Premier League predictions: Lawro v You Me At Six drummer & Man Utd fan Dan Flint

Lawro's predictions

Manchester United go to Anfield as Premier League leaders on Sunday but do Jurgen Klopp's side have the firepower to win and knock them off their perch?

"Liverpool have a few problems right now, and one of them is that their front three look like a front two and a quarter," said BBC football expert and former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson.

"With Diogo Jota injured, there is no-one to shake it up, and since Mohamed Salah's interview in December with Spanish newspaper AS - where he talked about his future and how he thought he should have been made captain in their last Champions League group game - he doesn't seem to be fully on his game.

"The spotlight has been on Liverpool defensively, because of the players they have been missing, but they desperately need their front three back on song."

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

For this weekend's fixtures, he is up against You Me At Six drummer Dan Flint, who is a Manchester United fan

You Me At Six's new album 'Suckapunch' is out this week and, like United, they could hit top spot.

You Me At Six
You Me At Six have had five top-10 albums and start a UK tour in May

Why United? "I'm from Surrey, which is obviously where most United fans live," Flint told BBC Sport with a smile. "And yeah, I've had that joke thrown at me for my entire life!

"It's actually because of my dad, who grew up supporting them from the time of George Best in the 1960s. I naturally just followed him when I was a kid and choosing my team.

"It was only when I got a bit older that I was like 'oh right, Manchester is 300 miles away' and 'oh I see, I am not meant to support them because they are not my local team' but it is too late by then, of course.

"And to be honest, who else was I going to support? I was growing up when United's 'Class of 92' broke through. They were my heroes.

"I played a lot of football when I was younger - I played for my county and really wanted to be a footballer when I grew up. Who else was I going to choose, when United had youngsters like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Gary Neville?

"I would be sat there watching them, thinking 'that's going to be me'.

"Even now, with Becks, I still absolutely love him. I think he would be the only person in the world who I would really get excited about meeting. He's a proper legend.

"When I was younger, I had every haircut he had, and he changed his hair a lot. I'd get in and my mum would see me and be like 'what have you done to your hair now!?' I'd be going 'look, Becks has done it so this is me!'"

You Me At Six Drummer Dan Flint
Flint was a boyhood striker, who played for his local side Staines Town FC. "I was a fast kid, I did a lot of athletics as well and used to sprint competitively too," he explained. "I was quite small for my age and I was a number nine in the Michael Owen mould - if you pinged the ball over the top, I am going to get there before anyone else. The most I got was 37 goals in one season. I was the top scorer in the whole club, which is one of my claims to fame in football - the other is that I've played at Wembley twice - for Radio 1 - and scored twice. Owen was commentating on one of my goals."
Premier League predictions - week 19
ResultLawroDan
SATURDAY
Wolves v West Brom2-32-02-0
Leeds v Brighton0-12-01-2
West Ham v Burnley1-02-01-0
Fulham v Chelsea0-10-21-1
Leicester v Southampton2-02-03-1
SUNDAY
Aston Villa v EvertonP-PP-PP-P
Sheff Utd v Tottenham1-31-10-3
Liverpool v Man Utd0-01-11-2
Man City v Crystal Palace4-03-04-1
MONDAY
Arsenal v Newcastlex-x2-01-2

Aston Villa's game against Everton has been postponed.

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Wolves v West Brom

Wolves 2-3 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dan's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Leeds v Brighton

Leeds 0-1 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dan's prediction: 1-2

Match report

West Ham v Burnley

West Ham 1-0 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dan's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Fulham v Chelsea

Fulham 0-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Dan's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Leicester v Southampton

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dan's prediction: 3-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Aston Villa v Everton

Aston Villa v Everton (12:30 GMT)

This game has been postponed because of ongoing Covid-19 issues at Aston Villa.

Sheff Utd v Tottenham

Sheff Utd 1-3 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Dan's prediction: 0-3

Match report

Liverpool v Man Utd

Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Dan's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Man City v Crystal Palace

Man City 4-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Dan's prediction: 4-1

Match report

MONDAY

Arsenal v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)

Arsenal v Newcastle

These two teams met in the FA Cup last week, when Arsenal needed extra time to get through. I don't expect the Gunners to make such hard work of a win second time around.

Newcastle are on a bad run of eight games without a win, and they are not playing well either. The Magpies are quite a negative team at the best of times, but they have not been creating very much recently.

They were awful in the first half of Tuesday's defeat by Sheffield United, and it feels like if you score first against them, they don't really know what to do.

They have not offered much going forward, so I totally understand why their fans are frustrated, but I do have some sympathy for Newcastle boss Steve Bruce.

When Bruce got the job in July 2019, his remit was to keep Newcastle in the Premier League. That hasn't changed, so you have to look at how he is doing from that perspective.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dan's prediction: YMAS singer Josh Franceschi is an Arsenal season ticket holder and as a band we talk about football a lot. He doesn't like watching Arsenal play United with me because we have done so well against them in recent years. We were in Australia together when United beat them 8-2 at Old Trafford in 2011 - because of the time difference, it was at some ridiculous o'clock in the morning. I loved it, he obviously didn't enjoy it quite so much. They beat United before Christmas, but I don't think that was a bad thing - that kind of clicked us into gear because we have had some great results since that game.

Just for Josh, I am going to for Newcastle here - they are going to go 1-0 up, Arsenal are going to come back into the game and equalise but then they are going to throw it away and bottle it - Andy Carroll with the late winner off his nut. 1-2

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

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

He beat Shame drummer Charlie Forbes, who got two correct results with no exact scores, to give him a total of 20 points.

This set of games included Burnley versus Manchester United, which was postponed from the first week of the season when Celeste was the guest. She went for a 3-1 United win so their 1-0 victory gives her an extra 10 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man Utd171421440
2Man City 16133042+1
3Liverpool17124140-1
4Chelsea17123239+5
5Tottenham17112435+1
6Leeds17111534+6
7Arsenal18103533+4
8Leicester17102532-4
9Wolves1857622+5
10Southampton1762920-3
=11Burnley1654719+5
=11West Ham1754819-1
13Brighton18531018+4
14Everton1738617-9
=15Crystal Palace18441016-2
=15Newcastle175111160
17Aston Villa1534813-9
18Sheff Utd18331212+2
19Fulham1620146-1
20West Brom1702152-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill
80Raye
72Lawro (average after 18 weeks)
70Celeste, Peter Hooton
60Caroline Weir
50Declan McKenna, Paul Smith, DJ Target
40Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley
30Rick Astley, Fraser T. Smith
20Charlie Forbes, Dougie Payne
0Rema
Total scores after week 18
Lawro1,300
Guests1,080
Lawro v Guests
P18W11D1L6

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