Premier League predictions: Lawro v singer-songwriter & Liverpool fan Ben Howard

Lawro's predictions

It is derby day in Manchester on Sunday, but can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side be the team that ends table-topping Manchester City's record 21-game winning run?

"It depends on what Manchester United decide to do," said BBC football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. "They beat City twice at Etihad Stadium last season and they might think 'let's go for it again' this time.

"I don't think they will, though. We're more likely to see a repeat of United's thinking in most of their other big Premier League games this season, where it feels like they have been happy with a point."

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

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

For this weekend's fixtures, he is up against singer-songwriter Ben Howard, who is a Liverpool fan.

Ben Howard
Howard releases his fourth album Collections From The Whiteout at the end of March. His latest single What A Day was Annie Mac's Hottest Record In The World on her Future Sounds show on Radio 1 at the end of January.

Howard was born in London and moved to Devon when he was eight, but he followed family tradition by becoming a Red.

"It's always been Liverpool for me," Howard told BBC Sport. "My dad is from up that way and used to go to all of their games with his dad. I think he passed it on to me by osmosis.

"I should probably be a Plymouth Argyle fan, but I grew up in the suburbs of London and our school football coach was from Brentford so I followed them a bit too. They are probably still my second team now - it would be incredible to see them in the Premier League.

"But it was Liverpool I always wanted to play for, right from when I was little. Steve McManaman was my first hero because I used to play out on the wing when I was at school, and he was the king. I guess I modelled myself on him.

"A bit later on, it was John Arne Riise who was my favourite, as well as Liverpool legends like Steven Gerrard.

"We've always had some great players but there was a stage where I seemed to spend my whole life with Liverpool being beaten by Manchester United - that was my era when I started getting into them anyway. Things have changed a bit there now though, fortunately."

Ben Howard
Howard won two Brit awards in 2013 - Best New Artist and Best British Male Artist. His previous three albums have all made the top four, with 2014's I Forget Where We Were reaching number one.

Howard does not remember Liverpool winning the league title in 1990 - he had just turned three - so found it especially sweet to see them win the Premier League last season.

"I'd seen us win plenty of other things but, in terms of being league champions, that was the first time I'd seen it for myself in my lifetime," he added. "It was incredible. It's just a shame there were no crowds there when it happened.

"This season hasn't been the same, obviously. It's been so strange, because it was looking quite rosy until before Christmas.

"It's been difficult of course, because we have missed some key players, especially in defence, but there have been times where we have still played pretty well but things just haven't gone for us."

Premier League predictions
ResultLawroBen
SATURDAY
Burnley v Arsenal1-11-10-2
Sheff Utd v Southampton0-21-10-1
Aston Villa v Wolves0-00-12-1
Brighton v Leicester1-22-00-3
SUNDAY
West Brom v Newcastle0-00-02-1
Liverpool v Fulham0-12-012-0
Man City v Man Utd0-22-01-1
Tottenham v Crystal Palacex-x2-02-0
MONDAY
Chelsea v Evertonx-x2-02-3
West Ham v Leedsx-x2-03-2

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Burnley v Arsenal

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ben's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Sheff Utd v Southampton

Sheff Utd 0-2 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ben's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Aston Villa v Wolves

Aston Villa 0-0 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 0-1

Ben's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Brighton v Leicester

Brighton 1-2 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ben's prediction: 0-3

Match report

SUNDAY

West Brom v Newcastle

West Brom 0-0 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 0-0

Ben's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Liverpool v Fulham

Liverpool 0-1 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ben's prediction: I like Fulham - they play good football, and like all the teams at the bottom they seem to be competitive most weeks - but I'm not going against Liverpool here, and the goals have got to come back at some point. You get some prediction points just for the result, don't you? In that case, I'm going big. 12-0

Match report

Man City v Man Utd

Manchester City 0-2 Manchester United

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ben's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Tottenham 4-1 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ben's prediction: 2-0

Match report

MONDAY

Chelsea v Everton

Chelsea v Everton (18:00 GMT)

Both these sides are right in the mix for the top four and this is a tough one to call.

Chelsea still haven't conceded a home goal in four games under Thomas Tuchel and Everton are better on the road than they are at Goodison Park - the Toffees haven't lost an away game since 1 November and 29 of their 46 points have come on the road.

I'm going to go with a Chelsea win here, although it would not surprise me if Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti ends up getting something to show for his return to Stamford Bridge.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ben's prediction: I'm going for goals. I started off with a 2-2 but I kind of fancy a bit of an upset here. 2-3

West Ham v Leeds

West Ham v Leeds (20:00 GMT)

Leeds are very up and down at the moment - they are a bit like Aston Villa in that they are hard to predict.

West Ham have been far more consistent, which is why they are in the race for the top four. Yes, they lost at Manchester City last weekend but that was still a very good performance.

If Kalvin Phillips is back in the Leeds midfield then that improves their chances, but I'm backing the Hammers to maintain their impressive form.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ben's prediction: I'm going for another 3-2 here, but to the home team this time. Can you tell I just want to see loads of goals? 3-2

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

How did Lawro do last time?

From the midweek Premier League games, Lawro got three correct results from the seven midweek matches, with no exact scores, for a total of 30 points.

He was beaten by DJ, producer and Tottenham fan Majestic, who also got three correct results, but with one exact score, giving him a total of 60 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City272340730
2Man Utd272142670
3Chelsea27196263+1
4Liverpool271610158+3
5Leeds26181755+6
6Tottenham26165553+2
7Leicester27135944-4
8Arsenal261331042+2
9Wolves27109839+3
10Everton2689933-5
11West Ham26951232-5
12Burnley27871231+3
13Brighton26851329+3
14Southampton268216260
15Aston Villa25671225-6
=17Crystal Palace27571522-4
=17Newcastle267118220
18Sheff Utd27551720+2
19Fulham2730249-1
20West Brom2703243-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Dot Major, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill, Passenger, Chris Shiflett
80Celeste, Dan Flint, Peter Hooton, Raye
75Lawro (average after 27 weeks)
70Sam Carter, Lou Cotterill
60Majestic, Caroline 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 27
Lawro2,030
Guests1,770
Lawro v Guests
P27W14D0L13

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