Premier League predictions: Lawro v Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

Two of the Premier League's top three meet on Saturday when defending champions Chelsea host unbeaten leaders Manchester City.

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson does not see City leaving Stamford Bridge empty-handed, although he is expecting a hard-fought encounter.

Lawro said: "Chelsea beat City home and away on their way to the title last year but I think it is fair to say they rode their luck a bit to get six points out of those fixtures - I don't see the same thing happening this season."

Do you agree? You can make your own predictions now - take on Lawro and other fans, create your own league and try to make it to the top of the table by playing the new-look BBC Sport Predictor game.

Lawro week six

Lawro picked up 80 points in week six, leaving him in 14,050th place out of a total of more than 215,000 users.

He will be making a prediction for all 380 top-flight games this season, against a variety of guests.

Lawro's opponent for this weekend's fixtures is Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett.

American Shiflett grew up in California but started supporting Arsenal through his love of punk rock.

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Big win for Arsenal & footballing friends

He told BBC Sport: "I did not grow up with football but I got interested in it really through seeing bands wearing football shirts and scarves.

"At first it was like a style thing but then in the early 1990s when [former Sex Pistols singer] Johnny Rotten brought out his autobiography. There was a lot in it about growing up in north London and being an Arsenal fan.

"So, having no idea about what any of it meant, I just thought OK, that will be my team.

"I was sort of a fan from afar for a long time, but what really got me paying close attention is when my kids got into Arsenal.

"Now I go to games whenever I can. I went to watch Chelsea against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, which was the first time I had been there, and the first time I had been in the home section watching Arsenal at another ground.

"I had to kind of keep it down, but nobody rumbled me."

Chris Shiflett (r) with fellow Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl. There are six men in the band in total
Chris Shiflett (r) with two fellow Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl. Shiflett says: "Nobody else in the band really pays attention to football but there are a couple of guys on the crew who do - particularly Dave's guitar tech, Ally Christie, who is from Glasgow and knows all there is to know about football."

You can hear more from Shiflett on Football Focus on BBC One and the BBC Sport website at 12:00 BST on Saturday.

Premier League predictions - week 6
Huddersfield v Tottenham0-40-20-2
Bournemouth v Leicester0-02-13-1
Man Utd v Crystal Palace4-03-04-0
Stoke v Southampton2-12-12-1
West Brom v Watford2-21-00-0
West Ham v Swansea1-02-01-0
Chelsea v Man City0-11-12-5
Arsenal v Brighton2-02-04-0
Everton v Burnley0-12-12-0
Newcastle v Liverpool1-10-22-3

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

Remember you can try to beat Lawro yourself by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.


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


Huddersfield v Tottenham

Huddersfield 0-4 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Shiflett's prediction: Obviously Huddersfield are going to win this one because this is Tottenham we are talking about and they BLOW... no, no in all honesty I think Spurs will win. 0-2

Match report

Bournemouth v Leicester

Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Shiflett's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Man Utd v Crystal Palace

Man Utd 4-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Shiflett's prediction: 4-0

Match report

Stoke v Southampton

Stoke 2-1 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Shiflett's prediction: These are both, in my opinion, spoiler teams but I think Stoke will do the business at home. 2-1

Match report

West Brom v Watford

West Brom 2-2 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 1-0

Shiflett's prediction: 0-0

Match report

West Ham v Swansea

West Ham 1-0 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Shiflett's prediction: West Ham are not having a good time this season, but then again neither are Swansea. 1-0

Match report

Chelsea v Man City

Chelsea 0-1 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Shiflett's prediction: With the way Man City are playing, I am going for a big scoreline. 2-5

Match report


Arsenal v Brighton

Arsenal 2-0 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Shiflett's prediction: I just want to apologise before I make this pick to the guys in Royal Blood - I know you love your Brighton, but Arsenal are going to smash them into a million pieces. 4-0

Match report

Everton v Burnley

Everton 0-1 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Shiflett's prediction: I am going to go with Everton because they need a win. 2-0

Match report

Newcastle v Liverpool

Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Shiflett's prediction: 2-3

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

Last week, Lawro got five correct results, including one perfect score, from 10 matches, for a total of 80 points.

That saw him beat actor Mark Strong, who got seven results correct but with no perfect scores, for a total of 70 points.

Total scores after week 6
Lawro v Guests
120Will Poulter
77Lawro (average after six weeks)
70Brendan Foster*, Mark Strong
60Non Stanford
50Steve Cram, Channing Tatum, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell

*Foster and Cram both provided predictions on week one, but only Foster's score contributes to the guest total.

Lawro's best score: 120 points (week one v Foster and Cram)

Lawro's worst score: 40 points (week four v Umenyiora and Bell, and week five v Non Stanford)

Lawro's League Table
1Man Utd660018+1
2Man City651016-1
10Crystal Palace62137+10
13West Ham61326+5
17West Brom61144-5

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