Premier League predictions: Lawro v BBC's Morning Live presenter Gethin Jones

Lawro's predictions

Liverpool have not scored in their past three home Premier League games but can they break their Anfield duck against leaders Manchester City on Sunday?

"Jurgen Klopp's side badly need to win to narrow the gap at the top, but a lot will depend on whether Sadio Mane is fit to lead their attack," said BBC football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson.

"The Reds need Mane at the moment more than anyone, because on his day he is just unplayable. Liverpool don't press the same without him, and their attack is more pedestrian too. Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri won't cause City anything like the same sort of problems."

snapshot of the top of the Premier League: 1st Man City, 2nd Man Utd, 3rd Leicester, 4th Liverpool, 5th West Ham & 6th Chelsea

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 Gethin Jones, who presents Morning Live every weekday morning from 09:15 to 10:00 GMT on BBC One.

Morning Live presenters Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones
Gethin and co-presenter Kym Marsh launched Morning Live in October. The second series started in January

Gethin is an Everton fan, and says there were two reasons why he "fell in love with the Toffees" when he was growing up in Cardiff in the 1980s.

"All my mates were Liverpool fans, and I liked being different," he told BBC Sport. "But the big thing was that there was a real spine of Welsh players at Everton at the time.

"Big Nev (Southall) was in goal, Kevin Ratcliffe was captain and Pat van den Hauwe was at left-back - the first of many great left-backs I've seen play for us by the way - and they all became heroes of mine. We won the league twice in three years, we had a brilliant team and they were amazing times.

"It wasn't just the Welsh players I loved at Everton, though. I was a huge fan of Gary Lineker too - I even had Quasar trainers to match his boots - and I've got favourite players from all the different eras. I'll never forget Daniel Amokachi's goals after he came on in our FA Cup semi-final in 1995.

"Nev was amazing to help us beat Manchester United at Wembley in the final, and I can't really get my head around the fact we have not won anything since.

"Why has it been so long? I just don't know. We have had some amazing players in the past few years, but they've gone on to win things elsewhere rather than with us.

"Of course we compare ourselves to Liverpool, who were our main rivals in the 1980s. There have been times since then where we've been at their level but they have pushed on and, for various reasons, we haven't.

"Our new stadium might help, but I love Goodison Park, and I will miss the place hugely when we come to leave it.

"I once got asked to audition for Joseph the musical and had to do it in front of Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Bill Kenwright, who is a theatre producer as well as being Everton's chairman.

"I spent 90% of the audition talking to Bill about whether Everton were going to move from Goodison. I didn't get the role by the way."

Gethin Jones and Ralph Little at Soccer Aid 2010
Everton are at Old Trafford this weekend and Gethin has already played there and won in blue. Here, he skips past actor Ralph Little in Soccer Aid 2010 when he helped his Rest of the World team beat England. "I love Andre Gomes at Everton because he reminds me of the player I wanted to be," he explained. "A bit slow but he stays in the centre circle and sprays the ball around beautifully."
Premier League predictions - week 23
ResultLawroGethin
SATURDAY
Aston Villa v Arsenal1-02-10-2
Burnley v Brighton1-11-10-1
Newcastle v Southampton3-22-01-2
Fulham v West Ham0-00-20-2
Man Utd v Everton3-32-13-1
SUNDAY
Tottenham v West Brom2-02-03-0
Wolves v Leicester0-01-11-0
Liverpool v Man City1-41-11-2
Sheff Utd v Chelsea1-20-21-3
MONDAY
Leeds v Crystal Palace2-02-01-1

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Aston Villa v Arsenal

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Gethin's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Burnley v Brighton

Burnley 1-1 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Gethin's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Newcastle v Southampton

Newcastle 3-2 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Gethin's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Fulham v West Ham

Fulham 0-0 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Gethin's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Man Utd v Everton

Man Utd 3-3 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Gethin's prediction: 3-1.

Match report

SUNDAY

Tottenham v West Brom

Tottenham 2-0 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Gethin's prediction: 3-0

Match report

Wolves v Leicester

Wolves 0-0 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Gethin's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Liverpool v Man City

Liverpool 1-4 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Gethin's prediction: -2

Match report

Sheff Utd v Chelsea

Sheff Utd 1-2 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Gethin's prediction: 1-3

Match report

MONDAY

Leeds v Crystal Palace

Leeds 2-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Gethin's prediction: 1-1

Match report

How did Lawro do last time?

From the last Premier League games, Lawro got five correct results from 10 matches, including two exact scores, for a total of 110 points.

He beat Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett who got six correct results, but with only one exact score, giving him a total of 90 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City211830570
2Man Utd221732540
3Chelsea22164252+3
4Liverpool221561510
5Leeds21151546+6
6Tottenham21125441+2
7Arsenal22123739+3
8Leicester22122838-5
9Wolves2278729+5
=10Southampton21821126+2
=10West Ham22751026-5
12Everton2058723-6
13Brighton22631321+2
=14Burnley21551120+3
=14Aston Villa20551020-5
16Newcastle226115190
17Crystal Palace22461518-4
18Sheff Utd21341413+2
19Fulham2030179-1
20West Brom2102192-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill, Chris Shiflett
80Celeste, Dan Flint, Raye
74Lawro (average after 22 weeks)
70Lou Cotterill, Peter Hooton
60Caroline Weir
50Declan McKenna, Paul Smith, Alex Sprogis, DJ Target
40Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley
30Rick Astley, Lewis Evans, Fraser T. Smith
20Charlie Forbes, Dougie Payne
0Rema
Total scores after week 22
Lawro1,630
Guests1,430
Lawro v Guests
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