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Cannon v Lawro! Premier League Predictions!

Now, let’s be honest. Regarding his predictions, many fans of smaller teams in the Premier League seem to have something against Match of the Day pundit, Mark Lawrenson. Every week I read fan forums complaining about how ‘Lawro’ does not make sense in his predictions and is never right. Similarly to the popular series on the BBC website, I’m going to predict the results of every Premier League match up to the end of the season. Nothing better than a bit of competition!

Saturday’s games

Hull City v Manchester City

After being knocked out of both the FA Cup and Champions League, it is vital for Manchester City to bounce back quickly after a damaging week. With 3 games in hand on league leaders Chelsea, City will still be in the box-seat if they picked up victories. Hull will pose a threat attacking wise with the partnership between Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, because of this, after being given the run around by Barcelona, I can see the Tigers snatching a draw here.

Prediction: 1-1

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Final score: 0-2

Everton v Cardiff City

Both of these teams got crucial victories in their last Premier League outings, Cardiff were looking desperate until last week where they earned 3 points against relegation rivals Fulham. Unfortunately for Everton fans, their wait for silverware will go on after a humbling 4-1 defeat at the Emirates in the FA Cup. Despite their recent disappointment, Everton are always a strong outfit at home and Cardiff’s defence can be open up a bit too easily at times. The likes of Romelu Lukaku will expose the gap that Ben Turner may leave after his injury against Fulham.

Prediction: 3-0

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Final score: 2-1

Fulham v Newcastle United

Felix Magath stated that if his team can win all of their last 5 home games, they will survive. Despite such a bold statement, these 5 home games are realistically winnable for the London sides. Alan Pardew’s ridiculous act of misconduct during their impressive win at Hull really overshadowed what was a very good performance from his side. I saw Fulham play against West Brom in what was Magath’s first game, I was impressed by the tempo in which his players played at, I was surprised by the result at Cardiff. Because of this, I can see Fulham picking up at least a draw. The Magpies’ cause will not be helped by the absence of top-scorer, Loic Remy.

Prediction: 1-1

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Final score: 1-0

Southampton v Norwich City

Looking at their last four matches of the season, against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea, the next month or so will surely decide the fate of Norwich City. This hugely important period starts with an away fixture at Southampton. Pocchetino’s Saints side have been a breath of fresh air all season, young and upcoming players such as Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana have really shone. Norwich are poor away from home whilst Southampton did well last week to come away with a battling 1-0 win at what was an inform Crystal Palace side. The Canaries won’t roll over, but I can see a home win here.

Prediction: 2-1

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Final score: 4-2

Stoke City v West Ham United

Back in January, Sam Allardyce was on the brink of the sack after a humiliating Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City. Now they look seemingly safe in 10th position, despite this they are only 6 points ahead of the relegation zone, meaning that another dip in form may bring them back into the relegation battle. Stoke did well to come back against Norwich last week, I can see these two teams cancelling each other out, while Stoke have a few players out including Robert Huth and Charlie Adam. Sorry to all fans of Stoke and West Ham, last on Match of the Day.

Prediction: 0-0

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Final score: 3-1

Sunderland v Crystal Palace

Gus Poyet has dubbed this match as their ‘biggest game of the season’. Considering that they played the League Cup final last week, this is a large show of intent from the Sunderland boss. Crystal Palace have done exceptionally well under Tony Pulis’ guidance to get where they are now after looking hopeless before the turn of the year. The defeat to Southampton last week may have damaged some of their players. The Sunderland support will be up for this game and I can see them driving their team onto a vital victory.

Prediction: 3-2

Lawro’s prediction: 0-1

Final score: 0-0

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion

Pepe Mel is under increasing pressure after going another game without getting his first victory as Albion boss. Under Garry Monk’s leadership, the Swans had a mini-revival before being held to a draw at home to Crystal Palace. There will be a big following from the West Midlands who will be bringing Spanish flags to support Mel, which should make for a good atmosphere and an exciting match. This could arguably be his last game in charge if Albion are defeated, which is unbelievable because he has only been in the job for 2 months. As I am a Baggies fan, I won’t look too loyal if I concede defeat, so I am going to plump for an away win. Things are getting desperate and Mel is being well supported by the fans, if it is replicated on the pitch then surely Albion will FINALLY pick up a win!

Prediction: A nervous, horrible, torturous 1-0 win for the Baggies…

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0 (He knows nothing though, right?)

Final score: 1-2

Aston Villa v Chelsea

This looks like a cracker of a game to me. Villa have Agbonlahor, Weimann and Benteke all fit and ready to play this game, whilst Chelsea are sitting top of the table but are still in need of wins as they have played 3 more games than rivals Manchester City. Mourinho seems unrelenting in his mind-games, he has constantly stated throughout the season that his side are not favourites to win the title despite the fact they are leading by 7 points. I did have my doubts over Chelsea at the start of the season and I felt that Man City were going to win the league, but I have changed my mind now. Eden Hazard has been exceptional this year and if he keeps his form going tomorrow night, which I think he will, Chelsea will come away with this. Just.

Prediction: 0-2

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Final score: 1-0

Sunday’s games

Manchester United v Liverpool

First of all, I’ll replicate every football fans view and say that these two games on Sunday will be of fantastic viewing. The first game played will be United v Liverpool, the Red Devils maybe back on track after a good win at West Brom last week. Wayne Rooney was fantastic, whilst Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Rafael especially impressed me at the back. If United click going forward, they have the potential to damage Liverpool’s defence. Marouane Fellaini seems as though he is settling in now at Old Trafford which will help Michael Carrick orchestrate their attacks. Meanwhile, rivals Liverpool have turned it on since the start of 2014, the form of Daniel Sturridge has given England hope of success at the World Cup, whilst Luis Suarez has been as potent as ever in front of goal. This game is so important to both clubs which will mean that they will both be desperate not to lose. I’m going to be boring and sit on the fence.

Prediction: 2-2

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Final score: 0-3

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

Just the small matter of the North London derby to finish off what will be a brilliant weekend of Premier League football. Arsenal, realistically need to win this game to keep up with leaders Chelsea, whilst Tottenham had a disastrous home leg against Benfica where they fell to a 3-1 defeat. Spurs look good for 5th while 4th seems a little bit out of reach due to the form of the teams above them. Tim Sherwood is getting better and better as a manager, I like his no nonsense approach to the game. Saying this however, I just think that Arsenal will scrape through with a victory on this occasion. I do like this Tottenham team but the Gunners need something after a tiring night in Munich on Sunday. The atmosphere will be electric. High scoring win for Wenger’s side.

Prediction: 2-4

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Final score: 0-1

Full details of Mark Lawrenson’s predictions are here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26546426


About Thomas Cannon

I am a Film and Television student currently at the University of Derby. My aspirations include writing for sports, both in a journalistic and opinionated (blogs) manner along with writing scripts for films or television. In terms of football, I am a huge West Bromwich Albion fan!

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