Lawro's Premier League predictions v Jungle's Tom McFarland

Lawro's predictions

Liverpool's attack has lacked a cutting edge in recent weeks but will things be different when the leaders host Watford on Wednesday?

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson said: "Their front three are not playing well but I think the issue with Liverpool now is that people have started to work them out.

"They realise that if they sit in and pack the middle of the pitch then they can crowd out Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in the area where they do a lot of their work.

"If you can stop the width from the full-backs too, then the midfield does not have the nous to play their way through".

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

This week's guest is Tom McFarland, co-founder of London soul collective Jungle.

Jungle
Tom (far left) and Josh Lloyd-Watson (2nd right) are co-founders of Jungle. Their new album 'For Ever' is out now

Tom is a QPR season-ticket holder who started watching his local team when he was five and has spent the past 25 years following their ups and downs.

Any ups this year now look unlikely - Rangers now only have a remote chance of returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2015 following a run of seven straight Championship defeats going back to 12 January.

Rangers were eighth on Boxing Day, two points off the play-offs, but have slumped to 18th, and are now only nine points above the relegation zone.

"We had a dreadful start to the season, including a 7-1 hammering at West Brom, but then we seemed to turn a corner and we were great up until Christmas," McFarland told BBC Sport.

"I don't know whether Steve McClaren has tried to change our style of play slightly since then, but things have fallen apart.

"It didn't help that we lost Geoff Cameron to injury, when he had been a real lynch-pin in front of the back four - the kind of experienced Premier League head you need in the Championship.

"Another key midfielder, Mass Luongo, went off to the Asian Cup with Australia and missed a few games too, and the players who have come in have not cut the mustard unfortunately."

Premier League predictions - week 28
ResultLawroTom
TUESDAY
Cardiff v Everton0-31-22-1
Huddersfield v Wolves1-00-20-2
Leicester v Brighton2-12-01-1
Newcastle v Burnley2-01-12-1
WEDNESDAY
Arsenal v Bournemouth5-12-03-0
Southampton v Fulham2-02-11-0
Chelsea v Tottenham2-01-11-3
Crystal Palace v Man Utd1-32-11-2
Liverpool v Watford5-02-02-0
Man City v West Ham1-03-13-1

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 19:45 GMT unless stated.

TUESDAY

Cardiff v Everton

Cardiff 0-3 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Tom's prediction: I think Cardiff will probably nick this. Everton are not set up right at the moment. 2-1

Match report

Huddersfield v Wolves

Huddersfield 1-0 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Tom's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Leicester v Brighton

Leicester 2-1 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Newcastle v Burnley

Newcastle 2-0 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Tom's prediction: 2-1

Match report

WEDNESDAY

Arsenal v Bournemouth

Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: 3-0

Match report

Southampton v Fulham

Southampton 2-0 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Tom's prediction: I would like to think that Southampton are going to win this, and it is probably not going to be pretty. 1-0

Match report

Chelsea v Tottenham

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Tom's prediction: I feel sorry for Sarri, who is trying to implement his own style when it does not seem like his players are buying into it, but obviously it is great that Chelsea are floundering. 1-3

Match report

Crystal Palace v Man Utd

Crystal Palace 1-3 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Tom's prediction: I love the way United are playing under Solskjaer at the moment. 1-2

Match report

Liverpool v Watford

Liverpool 5-0 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: I don't see Watford getting anything at Anfield. I would love Liverpool to win the league but I do feel they have got a big stumble in them so I think City will probably do it. 2-0

Match report

Man City v West Ham

Man City 1-0 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 3-1

Tom's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

From the last round of Premier League games, Lawro got five correct results, including two exact scores, from eight matches for a total of 110 points.

He beat rapper Yungen, who got four correct results and one exact score, for a total of 70 points.

Lawro and Yungen both predicted Manchester City would beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final, but that game does not count towards their totals.

Total scores after week 27
Lawro2,320
Guests1,970
Lawro v Guests
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Lawro's League Table
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City27243075+1
2Man Utd27214267+3
3Liverpool271710061-2
4Tottenham27169257-1
5Chelsea26164652+1
6Arsenal271431045-2
7Leicester271341043+5
8Everton271321241+3
9Burnley271071037+5
10Newcastle271061136+5
=11Watford271031433-4
=11Wolves271031433-3
=13Bournemouth27851429-3
=13Fulham27851429+6
15West Ham27841528-6
16Crystal Palace27671425-3
17Southampton27731724+1
18Brighton26371616-2
19Cardiff27351914-2
20Huddersfield273420130

GUEST LEADERBOARD 218-19

SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
160David Ginola
140The 1975's Ross MacDonald
120Joe Thomas
110Yatez
90Jim Glennie, Mario Hezonja, Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark
86Lawro (average after 27 weeks)
80Richard Ashcroft, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Mark Wahlberg
70Yumgen
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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