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Sir Kenny Dalglish: Scotland great says knighthood is 'a wee bit embarrassing'

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 00:56

Former Celtic, Liverpool and Scotland striker Kenny Dalglish says his knighthood is a "a wee bit embarrassing" and "humbling" but admits he is "proud" to have received the honour from Prince Charles.

The 67-year-old suggests it is a reward for a good upbringing.

From King Kenny to Sir Kenny

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Mohamed Salah: Egypt forward scores last-minute winner against Tunisia

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 18:37
Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah scored a last-minute winner as Egypt beat Tunisia 3-2 in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

The Liverpool forward played a one-two with Salah Mohsen before clipping the ball over keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha for his 39th international goal.

He has now scored in each of his past eight international matches.

Naim Sliti scored twice for Tunisia, either side of goals from Trezeguet and Baher El Mohamady. Both sides have already qualified for Afcon 2019.

The tournament will be hosted in Cameroon from 15 June to 13 July, a change from the usual January/February schedule.

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Liverpool and Scotland's Kenny Dalglish receives knighthood

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:06

Former footballer and manager Kenny Dalglish has been knighted.

Sir Kenny received the honour from Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

As a player, Sir Kenny helped Liverpool win three European Cups in seven years. He went on to successfully manage both Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers.

Sir Kenny supported the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and he and his wife Marina have raised more than £10m for charity.

Also being honoured during the investiture at Buckingham Palace, were actor Tom Hardy, former footballer Jermain Defoe, television historian Lucy Worsley and entrepreneur Jo Malone.

Kenny Dalglish's honour was for "services to football, charity, and the city of Liverpool".

Kenny Dalglish was born in Glasgow and began his professional career with Celtic in 1971. Success there included four Scottish league championships.

In 1977, he was transferred to Liverpool for a then British record fee of £440,000.

He played for the Merseyside club throughout the most successful period in its history.

In addition to domestic honours which included six English league championships, Liverpool won three European Cups and one UEFA Super Cup.

As a Scotland internationalist, Kenny Dalglish made over 100 appearances and scored 30 goals.

Football management

As Liverpool manager from 1985 to 1991, further success included three First Division championships and the FA Cup.

As manager of Blackburn Rovers, he took them from the Second Division to winning the Premier League in 1995.

There were further spells in management at Newcastle United and Celtic before Kenny Dalglish gave his attentions to charitable interests from 2000 to 2010.

He returned to manage Liverpool at the start of 2011, remaining there until the following year.

A stand at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium was named after him in 2017.

Kenny Dalglish has been inducted into both the Scottish and English football halls of fame.

Services to drama

Actor Tom Hardy received a CBE for services to drama during the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

His credits include films such as Inception, and reading the bedtime story on the television channel CBeebies.

Former footballer Jermain Defoe was awarded an OBE for services to his charitable foundation.

He launched it in 2010 after a hurricane hit St Lucia, the Caribbean island his grandparents came from.

Lucy Worsley, the chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces who has become famous through her television history programmes, was awarded an OBE.

Entrepreneur Jo Malone was given the CBE for her services to the British economy and the GREAT Britain campaign.

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Anfield attack: Roma donates £130,000 for Sean Cox care

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 18:57

Roma football club is to donate €150,000 (£133,000) towards the medical and rehabilitation costs of a fan who was attacked in Liverpool.

Sean Cox, 53, from Ireland, suffered a brain injury before a match between Liverpool and Roma in April.

The club said officials had visited Mr Cox and his wife and would work with them on initiatives to help cover care costs "over a multi-year period".

Martina Cox said her husband "will require care for the rest of his life".

The father-of-three, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, was severely beaten outside Anfield on 24 April before the first leg of Liverpool's Champion League semi-final.

'Should never happen'

He is receiving treatment in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire.

Roma said it would donate €100,000 and chairman Jim Pallotta will make a personal donation of €50,000.

Mr Pallotta said: "What happened to Sean Cox should never happen to anyone attending a football match.

