Premier League predictions: Lawro vs University Challenge star Bobby Seagull

Lawro's predictions

Liverpool won the Merseyside derby against Everton, Manchester United ruined Jose Mourinho's return to Old Trafford and Southampton beat Norwich to move out of the relegation zone.

Then on Thursday night Arsenal lost at home to continue their worst run of form since 1977.

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

This week he is up against University Challenge star Bobby Seagull, who is also a maths teacher, TV presenter, author - and West Ham fan.

Bobby Seagull
Bobby works with West Ham as an education and charity ambassador. He is a keen footballer too, and played against former Hammers striker Jermain Defoe at primary school level - "he scored five in the first half with me as a hapless defender and their teacher subbed him off at half-time as an act of mercy"

Seagull, who grew up in East Ham, is best known for his stint on University Challenge as captain of the Emmanuel College Cambridge team, who lost to Eric Monkman in the 2016-17 semi-final.

Since then he has teamed up with Monkman to present their 'Genius Guide to Britain', a road-trip series that was shown on BBC Two.

"My personal highlight was teaching Eric the 'Paolo di Canio' song, which is based on a melody from a Verdi Rigoletto opera aria, in William Gladstone's old library," Seagull told BBC Sport.

The pair have teamed up again for another BBC Two series, 'Monkman and Seagull's Genius Adventures', which will be shown soon.

Bobby Seagull and Eric Monkman
Seagull and Monkman will delve into Britain's history as part of their new TV series. He has a piece of West Ham's past in his back garden too, after rescuing some of the old turf from Upton Park that had been left outside the ground

Seagull's passion for maths is obvious, but so is his affection for the Hammers. He had a season ticket at Upton Park in 2002-03 and his family share two at the London Stadium now.

"I'm a part-time school maths teacher and doing a Doctorate in Maths Education at Cambridge," he explained. "I'm also an author of 'The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers'. The book shows how maths is everywhere in life - from the gym, to the kitchen and even my search for love!

"However the word 'football' appears 65 times in my book and 'West Ham' appears 28 times - this perhaps shows my real interests!

"I now am passionate about using football as way of engaging learners about maths. Just last week, I did the keynote talk at the Premier League Teaching & Learning conference for Premier League academy education managers and coaches.

"I volunteer with the West Ham United Foundation as a charity ambassador for the club, going out to visit primary schools promoting maths in football.

"Even when teaching stats, I sometimes get my students to analytically compare Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, so kids focus on statistics rather than just who is the loudest arguer!"

Premier League predictions - week 15
ResultLawroBobby
TUESDAY
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth1-01-12-1
Burnley v Man City1-40-21-2
WEDNESDAY
Chelsea v Aston Villa2-12-02-1
Leicester v Watford2-02-02-1
Man Utd v Tottenham2-10-21-1
Southampton v Norwich2-11-11-1
Wolves v West Ham2-02-02-1
Liverpool v Everton5-22-02-1
THURSDAY
Sheff Utd v Newcastle0-22-12-1
Arsenal v Brighton1-22-02-1

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 19:30 GMT unless stated.

TUESDAY

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Bobby's prediction: 2-1

Bobby has analysed all the Premier League results so far in 2019-20 and used them as the basis of his predictions.

He explained: "The most common draw result was 1-1 (13.6% of all matches this season), while the most common home win is 2-1 (10%) and the most common away win is 1-2 (7.9%).

"So rather than trying to be individually smart about matches, once I've established a result of home win, draw or away win, I've gone for the average result frequency. I hope that this tactic will work overall."

Burnley v Man City

Burnley 1-4 Man City

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Bobby's prediction: 1-2

WEDNESDAY

Chelsea v Aston Villa

Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Bobby's prediction: 2-1

Leicester v Watford

Leicester 2-0 Watford

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Bobby's prediction: 2-1

Man Utd v Tottenham

Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Bobby's prediction: 1-1

Southampton v Norwich

Southampton 2-1 Norwich

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Bobby's prediction: 1-1

Wolves v West Ham

Wolves 2-0 West Ham

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Bobby's prediction: 2-1

Liverpool v Everton

Liverpool 5-2 Everton

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Bobby's prediction: 2-1

THURSDAY

Sheff Utd v Newcastle

Sheff Utd 0-2 Newcastle

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Bobby's prediction: 2-1

Arsenal v Brighton

Arsenal 1-2 Brighton

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Bobby's prediction: 2-1

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last week?

Last weekend, Lawro got five correct results, including one exact score for a total of 80 points.

He beat dual-code rugby star Sonny Bill Williams, who got three correct results, including one exact score, for a total of 60 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City14130139+2
2Liverpool14122038-1
3Chelsea14102232+1
4Tottenham1494131+1
5Arsenal1484228+3
6Man Utd1475226+3
7Leicester1473424-5
8Burnley1463521+2
=9Aston Villa1453618+6
=9Everton1453618+8
=11Watford1452717+9
=11West Ham1452717+2
=13Bournemouth1451816-1
=13Wolves1451816-6
15Newcastle1441913-1
=16Brighton14329110
=16Southampton1432911+2
18Crystal Palace142399-7
19Sheff Utd1421117-12
20Norwich1404104-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20

ScoreGuest leaderboard
160Gabriel Luna
140Arnold Schwarzenegger
100Adam Peaty
90Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Geraint Thomas
86Lawro (average after 14 weeks)
80Stephen Graham
70Michael Johnson, Craig Mitch, Alex Scott
60Sonny Bill Williams, Stefan Ratchford
50Chelcee Grimes, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton
40Stephen Fry, Neil Jones, Tommy O'Dell
30Seth Rollins
Total scores after week 14
Lawro1,200
Guests1,010
Lawro v Guests
P14W12D1L1

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