LAWRO: West Ham really need a win here. They took the lead against Arsenal but capitulated. Brentford threw away a lead against Spurs but everyone seems to be doing that at the moment. I just think West Ham need it more. West Ham 2-1 Brentford
RESULT: West Ham 0-2 Brentford
LAWRO: I’ll be at this game and it will be Brendan Rodgers coming back to Anfield again, though it’s not that much of a big deal these days as he’s been back a few times now. Leicester were taken apart by Newcastle and I did the Liverpool game at Aston Villa and, honestly, it could have ended 12-5! It was mad, absolutely bonkers. Liverpool 3-0 Leicester.
RESULT: Liverpool 2-1 Leicester
LAWRO: Wolves had a really good last-minute win at Everton which was great for their new manager Julen Lopetegui. United are in a good run of form but a new manager always heightens performances. Wolves 1-1 Manchester United
RESULT: Wolves 0-1 Man Utd
LAWRO: Crystal Palace had a big loss to Fulham and they also had two sent off just to rub it in. Bournemouth were never really in the game against Chelsea and to keep it to 2-0 was an achievement of sorts. I’m going to go for Palace to win, that’s assuming that Patrick Vieira’s got enough players with all those suspensions! Bournemouth 1- 2 Crystal Palace
RESULT: Bournemouth 0-2 Palace
LAWRO: Nathan Jones is still looking for his first win at Southampton while Fulham got that big win the other day. Southampton were unlucky in the end against Brighton, I think. I wonder if Fulham might be thinking this will be an easy win. Fulham 1-1 Southampton.
RESULT: Fulham 2-1 Southampton
LAWRO: Everton are a complete mess and that last-gasp loss to Wolves won’t have helped. Manchester City looked great again against Leeds and had a very comfortable win with Erling Haaland looking fab. This will be a very comfortable City win. Manchester City 3-0 Everton.
RESULT: Man City 1-1 Everton
LAWRO: Leeds were really competitive against City. They were always under the pump but if they had got to half time at 0-0 then who knows what might have happened. Newcastle just keep going and they’ve still only lost once this season. Pretty much everyone’s fit and they’re really firing. Newcastle 2-0 Leeds.
RESULT: Newcastle 0-0 Leeds
LAWRO: This should be a good game. Brighton come into this on the back of another good result but they generally don’t score that many goals at home while not losing too many either. Brighton 1-1 Arsenal.
RESULT: Brighton 2-4 Arsenal
LAWRO: Aston Villa gave their all against Liverpool but defensively they were shocking. Harry Kane got back into the swing of things with Tottenham and scored against Brentford. It’ll take a while for Unai Emery to sort Villa out and Spurs just might not go behind for once. It is the New Year, after all! Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa.
RESULT: Spurs 0-2 Villa
LAWRO: Forest just wilted away at Old Trafford. Chelsea had a solid win but they’ve lost Reece James with injury again so I wonder if they’ll buy someone to help cover that position. They’ll have enough to win this. Nottingham Forest 1-2 Chelsea.
RESULT: Forest 1-1 Chelsea
LAWRO V PUNTER CHALLENGE
So, you’ve heard what Mark Lawrenson has to say, but can this week’s Paddy Power punter take down our game-guessing guru with their Premier League predictions for this weekend?
If you don’t know what we’re talking about, where have you been? Every Premier League matchday we’re putting up at least £/€50 – more if there’s a rollover – to anyone who can outsmart Lawro in guessing the outcome of that week’s games.
And after a cessation of hostilities over Christmas and the World Cup, the prize pot is locked and loaded with £/€100 up for grabs (a rollover after Lawro won the last round). Stepping to the oche this weekend is Newcastle fan David from York.
Can he bring the form of his beloved Toon into the score-guessing sphere? We’re about to find out.
West Ham 2-1 Brentford
Liverpool 3-1 Leicester
Wolves 1-2 Manchester United
Bournemouth 0-1 Crystal Palace
Fulham 3-1 Southampton
Manchester City 5-0 Everton
Newcastle 2-0 Leeds
Brighton 1-1 Arsenal
Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa
Nottingham Forest 0-2 Chelsea
*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.
No correct scores this week, but we do have a winner, with our challenger David guessing four correct results to Lawro’s two. Well played, £100 will be heading your way shortly!
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