Premier League predictions: Lawro vs tennis star Andy Murray

Lawro's predictions

Liverpool took the local glory in Wednesday's Merseyside derby but who will be celebrating when the red and blue halves of Manchester meet on Saturday?

"Manchester City are still a very good team - that has not changed just because they have had the odd bad result this season," said BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

"They would love to beat United, and they are the better side - so that is what I think will happen."

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

This week he is up against former tennis world number one Andy Murray.

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Murray's grandad played for Hibs so he grew up as a fan of the Easter Road club.

"The whole family supports them so I used to go to a lot of games," he told BBC Sport.

"It has always been difficult to watch them when I am travelling because the Scottish league is not on around the world, whereas with the Premier League you can see it anywhere.

"So I follow Arsenal now too a little bit but, yes, I am definitely into my football. I used to play a lot when I was younger, but I had to choose between football and tennis when I was 14 or 15.

"It is difficult to keep doing both and commit enough time to both of them, but there is a lot of stuff about football that I miss.

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"I like the team element and playing alongside your friends, but at that age it was a lot easier for me - because they had a ranking system in tennis from the age of 12, I knew really what level I was at in terms of European standards.

"Whereas with football, I was all right in my team, but I was probably rubbish in the grand scheme of things so I am glad I made the choice to go for tennis."

Murray could still have a future in football, however, if he follows up his past addiction to Football Manager by moving into the dug-out in real life.

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He explained: "I played a lot of Football Manager growing up - it killed a lot of time on the road - but it also became a bit of an issue when I was staying up late to play it.

"I had to cut back a few years ago. When I was in Spain, myself and a friend would have two teams each - we were staying up until 3am, and we would start training at 8am, so I had to stop playing it.

"As far as football coaching goes, I have been asked if there were any other jobs I would be interested in doing, and I would like to do something in sport.

"Football is something that has always interested me and, it would be a fun thing to try.

"A lot of people think they could do a good job, and that they know what teams should be doing, but there is a lot more to it than that."

'Resurfacing', the story of Murray's return from major hip surgery at the start of 2019 to win an ATP title less than a year later, is available now to watch on Amazon Prime.

Premier League predictions - week 16
ResultLawroAndy
SATURDAY
Everton v Chelsea3-11-11-2
Bournemouth v Liverpool0-30-21-2
Tottenham v Burnley5-02-02-0
Watford v Crystal Palace0-01-11-1
Man City v Man Utd1-22-03-1
SUNDAY
Aston Villa v Leicester1-41-11-2
Newcastle v Southampton2-12-11-1
Norwich v Sheff Utd1-21-11-2
Brighton v Wolves2-22-10-1
MONDAY
West Ham v Arsenal1-32-01-1

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 GMT unless stated.

SATURDAY

Everton v Chelsea

Everton 3-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Andy's prediction: 1-2

Read match report

Bournemouth v Liverpool

Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Andy's prediction: 1-2

Read match report

Tottenham v Burnley

Tottenham 5-0 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Andy's prediction: 2-0

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Watford v Crystal Palace

Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Andy's prediction: 1-1

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Man City v Man Utd

Man City 1-2 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Andy's prediction: 3-1

Read match report

SUNDAY

Aston Villa v Leicester

Aston Villa 1-4 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Andy's prediction: 1-2

Read match report

Newcastle v Southampton

Newcastle 2-1 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Andy's prediction: 1-1

Read match report

Norwich v Sheff Utd

Norwich 1-2 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Andy's prediction: Sheffield United have been on fire. 1-2

Read match report

Brighton v Wolves

Brighton 2-2 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Andy's prediction: 0-1

Read the match report

MONDAY

West Ham v Arsenal

West Ham 1-3 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Andy's prediction: They are both struggling at the moment. Let's go for a draw. 1-1

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last week?

From the midweek fixtures, Lawro got five correct results, including two exact scores for a total of 110 points.

He beat University Challenge star Bobby Seagull, who got six correct results, but with one exact score, for a total of 90 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City15140142+2
2Liverpool15132041-1
3Chelsea15112235+1
4Tottenham15104134+4
5Arsenal1594231+5
6Leicester1583427-4
7Man Utd1575326-1
8Burnley1563621+4
9Wolves1561819-4
=10Aston Villa1553718+6
=10Everton1553718+8
=12Bournemouth1552817+2
=12Watford1552817+8
=12West Ham1552817+3
15Newcastle15411013-4
16Southampton1533912+1
17Brighton15321011-4
=18Crystal Palace1524910-11
=18Sheff Utd15311110-9
20Norwich1505105-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20

ScoreGuest leaderboard
160Gabriel Luna
140Arnold Schwarzenegger
100Adam Peaty
90Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Bobby Seagull, Geraint Thomas
87Lawro (average after 15 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 15
Lawro1,310
Guests1,100
Lawro v Guests
P15W13D1L1

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