Premier League predictions: Lawro v singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger

Lawro's predictions

How will Liverpool respond after their heavy home defeat by Manchester City when they travel to play third-placed Leicester on Saturday?

"It will be interesting to see what Liverpool do," said BBC football expert and former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson. "Firstly in terms of personnel, then how they play, and with how much energy.

"But the pressure is off for Jurgen Klopp's side now because the title has gone, so they can probably play with a bit more freedom. It also helps them that Leicester's home record is nowhere near as strong as it is on the road."

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

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 singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg, also known as Passenger.

Passenger
Passenger's first hit Let Her Go sold more than one million copies in 2013 and reached number one in 19 different countries. It has racked up 2.9 billion views on YouTube

Passenger released his latest album, Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted, in January. He is an Arsenal fan - although he admits he almost ended up supporting Sheffield Wednesday.

"My dad is from the United States and knows nothing about football so I was born into an ocean of uncertainty as far as who I support," he explained.

"I just remember watching Arsenal against Wednesday in the 1993 League Cup final. Who my team should be was hanging in the balance because I was eight, and basically it was whoever won that cup final - and then the FA Cup final between the same teams a couple of months later sealed the deal.

"So, Arsenal it was - they won both games.

"It has worked out all right for me, especially living in Brighton - I don't think there are too many Sheffield Wednesday fans down here - so it was lucky fate-wise, although it is not a particularly great time to be a Gunner now of course.

"We have had some great teams in the time I have been following Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger built two of them.

"Wenger inherited a solid foundation at the back with his first title-winners, added the likes of Patrick Vieira and Marc Overmars, and got Dennis Bergkamp to pull the strings.

"That side was class, and perhaps had more muscle, but the 'Invincibles' era of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg - and Bergkamp too of course - was just untouchable as far as winning things and playing beautiful football goes.

"What a wonderful time that was to be watching Arsenal. It's been slightly more difficult in the past few years - we have still had some fantastic players and had some wonderful moments, but it's been like watching an empire slowly fall apart."

Singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg, AKA Passenger
This season has been a frustrating one for Arsenal fans but Passenger is convinced better times are ahead under Mikel Arteta. "The ship is starting to turn in the right direction again," he said. "It is just going to take a bit of time to build up some momentum."
Premier League predictions - week 24
ResultLawroMike
SATURDAY
Leicester v Liverpool3-11-12-1
Crystal Palace v Burnley0-31-11-1
Man City v Tottenham3-02-13-1
Brighton v Aston Villa0-02-11-1
SUNDAY
Southampton v Wolves1-20-12-2
West Brom v Man Utd1-10-20-3
Arsenal v Leeds4-22-13-2
Everton v Fulham0-22-02-1
MONDAY
West Ham v Sheff Utd3-02-03-1
Chelsea v Newcastle2-02-02-0

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Leicester v Liverpool

Leicester 3-1 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Mike's prediction: This is such a tough one to call. Liverpool could respond to the drubbing they got from Manchester City, but I actually think Leicester are going to beat them. 2-1

Match report

Crystal Palace v Burnley

Crystal Palace 0-3 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Mike's prediction: This has got a low-scoring draw written all over it. 1-1

Match report

Man City v Tottenham

Man City 3-0 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Mike's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Brighton v Aston Villa

Brighton 0-0 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Mike's prediction: 1-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Southampton v Wolves

Southampton 1-2 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 0-1

Mike's prediction: 2-2

Match report

West Brom v Man Utd

West Brom 1-1 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Mike's prediction: I just can't see anything other than a big win for United. 0-3

Match report

Arsenal v Leeds

Arsenal 4-2 Leeds (16:30 GMT)

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Mike's prediction: It is potentially going to be a goal-fest. 3-2

Match report

Everton v Fulham

Everton v Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Mike's prediction: 2-1

Match report

MONDAY

West Ham v Sheff Utd

West Ham 3-0 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Mike's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Chelsea v Newcastle

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Mike's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Lawro and Mike were speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

From last weekend's Premier League games, Lawro got seven correct results from 10 matches, including three exact scores, for a season-best total of 160 points.

He beat BBC Morning Live presenter Gethin Jones who got three correct results, with no exact scores, giving him a total of 30 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City221840580
2Man Utd231832570
3Chelsea23174255+2
4Liverpool231571520
5Leeds22161549+5
6Tottenham22135444+2
=7Arsenal23123839+4
=7Leicester23123839-4
9Wolves2379730+5
10West Ham23851029-4
11Southampton22821226+1
=12Aston Villa21651023-3
=12Everton2158823-5
=14Brighton23641322+1
=14Newcastle23711522+2
16Burnley22561121+1
17Crystal Palace23461318-4
18Sheff Utd23441516+2
19Fulham2230199-1
20West Brom2302212-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill, Chris Shiflett
80Celeste, Dan Flint, Raye
78Lawro (average after 23 weeks)
70Lou Cotterill, Peter Hooton
60Caroline Weir
50Declan McKenna, Paul Smith, Alex Sprogis, DJ Target
40Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley
30Rick Astley, Lewis Evans, Gethin Jones, Fraser T. Smith
20Charlie Forbes, Dougie Payne
0Rema
Total scores after week 23
Lawro1,790
Guests1,460
Lawro v Guests
P23W14D1L8

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