"Our thoughts today, as they have been from day one, are with Sean, Martina and their whole family.

"We all hope Sean makes as full a recovery as possible."

Mrs Cox said: "Our life has been turned upside down by what has happened to Sean.

"There is no sign of Sean being able to return home any time soon and even with extensive specialist rehabilitation efforts, which will take years, he will require care for the rest of his life."

Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp has donated 5,000 euros (£4,400) towards Mr Cox's long-term care.

In October, Roma fan Filippo Lombardi, 21, was cleared of being part of a joint attack on Mr Cox, but admitted violent disorder.

During the trial, Mr Cox's brother Martin said his brother could not speak or sit up unaided following the attack.

The court heard another man had been arrested in Rome in connection with the attack and was awaiting extradition.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker 'working to be perfect'

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 16:24
Brazil and Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker

Liverpool's Alisson Becker says he is working hard to be the "perfect" keeper that people expect him to be after his £66.8m move from Roma in the summer.

The fee for the 26-year-old Brazil international was a world record until Chelsea paid Athletic Bilbao £71m for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

"I came here for a high price and some people expect to me to be perfect," said Alisson.

"It is not easy but I'm trying. I'm working to be better."

Alisson is in his country's squad to play Uruguay at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

He has seven clean sheets in 12 Premier League appearances for Liverpool.

But he was caught out when trying a trick against Leicester as he conceded one of the five top-flight goals he has let in, although the Reds still won the game 2-1.

"It is really early to say if I'm satisfied with how I'm playing but I'm working to be perfect," he added.

"I am really happy with my move to the Premier League. I'm working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals.

"The Premier League has great intensity, you have to be really focused all the time.

"One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.

"My team have a really great defence so it is not often the ball comes near my net but I have one or two opportunities to show my quality, so I need to be focused all the time."

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Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool striker charged with breaching betting rules

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 18:27
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct for alleged breaches of its betting rules.

Sturridge, 29, has been given until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday, 20 November to respond to the charge, which relates to the period of January 2018.

It is alleged he breached one rule relating to betting on football, and one which covers providing information relating to football which has been "obtained by virtue of his position" and "is not publicly available".

A Liverpool spokesman said: "Daniel has given his full and unequivocal co-operation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so.

"Daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football.

"As with any issue of this nature, we will allow the process to be concluded in its entirety before making any further comment."

Sturridge, who joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2013, spent the second half of last season at West Brom after moving on loan on 29 January.

More to follow.

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Premier League stats: Tight at the top, tough at the bottom and Newcastle's league of nations

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 21:31
Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Maurizio Sarri.

Mind the gap - the difference between the top and bottom of the Premier League looks to be wider than ever.

In the race for the title, just four points separate Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea after all three sides maintained their unbeaten starts to the season this weekend - the first time three teams have avoided defeat after 12 games of a top-flight campaign.

At the bottom, Fulham lost again, meaning they have made the third-worst start by any team at this stage of a Premier League campaign.

Those results - Manchester City winning the Manchester derby, Liverpool beating Fulham and Chelsea drawing with Everton - leave City two points clear of Liverpool, with Chelsea just two points further back in third.

Pep Guardiola's side actually have two points fewer than they did this time last season, but perhaps more significant is what's going on immediately below them.

City were eight points clear of second-placed Manchester United this time 12 months ago. Chelsea were third but are three points better off this time around. After their record-breaking 100 points haul last season, it seems City's title rivals have stepped up a level to try and compete.

But how does that compare with previous seasons?

To put it in perspective, Liverpool have equalled their best start to a Premier League season, matching the total they achieved in 2002-03. Their points tally of 30 would have been enough to top the table at this stage in 18 of the previous 26 Premier League seasons.

And the top three's combined points total of 90 is the most collected by the clubs in those positions at this stage of a Premier League season.

Mind the gap indeed.

Record-breaking Sarri

Chelsea may have failed to win this weekend but manager Maurizio Sarri was still able to create a little bit of history.

