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Premier League predictions: Lawro v NBA star Mario Hezonja

Arsenal’s game with Chelsea on Saturday is a crucial game in the battle for the top four, but who will come out on top? BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson says: “The Gunners were beaten at Stamford Bridge at the start of the season but they had a very good spell in the game when they battered the Blues. “The Gunners have defensive issues but they showed against Tottenham before Christmas what they are capable of in big games like this. “With the crowd behind them, it would be typical…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v The Greatest Dancer captain Oti Mabuse

Sunday sees the first big test for Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when his in-form team take on Tottenham. So far, Solskjaer has won all five of his games in charge in the Premier League and FA Cup – but how will he fare at Wembley? BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson says: “Spurs have beaten United at home in each of the past three seasons, with most of their current team involved in those games. “It just feels like Tottenham know they can turn United over. They…

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Asimov’s 2019 predictions – fiction or fact?

Image caption Isaac Asimov wrote three basic laws of robotics which many experts still refer to Back in 1983, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov was asked to predict how the world would look in 2019. His thoughts, written originally for the Toronto Star newspaper, can now be compared against reality. Many have proved surprisingly accurate. He foresaw the rise of computers, saying the complexity of society would make them “impossible to do without”, disrupting work and penetrating the home. “To think that computers would take over the world was remarkably…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v Yatez

There is one standout match among the New Year fixtures – Thursday’s game between champions Manchester City and leaders Liverpool. The Reds remain unbeaten this season in the league and hold a seven-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s side, who have lost three of their past five games. BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson says: “Regarding City, the circumstances coming into the match highlight how big Riyad Mahrez’s penalty miss against Liverpool was. “Back then it was harder to gauge the magnitude, but now it’s: ‘Crikey!’” Lawro is making predictions for…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v Wolf Alice bassist Theo Ellis

With three defeats in their past four Premier League games, December has been a bleak month so far for Manchester City – but can the champions end 2018 on a high? Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Southampton on Sunday and BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson says: “This is actually a good game for City because in a strange way they will be glad if Saints go for it against them. “That is the way that Saints have been playing under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, and I think an open…

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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…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v former France winger David Ginola

Manchester United’s past two visits to Anfield have resulted in drab and goalless stalemates – so will things be any different when they take on Liverpool on Sunday? BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson certainly hopes so, saying: “This fixture usually sees United boss Jose Mourinho at his most obstinate, and it could be that Liverpool are the only team who want to try to play football. “But surely this game surely cannot be as bad as those two, so I am going to go for some goals this time.…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v world champion boxer Josh Warrington

Leaders Manchester City might have been knocked off the top of the table by the time they play Chelsea at tea-time on Saturday in the pick of the weekend fixtures. But BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson thinks they will get a win at Stamford Bridge that will put them back on the Premier League summit. “Chelsea have lost their past two away games, at Tottenham and Wolves, and there are one or two cracks starting to appear,” Lawro explained. “Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has changed his team around…

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Fury v Wilder: Greatest comeback, fighting fit, Roach, Joshua and predictions

Watch: Fury and Wilder clash in pre-fight news conference Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles Date: Saturday, 1 December (local) Time: From 04:00 GMT on Sunday, 2 December Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app Tyson Fury says he has achieved one of the “best comebacks of all time” as he prepares to face Deontay Wilder in a bout labelled highly “significant” for British boxing. The Briton, 30, says he must simply enjoy one…

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Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew: A southpaw headache, Olympic pedigree and predictions

The world will see a new cruiserweight king – Bellew Usyk v Bellew Venue: Manchester Arena Date: Saturday, 10 November Ring walk: From 22:00 GMT Coverage: Radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and live text commentary on BBC Sport website from 20:30 GMT. Tony Bellew must deliver one of the biggest wins ever by a British fighter if he is to humble Oleksandr Usyk, says BBC Radio 5 live’s Mike Costello. Saturday’s Manchester Arena bout will present Bellew with the chance to become the first Briton to hold four…

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