Premier League predictions: Lawro v comedian Russell Howard

Lawro's predictions

The Manchester and Merseyside derbies dominate the weekend's Premier League action, sandwiched between Liverpool's impressive 3-0 win over Manchester City and the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

How will that tie affect the outcome when both sides take on their local rivals?

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson says: "City need to beat Manchester United to clinch the title but we don't often see a Roy of the Rovers story like that - you don't normally win the league by beating your fiercest rivals.

"We know what United boss Jose Mourinho is like and he is not all of a sudden going to play loads of attacking players and try to go toe-to-toe with City - because he could end up on the wrong end of a big defeat as well as seeing them win the league.

"That is not in his DNA, and City will just be up against a red wall. What happened at Anfield on Wednesday will have affected them too.

"Over on Merseyside, this has become a harder game for Liverpool after their win over City because they will be on such a big high after that result.

"Everton will be lying in wait for them, and although City completely outplayed Everton at Goodison Park last weekend, this is different because the Toffees will fly out of the traps at Liverpool. That is always the way that these games are."

Premier League snapshot - top of table: Manchester City in 1st, Manchester United 2nd, Liverpool 3rd, Tottenham 4th, Chelsea in 5th and Arsenal 6th
City will seal the title if they beat United at Etihad Stadium on Saturday

Lawro is going for a 1-1 draw in both derbies. 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 BBC Sport Predictor game.

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

This week he takes on comedian Russell Howard, whose travels round the United States can be seen in his new series of Russell Howard & Mum: Road Trip.

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Russell Howard's Premier League predictions for Football Focus

Howard is a lifelong Liverpool fan and says that if he could choose one Reds player to travel round the USA with, it would be full-back Andy Robertson.

"It would have to be him, because of his enthusiasm," explained Howard.

"There are bits of America which are quite incredibly boring and if he has the kind of personality off the field that he has on it then it could be incredible because he is always so up.

"Robertson has been amazing for us this season and, also, I would imagine that if I was on a road trip with him, he wouldn't want presents. He gives money to food banks and he is just a really lovely bloke.

"I think he would be amazing, and we would have Mo Salah on the roof, like in Teen Wolf.

"Salah could be up there, making people happy, and we could sing that song on repeat - 'Ooh Mane Mane, we've got Salah - he's on the roof'."

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Can love conquer all on a Merseyside derby date?
Premier League predictions - week 33
ResultLawroRussell
SATURDAY
Everton v Liverpool0-01-11-1
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace2-22-11-2
Brighton v Huddersfield1-12-00-1
Leicester v Newcastle1-22-03-0
Stoke v Tottenham1-20-210-0
Watford v Burnley1-21-21-1
West Brom v Swansea1-12-10-2
Man City v Man Utd2-31-15-0
SUNDAY
Arsenal v Southampton3-22-00-2
Chelsea v West Ham1-12-01-1

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

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

SATURDAY

Everton v Liverpool

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Russell's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Russell's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Brighton v Huddersfield

Brighton 1-1 Huddersfield

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Russell's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Leicester v Newcastle

Leicester 1-2 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Russell's prediction: 3-0

Match report

Stoke v Tottenham

Stoke 1-2 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Russell's prediction: 10-0

Match report

Watford v Burnley

Watford 1-2 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Russell's prediction: 1-1

Match report

West Brom v Swansea

West Brom 1-1 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Russell's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Man City v Man Utd

Man City 2-3 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Russell's prediction: 5-0

Match report

SUNDAY

Arsenal v Southampton

Arsenal 3-2 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Russell's prediction: I am going for Southampton to win and hopefully that again will help Liverpool to secure a top-four place - all of my predictions are so that Liverpool do well.

But I'd like Saints to stay up because, if they don't, who the hell are we going to buy players from? We can't go down to the Championship to look at players. 0-2

Match report

Chelsea v West Ham

Chelsea 1-1 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Russell's prediction: I think Chelsea will win but I would like West Ham to - so let's go 1-1.

Match report.

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last week?

From the last round of Premier League games, Lawro got five correct results, with two perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 110 points.

He beat This Country actor Charlie Cooper, who got three correct results with no perfect scores, for a total of 30 points.

Total scores after week 32
Lawro2,860
Guests2,420
Lawro v Guests
P32W18D3L11
Lawro's League Table
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
POSTEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City312641820
2Man Utd312551800
3Tottenham31246178+1
4Liverpool322012072-1
5Chelsea312065660
6Arsenal3115115560
7Leicester311361245+1
8Southampton311171340+10
9West Ham31816740+5
10Bournemouth3291013370
11West Brom321061636+9
12Burnley318101334-5
13Stoke327121333+6
14Everton32781729-5
15Crystal Palace32771828+2
16Newcastle31691627-4
17Brighton313131522-4
18Swansea31542219-3
19Watford32462318-8
20Huddersfield321112014-4

GUEST LEADERBOARD

SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
160Justin Hawkins, Chris Shiflett
130James Anderson*, Joe Johnson*
120Russel Leetch*, Will Poulter, Moeen Ali
110Aron Baynes*
100Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32
90Arni and Justin from The Vaccines, Pete Wentz
89Lawro (average after 32 weeks)
80John Cena, Darren Campbell
70John Bishop** Brendan Foster*, Mark Strong
60Jimmy from Django Django, Will Ferrell, Nish Kumar, Non Stanford, Rick Witter
50Steve Cram, Michael Dapaah, Channing Tatum, Joe Root, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, Dario Saric, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell,
40Craig David, Ed Lay
30Rhys James, Felix White
20Charlie Cooper, Richard Osman, Emmanuel Sanders and Josh Norman

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

** Shows weeks where guest total does not include rearranged games.

Lawro's best score: 170 points (week 30 v Arni and Justin from The Vaccines)

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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