Premier League predictions: Lawro v The Rap Game UK judge DJ Target

Lawro's predictions

The outcome of Arsenal's trips to Old Trafford used to have a big say in the Premier League title race but on Sunday it sees the team in 15th place host the side in 11th.

Between 1997-98 and 2002-03, the Gunners and Manchester United carved up first and second spot between them in five out of six seasons, but it has been a while since either club mounted a serious title challenge.

"It's amazing isn't it? I used to preview this game and think 'wow' but you look now and it is almost run of the mill," said BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

Snapshot showing 11th to 16th in the Premier League: 11th Arsenal, 12th West Ham, 13th Man City, 14th Newcastle, 15th Man Utd & 16th Brighton
At least one of Arsenal and Manchester United finished first or second in every Premier League season between 1992-93 and 2012-13 but they have had only two top-two finishes between them since then - as runners-up in 2016 (Arsenal) and 2018 (Man Utd)

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This weekend, he is up against The Rap Game UK judge and Arsenal fan DJ Target.

The Rap Game UK is a BBC Three music competition showcasing the UK's best upcoming MCs.

A new episode of series two airs on BBC iPlayer every Thursday at 7pm.

DJ Target and The Rap Map
Inspired by The Rap Game UK, BBC Three and 1 Xtra's DJ Target have created The Rap Map - a digital map where UK rappers can record videos of themselves performing acapella bars about their hometowns and pin them on the places they are from

You can find DJ Target's Rap Map here.

Target grew up as a Gunner and told BBC Sport: "I am an east London boy so I used to get a lot of people asking me how come I didn't support West Ham, or whoever, when I was younger.

"But in the mid to late 1980s, when I was really young and just starting to enjoy football - before you really pick a team or form any allegiance - there were two main teams.

"A lot of people in my age group who I grew up with were Liverpool fans - John Barnes was a big thing, especially among young black kids who would see him and think 'oh my god, we could be like him'.

"But also, on the other side of it, there were a bunch of Arsenal fans who I was around - older people as well as a few of my friends.

"I was already supporting Arsenal when Ian Wright joined from Crystal Palace in 1991, but once he arrived that really flicked the switch - he was just like a hero and that was it. That was when I started going to games at Highbury and really got stuck into it."

Target has fond memories of Arsenal going to Old Trafford and winning to clinch the title in 2002, but they have not managed a league win there in any of their past 13 visits going back to September 2006.

"It's really hard work being an Arsenal fan these days," he added. "Those days it was a lot easier.

"We had so many great players for so many years, especially when Arsene Wenger came in 1996, right through to The Invincibles in 2004 and beyond.

"It felt like we were in the running for the title every year, and we had such a stylish way of playing too. Every move felt effortless, and there was so much creativity from every player, linking up all the time, it was ridiculous.

"Obviously the last few years have been very shaky. You do see glimpses of it from time to time under Mikel Arteta, but there is a way to go to get back to those days - the level we were at, and how good we were to watch."

DJ Target
Wrighty is still Target's all-time Arsenal hero, closely followed by Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp but from the current side Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is his favourite. "Wrighty did it the hard way, playing Sunday League until late on. His story was always inspiring - I was from east London but I went to school in Lewisham so he was even more of a local legend around there."
Premier League predictions - week 7
ResultLawroDJ Target
FRIDAY
Wolves v Crystal Palace2-02-01-2
SATURDAY
Sheff Utd v Man City0-10-20-2
Burnley v Chelsea0-31-11-3
Liverpool v West Ham2-12-01-0
SUNDAY
Aston Villa v Southampton3-41-22-2
Newcastle v Everton2-12-10-3
Man Utd v Arsenal0-12-01-2
Tottenham v Brighton2-12-02-0
MONDAY
Fulham v West Brom2-02-10-1
Leeds v Leicester1-42-11-1

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

FRIDAY

BBC Sport
Wolves v Crystal Palace

Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

DJ Target's prediction: 1-2

Match report

SATURDAY

Sheff Utd v Man City

Sheff Utd 0-1 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

DJ Target's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Burnley v Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

DJ Target's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Liverpool v West Ham

Liverpool 2-1 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

DJ Target's prediction: 1-0

Match report

SUNDAY

Aston Villa v Southampton

Aston Villa 3-4 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

DJ Target's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Newcastle v Everton

Newcastle 2-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

DJ Target's prediction: 0-3

Match report

Man Utd v Arsenal

Man Utd 0-1 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

DJ Target's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Tottenham v Brighton

Tottenham 2-1 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

DJ Target's prediction: 2-0

Match report

MONDAY

Fulham v West Brom

Fulham 2-0 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

DJ Target's prediction: This is going to be a scrap but I think West Brom will nick it. 0-1

Match report

Leeds v Leicester

Leeds 1-4 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

DJ Target's prediction: Leeds just keep picking up good results and they look like they have been in the Premier League for years. 1-1

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

From last weekend's Premier League games, Lawro got five correct results, including three exact scores, for a total of 140 points - his best of the season so far.

He beat legendary Style Council drummer Steve White, who got the same number of correct results but with two exact scores, for a total of 110 points - enough to put him top of the guest leaderboard.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man Utd550015+14
2Liverpool6420140
=3Arsenal641113+8
=3Chelsea641113+7
=5Leeds640212+1
=5Leicester640212-1
=5Tottenham6402120
=8Burnley53029+10
=8Man City52309+5
=8Wolves62319+1
11Everton62228-10
12Southampton62137-5
=13Aston Villa52036-10
=13Crystal Palace61326-5
=13Newcastle62046+1
16West Ham61235-4
=17Brighton61144-1
=17Sheff Utd61144+2
=19Fulham60060+1
=19West Brom60060-2

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Steve White
82Lawro (average after six weeks)
80Raye
60Celeste, Caroline Weir
50Declan McKenna
0Rema
Total scores after week 6
Lawro490
Guests360
Lawro v Guests
P6W4D0L2
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