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40/1 – Lawro’s Boxing Day Predictions Including Man City vs Leicester & Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Lawro predictions

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted the results of all the Boxing Day fixtures in the Premier League and we’re down to seven matches after Liverpool vs Leeds and Wolves vs Watford was postponed.

That leaves us with five 3pm kick-offs and then two games live on TV – Aston Villa vs Chelsea at 5.30pm and Brighton vs Brentford at 8pm. As always, Lawro has predicted the result of all seven matches and from them, we can add up the odds for a Boxing Day accumulator bet across all seven fixtures. The bet will get underway at 3pm.

 

Lawro’s Boxing Day Predictions

  • Man City to beat Leicester
  • Arsenal to beat Norwich
  • Tottenham to beat Crystal Palace
  • Southampton to beat West Ham
  • Chelsea to beat Aston Villa
  • Brighton to beat Brentford

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Man City vs Leicester

Leicester put out a strong team at Anfield in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday but ended up going out, which kind of sums up the way their season has gone so far. Things are just not happening for them.

In contrast, Manchester City have won eight league games in a row and have found their rhythm, no matter who Pep Guardiola picks. Leicester have done quite well against them in the past, but not this time.

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

 

Norwich vs Arsenal

Arsenal are flying at the moment. The games are coming thick and fast but they will be happy to keep playing while they are still winning.

As I’ve said before I don’t often fancy the Gunners on the road, but they enjoyed themselves at Elland Road against an out-of-sorts Leeds side last weekend and this is another away game where they will be thinking they should win.

What kind of performance we see from Norwich will depend a lot on which players they have available.

They pushed Manchester United close at Carrow Road a couple of weeks ago, but I still think a confident, in-form Arsenal will take the points.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

 

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace

It is so far, so good for Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who is still unbeaten in the Premier League after five games in charge and is starting to mould his squad into his own team.

Palace out-played Spurs at Selhurst Park in September, which was the beginning of the end of Nuno Espirito Santo’s short reign as Tottenham boss.

The Eagles will still pose a threat but this is a very different Spurs team, and it is interesting to see Conte giving chances to players who were on the periphery under his predecessor. His team selections are working out pretty well.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

 

West Ham vs Southampton

West Ham have hit a bit of a sticky patch and it’s no surprise it has coincided with them suffering a few injuries to key players at a time they have had a lot of games.

It will help the Hammers if Michail Antonio is back to lead the line after a period isolating with Covid, but I can see their bad run continuing.

Southampton are a difficult team to predict and they haven’t won for a while either – six games to be exact – but if West Ham don’t play well again and this gets scrappy, then I can see Saints nicking it.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

 

Aston Villa vs Chelsea

It is hard to make a prediction when you don’t know who is available for either team, but Chelsea should still be the stronger side.

Villa will give it a good go, just as they did when they played Manchester City at Villa Park a few weeks ago, but, like City did, Chelsea should still find a way to win.

It has not been a great few weeks for Thomas Tuchel’s side for various reasons – he clearly felt last week’s game with Wolves should have been postponed – but I wouldn’t be surprised if they put together a bit of a run now. Their game against Liverpool on 2 January is going to be very interesting.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

 

Brighton vs Brentford

It is 11 games since Brighton last won in the league, more than three months ago.

The Seagulls have obviously slipped down the table since then, but I don’t think they are doing too much wrong. They are 13th, which is probably around about where you’d expect them to be. It is just that they started the campaign so well, which raised expectations with their fans.

Brentford are mid-table too, so both teams are finding out that the Premier League season is a slog – no matter how well you start.

Both teams will be fine when it comes to staying out of trouble, but I’m going with a Brighton win this time. It has to happen sooner or later, anyway.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

 

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