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Premier League predictions: Lawro v comedian Nish Kumar

Sam Allardyce will start his stint as Everton supervisor in opposition to Huddersfield on Sunday – however how will he get on at Goodison Park?

BBC Sport soccer professional Mark Lawrenson says: “The Toffees have conceded various objectives lately however, if Allardyce can prevent that, then they will have to have sufficient firepower to select up some issues even ahead of the switch window opens in January.

“My concern for Huddersfield is that once they concede the primary objective they fight. It can blow their gameplan broad open.”

Lawro goes for a 2-Zero Everton win – do you settle? You could make your personal predictions now, tackle Lawro and different fanatics, create your personal league and take a look at to make it to the highest of the desk through enjoying the new-look BBC Sport Predictor sport.

Lawro scored 60 issues in week 14, which intended he slipped to 2,760th position out of greater than 280,000 customers.

He shall be creating a prediction for all 380 top-flight video games this season, in opposition to quite a lot of visitors.

Lawro takes on comedian Nish Kumar for this weekend’s fixtures.

Kumar – who seems within the new sequence of ‘Live on the Apollo’ – is a Manchester United fan.

Kumar is on Live on the Apollo on 7 December at 22:00 GMT on BBC Two

He instructed BBC Sport: “I was a United fan as a result of I grew up within the custom Mancunian suburb of Croydon.

“My very best reminiscences of United rising up are the Treble in 1999, Eric Cantona for each his objectives and his martial artwork talents, and Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole tearing it up within the Nou Camp.

“In terms of my footballing skills they often say the most limited players become the best managers – so I think I would be an unbelievable manager.”

Premier League predictions – week 15
Result Lawro Nish
SATURDAY
Chelsea v Newcastle x-x 2-Zero 2-1
Brighton v Liverpool x-x Zero-2 Zero-2
Everton v Huddersfield x-x 2-Zero Zero-Three
Leicester v Burnley x-x 1-1 1-1
Stoke v Swansea x-x 2-Zero 1-Zero
Watford v Tottenham x-x 1-2 Zero-Zero
West Brom v Crystal Palace x-x 2-1 2-1
Arsenal v Man Utd x-x 1-1 Zero-Zero
SUNDAY
Bournemouth v Southampton x-x Zero-2 2-2
Man City v West Ham x-x Three-Zero Five-1

A right kind outcome (selecting a win, draw or defeat) is value 10 issues. The precise rating earns 40 issues.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 GMT except differently said.

SATURDAY

Chelsea v Newcastle (12:30 GMT)

I used to be inspired through the way in which Newcastle got here from 2-Zero right down to get some extent in opposition to West Brom on Tuesday – particularly since the Magpies had misplaced their earlier 4 video games.

Rafa Benitez’s facet will really feel like they gained that sport, however following that through getting one thing at Stamford Bridge shall be an enormous ask.

Chelsea didn’t play properly in opposition to Swansea on Wednesday however they nonetheless were given the win in any case, in opposition to an aspect who shield in numbers.

I feel they’ll do the similar on Saturday too.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-Zero

Nish’s prediction: Having watched Newcastle in opposition to Manchester United at Old Trafford closing weekend, I feel they’ll give a excellent account of themselves and it’s going to be tight, however I nonetheless assume Chelsea are going to have an excessive amount of. 2-1

Brighton v Liverpool

Liverpool had been rather lucky with their Three-Zero win at Stoke in midweek as a result of Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet may simply were despatched off with the rating at 1-Zero.

Stoke Zero-Three Liverpool: Mark Hughes says Simon Mignolet deserved pink card

But Jurgen Klopp’s facet made certain of victory past due on when Mohamed Salah got here off the bench to attain two times.

That more or less energy extensive they have got of their squad shall be very helpful within the coming weeks when the video games come thick and rapid.

Stoke Zero-Three Liverpool: Fresh legs helped Reds – Jurgen Klopp

Brighton are any other of my outdated groups and it’s nice to peer them taking over Liverpool within the height flight once more for the primary time since 1983.

