Premier League predictions: Lawro v Cassia bassist and Man City fan Lou Cotterill

Lawro's predictions

Eight teams have led the Premier League already this season - will Manchester City make it nine when they play Aston Villa on Wednesday?

The title race is so close that four different clubs could spend time in first place this week alone but, so far, Pep Guardiola's side are the only side in the top eight yet to hit the summit in 2020-21.

"Sooner or later, City will be top," said BBC football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. "For me, they are the favourites now to win the league, and they are playing well and on a roll."

Days on top of Premier League 2020-21 - and the last time they were top
DaysTeamLast on top
33Liverpool11 Jan
30Everton30 Oct
26LeicesterNow
24Tottenham15 Dec
7Arsenal19 Sep
7Man Utd18 Jan
2Southampton7 Nov
1Chelsea5 Dec

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

For this week's Premier League fixtures, from Tuesday to Saturday, he is up against a Manchester City fan - Lou Cotterill, bassist with Macclesfield indie band Cassia.

"I watched City beat Crystal Palace on Sunday night and we are looking back to our best now," Cotterill told BBC Sport.

"If we can keep this form up, then the title is coming back to Manchester - and the blue side as well."

Cassia
"No matter how bad things are, Cassia are always by your side," says Radio 1 DJ Jack Saunders. Their last single 'Don't Make A Scene' was 'hottest record' on his Future Sounds show last August

Cotterill is a City fan because his dad was a Blue, but says his older brothers chose Arsenal and Manchester United instead.

"When I was younger Alex, the United fan, was giving it the big one but he has been pretty quiet about football for the past few years," he said.

"It's only recently he has come out of the woodwork again with United back at the top of the table, but that's more than I can say about Mark, who supports Arsenal. He's not got much to say about them at all these days."

Cotterill and the rest of the band spent much of last year recording in Berlin but he is used to watching City whenever he is in the UK, and is looking forward to returning to Etihad Stadium once fans are allowed back in.

"It's been hard for us not being able to tour, and the live scene is non-existent at the moment because of Covid," he added. "We're still writing and releasing music, though, and hoping we can hit the road again when things get back to normal.

"Going to City games again will be part of that for me too. Of course, not having a crowd there makes a difference. In the past few weeks, City have got some of their old intensity back but, at the start of the season, I think the players missed our fans at times in games when the crowd would have got them going."

Cassia
Cassia are Rob Ellis, Lou Cotterill and Jacob Leff. Their latest release is a cover of Arlo Parks' hit 'Hurt'
Premier League predictions
ResultLawroLou
TUESDAY
West Ham v West Brom2-12-01-0
Leicester v Chelsea2-00-21-1
WEDNESDAY
Man City v Aston Villa2-03-03-0
Fulham v Man Utd1-20-21-2
THURSDAY
Liverpool v Burnley0-12-12-0
SATURDAY
Aston Villa v Newcastlex-x2-01-0

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

TUESDAY

West Ham v West Brom

West Ham 2-1 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Lou's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Leicester v Chelsea

Leicester 2-0 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Lou's prediction: 1-1

Match report

WEDNESDAY

Man City v Aston Villa

Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Lou's prediction: 3-0

Match report

Fulham v Man Utd

Fulham 1-2 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Lou's prediction: 1-2

Match report

THURSDAY

Liverpool v Burnley

Liverpool 0-1 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Lou's prediction: 2-0

Match report

SATURDAY

Aston Villa v Newcastle

Aston Villa v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)

This is Aston Villa's second game of the week as they look to catch up on games they have missed because of an outbreak of coronavirus at the club - although this one was postponed because of an increase in cases at Newcastle back in November.

It has taken the Magpies a long time to get over that, with Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin suffering from the long-term effects of the the illness, which should be a warning for Aston Villa too. It is clearly not just a case of recovering and returning to action as normal.

So, we will have to see what Villa look like, and a game like this should tell us more about that than Wednesday's trip to Etihad Stadium will do. What should help them that Newcastle are all over the shop at the moment and look like they are short of confidence too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Lou's prediction: This is a tough one to call. Villa should have the edge if they are fully fit and Jack Grealish will make the difference. I genuinely think he is world class and I'd definitely take him at City. 1-0

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

From the last set of Premier League games, Lawro got six correct results from nine matches, including one exact score, for a total of 90 points.

He beat You Me At Six drummer Dan Flint, who got five correct results with one exact score, to give him a total of 80 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
=1Man City17143045+1
=1Man Utd 181431450
3Chelsea18133242+4
4Liverpool181251410
5Leeds18121537+7
=6Arsenal19113536+4
=6Tottenham18113436-1
8Leicester18112535-5
9Wolves1967625+5
10West Ham1864822-1
11Southampton18621020-3
12Burnley1754819+5
13Brighton19531118+3
14Everton1738617-8
=15Crystal Palace19441116-2
=15Newcastle185112160
=17Aston Villa1534813-6
=17Sheff Utd19341213+3
19Fulham1720156-1
20West Brom1802162-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill
80Dan Flint, Raye
77Lawro (average after 19 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 19
Lawro1,390
Guests1,160
Lawro v Guests
P19W12D1L6

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