Sunday's goalless draw at Stamford Bridge means the Italian has become the first manager to avoid defeat in his first 12 Premier League games, moving ahead of Frank Clark at Nottingham Forest in 1994-95.

It's also just the second time in Chelsea's history that the club have gone unbeaten in their first 12 games of a top-flight season. The first time they did so - in 2014-15 - they went on to win the league under Jose Mourinho.

Despite breaking the record, Sarri's total of 28 points from 12 games is only the fifth best start by a Chelsea manager in their first 12 Premier League games. Top of the list is Guus Hiddink, who earned 31 points from his first 12 matches in 2009-10 (Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Felipe Scolari and Jose Mourinho were the other three).

Top five dominating bottom five

One of the reasons the top three have accrued so many points so far is their dominance over the teams at the bottom.

If you take the top five Premier League sides as a whole, they have won 19 out of the 20 meetings with the bottom five so far - with only Crystal Palace's 2-2 draw against Arsenal last month the exception.

But is the gap between top and bottom in the Premier League widening? We asked Simon Gleave of data analysts Gracenote to dig deeper into the numbers.

He said: "With 40% of matches between the top and bottom five played, the big clubs are more dominant this season than ever before, winning all but one of these games. The top five's win percentage over the bottom five is 95% and they have won 96.7% of the possible points.

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"With 11 goals in 20 matches, the bottom five score 0.55 goals per match in these fixtures. This is the fourth lowest return in the 27 Premier League seasons. This season's scoring rate of the bottom five against the top five is exactly half of what it was in the inaugural Premier League season (1992-93).

"There has been a remarkable difference in the scoring rate of the top five teams in these matches compared to previous Premier League seasons. The current top five clubs in the Premier League are scoring more than three goals per match against the bottom five, a figure which is unprecedented and nearly a goal per match higher than the average in these fixtures."

Tough at the bottom?

All those points collected at the top is inevitably having a negative effect on those at the bottom. And while the bottom three may only have four wins between them so far this season, it is a manager of a team just outside the relegation zone who is under pressure going into the international break.

Southampton's failure to beat Watford on Saturday created an unwanted club record. The 1-1 draw means the Saints have failed to win any of their first six home games in a season for the first time in the club's history.

The result also means Southampton are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference, increasing the pressure on boss Mark Hughes.

Hughes fulfilled his remit in keeping the Saints up last season, but his record of five wins from 24 games in charge means he has the worst win ratio - 20.8% - of any recent Saints manager.

How does Mark Hughes' Southampton record compare?ManagerMatchesWonDrawnLostWin ratio%Mauricio Pochettino (2013-14)6023181938.33%Ronald Koeman (2014-16)9144173048.35%Claude Puel (2016-17)5320132037.74%Mauricio Pellegrino (2017-18)348131323.53%Mark Hughes (2018-present)24581120.8%

Not only that, it is also the worst win ratio of Hughes' managerial career.

Mark Hughes' managerial recordTeamMatchesWonDrawnLostWin ratio%Blackburn (2004-08)18882475943.6%Man City (2008-09)7736162546.8%Fulham (2010-11)4314161332.6%QPR (2012)34862023.5%Stoke (2013-18)20071488135.5%Southampton (2018-)24581120.8%

The 55-year-old has won just three out of 20 Premier League games in charge, averaging 0.8 points per game. Of managers who have taken charge of 10 Premier League games or more since Hughes was appointed at St Mary's, only Slavisa Jokanovic, David Wagner and Neil Warnock have a worse points-per-game ratio - the managers of the three teams currently below Saints in the table.

If Southampton maintain their current points-per-game ratio, they are on course to end the season on 30 points. No team has ever avoided relegation from the Premier League with such a tally, with West Brom's total of 34 points the lowest in 2004-05.

And finally... Newcastle's league of nations

Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since April and climb out of the relegation zone.

But what was also interesting about the Magpies' win at St James' Park was Rafael Benitez's team selection.

