Premier League predictions: Lawro v grime extensive title & Wolves fan S-X

With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane away on the Africa Cup of Worldwide locations, Liverpool drew a blank against Arsenal within the Carabao Cup on Thursday, however will things be assorted against Brentford on Sunday?

“They’re no longer the similar likelihood with out those two, however the targets will come from someplace,” BBC Sport football educated Designate Lawrenson acknowledged. “They are able to staunch heap force on Brentford till they crack.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight fits this season, against a diversity of guests.

This week’s visitor is grime extensive title and Wolves fan S-X, who has teamed up with rapper Trippie Redd for his new single, All Evening, which became released on Friday.

S-X starts his 2022 UK tour next week and his debut album will doubtless be released later this year

S-X, additionally identified as Sam, grew up in Warstones in Wolverhampton and labored in Wolves’ retail department prior to he made the breakthrough alongside with his music.

Now the 28-year-aged is a Grammy-nominated producer, singer and songwriter who has collaborated with among the finest stars from the switch.

He became appointed Wolves Recordsdata’ A&R and manufacturing marketing and marketing consultant after they became the important English membership to launch their own file label in September, working as a skills scout and mentor, and is additionally an envoy for the membership’s foundation.

“It is miles a form of pinch myself moment whenever I if fact be told maintain any new involvement with them,” S-X told BBC Sport.

“Wolves are my childhood team so I grew up with them – I’m Wolverhampton born and bred, and I peaceful stay there. It be home and that ability a lot to me.

“It be crazy that I if fact be told outdated to work for Wolves, support in 2016. I became within the warehouse so while you ordered your online equipment or every other merchandise off the membership web page it became possibly me and my team who had been sending it out to you.

“Now I if fact be told try to promote the membership and the metropolis I’m from wherever I am going, and I’m very smitten by it. I take into account in November 2019 I did KSI’s walkout for his Logan Paul wrestle with Rick Ross and Lil Toddler and I particularly purchased a Wolves shirt with ‘The Boss’ and #1 on the aid for Rick.

“I took that to Los Angeles for him and I became telling him all about my metropolis. Of us admire it because they survey my ardour, and they’re very smitten by where they arrive from too.

“I’m one in every of the few of us from Wolverhampton doing that in music and I need extra of us from here to be doing it in due direction because on the moment it feels treasure we are handiest if fact be told identified for the football team. It be excited how a lot extra of us know about the metropolis and the membership now we are within the Premier League, which is mountainous, however I staunch are attempting to withhold spreading the be aware.”

S-X is Wolves via and via, however things would had been very assorted if he had listened to his family when he selected who to enhance.

“Most of them are Villa fans and they tried to steer me to coach them after I became younger,” he defined.

“I if fact be told maintain purchased somewhat of a peaceful plot for Villa thanks to that, however me and my mum moved to Wolverhampton moderately randomly and it became always Wolves for me.

“I never outdated to earn to head to league video games to delivery with, however I’d lunge to pre-season friendlies for the reason that tickets had been handiest about £5.

“We played Liverpool one summer season – I maintain no idea what year it became, however I became very younger – and I staunch take into account trying on the grass on the pitch and thinking it seemed treasure the garden of some royal palace. I might perchance possibly never viewed grass treasure it and I puzzled why they seemed after the pitch so nicely.

“It became the important time as a shrimp bit one I had a ‘wow’ moment at Molineux, staunch because I became there and I became observing Wolves play. It became treasure realising ‘OK, this is the actual thing!’

“I mediate it’s the similar with music – there might be nothing treasure going and observing your favourite artist in individual at a degree to, in region of staunch seeing it on a stay circulation. It be staunch no longer the similar as being there.”

