Premier League predictions: Lawro v rugby player Stefan Ratchford

Lawro's predictions

Liverpool host Arsenal in the big Premier League showdown of the weekend, but who will come out on top?

BBC Sport's predictions expert Mark Lawrenson is backing the European champions to come through.

Last week, Lawro and guest swimmer Adam Peaty both predicted a win for Manchester City against Tottenham and 62% of you agreed. But only 18% of you were correct - with the teams drawing 2-2. The other 20% thought Spurs would get a win.

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

His guest this week is rugby league star Stefan Ratchford.

Ratchford, 31, is preparing for this weekend's Challenge Cup final as his side Warrington Wolves take on big rivals St Helens at Wembley. The England full-back has made 260 appearances in the Super League and has 93 career tries.

But he could have been a footballer alongside his favourite players Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino.

"The lads don't believe me but I was offered a six-week trial at Liverpool when I was a kid," Ratchford told BBC Sport. "I was really keen because I'm a Liverpool fan but I had already agreed to sign for Salford Red Devils that week!"

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Highlights: Warrington Wolves off to Wembley with win over Hull FC
Premier League predictions - week three
ResultLawroStefan
FRIDAY
Aston Villa v Everton2-01-11-1
SATURDAY
Norwich v Chelsea2-31-21-3
Brighton v Southampton0-20-22-0
Man Utd v Crystal Palace1-22-03-1
Sheff Utd v Leicester 1-20-11-1
Watford v West Ham 1-32-12-1
Liverpool v Arsenal3-12-12-0
SUNDAY
Bournemouth v Man City1-30-31-3
Tottenham v Newcastle 0-12-03-0
Wolves v Burnley1-12-12-1

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 BST unless stated.

FRIDAY

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Stefan's prediction: 1-1

Match report

SATURDAY

Norwich 2-3 Chelsea

Norwich v Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Stefan's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Brighton 0-2 Southampton

Brighton v Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Stefan's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Man Utd 1-2 Crystal Palace

Man Utd v Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Stefan's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Sheffield Utd 1-2 Leicester

Sheffield Utd v Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 0-1

Stefan's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Watford 1-3 West Ham

Watford v West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Stefan's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Stefan's prediction: 2-0

Match report

SUNDAY

Bournemouth 1-3 Man City

Bournemouth v Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-3

Stefan's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle

Tottenham v Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Stefan's prediction: 3-0

Match report

Wolves 1-1 Burnley

Wolves v Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Stefan's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Emma Sanders.

How did Lawro do last week?

On the second weekend of the Premier League season, Lawro got six correct results, including two exact scores, out of 10 matches for a total of 120 points.

He beat Olympic swimming gold medallist Adam Peaty, who got seven correct results but only one exact score, for a tally of 100 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
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GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20

ScoreGuest leaderboard
110 (average score after two weeks)Lawro
100Adam Peaty
90Helen Housby, Jo Harten

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