After making a stuttering originate to the fresh season, the next test for Manchester United is the debate over with of in-originate Leicester on Saturday.
How will United’s fresh £80m centre-again Harry Maguire safe on against his pale membership, with Foxes striker Jamie Vardy having a sight to again his electrical originate at Worn Trafford?
“Maguire versus Vardy goes to be a bright wrestle,” talked about BBC football expert Sign Lawrenson.
“United are very up and down originate-wise however it completely could possibly possibly well support them that Leicester are unlikely to sit down in and defend the an identical device Crystal Palace did after they beat United closing month.
“So, there will be extra space for United to advantage from, however they will assemble to look at out because Vardy is this form of dreadful player.”
Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a fluctuate of mates.
This week he is up against Chelcee Grimes, Craig Mitch and Reece Parkinson, co-hosts of the BBC’s fresh football display, MOTDx.
MOTDx, which showcases the device of life and culture of the Premier League, starts on Thursday at 19:00 BST on BBC Two and is equipped on BBC iPlayer.
|Premier League predictions – week 5|
|Liverpool v Newcastle||x-x||three-0|
|Brighton v Burnley||x-x||1-1|
|Man Utd v Leicester||x-x||2-1|
|Sheff Utd v Southampton||x-x||2-1|
|Tottenham v Crystal Palace||x-x||2-0|
|Wolves v Chelsea||x-x||1-2|
|Norwich v Man City||x-x||0-2|
|Bournemouth v Everton||x-x||2-1|
|Watford v Arsenal||x-x||1-1|
|Aston Villa v West Ham||x-x||2-1|
Chelcee, Craig and Reece will own their predictions on Friday.
A ideal result (picking a steal, plan or defeat) is price 10 elements. The true rating earns forty elements.
All kick-offs 15:00 BST until talked about.
Liverpool v Newcastle (12:30 BST)
Newcastle’s most productive performance of the season came in their steal at Tottenham sooner than the worldwide shatter, after they circled the wagons.
I am obvious Magpies boss Steve Bruce goes to predicament up his aspect the an identical device, camped of their hold 1/2 to look at out to stifle Liverpool, however I fabricate no longer heed it working this time.
The Reds are playing extremely smartly, and they’ve obtained extra ways of scoring than most other groups that Newcastle will face. Jurgen Klopp’s aspect will acquire a formulation via.
Lawro’s prediction: three-0
Brighton v Burnley
You are going to already heed how Brighton are a extra adventurous aspect this season with Graham Potter accountable. Even of their defeat by Manchester City closing day outing, they’d a little of a gallop.
I mediate the players fancy having the liberty to assault, and the Seagulls followers will positively safe pleasure from looking at them.
This is in a position to possibly possibly be the an identical device against Burnley, however I mediate the Clarets will be a tricky nut to crack – and they are.
Sean Dyche’s aspect are a team that I fabricate no longer set up aside a query to to be within the head eight or the bottom six. They are in mid-table for the time being, and that’s where I mediate they will raise out.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Man Utd v Leicester
Leicester are having a sight very active and gather made a obvious originate to the season, so this could be a test for United.
I am looking at for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect to steal at dwelling, however United are this form of disjointed team for the time being that we fabricate no longer if truth be told know what roughly diploma they will be at.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Sheff Utd v Southampton
Sheffield United gather made basically the most productive originate of the three promoted groups, and I have been impressed by what I’ve considered from them.
Chris Wilder’s aspect gather still obtained a physicality referring to the vogue they play, for the reason that majority of the team is the one who came up from the Championship, however they’re inventive to head with it.
I right mediate folks could possibly possibly well underestimate them a little bit. As soon as they fabricate no longer play smartly, in overall, they’re still complicated to play against – and if they’ll fabricate that every body season, then they will preserve within the Premier League.
I mediate their correct originate will continue this weekend too. Southampton are one other team who gather had some very mixed performances and outcomes this season, which is why I am backing the Blades to snatch up one other three elements.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Tottenham v Crystal Palace
Tottenham gather no longer if truth be told hit their plug but, however they’re still an real aspect and it’s obviously a gain for them that they kept again of Christian Eriksen.
