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Mark Lawrenson predictions for midweek

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BBC pundit thinks Arsenal will draw to Manchester United on Wednesday

BBC Pundit Mark Lawrenson has once again put his knowledge to the test by making more Premier League predictions as English’s top-flight league takes centre stage yet again for a full-set of midweek fixtures.

The biggest tie no doubt comes from North London as Arsenal host Manchester United, and Lawrenson believes David Moyes’ men will be leaving with at least a point.

Here are his full predictions for Tuesday and Wednesday’s matches.

Cardiff City 1-1 Aston Villa

“The Bluebirds have signed a lot of new players and they will improve. This time out, though, they might have to settle for a draw that neither team needs.”

Hull City 2-1 Southampton

“This will be another close game but, because of the way Hull played over the weekend, I think they will pick up another three points and move closer to securing their Premier League safety.”

West Ham United 2-1 Norwich City

“Norwich boss Chris Hughton will get his side to dig in like they did against City but, this time, I am backing West Ham to win.”

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Chelsea

“New Baggies boss Pepe Mel has not won any of his first four games in charge and he is short of players who can score goals. For me, there is only one outcome here.”

Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United 

“They will sit a bit deeper and, if Arsenal also adopt a cautious approach, then I think this could end up in a draw.”

Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

“I am going to go for another draw here. Palace will be competitive and they will not give Everton’s midfielders time on the ball in the way Spurs did.”

Manchester City 2-0 Sunderland

“City were beaten by a better team on the night in their defeat by Chelsea last week, and they failed to score against Norwich on Saturday. It happens. I expect them to beat Sunderland though.”

Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

“Tottenham beat Everton on Sunday despite not playing very well, which is fine, but what worried me was the lack of cohesion in their team. I just thought they looked average in all departments.”

Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City

“Swansea beating Cardiff on Saturday was a no-brainer – it was always going to happen – but this will be a very different test for new Swans head coach Garry Monk.”

Fulham 1-1 Liverpool

“The Cottagers are at home but I don’t think Meulensteen will go gung-ho – two points from those two games would be a very decent return, and he will know what will happen if he gives Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling any space. The home fans will understand that too.”

What are your thoughts on these predictions? Comment your opinions below!

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles

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