Mark Lawrenson addresses accusations of anti-West Ham bias - but same old prediction...

The BBC pundit thinks Manchester City will beat West Ham 2-0 - but says he isn't doing this kind of thing on purpose!

Mark Lawrenson says he doesn't deliberately go against West Ham United in his regular predictions column - but is just trying to get as many points as he can each week, according to BBC Football.

Even West Ham's official Twitter feed have got involved in the banter surrounding 'Lawro's' predictions (which usually involve West Ham losing, regardless of the opposition).

But Lawrenson told the BBC: "I think it is important to point out that I do not look at my table when I make any of my predictions - the aim is to score as many points as possible each week, rather than pick results that would get my table looking more like the real one.

"So I am not going to go for a West Ham win this time to try to balance out the times I have been wrong about them in previous weeks."

On this occasion, it's slightly less dubious of Lawrenson to back against the Hammers. Manchester City are Premier League title contenders and it's a little less laughable than when the BBC pundit went for a Wolves win over West Ham in the FA Cup.

West Ham, however, actually beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season so certainly won't be afraid of facing Manuel Pellegrini's men.

What's more, the east London side even beat City at Upton Park last season under Sam Allardyce.

Confidence is high at West Ham and perhaps a Lawrenson prediction going against them will be just the motivation Slaven Bilic's men need to beat Manchester City once again this weekend!

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