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Discussion in 'Spurs Chat' started by Shanks, Aug 14, 2009.
Consider Lawro's predictions, can we say that Liverpool bottles their title bid?
Just wanted to give a shout out to the mighty Liverpool who have gone the season unbeaten in Lawros world, albeit managed to finish runner up to Chelsea on games won (to take the biased look of it lol)
Lawro 2016/17 Table
POSTEAM P W D L PTS +/-
=1 Chelsea 38 29 5 4 92 0
=1 Liverpool 38 27 11 0 92 +3
3 Man City 38 27 9 2 90 0
4 Arsenal 38 25 11 2 86 +1
5 Tottenham 38 25 10 3 85 -3
6 Man Utd 38 22 13 3 79 0
I read Lawro's prediction for the FA Cup Final. I'm not sure if I was as quite surprised at his prediction at the end of the article as I should have been...
Lawro - 'Midfield battle holds the key'
Arsenal are running out of central defenders - Laurent Koscielny is suspended, Gabriel is injured and Shkodran Mustafi is a fitness doubt.
Per Mertesacker is available after his long-term knee injury but the 37 minutes he played after coming on as a substitute against Everton last week is the only action he has seen all season.
If Mustafi does not recover from concussion, then if Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is going to stick with playing with three at the back, he has to play Mertesacker alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal.
I don't think Wenger will change things around because the rest of his team are familiar with that system.
And, it is certainly a formation that suits a centre-back who is a bit short of fitness and sharpness - and pace, because Mertesacker would have two faster men as a kind of safety net either side of him.
True, Mertesacker, Holding and Monreal cannot have played together in that system before and, speaking from experience, communication and concentration could be an issue.
If you are not well-drilled as a defensive three then sometimes you all end up relying on someone else to pick up a player in open play, because you are thinking 'we have got an extra man here - we will be ok'.
But these issues at the back do not make things insurmountable for Arsenal. In fact, because the rest of the team are used to a 3-4-2-1, I don't see it being a massive problem at all.
The key area on Saturday for Arsenal is not their defence, or their attack - which is very strong. It is in midfield.
Chelsea will win comfortably if they take control of that area but Arsenal should not be short of numbers in there.
I think it is imperative for the Gunners that they keep the game tight and fight and scrap like they did in their semi-final against Manchester City.
They are playing a team who can win the Double, which is extra special and a major achievement as everyone knows.
I did it with Liverpool in 1986 and although I obviously celebrated it at the time when we won it, it is only really over the years that you realise it has more importance because so few teams manage it.
We know Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is absolutely driven and he will be telling his players that they have one more game this season, and they have the chance to do something that hardly any players have achieved.
I think that is how they will be approaching the game - to complete the job - and this Chelsea team is a machine that is very difficult to stop.
Whatever the state of the game - whether they are holding on to a lead, or chasing a goal - they are ruthless.
Lawro's prediction: Arsenal 0-7 Liverpool
One could never accuse him of being one-eyed.
He's back baby!
Newcastle v Tottenham (13:30 BST)
Tottenham's great problem this year will be Wembley because it will be like playing away from home every week.
Spurs were beaten 5-1 at St James' Park on the last day of the 2015-16 season after they had missed out on the title and Newcastle had been relegated.
It is good to see a club like Newcastle back in the top flight, but I am expecting a very different outcome this time.
Lawro's prediction: 0-2
Cram's prediction: 1-1
Foster's prediction: 5-0
He might as well put Liverpool winning all games right now.
But surely they will, they have every other season he has predicted their games ? That was before they bought the best LB in the league from Hull.
We're fucked then.
Bleep now he's gone and said it
For the first time ever he's backed it up with 'analysis'. Well by analysis I mean listing their absences but it's a start for him
Everytime we play chelsea and they are missing a lot of players we are always fucked, we just dont turn up
When Chelsea has a full strength team, we come out guns blazing
Surprised that none of the pundits have noted Hazard being rushed back this week so that he can play Sunday. He played in a friendly yesterday so I fully expect him to feature Sunday and that would probably change some predictions.
Yet another celebrity Arsenal fan dragged out of the woodwork for this week's predictions.
So he was spot on then.
Didn't know that. Surely they won't throw him in straight away, though?
In a way I hope they do, he's bound to be a bit rusty and, you never know, they might just be making a mistake doing so as a few big, but fair, tackles could put him out for another 3-4 months.
They're desperate. And Racist.
Ok, the second bit isn't relevant but it's still true
Everton v Tottenham
This has turned into a big game for Tottenham after they dropped more points at home in their last game against Burnley. If they lose at Goodison Park, they will have made a poor start.
I don't think Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will allow that to happen. His teams normally play well when it matters, and I think we will see a reaction from them.
Everton are no pushovers, but I am not sure who is going to prise open the Spurs defence. Sandro Ramirez is still adjusting to the English game and they seem a little short in attack.
Lawro's prediction: 0-2
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