This gather to be an real recreation, because Crystal Palace are flying excessive for the time being and gather already obtained at Worn Trafford this season.
This is in a position to possibly possibly be up to Spurs to shatter them down. They did now not prepare that against Newcastle closing month, however I mediate they will assemble extra joy this time.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Wolves v Chelsea
Chelsea gather played smartly in map of all their video games up to now, however they’ve been standard for map of all of them too.
There’s nothing injurious with the Blues’ attacking play below Frank Lampard, however they’ve some bettering to manufacture on the again.
They own too many errors and are doubtlessly too easy to safe at after they haven’t obtained the ball, so it’s imperative that they own extra employ of N’Golo Kante as a defend in entrance of their defence.
I am confident Lampard will safe it snug although. Right here’s a tricky one for Chelsea, because I if truth be told rate Wolves and the vogue they play, however I right gather a sense the Blues will edge it.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-2
Norwich v Man City (17:30 BST)
Norwich fabricate no longer lack a purpose menace with Teemu Pukki within the team, however it completely is a controversy to behold them concede so many – 10 targets in four video games up to now.
That is basically caring after they’ve to play Manchester City next, because we all know how correct Pep Guardiola’s aspect are going ahead.
It will possibly possibly possibly well be big self assurance enhance for the Canaries if they’ll snatch up some extent right here, however I right fabricate no longer heed it going down.
Lawro’s prediction: 0-2
Bournemouth v Everton (14:00 BST)
It looks to be like this season steadily is the an identical historic yarn for Bournemouth – they will repeatedly rating targets, however they’ve obtained a relaxed centre as smartly.
And whereas Everton gather made originate to the season, I am but to be gay by them a long way from dwelling.
So I am predicting targets – this fixture has served up some excessive-scoring thrillers within the past – and a Cherries steal, right.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Watford v Arsenal (Sixteen:30 BST)
Quique Sanchez Flores is again accountable of Watford after Javi Gracia used to be sacked over the worldwide shatter, and no decrease than he will no longer want time to safe to take hold of his squad – there are still several players there from his previous stint accountable.
It’s a shock to behold a supervisor sacked after four video games of the season, then changed by the man he had succeeded, however right here’s Watford. They fabricate no longer apply the manual – they write it themselves.
Nonetheless Sanchez Flores must give Watford a gain – I mediate he is one in every of basically the most productive managers they’ve had within the past few years.
Nonetheless even taking below consideration the ‘fresh-supervisor bounce’ and the indisputable fact that I mediate we can heed a reaction from the Watford players, I fabricate no longer heed them getting their first steal of the season.
They are going to reason Arsenal some issues although. The Gunners gather obtained a total bunch tremendous going ahead however their defensive elements live.
Except they’ll play bright attacking football for ninety-plus minutes, which is form of very unlikely, they will concede targets. That is where Unai Emery’s aspect are at snug now.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
Aston Villa v West Ham (20:00 BST)
Aston Villa gather handiest obtained three elements to display from their first four video games, however I if truth be told gather considered plenty of encouraging signs from Dean Smith’s aspect. They are still settling down, however I mediate he has equipped some very proficient players over the summer season.
Villa will moreover be livid after they were denied an equaliser against Crystal Palace closing day outing for what used to be judged to be a dive by Jack Grealish.
That is an example of how, with a little bit extra luck, they’d gather picked up extra elements.
West Ham are bettering too, and are unbeaten for the reason that opening day, with fresh signing Sebastien Haller getting amongst the targets.
This one will be shut, however I’ll head with Villa to own their dwelling abet depend.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Lawro used to be talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan
How did Lawro fabricate closing week?
From the closing predicament of Premier League fixtures (sooner than the worldwide shatter), Lawro obtained 5 snug outcomes, including one real rating, out of 10 matches for a total of 80 elements.
He beat actor and comedian Stephen Fry, who obtained four snug outcomes, with out a real ratings, for a tally of forty elements.
|+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION|
GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20
|a hundred||Adam Peaty|
|ninety five||Lawro (moderate after four weeks)|
|ninety||Helen Housby, Jo Harten|
|Entire ratings after week four|