Premier League predictions: Lawro v Wolf Alice bassist Theo Ellis

Lawro's predictions

With three defeats in their past four Premier League games, December has been a bleak month so far for Manchester City - but can the champions end 2018 on a high?

Pep Guardiola's side travel to Southampton on Sunday and BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson says: "This is actually a good game for City because in a strange way they will be glad if Saints go for it against them.

"That is the way that Saints have been playing under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, and I think an open game is exactly what City need at the moment."

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

This week's guest is Theo Ellis, bassist in 2018 Mercury Prize-winning indie band Wolf Alice and an Arsenal fan.

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Wolf Alice bassist predicts big win for Arsenal over Liverpool

"I've been an Arsenal fan since I was born," Ellis told BBC Sport. "I was a season ticket holder with my dad when I was younger - including the season when we were The Invincibles.

"So I probably had the best introduction to football, watching the best team at that time. It was pretty amazing to me when I was a kid.

"From my generation of Arsenal fans, I think everyone's hero was Thierry Henry. He was so unbelievably cool and unbelievably good. That solo goal he scored against Tottenham in 2002 was one of the greatest moments in Arsenal's history."

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Bassist Theo Ellis recalled the band's first ever label meeting in their acceptance speech

It has been a while since the Gunners have been as successful as they were when Henry was in his pomp, but Ellis thinks more good times could be just around the corner.

"I am just really excited being an Arsenal fan at the moment," Ellis added. "I really like Unai Emery as a manager.

"I want to finish in the top four this season. I pray that we do, I believe that we can - and I hope that Tottenham don't make it.

"I also hope to get on Arsenal Fan TV somehow - I love what they do and I love any channel that has been started by the fans. Troopz is my favourite pundit ever.

"A trophy would be nice, of course, but for me this season is definitely about getting in that top four.

"I fancy our chances in the Europa League but I would just like to see us playing consistent football week in and week out, and getting good results because it has been hard work being an Arsenal fan for the past few years."

Premier League predictions - week 20
ResultLawroTheo
SATURDAY
Brighton v Everton1-01-21-3
Fulham v Huddersfield1-02-01-2
Leicester v Cardiff0-12-03-1
Tottenham v Wolves1-32-01-2
Watford v Newcastle1-12-11-1
Liverpool v Arsenal5-12-00-10
SUNDAY
Crystal Palace v Chelsea0-10-22-2
Burnley v West Ham2-02-01-5
Southampton v Man City1-30-33-0
Man Utd v Bournemouthx-x2-00-5

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

Brighton v Everton

Brighton 1-0 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Theo's prediction: Theo Walcott is going to get a hat-trick. 1-3

Match report

Fulham v Huddersfield

Fulham 1-0 Huddersfield

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Theo's prediction: Arsenal had a really hard game against Huddersfield earlier in December. I think they will win this one. 1-2

Match report

Leicester v Cardiff

Leicester 0-1 Cardiff

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Theo's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Tottenham v Wolves

Tottenham 1-3 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Theo's prediction: I think this will be a really good game. Wolves have been great this season and I really like Nuno Espirito Santo a lot as a manager. I hope this will be a Wolves win - it probably won't, but I am going with them anyway. 1-2

Match report

Watford v Newcastle

Watford 1-1 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Theo's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Liverpool v Arsenal

Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Theo's prediction: An away game at Anfield is so hard but this is definitely going to be a 10-0 Arsenal win. It won't be an easy one, though.

Match report

SUNDAY

Crystal Palace v Chelsea

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Theo's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Burnley v West Ham

Burnley 2-0 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Theo's prediction: West Ham should win this, looking at the way Burnley have been playing. 1-5

Match report

Southampton v Man City

Southampton 1-3 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-3

Theo's prediction: This will be snowed off unfortunately... when it does happen, Danny Ings is going to get a hat-trick, and City are going to lose 3-0.

Match report

Man Utd v Bournemouth

Man Utd 4-1 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Theo's prediction: 0-5

Match report

How did Lawro do last time?

From the last set of Premier League games on 26 & 27 December, Lawro got five correct results, including two perfect scores, from 10 matches, for a total of 110 points.

He beat James bassist Jim Glennie, who got six correct results, with one exact score, for a total of 90 points.

Total scores after week 19
Lawro1,640
Guests1,510
Lawro v Guests
P19W9D2L8
Lawro's League Table
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City19172053+2
2Man Utd19163051+4
3Liverpool19127043-2
4Tottenham19116239-2
5Chelsea19114437-1
6Leicester1994631+1
7Arsenal1993730-2
8Newcastle1985629+7
9Everton1991928-1
10Fulham1973924+9
11Crystal Palace1965823+3
12Bournemouth19649220
13Burnley1955920+5
14Watford19611219-4
=15West Ham19531118-6
=15Wolves19531118-4
17Southampton19521217-1
=18Brighton19251211-5
=18Cardiff19251211-1
20Huddersfield19231490

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2018-19

SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
160David Ginola
140The 1975's Ross MacDonald
120Joe Thomas
90Jim Glennie, Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark
86Lawro (average after 19 weeks)
80Richard Ashcroft, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Mark Wahlberg
60Idris Elba, Dolph Lundgren, Mumford & Sons, Dillian Whyte
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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