The Spaniard used 14 players from 14 different nations during Saturday's win, only the sixth time that has happened in the Premier League.

Curiously, the previous five occasions all occurred in 2011 and involved just two clubs - Arsenal and West Brom.

11 November 2018: Newcastle v Bournemouth: Martin Dubravka (Slovakia), Fabian Schar (Switzerland), Federico Fernandez (Argentina), Paul Dummett (Wales), DeAndre Yedlin (USA), Matt Ritchie (Scotland), Mohamed Diame (Senegal), Ki Sung-yueng (South Korea), Kenedy (Brazil), Ayoze Perez (Spain), Salomon Rondon (Venezuela), Isaac Hayden (England), Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland), Christian Atsu (Ghana).

27 December 2011: Arsenal v Wolves:Wojciech Szczesny (Poland), Per Mertesacker (Germany), Laurent Koscielny (France), Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium,) Johan Djourou (Switzerland), Alex Song (Cameroon), Tomas Rosicky (Czech Republic), Yossi Benayoun (Israel), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Mikel Arteta (Spain), Andrey Arshavin (Russia), Gervinho (Ivory Coast), Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Marouane Chamakh (Morocco).

26 November 2011: Arsenal v Fulham: Wojciech Szczesny (Poland), Andre Santos (Brazil), Per Mertesacker (Germany), Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium), Abou Diaby (France), Johan Djourou (Switzerland), Alex Song (Cameroon), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Mikel Arteta (Spain), Andrey Arshavin (Russia), Theo Walcott (England), Gervinho (Ivory Coast), Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Marouane Chamakh (Morocco).

19 November 2011: Arsenal v Norwich:Wojciech Szczesny (Poland), Andre Santos (Brazil), Laurent Koscielny (France), Per Mertesacker (Germany), Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium), Johan Djourou (Switzerland), Yossi Benayoun (Israel), Alex Song (Cameroon), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Mikel Arteta (Spain), Andrey Arshavin (Russia), Theo Walcott (England), Gervinho (Ivory Coast), Robin van Persie (Netherlands).

23 October 2011: Arsenal v Stoke: Wojciech Szczesny (Poland), Andre Santos (Brazil), Laurent Koscielny (France), Per Mertesacker (Germany), Johan Djourou (Switzerland), Emmanuel Frimpong (Ghana), Alex Song (Cameroon), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Mikel Arteta (Spain), Andrey Arshavin (Russia), Theo Walcott (England), Gervinho (Ivory Coast), Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Marouane Chamakh (Morocco).

23 January 2011: West Brom v Blackburn: Boaz Myhill (Wales), Jonas Olsson (Sweden), Marek Cech (Slovakia), Gabriel Tamas (Romania), Gonzalo Jara (Chile), James Morrison (Scotland), Chris Brunt (Northern Ireland), Jerome Thomas (England), Youssouf Mulumbu (DR Congo), Paul Scharner (Austria), Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria), Somen Tchoyi (Cameroon), Roman Bednar (Czech Republic).

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Liverpool 2-0 Fulham: Slavisa Jokanovic bemoans referee's decisions

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:38

Slavisa Jokanovic says it's "easier" for referees to give decisions to teams like Liverpool than it is to give them for Fulham after their 2-0 loss at Anfield.

MATCH REPORT:Liverpool 2-0 Fulham

Watch highlights of Sunday's Premier League games on Match of the Day 2 at 23:00 GMT on BBC One and on the BBC Sport website.

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Can you name the Premier League's most-used substitutes?

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 15:12
James Milner comes off the bench against Fulham on Sunday

For many footballers, having to warm the bench can be a real pain in the backside.

But someone has to do it, and some players have done it more than others. A lot more.

With his late cameo for Liverpool against Fulham on Sunday, James Milner made his 124th appearance as a Premier League substitute - putting him fifth in the all-time list.

Can you name the full top 10? You've got three minutes to have a go.

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Premier League live - Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City & Man Utd in action

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 16:38

Maurizio Sarri makes two changes to the side that beat Crystal Palace 3-1 in Chelsea's last Premier League match.

