Premier League predictions: Lawro v 'Man's Not Hot' star Michael Dapaah - aka Big Shaq

Lawro's predictions

Liverpool dominated the head-to-head table between the Premier League's top six last season - but what sort of performance will we see from the Reds when they play Chelsea on Saturday?

Jurgen Klopp's side thumped Arsenal in September but that is their only win against the teams around them in the table so far in 2017-18, and they have had heavy defeats at Manchester City and Tottenham.

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson thinks home advantage will make a difference this time, though, and says: "I always expect Liverpool to raise their game against the big teams at Anfield."

Lawro is going for a 2-1 Liverpool win - 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.

Table showing Lawro's position in the

Lawro scored 120 points in week 11, which leaves him in 2,277th place out of more than 270,000 users.

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

Lawro takes on comedian and rapper Michael Dapaah, aka Big Shaq, for this weekend's fixtures.

The man behind 'Fire in the Booth' has racked up more than 51 million YouTube views and 20 million streams, and his single 'Man's Not Hot' is in in the top 10 of the charts.

Michael's appearance on Fire in the Booth as Roadman Shaq went viral back in September.external-link

Neymar and Gabriel Jesus are among the footballers who have been filmed singing along to it and Dapaah told BBC Sport: "It is nice to know they are singing the track.

Big Shaq takes on 'King of predictions' Mark Lawrenson

"It was created for everyone to enjoy themselves. It is entertainment - banter and music fused together and it is great to see it touch different age groups in different locations."

Dapaah is friends with Manchester United star Paul Pogba and recently played Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck at Fifa.

"He won by the skin of his teeth," Dapaah explained. "But that is because he played Big Shaq. If he played Michael, it would have been a different story. I will get him next time."

Dapaah is a former stadium announcer at Selhurst Park but his local side Crystal Palace are not the only Premier League team he follows.

"I grew up supporting Manchester United but I am a south London boy from Croydon so I still love Crystal Palace as well," he added. "I am a bit split right now, in between the two."

Premier League predictions - week 12
West Ham v Leicester1-11-12-1
Crystal Palace v Stoke2-11-21-0
Man Utd v Brighton1-02-04-1
Newcastle v Watford0-31-12-2
Swansea v Bournemouth0-00-21-0
Tottenham v West Brom1-12-02-0
Liverpool v Chelsea1-12-12-2
Southampton v Everton4-12-01-3
Burnley v Arsenal0-11-11-2
Huddersfield v Man City1-20-21-3

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


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


West Ham v Leicester

West Ham 1-1 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Dapaah's prediction: 2-1


Crystal Palace v Stoke

Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Dapaah's prediction: 1-0

Man Utd v Brighton

Man Utd 1-0 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dapaah's prediction: 4-1

Newcastle v Watford

Newcastle 0-3 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Dapaah's prediction: 2-2

Swansea v Bournemouth

Swansea 0-0 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Dapaah's prediction: 1-0

Tottenham v WBA

Tottenham 1-1 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Big Shaq's prediction: 2-0

Liverpool v Chelsea

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Dapaah's prediction: 2-2


Southampton v Everton

Southampton 4-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dapaah's prediction: 1-3

Burnley v Arsenal

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Dapaah's prediction: 1-2

Huddersfield v Man City

Huddersfield 1-2 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Dapaah's prediction: 1-3

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

How did Lawro do last time?

From the last round of games, Lawro got six correct results, including two perfect scores, from 10 matches, for a total of 120 points.

He beat actor Will Ferrell, who got three correct results, including one perfect score, giving him 60 points.

Total scores after week 12
Lawro v Guests
160Chris Shiflett
130James Anderson**
120Will Poulter, Moeen Ali
100Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32
91Lawro (average after 12 weeks)
70Brendan Foster*, Mark Strong
60Will Ferrell, Non Stanford
50Steve Cram, Channing Tatum, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell, Joe Root

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

**Anderson and Moeen both provided predictions on week nine, but only Anderson's score contributes to the guest total.

Lawro's best score: 150 points (week eight v Wretch 32)

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

Lawro's League Table
1Man City121020320
2Man Utd12930300
10West Ham1236315+8
15Crystal Palace1232711+5
17West Brom12318100

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