PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS: Mark Lawrenson has made his predictions ahead of the weekend’s games.
The veteran BBC Sport pundit is notorious for never predicting his old club Liverpool to lose.
And unsurprisingly, he is backing them for a 2-1 win away to Arsenal in Saturday’s big game.
He explained: “Both of these teams look dangerous when they come forward but at the back Liverpool are stronger, and they look a much better all-round team than they did 12 months ago.
“Arsenal still have something of a soft centre, and the opposition always seems to create chances against them – which is asking for trouble against Liverpool.
“The Gunners won 11 games in a row before they drew at Crystal Palace on Sunday but they have not played a top side since they lost to Manchester City and Chelsea at the start of the season.
“I think Liverpool will have a little bit too much for them but, even if Arsenal do lose, this has still been a very encouraging start by their new manager Unai Emery.”
Sunday sees a London derby at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea host Crystal Palace – and Lawro is backing a 2-0 home win.
He said: “Crystal Palace are another team struggling for goals – they got two penalties against Arsenal last week but have a total of seven goals from their first 10 matches.
“The Eagles’ attack relies heavily on Wilfried Zaha, and if he does not produce some magic then they look short of ideas.
“Chelsea, in contrast, are on a roll. Even without Eden Hazard they looked a class apart from Burnley last weekend, and were convincing winners.
“Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has got a talented squad and happy camp – they are playing well, winning and enjoying themselves, and I think that will continue on Sunday.”
Mark Lawrenson’s Premier League predictions