Fit-again Eden Hazard starts, along with Mateo Kovacic, as Ross Barkley and Pedro drop to the bench.

Cesc Fabregas was a doubt because of illness, but is named among the substitutes. However Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back) is not in the squad.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Hazard, Kovacic, Willian, Azpilicueta, Morata, Luiz.

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Everton make one enforced change to the team that beat Brighton 3-1 last time out, with Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma ineligible to play against his parent club.

Zouma's absence means Yerry Mina starts his first league game for the Toffees, while Richarlison has passed a fitness test to start for Marco Silva's side.

Everton XI: Pickford, Keane, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Digne, Mina, Gueye, Bernard, Coleman, Richarlison.

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Liverpool: Free period products offered to female fans at Anfield

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 17:33
Sanitary products

Liverpool have become the fifth Premier League club to provide fans in their stadium with free period products.

The Reds have joined Brighton, Huddersfield, Fulham and Everton in signing up to the 'On The Ball' campaign, which was set up by three Celtic supporters earlier this year.

In total, 45 clubs across the UK have signed up to the campaign.

"A club like Liverpool getting involved is absolutely amazing," On The Ball's Mikaela McKinley told BBC Sport.

"It sends a strong message to others that period products should be free and accessible, at football and beyond. We hope others see this move and follow suit."

Following a successful trial during Liverpool's home fixtures with Manchester City, Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff, in which baskets of free sanitary products were available in toilets in Anfield's Main Stand, the scheme will be rolled out across the stadium.

Products will be available in all ladies' and accessible toilets in either 'free-vend' machines or baskets.

"Period poverty is a very real issue and one that no-one should have to face," said Daniel Gallo, Liverpool's HR director.

"We want to do our bit to help any supporters who may be struggling to access these essential products. Menstruation is also still quite a taboo subject, so we hope that talking about it and raising awareness of these issues will help to end period poverty for good."

Earlier this year, McKinley, Orlaith Duffy and Erin Slaven successfully campaigned for free period products at their own club, Celtic.

"We're absolutely buzzing with how the campaign is going," Slaven told BBC Sport.

"We never imagined it would go this far and we are still totally chuffed every time a new team gets on board. We are delighted with the progress the campaign has made.

"We want to keep working with other fans, to help them make real grassroots change in football."

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Liverpool v Fulham

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 13:12
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Premier League predictions: Lawro v WWE stars Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 16:57
Lawro's predictions

Manchester United will be the underdogs when they go to Etihad Stadium to play neighbours Manchester City on Sunday - but who will prevail?

"I feel that the ball has just started to run for United a little bit," BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson said. "Look at their last-gasp wins over Bournemouth and Juventus this week.

"When you keep scoring important last-minute goals, it is great for you and it also worries the opposition a little bit.

"Yes, City are favourites but I don't think this will be straightforward for them at all."

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

This week's guests are WWE wrestlers Dolph Ziggler and his tag-team partner Drew McIntyre.

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Drew is a Rangers fan - and has been from a very early age.

He explained to BBC Sport: "My family supports Rangers and Celtic and, when you are a baby, they leave out the two tops and you crawl towards one of them.

"I believe I crawled to the Rangers top when I was a kid."

The 33-year-old from Ayr is enjoying life under current Gers boss Steve Gerrard and thinks he might bring the glory days back to Ibrox - although it might take a while.

"Gerrard played with his heart, which is something we were missing," McIntyre explained.

"He is drilling it into his team and we are on the rise. In the next couple of seasons I think we are going to be right back in it, competing with Celtic."

"It would be sweet to win something this season but I am being realistic - and it is amazing that we are back where we are right now."

