Rugby Premier League predictions: Lawro v former Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton

Rugby Premier League predictions: Lawro v former Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton

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Liverpool are top of the table with five wins out of five – but will their 100% start survive Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge?

“I am sure Chelsea will have a good spell in the game, but I just think Liverpool will have too much nous for them,” said BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

“Good sides are able to bounce back and win, and that’s what I am expecting Jurgen Klopp’s side to do after their defeat at Napoli on Tuesday.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week he is up againstformer Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby captain Sam Warburton.

“Football was my first sport, I love it,” Warburton told BBC Sport. “When I was younger my dream was to play professionally.

“I have been a big Tottenham fan since I was about six. My dad was born in London, near Wembley, but moved to Wales at a young age and he brainwashed me and all my family to support Spurs.”

Warburton, who has released a book called ‘Open Side’, thinks Tottenham will beat Leicester on Saturday, and is backing New Zealand to win the rugby World Cup, which starts on Friday.

Premier League predictions – week six
Southampton v Bournemouthx-x2-11-1
Leicester v Tottenhamx-x1-11-2
Burnley v Norwichx-x2-03-2
Everton v Sheff Utdx-x2-02-0
Man City v Watfordx-x3-04-0
Newcastle v Brightonx-x2-02-1
Crystal Palace v Wolvesx-x2-12-2
West Ham v Man Utdx-x2-11-2
Arsenal v Aston Villax-x2-03-1
Chelsea v Liverpoolx-x0-20-1

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth10points. The exact score earns40points.


All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless stated.


Southampton v Bournemouth (20:00 BST)

Both of these sides had good results last time out, with Southampton winning at Sheffield United and Bournemouth beating Everton.

I was a bit worried about Saints after they lost their first two games but they have really picked up since then and, like Bournemouth, their aim for this season has to be to get into the top 10.

I am going to go with Southampton to edge this one, but it should be a good game and I am expecting the Cherries to create a few chances.

Eddie Howe’s side have always got goals in them, and they are slowly sorting out their defensive issues too.

Lawro’s prediction:2-1

Sam’s prediction:1-1


Leicester v Tottenham (12:30 BST)

I was surprised by Leicester’s lack of threat in their defeat at Manchester United last week.

The Foxes were very neat and tidy, but there was not much of an end product, and they will have to put that right here.

Tottenham have got their own issues, after throwing away a 2-0 lead against Olympiakos on Wednesday night.

They did the same at Arsenal in the Premier League at the start of September and this time Mauricio Pochettino gave his side a bit of a shellacking afterwards.

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Spurs have been very up and down so far this season, but I don’t think they have too much to worry about – they are a good side, with some quality players.

Sometimes you just start the season slowly – it happened to Liverpool sometimes in my time there – but the most important thing is how you finish the campaign, not how you start it.

You just know Spurs are going to have a run where they win loads of games, but they might have to wait a bit longer to get up and running.

Lawro’s prediction:1-1

Sam’s prediction:1-2

Burnley v Norwich

Norwich’s win over Manchester City last week was a fabulous performance and result, and one of the biggest upsets we have seen in the Premier League for a long time.

Forget how poor Manchester City were at the back, because Norwich’s gameplan was absolutely perfect, and they stuck to it. Well done to them.

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