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Pundit Mark Lawrenson has made a bold prediction about West Ham United ahead of Sunday’s game against Chelsea.

West Ham finally got their first league win at the fifth attempt under Manuel Pellegrini when they beat Everton 3-1 last time out.

The Hammers were under severe pressure when they headed to Goodison Park bottom of the league.

Indeed Pellegrini had been made second favourite for the sack.

But a change of personnel, system and attitude saw the East Londoners transformed against one of their bogey teams.

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Lawro? Is that really you?

That has given the team and supporters confidence ahead of a daunting home game against London rivals Chelsea this weekend.

And it seems to have sparked a change in the attitude of BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson too.

The Liverpool legend is never shy in criticising the Hammers.

 

It is a running joke among West Ham fans that Lawro predicts a defeat for the Irons most weeks.

So it was a real turn up for the books when he declared West Ham will beat Chelsea despite Mauricio Sarri’s perfect start to the new campaign.

“West Ham had a super win last weekend against Everton and they will be hoping Marko Arnautovic recovers from the knee injury he sustained in that game, because he was just terrific,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

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‘Arnautovic key but I’m going out on a limb’

“The Hammers have lost both their games at London Stadium so far this season, but I have a feeling they will turn up for this one.

“That’s not based on form, because Chelsea have got five league wins out of five, or the fact West Ham are at home, because they have been struggling there. I might be going out on a limb in backing the Hammers, but I just think something will click for them this time.”

Lawrenson thinks West Ham will edge the game 2-1.

Once fans have picked themselves up off the floor after reading his prediction they will be hoping it comes true.

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