Premier League predictions: Lawro v Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil

Lawro's predictions

Southampton striker Danny Ings has his sights set on winning the Golden Boot as the Premier League's top scorer - but can he add to his tally against Manchester City this weekend?

Ings has 18 goals so far, including three in three games since football restarted last month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson is looking forward to seeing him lead the Saints attack at St Mary's Stadium, in a game you can watch live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website at 19:00 BST on Sunday.

Southampton striker Danny Ings has scored 44% of his side's Premier League goals in 2019-20
Ings joined Southampton for £20m from Liverpool last summer after spending the previous campaign on loan with the south-coast club. With 18 goals towards Saints' total of 41, Ings has scored the joint-highest percentage of his team's Premier League goals this season along with Norwich's Teemu Pukki (11/25)

"What a signing Ings has turned out to be," Lawro said. "He is a brilliant goal poacher.

"They loved having him around the place at Liverpool because he is such a positive personality, but he did not fit into Jurgen Klopp's system so he had to leave to flourish, which is exactly what he is doing with Saints.

"If you look around the league, there are plenty of teams who need a goalscorer. I reckon there will be a few clubs trying to take him in the summer, but the statistics show how important he is to Southampton because he gets so many of their goals - for his percentage to be so high is just staggering."

Top Premier League scorers and % of their team's goals 2019-20 (before weekend's matches)
PlayerGoals% of team total
=1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester)1932%
=1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)1940%
3. Danny Ings (Southampton)1844%
4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)1724%
5. Sergio Aguero (Man City)1621%

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

This week he is up against Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil.

Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil
Neil's party trick is to do keepie-uppies while singing and playing the guitar at the same time. He explained: "As a kid I went from spending hours in the back garden doing keepie-uppies every day to doing the same learning the guitar. We take a ball on tour and I was always either doing one or the other in the dressing room. One day I tried both at the same time and I was like 'I can do this!' I now combine both my loves as a grown man."

Biffy Clyro's new album 'A Celebration of Endings' is out next month but Neil has already been busy this summer, taking up F1 eSports and finishing 18th in the virtual Canadian GP.

He traded advice from Alpha Tauri driver Daniil Kvyat for some guitar lessons and told BBC Sport: "I did a three-week intensive course where I was sitting in front of my TV for about five hours each day, just racing.

"I was lucky to get some tips from Daniil and I had a great team around me. My one plan was to complete the race, because it was a really tough track - it punched you really hard and the penalties if you went wrong were so severe.

"It really showed me how tough racing is in real life. I was just doing it in my house in front of a screen and honestly, I was sweating and aching afterwards. I don't know how the top drivers do it on the track - they are absolutely fearless.

"I just made sure I finished, but I loved it. I think in lockdown I was just missing my sport more than anything, because you get so used to being stimulated by it every week - especially football. I was missing all sports, even the ones I don't usually like, but I am so excited that football is back."

Is Daniil Kvyat joining Biffy Clyro?

Neil is a huge Scotland fan who - possibly - could have been cheering them on to glory at Euro 2020 (the quarter-finals were scheduled for this weekend) if they had made it through the play-offs and the tournament had not been postponed until next summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"To be honest, I still think we are a tournament or two away from qualifying," Neil said. "We are starting to build a really good young team, and I have a lot of hope for the future.

"There needs to be some belief in Scottish football and I think it is just starting to grow, when for so long it hasn't been there at all.

"It comes from a spirit within the squad and having champions in the team like Liverpool's Andy Robertson is great. The mentality of players like Andy, Manchester United's Scott McTominay and Chelsea's Billy Gilmour is so important because they are used to winning every week and they will demand the same when they play for Scotland.

"We have to start believing we can beat quality teams who are seeded above us in qualifying. The last finals we made it to was the 1998 World Cup - I can remember us playing Brazil in France, which was just amazing, and it is hard to take that there is a generation of Scottish fans who have not even seen us play in a major tournament."

Premier League predictions - week 33
ResultLawroSimon
SATURDAY
Norwich v Brighton0-11-21-1
Leicester v Crystal Palace3-02-01-0
Man Utd v Bournemouth5-24-03-0
Wolves v Arsenal0-22-02-1
Chelsea v Watford3-02-02-0
SUNDAY
Burnley v Sheff Utd1-12-11-0
Newcastle v West Ham2-21-12-0
Liverpool v Aston Villa2-03-04-0
Southampton v Man City1-00-21-2
MONDAY
Tottenham v Everton1-02-00-0

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Norwich 0-1 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Simon's prediction: I don't see Norwich having any way out now but a draw would at least give them something to smile about. 1-1

Match report

Leicester v Crystal Palace

Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Simon's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Man Utd v Bournemouth

Man Utd 5-2 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 4-0

Simon's prediction: 3-0

Match report

Wolves v Arsenal

Wolves 0-2 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Simon's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Chelsea v Watford

Chelsea 3-0 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Simon's prediction: 2-0

Match report

SUNDAY

Burnley v Sheff Utd

Burnley 1-1 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Simon's prediction: Both of these teams are tough to beat but I am going with Burnley at Turf Moor - even though it will be empty of course. 1-0

Match report

Newcastle v West Ham

Newcastle 2-2 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Simon's prediction: Wednesday's win over Chelsea was massive for West Ham boss David Moyes but this is another difficult game for them.

Newcastle have found a bit of form and I really like watching Allan Saint-Maximin, who is such an exciting player. 2-0

Report

Liverpool v Aston Villa

Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Simon's prediction: 4-0

Match report

Southampton v Man City

Southampton 1-0 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Simon's prediction: 1-2

Match report

MONDAY

Tottenham v Everton

Tottenham 1-0 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Simon's prediction: 0-0

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

From the last round of Premier League games, which lasted from Saturday to Thursday, Lawro got three correct results with no exact scorelines.

His score of 30 points was beaten by both of his guests, grime MC Big Zuu (40 points) and Peter Crouch Save Our Summer co-host Alex Horne (50).

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City32292189+1
2Liverpool32284088-1
3Chelsea32234573+1
4Tottenham32207567+5
5Leicester321661054-2
6Arsenal32158953+2
7Man Utd32149951-2
8Wolves321441446-2
9Burnley321361345+1
=10Everton321181341+1
=10West Ham321251541+6
12Watford321151638+5
=13Aston Villa321061636+5
=13Bournemouth321131836+6
15Newcastle32961733-2
=16Sheff Utd32761927-9
=16Southampton32761927-2
18Crystal Palace32671925-6
19Brighton32722323-4
20Norwich323722160

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20

ScoreGuest leaderboard
160Gabriel Luna
140Arnold Schwarzenegger
110Aitch, Daisy May and Charlie Cooper
100Adam Peaty
90Avelino, Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Bobby Seagull, Geraint Thomas
80Tom Davis, Andy Murray, Stephen Graham
77Lawro (average after 32 weeks)
70David Baddiel, Richard Hawley, Kojo, Michael Johnson, Craig Mitch, Alex Scott
60Sonny Bill Williams, Georgia, Al Greenwood, Katie Ormerod, Serge from Kasabian, Stefan Ratchford
50Chelcee Grimes, Alex Horne, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton
40Big Zuu, Stephen Fry, Hugh Grant, Tom Grennan, Neil Jones, Tommy O'Dell, Steve Queralt
30Sam Bird, Matthew McConaughey, Seth Rollins
Total scores after week 32
Lawro2,430
Guests2,160
Lawro v Guests
P32W19D4L9

Top Stories

Explore the BBC