Mark Lawrenson's Premier League predictions

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

Jordan Stephens and Harvey Alexander-Sule of Rizzle Kicks
Rizzle Kicks take on Lawro this week

His opponent for this weekend's Premier League matches are Jordan "Rizzle" Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule, also-known as hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks.

The Arsenal-supporting pair are backing the Gunners to see off Aston Villa and are also tipping Manchester City and Tottenham to enjoy wins against Stoke and Chelsea respectively, but feel Fulham will hold up Manchester United's charge for the title when the Cottagers go to Old Trafford on Monday night.

PredictionsScoreLawroRizzle Kicks
Arsenal v Aston Villa3-02-03-1
Bolton v Blackburn2-11-11-1
Chelsea v Tottenham0-01-22-4
Liverpool v Wigan1-22-03-0
Man Utd v Fulham1-03-01-1
Norwich v Wolves2-12-12-0
Stoke v Man City1-10-21-4
Sunderland v QPR3-11-12-2
Swansea v Everton0-22-00-1
West Brom v Newcastle1-32-11-3

A correct result is worth ONE point, while a correct score earns THREE points.

For last weekend's eight FA Cup and Premier League games, Lawro got five results right, including two perfect scores and his total of nine helped him beat former Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt [seven].

Those scores will not count towards Lawro's Premier League average.


All kick-offs 1500 GMT unless stated


Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham (1245 GMT)

Prediction: 1-2

Match report

Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa

Prediction: 2-0

Match report

Bolton 2-1 Blackburn

Prediction: 1-1

Match report

Liverpool 1-2 Wigan

Prediction: 2-0

Match report

Norwich 2-1 Wolves

Prediction: 2-1

Match report

Sunderland 3-1 QPR

Prediction: 1-1

Match report

Swansea 0-2 Everton

Prediction: 2-0

Match report

Stoke 1-1 Man City (1730 GMT)

Prediction: 0-2

Match report


West Brom 1-3 Newcastle

Prediction: 2-1

Match report


Man Utd v Fulham

Man Utd v Fulham (2000 BST)

You look at this fixture and you think it will be a routine victory for Manchester United.

Fulham did not help themselves against Swansea last weekend - there were one or two poor individual performances and, from the way they lined up, defensively they were a little bit open as well.

I don't think Cottagers boss Martin Jol will make that mistake at Old Trafford but this is a United side who have the bit between their teeth and I just cannot see Fulham stopping them here.

United won 5-0 at Craven Cottage in December and I think their width and pace will take Fulham apart again.

I look at United's run-in and see them being capable of winning every one of their last nine games, but I don't think they will manage it.

Manchester City will slip up too, though. On top of when they play each other, I do not envisage both Manchester sides winning all their remaining matches between now and the end of the season. There are a few twists and turns to come in this title race although, at the moment, you would obviously rather be in United's shoes.

In the past, no team has had as many points as United and City have got at this stage of the season and not won the title, but one of them is going to end up trophyless. You would have got big odds on that at the start of the season.

Prediction: 3-0

Match preview

Tinchy Stryder14
Shaun Edwards11
Gethin Jones11
Frankie Dettori10
Bobby George9
Ricky Hatton9
Gary Oldman8
Ola Jordan8
Martin Keown8
Richard Archer8
Robbie Savage8
Russell Grant8
Stephen Graham7
John Simm7
Mark Lawrenson (average)6.55
Serge from Kasabian6
Clyde Drexler5
Mo Farah5
Tom from Kasabian4
Jimmy Anderson4
Kurt Angle4
Dai Greene4
David Strettle4
Jason Manford3
Rodney Marsh3
Muttiah Muralitharan3
Samuel L Jackson3
Omid Djalili2
Kermit & Miss Piggy0

Lawro's best score: 12 points (week six).

Lawro's worst score: one point (week 20).

Make your own predictions to see how the Premier League will look after this weekend.