Premier League predictions: Lawro v comedian, author and Chelsea fan David Baddiel

Lawro's predictions

Arsenal's long wait for a win is over, but how will they fare on Sunday when they host a Manchester City side still stinging from last weekend's derby defeat?

"The Gunners did well to come back from a goal down to beat West Ham on Monday, but that does not mean their problems are over," said BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

"They still have huge issues at the back and the fact they beat a struggling West Ham team does not change that.

"Whoever is in charge, things are not going to improve overnight.

"What interim boss Freddie Ljungberg seems to be trying to do is put a smile back on everyone's face. That is the right thing at this stage, so the players are enjoying themselves again, but I do not see them beating City."

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

This week he is up against comedian and author David Baddiel, who is touring with his new show 'Trolls: Not the Dolls'.

Comedian and author David Baddiel
Baddiel has been a season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge for 30 years

Baddiel, who co-wrote England football anthem 'Three Lions' with fellow comic Frank Skinner and Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds, is a Chelsea fan and is enjoying life under Blues boss Frank Lampard.

He told BBC Sport: "I like what is happening at Chelsea at the moment.

"After having to deal with the transfer ban last summer, Frank built a really good team with the players he had. Now that has been lifted I think it is a good time at the club.

"We have got a really good core of players as it is, plus people like Ruben Loftus-Cheek coming back from injury.

"The young players are doing very well, Frank has sorted out the balance in midfield and if we could add a couple of big players to that - maybe a striker and one or two to shore up the defence - then I think we are going to be the team next season."

Premier League predictions - week 17
Liverpool v Watford2-03-04-1
Burnley v Newcastle1-02-02-2
Chelsea v Bournemouth0-12-03-0
Leicester v Norwich1-13-03-1
Sheff Utd v Aston Villa2-02-11-0
Southampton v West Ham0-12-12-2
Man Utd v Everton1-12-02-1
Wolves v Tottenham1-20-21-2
Arsenal v Man City0-30-22-3
Crystal Palace v Brighton1-12-11-0

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.


All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless stated.


Liverpool v Watford

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

David's prediction: This is quite an easy one to start with - top versus bottom, and Liverpool are playing brilliantly while Watford are not. 4-1

Match report

Burnley v Newcastle

Burnley 1-0 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

David's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Chelsea v Bournemouth

Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

David's prediction: 3-0

Match report

Leicester v Norwich

Leicester 1-1 Norwich

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

David's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Sheff Utd v Aston Villa

Sheff Utd 2-0 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

David's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Southampton v West Ham

Southampton 0-1 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

David's prediction: 2-2


Man Utd v Everton

Man Utd 1-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

David's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Wolves v Tottenham

Wolves 1-2 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

David's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Arsenal v Man City

Arsenal 0-3 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

David's prediction: 2-3

Match report


Crystal Palace v Brighton

Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

David's prediction: 1-0

Match report

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
1Man City16150145+2
7Man Utd1675426-1
9West Ham1662820+7
=10Aston Villa1654719+7
=18Crystal Palace1625911-8
=18Sheff Utd16321111-10


ScoreGuest leaderboard
160Gabriel Luna
140Arnold Schwarzenegger
100Adam Peaty
90Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Bobby Seagull, Geraint Thomas
86Lawro (average after 16 weeks)
80Andy Murray, Stephen 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 16
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