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Premier League predictions: Lawro v James bassist Jim Glennie


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stint as interim Manchester United manager began with a bang as they won 5-1 at Cardiff on Saturday, but how will he get on in his first home game in charge?

United host struggling Huddersfield Town on 26 December and BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson says: “The atmosphere will be great at Old Trafford, which it wasn’t very often under Jose Mourinho, and the players already look in a better mood too.

“Solskjaer’s approach will be very different to what the fans have seen recently. It will be all about passing forward and creating chances – United will have a smile on their faces, and they will be playing as if the shackles have come off.”

This week’s guest is Jim Glennie, bassist with rock band James and a Manchester City fan.

Glennie’s favourite City player is Kevin de Bruyne: “It is amazing to have him back, he is like a new signing. He has only played a handful of games this season, so it is bonkers to think that we are still doing so well.”

It is safe to say that Glennie is enjoying life under Pep Guardiola – not just City’s success, but the way they have achieved it.

“It is absolutely fantastic,” he told BBC Sport. “I am getting to as many games as I can. First, because it is lovely to see us winning games for a change, but also because of the quality of the football.

“Regardless of it being City, it is just stunning. It is so entertaining to watch.”

City suffered a shock home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday that leaves them four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool but Glennie is still pretty confident about their prospects of defending their title.

“When we get to the thick end of the season, I think City’s squad will just kind of steamroller through it and I cannot see Liverpool keeping it together – but I have been saying that for the past 10 games or so already.”

James’ latest single, Many Faces, is out now. Glennie was one of the band’s founder members in Whalley Range, Manchester, in 1982 and since then they have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.
Premier League predictions – week 19
Result Lawro Jim
WEDNESDAY
Fulham v Wolves x-x 2-1 1-2
Burnley v Everton x-x 2-1 0-0
Crystal Palace v Cardiff x-x 2-0 1-1
Leicester v Man City x-x 0-2 1-3
Liverpool v Newcastle x-x 2-0 3-1
Man Utd v Huddersfield x-x 3-0 2-0
Tottenham v Bournemouth x-x 2-0 2-0
Brighton v Arsenal x-x 1-1 1-2
Watford v Chelsea x-x 1-2 1-2
THURSDAY
Southampton v West Ham x-x 2-0 0-1

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

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless stated.

WEDNESDAY

Fulham v Wolves (12:30 GMT)

Wolves got in some good positions in their defeat by Liverpool on Friday, but could not make the most of them.

Adama Traore played up front in that game and, although he is lightning quick, he just is not a goalscorer. He had a couple of chances where he should have done a lot better.

Fulham got a good point against Newcastle on Saturday and a clean sheet too, which was another positive after a difficult few weeks.

I actually thought they looked a better team than the Magpies, and if Claudio Ranieri can get a repeat performance in this game, I can see them getting a much-needed win.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Jim’s prediction: 1-2

Burnley v Everton

Burnley lost at Arsenal on Saturday but I still thought they were more like their old selves – which is a team difficult to play against and hard to beat.

This is a good time for them to play Everton too, on the back of the Toffees’ 6-2 home defeat by Tottenham on Sunday.

I think Clarets boss Sean Dyche will have his side to come out fighting, like they were in their last home game against Brighton. They won that one, and I can see them getting the same result this time.

This is a difficult time for Everton, who have not won any of their past five matches, and they have collected one point fewer than they managed at the same stage last season.

I still think as a team they have got a style and a purpose now but, for all their good performances at home and the way they played in the Merseyside derby, they have not been getting results recently.

I don’t think Burnley away is a good game to have when you are not playing well, because the Clarets will be at them constantly, but I also don’t think it will be long before we see an upturn in form from Everton.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Jim’s prediction: 0-0

Crystal Palace v Cardiff

Crystal Palace’s win at Manchester City was the result of the weekend, and arguably the whole season so far.

They will be on a big high after that victory and I would expect that to carry on through this game.

Cardiff, meanwhile, got hit for five by Manchester United – a week after conceding three at Watford – and it is hard to see them improving on their dreadful away form in this game.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Jim’s prediction: 1-1

Leicester v Man City

Leicester were another team to spring a big surprise over the weekend with their win at Chelsea.

It seems all is not well between Jamie Vardy and Foxes boss Claude Puel, with Vardy complaining that Puel’s playing style does not suit his game.