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Liverpool to wrap up title? Lawro takes on Sports Team drummer Al Greenwood


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Liverpool to wrap up title? Lawro takes on Sports Team drummer Al Greenwood

Former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson played in plenty of Merseyside derbies himself but he feels Sunday’s meeting without fans will be like no other in the fixture’s 124-year history.Lawro will be at Goodison Park as co-commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live and said: “Of all the games to be played behind closed doors this weekend,…

Liverpool to wrap up title? Lawro takes on Sports Team drummer Al Greenwood

Lawro's predictions

Former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson played in plenty of Merseyside derbies himself but he feels Sunday’s meeting without fans will be like no other in the fixture’s 124-year history.

Lawro will be at Goodison Park as co-commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live and said: “Of all the games to be played behind closed doors this weekend, this is going to feel like the strangest one.

“It is a derby but it won’t feel like one in any shape or form. I will be very surprised if the players are clattering into each other like they normally would.

“Goodison is usually such an intimidating ground in terms of the backing Everton get, especially against Liverpool, and the players usually feed off that derby atmosphere. We will not see any of that this time though.”

Liverpool know two wins will secure their first league title since 1990. The earliest they can win it is Monday, if they beat Everton on Sunday and Man City lose to Burnley the following evening

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

This week he is up against Al Greenwood, drummer with indie band Sports Team.

Sports Team have gone straight in at number two in the charts with their debut album ‘Deep Down Happy’, missing out on top spot to Lady Gaga by fewer than 600 sales.

“It’s been a hectic week,” Greenwood told BBC Sport. “A combination of our album coming out and Premier League football coming back have made it an amazing few days.”

“I retired up front when I stopped playing competitively,” Greenwood explained with a smile. “But I was a number 10 rather than a number nine doing the hard miles. I saw myself as a bit like Dimitar Berbatov, just kind of floating around and dinking it in”

Greenwood is a Manchester United fan and a keen footballer herself.

She told BBC Sport: “I used to play pretty competitively, never at too high a level, but I would be training or playing six or seven times a week.

“Since the band kicked off, I am much more of an occasional five-a-side player – we had a kickaround in the park this week actually – but I’m still a massive fan of grass-roots football and a huge supporter of the men’s and women’s game.

“Women’s football has made such amazing leaps and bounds in the past few years and I am really disappointed to see it is not coming back after the season was halted early by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is a huge opportunity lost, both from the perspective of the gains made at the top level off the back of last summer’s World Cup and also the impact it will have lower down, on younger players.

“I had a great moment when the band went on Soccer AM last year,” Greenwood said. “There was this volley challenge and somehow, through an act of god, it just fell perfectly for me and I got it in the top-left corner. I decided to never ever play publicly again and to retire on that”

“For me, sitting at home watching the Bundesliga in the past few weeks has brought home how much I missed football and there is a huge appetite for people wanting to watch it in any format.

“Imagine the impact if the Women’s Super League season had been scheduled around the men’s Premier League games and games were shown live on TV?

“The authorities talk a good game about football for all and equality across the sport but the outcome has been disappointing as a fan, particularly a United fan, because of what their manager Casey Stoney has done with that side and the sense of community the club had build up.

“It is very exciting that the Premier League is back, of course but, for United’s women’s team, not getting to complete their first season in the top flight is a bitter pill to swallow.”

Premier League predictions – week 30
Result Lawro Al
FRIDAY
Norwich v Southampton 0-3 2-1 1-2
Tottenham v Man Utd 1-1 1-1 1-3
SATURDAY
Watford v Leicester 1-1 0-2 0-2
Brighton v Arsenal 2-1 0-2 0-4
West Ham v Wolves 0-2 1-0 0-2
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 0-2 2-1 1-1
SUNDAY
Newcastle v Sheff Utd 3-0 1-1 0-3
Aston Villa v Chelsea 1-2 0-2 2-0
Everton v Liverpool 0-0 0-1 1-3
MONDAY
Man City v Burnley 5-0 3-0 4-0

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

FRIDAY

Norwich 0-3 Southampton

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Al’s prediction: 1-2

Match report

Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Al’s prediction: 1-3

Match report

SATURDAY

Watford 1-1 Leicester

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Al’s prediction: 0-2

Match report

Brighton 2-1 Arsenal

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Al’s prediction: 0-4

Match report

West Ham 0-2 Wolves

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

Al’s prediction: The only potential problem for Wolves this season was that Nuno Espirito Santo was playing the same team week-in, week-out, but after the break they have had, they will be strong again. That issue might come back around again with the number of games to be played in such a short space of time, but it will not be a factor right now – and all United fans are watching their backs. 0-2

Match report

Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Al’s prediction: Bournemouth will have have had a chance to reset and work out exactly what was going wrong for them. It could be a tight game. 1-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Newcastle 3-0 Sheff Utd

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Al’s prediction: 0-3

Match report

Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Match report

Al’s prediction: Again, Villa have played once, and they are fighting for their lives. I fancy an upset. 2-0

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Lawro’s prediction: 0-1

Al’s prediction: I have already come to terms with the fact that Liverpool are going to win the title. I think you have to hold your hands up and say that they have been absolutely incredible this season. My partner is an Everton fan so I have been to Goodison a few times but it is hard to see them doing much here. 1-3

Match report

MONDAY

Man City 5-0 Burnley

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Al’s prediction: 4-0

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

For Wednesday’s games, Lawro got the right result but the wrong score-line in both games, earning him an extra 20 points in the tables below.

+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAM P W D L PTS +/-
1 Man City 29 27 1 1 82 +1
2 Liverpool 29 26 3 0 81 -1
3 Chelsea 29 21 4 4 67 +1
4 Tottenham 29 18 6 5 60 +4
=5 Arsenal 29 13 8 8 47 +4
=5 Leicester 29 14 5 10 47 -2
7 Man Utd 29 12 8 9 44 -2
8 Burnley 29 12 5 12 41 +2
9 Wolves 29 12 4 13 40 -3
10 West Ham 29 11 5 13 38 +6
11 Everton 29 10 7 12 37 +1
=12 Aston Villa 29 10 5 14 35 +5
=12 Watford 29 10 5 14 35 +6
14 Bournemouth 29 10 2 17 32 +4
15 Newcastle 29 9 3 17 30 -2
16 Sheff Utd 29 7 5 17 26 -9
=17 Crystal Palace 29 6 6 17 24 -6
=17 Southampton 29 7 3 19 24 -3
19 Brighton 29 7 2 20 23 -4
20 Norwich 29 2 7 20 13 0

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20

Score Guest leaderboard
160 Gabriel Luna
140 Arnold Schwarzenegger
110 Daisy May and Charlie Cooper
100 Adam Peaty
90 Avelino, Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Bobby Seagull, Geraint Thomas
80 Tom Davis, Andy Murray, Stephen Graham
75 Lawro (average after 29 weeks)
70 David Baddiel, Richard Hawley, Kojo, Michael Johnson, Craig Mitch, Alex Scott
60 Sonny Bill Williams, Georgia, Katie Ormerod, Serge from Kasabian, Stefan Ratchford
50 Chelcee Grimes, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton
40 Stephen Fry, Hugh Grant, Tom Grennan, Neil Jones, Tommy O’Dell, Steve Queralt
30 Matthew McConaughey, Seth Rollins
20 Sam Bird
Total scores after week 29
Lawro 2,180
Guests 1,940

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