Premier League predictions: Lawro v NBA star Mario Hezonja

Arsenal’s game with Chelsea on Saturday is an important game within the battle for the high 4, however who will come out on high?

BBC Sport’s soccer skilled Mark Lawrenson says: “The Gunners were beaten at Stamford Bridge at first of the season however that they had an excellent spell within the game once they battered the Blues.

“The Gunners have defensive points however they confirmed against Tottenham before Christmas what they’re able to in massive games like this.

“With the group behind them, it could be typical in the event that they went out and beat Chelsea – they’ve positively received sufficient high quality in midfield and assault to win this one.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a wide range of visitors.

This week he’s up against New York Knicks basketball star Mario Hezonja.

NBA star Hezonja predicts ‘his team’ Newcastle to beat Cardiff

The Croatian small ahead performed in Thursday’s NBA London game against Washington Wizards.

Hezonja, 23, is a Newcastle fan and is backing them to beat fellow strugglers Cardiff on Saturday.

While taking part in for Barcelona at first of his basketball profession, Hezonja was requested if he had been to see Lionel Messi in action on the Nou Camp.

“Let Messi come to see me”, was his response.

So, which NBA stars does Hezonja assume are the perfect soccer players?

He informed BBC Sport: “From what I’ve seen, Joel Embiid [of the Philadelphia 76ers] and Tony Parker [of the Charlotte Hornets]. I’ve to say myself too!”

Premier League predictions – week 23
Wolves v Leicesterx-x2-00-1
Bournemouth v West Hamx-x2-10-1
Liverpool v Crystal Palacex-x2-02-0
Man Utd v Brightonx-x3-02-0
Newcastle v Cardiffx-x2-02-1
Southampton v Evertonx-x1-10-0
Watford v Burnleyx-x0-10-0
Arsenal v Chelseax-x2-11-2
Huddersfield v Man Cityx-x0-20-2
Fulham v Tottenhamx-x0-20-2

An accurate outcome (picking a win, draw or defeat) is value 10 factors. The actual rating earns 40 factors.


All kick-offs 15:00 GMT until acknowledged.


Wolves v Leicester (12:30 GMT)

Leicester lost to Southampton final week regardless of Saints taking part in the entire second half with 10 males, and a few Foxes fans are clearly not proud of supervisor Claude Puel.

That has been the case for some time now, regardless of Leicester’s wins against Manchester City and Chelsea over Christmas, and it’s another excuse why I don’t perceive why Puel picked a weakened team for his facet’s FA Cup defeat by Newport County.

If he had put a stronger team out and gained that tie, it could have given Leicester’s supporters one thing to stay up for. Instead, Puel managed to bother a few of them much more.

FA Cup: Newport County 2-1 Leicester City highlights

I learn an excellent interview with Wolves government chairman Jeff Shi in the Sunday Times (subscription required)