Mark Lawrenson predictions for weekend

BBC pundit thinks Arsenal will drop points on Chelsea and Liverpool

Before every weekend of football action, BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson sits down and gives his predictions for the weekend’s Premier League fixtures, and this Friday is no different, but he has also included his prediction for the Capital One Cup final which takes place on Sunday as Manchester City take on Sunderland at Wembley.

Here are his predictions.

Everton 1-1 West Ham United

“A point will not do the Toffees many favours in the race for fourth, but a draw will be very acceptable to West Ham because it will keep their good run going.”

Fulham 0-2 Chelsea

“After his side’s draw with West Brom last week, Fulham boss Felix Magath said Fulham will beat Chelsea. They won’t.”

Hull City 2-1 Newcastle United

“Newcastle ended their slump with that late victory over Aston Villa last time out but I think this is a very tough game for them.”

Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal

“Arsenal won only once in six visits to Stoke when Tony Pulis was in charge of the Potters and I don’t think they will improve that this weekend.”

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

“I really fancy Liverpool to go and win this because they are such a potent attacking force at the moment.”

Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City

“I see Villa getting the win on Sunday, though. Norwich have only scored eight goals in 13 away games this season and they do not offer enough of a threat.”

Swansea City 2-1 Crystal Palace

“As things stand, I think 36 points will do. Palace have got 26 at the moment, but I do not see them adding to that total this weekend.”

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Cardiff City
“A top-four finish for Spurs is still the target for their manager Tim Sherwood but I am not sure they will get it. I would expect them to beat Cardiff, but I would not say the same about their next game, which is against Chelsea.”
Capital One Cup final: Manchester City 2-0 Sunderland 
“I think Sunderland will be resolute and full of vim and vigour but City’s quality, along with hard work, will see them through.”
What are your thoughts on these predictions? Will Arsenal slip-up in the title race? Comment below!
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles

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