Premier League predictions: Lawro v cricket legend Shane Warne

Lawro's predictions

The Premier League returns this weekend, with Chelsea playing Manchester United at lunchtime on Saturday in the first action after the international break.

"It is a big game - talk about announcing that the Premier League is back," BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson said.

"The story is former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho going back to Stamford Bridge. You would think he has gone back enough times but it always seems to be a big deal when he goes back, and this is no different.

"Jose lost on all three of his visits to the Bridge when Antonio Conte was in charge of the Blues and it is going to be very interesting to see how he gets on against Maurizio Sarri, who is doing an extremely good job."

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week's guest is Australia cricket legend Shane Warne.

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Chelsea v Man Utd - Warne predicts who will be victorious

Warne is a Chelsea fan and says he has been supporting them since he first came to the UK in 1989.

He explained: "I had caught the train from Bristol to London and was on the tube when some guy with a Chelsea scarf and Chelsea stuff all over him came up to me and said 'who do you support?'.

"I looked at him and in his hand he had a big knife - a bit like the one Paul Hogan had in Crocodile Dundee when he says 'that's a knife' - so I said 'I support Chelsea'.

"And ever since then, I have been too scared to support anyone else."

Premier League predictions - week 9
ResultLawroShane
SATURDAY
Chelsea v Man Utd2-21-12-1
Bournemouth v Southampton0-02-12-3
Cardiff v Fulham4-21-20-1
Man City v Burnley5-03-02-0
Newcastle v Brighton0-12-01-0
West Ham v Tottenham0-11-11-0
Wolves v Watford0-22-00-2
Huddersfield v Liverpool0-10-20-3
SUNDAY
Everton v Crystal Palace2-02-04-0
MONDAY
Arsenal v Leicesterx-x2-03-0

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 stated.

SATURDAY

Chelsea v Man Utd

Chelsea 2-2 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Shane's prediction: Oof! Chelsea v Man Utd, bang straight away. We have done well the last few times they have come to Stamford Bridge so as long we keep beating them that would be good, because a lot of my friends support United. 2-1

Match report

Bournemouth v Southampton

Bournemouth 0-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Shane's prediction: Ooh, a derby. Southampton to edge it. 2-3

Match report

Cardiff v Fulham

Cardiff 4-2 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Shane's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Man City v Burnley

Man City 5-0 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Shane's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Newcastle v Brighton

Newcastle 0-1 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Shane's prediction: 1-0

Match report

West Ham v Tottenham

West Ham 0-1 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Shane's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Wolves v Watford

Wolves 0-2 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Shane's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Huddersfield v Liverpool

Huddersfield 0-1 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Shane's prediction: 0-3

Match report

SUNDAY

Everton v Crystal Palace

Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Shane's prediction: 4-0

Match report

MONDAY

Arsenal v Leicester

Arsenal v Leicester (20:00 BST)

Leicester lost at home last time out, which is usually enough for people to start muttering about the future of their manager Claude Puel.

I don't see things getting any better for Puel on Monday. Arsenal are on a run of nine straight wins in all competitions, and I would expect them to beat Leicester as well.

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Emery 'calm' over Arsenal top four chances

Like Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, Gunners boss Unai Emery has come in and is doing a very good job.

That shows they are clearly both good managers, but it also shows that both clubs are very well run, with good resources and some excellent players.

New coaches mean new voices, new training methods and new tactics but we are seeing how good players are very receptive to all of those things.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Shane's prediction: 3-0

How did Lawro do last week?

In the week before the international break, Lawro got four correct results, with no perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 40 points.

He was beaten by Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark, who got three correct results, but with two exact scores, for a total of 90 points.

Total scores after week 8
Lawro730
Guests640
Lawro v Guests
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Lawro's League Table
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
POSTEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man Utd880024+7
2Man City871022-1
3Tottenham843115+2
=4Chelsea842214-2
=4Leicester842214+6
=4Liverpool835014-1
=7Arsenal841313-3
=7Crystal Palace841313+7
=9Burnley833212+3
=9Everton840412+2
=11Bournemouth824210-5
=11Southampton831410+5
13Watford83059-4
=14Brighton82248-1
=14Fulham82248+3
16West Ham82157-1
=17Newcastle81346+2
=17Wolves82066-10
19Cardiff80444+1
20Huddersfield80171-2

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2018-19

SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
120Joe Thomas
91Lawro (average after eight weeks)
90Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark
80Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Mark Wahlberg
60Idris Elba
40Tom Grennan

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