The Seagulls will take a seat in even if they’re at house, which is able to make issues tough for the Reds, however I’m nonetheless anticipating them to come back out on height.

Lawro’s prediction: Zero-2

Nish’s prediction: Zero-2

Everton v Huddersfield

I’m anticipating Sam Allardyce to make a excellent get started as Everton supervisor.

Toffees caretaker supervisor David Unsworth completed off with a in reality excellent win over West Ham on Wednesday, with Wayne Rooney taking the headlines together with his hat-trick.

‘We needed to rise up and display what excellent avid gamers we’re’

And you simply know Sam will do completely positive there. His manner of taking a look at it’s going to be ‘proper, we commence from the again’ and he’s going to ensure that he improves his defence first.

Huddersfield had been overwhelmed closely through Arsenal on Wednesday however the benefit of them is they’ll now not reside on that.

In an excessively Allardyce more or less manner, Terriers supervisor David Wagner will determine the fixtures the place they have got to select up issues.

I’m speaking about video games like this one, now not in opposition to Manchester City or the Gunners.

Huddersfield shall be tricky to wreck down, however I feel Allardyce will have the opportunity.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-Zero

Nish’s prediction: Zero-Three

Leicester v Burnley

Leicester supervisor Claude Puel continues to provoke, and the Foxes’ win over Tottenham way he has now taken 8 issues from his first 5 video games in price.

The Clarets simply stay rolling on, even though.

They are a staff with a large number of ability and, on the very least, they provide you with the whole lot – which is so vital as it way they are able to play poorly, and nonetheless nick a outcome.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Nish’s prediction: 1-1

Stoke v Swansea

Stoke are nonetheless soaring above the relegation zone after their defeat through Liverpool, however Swansea are in a lot deeper hassle.

Clement fascinated with loss of possibilities Swansea are growing

Swans boss Paul Clement will have to come to a decision whether or not to stay with his standard defensive method clear of house – appearance to restrict Stoke and play for a draw.

Or does he opt for it just a little extra since the Potters are in a sticky patch and self assurance is low?

I feel we will be able to see just a little of a response from Stoke, even though, which is why I’m backing them to win.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-Zero

Nish’s prediction: I’m really not banking in this being the sport of the season, however I feel Stoke will colour it. 1-Zero

Watford v Tottenham

Tottenham have thrown in a few iffy performances lately, with the most recent coming within the first part in their defeat through Leicester on Tuesday.

Some of Spurs’ stars have now not hit the heights of closing season, however a minimum of they have got excellent reminiscences of Vicarage Road – once they took the Hornets aside right here on New Year’s Day.

It may well be an open sport which might go well with Tottenham, even if I feel it’s going to be so much nearer than their closing consult with.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Nish’s prediction: This is strictly such a sport Spurs will slip up in. Zero-Zero

West Brom v Crystal Palace

Wherever he has long gone, new West Brom supervisor Alan Pardew has usually carried out a excellent process.

He is a great trainer and a excellent appointment, and I’m anticipating him to persuade the Baggies out of hassle.

Pardew is up in opposition to his outdated membership on Saturday, and so is Palace boss Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson simply helps to keep on selecting up issues right here and there and it’s going to now not be lengthy till the Eagles are off the ground of the desk – however I feel Pardew will pop out on height in his first sport in price.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Nish’s prediction: I’ve been very bullish announcing Hodgson goes to show it round for Palace, so I’ve to again them. 2-1

Arsenal v Man Utd (17:30 GMT)

This is a large sport, between two facets within the height six who’re in excellent shape, so you already know what I’m going for right here – a 1-1 draw.

The Gunners, specifically, are flying however I’m nonetheless looking ahead to the instant the place they slip up.

United are on a excellent run too after all, however it’s such a fixture the place you take a look at the way in which Arsenal are enjoying and assume Jose Mourinho would take some extent.

That is what I feel he’s going to play for and I do not believe Mourinho will care if a draw way Manchester City prolong their lead on the height of the desk.

