ENGLAND – Mark Lawrenson, a former Liverpool player, has predicted Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to beat Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Lawrenson also backed Chelsea to defeat Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “We know the kind of form Harry Kane is in at the moment for Spurs, but [Manchester] City are looking a lot more solid defensively, and they’ll have a fit Gabriel Jesus to lead their attack.
“It’s going to be close, but I would go with Pep Guardiola to get one over Jose Mourinho.”
On the Newcastle vs Chelsea match, Lawrenson said, “Newcastle will be awkward, perhaps even more so than usual, after their non-performance in their defeat at Southampton last time out.
“Magpies boss Steve Bruce will try to make them much tighter, and they’ll have to be to keep Chelsea out.
“Frank Lampard’s side were just hitting their stride before the international break, especially in attack – they created so many chances in their win over Sheffield United.
“Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz are out of this game, but that would still allow the Blues to name pretty much the same team that beat the Blades. At the back, Thiago Silva is a doubt because he has only just got back from international duty, but I would still expect Chelsea to win comfortably.”
The kick-off time for Newcastle vs Chelsea is 1:30 pm, while that of Tottenham vs Man City is 6:30 pm.