Premier League predictions: Lawro v WWE wrestlers Cesaro & Sheamus

Manchester United returned to winning
ways when they beat Tottenham last
weekend - but could they lose more ground
on Premier League leaders Manchester City
when they go to defending champions
Chelsea on Sunday?
BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson
says: "At the moment there is no stopping
City - but that can change. However, I think
they will beat Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on
"And with United going to Chelsea later on
Sunday, I think City will extend their lead at
the top."
Lawro is going for a 1-1 draw at Stamford
Bridge - do you agree? You can make your
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to make it to the top of the table by playing
the new-look BBC Sport Predictor game.
Lawro scored 130 points in week 10, which
meant he slipped to 2,004th place out of
more than 250,000 users.
He will be making a prediction for all 380
top-flight games this season, against a
variety of guests.
Lawro, who drew with England cricketer
Jimmy Anderson and beat his team-mate
Moeen Ali last week, steps into the ring with
WWE wrestlers Cesaro and Sheamus - the
tag team known as 'The Bar' - for this
weekend's fixtures.
Irishman Sheamus, 39, says he has been a
"massive" Liverpool fan since the age of
eight, drawn to the Reds by compatriots Ray
Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan
and John Aldridge helping them - along with
Lawro, of course - to win several trophies in
the 1980s and 1990s.
Cesaro, from Switzerland, says he supports
his national team but also follows West Ham,
Stoke and Arsenal in the Premier League
because they have Swiss players - Edimilson
Fernandes, Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit
Xhaka - in their squads.
"I support my Swiss people," he says.
Premier League predictions - week 10
Result Lawro Cesaro
Stoke v
Leicester x-x 1-1 1-0
Huddersfield v
West Brom x-x 0-2 1-0
Newcastle v
Bournemouth x-x 1-1 0-0
Southampton v
Burnley x-x 2-1 2-0
Swansea v
Brighton x-x 2-1 2-0
West Ham v
Liverpool x-x 0-2 1-3
Tottenham v
Crystal Palace x-x 2-0 3-0
Manchester City
v Arsenal x-x 2-0 3-1
Chelsea v
United x-x 1-1 1-1
Everton v
Watford x-x 2-0 0-2
A correct result (picking a win, draw or
defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score
earns 40 points.
Remember you can try to beat Lawro by
playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise
Stoke v Leicester (12:30)
Stoke had a good 1-0 win last week at
Watford - their first away victory of the
season, which they badly needed. You don't
often get a reaction from Mark Hughes on
the sidelines, regardless, but once Darren
Fletcher's goal went in you could tell it lifted
the gloom.
Leicester started with a win under Claude
Puel and I think he is a decent and
intelligent manager. He will look at Jamie
Vardy and Riyad Mahrez and think 'we've
got match winners' here.
Some Southampton fans said he was boring
but last season they finished eighth and
could have nicked the League Cup final. I
don't see Leicester being boring with Vardy,
Mahrez et al. If you have match winners and
get the other end right then that is good
A draw would disappoint Stoke more than
Leicester, but for Puel it would be two
unbeaten from two and for Stoke it would
be something to build on.
Lawro's prediction: 1-1
Cesaro and Sheamus' prediction: 1-0 -
"Stoke win and Shaqiri will score the
Huddersfield v West Brom
Home games like these are the key to
Huddersfield's survival. After beating
Manchester United it was almost a non-
performance at Liverpool last weekend,
which was a little bit odd.
But the thing for Huddersfield would be this:
before they played United and Liverpool if
you had said 'you will get three points from
those two games', they would be absolutely
delighted. Now they are looking at West
Brom and saying 'let's not get beat'.
Is West Brom boss Tony Pulis coming under
a bit of pressure? Ish. If you are not winning
in the Premier League - and West Brom have
only won two of their past 19 games - you
are under pressure. But the thing is, he is
I fancy them to go to Huddersfield and win.
They will sit and pick Huddersfield off.
Lawro's prediction: 0-2
Cesaro and Sheamus' prediction: 1-0
Newcastle v Bournemouth
I was part of BBC Radio 5 live's commentary
team when Newcastle went to Burnley on
Monday and I saw them play really nice
football, knock the ball around, but without
a cutting edge.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez's whole
premise is organisation, organisation and
more organisation. He also loves passing
and moving and you can see that Jonjo
Shelvey will only get better under him.