S-X’s hero when he became increasing up became Wolves’ Scottish striker Kenny Miller. Now? “I if fact be told treasure Adama Traore and I am hoping he stays with out extinguish. I typically survey him in my native supermarket and are attempting to shout ‘save no longer leave!’ at him,” he acknowledged. “Daniel Podence is one other favourite of mine too. He is correct quick with the manner he staunch flies up the flanks and his crossing recreation is correct as nicely. I’m a wonderful-support after I play football so I’m always observing the wings after I might video games, and for that reason I if fact be told treasure Podence.”
Outcome Lawro S-X
FRIDAY
Brighton v Crystal Palace x-x 1-1 1-2
SATURDAY
Man City v Chelsea x-x 2-1 1-0
Burnley v Leicester P-P P-P P-P
Newcastle v Watford x-x 2-1 1-2
Norwich v Everton x-x 0-2 0-0
Wolves v Southampton x-x 2-1 3-2
Aston Villa v Man Utd x-x 2-1 0-2
SUNDAY
Liverpool v Brentford x-x 2-0 2-1
West Ham v Leeds x-x 2-0 0-2
Tottenham v Arsenal x-x 1-0 3-1

P-P = Postponed thanks to a Covid-19 outbreak.

An ethical result (deciding on a defend, blueprint or defeat) is worth 10 aspects. The particular gain earns 40 aspects.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

Video games kick off at 15: 00 GMT except otherwise acknowledged.

FRIDAY

Brighton v Crystal Palace (20: 00 GMT)

Brighton maintain hit somewhat of make after that plot forward for draws or defeats they had been on prior to Christmas.

The Seagulls are no longer staunch getting wins – three in their previous four video games in all competitions – however they are taking part in nicely too, so that they’ll be beefy of self assurance.

I peaceful mediate Crystal Palace will earn something out of this one, even though. The competition between the two aspects has produced some if fact be told correct video games in most modern seasons, and I’m in a position to survey this one being shut.

The Eagles maintain received on their previous two visits to the Amex Stadium, however this time, with the manner Brighton are taking part in, they’ll possibly enjoy no longer to be beaten.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1.

S-X’s prediction: Brighton had been taking part in nicely, however I’m somewhat of a Wilfried Zaha fan so I am going with Palace for that reason. Zaha to defend it with a penalty. 1-2.

SATURDAY

Man City v Chelsea (12: 30 GMT)

I’m no longer partial to lunchtime video games beefy quit for the reason that ambiance is always flat, whoever is taking part in. It will doubtless be the similar, despite it being a meeting of the tip two, and it’d be very assorted if this became a tea-time kick-off.

It will doubtless be captivating to ogle how Chelsea line up because they are searching defenders after Andreas Christensen examined obvious for Covid-19 this week.

Thomas Tuchel’s aspect played nicely after they despatched Tottenham within the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, however this is an even bigger take a look at and I’m no longer convinced they are ready for it.

Chelsea’s Premier League make has been patchy and even a blueprint here wouldn’t be ample to aid their title possibilities. I save no longer mediate they’ll earn that, even though.

City played if fact be told nicely after they received at Stamford Bridge in September, however they’ve if fact be told hit their waddle within the previous few weeks. I am going for one other defend for them, which might perchance be their 12th in a row within the league.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.

S-X’s prediction: It be going to be a shut recreation however City will commit it to memory. 1-0.

Burnley P-P Leicester

This match became postponed thanks to a Covid outbreak.

Newcastle v Watford

Chris Wooden might perchance possibly also simply peaceful lunge straight into the Newcastle aspect and I’m in a position to survey why they purchased him.

He is no longer a prolific goalscorer however he’s a extremely efficient force up entrance, and might perchance possibly simply retain the ball up.

It is doubtless you’ll perchance possibly also staunch portray the scene at St James’ Park – there’ll doubtless be a beefy home and, after signing Wooden, they’ll all request a terribly correct efficiency and a defend.

Newcastle need it, no longer staunch to enhance their own inform however to withhold Watford wonderful within the relegation mix as nicely.

Watford maintain misplaced their previous six Premier League fits, since beating Manchester United 4-1 on 20 November

The difficulty Eddie Howe’s men maintain there might be that, defensively, we know they are in every single place.

I peaceful mediate the Magpies will defend, because Watford are leaking a form of targets and losing a form of video games, then again it might possibly most likely perchance possibly also simply be a disturbing carry out and Newcastle will need their fans as nicely as Wooden to earn them over the freeway.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.

