Premier League predictions: Lawro v NFL stars Emmanuel Sanders and Josh Norman

Lawro's predictions

Arsenal's new-look attack could get its first run-out on Saturday when the Gunners face Everton, but will one of their former forwards steal the show?

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson says: "Theo Walcott must be looking forward to this game against his old team after opening his account for Everton with two goals in Wednesday's win over Leicester.

"It will be interesting to see how that goes for him on an individual level but, as far as the teams go, I do not see Everton coming out on top.

"Arsenal could look very different now they have done their transfer business - including selling Walcott - and I think they should just chuck new £56m striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in for his debut.

"I am a big fan of Aubameyang and I think he will make the difference in this game - not Walcott."

Lawro is going for a 2-0 Arsenal win - do you agree?

You can make your 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.

Predictor league table - week 25

Lawro scored 130 points in week 25, which leaves him in 1,168th place out of more than 380,000 users.

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

This week, he takes on Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman.

The pair were in Manchester for an NFL UK Live show and went to visit Manchester United's training ground, where they swapped shirts with Paul Pogba and met the rest of the squad.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba swapped shirts with Emmanuel Sanders (l) and Josh Norman (r) when they visited United's training ground
Pogba in the NFL? Sanders (left) thinks the United midfielder could play as safety in defense - one of the hardest-hitting positions in the sport

"Those guys are huge, athletically built and they are fast," Sanders told BBC Sport. "I was looking at Pogba and he could be a safety [a defensive back] in the NFL.

"Could he make it? It depends on his aggression and I don't really watch soccer like that.

"But it could go both ways - we have got guys in the NFL right now who could definitely come over and play soccer. We are all athletes at the end of the day and we have all got good footwork."

You can see their Premier League predictions below but, when it comes to Sunday's Super Bowl, they are expecting a sixth success for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The BBC will bring you comprehensive coverage of Super Bowl LII across all platforms on Sunday, 4 February.

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Premier League predictions - week 26
ResultLawroSanders & Norman
Burnley v Man City1-10-21-2
Bournemouth v Stoke2-11-10-0
Brighton v West Ham3-12-10-1
Leicester v Swansea1-12-02-1
Man Utd v Huddersfield2-02-04-0
West Brom v Southampton2-32-12-2
Arsenal v Everton5-12-03-2
Crystal Palace v Newcastle1-12-00-2
Liverpool v Tottenham2-21-11-3
Watford v Chelsea4-10-22-3

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.


Burnley v Man City

Burnley 1-1 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Sanders & Norman's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Bournemouth v Stoke

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Sanders & Norman's prediction: 0-0

Match report

Brighton v West Ham

Brighton 3-1 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Sanders & Norman's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Leicester v Swansea

Leicester 1-1 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Sanders & Norman's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Man Utd v Huddersfield

Man Utd 2-0 Huddersfield

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Sanders & Norman's prediction: 4-0

Match report

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders
Sanders was impressed by Pogba's footwork
West Brom v Southampton

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Sanders & Norman's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Arsenal v Everton

Arsenal 5-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Sanders & Norman's prediction: (Norman) Everton have got Rooney! If I go against him I am going to get hate-mail - but I think Arsenal are going to pull it out. 3-2

Match report


Crystal Palace v Newcastle

Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Sanders & Norman's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Liverpool v Tottenham

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Sanders & Norman's prediction: 1-3

Match report


Watford v Chelsea

Watford 4-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Sanders & Norman's prediction: 2-3

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

From the last round of Premier League games, Lawro got four correct results, with three perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 130 points.

He was up against Russell Leetch and Ed Lay from rock band Editors, and could not beat both of them.

Leetch also got four correct results, with three perfect scores, for a tally of 130, while Lay got four correct results, but with no perfect scores. That gave him a total of 40 points.

Total scores after week 25
Lawro v Guests
Lawro's League Table
2Man City25204164-1
3Man Utd25204164-1
9West Ham25614532+3
11West Brom25851229+9
14Crystal Palace25651423-1


160Justin Hawkins, Chris Shiflett
130James Anderson*, Joe Johnson*
120Russel Leetch*, Will Poulter, Moeen Ali
110Aron Baynes*
100Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32
90Pete Wentz
88Lawro (average after 25 weeks)
80John Cena, Darren Campbell
70Brendan Foster*, Mark Strong
60Jimmy from Django Django, Will Ferrell, Nish Kumar, Non Stanford, Rick Witter
50Steve Cram, Michael Dapaah, Channing Tatum, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell, Joe Root, Dario Saric
40Craig David, Ed Lay
30Felix White
20Richard Osman

* Shows weeks where Lawro had more than one guest, and only the highest score contributed to the guest total.

Lawro's best score: 150 points (week eight v Wretch 32 and week 24 v Pete Wentz)

Lawro's worst score: 40 points (week four v Umenyiora and Bell, week five v Non Stanford, week 21 v Darren Campbell and week 23 v Saric and Baynes)

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