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Tottenham are the Premier League leaders going into Sunday’s sport towards third-placed Chelsea, however which London aspect will come out on high at Stamford Bridge?

BBC Sport soccer skilled Mark Lawrenson stated: “It is a nice match-up. Tottenham are very able to shutting groups out however Chelsea have gotten an actual innovative for the time being.

“Quite a bit will hinge on who will get the primary purpose. I’ve a sense it will likely be Chelsea.

“By the point this sport is performed, Liverpool might be again on high, and it’s potential Spurs, Chelsea or Leicester might be leaders by Monday night time.

“I am actually having fun with it being so open. I nonetheless suppose when each workforce is absolutely match and has hit their stride, Liverpool are nonetheless the perfect aspect however that scenario might by no means occur.

“We may have 4 or 5 groups nonetheless within the title race within the final couple of months of the season, which might be sensible – particularly if now we have obtained followers again at video games by then.”

Snapshot of the top of the Premier League table: 1st Tottenham, 2nd Liverpool, 3rd Chelsea, 4th Leicester 5th Southampton & 6th Everton

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, towards a wide range of company.

This weekend, he’s up towards Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith, who’s a lifelong Middlesbrough fan.

Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith
Smith was 9 when Boro had been promoted to the highest flight – Division One because it was then – in 1988. ‘You could not assist being swept away by it in case you had any curiosity in soccer’

Smith advised BBC Sport: “Once I was rising up the whole lot was all the time concerning the Boro.

“I am from Billingham, which is a small city close by, so I did not have a lot alternative within the matter once I was a child. Taking part in soccer within the yard, everybody can be speaking about them.

“It was within the late Eighties when Bruce Rioch was in cost. The membership had nearly gone bust in 1986 and the gates to our outdated Ayresome Park floor had been padlocked. I bear in mind watching it on the native information, and there was all of the uncertainty about whether or not we’d survive.

“We had come by way of it however we had been in a rut within the outdated Third Division and Rioch had no cash to spend. He constructed his workforce utilizing lots of youngsters, so there was an actual reference to them, as a result of they had been largely native.

“Issues took off and it was a particular time. Rioch is well-known for instilling self-discipline, however we had a tremendous workforce spirit. We had some very gifted younger gamers too like Gary Pallister, Colin Cooper, Stuart Ripley and Tony Mowbray – aka ‘The Redcar Rock’ – and naturally Bernie Slaven scoring the objectives.

“Slaven had written to each Soccer League membership for a trial and we had been the one ones to answer. For him to then go on and get the objectives to get us up the divisions and into the highest flight was simply an unimaginable story.

“He was my hero. Once I performed as a child I used to be normally up entrance, so I used to be all the time Slaven within the playground.

“I type of ended up on the wing once I was older although as a result of I used to be fairly quick and beloved taking folks on, so I suppose I become Ripley in the long run. That is how I noticed it anyway.”

Maximo Park
Maximo Park had been fashioned in Newcastle, which is the place Smith went to college. Their newest single ‘Child, Sleep’ is out now and their new album ‘Nature At all times Wins’ is about to be launched in February 2021

Native businessman Steve Gibson helped save the membership from liquidation and by the mid-Nineties he had overseen a courageous new period on Teesside, with Bryan Robson in cost and a brand new house for Boro at Riverside Stadium. They had been quickly again within the Premier League and making thrilling Brazilian signings like Juninho, Emerson and Branco.

“There have been some nice gamers down the years,” Smith added. “Like Slaven, Cooper has all the time been a favorite of mine as a result of he was such a stalwart. These childhood gamers stick in your thoughts as a result of you’ve their posters on the wall, however I’ve ended up attending to know him fairly properly too.

“However there have been loads of others, as I’ve obtained older, watching folks like Alen Boksic. It was open to query whether or not he was that fascinated with enjoying for us however when he did play, wow, his management and motion was simply so good.

“Then there was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka too. I could not fairly consider his first contact.

“It was a complete pleasure watching the gamers I’ve simply listed when it was going your method, however when it wasn’t going your method, there have been gamers who gave all of it, all the time, like your Coopers and even Juninho. He by no means gave lower than 100%. He was all the time unimaginable.

