Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stint as interim Manchester United manager began with a bang as they won 5-1 at Cardiff on Saturday, but how will he get on in his first home game in charge?

United host struggling Huddersfield Town on 26 December and BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson says: “The atmosphere will be great at Old Trafford, which it wasn’t very often under Jose Mourinho, and the players already look in a better mood too.

“Solskjaer’s approach will be very different to what the fans have seen recently. It will be all about passing forward and creating chances – United will have a smile on their faces, and they will be playing as if the shackles have come off.”

This week’s guest is Jim Glennie, bassist with rock band James and a Manchester City fan.

James bassist Jim Glennie

It is safe to say that Glennie is enjoying life under Pep Guardiola – not just City’s success, but the way they have achieved it.

“It is absolutely fantastic,” he told BBC Sport. “I am getting to as many games as I can. First, because it is lovely to see us winning games for a change, but also because of the quality of the football.

“Regardless of it being City, it is just stunning. It is so entertaining to watch.”

City suffered a shock home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday that leaves them four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool but Glennie is still pretty confident about their prospects of defending their title.

“When we get to the thick end of the season, I think City’s squad will just kind of steamroller through it and I cannot see Liverpool keeping it together – but I have been saying that for the past 10 games or so already.”


Premier League predictions – week 19
Fulham v Wolvesx-x2-11-2
Burnley v Evertonx-x2-10-0
Crystal Palace v Cardiffx-x2-01-1
Leicester v Man Cityx-x0-21-3
Liverpool v Newcastlex-x2-03-1
Man Utd v Huddersfieldx-x3-02-0
Tottenham v Bournemouthx-x2-02-0
Brighton v Arsenalx-x1-11-2
Watford v Chelseax-x1-21-2
Southampton v West Hamx-x2-00-1

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


All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless stated.


Fulham v Wolves

Fulham v Wolves (12:30 GMT)

Wolves got in some good positions in their defeat by Liverpool on Friday, but could not make the most of them.

Adama Traore played up front in that game and, although he is lightning quick, he just is not a goalscorer. He had a couple of chances where he should have done a lot better.

Snapshot of the bottom of the Premier League: 15th Newcastle, 16th Southampton, 17th Cardiff, 18th Burnley, 19th Huddersfield, 20th Fulham

Fulham got a good point against Newcastle on Saturday and a clean sheet too, which was another positive after a difficult few weeks.

I actually thought they looked a better team than the Magpies, and if Claudio Ranieri can get a repeat performance in this game, I can see them getting a much-needed win.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Jim’s prediction: 1-2

Burnley v Everton

Burnley v Everton

Burnley lost at Arsenal on Saturday but I still thought they were more like their old selves – which is a team difficult to play against and hard to beat.

This is a good time for them to play Everton too, on the back of the Toffees’ 6-2 home defeat by Tottenham on Sunday.

I think Clarets boss Sean Dyche will have his side to come out fighting, like they were in their last home game against Brighton. They won that one, and I can see them getting the same result this time.

This is a difficult time for Everton, who have not won any of their past five matches, and they have collected one point fewer than they managed at the same stage last season.

I still think as a team they have got a style and a purpose now but, for all their good performances at home and the way they played in the Merseyside derby, they have not been getting results recently.

I don’t think Burnley away is a good game to have when you are not playing well, because the Clarets will be at them constantly, but I also don’t think it will be long before we see an upturn in form from Everton.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Jim’s prediction: 0-0

Crystal Palace v Cardiff

Crystal Palace v Cardiff

Crystal Palace’s win at Manchester City was the result of the weekend, and arguably the whole season so far.

They will be on a big high after that victory and I would expect that to carry on through this game.

Cardiff, meanwhile, got hit for five by Manchester United – a week after conceding three at Watford – and it is hard to see them improving on their dreadful away form in this game.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Jim’s prediction: 1-1

Leicester v Man City

Leicester v Man City

Leicester were another team to spring a big surprise over the weekend with their win at Chelsea.

It seems all is not well between Jamie Vardy and Foxes boss Claude Puel, with Vardy complaining that Puel’s playing style does not suit his game.

We saw how important Vardy is to Leicester with his goal at Stamford Bridge. They are a different team when he plays, and I don’t see how Puel can leave him out – especially with his job supposedly in doubt.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola must be hoping Fernandinho is fit, because they missed him in their defeat against Palace, but I can see what Guardiola is trying to do by playing John Stones in midfield instead.

Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne started Saturday’s game on the bench but Guardiola has got to pick his strongest team in this game, because they need a quick return to winning ways.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Jim’s prediction: 1-3

Liverpool v Newcastle

Liverpool v Newcastle

Rafael Benitez returns to Anfield, and you know how the Newcastle manager is going to set his side up.

The Magpies will make it difficult for Liverpool but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is able to change the shape of his team to a 4-2-3-1 when he wants to break stubborn sides down.

That allows Klopp to get an extra attack-minded midfielder into his team, which is what I can see him doing here.

Snapshot of top of Premier League: 1st Liverpool, 2nd Man City, 3rd Tottenham 4th Chelsea, 5th Arsenal, 6th Man Utd

Liverpool look very strong at the moment, even when Klopp rotates his side, and he is able to change games from the bench.

I am going for a home win to keep the Reds clear at the top.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Jim’s prediction: 3-1

Man Utd v Huddersfield

Man Utd v Huddersfield

It certainly looks like the Manchester United players did not like their previous manager because, as soon as Jose Mourinho went, they are suddenly world-beaters.

Everyone expected them to beat Cardiff last week and they should probably win their next three games too – this one, followed by Bournemouth at home and Newcastle away.

United have some very good players and if Solskjaer can keep them happy and get them playing, they will go on a run and surge up the league. But I am still not sure they will end up making the top four.

Huddersfield have lost their past five matches and I can only see this ending up as defeat number six. Their survival prospects are looking increasingly bleak.

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Jim’s prediction: 2-0

Tottenham v Bournemouth

Tottenham v Bournemouth

The great thing for Tottenham after they beat Everton 6-2 was that nobody asked Mauricio Pochettino afterwards about going to United – the questions were all about whether Spurs can win the league.

We already knew Tottenham are a very good team with a very clever manager but it was such a good display, and the result was one of those that makes you sit up and say ‘wow’.

Bournemouth got a good win against Brighton on Saturday but this is a different sort of test for them, and, if Spurs play at the level they can, they will win.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Jim’s prediction: 2-0

Brighton v Arsenal

Brighton v Arsenal (17:15 GMT)

Arsenal got over their little blip by beating Burnley but this is a tough trip for them.

Brighton just don’t lose at home very often, whoever they play, and I am backing them to get another point here.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Jim’s prediction: 1-2

Watford v Chelsea

Watford v Chelsea (19:30 GMT)

Watford had to do a lot of defending at West Ham on Saturday but they left with the points, and they are always capable of coming up with that sort of result.

I just think we will see a big reaction from Chelsea in this game though, following their home defeat by Leicester. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri will have been very unhappy, to say the least, after that result.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Jim’s prediction: 1-2


Southampton v West Ham

Southampton v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

Like Solskjaer at United, Southampton have undergone a transformation under Ralph Hasenhuttl, who got another win at the weekend when his new side beat Huddersfield.

Saints are playing with purpose and scoring goals and when you watch them you are left trying to remember the problems they had under previous boss Mark Hughes.

With any new manager, there is nothing better than winning games straight away because you are almost convincing your players instantly that you really do know what you are on about.

West Ham’s run of four straight wins ended with their defeat by Watford, and I have a feeling they will be reflecting on another loss after this game is over.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Jim’s prediction: 0-1

How did Lawro do last time?

From last weekend’s Premier League games, Lawro got five correct results, including two perfect scores, from 10 matches, for a total of 110 points.

He beat heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte. who got six correct results, but with no exact scores, for a total of 60 points.

Total scores after week 18
Lawro v Guests
Lawro's League Table

1Man City18162050+1
2Man Utd18153048+4
12Crystal Palace1855820+2
=14West Ham18531018-2


160David Ginola
140The 1975’s Ross MacDonald
120Joe Thomas
90Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark
85Lawro (average after 18 weeks)
80Richard Ashcroft, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Mark Wahlberg
60Idris Elba, Dolph Lundgren, Mumford & Sons, Dillian Whyte
50Bring Me The Horizon, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre.
40Tom Grennan, Josh Warrington

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

Lawro’s worst score: 40 points (week three v Idris Elba, week eight v Chris Stark and week 12 v Mumford & Sons)


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