Premier League predictions - week 12ResultLawroDolph & DrewSATURDAYCardiff v Brightonx-x1-01-1Huddersfield v West Hamx-x1-12-1Leicester v Burnleyx-x2-12-0Newcastle v Bournemouthx-x2-02-0Southampton v Watfordx-x2-01-2Crystal Palace v Tottenhamx-x1-10-3SUNDAYLiverpool v Fulhamx-x3-04-0Chelsea v Evertonx-x2-02-2Arsenal v Wolvesx-x2-03-1Man City v Man Utdx-x1-13-2

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless stated.

SATURDAY Cardiff v Brighton

Cardiff v Brighton (12:30 GMT)

Four of the Premier League's bottom five are at home this weekend, and I think we might see a few of them picking up some points.

Snapshot of bottom of Premier League table - 15th Burnley, 16th Southampton, 17th Newcastle, 18th Huddersfield, 19th Cardiff and 20th Fulham

I have not backed Cardiff to win a game so far this season, but they always have a real go at teams at home and Saturday will be no different - they are not going to change the way they play.

Brighton won at Newcastle last month but their top-flight away record is poor and they do not create too many opportunities on the road.

So the Bluebirds will see this one as winnable, and I think they will pick up three vital points.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0

Dolph & Drew's prediction: 1-1

Huddersfield v West Ham

Huddersfield v West Ham

Huddersfield will be full of confidence after getting a much-needed first win of the season against Fulham on Monday.

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Now they are back at home again, in another game they will think they can get something out of.

West Ham can blow hot and cold so it is difficult to know what to expect from them, but we do know the Terriers do not score many - so I cannot see there being many goals in this one.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Dolph & Drew's prediction: 1-2

Leicester v Burnley

Leicester v Burnley

Leicester were playing for their late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in their win at Cardiff last week, and their first home game since he was killed along with four other people in a helicopter crash at King Power Stadium is sure to be another emotional day.

It is the first time the players and the home fans have all been together since the tragedy happened and the one thing that Leicester will not want to do in memory of the man is be beaten.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Dolph & Drew's prediction: 2-0

Newcastle v Bournemouth

Newcastle v Bournemouth

Like Huddersfield, Newcastle picked up their first win of the season last week, which will have been a massive weight lifted off their players' shoulders.

The Magpies also get the chance to follow up that win against beatable opposition, and on home turf too.

When I say "beatable", I mean that as good as Bournemouth have been this season, it is not as though the Magpies are going away to play a top-four team.

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As a player, when you finally win a game after a long wait, it can change your mindset. I am not saying the Magpies are going to surge up the table, but this is a chance for Rafa Benitez's side to carry on their momentum.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dolph & Drew's prediction: (Dolph) Newcastle? I have had their beer. Does Bournemouth have a beer or a drink? No? Sorry, Newcastle up. 2-0

Southampton v Watford

Southampton v Watford

Southampton are really struggling at the moment, but I don't think their 6-1 defeat by Manchester City will play on their minds too much here.

It is more Saints' lack of goals at home that is a problem - they have managed only three in five games so far.

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After three draws and two defeats, Mark Hughes' side are still waiting for their first home win of the season too.

Will they get it against an inconsistent Watford side that lost to Newcastle last time out? Yes.

I am officially declaring this 'bottom of the table week' because this is another winnable game for a team in and around the relegation zone.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dolph & Drew's prediction: 1-2

Crystal Palace v Tottenham

Crystal Palace v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

With two points from five games this season, Crystal Palace have the worst home record in the Premier League - even worse than Southampton's.

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But the Eagles showed what they are capable of with their 2-2 draw against Arsenal the last time they played at Selhurst Park, and I am expecting something similar on Saturday.

This is another London derby, and they are almost always tight. Also, Tottenham have had lots of games recently - on some iffy pitches - which won't help them either.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Dolph & Drew's prediction: (Dolph) Crystal Palace? It sounds like a restaurant by my house. Who are they playing? Spurs? What is that? Oh they are the good team, right? There is no stopping Harry Kane. 0-3

SUNDAY Liverpool v Fulham

Liverpool v Fulham (12:00 GMT)

Liverpool had a bad night against Red Star in Belgrade on Tuesday - in every department.

Their passing was poor, defensively they weren't great and although they created a few opportunities, their finishing wasn't up to scratch either.

From one to 11, they were ordinary and, as well as the fact they lost, the worrying thing for the Reds was that they looked like a one-trick pony.

 1st Man City, 2nd Chelsea, 3rd Liverpool, 4th Tottenham, 5th Arsenal and 6th Bournemouth

They have not suddenly become a bad side, though. It is more that Jurgen Klopp tried to change his team around a little bit and it did not work.

And I don't see them struggling against Fulham either.

The Cottagers are having a disastrous run that has seen them fall to the bottom of the table, and I think they will lose for a seventh successive game on Sunday.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Dolph & Drew's prediction: 4-0

Chelsea v Everton

Chelsea v Everton (14:15 GMT)

Everton got a good win against Brighton last week and played really well too.

But scoring goals against the Seagulls at home is completely different to doing it at Stamford Bridge and it is hard to see past a Chelsea win here.

There is still a question mark over Blues striker Alvaro Morata, despite his goals against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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It was a good day for Morata, but he has had plenty of bad days too, and he needs to repeat that kind of form in the next 10 games to prove himself.

The good news for Chelsea is that they know they can always rely on Eden Hazard to get them out of trouble if they need it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dolph & Drew's prediction: 2-2

Arsenal v Wolves

Arsenal v Wolves (16:30 GMT)

The more I see of Arsenal, the more I think what a good job Unai Emery has done since taking charge of the Gunners, and with the minimum of fuss.

Arsenal were very impressive again in their draw with Liverpool, and I am expecting more of the same this time around.

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Wolves have now lost three games in a row but, whatever happens here, I don't think they are in danger of slipping too far down the table - they have got too much quality for that.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dolph & Drew's prediction: 3-1

Man City v Man Utd

Man City v Man Utd (16:30 GMT)

The way Jose Mourinho's side have been fighting back in games recently is like the United of old. Even if you have got a lead against them, you know they are going to come back.

City's fans might turn up at Etihad Stadium thinking they have done Southampton and Shakhtar for six, and now they will take United - but football is rarely that simple.

 7th Man Utd, 8th Watford, 9th Everton, 10th Leicester, 11th Wolves and 12th Brighton

On a similar note, United fans might be optimistic because of their win at the Etihad towards the end of last season, but I don't see that happening again.

I don't see City winning either, though. I usually always fancy them so much to win at home, but with United being so resilient, I am going to go for a draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Dolph & Drew's prediction: (Dolph) I have got to go with the team that I have actually talked to and hung out with and thought they were great, so I am going to stick with Manchester City - although it is going to be a close one. 3-2

How did Lawro do last week?

Last week, Lawro got nine correct results, with no perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 90 points.

He beat Matt Kean and Matt Nicholls, bassist and drummer in rock band Bring Me The Horizon, who got five correct results, with no exact scores, for a total of 50 points.

Total scores after week 11Lawro950Guests850Lawro v GuestsP11W4D2L5 Lawro's League Table +/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITIONTEAMPWDLPTS+/-=1Man City111010310=1Man Utd11101031+63Liverpool116502304Leicester1162320+6=5Chelsea1154219-3=5Tottenham1154219-17Everton1160518+28Arsenal1152417-39Newcastle1143415+8=10Crystal Palace1142514+4=10Fulham1142514+10=12Bournemouth1134413-6=12Burnley1134413+314Watford1140712-615West Ham1132611-2=16Southampton11317100=16Wolves1131710-518Brighton112369-6=19Cardiff1104740=19Huddersfield111194-1GUEST LEADERBOARD 2018-19SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD120Joe Thomas90Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark86Lawro (average after 11 weeks)80Richard Ashcroft, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Mark Wahlberg60Idris Elba50Bring Me The Horizon40Tom Grennan

Lawro's best score: 260 points (week seven v Karl Pilkington)

Lawro's worst score: 40 points (week three v Idris Elba and week eight v Chris Stark)

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