manchester united are the only team – but can they replicate that feat at anfield on sunday?
“i am more confident about a liverpool win now than i would usually be earlier this match – for obvious reasons,” football expert mark lawrenson stated.
“jurgen klopps negative are playing exceptionally well and they are really in the groove right now, especially at home.
“you also only feel with them which theyre absolutely persistent and theyll be desperate to beat united. the liverpool players understand that, together with everton, this really is the major game of the season in each and every way.”
lawro predictions is making forecasts for many 380 top-flight games this year, against a variety of guests.
this week he is up against actor and comedian tom davis, star of sitcom king gary, that will be on only one on fridays at 21:30 gmt. all six episodes are accessible on iplayer now.
davis is a west ham fan, who courses paolo di canio volley from wimbledon in 2000 as a lover as one of his finest moments , even when the hammers have not given him too much to celebrate over.
he advised sport:”exactly why west ham? i ask myself that question at the start of each season.
“but its a club of authentic personality, its a club i love and, for each and every trial and tribulation theyve put me , i wouldnt change them for the world.
“i love the premier league full-stop, though. the enthusiasm you get from watching its not west ham-driven, like the sergio aguero target when manchester city acquired it but the drama is just incredible.
“this is something that you could not produce by writing a script. regrettably, in the hammers point of view, they appear to be more of a comedy a lot of the moment, instead of a drama – unless theyre going down.”
a suitable result (choosing a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. 40 points are earned by the score.
all of gmt unless said.
watford v tottenham (12:30 gmt)
although tottenham look a bit all over the place watford are going nicely beneath nigel pearson.
jose mourinhos side might have nicked some point, caused quite a few issues and were better in the second half of liverpool last week.
but this is a challenging match for spurs. watford boss nigel pearson is trying to ensure his side dont facilitate after climbing from the fall zone, since there are teams down there.
they will undoubtedly have a day where they mess up, dont play nicely, and wind up beaten, and also pearson just wishes to keep this streak going, although the ball is rolling for the hornets a bit now, which clearly helps.
i dont think that will take place on saturday, however, since spurs are under their finest.
it is going to be interesting to see things are approached by mourinho . in that scenario last year, they used son heung-min and lucas moura, however they were very much operating to the counter-attack.
one of the problems spurs have obtained while kane is hurt is, if it is impossible for them to counter-attackthey fight to break teams down purely and simply because there is no-one to maintain up the ball for them.
the prediction: 1-1 of lawro
toms prediction: watford should acquire – and we want watford to lose. fingers crossed for spurs here. 1-2
arsenal v sheff utd
while arsenal drew at crystal palace, sheffield united acquired a win last week.
the gunners will be without striker pierre-emerick aubameyang on saturday after his red card in selhurst park – and it was a red – which is a big blow for them.
we know how good sheffield united are on the street, and they give everybody a match – .
the blades have lost their previous two away games against liverpool and manchester city, but they were unfortunate to end up empty-handed.
chris wilders side showed they can get on the line with no playing well, which is.
lawros forecast: 1-2
toms prediction: mikel arteta is doing a great job at arsenal so far. 1-1
brighton v aston villa
aston villa got taken apart from manchester city last weekend, and seem unable to string any type of streak of results collectively.
brighton, meanwhile lost by one goal against everton but it might have been more – the seagulls were not good.
both sides will see that game but house advantage has been by brighton and thats who i am backing.
lawros prediction: 2-0
toms prediction: 2-1
man city v crystal palace
crystal palace look to succeed with what they have obtained, against manchester city, but it is hard to see them holding out against the side of pep guardiola right now.
theyll find a means through, however city are back on their match although there is no manner palace will probably be open as villa have been.
lawros forecast: 3-0
toms prediction: i think this will be won by city, although palace have completed against city recently. 3-1
norwich v bournemouth
it does not seem like its happening, although i keep waiting for bournemouth to flip things around.
the shape of norwich is not much better and they have been beaten by manchester united out time.
however, this is activity for them and a game, and the canaries players will probably have a different outlook – they will have to win.
bournemouth should halt the rust too. ive not ever really thought that they can get relegated however, considering them now, theyre in trouble.
lawros forecast: 2-0
toms forecast: norwich to nick this – teemu pukki to find their objectives. 2-0
southampton v wolves
if i made predictions for some of the weeks fittings per month or so back i would be leaning some outcomes – and this game is a great illustration of just how far things have changed to some teams.
scoring for southampton cans not stop on picking up points and they keep.
i believe their results reveal you the value of sticking with your boss once they dropped 9-0 at home to leicester in october because ralph hasenhuttl may easily have gone.
wolves are among the sides of the branch but you would have to make saints favourites, they have not been on a great run since the conclusion of the year also now.
lawros forecast: 2-0
toms prediction: 2-4
west ham v everton
west ham got beaten by sheffield united a week, but they did have opportunities.
what would happen to be a late equaliser was disallowed since these would be the laws of sport – its a law, however you have to adhere with them.
i still think david moyes has had positive start as hammers boss to his return, and the same goes for carlo ancelotti at everton – they have been great, apart from when they went to liverpool in the fa cup.
i think that is tight, and west ham will be delighted to keep it this way.
moyes is not likely to perform open, expansive football because he does not know a few of his players however, and they have not been playing nicely – youve got to understand that his priority is going to be to make it difficult for teams to play against them.
lawros forecast: 2-1
toms forecast: it is a massive game for us and also a big game for david moyes against his former team. weve a bit of fire in us at the present time and i think we will win.
i like moyes and i think he will steady the ship, and thats what we need at the moment. i would like to see someone like joe cole, a younger ex-player, come in as a coach and start kind of searching for the near future however, for now, it looks like players enjoy playing moyes, and that is the main thing. 3-1
newcastle v chelsea (17:30 gmt)
burnley was swatted by chelsea aside pretty easily last time out and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to assemble on this.
the rest of the teams who are just below them are looking inconsistent and it would be a good time for the blues to kick .
newcastle put rochdale away readily enough at the fa cup this week however theyve dropped their two preceding premier league games in st james park and that i dont observe that streak ending this weekend.
lawros forecast: 1-2
toms forecast: newcastle have been half-decent in the home. 2-1
burnley v leicester (14:00 gmt)
burnley got swept apart from chelsea and now are on a poor run of results.
but leicester appear to have lost a little bit of the self-belief and swagger that had propelled them up the table, and of them difficult for the title some thoughts have gone.
their defeats over christmas against liverpool and manchester city were expected – what had been far more damaging getting beaten by southampton at the exact same period and was drawing at home with norwich.
the foxes are a fantastic side and they will fancy themselves to win this match but i think we will observe a response from burnley here.
they bounce back much quicker than this and also i have been waiting to flip things around – i am sure itll occur this week .
lawros prediction: 2-1
toms forecast: leicester love playing with these decreased teams. 1-4
liverpool v man utd (16:30 gmt)
their difficulty is that in fact, they are not strong enough although united got their tactics spot on against liverpool last time.
when i look at everything theyve got in that section, i am largely thinkingthat they have got so many problems because the times of them having strong midfielders are now gone.
its liverpool whove got a midfield unit and they also have a lot of choices without repainting. their players understand that, if they get in, they have to play well to remain in, otherwise they might not play again for a while.
lawros forecast: 2-0