Carabao Cup and Premier League predictions: Lawro v rapper and Liverpool fan Yungen

Lawro's predictions

Manchester United could do neighbours Manchester City a huge favour when they host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Liverpool need at least a point to go back to the top of the Premier League on a day when City are playing Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final - but will they get it at Old Trafford against their bitter rivals?

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson said: "A draw would be a good result for Liverpool, especially because of the way the mood has changed at United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"The atmosphere is different to the way it was under Jose Mourinho anyway, and you just know they are are going to ramp it up for this game."

Snapshot of the top of Premier League table: 1st Man City, 2nd Liverpool, 3rd Tottenham, 4th Man Utd, 5th Arsenal, 6th Chelsea

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

This week he is up against rapper and Liverpool fan Yungen, whose latest single 'Comfortable' is out now and on the club's official playlist.

Yungen is a regular at Anfield and says hearing his hit 'Bestie' played there while he was at a Champions League game last season was one of the "top five moments of his career".

He grew up in Herne Hill in south London but his mum is from Liverpool and his two older brothers were born there and are both Reds.

"It is has been in the family since I was a kid - I was just brought up to support Liverpool and I did not really have a choice at all!" he told BBC Sport.

Yungen
Yungen's favourite players when he was growing up were Steve McManaman and Michael Owen, but most of all Steven Gerrard. "The guy is just a legend." Yungen says. Now? It is Virgil van Dijk. "I would say great things about Mohamed Salah but I actually do believe Van Dijk is the best defender in the world. Whatever type of striker he is up against, he is always so cool and calm.

Liverpool's bid to win the title for the first time since 1990 means this is a tense time for all their fans and Yungen admits he is feeling the pressure a bit.

"If you had asked me how I felt a few weeks ago, I was in a really good place," he told BBC Sport. "It is different now. Seeing us drop points means the last few weeks have been a bit nerve-wracking.

"When Manchester City lost those two games over Christmas, I thought it was ours, it has to be ours, they can't catch us now. But here we are, level at the top going into this weekend.

"But I am still happy and positive about our chances. I think this is the best we have looked in a long, long time. We can do it, definitely.

"We are not blowing teams away like we were last season - there were times when we went forward, and it was just unbelievable - but when you watch us now it feels like we are more in control of games.

"We do not look like we are always going to concede anymore, and we do not have to play amazingly well to win."

ResultLawroYungen
FRIDAY
Cardiff v Watford1-51-21-2
West Ham v Fulham3-12-03-0
SATURDAY
Burnley v Tottenham2-11-11-1
Bournemouth v Wolves1-11-22-1
Newcastle v Huddersfield2-02-02-0
Leicester v Crystal Palace1-42-01-1
SUNDAY
Arsenal v Southampton2-02-04-0
Man Utd v Liverpool0-01-11-3
Chelsea v Man City (Carabao Cup final)0-0 (City win 4-3 on pens)1-21-3

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.

FRIDAY

Cardiff v Watford

Cardiff 1-5 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Yungen's prediction: 1-2

Match report

West Ham v Fulham

West Ham 3-1 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Yungen's prediction: 3-0

Match report

SATURDAY

Burnley v Tottenham

Burnley 2-1 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Yungen's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Bournemouth v Wolves

Bournemouth 1-1 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Yungen's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Newcastle v Huddersfield

Newcastle 2-0 Huddersfield

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Yungen's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Leicester v Crystal Palace

Leicester 1-4 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Yungen's prediction: 1-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Arsenal v Southampton

Arsenal 2-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Yungen's prediction: 4-0

Match report

Man Utd v Liverpool

Man Utd 0-0 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Yungen's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Chelsea v Man City

Chelsea 0-0 Man City (City win 4-3 on penalties)

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Yungen's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

On FA Cup fifth-round weekend, Lawro picked the right outcome in six of the eight ties, including an exact score in two of them. That gave him a total of 120 points, but it was not enough for him to claim victory.

Radio 1Xtra DJ Big Zuu got seven correct results, including three exact scores for a total of 160 points, while Radio 2 DJ Trevor Nelson got six correct results, with one perfect score, for a total of 90 points.

Those scores do not count towards Lawro's total for the season or the guest leaderboard.

Total scores after week 26
Lawro2,210
Guests1,920
Lawro v Guests
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Lawro's League Table
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City272430750
2Man Utd26213266+2
3Liverpool26179060-1
4Tottenham26168256-1
5Chelsea26164652+1
6Arsenal261331042-1
7Everton271321241+2
8Leicester261241040+4
9Burnley261061036+6
10Newcastle26961133+6
=11Watford26931430-3
=11Wolves26931430-4
=13Bournemouth26851329-2
=13Fulham26851329+6
=15West Ham26741525-5
=15Crystal Palace26671325-2
17Southampton26731624+1
18Brighton26371616-4
19Cardiff26351814-2
20Huddersfield263419130

GUEST LEADERBOARD 218-19

SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
160David Ginola
140The 1975's Ross MacDonald
120Joe Thomas
110Yatez
90Jim Glennie, Mario Hezonja, Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark
85Lawro (average after 26 weeks)
80Richard Ashcroft, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Mark Wahlberg
60Jamie Dornan & Paul Conroy, Idris Elba, Dolph Lundgren, Mumford & Sons, Dillian Whyte
50Bring Me The Horizon, Theo Ellis, Drew McIntyre, Mohamed Sanu, Dolph Ziggler
40Tom Grennan, Josh Warrington
30Ryan Fitzpatrick, Oti Mabuse
20Yizzy

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

Lawro's worst score: 20 points (week 24 v Grime star Yizzy & week 25 v Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarter-back Ryan Fitzpatrick and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu)

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