Premier League predictions: Lawro v King Gary star Tom Davis

Lawro's predictions

Manchester United are the only team to take points off Liverpool so far this season - but can they repeat that feat at Anfield on Sunday?

"I am more confident about a Liverpool win this time than I would usually be before this game - for obvious reasons," BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson said.

Snapshot of the top of the Premier League - 1st Liverpool, 2nd Man City, 3rd Leicester, 4th Chelsea, 5th Man Utd & 6th Sheff Utd

"Jurgen Klopp's side are just playing extremely well and they are really in the groove at the moment, especially at home.

"You also just sense with them that they are absolutely relentless and they will be desperate to beat United. The Liverpool players know that, along with Everton, this is the big game of the season in every single way."

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

This week he is up against actor and comedian Tom Davis, star of new sitcom King Gary, which is on BBC One on Fridays at 21:30 GMT. All six episodes are also available on iPlayer now.

Davis is a proud West Ham fan, who classes Paolo di Canio's famous volley against Wimbledon in 2000 as one of his best moments as a fan, even if the Hammers have not given him too much to celebrate over the years.

He told BBC Sport: "Why West Ham? I ask myself that question at the beginning of every season.

"But it is a club of real character, it is a club I love and, for every trial and tribulation they have put me through, I wouldn't change them for the world.

King Gary star Tom Davis
Gary coaches an under-nines team in episode two of King Gary but Tom admits he was not much use on the pitch himself. "I played football at a very average level," he explained. "I was a try-hard - I get in the way well, so I would call myself 'brick wall'"

"I love the Premier League full-stop, though. The excitement you get from watching it is not always West Ham-driven, like the Sergio Aguero goal when Manchester City won it in 2012, but the drama is just incredible.

"It is something you could not create by writing a script. Sadly, from a Hammers point of view, they seem to be more of a comedy a lot of the time, rather than a drama - unless they are going down."

Premier League predictions - week 23
ResultLawroTom
SATURDAY
Watford v Tottenham0-01-11-2
Arsenal v Sheff Utd1-11-21-1
Brighton v Aston Villa1-12-02-1
Man City v Crystal Palace2-23-03-1
Norwich v Bournemouth1-02-02-0
Southampton v Wolves2-32-02-4
West Ham v Everton1-12-13-1
Newcastle v Chelsea1-01-22-1
SUNDAY
Burnley v Leicesterx-x2-11-4
Liverpool v Man Utdx-x2-05-1

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

Watford v Tottenham

Watford 0-0 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Tom's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Arsenal v Sheff Utd

Arsenal 1-1 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Tom's prediction: Mikel Arteta is doing a good job at Arsenal so far. 1-1

Match report

Brighton v Aston Villa

Brighton 1-1 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Man City v Crystal Palace

Man City 2-2 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Tom's prediction: Palace have done all right against City recently, but I think City will win this. 3-1

Match report

Norwich v Bournemouth

Norwich 1-0 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: Norwich to nick this - Teemu Pukki to get both their goals. 2-0

Match report

Southampton v Wolves

Southampton 2-3 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: 2-4

Match report

West Ham v Everton

West Ham 1-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Tom's prediction: This is a massive game for us and a big game for David Moyes against his former club. We have got a bit of fire in us at the moment and I think we will win.

I like Moyes and I think he will steady the ship, which is what we need right now. I would love to see someone such as Joe Cole, a younger ex-player, come in as a coach and start sort of looking to the future but, for the time being, it seems like players like playing for Moyes, and that is the main thing. 3-1

Match report

Newcastle v Chelsea

Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea (17:30 GMT)

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Tom's prediction: 2-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Burnley v Leicester

Burnley v Leicester (14:00 GMT)

Burnley got swept aside by Chelsea last week and are on a bad run of results, with four straight league defeats.

But Leicester seem to have lost a bit of the self-belief and swagger that had propelled them up the table, and any thoughts of them seriously challenging for the title have now gone.

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Their defeats over Christmas against Manchester City and Liverpool were to be expected - what was far more damaging was drawing at home with Norwich and getting beaten by Southampton in the same period.

The Foxes are still a good side and they will fancy themselves to win this game but I think we are going to see a reaction from Burnley here.

They usually bounce back a lot quicker than this and I have been waiting for Sean Dyche to turn things around - I am sure it will happen this week though.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Tom's prediction: Leicester love playing these lower teams. 1-4

Liverpool v Man Utd

Liverpool v Man Utd (16:30 GMT)

United got their tactics spot on against Liverpool last time but their issue is that, in midfield, they are just not strong enough.

When I look at what they have got in that department, I am largely thinking 'that's why they have got so many problems' because the days of them having strong, competitive midfielders are gone.

It is Liverpool who have got a midfield unit now and they also have plenty of options without weakening. Their players know that, if they get in, they have to play well to stay in, otherwise they may not play again for a while.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: Liverpool are the best football team on the planet at the moment; they are just on another level. And I think, after what happened when they played United earlier this season (a 1-1 draw), we will see a reaction from them. 5-1

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last week?

Last weekend, Lawro got five correct results, with no exact scores for a total of 50 points.

He beat actors Hugh Grant and Matthew McConaughey - Grant got three correct results with no exact scores for a total of 30 points, while McConaughey's four correct results gave him 40 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City22210163+1
2Liverpool21192059-1
3Tottenham22164252+5
4Chelsea221543490
5Arsenal22117440+5
6Man Utd22116539-1
7Leicester22105735-1
8Watford22931030-9
9West Ham2184928+7
=10Burnley22831127+5
=10Everton2276927+1
=12Bournemouth22821226+7
=12Wolves22821226-5
14Aston Villa22741125+4
15Newcastle22721323-2
16Southampton22531418-4
17Brighton22521517-3
18Sheff Utd22431515-12
19Crystal Palace22351414-10
20Norwich221714100

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
75Lawro (average after 22 weeks)
70David Baddiel, Richard Hawley, Kojo, Michael Johnson, Craig Mitch, Alex Scott
60Sonny Bill Williams, Serge from Kasabian, Stefan Ratchford
50Chelcee Grimes, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton
40Stephen Fry, Hugh Grant, Neil Jones, Tommy O'Dell
30Matthew McConaughey, Seth Rollins
Total scores after week 21
Lawro1,660
Guests1,520
Lawro v Guests
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