Premier League predictions: Lawro v world champion boxer Josh Warrington

Lawro's predictions

Leaders Manchester City might have been knocked off the top of the table by the time they play Chelsea at tea-time on Saturday in the pick of the weekend fixtures.

But BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson thinks they will get a win at Stamford Bridge that will put them back on the Premier League summit.

"Chelsea have lost their past two away games, at Tottenham and Wolves, and there are one or two cracks starting to appear," Lawro explained.

"Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has changed his team around for their past two matches without affecting their results, but they will definitely be at full strength for this game."

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

This week's guest is boxer Josh Warrington, the IBF world featherweight champion.

Josh Warrington: IBF world featherweight champion and Leeds fan predicts the scores

Warrington is a Leeds United fan - and chairman of their supporters club - who became the first male boxer from his home city to win a world crown when he beat Lee Selby at Elland Road in May.

That fight and the years leading up to it are documented in a new film 'Josh Warrington: Fighting For A City'.

He defends his title against Carl Frampton in Manchester on 22 December, but has been keeping a close eye on how Marcelo Bielsa's side are doing in the race for promotion from the Championship.

"He has brought a good buzz back to Elland Road," Warrington told BBC Sport. "We have been entertaining to watch and it is a good place to be at the moment.

"Whatever has happened in games, even if we are behind in stoppage time at the end of the game, there is still a belief that we can win.

Josh Warrington
Warrington was joined by former Leeds captain Lucas Radebe - one of his heroes - for his ringwalk before his win over Selby

"The one thing with Leeds fans is that they always want to see the team just have a go and it seems he has changed the mentality of all the players, and he is bringing the best out of them.

"Will we go up? Well, I always said that when I won a world title, Leeds would get promoted the same season. We are flying high at the moment, and I have already won the world title so let's hope this is our year."

Premier League predictions - week 15
Bournemouth v Liverpool0-40-20-2
Arsenal v Huddersfield1-03-05-0
Burnley v Brighton1-02-02-1
Cardiff v Southampton1-02-11-3
Man Utd v Fulham4-12-00-7
West Ham v Crystal Palace3-22-01-0
Chelsea v Man City2-00-21-3
Leicester v Tottenham0-20-21-1
Newcastle v Wolvesx-x1-12-2
Everton v Watfordx-x2-02-1

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 stated.


Bournemouth v Liverpool

Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Josh's prediction: Liverpool are flying high and their fans will be believing this is their year. Bournemouth are tricky customers but I am going for Liverpool here. 0-2

Match report

Arsenal v Huddersfield

Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Josh's prediction: I can see a battering here - with Arsenal toying with the Terriers. Huddersfield have kind of called us a rival over the last couple of years whenever they have got promoted but they are not doing too clever this season - I think their luck has run out. 5-0

Match report

Burnley v Brighton

Burnley 1-0 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Josh's prediction: I am a big fan of Dyche's character, and I am going for Burnley to win at home. 2-1

Match report

Cardiff v Southampton

Cardiff 1-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Josh's prediction: I can see the Saints getting a win over the Welsh boys. 1-3

Match report

Man Utd v Fulham

Man Utd 4-1 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Josh's prediction: United are not doing too clever are they? The wheels are maybe falling off so I am backing Fulham, with a new manager in Claudio Ranieri, to leave with the points. 0-7

My manager is a United fan and I often check the scores or watch Match of the Day then phone him up to give him some stick. It has been quite sweet to see United struggling but I am hoping next season is the start of Leeds playing them again as a regular fixture.

Match report

West Ham v Crystal Palace

West Ham 3-2 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Josh's prediction: This is a tough one to call. The Hammers are a bit unpredictable at the minute but I think they will get a positive result this week. 1-0

Match report

Chelsea v Man City

Chelsea 2-0 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Josh's prediction: City boss Pep Guardiola has got his boys flying again and they are looking very strong. 1-3

Match report

Leicester v Tottenham

Leicester 0-2 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Josh's prediction: I know Tottenham will be pushing them hard but they always seem to slip up every now and again. Leicester at home, with the crowd behind them, can get something out of this game - and I have a feeling it will be through something late, and something controversial. 1-1

Match report


Newcastle v Wolves

Newcastle 1-2 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Josh's prediction: Wolves were dynamite last season in the Championship and they have played some entertaining football so far up in Premier League. Newcastle are another inconsistent team so I am going for another draw here. 2-2

Match report


Everton v Watford

Everton 2-2 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Josh's prediction: Sorry Troy Deeney, I am going for Everton here. 2-1

Match report

How did Lawro do last time?

From the midweek Premier League games, Lawro got six correct results, including one perfect score from 10 matches, for a total of 90 points.

He was beaten by The 1975 bassist Ross MacDonald, who got eight correct results, including two exact scores, for a total of 140 points that sends him to the top of the guest leaderboard.

Total scores after week 15
Lawro v Guests
Lawro's League Table
=1Man City151320410
=1Man Utd15132041+7
=10Crystal Palace1554619+5
13West Ham15438150


140The 1975's Ross MacDonald
120Joe Thomas
90Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark
84Lawro (average after 15 weeks)
80Richard Ashcroft, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Mark Wahlberg
60Idris Elba, Dolph Lundgren, Mumford & Sons
50Bring Me The Horizon, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre.
40Tom Grennan

Lawro's best score: 260 points (week seven v Karl Pilkington)

Lawro's worst score: 40 points (week three v Idris Elba, week eight v Chris Stark and week 12 v Mumford & Sons)

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