He will take a look at this sport in isolation, and notice some extent as a excellent outcome.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Nish’s prediction: I would like to mention that is going to be a in reality open, blockbuster of a sport – however Mourinho goes to park the bus, and park a few tanks in entrance of it. Zero-Zero

SUNDAY

Bournemouth v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

Southampton did properly in opposition to Manchester City in midweek, and it took Raheem Sterling’s 96th-minute winner to overcome them.

Late City winner tough to digest – Pellegrino

But Saints simply sat in at Etihad Stadium and didn’t in reality have to fret about seeking to get ahead, rather then at set-pieces the place they had been a risk.

This sport may be very other for Mauricio Pellegrino’s facet – I feel we will be able to see them with a extra attacking mindset, and I’m backing them to go away with the issues.

Bournemouth were on a excellent run however their defeat through Burnley on Wednesday confirmed that well-organised groups can flip them over.

Lawro’s prediction: Zero-2

Nish’s prediction: 2-2

Man City v West Ham (16:00 GMT)

West Ham collapsed in opposition to Everton in midweek, and they’re any other staff that should see December as a type of damage-limitation duration, after which attempt to resolve their issues within the January switch window.

Their coming near near fixtures aren’t precisely useful from that viewpoint, even though, beginning at Etihad Stadium after which with house video games in opposition to Chelsea and Arsenal.

Man City 2-1 Southampton: An astonishing finish to the sport – Pep Guardiola

Southampton and Huddersfield have proven up to now week how groups could make it tough for Manchester City, although Pep Guardiola’s facet nonetheless beat them each in any case.

I do not believe the Hammers have were given the staff to do this, even though.

Lawro’s prediction: Three-Zero

Nish’s prediction: The word ‘cricket rating’ springs to thoughts. Five-1

Lawro was once talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan

How did Lawro do closing time?

From the closing spherical of video games, Lawro were given 4 right kind effects, with one easiest rating, from 10 suits, for a complete of 70 issues.

He beat Tailenders host Felix White, who were given 3 right kind effects, however and not using a easiest ratings, giving him 30 issues.

Total ratings after week 14
Lawro 1,220
Guests 1,030
SCORE GUEST LEADERBOARD
160 Chris Shiflett
130 James Anderson**
120 Will Poulter, Moeen Ali
100 Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32
87 Lawro (moderate after 14 weeks)
70 Brendan Foster*, Mark Strong
60 Will Ferrell, Non Stanford
50 Steve Cram, Michael Dapaah, Channing Tatum, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell, Joe Root
30 Felix White

*Foster and Cram each supplied predictions on week one, however most effective Foster’s rating contributes to the visitor general.

**Anderson and Moeen each supplied predictions on week 9, however most effective Anderson’s rating contributes to the visitor general.

Lawro’s very best rating: 150 issues (week 8 v Wretch 32)

Lawro’s worst rating: 40 issues (week 4 v Umenyiora and Bell, and week 5 v Non Stanford)

+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
POS TEAM P W D L PTS +/-
1 Man City 14 12 2 Zero 38 Zero
2 Man Utd 14 11 Three Zero 36 Zero
Three Tottenham 14 10 four Zero 34 +four
four Liverpool 14 Nine Five Zero 32 +1
Five Arsenal 14 eight four 2 28 -1
6 Chelsea 14 eight four 2 28 -Three
7 Southampton 14 7 2 four 23 +four
eight Bournemouth 14 6 four four 22 +7
Nine West Ham 14 four 7 Three 19 +Nine
10 Leicester 14 four Three 7 15 -1
11 Stoke 14 Three 6 Five 15 +Five
12 Swansea 14 Five Zero Nine 15 +7
13 Burnley 14 Three four 7 13 -7
14 West Brom 14 four 1 Nine 13 +Three
15 Everton 14 Three Three eight 12 -2
16 Crystal Palace 14 Three Three eight 12 +four
17 Newcastle 14 2 Five 7 11 -Five
18 Watford 14 1 four Nine 7 -10
19 Brighton 14 1 four Nine 7 -Nine
20 Huddersfield 14 Zero Three 11 Three -6

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