Premier League predictions: Lawro v Royal Blood drummer Ben Thatcher

Lawro's predictions

Liverpool have left themselves a lot of work to do to secure a top-four spot but can they kickstart their hopes of Champions League qualification at Old Trafford on Sunday?

"Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said after last week's draw with Newcastle that the way they are playing at the moment, they don't deserve to be in the Champions League," BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson said.

"For me, he was basically saying 'nah, this isn't happening'."

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

This week's guest is drummer Ben Thatcher from rock band Royal Blood, whose new album Typhoons is out this week.

Royal Blood
Royal Blood's first two albums reached number one in the charts and, combined, have sold more than 2m copies

Thatcher is a Brighton fan, who is hopeful his side have done enough to secure their top-flight status this season.

He told BBC Sport: "We are hanging in there!

"It is difficult to sum our season up. Points-wise it has been frustrating for us, but I also think under Graham Potter we have been playing the best football that I have ever seen us play.

"We obviously need more goals to go with that, because we so rarely manage more than one a game - it's only happened eight times in 33 league games, and it means we never really finish games off and all our good play does not get a reward.

"We've only gone two goals ahead in two of those matches - against Newcastle home and away, and it's a nice feeling being 2-0 up. We just haven't had it very often.

"But what also hasn't helped is that we have had some terrible results against the teams in the bottom three - we haven't beaten any of them home or away, which is abysmal really.

Brighton vs the Premier League's bottom three in 2020-21
HomeTeam/PositionAway
Drew 0-018th. FulhamDrew 0-0
Drew 1-119th. West BromLost 1-0
Drew 1-120th. Sheff UtdLost 1-0

"It has been a strange season in lots of ways, though. We've been on the wrong end of two things that I've never seen happen in football before.

"Firstly there was a penalty awarded after the full-time whistle had been blown, when we lost to Manchester United, which was the right call but astonishing to see.

"And then the craziest one for me was Lewis Dunk's free-kick in our defeat by West Brom, where the referee allowed it, disallowed it, and then ruled it out for good.

"But we probably didn't deserve to get anything from that game because we also missed two penalties as well. There was a lot to take in there!"

Royal Blood - vocalist and bassist Mike Kerr (l) and drummer Ben Thatcher, formed in Brighton in 2011
Vocalist and bassist Mike Kerr (l) from Worthing and drummer Ben Thatcher, from Rustington formed Royal Blood in Brighton in 2011
Premier League predictions - week 34
ResultLawroBen
FRIDAY
Southampton v Leicester1-10-21-3
SATURDAY
Crystal Palace v Man City0-20-20-2
Brighton v Leeds2-01-22-1
Chelsea v Fulham2-02-02-1
Everton v Aston Villa1-22-01-1
SUNDAY
Newcastle v Arsenal0-22-12-2
Man Utd v LiverpoolP-P1-12-1
Tottenham v Sheff Utd4-03-02-0
MONDAY
West Brom v Wolves1-11-10-1
Burnley v West Ham1-22-01-1

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

FRIDAY

Southampton v Leicester

Southampton 1-1 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Ben's prediction: 1-3

Match report

SATURDAY

Crystal Palace v Man City

Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Ben's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Brighton v Leeds

Brighton 2-0 Leeds

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Ben's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Chelsea v Fulham

Chelsea 2-0 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ben's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Everton v Aston Villa

Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ben's prediction: 1-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Newcastle v Arsenal

Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Ben's prediction: This one has got some goals in it. 2-2

Match report

Man Utd v Liverpool

Man Utd P-P Liverpool

It was a pretty turgid affair when these two drew 0-0 at Anfield in January, and I am not expecting a thriller this time either - these games are rarely great ones.

We might at least get a goal or two on Sunday, though.

Manchester United have been winning at home recently, but they have left it late to win their past two league matches at Old Trafford.

Burnley and Brighton have both scored there in the past month, so I think Liverpool will manage that too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ben's prediction: Oh this is a big one. Liverpool are not scoring enough goals at the moment - they have got a touch of the Brightons about them. 2-1

Tottenham v Sheff Utd

Tottenham 4-0 Sheffield Utd

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Ben's prediction: 2-0

Match report

MONDAY

West Brom v Wolves

West Brom 1-1 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ben's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Burnley v West Ham

Burnley 1-2 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ben's prediction: 1-1

Match report

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

How did Lawro do last time?

From the last round of Premier League fixtures, Lawro got three correct results from the eight matches, with no exact scores, for a total of 30 points.

He beat Wolf Alice bassist Theo Ellis, who got one correct result, with no exact scores, giving him a total of 10 points.

Lawro and Theo both correctly predicted the outcome of the Carabao Cup final, but they don't get any points from that game.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City332940910
2Man Utd332544790
3Chelsea33246378+1
=4Liverpool332111174+2
=4Tottenham33235574+3
6Leeds332111164+3
7Leicester331751156-4
8Arsenal331651253+2
9Wolves331410952+3
=10Brighton331171540+7
=10Everton3210101240-2
12Burnley339101437+2
13West Ham331061736-8
=14Aston Villa32881632-3
=14Southampton32951832+1
16Newcastle33842128-2
17Crystal Palace32671925-4
18Sheff Utd32562121+2
19Fulham3330309-1
20West Brom3204284-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

ScoreGuest
110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Dot Major, Steve White
100Tubes
90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill, Passenger, Chris Shiflett
80Celeste, Dan Flint, Frank Harper, Peter Hooton, Raye
79Lawro (average after 33 weeks)
70Sam Carter, Lou Cotterill
60Majestic, Caroline Weir
50David Gray, Declan McKenna, Billy Monger, Paul Smith, Alex Sprogis, DJ Target
40Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley, Ben Howard
30Rick Astley, Lewis Evans, Steve Guttenberg, Gethin Jones, Fraser T. Smith
20Charlie Forbes, Dougie Payne
10Theo Ellis
0Rema
Total scores after week 33
Lawro2,610
Guests2,140
Lawro v Guests
P33W18D1L14
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