Lawro's Premier League predictions v former England cricket captain David Gower

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson will be making a prediction for all 380 Premier League games this season against a variety of guests.

Lawro's opponent for this weekend's Premier League fixtures is former England cricket captain David Gower.

Gower became a commentator after retiring but is currently on a tour of the country in a stage show with his friend Chris Cowdrey, another former skipper of the national side.

The 59-year-old is now a Leicester fan but, as a boy, his football heroes played for a different club.

"Having played cricket for Leicestershire [from 1975 to 1989], the obvious team for me to support was Leicester City, bless them," Gower told BBC Sport.

"But growing up, when I was a schoolboy watching football for the first time, Leeds United were the best team at the time - so obviously I had to support the best team.

"So the likes of Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray, Allan Clarke, Jack Charlton and Peter Lorimer were my favourites, although it was a very long time ago."

David Gower
Gower became a cricket commentator for the BBC and Sky when his playing career ended in 1993. He was also a team captain on comedy sports quiz 'They Think It's All Over' from 1995 to 2003

Gower's old England team-mate Sir Ian Botham famously combined his cricket career with a stint in the Football League with Scunthorpe United.

But Gower, a stylish left-handed batsman, says that was never an option for him.

"On a scale of 0-100, my chances of playing professional football always rested at zero," he explained. "Part of the problem was that at school I played with the wrong shaped ball - rugby that is, not cricket."

You can make your Premier League predictions now and compare them with those of Lawro and other fans by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.

Premier League predictions - week 27
Man Utd v Bournemouth1-12-02-0
Leicester v Hull3-12-02-0
Stoke v Middlesbrough2-02-01-1
Swansea v Burnley3-21-12-0
Watford v Southampton3-42-11-2
West Brom v Crystal Palace0-21-11-1
Liverpool v Arsenal3-12-11-1
Tottenham v Everton3-22-03-2
Sunderland v Man City0-20-20-3
West Ham v Chelseax-x0-21-1

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

Last weekend, Lawro got seven correct results, including two perfect scores from eight Premier League matches, for a total of 130 points.

He beat Let It Shine judge Martin Kemp, who got five correct results with no perfect scores, for a tally of 50 points.

They both correctly predicted the outcome of Sunday's EFL Cup final, although that game does not count towards their totals

Lawro and Kemp can still pick up extra points for their predictions for the Premier League games which were postponed at the weekend because of the EFL Cup final - Man City v Man Utd and Southampton v Arsenal.

Total scores after week 26


All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.


Man Utd v Bournemouth

Man Utd 1-1 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Gower's prediction: 2-0

Leicester v Hull City

Leicester 3-1 Hull City

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Gower's prediction: 2-0

Stoke City v Middlesbrough

Stoke City 2-0 Middlesbrough

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Gower's prediction: 1-1

Swansea v Burnley

Swansea 3-2 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Gower's prediction: 2-0

Watford v Southampton

Watford 3-4 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Gower's prediction: 1-2

West Brom v Crystal Palace

West Brom 0-2 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Gower's prediction: 1-1

Liverpool v Arsenal

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Gower's prediction: 1-1


Tottenham v Everton

Tottenham 3-2 Everton (13:30 GMT)

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Gower's prediction: 3-2

Sunderland v Man City

Sunderland 0-2 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Gower's prediction: 0-3


West Ham v Chelsea

West Ham v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

West Ham's poor start to the season seems a distant memory now but Chelsea just keep finding a way to win games.

That is why I would back the Blues to get a win at the London Stadium and also why I don't see anyone catching Antonio Conte's side at the top of the table.

I have mentioned Manchester City striker Aguero as a player who has been out of the team and not made a fuss, well, Cesc Fabregas has done the same for Chelsea.

Fabregas has come into the team and looked fantastic and, along with Willian, is a great example of the depth they have got - Chelsea can make three or four changes and it does not seem to weaken their team whatsoever.

The Hammers have only lost one of their past six league games, and beat Chelsea in the EFL Cup in October, but I am going with the leaders to pick up another three points.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Gower's prediction: 1-1

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
150Elis James
130Boris Becker, James McAvoy, Tim Vine
120Robbie Williams
110Michael van Gerwen
100Joe Clarke, Osi Umenyiora
95Lawro (average after 26 weeks)
90Josh Franceschi, Colin Murray
80Nicole Scherzinger, Loyle Carner
70Dave Bautista, Sam Burgess, Athletico Mince
60Rick Astley
50Martin Kemp, Charlie Sloth, Laura Kenny
40Ed Balls
30Michael Bisping, Blossoms, American hip-hop duo Run The Jewels
20Moeen Ali, Lloyd Griffith

* Does not include scores from postponed games.

Lawro's best score: 140 points (week 22 v James McAvoy)

Lawro's worst score: 30 points (week four v Dave Bautista)

Lawro's League Table
3Man City251852590
5Man Utd25177158+1
9West Brom26971034-1
10Crystal Palace2689933+8
11West Ham26881032-2

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