S-X’s prediction: Newcastle need a defend badly, however so attain Watford and I staunch maintain a feeling the Hornets will edge it. 1-2.

Norwich v Everton

Most of the groups down the backside maintain complications preserving targets out, however Norwich can not gain them both – they’ve drawn a blank in their previous six league video games.

I save no longer survey that altering on Saturday. Everton are infrequently in mountainous make themselves, however they’ve been busy this month within the transfer market and you might perchance possibly also survey what their supervisor Rafael Benitez is attempting to achieve at each and every ends of the pitch.

After shipping Lucas Digne out he has signed two defenders and has brought in a single other winger, Anwar El Ghazi, on mortgage from Aston Villa. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin fit again, Everton might perchance possibly also simply peaceful no longer be lacking in firepower any longer.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2.

S-X’s prediction: No targets in this one! 0-0.

Wolves v Southampton

Southampton played if fact be told nicely after they beat Brentford in midweek, however Wolves maintain impressed me for a couple of weeks and maintain became staunch into a terribly correct aspect.

Wolves boss Bruno Lage doesn’t earn ample credit for that, possibly because they don’t gain too many, however they are a extraordinarily tidy footballing team and the targets will come.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.

S-X’s prediction: This is going to be a cosmopolitan recreation and it might possibly most likely perchance possibly also simply be moderately launch too. 3-2.

S-X on Wolves’ season: Being a Wolves fan it’s miles fundamental to be ready for u.s.and downs, then again it feels treasure we are a solid Premier League membership now, in region of being concerned about relegation. It doesn’t feel treasure we are a team that is going to defend something else but, however even when we lose video games it doesn’t feel treasure we are in hazard of falling by the wayside. At the starting of the season I became a lot much less particular about that, because we had a brand new supervisor and we didn’t know what to await. It staunch reveals why it’s miles fundamental to give this stuff time. Lage had to receive his manner with a brand new team when he arrived, however now he’s doing if fact be told nicely.

Aston Villa v Man Utd (17: 30 GMT)

Aston Villa had been exhausting completed by after they misplaced at Manchester United within the FA Cup on Monday night, and I reckon they’ll reverse that result at Villa Park.

New Villa midfielder Philippe Coutinho will doubtless be on hand#, however I maintain no idea whether he’ll delivery because he has no longer played many minutes no longer too long ago. He’ll possibly be on the bench and if they need a purchase – and a trick or two – they’ll recount him on.

It is United who maintain purchased extra complications on the moment, even though. I if fact be told conception we would survey an improvement beneath Ralf Rangnick.

Their results haven’t been that unpleasant, rather then their loss to Wolves to delivery with of the year, however their performances maintain mostly been wretched and there are clearly some deep-rooted complications inner the membership that need to be sorted out.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.

S-X’s prediction: Can Villa attain what Wolves did a couple of days ago and beat United? No! Apologies to all americans in my family who’re Villa fans, however I save no longer mediate United will let that swagger. 0-2.

SUNDAY

Liverpool v Brentford (14: 00 GMT)

Liverpool went with Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino up entrance against Arsenal in midweek, however they might perchance possibly play Divock Origi via the center here.

They might possibly perchance possibly also simply peaceful maintain ample to beat Brentford at Anfield. The Bees assign on a extraordinarily disciplined defensive efficiency after they misplaced 1-0 to Manchester City over Christmas, however they shipped four targets against Southampton on Tuesday, which is no longer precisely ideal preparation for this recreation.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0.

S-X’s prediction: Brentford are a correct team and they’ll maintain a exact lunge – it feels treasure they might perchance possibly beat anyone, and additionally lose to anyone – however Liverpool are at home and might perchance possibly simply peaceful defend this one. 2-1.

West Ham v Leeds (14: 00 GMT)

West Ham maintain picked up again after their shrimp hotfoot in results and maintain now received four video games in a row in all competitions.

That escape included their defend over Leeds within the FA Cup closing weekend and I might head for the similar extinguish result this time.

