Premier League predictions: Lawro v former France winger David Ginola

Lawro's predictions

Manchester United's past two visits to Anfield have resulted in drab and goalless stalemates - so will things be any different when they take on Liverpool on Sunday?

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson certainly hopes so, saying: "This fixture usually sees United boss Jose Mourinho at his most obstinate, and it could be that Liverpool are the only team who want to try to play football.

"But surely this game cannot be as bad as those two, so I am going to go for some goals this time. I think Liverpool will find a way to score - but Mourinho's record in big games means you can never write his side off."

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

This week's guest is David Ginola, who worked under Lawro when he was a coach at Newcastle United in the 1990s.

"Mark wasn't really keen on my game because obviously he was a defender, and he liked the striker and the forwards to track back and try to win the ball back," Ginola said.

"Obviously my French flair and my style of playing football didn't suit him very much - I could see it.

"But maybe it was a bit of jealousy as well because I could do things with the ball that he tried very hard to do, but he never succeeded. That is the difference between someone very skilful and someone who is not."

Lawro agrees - well, sort of. "David was an absolutely fantastic talent," he recalled. "In his own mind.

"He was unbelievable actually, but I think his captain Alan Shearer would have a view on his work-rate - or lack of it."

David Ginola with Luka Modric after the Real Madrid midfielder was named world player of the year
Ginola hosted this year's Ballon D'Or awards earlier this month, where Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named world player of the year

The flamboyant former France winger will be appearing on BBC Sports Personality 2018 at 19:00 GMT on Sunday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

Ginola says his own personal sporting highlight of 2018 was France winning the World Cup.

"I was watching at home in London and it was a very proud moment," he told BBC Sport. "We made a very slow start but, as the tournament went on, everything built up.

"The players, the team spirit - everything was getting stronger until the final against Croatia, and then we found a way to win it.

"We have a bunch of very talented players there, and hopefully we are going to do the same in the European Championship in 2020."

Premier League predictions - week 17
ResultLawroGinola
SATURDAY
Man City v Everton3-12-03-1
Crystal Palace v Leicester1-01-12-2
Huddersfield v Newcastle0-10-20-1
Tottenham v Burnley1-02-03-1
Watford v Cardiff3-22-01-1
Wolves v Bournemouth2-02-12-1
Fulham v West Ham0-22-10-1
SUNDAY
Brighton v Chelsea1-20-20-2
Southampton v Arsenal3-20-12-3
Liverpool v Man Utdx-x1-13-1

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 GMT unless stated.

SATURDAY

Man City v Everton

Man City 3-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ginola's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Crystal Palace v Leicester

Crystal Palace 1-0 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ginola's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Huddersfield v Newcastle

Huddersfield 0-1 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Ginola's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Tottenham v Burnley

Tottenham 1-0 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ginola's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Watford v Cardiff

Watford 3-2 Cardiff

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ginola's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Wolves v Bournemouth

Wolves 2-0 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Ginola's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Fulham v West Ham

Fulham 0-2 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Ginola's prediction: 0-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Brighton v Chelsea

Brighton 1-2 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Ginola's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Southampton v Arsenal

Southampton 3-2 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 0-1

Ginola's prediction: 2-3

Match report

Liverpool v Man Utd

Liverpool 3-1 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ginola's prediction: 3-1

Match report

How did Lawro do last time?

From last weekend's Premier League games, Lawro got seven correct results, including one perfect score from 10 matches, for a total of 100 points.

He beat world champion boxer Josh Warrington, who got four correct results, with no exact scores, for a total of 40 points.

Total scores after week 16
Lawro1,360
Guests1,200
Lawro v Guests
P16W7D2L7
Lawro's League Table
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
=1Man City161420440
=1Man Utd16142044-5
3Liverpool16106036-2
4Tottenham1695232-1
5Leicester1693430+4
6Chelsea1684428-2
7Everton16907270
=8Arsenal1672723-3
=8Newcastle1665523+7
=10Bournemouth1654719-2
=10Crystal Palace1654719+6
=12Fulham1653818+8
=12West Ham1653818-1
14Burnley1645717+3
15Wolves1643915-5
=16Southampton16411113+3
=16Watford16411113-4
18Cardiff1625911-4
19Brighton16241010-6
20Huddersfield1622128-2

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2018-19

SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
140The 1975's Ross MacDonald
120Joe Thomas
90Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark
85Lawro (average after 16 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, Josh Warrington

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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