On to game day two of my weekly quest to take on BBC Sport’s Mark Lawrenson with Premier League predictions.
Lawro just edged in 50-30 last week (https://couchpotatoscorner.sport.blog/2019/12/28/liam-vs-lawro-boxing-day-results/) and I’m kicking myself with a couple of my predictions.
Let’s see if I can go one better this time out.
As always, you get 40 points if you get the score spot on, and 10 if you just call the correct outcome (ie home/away win, draw).
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Bournemouth
Last time out I called Bournemouth to beat Arsenal. I wasn’t far off with that one.
I’ve visited both cities for Unison’s National Conference and I have to say I much prefered Bournemouth.
However, I see Graham Potter’s men taking the full three points today.
Liam says: 2-0 Brighton
Lawro says: 2-1 Bournemouth
Newcastle United vs Everton
The Ancelotti effect on Everton against Burnley was stronger than I had given it credit for as I called that as a score draw. I also predicted Newcastle would be victorious at Old Trafford and they really, really weren’t.
I’m conflicted on this one and not at all confident. So I’m going to go down the middle for a draw.
Liam says: 1-1 draw
Lawro says: 1-1 draw
Southampton vs Crystal Palace
If you’ve read last games’ results, you’ll know I talked myself out of calling a Southampton win at Stamford Bridge. I also correctly called Crystal Palace beating West Ham.
So I’m going to go with my gut on this one and give the win to the team on the rise.
Liam says: Southampton 3-0
Lawro says: 2-0 Southampton
Watford vs Aston Villa
Watford are resurgent under Nigel Pearson while Villa, their win over rock bottom Norwich aside, are on the slide.
I was going to call this as a home win but my gut flashed up with 1-1 so I’m going to run with that.
Liam says: 1-1 draw
Lawro says: 2-1 Watford
Norwich City vs Tottenham Hotspur
I so want Norwich to replicate their performances against City and Arsenal today. I really, really do.
My head is also telling me that Spurs only just overcame Brighton…
No. I can’t do it.
My head says: 3-0 Tottenham (I hope I’m wrong)
Lawro says: 2-0 Tottenham
West Ham United vs Leicester City
Brendan and his boys let me down badly against Liverpool the other night but I am going to forgive them, this once, and call a bounce back.
Liam says: 2-0 to Leicester
Lawo says: 1-1 draw
Burnley vs Manchester United
Last games, I showed too much faith in Burnley and too little faith in Manchester United.
If United turn up to this game, I’m going to call an away win.
Liam says: 4-0 Manchester United
Lawro says: 2-0 United
Arsenal vs Chelsea
This used to be a hell of a fixture when the two teams were in their prime, but now they’re shadows of their former selves. At least they’ve vaugely level pegging in terms of quality, if not results.
I think there will be goals in this one and Arsenal will JUST edge it.
Liam says: 3-2 Arsenal
Lawro says: 1-1 draw
Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Liverpool have all but sown up the title with the Boxing Day results, and Wolves did them a big favour by taking Manchester City all but out of the equation.
Part of me really wants to call this as an away win. I was so close to getting Wolves’ score bang on in the last game, but they went one better and left me empty handed.
Wolves are a good team and the last team domestically to beat Liverpool’s first team (Villa beating their U23s doesn’t count), nearly 12 months ago.
Something has surely got to give for Klopp’s side at some point and Wolves are one of the best placed teams to dish out an upset.
But I just can’t bet against Liverpool in the form they’re in right now. Not two games in a row anyway!
Liam says: 3-1 Liverpool
Lawro says: 2-0 Liverpool
Manchester City vs Sheffield United
City are all but out of the title race. Guardiola doesn’t seem to care any more and is going through the motions.
Do we see a City rebound today? It’s hard to say any team containing Aguero and de Bruyne won’t win, but that did happen less than 24 hours before I write this. Although both were substituted before Wolves scored their winning goals.
Liam says: 2-1 Sheffield United
Lawro says: 3-0 City
Current standings after one match day: