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Sport Mark Lawrenson predicts London derby deadlock for West Ham

12:20  24 october  2021
12:20  24 october  2021 Source:   readsport.co

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Mark Lawrenson has backed West Ham to beat Everton when the two sides meet at the London Stadium on Sunday, with the Hammers winning last time out. “ West Ham were very impressive when they beat Burnley last weekend,” he told BBC Sport, as he predicted a 2-0 win for the Hammers. “I thought they were tailing off a bit after losing their previous two games, but they looked really strong at Turf Moor. “Everton are much better on the road than they are at home but I think they are in for a difficult day in east London .

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted Chelsea will inflict more pain on West Ham on Saturday after the Hammers slipped up against last weekend. The Hammers will be desperate to bounce back to winning ways having missed the chance to further cement a place in the top four when David Moyes’ men were beaten 3-2 by Newcastle United. Writing his regular prediction column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson has backed Chelsea to come away with a 2-0 victory in what is a huge clash in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification.

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West Ham have fond recent memories of London derby clashes with their capital rivals Tottenham.

The Hammers are unbeaten in the last two fixtures and are currently enjoying a strong start to the new season both domestically and in Europe.

By contrast, Tottenham have struggled for consistency in the early days under Nuno Espirito Santo and were left red-faced in midweek when defeated by Vitesse Arnhem.

Writing for his weekly column for BBC Sport, former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson has predicted a battle at the London Stadium.

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Mark Lawrenson is predicting that Arsenal will continue their winning run with a 2-1 victory over West Ham United in the London derby at The Emirates on. West Ham , meanwhile, slumped to a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United in their Premier League opener at the London Stadium last weekend to make a disappointing start to the new season. The Hammers haven’t made significant investment to their squad in the 2020 summer transfer window to raise questions about their ability to remain in the Premier League.

West Ham face Southampton on Saturday afternoon at St Mary’s hoping to maintain an unbeaten start to the Premier League. The Hammers won two and drew one of their fixtures prior to the international break and sit second in the table as a result. Since then David Moyes has strengthened the ranks to the tune of Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral, all of whom are in contention to play a role this weekend. However, despite the strong start, and the Saints’ winless opening salvo, BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted a shock could be in store on the South Coast.

“West Ham got a really good win at Everton last week in a game I had a feeling they would nick. Tottenham’s revival continued at Newcastle, where their quality came through after a difficult start and Harry Kane got off the mark in the Premier League. This one is hard to call. I don’t think there will be much between them on Sunday, or come to the end of the season.”

Lawrenson tipped the match to end 1-1 as the Irons look to overtake Spurs and move inside the top four of the Premier League.

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Whilst this will undoubtedly be a closely fought contest, Moyes’ side will hope to make the most of home advantage.

West Ham could also welcome Vladimir Coufal and Michail Antonio back into the fold after the key duo missed the victory over Genk in midweek.

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