Premier League predictions: Lawro v singer Becky Hill

Lawro's predictions

Leeds make their first visit to Old Trafford for more than 10 years when they play old rivals Manchester United on Sunday - but who will come out on top?

"Of all the games where we say we'd love to have a crowd, this is a big one," said BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

"It's not a derby, but there has never been much love lost between the two sets of fans. That helps to create a really intense atmosphere, which normally adds an edge on the pitch too.

"This time? Well, Leeds will be dangerous going forward, of course, but I just feel their attacking mindset will play into Manchester United's hands."

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

This weekend, he is up against singer and Walsall fan Becky Hill.

Becky Hill
Hill, who made her name as a runner-up on the first series of The Voice UK in 2013, had a number one single as a featured vocalist on Oliver Helden's 'Gecko (Overdrive)' in 2014

Hill's latest single 'Space' was released in October and her debut album comes out in March.

She is a prolific songwriter and has penned more than 600 tracks, but admits she is yet to write one about watching Walsall.

"My first solo single was called 'Losing' which might have worked, but I'd like to make it clear that was not about the Saddlers!" she told BBC Sport.

Saturday sees Walsall take on Port Vale, who count Robbie Williams as their most famous fan, in the big game in League Two.

"Right, we've got some pop star rivalry here haven't we?" Becky added. "I'll have to hit Robbie up and tell him that his boys are going to get beaten. "

Becky Hill
Will Becky or Robbie Williams have something to shout about after Walsall play Port Vale on Saturday? "For the sake of my dad's happiness, I am going with a 2-1 Walsall win," Hill said.

There are other, bigger, Black Country clubs but Hill never considered supporting any of them.

"I have a very vague memory of being taken to a Wolves game when I was very young - but then we never went back," she explained. "It was always the Saddlers for me with my dad at the Bescot after that.

"There's nothing like being at game - not just for the football, but for the sights, the sounds and the smells.

"The food is part of the nostalgia as well - my dad would always have a Bovril, and buy me a Yorkie and a hot chocolate to keep me happy.

"As a kid the only thing that was missing was the singing - it seems weird to say now, but the one thing I always used to want was for the crowd to start chanting.

"My dad always used to sing 'walking down the Wednesbury Road, to see the Walsall aces' around the house but they never really burst into song when I went, for me to join in.

"It's not quite the same but he was at a Walsall game a few years ago and they ran out to one of my songs. I think that was probably his proudest moment."

Walsall's home, the Bescot [now known as Banks's Stadium] is situated right next to the M6 motorway so is easy to spot from afar.

"I get a buzz every time I go past," added Hill. "I went there a lot when I was a kid and it brings back so many fond memories whenever I see it. Every single time I take a picture and send it to my dad saying 'up the Saddlers'.

"He always messages me back saying 'The venue of dreams'."

Premier League predictions - week 14
ResultLawroBecky
SATURDAY
Crystal Palace v Liverpool0-70-21-2
Southampton v Man City0-10-21-2
Everton v Arsenal2-11-12-0
Newcastle v Fulham1-12-01-1
SUNDAY
Brighton v Sheff Utd1-12-01-0
Tottenham v Leicester0-22-02-1
Man Utd v Leeds6-22-13-2
West Brom v Aston Villa0-31-10-2
MONDAY
Burnley v Wolves2-11-11-2
Chelsea v West Ham3-02-02-2

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Becky's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Southampton v Man City

Southampton 0-1 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Becky's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Everton v Arsenal

Everton 2-1 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Becky's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Newcastle v Fulham

Newcastle 1-1 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Becky's prediction: 1-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Brighton v Sheff Utd

Brighton 1-1 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Becky's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Tottenham v Leicester

Tottenham 0-2 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Becky's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Man Utd v Leeds Utd

Man Utd 6-2 Leeds Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Becky's prediction: 3-2

Match report

West Brom v Aston Villa

West Brom 0-3 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Becky's prediction: 0-2

Match report

MONDAY

Burnley v Wolves

Burnley 2-1 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Becky's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Chelsea v West Ham

Chelsea 3-0 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Becky's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

From the midweek games, Lawro got three correct results from 10 matches, with no exact scores, for a total of 30 points.

He beat Travis bassist Dougie Payne, who got two correct results, with no exact scores, for a total of 20 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Chelsea13102132+6
2Man City1293030+7
3Man Utd1292129+3
=4Leeds1391328+9
=4Leicester13913280
=4Liverpool1384128-3
7Tottenham1381425-5
8Arsenal1371522+7
9Southampton1352617-6
10Wolves13445160
=11Burnley1243515+6
=11West Ham1343615-3
=13Everton1335514-8
=13Brighton1342714+3
15Newcastle1241713-1
16Crystal Palace1333712-4
17Aston Villa112369-6
18Sheff Utd132298+2
19Fulham1310123-1
20West Brom1301121-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire
80Raye
78Lawro (average after 13 weeks)
60Celeste, Caroline Weir
50Declan McKenna, Paul Smith, DJ Target
40Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley
20Dougie Payne
0Rema
Total scores after week 13
Lawro1,010
Guests830
Lawro v Guests
P13W8D0L5

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