I’m a strong believer that those who analyse football on both the BBC and ITV are useless. Especially Mr Mark Lawrenson. I’ve never been a big fan of his ‘analysis’ and never will be. His constant attempt to include humour in his analysis is cringe worthy. However, it’s clear that the BBC like him. He features regularly on Match of the Day and each week predicts the upcoming fixtures.
I thought that if I think his punditry is awful, I should at least try and beat him in his predictions. Maybe he might be a great pundit with an annoying personality after all? Each week I’ll predict each Premier League match and compare it to what Lawro thinks.
It will be the same format as the BBC predictions: ONE point for a correct result while a correct score earns THREE points. I’ll also try and include a guest each week for a bit of competition. To kick it off, Sean Simpson will be predicting the match for the guests.
If only I thought of this in week one.
Sunderland Vs WBA (12:45)
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Sunderland come into this match on the back of an uplifting result against Fulham. Despite Fulham being down to ten men, Sunderland still had a lot to do to get the three points and they did the job. Johnson, with two assists showed glimpses of his ability with Sessegnon scoring a thunderbolt to seal the three points.
There is no denying that Sunderland has started badly but you do feel that the team could turn it around. With Martin O’Neill they have a manager who is very strategic and will be trying to formulate the best way to beat the Baggies. If Sunderland start brightly, set the tempo and remain positive you do feel that the momentum of the Fulham victory could help the Black Cats on the way to victory.
West Brom have been absolutely fantastic this season, finding themselves in the dizzy heights of fourth place. And it’s been totally deserved. Steve Clarke has got the Baggies playing fantastic football and will be confident in every match that they approach. If Sunderland are to get a result, they need to keep Shane Long quiet, who has enjoyed a brilliant start to the season.
It’s going to be a very close match but I can’t help feel that Sunderland, with confidence high, will finally find their form which has been lacking so far.
My prediction: 2-1 Lawro: 2-0 Sean: 1-1
Everton Vs Norwich (3pm)
You can’t help but feel that there will only be one winner from this match. Despite losing last week, Everton have had one of their best starts ever and with home advantage, they will be strong favourites to grab all three points this week.
Everton have been playing with supreme confidence this season and look confident in scoring all the time. Jelavic, Fellani and Baines have all been their stand out players and if they perform again this weekend, lots of chances will be created.
Despite deserved victories against Arsenal and United, this match will be a lot harder for Norwich. Without home advantage, the defence is going to have to be on their top form to even gain a point. It’s going to be another long day in the office for Ruddy.
My prediction: 3-0 Lawro: 2-1 Sean: 2-0
Man UTD Vs QPR
The new man at QPR?
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At the time of writing, it’s all going on at QPR. After lots of speculation, Mark Hughes has finally been sacked after finding themselves at the root of the table. There’s no surprise about the sacking, it’s a result business although the timing of it does surprise me. To sack someone the day before a match after a week’s preparation does seem weird.
But that might be down to Harry Redknapp. The day before his agent claimed that he is close to agreeing a deal to become Ukraine boss. Surely this was just a plea for a Premier League club to come and get him. And it looks like QPR are going to do just that.
However, I don’t think that his immediate appointment will make a difference this weekend. QPR are still playing very poor and one man’s appointment won’t make an immediate impact. United will still be far too strong for QPR.
My prediction: 3-0 Lawro: 3-0 Sean: 3-0
Stoke Vs Fulham
If I was to predict this a week ago, I would have gone entirely differently. However, I feel that with Hangeland suspended, Stoke are going to have more of a physical presence that will help with them the game. Fulham have the better technical players but Stoke and their way of playing has been working so far at the Britannia and I don’t see this changing.
My prediction: 2-0 Lawro: 2-0 Sean: 1-2
Wigan Vs Reading
This is a very tough game to predict. Both teams are near the bottom, not getting the results that they have wanted. With a home advantage, many people would have gone for a Wigan win, but Reading will be optimistic after their impressive victory against Everton last week. Both defences have been poor so far this season so I can see an entertaining high scoring game here.
My prediction: 3-2 Lawro: 1-1 Sean: 0-0
Villa Vs Arsenal (5:30)
It’s been a tough few games for Villa. After the battling display against United the last thing they would have wanted would have been an away game against Manchester City. After being thrashed 5-0, the confidence will be low.
Arsenal on the other hand have had some positive results recently. After a dramatic derby day win, followed by a midweek European victory, Arsenal will fancy their chances against a Villa side that are scoring very few.
Villa will battle away, just like the United game, but you can’t help but feel that Arsenal will have too much for them.
My prediction: 0-3 Lawro: 0-2 Sean: 0-2
Swansea Vs Liverpool (1:30)
A few weeks ago at Anfield, Swansea ran out winners against Liverpool in the League Cup. I really can see something similar this week.
After a strong start followed by a blip of form, Swansea have looked to finally find their feet again and will be confident that they will be able to beat Liverpool at Rodger’s own style of football. Their impressive victory away to Newcastle last week has shown that on the day they can play the right football to beat any day.
Although, it all depends on which Liverpool turn up. It’s been a poor start for Liverpool, but they have been finding the results the last few weeks, mainly down to Luiz Suarez. Liverpool really need to capitalize on their victory against Wigan last week but this will be an entirely different challenge.
My prediction: 2-1 Lawro: 1-1 Sean: 2-3
Southampton Vs Newcastle (3:00)
After a brilliant season last year, Newcastle have disappointed this season. They come into this match on a bad run of form and also missing some key players in the form of Ben Arfa and Cabaye. Their lack of transfer activity is starting to show.
Southampton last week won the ‘6-pointer’ against QPR last week and will be hoping that they can play with the same determination and skill this week. Playing at St Mary’s should give them a massive lift as they hope to try and get themselves away from the relegation zone.
My prediction: 1-0 Lawro: 2-1 Sean: 1-1
Chelsea Vs Man City (4:00)
Lets me honest, I’m sure Chelsea have had better weeks. After a dismal display in Europe, Roberto Di Matteo was sacked by the ruthless owner. Rafa Benitez has been given the tough task to win over the fans.
Di Matteo’s sacking was harsh. Very harsh. It gave the impression that he wasn’t their first choice anyway, and was only given the job because of his Champions League success last campaign. Yes, Chelsea are on a poor run of form but let’s remember it was only a few weeks ago that Chelsea were sitting at the top of the table.
Benitez is a quality manager but he has a tough task of winning over the Chelsea faithful. However, many people feel that he has been given the chance to manage Torres back to his best. Could this be the week that the Spanish striker turns round his form?
Man City come into this match after a terrible European campaign. After being kicked out of the Champions League, and with a fight on their hands to gain a Europa League spot, the team will be out with something to prove. With Man United expected to top the table Saturday night, the pressure will be on for City to perform when the stage is set.
My prediction: 2-2 Lawro: 1-0 Sean: 1-3
Spurs Vs West Ham
Spurs have been a bit and miss this season. After an impressive victory at Old Trafford they haven’t really pushed on like they were expected to do. The pressure is already on AVB to perform and these are the games that they can’t afford to lose.
West Ham has enjoyed a successful return to the top league, finding themselves in 7th spot, a place above Spurs. I can see this being a feisty affair, but one where Spurs’ class should finally shine through to take the points.
My prediction: 3-1 Lawro: 2-0 Sean: 1-0