Mark Lawrenson’s Comedy Column
Back to Premier League duty for Lawro this week, and he is up against Radio 2 DJ Simon Mayo (I know, I know, how the hell is he still on our radios?!)
Chelsea v Blackburn
“Blackburn are still up against it a little bit”
Although it is a tight Premier League, Blackburn are 10th, just five points off sixth placed Sunderland.
Stoke v Bolton
“Stoke have already lost a couple of games at the Britannia Stadium this season and I don’t think they will lose many more.”
So losing games means that they wont lose many more? Is that how logic works?
And those ‘couple’ of games they have lost? Four out of 11, actually, including two of the last three against Fulham and Blackpool.
Sunderland v Newcastle
“Their (Newcastle’s) confidence also might have taken a knock after their FA Cup defeat at the hands of non-league Stevenage last weekend.”
It is nice to see that Lawro is prepared to dip his knowledge down in to the lower leagues of English football. Just so he knows (as he predicted the result of the match last weekend), Stevenage are not a non-league team.
Tottenham v Man United
“Going forward they are absolutely brilliant but at the back they are not strong enough to win the title.”
I know that you love waxing lyrical about Spurs going forward Mark, but a poor defence? Spurs have the seventh best attack in the league. They also have the seventh best defence. So fair to say if they don’t win the title, the attack is to blame as much as the defence.
Wigan v Fulham
“I see that half of the Latics players have been linked with moves elsewhere now that the January transfer window is open.”
Really? Half? Wigan have 28 players in their first team squad. The reputable website footballtransferleague has reported just two rumours of Wigan players leaving in the last two weeks in BBC’s very own gossip column: Mauro Boselli and Charles N’Zogbia.
“Wigan, as I keep saying, are the hardest team in the Premier League to predict because you just don’t know what you will get from them from one week to the next.”
You seem to think you know exactly what you will get: defeats. In fact, you have Wigan losing 8 of their last 9 nine games, gaining just one point.
West Brom v Blackpool
This one is a real relegation battle for two clubs in Lawro’s prediction table. Blackpool end up losing it, leaving them stranded on 11 points. In predictions, they are 17 points behind real life, having played three games more.
On a final note, with Lawro predicting every single game this weekend to finish either 2-0, 2-1 or 1-1, only two of his last 31 predictions have been anything different than one of these scores. In the FA Cup games he predicted last weekend, there were eleven different scores. Insightful stuff!
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