This is the second week I’ve taken on BBC Sports’ Mark Lawrenson, trying to predict the scores from the week’s Premier League programme.
In week one, Lawro beat me 50-30 (you get 40 points for a correct scoreline and 10 points for a correct outcome).
How would I fair in week two?
Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 Bournemouth
I said: 2-0 to Brighton
Lawro said: 2-1 Bournemouth
A tremendous start to the weekend’s activities!
A forty pointer right out the blocks for me and made all the sweeter by Lawro getting no points.
I won’t lie, I got damn cocky after this result.
The victory dance was suitably creepy.
It wasn’t all plain sailing as Dan Burn had a perfectly good goal ruled out for “offside” (see my rant here: https://couchpotatoscorner.sport.blog/2019/12/28/stop-bitching-about-var-start-bitching-about-the-offside-law/), which would have made it 2-0. But thankfully Aaron Mooy saved my bacon with ten minutes to go.
Liam 40-0 Lawro.
In your FACE Lawrenson!
Newcastle United 1-2 Everton
I said: 1-1 draw
Lawro said: 1-1
A rare occasion where myself and Lawro find ourselves in absolute agreement. I feel validated.
I felt extra validated and confident when Schär leveled for Newcastle on 56 minutes.
But Calvert-Lewin just had to go and show off for his new boss by getting his third in two games.
It remains Liam 40-0 Lawro
Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
I said: 3-0 Southampton
Lawro said: 2-0 Southampton
Ok, maybe I went a little nuts with this one. But Lawro wasn’t that far behind me.
Any hopes either of us would take 40 points from this one were dashed in the 50th minute when Tomkins gave Palace the lead.
Danny Ings continued his fine run of recent form to draw level so ten points a piece was possible, but ’twas not to be.
It still remains Liam 40-0 Lawro.
Watford 3-0 Aston Villa
I said: 1-1 draw
Lawro said: 2-1 Watford
My stupid gut talked me out of calling a home win and claiming ten points on this one.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Lawro had no such stupidity and the saving grace is he didn’t get the score right.
Liam 40-10 Lawro
Norwich City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
I said: 3-0 Tottenham
Lawro said: 2-0 Tottenham
Once again, myself and Lawro are equally wrong on this one.
As my girlfriend is from Norwich, I’m happy to take no points off this.
Still: Liam 40-10 Lawro
West Ham United 1-2 Leicester City
I said: 2-0 Leicester
Lawro said: 1-1 draw
And I’m back in the game!
Sure Pablo Fornals denied me the full forty here, but Lawro inexplicably thought West Ham could draw with Leicester so got no points.
Victory dance resumes.
Now: Liam 50-10 Lawro
Burnley 0-2 Manchester United
I said: 4-0 United
Lawro said: 2-0 United
Fuck you, Rashford!
Now: Liam 60-50 Lawro
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
I said: 3-2 to Arsenal
Lawro said: 1-1 draw
Again, we’re both dead wrong with this one so I maintain my very slender lead over The Master.
Still: Liam 60-50 Lawro
Liverpool 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
I said: 3-1 Liverpool
Lawro said: 2-0 Liverpool
Heavy sigh of relief after this one that Liverpool didn’t manage to find a second and give Lawro the full four points.
You see that, Rashford? That’s how you do it! DON’T score.
We both pick up 10 points and the score is now Liam 70-60 Lawro
Manchester City 2-0 Sheffield United
I said: 2-1 Sheffield
Lawro said: 3-0 City
Well that’s what I get for taking stupid, non calcuated risks.
I got burned.
Lawro picked up ten points, I got none and we end in a tie.
Had I just been sensible, I would have ended the week on 80 points and taken the spoils of war.
But NO! You just had to show off, didn’t you Liam?!
Final score: Liam 70-70 Lawro
A much improved showing from me.
A couple of silly predictions cost it for me in the end.
Let’s see if it’s third time lucky!
Running total: Liam 100-120 Lawro