Lawro’s Saturday Premier League Predictions & 45/1 Accumulator Tip
The action gets underway with a big game in the top four race as Arsenal host Manchester United. The Gunners got back to winning ways at Chelsea with an impressive win, whereas United are really struggling, but now know who there next manager will be.
There are then three 3pm kick-offs including league leaders Manchester City at home to struggling Watford and bottom side Norwich at home against in-form Newcastle.
Saturday’s 5.30pm kick-off will make the race for fourth a little clearer again as Tottenham travel to Brentford who are safe in the Premier League for another season.
Lawro’s Saturday Accumulator Tip
Arsenal vs Manchester United – Draw
Man City to win vs Watford
Aston Villa to win vs Leicester
Newcastle to win vs Norwich
Tottenham to win vs Brentford
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Arsenal vs Man United
After a run of poor performances, Arsenal looked a really good side in their win over Chelsea on Wednesday.
It was an outstanding display all round, and part of it was down to the way the Gunners were much quicker and fitter – the Blues looked flat.
United, meanwhile, just didn’t turn up at Anfield and got the result they deserved. Their fans will be hoping for a reaction after such a dismal display but I’m not convinced this team are capable of one.
With Fred and Scott McTominay still out injured, United are going to lack bite in midfield – they would have made some difference to the manner of Tuesday’s defeat and given the team a bit of steel that they badly missed.
The only thing that is stopping me going for an Arsenal win is that they have been in a position before where they had a grip on fourth place – in fact, they could almost have guaranteed it by now.
They have not dealt with that scenario very well in the past few weeks so I am not convinced things will be different this time.
It has to be said, though, that United are all over the place at the moment. With the players he has available, we don’t know how Ralf Rangnick will pick a team and decide on a formation. A point would be a very good result for them in the circumstances.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Leicester vs Aston Villa
Leicester have developed a bad habit of conceding late goals which has cost them against Newcastle and Everton over the past week.
The Foxes have been porous at set-pieces for a while now and it just feels like teams can get at them.
Aston Villa are on a bad run of four straight defeats but they have had a couple of weeks off since they were hammered at home by Tottenham.
It had felt like Villa had lost their way after such a good start under Steven Gerrard, but having that little break will help. I’m expecting an improved showing from them, and I actually think they will win this one.
Leicester have their Europa Conference League semi-final against Roma next week and that is their priority now – they are not going to get back into Europe through their league position.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-2
Man City vs Watford
It is not really a question of whether Manchester City will win this one, more a case of how many will they score?
City put eight past the Hornets the last time they came to Etihad Stadium in 2019 and, while I don’t think the damage will be as bad this time, they should win comfortably again.
Watford boss Roy Hodgson’s strength is his defensive organisation and he will set his side up to try to keep City out and make things difficult for them.
The problem there is that City are just too good. Once they get one goal, the floodgates could open.
Lawro’s prediction: 4-0
Norwich vs Newcastle
I had my doubts about the mentality of some of Newcastle’s players when their results fell away a few weeks ago but it is to their credit that any drop in standards did not last long. They have shown what they are made of by winning their past three games.
The Magpies are not just safe from relegation now, they are halfway up the table. You can start patting them on the back, because staying up was their target at the start of the year and they have got the job done.
That does not mean they should be on the proverbial beach yet, however. They still have something to prove away from home because all three of those wins came at St James’ Park, and their record on the road has been poor all season.
On paper, a trip to the bottom side is a good opportunity to improve that, but Norwich showed they have not thrown in the towel when they beat Burnley last week.
If Newcastle are going to get a win at Carrow Road, then they will have to work hard for it.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-2
Brentford vs Tottenham
Brentford have won their past three games, while Tottenham had a wobble against Brighton last time out just when they were gathering momentum.
Bees midfielder Christian Eriksen will get a great reception from the away fans but I think his old club will leave with the points.
With Tottenham’s two main rivals for fourth place, Arsenal and Manchester United, playing each other earlier on Saturday, this is a big opportunity for them to improve their situation.
I know all the teams in that race have been throwing away points recently but I can’t believe Spurs will slip up again after their defeat by the Seagulls.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-2
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