“They stand out as a result of they forge an actual reference to the membership.”

OutcomeLawroPaul
FRIDAY
Crystal Palace v Newcastle0-22-11-0
SATURDAY
Brighton v Liverpool1-10-21-3
Man Metropolis v Burnley5-03-03-0
Everton v Leeds0-11-12-2
West Brom v Sheff Utd1-01-11-2
SUNDAY
Southampton v Man Utd2-30-21-1
Chelsea v Tottenham0-02-10-0
Arsenal v Wolves1-22-12-1
MONDAY
Leicester v Fulhamx-x2-03-1
West Ham v Aston Villax-x2-11-1

An accurate end result (selecting a win, draw or defeat) is value 10 factors. The precise rating earns 40 factors.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

FRIDAY

Crystal Palace v Newcastle

Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Paul’s prediction: 1-0

Match report

SATURDAY

Brighton v Liverpool

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Paul’s prediction: 1-3

Match report

Man City v Burnley

Manchester Metropolis 5-0 Burnley

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Paul’s prediction: 3-0

Match report

Everton v Leeds Utd

Everton 0-1 Leeds Utd

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Paul’s prediction: 2-2

Match report

West Brom v Sheff Utd

West Brom 1-0 Sheffield United

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Paul’s prediction: 1-2

Match report

SUNDAY

Southampton v Man Utd

Southampton 2-3 Manchester United

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Paul’s prediction: 1-1

Match report

Chelsea v Tottenham

Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Paul’s prediction: 0-0

Match report

Arsenal v Wolves

Arsenal 1-2 Wolves

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Paul’s prediction: 2-1

Match report

MONDAY

Leicester v Fulham

Leicester Metropolis v Fulham (17:30 GMT)

Leicester ended up being properly overwhelmed at Anfield final weekend however the probability Harvey Barnes needed to equalise for them at 1-0 was large. If he’d scored then, there may been a bit extra doubt within the Liverpool defence.

The Foxes did not give a lot service to Jamie Vardy as they chased the sport however I do not see this one going the identical method.

I do know Leicester’s house type hasn’t been sensible, however I take a look at Fulham and they’re so open.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Paul’s prediction: I get pleasure from watching Leicester and they need to be accountable for this one as a result of Fulham are so open. 3-1

West Ham v Aston Villa

West Ham v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)

Like Manchester United, Aston Villa are one other workforce who’ve been getting a lot better outcomes away than they’ve managed at house.

Villa have improved in each division in comparison with final season, however West Ham have gotten higher too, and they’re on run proper now.

I just like the look of the Hammers’ assault for the time being and, even when this one is shut, they’ve the standard to nick the factors.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Paul’s prediction: West Ham have clearly been a unique proposition this season, and Villa stunned lots of people by popping out of the blocks so rapidly. That is one other arduous one to name, however I believe whoever will get their noses in entrance will likely be pegged again within the final quarter-hour. 1-1

Lawro was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do final time?

Final weekend, Lawro obtained 4 appropriate outcomes from 10 matches, together with one precise rating, for a complete of 70 factors.

He was overwhelmed by Idles bassist Adam Devonshire, who obtained six appropriate outcomes, together with one precise rating, for a complete of 90 factors.

Lawro's League Table graphic

TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man Utd87122+9
2Leeds97221+12
3Chelsea962120
=4Liverpool953118-2
=4Man Metropolis85318+9
=4Tottenham96318-3
=7Arsenal951316+5
=7Leicester951316-3
9Wolves943215
10Burnley841313+7
11Everton933312-5
12Southampton932411-7
13Newcastle931510+2
=14Brighton92258+2
=14West Ham92258-6
=16Aston Villa82157-9
=16Sheff Utd92167+4
18Crystal Palace91356-7
19Fulham9183-1
20West Brom99-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

110Amy Macdonald, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire
81Lawro (common after 9 weeks)
80Raye
60Celeste, Caroline Weir
50Declan McKenna, DJ Goal
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