EPL: Mark Lawrenson predicts Man United vs Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, other games


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Former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson has predicted some of the midweek English Premier League matches.

Manchester United will host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Chelsea will tackle Watford in an away Premier League tie on Wednesday night.

Everton will host Liverpool at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, while Manchester City will face Aston Villa.

Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Chelsea did not get the result they wanted against Manchester United on Sunday, but their performance was really good.

“Hornets boss Claudio Ranieri lost out to one of his former clubs, Leicester, on Saturday, and I don’t think he will have much joy against Chelsea either. Watford 0, Chelsea 3.”

Speaking on the Aston Villa vs Man City game, Lawrenson said, “With two wins from two games, it is so far, so good for Steven Gerrard as Aston Villa boss – but this is by far his toughest test yet.

“Manchester City go to Villa Park after a very good week that has seen them beat Everton, Paris St-Germain and West Ham, and all without Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden or Jack Grealish who have all been ill or injured.

“If Grealish and Foden are back, I would be more confident of a City victory. Without them, Villa might nick something, especially because their tails are up at the moment. Aston Villa 1, Man City 1.”

Commenting on the Everton vs Liverpool match, Lawrenson said, “This was the game where Virgil van Dijk got injured last season so if it’s possible to have any more spice than a normal derby, Wednesday night will be it.

“Quite often going into these derby games, I think it doesn’t matter whether teams are at the top or bottom of the table because they feel so different, but, this time, the sheer quality of Liverpool means I cannot see them creating chances without taking some of them. Everton 0, Liverpool 2.”

Speaking on the Man Utd vs Arsenal clash, Lawrenson said, “I liked what stand-in Manchester United boss Michael Carrick did against Chelsea on Sunday, with Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay screening the defence and the whole team working extremely hard.

“United still don’t look right at the back, but a point at Stamford Bridge was a step in the right direction and, if Aaron Wan-Bissaka hadn’t had a rush of blood, they might have taken away all three.

“Surely they will build on that improvement and, whether Ralf Rangnick is in the Old Trafford dugout or watching from the stands, I am sure we will see more of the same against Arsenal.

“The Gunners got back to winning ways against Newcastle and created loads of chances in that game, but United playing at home in front of their new manager will have something to prove. Man United 2, Arsenal 1.”

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