Sheffield Wednesday fan Richard Hawley makes surprise Sheffield United score tip in Mark Lawrenson's weekly predictions

Sheffield musician and Sheffield Wednesday supporter Richard Hawley joined Mark Lawrenson for this week's set of Premier League predictions, and gave his verdict on the Boxing Day matches including Sheffield United match against Watford.

Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 9:08 am

In an interview with BBC Sport as part of Lawrenson's weekly competition, Hawley - a Wednesday fan - gave an insight into his thoughts on footballing rivalry in the Steel City.

He said: "I am actually quite supportive (of United), and not in a grudgingly way either I like to see anything to do with Sheffield doing well. Obviously I want to see Wednesday get some success but I just love the city I live in.

"I make that fairly obvious because I make a massive point of it in pretty much everything I do. A couple of years ago my management were talking about me doing a concert at Hillsborough and it kind of got so far along the road. But then in the end I said 'actually I don't want to do it' and they were asking me 'why not? It will be an amazing event'.

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He added: "And I said 'because a lot of my fans are Blades'. It would have been a bit of a kick in the face for them if I put on a gig at Wednesday's ground.

Hawley predicted a resounding 4-0 victory for Chris Wilder's side, who will look to make it three wins on the trot when the Hornets come to town on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Lawro once again tipped Sheffield United to be defeated - for the 11th time this season - and justified the 0-1 scoreline choice by claiming: "The quality that the Hornets have got in their squad was never in doubt, and now Pearson has got them playing too.

"Their luck is maybe starting to turn a bit as well. I can see them going to Bramall Lane, being competitive, and leaving with the points. That is going to delight the legions of Blades fans who have pointed out to me where Sheffield United are in my league table (bottom of page) compared to reality.

He concluded: "When I tip them to lose it usually means they will win - but I am going to get one right one day."