Premier League predictions: Lawro v guitarist Alex Sprogis from post-punk band TV Priest

Lawro's predictions

Is it time to take notice of Everton near the top of the Premier League? They have a chance to move above Liverpool and Tottenham and climb into fourth place when they host fellow high-flyers Leicester on Wednesday.

"Everton have gone under the radar a bit in recent weeks," said BBC football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. "They don't get much of a mention when people talk about the top four.

"That might change if they beat Leicester, and Carlo Ancelotti's side have got games in hand too. Also in their favour is their schedule compared to the teams above them, who are all still in Europe. Everton will only have to play once a week and, if they can keep their key players fit, they have got a chance."

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 Thursday, he is up against Alex Sprogis, guitarist in post-punk band TV Priest.

TV Priest
TV Priest have won critical praise from the likes of Steve Lamacq at 6 Music and Jack Saunders at Radio 1. Their debut album 'Uppers' is out at the start of February.

Alex is a Liverpool fan and told BBC Sport: "It's something I share with my partner who has had me hooked since we met.

"They have the whole package - flair, spirit and unity. At their best they're consistently a joy to watch, plus Jurgen Klopp has to be the most likeable manager on the planet, with those teeth and that smile.

"My favourite moment as a fan, on top of being the undisputed best team on the planet last year, is probably the 4-0 Champions League semi-final demolition of Barcelona in 2019 - that Trent Alexander-Arnold corner for Divock Origi to score was just amazing.

"What a history of European comebacks we have. My biggest disappointment was missing the Champions League final that year. I was on a plane heading to China and one of our managers was at the game. He's a Spurs fan, which made it even worse. I had the last laugh though.

"Growing up, my family were never huge football fans, with the exception of my grandad, who is still a die-hard Southend United supporter.

"For a young kid they didn't quite have the glamour of all the teams in the Premier League who were on on the football stickers I'd be collecting and swapping at school - so apologies to SUFC for that!

TV Priest's latest single Press Gang
TV Priest's latest single Press Gang was first played on Lauren Laverne's show on BBC 6 Music this month
Premier League predictions - week 20
ResultLawroAlex
TUESDAY
Crystal Palace v West Ham2-31-10-1
Newcastle v Leeds1-20-21-1
Southampton v Arsenal1-32-12-1
West Brom v Man City0-50-30-3
WEDNESDAY
Burnley v Aston Villa3-21-12-0
Chelsea v Wolves0-02-12-2
Brighton v Fulham0-02-00-1
Everton v Leicester1-12-02-3
Man Utd v Sheff Utd1-22-02-1
THURSDAY
Tottenham v Liverpool1-31-11-2

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

TUESDAY

Crystal Palace v West Ham

Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Alex's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Newcastle v Leeds

Newcastle 1-2 Leeds

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Alex's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Southampton v Arsenal

Southampton 1-3 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Alex's prediction: 2-1

Match report

West Brom v Man City

West Brom 0-5 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-3

Alex's prediction: 0-3

Match report

WEDNESDAY

Burnley v Aston Villa

Burnley 3-2 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Alex's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Chelsea v Wolves

Chelsea 0-0 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Alex's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Brighton v Fulham

Brighton 0-0 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Alex's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Everton v Leicester

Everton 1-1 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Alex's prediction: 2-3

Match report

Man Utd v Sheff Utd

Man Utd 1-2 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Alex's prediction: 2-1

Match report

THURSDAY

Tottenham v Liverpool

Tottenham 1-3 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Alex's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

Week 18 of the Premier League fixtures was split and played out across the last two midweeks, and saw Lawro take on two different guests, Cassia bassist Lou Cotterill and Shame drummer Charlie Forbes.

Two of the scheduled 10 games were postponed and, additionally, four rearranged games took place, meaning a total of 12 PL matches took place during that period, and complicated the scoring process somewhat.

Manchester City played Aston Villa, and Manchester United played Burnley, which were both postponed from the first week of the season when Celeste was the guest. She correctly picked wins for City and United without getting exact scores and picks up an extra 20 points for herself and the guest total. It did not change the 'result' of that week - she still beat Lawro, who also picked up an extra 20 points, but she won by 80-60 rather than 60-40.

Also played was Aston Villa's game with Newcastle, rearranged from week 11 - Sister Bliss from Faithless went for a 1-1 draw back in November so did not pick up any extra points from Villa's 2-0 win - and Tottenham's game with Fulham from week 16. Fraser T Smith went for a 3-0 Spurs win at the end of December and the game finished 1-1. Neither score affected the 'result' of their respective game week.

Charlie and Lou both also made predictions for the above four games, but any points they picked up only counted towards their personal totals.

Aston Villa versus Tottenham and Leeds versus Southampton are the two games from week 18 still to be played. So far, from the eight scheduled fixtures that have been played, Lawro is trailing Lou and Charlie by 60-40. It has been marked down as a defeat for Lawro, for now.

Charlie went for a 3-1 win for Spurs at Villa, and Lou went for a 1-1 draw between Leeds and Southampton. Any points they gain when those games are played will be added to their totals, and the final 'result' will be calculated.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
=1Man City18153048+1
=1Man Utd 191531480
3Chelsea19143245+6
4Liverpool191351440
5Leeds18121537+7
=6Arsenal19113536+5
=6Tottenham18113436-1
8Leicester19112635-5
=9West Ham1974825-2
=9Wolves1967625+5
11Southampton18621020-1
12Burnley1854919+3
13Brighton19531118+4
14Everton1738617-8
=15Aston Villa1744916-7
=15Crystal Palace19441116-2
=15Newcastle19511316+1
18Sheff Utd19341213+2
19Fulham1820166-1
20West Brom1902172-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill
80Celeste Dan Flint, Raye
77Lawro (average after 19 weeks)
70Lou Cotterill, 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
Lawro1,460
Guests1,260
Lawro v Guests
P19W11D1L7
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