Premier League predictions: Lawro v Swansea City fan Lewis Evans from post-punk band Black Country, New Road

Lawro's predictions

West Ham will go for their fifth straight league win when they take on Liverpool on Sunday - so, can anyone stop the high-flying Hammers?

"There's no secret to why West Ham are doing so well at the moment," said BBC football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. "It's down to hard work, good organisation at the back and the fact they are taking their chances.

"This should be a really good game, especially because Liverpool have ground to make up on the teams above them - it's a must-win for the Reds."

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

For this weekend's Premier League fixtures, he is up against Lewis Evans, saxophonist in post-punk band Black Country, New Road - whose debut album For The First Time is out at the beginning of February.

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Black Country, New Road featured on a Near Future session on Mary Anne Hobbs' BBC 6 Music show, and she describes their sound "as razor sharp as you might imagine, darkly comic, completely impossible to box, and I love it for all those reasons".

Lewis is a Swansea City fan, and is enjoying seeing them challenge for promotion at the top of the Championship this season - although not being in the Premier League does have its advantages.

He told BBC Sport: "It's such an incredible league, because anyone can beat anyone, but you don't want anyone else at the bottom of the table causing any upsets if your team is fighting relegation too.

"So, this season it has been nice to be able to watch Burnley beat Liverpool, or cheer Sheffield United on against Manchester United, because it doesn't affect us. I've really enjoyed watching as a neutral.

"Of course we want to be back up there ourselves, though. Knowing Swansea, we don't do any thing the easy way so, if we do go up this season, it will probably be through the play-offs."

Trundle scores outrageous penalty

Lewis grew up in east London, in Tottenham and West Ham territory, but he ignored peer pressure and had his own hero - Swansea legend Lee Trundle.

He explained: "It was always Swansea for me. My mum's side of the family is from around there and I used to go to that part of Wales a lot when I was growing up. I went to watch a lot of Swans games, and I felt instantly at home on the North Bank at our old Vetch Field ground.

"The club had some dark times at the start of the 2000s but I was too young to really understand what was going on, and since then we have made amazing progress. It's been an incredible story.

"We've had some great players over the past few years and have got some incredible talent at the moment too. My favourite is still Lee Trundle, though. I have never seen anyone do the stuff that he did on the pitch.

"When I was a kid, I thought it was the coolest thing in the world, and looking back now it still is - to be playing League One football and attempting skills you would see Ronaldinho do.

"Not only was Trundle a game-changer on the pitch with a ridiculous amount of flair, he was so funny with it. He is still banging in the goals too - I love that video of him (above) scoring a penalty in a charity game when he pretends to tie up his laces."

Premier League predictions - week 21
ResultLawroLewis
SATURDAY
Everton v Newcastle0-22-03-1
Crystal Palace v Wolves1-01-11-1
Man City v Sheff Utd1-03-04-0
West Brom v Fulham2-21-21-2
Arsenal v Man Utd0-02-11-1
Southampton v Aston Villa0-12-11-2
SUNDAY
Chelsea v Burnley2-02-11-1
Leicester v Leeds United1-31-23-1
West Ham v Liverpool1-31-21-1
Brighton v Tottenham1-00-20-2

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Everton v Newcastle

Everton 0-2 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Lewis's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Crystal Palace v Wolves

Crystal Palace 1-0 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Lewis's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Man City v Sheff Utd

Man City 1-0 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Lewis's prediction: 4-0

Match report

West Brom v Fulham

West Brom 2-2 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Lewis's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Arsenal v Man Utd

Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Lewis's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Southampton v Aston Villa

Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Lewis's prediction: 1-2

Match report

SUNDAY

Chelsea v Burnley

Chelsea 2-0 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Lewis's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Leicester v Leeds

Leicester 1-3 Leeds

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Lewis's prediction: 3-1

Match report

West Ham v Liverpool

West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Lewis's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Brighton v Tottenham

Brighton 1-0 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Lewis's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

From the midweek Premier League games, played Tuesday to Thursday, Lawro got two correct results from 10 matches, with no exact scores, for a total of 20 points.

He was beaten by TV Priest guitarist Alex Sprogis, who got five correct results, with no exact scores, giving him a total of 50 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
=1Man City191630510
=1Man Utd 20163151+1
3Chelsea20153248+5
4Liverpool201361450
5Leeds19131540+7
6Tottenham191144370
7Arsenal20113636+2
8Leicester20112735-5
9West Ham2075826-4
10Wolves2067725+3
11Southampton197210230
12Brighton20631121+5
=13Burnley1955920+2
=13Everton1848620-6
=15Aston Villa1845917-5
=15Crystal Palace20451117-1
17Newcastle20511416-1
18Sheff Utd20341313+2
19Fulham1920176-1
20West Brom2002182-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill
80Celeste Dan Flint, Raye
74Lawro (average after 20 weeks)
70Lou Cotterill, Peter Hooton
60Caroline Weir
50Declan McKenna, Paul Smith, Alex Sprogis, DJ Target
40Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley
30Rick Astley, Fraser T. Smith
20Charlie Forbes, Dougie Payne
0Rema
Total scores after week 20
Lawro1,480
Guests1,310
Lawro v Guests
P20W11D1L8

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