Liverpool’s first-team gamers might be refreshed after their spoil and I feel they’re going to pick out up the place they left off – with any other win.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Katie’s prediction: 0-2
Aston Villa v Tottenham (12:30 GMT)
Tottenham have no longer at all times been that convincing prior to now few weeks however they’ve nonetheless put in combination a good little unbeaten run within the Premier League and FA Cup.
I will see Spurs proceeding that shape right here, too.
It’s nice for Aston Villa that they’re heading for Wembley quickly for the Carabao Cup ultimate, however they appear to save lots of their higher performances for that festival slightly than the league, which is way more necessary.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Katie’s prediction: 3-2
Arsenal v Newcastle (16:30 GMT)
Arsenal are the draw experts within the Premier League with 13 out of a imaginable 25 thus far, and Newcastle have shared the issues in 3 in their previous 5 league fits.
So, I guess probably the most smart prediction right here could be a draw, however I’m in reality going to move with a Gunners victory.
Arsenal’s effects underneath Mikel Arteta have no longer been nice, however I nonetheless suppose issues are bettering because the gamers get used to Arteta’s strategies and his calls for.
Arteta wishes a win quickly, after all, however it’s not as though he’s underneath any nice drive as a result of he has handiest been in fee for a couple of weeks.
I feel the truth the Gunners are 10 issues off fourth and a Champions League spot takes the drive off them. It might be identical to Arsenal to move on a run that places them again in rivalry for that.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Katie’s prediction: 2-0
Chelsea v Guy Utd (20:00 GMT)
I’m really not anticipating to peer any large distinction in the best way Manchester United line up, or the best way they play.
Sure, Bruno Fernandes has had a little bit extra time to settle in however I don’t believe their different primary January signing, Odion Ighalo, will get started.
Chelsea, after all, didn’t deliver any individual in however I in reality suppose that takes the drive off their supervisor Frank Lampard as a result of we all know he has to make do with what he has already were given.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Katie’s prediction: 3-4
Guy Town v West Ham (19:30 GMT)
Having this sport behind schedule via 10 days may lend a hand Manchester Town a little bit – Aymeric Laporte can have a couple of extra coaching classes underneath his belt and may well be have compatibility sufficient to come back into rivalry.
If Town harbour any critical ambitions of successful the Champions League then they’ve to kick on and get started acting the best way we all know they are able to ahead of they face Actual Madrid on the finish of the month.
West Ham will even have benefited from a while coaching in combination, particularly on the again.
The only factor Hammers boss David Moyes can have been operating on is defensively, as a result of they had been woeful on the again final day trip of their draw with Brighton.
Even so, I don’t believe West Ham can have sufficient about them to take even some extent clear of Town. I went with 3-Zero final time, and I’m going to stay with that scoreline this time too.
Lawro’s prediction: 3-0
Katie’s prediction: 4-3
Lawro was once talking to BBC Recreation’s Chris Bevan.
How did Lawro do final week?
Ultimate weekend, within the first a part of the staggered iciness spoil programme, Lawro were given one proper end result, with no precise ratings, from 3 video games for a complete rating of 10 issues – thus far.
With seven video games nonetheless to be performed, he’s trailing British snowboarder Katie Ormerod, who were given two proper effects, with no precise ratings, leaving her on 20 issues as issues stand.
|+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION|
GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20
|90||Avelino, Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Bobby Seagull, Geraint Thomas|
|80||Tom Davis, Andy Murray, Stephen Graham|
|76||Lawro (reasonable after 25 weeks)|
|70||David Baddiel, Richard Hawley, Kojo, Michael Johnson, Craig Mitch, Alex Scott|
|60||Sonny Invoice Williams, Georgia, Serge from Kasabian, Stefan Ratchford|
|50||Chelcee Grimes, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton|
|40||Stephen Fry, Hugh Grant, Neil Jones, Tommy O’Dell, Steve Queralt|
|30||Matthew McConaughey, Seth Rollins|
|Overall ratings after week 25|