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Premier League Predictions – Cannon v Lawro – The Rematch!

After deriding his predicting ability last week, Mark Lawrenson got more results correct than myself. With a perfect prediction of a 2-0 victory for Manchester City at the KC Stadium while I predicted a 1-1 draw, it was always going to be a tough task. More importantly however, I got the ‘surprise’ result of the weekend correct when my beloved Baggies stole 3 points from Swansea City. This week’s fixtures feature a hugely important game at the top of the table between Chelsea and Arsenal while the fight for survival continues with Cardiff hosting Liverpool and Sunderland taking the long journey to Norfolk to face Norwich City. Same formula as always, 3 points will be awarded if the correct score is predicted while 1 for the correct result!

Saturday’s games

Chelsea v Arsenal

Just the small matter of a London derby at the top of the table to start the weekend’s proceedings. The Gunners did well last Sunday to grind out a 1-0 victories at their North London rivals while Chelsea had a nightmare evening at Villa Park. Despite this, Mourinho is normally fantastic tactically for huge games such as these while I can’t see Arsenal scoring at Stamford Bridge, not enough to threaten Chelsea who will be eager to get back on track. Arsenal have done well this season but I just think winning the title will be one step too far this year.

Prediction: 1-0

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Final score: 6-0

Cardiff City v Liverpool

After picking up a vital victory in their last home game against relegation rivals Fulham, they were unfortunate to come away from Goodison Park empty handed after Everton got a late winner. Solskjaer has shown glimpses of keeping his team away from the relegation zone, but last week’s defeat may have damaged them too much. A home game against in-form Liverpool is exactly something the Bluebirds did not want, Brendan Rodgers stated that his team are a “joy to watch” at the moment. I agree. Away win.

Prediction: 1-3

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2 

Final score: 3-6

Everton v Swansea City

As mentioned in the previous game preview, Everton were fortunate to get all 3 points against Cardiff whilst Swansea were shocked by a West Brom side which seemed to completely change after half time. Garry Monk’s side are in trouble, I didn’t agree with Laudrup’s sacking purely for his huge amount of experience along for what he has done for the club in the Premier League. i can see a more convincing Everton performance, resulting in a comfortable home win.

Prediction: 3-0

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Final score: 3-2

Hull City v West Bromwich Albion

Hull just could not get through the Manchester City defence after Vincent Kompany got sent off in the early stages, David Silva’s opening goal was a measure of how good he is. I’m sure that if Hull were playing any other team outside the top 6, they would have got back and avoided the draw. George Boyd was rightly banned earlier this week, there are a couple of small black clouds over the KC Stadium with the Hull Tigers debacle, they will stay up, with Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic up front they will always pose a threat up front. Meanwhile, Pepe Mel finally got his first win as West Brom boss. You can’t underestimate how big the win was for the Baggies last week, you also can’t forget what this team did last season. I think that they will be in a good place after last week and I can see it carrying on with a sneaky away win.

Prediction: 0-1

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1 

Final score: 2-0

Manchester City v Fulham

Manchester City showed their worth last week after grinding out a brilliant 2-0 win at Hull. Meanwhile, Fulham also got a valuable victory at home to Newcastle United. It can’t be forgotten that the Newcastle side played against the Londoners were weakened by key players being absent. I just feel that City will be way too strong for Fulham, they have a chance of staying up with Felix Magath in charge. Their season won’t be decided by games like this, their next home game against Everton is possibly winnable before going onto play Aston Villa and Norwich City.

Prediction: 3-1

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Final score: 5-0

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

Without Tony Pulis taking charge, I’m sure Palace would have been doomed by now. I remember seeing them play West Brom back in November this season and I was utterly unimpressed. Palace feel like a new Stoke apart from the style of football they play, they have that Pulis imprint which makes them hard to beat. Loic Remy is fighting to be fit for this game, if he is fit I think that the Magpies will come out with a win. So I’m going to plump for a very narrow 1-0 victory, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Palace came away with a draw.

Prediction: 1-0

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Final score: 1-0

Norwich City v Sunderland

The Canaries were disappointing on their trip to St Mary’s last week and their fans are getting increasingly frustrated by Chris Hughton’s apparent failures. This game is another key match for their survival whilst Sunderland will be getting even more anxious of their safety after failing to get past a resolute Crystal Palace side. I can see a similar outcome to that one at the Stadium of Light, cagey, both teams desperate not to lose, resulting in a draw.

Prediction: 0-0

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

Final score: 2-0

West Ham United v Manchester United

After finding out that they have to play Bayern Munich in the quarter finals of the Champions League, United will either have to pull off a miracle there or win every game for the rest of the season. Looking at their last 5-6 games of the season, it is possible that Moyes’ side can pull off some victories, although I don’t think it will be enough for Champions League qualification. West Ham will be desperate to pick up another few wins to guarantee safety for another year in the Premier League, United have won these types of away games before this season, notably against West Brom and Crystal Palace. United to just about scrape through.

Prediction: 1-2

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Final score: 0-2

Sunday’s games

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

Tottenham came a little unstuck at home to their rivals last week and will need to bounce back while Southampton, despite a mini scare when Norwich grabbed two quick goals to make it 3-2 were relatively comfortable. The Saints have been brilliant all season and deserve to finish as high as possible, despite this, I think Spurs will bounce back here.

Prediction: 2-0

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Final score: 3-2

Aston Villa v Stoke City

Both of these teams are pretty much safe from the drop after both have gone through mini-runs of victories. Villa, did unbelievably well to pick up a win against an in-form Chelsea side. I can see this game being a quiet one after that lively game at Villa Park, while Stoke are solid at the back, as are Villa, most of the time.

Prediction: 1-1

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Final score: 1-4

EDIT: I won!

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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