Premier League predictions: Lawro v Dot Major from electro-pop band London Grammar

Lawro's predictions

Chelsea are still unbeaten under new boss Thomas Tuchel - but will his impressive start continue against Manchester United on Sunday?

"Tuchel got a great result in Europe with Tuesday's win over Atletico Madrid," said BBC football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. "That was probably his best result in eight games as Blues boss so far.

"I am pretty sure his remit is to get them a top-four finish, so they are back in the Champions League again next season. From what we've seen so far, he's got a really good chance of doing it."

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

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 Dot Major from electro-pop band London Grammar, who is a Chelsea fan.

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"I've grown up my whole life with a Chelsea season ticket," Dot told BBC Sport. "My dad is a big fan so I started going with him in the mid-1990s, when we'd just starting bringing big foreign stars like Ruud Gullit to the club.

"I'm from Northampton and have always followed the Cobblers on and off but we would charge down the M1 to get to Chelsea games and then on our way home I always remember lying in the back of the car hearing James Alexander Gordon read the scores out on the radio.

"Now I live in London, I still have a season ticket and am quite close to Stamford Bridge after moving further west, which is handy - or will be when we can start going to games again.

"My favourite player was always Gianfranco Zola, who was like our figurehead even if his output wasn't as prolific as players like Eden Hazard that have followed him. But then I loved Dennis Wise as well and that whole team of Dan Petrescu and Gus Poyet was just special."

Dot Major of London Grammar
Do Chelsea go through managers too easily? "It works," says Dot. "I'd rather do it our way than be like Spurs with Mauricio Pochettino, for example, and not win anything for five years. It's part of the culture at Chelsea that you have to win things"

Dot has been there to witness most of Chelsea's many successes in the past 25 years, but two in particular stand out.

The first was at Bolton's Reebok Stadium in April 2005, when the Blues clinched the Premier League title.

"I was in the home section and we were being really quiet when Frank Lampard put us 1-0 up, but it turned out half the stadium were Chelsea fans," he explained. "We hadn't won the league for 50 years so to see that was pretty amazing.

"It is still my dad's favourite moment so it was really good to see that with him. I was 14 at the time so I didn't really understand the significance, but I do now."

The other was a game he wasn't at - the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, which Chelsea won on penalties

"Even though I wasn't in Munich, it was just amazing to see that group of players I'd grown up with finally win it," he added. "We'd been the best team in it for a few years without going all the way, and I'd resigned myself to it never happening.

"When Didier Drogba won it for us, with what we thought at the time would be his last kick of the ball for the club, something in that moment actually changed for me as a Chelsea fan, where nothing we could do would ever mean as much to me as that did."

Premier League predictions - week 26
ResultLawroDot
SATURDAY
Man City v West Ham2-12-03-1
West Brom v Brighton1-01-10-0
Leeds v Aston Villa0-12-01-2
Newcastle v Wolves1-10-20-1
SUNDAY
Crystal Palace v Fulham0-02-11-1
Leicester v Arsenal1-32-12-0
Tottenham v Burnley4-02-00-10
Chelsea v Man Utd0-01-12-1
Sheff Utd v Liverpool0-20-20-2
MONDAY
Everton v Southampton1-02-01-0

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Man City v West Ham

Man City 2-1 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dot's prediction: 3-1

Match report

West Brom v Brighton

West Brom 1-0 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Dot's prediction: 0-0

Match report

Leeds v Aston Villa

Leeds 0-1 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dot's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Newcastle v Wolves

Newcastle 1-1 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Dot's prediction: 0-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Crystal Palace v Fulham

Crystal Palace 0-0 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Dot's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Leicester v Arsenal

Leicester 1-3 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Dot's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Tottenham v Burnley

Tottenham 4-0 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dot's prediction: It has been so good to see Spurs falling apart in the past few weeks. More of the same here, hopefully. I can't wait to see them lose the Carabao Cup final too. 0-10

Match report

Chelsea v Man Utd

Chelsea 0-0 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Dot's prediction: If I was being completely objective I would probably say 1-1 because these games are often really tight and tactical, but I have to go for a Chelsea win. Tuchel has done well and we are looking good for a top-four finish. 2-1

Dot on Frank Lampard's exit: The honest truth is that I came to terms with Frank Lampard eventually being sacked on the day he was hired. We know how the club is run, in terms of hiring and firing managers, but we have always been successful so you can't really argue with it, and nothing will ever take away what Frank did for us as a player - he is the biggest legend the club has ever had.

Match report

Sheff Utd v Liverpool

Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Dot's prediction: I don't see any way back for Sheffield United from here. 0-2

Match report

MONDAY

Everton v Southampton

Everton 1-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Dot's prediction: 1-0

Match report

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

How did Lawro do last time?

From last weekend's Premier League games, Lawro got three correct results from 10 matches, with no exact scores, for a total of 30 points.

He was beaten by Architects frontman Sam Carter who got four correct results, including one exact score, giving him a total of 70 points.

Lawro also picked up 10 points from Leeds' 3-0 win over Southampton on Tuesday, which had been rearranged from week 18.

He went for a 2-1 Leeds win, while Cassia bassist Lou Cotterill went for a 1-1 draw.

With one game left from week 18 - Aston Villa versus Tottenham - Lawro now trails Lou and Shame drummer Charlie Forbes by 60-50. It is still down as a defeat for Lawro, for now.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City252140670
2Man Utd252032630
3Chelsea25194261+2
4Liverpool25159154+2
5Leeds25171752+5
6Tottenham24145547+3
7Arsenal25133942+4
8Leicester25125841-5
9Wolves2599736+3
10West Ham25951132-6
=11Brighton25841328+5
=11Burnley25771128+4
13Everton2469927-6
14Southampton258215260
15Aston Villa23661124-7
16Newcastle25711722+1
17Crystal Palace25471419-4
18Sheff Utd25541619+2
19Fulham2530229-1
20West Brom2502232-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill, Passenger, Chris Shiflett
80Celeste, Dan Flint, Peter Hooton, Raye
77Lawro (average after 25 weeks)
70Sam Carter, Lou Cotterill
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 25
Lawro1,920
Guests1,630
Lawro v Guests
P25W14D0L11
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