Premier League predictions: Mark Lawrenson guesses the results for the weekend’s fixtures

Liverpool's trip to Wembley to play Tottenham is the pick of the weekend fixtures as the Premier League resumes after the international break.

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season.

SATURDAY

Tottenham v Liverpool

Liverpool came unstuck against Spurs at Wembley last season but I have a feeling that both teams might cancel each other out this time.

So I am going to go for a draw.

Both teams are going well, and I think they would both be happy enough for a point.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1


Bournemouth v Leicester

Bournemouth suffered their first defeat of the season before the international break, going down to two late Chelsea goals.

Leicester lost at home to Liverpool last time out and there is a little bit of pressure on Foxes boss Claude Puel despite the fact that, like the Cherries, they have made a decent start.

This is a tough call. You know that the Cherries will play attacking football, but I think Leicester will get something from this one.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Chelsea v Cardiff

Like Liverpool and Watford, Chelsea have got a 100% record from their first four league games and I see that perfect start continuing here.

Cardiff, in contrast, have not won yet but I don't think their manager Neil Warnock will be too concerned, even if they lose again on Saturday.

The big games for the Bluebirds are against the teams that are going to be around them towards the bottom of the table - anything they get at Stamford Bridge is a bonus but they do not want to be on the end of a heavy defeat.

I'd expect the Welsh side to be very competitive, but Chelsea will have too much for them.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0


Huddersfield v Crystal Palace

The good news for Crystal Palace is that it looks like Wilfried Zaha is on his way back from his groin injury. It seems like they rarely win without him.

Huddersfield are another of the five top-flight teams without a league win but they will be happy with the point they got at Everton last time out.

Palace, whose only win came art Fulham on the opening day, have not really got going yet either, but I think Zaha will help them edge this one.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2


Man City v Fulham

Fulham let a two-goal lead slip against Brighton last time out and only ended up with a point, which is not a good omen ahead of a trip to Etihad Stadium.

But, like Cardiff's trip to Chelsea, this is a free hit for one of the newly-promoted sides.

Nobody is expecting them to get anything from the defending champions, and their aim will be to have something positive to take away from the day, even if it is not the result.

By that I mean not being torn apart and creating some chances themselves, but I don't see Fulham going to City and scoring so good luck with that.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0


Newcastle v Arsenal

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has had some stick for the way he has been setting his teams up so defensively, although the Magpies fans are still very much on his side.

Saturday will be no different - you know his focus will be as much on stopping Arsenal as it is on how his own team get forward.

I just have a feeling it might work this time. Arsenal's players are not the only ones who have been away on international duty of course, but this might be a good time for Newcastle to play them.

Benitez's side beat the Gunners at St James' Park last season, to effectively ensure they stayed up, and I am going to go for the same result.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1


Watford v Man Utd

Watford are flying, and much has been made of the part in that played by Troy Deeney's partnership with Andre Gray up front.

This will be a real test for Manchester United's defence, but it is one I think they will pass.

United's win at Burnley last time out was a big result for them, not just because they needed the three points after losing two games in a row, but because they needed to stop all the chatter around Jose Mourinho's future.

I am going to go for another United win here, although I think it will be close.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2


SUNDAY

Wolves v Burnley

Wolves picked up their first top-flight win of the new campaign last time out, courtesy of Adam Traore's stoppage-time strike at West Ham, and they have looked lively whenever I have seen them this season.

Burnley are yet to win a league game this season and have only one point from their first four league games as well as going out of the Europa League.

With the chances they had at Southampton on the opening weekend of the season, the Clarets should really have beaten them, but it has still been a disappointing start for Sean Dyche's side.

This is a very important game for them and, given Burnley's form, a lot of people might look at it and think they fancy Wolves.

But this is the type of game that Burnley did well in last season and they showed then that they are capable of getting a positive result out of it.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2


Everton v West Ham

West Ham are the only top-flight team without a point this season and their manager Manuel Pellegrini has got a few things to sort out right through his team.

Defensively, the Hammers are abysmal. They were so, so open against Wolves and they have been the same in every other game.

Meanwhile, Everton are still unbeaten and have been playing all right but will feel they have dropped points - in their home draw with Huddersfieldlast time out, or away at Wolves, for example.

I think they will win on Sunday but there are much tougher tests to come.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1


MONDAY

Southampton v Brighton

Both of these teams have four points from their first four games and both have picked up an impressive win along the way too - Brighton against Manchester United in August and Southampton at Crystal Palace last time out.

Southampton were excellent - Hughes

This should be a close contest - the Seagulls showed they are ready to scrap when they came back from 2-0 down to draw with Fulham last time out and, with Danny Ings up front, Southampton are looking far more dangerous up front that they did last season.

I am delighted for Danny because he had such a dreadful time of it with injuries at Liverpool. He is one of those players who everyone loves, because of his work ethic and the way he trained, so it is brilliant he is back playing and scoring.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

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