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Mark Lawrenson predictions for weekend

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Former-Liverpool man believes Merseyside Derby will end in a draw

Every Friday before the weekend of Premier League action, BBC Pundit and former-Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson sits down and gives his predictions for the weekend’s games.

So with yet another Saturday and Sunday full of Premier League matches, here are his predictions.

SATURDAY

EVERTON 1-1 LIVERPOOL

‘I am looking forward to the game and I think it will be an indication of how far up the league both teams can finish. I also think it will end in a draw.’

ARSENAL 2-0 SOUTHAMPTON

‘The Gunners are top of the table for a reason. They can out-play you in the middle or out-flank you down the wings and this will be a tough game for Saints.’

FULHAM 2-1 SWANSEA CITY

‘They might get something at Craven Cottage to help them on their way. Swansea have been doing well in Europe but they have not got going in the Premier League yet – they are simply not playing as well as they did last season, despite having bought some better players.’

HULL CITY 2-1 CRYSTAL PALACE

‘Hull have got into a good habit of beating teams who are around them in the table at home, and I expect them to continue that here.’

NEWCASTLE UNITED 2-1 NORWICH CITY

‘The Magpies had to battle hard to keep Spurs out but that doesn’t matter – it was a tremendous win and they could and should be in confident mood this weekend.’

STOKE CITY 2-0 SUNDERLAND

‘Stoke don’t just struggle to score, they struggle to create too, but I am going to go for a Potters win because I am not totally convinced by this Sunderland revival yet.’

WEST HAM UNITED 1-1 CHELSEA

‘If one or two of the Blues players are not on their game, then they might be in more trouble on the road. They have already lost at Everton and Newcastle this season and they might be happy with a point.’

SUNDAY

MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

‘David Silva is out, which is a blow for City, but I still think they will end up winning. I can actually see them going through the whole season unbeaten at home.’

CARDIFF CITY 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

‘You sensed against the Gunners that the crowd realised that they needed to help their team. It was a big, big result for them and I think they will build on that by going to Cardiff and winning.’

MONDAY

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1-1 ASTON VILLA

‘I still think Paul Lambert’s side are better away from home because their style is suited to playing on the counter-attack but West Brom are on a good run and will be tough to beat at The Hawthorns.’

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