Premier League New Year's Day predictions: Lawro v BGT comedian and Liverpool fan Kojo Anim

Lawro's predictions

Sheffield United start 2020 just two points off fifth place in the Premier League table before a first visit to leaders Liverpool for 13 years on Thursday.

"If I had to name a manager of the year midway through the season then it would be Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder," BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson said.

"The great thing about them is they have shown every promoted team that they do not have to spend fortunes if you're well coached, well organised and difficult to beat.

"It's different for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and all the other managers near the top because they have got real quality. Wilder has done a fantastic job."

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

For the first round of Premier League fixtures of 2020, he is up against Britain's Got Talent comedian and Liverpool fan Kojo Anim.

Kojo, who is about to embark on a UK tour, is understandably is pretty happy with the way the Reds are doing right now.

He told BBC Sport: "Nobody is celebrating anything yet but with what I have been through in the past few years with that team, I think I deserve to enjoy myself at the moment.

"It does not look like there will be a dramatic end to the title race like there was last season when Manchester City pipped us at the post, but being totally honest, I don't care!

"It has been 30 years since we last won it, and I would happily have had it totally wrapped up by Christmas if I could have done."

Kojo
Kojo is friends with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez and former Reds striker Daniel Sturridge and is a regular at Anfield

Kojo got into football and the Reds when he started watching John Barnes play for Liverpool in the 1980s - and told him that in person when he bumped into him a few weeks ago.

"I was at the station, on my way to watching Liverpool play Salzburg and I told him that I was left-footed so his position on the wing was always where I played - well, when I could," he said. "Sometimes I was left-back, and sometimes I was on the bench.

"Could I have made it as a professional myself? Well, I had trials at QPR's school of excellence when I was a kid and used to really enjoy it.

"Then I stopped enjoying it because I used to play with the older guys, who knew I was good but would always stamp their authority on me, and that is how I lost my confidence - then I started telling jokes instead, and I think I am a bit more of a natural at that.

"I was good at football, but looking back, that bit of bullying I got on the football pitch changed my life."

Premier League predictions - week 21
ResultLawroKojo
WEDNESDAY, 1 JAN
Brighton v Chelsea1-10-22-2
Burnley v Aston Villa1-22-01-2
Newcastle v Leicester0-32-01-3
Southampton v Tottenham1-00-20-3
Watford v Wolves2-12-10-2
Man City v Everton2-12-01-1
Norwich v Crystal Palace1-12-13-1
West Ham v Bournemouth4-02-01-0
Arsenal v Man Utd2-02-21-3
THURSDAY, 2 JAN
Liverpool v Sheff Utd2-03-01-1

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.

WEDNESDAY, 1 JANUARY

Brighton v Chelsea

Brighton 1-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Kojo's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Burnley v Aston Villa

Burnley 1-2 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Kojo's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Newcastle v Leicester

Newcastle 0-3 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Kojo's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Southampton v Tottenham

Southampton 1-0 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Kojo's prediction: 0-3

Match report

Watford v Wolves

Watford 2-1 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Kojo's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Man City v Everton

Man City 2-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Kojo's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Norwich v Crystal Palace

Norwich 1-1 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Kojo's prediction: 3-1

Match report

West Ham v Bournemouth

West Ham 4-0 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Kojo's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Arsenal v Man Utd

Arsenal 2-0 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-2

Kojo's prediction: Mikel Arteta has got a lot to fix at Arsenal, and it is not going to happen overnight. 1-3

Match report

THURSDAY, 2 JANUARY

Liverpool v Sheff Utd

Liverpool 2-0 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Kojo's prediction: 1-1

Match report

How did Lawro do last week?

From last weekend's Premier League fixtures, Lawro got four correct results with one exact score from 10 games for a total of 70 points.

He was beaten by rapper Avelino, 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 City20190157+2
2Liverpool19172053-1
3Tottenham20154149+3
4Chelsea201343430
5Arsenal20106436+7
6Man Utd20105535-1
7Leicester2095632-5
8Watford2083927+11
9Aston Villa2074925+9
=10Burnley20731024+3
=10Everton20668240
=10West Ham1973924+7
=13Bournemouth20721123+3
=13Wolves20721123-6
15Newcastle20621220-4
16Southampton20531218-1
17Brighton20521317-3
=18Crystal Palace20351214-9
=18Sheff Utd20421414-10
20Norwich20071370

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20

ScoreGuest leaderboard
160Gabriel Luna
140Arnold Schwarzenegger
100Adam Peaty
90Avelino, Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Bobby Seagull, Geraint Thomas
80Andy Murray, Stephen Graham
77Lawro (average after 20 weeks)
70David Baddiel, Richard Hawley, Michael Johnson, Craig Mitch, Alex Scott
60Sonny Bill Williams, Serge from Kasabian, Stefan Ratchford
50Chelcee Grimes, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton
40Stephen Fry, Neil Jones, Tommy O'Dell
30Seth Rollins
Total scores after week 20
Lawro1,540
Guests1,410
Lawro v Guests
P20W13D1L6

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