I think this season will only get better for
Newcastle because if and when the takeover
happens then the new owners will say to
the manager 'go and get a few players and
then we will go for it next season'.
As for Bournemouth, their skipper Simon
Francis has described November as "a make-
or-break" month with the trip to Newcastle
followed by games against Huddersfield,
Swansea and Burnley.
I think a draw at Newcastle would be a
good start. You go anywhere in the Premier
League and get a draw - apart from the top
six because they're expected to win every
game - then it is something to build on.
Lawro's prediction: 1-1
Cesaro and Sheamus' prediction: 0-0
Southampton v Burnley
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino
played and coached under Rafa Benitez so
you know what the fundamentals will be:
organisation. Saints have struggled for
goals, scoring nine in their opening 10
games, but they have enough players to
score goals.
I expect them to finish in the top 10 and I
think they will win this.
Burnley can play for long periods without
having the ball and that's the sign of really
good coaching. Manager Sean Dyche says
'we don't concede, we might not have the
ball, but we sit in position, make it difficult
and then eventually we will get chances'.
Burnley are always in the right positions,
they don't get caught on breakaways, are
good at defending set-pieces, good at
pinching second balls, all those kind of
That is why Dyche, who has been linked to
Everton, has done so well there. Does he stay
or does he go? It's an interesting one.
Lawro's prediction: 2-1
Cesaro and Sheamus' prediction: 2-0
Swansea v Brighton
Swansea are a strange team because one
week they look insipid, then the next week
you think 'what are you doing in the
position you are in?'.
Paul Clement likes to play three at the back
away from home, letting teams come on to
them. It almost worked at Arsenal last
weekend, when they took the lead but
couldn't hold on and lost 2-1.
I'm impressed with my old club Brighton,
they are just chipping away.
Even if they don't play well, they get a point.
When they have played the bigger clubs they
have not got anything, although they have
only played Manchester City and Arsenal so
far, but I like their pragmatic approach.
This weekend Chris Hughton will be telling
his players 'don't get beat at Swansea
because they are down near where we are.
Don't give them a boost'.
Lawro's prediction: 2-1
Cesaro and Sheamus' prediction: 2-0
West Ham v Liverpool
West Ham have got some decent players but
they are struggling for defenders this
weekend. They need to get some defenders
You look at Slaven Bilic's squad and think
they should be in that middle group in the
Premier League and should be comfortable.
Liverpool have played a couple of games
since they lost 4-1 at Tottenham and Klopp
has been clever by playing nearly the same
team. He did that to tell his players: prove I
am not wrong and show you are decent
We know they have defensive issues but it is
very rare you make so many poor decisions
in a game that costs you so many goals like
they did at Wembley. Tottenham didn't really
have to create the goals.
Liverpool won comfortably at London
Stadium at the end of last season and I think
they will win again. But I hope it doesn't
mean Bilic will lose his job - because that
would be ridiculous.
Lawro's prediction: 0-2
Cesaro and Sheamus' prediction: 1-3
Tottenham v Crystal Palace (12:00)
The confidence at Tottenham will be sky
high after the performance and result
against Real Madrid on Wednesday. I don't
think there is any chance of a hangover
from that victory with Mauricio Pochettino in
charge. He is super prepared.
Palace may still be bottom but their
performances have improved under Roy
Hodgson: they beat Chelsea, should have
had a point at Newcastle and then got a
dramatic draw against West Ham last week.
He has improved them, but whether he can
improve them enough remains to be seen. I
look at Palace and I think 'can they get
enough points between now and 1 January
- i.e. the transfer window - to give
themselves a chance of attracting the
players they think might keep them up?'
I see Palace filling in the space at Wembley
and making it difficult for Spurs, but I don't
see them creating any problems.
Lawro's prediction: 2-0
Cesaro and Sheamus's prediction: 3-0
Manchester City v Arsenal (14:15)
At the moment there is no stopping
Manchester City, but it can change. It can
change for a variety of reasons, mainly
injuries and loss of form, but they are on a
fantastic run having taken 28 points from a
possible 30 in the Premier League this
People are saying 'give them the title now' -
but the Premier League is a slog. They are in
all competitions and that takes it toll
What a long write-up...anyways cheLsea vs manU GG
(03-11-2017, 04:39 PM)emeks Wrote: What a long write-up...anyways cheLsea vs manU GG

no be gg. But away winin. Up man united
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