The Hammers are very extremely efficient and this kind of cosmopolitan aspect to play against now with the tempo they’ve in assault. I save no longer survey Leeds in any hazard of the tumble, however I additionally can not survey them preserving West Ham out.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0.

S-X’s prediction: It is miles a exhausting one to call however I might head with Leeds. 0-2.

Tottenham v Arsenal (16: 30 GMT)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he’s working out of avid gamers thanks to illness and damage, so there might be of project this recreation might perchance possibly also simply be known as off.

If it goes forward, I’m no longer expecting a classic.

The plot in which Tottenham went out of the Carabao Cup with out a lot of a wrestle became disappointing, however they are peaceful unbeaten within the league in eight video games beneath Antonio Conte.

Conte will are attempting to withhold that file, so being exhausting to beat would be the precedence, however I if fact be told maintain a feeling Spurs will cut all three aspects, even though Son Heung-min is peaceful out injured.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0.

S-X’s prediction: One thing else might perchance possibly happen here, however Arsenal are no longer moderately the similar team after they are far off from home. 3-1.

Lawro and S-X had been speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro attain closing time?

From the Premier League fixtures on 1, 2 & 3 January, Lawro purchased four ethical results from eight fits, with no exact ratings, for an entire of 40 aspects.

For now, it goes down as a defend for Lawro, because his visitor in week 21, KAWALA guitarist Dan McCarthy purchased three ethical results with no exact ratings, for an entire of 30 aspects.

Dan
Leicester v Norwich 3-0
Southampton v Newcastle 2-0

This week saw two rearranged video games from week 18 played – Southampton beating Brentford 4-1 and West Ham overcoming Norwich 2-0.

Lawro went for a 2-1 home defend in each and every video games and purchased 10 aspects from each and every match, striking him on 50 aspects up to now, with four extra video games from that area of fixtures peaceful to be played.

For the time being it peaceful goes down as a defend for his guests, brothers Femi and TJ Koleoso from jazz band Ezra Collective.

They each and every wrongly went for a Brentford defend on Tuesday however Femi picked up 10 extra aspects after going for a 3-0 West Ham defend on Wednesday and now has a gain of 40. TJ precisely picked a 2-0 scoreline in that recreation and, as things stand, he has a gain of 100 aspects – which counts within the scoreboards – and he might perchance possibly peaceful add extra to his tally.

TEAM P W D L PTS +/-
1 Man City 21 18 3 0 57 0
2 Chelsea 21 15 6 0 51 0
3 Liverpool 20 14 6 0 48 0
4 Man Utd 19 15 2 2 47 +3
5 Leicester 18 11 5 2 38 +5
6 Leeds 19 12 1 6 37 +10
=7 Arsenal 20 10 4 6 34 -2
=7 Tottenham 18 9 7 2 34 -1
9 Aston Villa 19 8 4 7 28 +5
10 West Ham 21 7 6 8 27 -6
11 Brighton 19 7 4 8 25 -2
12 Southampton 20 6 3 11 21 -1
13 Crystal Palace 20 4 4 12 16 -1
=14 Newcastle 19 4 3 12 15 +5
=14 Wolves 19 4 3 12 15 -6
16 Burnley 17 4 2 11 14 +2
17 Brentford 20 4 1 15 13 -4
18 Everton 18 3 2 13 11 -3
19 Norwich 20 1 4 15 7 +1
20 Watford 18 1 3 14 6 -3

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2021-22

130 Jamie Webster
110 Friction, She Drew The Gun
100 TJ from Ezra Collective
90 Dev from Idles
80 Tom McFarland
72 Lawro (common after 21 weeks)
70 Ben Cajee, Elena Cole, Jelani Blackman
60 Haydn Craven
50 Aqib Khan, Shaun Thomas
40 Femi from Ezra Collective, Dan Haggis of The Wombats, Murray & Tav from FUR, Justin Young
30 James Arthur, Dan McCarthy from KAWALA, Martin Noble, Roland Orzabal, Michael ‘Venom’ Page, Curt Smith, Roger Taylor, Zuzu
10 Tom Hughes

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