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
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
Burnley v Leicester2-12-11-4
Liverpool v Man Utd2-02-05-1

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.


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


Burnley v Leicester

Burnley 2-1 Leicester

Match report

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Tom's prediction: 1-4

Liverpool v Man Utd

Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: 5-1

Match report

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
1Man City22210163+1
6Man Utd22116539-1
9West Ham2184928+7
14Aston Villa22741125+4
18Sheff Utd22431515-12
19Crystal Palace22351414-10


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
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