Mark Lawrenson reveals why he's 'worried' for Brighton & Hove Albion ahead of Arsenal clash & makes scoreline prediction

The first full bill of Premier League fixtures in over three months is set to take place this weekend, with an eye-catching, fully-televised programme of matches taking place behind-closed-doors.

Friday, 19th June 2020, 10:00 am
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Brighton mark their return to action with a home clash against Arsenal, who were heavily beaten by Manchester City on Wednesday evening.

Writing his weekly prediction piece for BBC Sport, Mark Lawrenson backed Arsenal to bounce back secure a 2-0 victory against the Seagulls.

Lawro wrote: "This is a quick turnaround for Arsenal after Wednesday's defeat by Manchester City but at least it’s only a short flight for them this time. Being serious, I cannot believe the Gunners only flew up to Manchester a few hours before kick-off.

"That will not have helped their preparations at all. But at least Arsenal have played now. I do think the teams with a game under their belt will benefit a lot, fitness-wise. In a strange way, the fact they went down to 10 men and got a bit of a chasing might help in that area too.

"Before it all went wrong for them, the Gunners did look quite lively on the counter-attack at Etihad Stadium and the same approach might work for them here.

"I worry for Brighton, who are the only top-flight team without a league win this year and have got a tricky run-in too. They draw a lot of games, but can they pick up enough points that way to claw themselves to safety?"

Lawro's competitor for the week, Sports Team drummer Al Greenwood, opted for an even heavier, 4-0 defeat.