Premier League predictions: Lawro v Duran Duran drummer & Aston Villa fan Roger Taylor

Lawro's predictions

Manchester United have hogged the headlines since their humiliating home defeat at the hands of Liverpool last weekend, but will it be a different story for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side when they travel to Tottenham on Saturday?

"Everyone is going to look at United after that 5-0 defeat and ask have they changed the way they play?," said BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

"The balance of their team is wrong at the moment, that's the first thing. And they are conceding too many goals, so the priority against Spurs has to be to stop doing that."

Snapshot of 4th to 9th in the Premier League: 4th West Ham, 5th Brighton, 6th Tottenham, 7th Man Utd, 8th Everton & 9th Leicester
Manchester United have dropped to seventh place after taking one point from their past four league games. They could fall to 10th by the time they kick off against Tottenham, depending on results earlier on Saturday

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week's guest is Duran Duran drummer and Aston Villa fan Roger Taylor.

Duran Duran's new album Future Past came out last week and includes the track Tonight United, which was released last month. It is NOT about the Old Trafford club, although Taylor thought it was at first.

"Simon Le Bon is a big Manchester United fan, and has been since he was a kid," Taylor explained. "We were in the studio together when he wrote that lyric and I said 'that's about United, isn't it!?'.

"He said no, no, it's not. It's about people coming back together and reuniting after Covid. He really did assure me it has got nothing to do with the football team, although I am not sure I quite believe him."

Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor
Taylor's first dream was a career between the sticks, rather than with them. "The first Villa player I idolised was a goalkeeper, Colin Withers. He was amazing and that kind of set me on a path to want to become a goalkeeper myself," he explained. "I was quite a good outfield player but I kind of liked being the unsung hero in goal. Unfortunately, I didn't really grow tall enough so I took up the drums instead. It's actually very similar - as a drummer you are the unsung hero too. You only get noticed when you make a mistake, and then people shout at you."

Taylor first watched Villa as a young boy, but his family have followed the club for a lot longer than that.

"It goes back generations really," he told BBC Sport. "I remember my grandad being a massive Villa fan like my dad, and there was never any possibility of me supporting any other team.

"My dad started taking me to Villa Park when I was four or five years old. I still remember he used to sit me on the crush barrier on the Holte End terrace and stand behind me so I wouldn't get knocked off in the rush forward when we scored.

"It just kind of gets in your blood, doesn't it? Their colours, everything. They are my team and they have been in my DNA ever since, through thick and thin.

"Villa Park has changed a lot down the years, but it still has that beautiful Victorian frontage that takes you back to the early days. They have managed to develop it while still keeping the character of the ground.

"Players seem to like playing there, and I love going back. It's me who takes my dad now, which is always great - he is coming up to his 86th birthday. We are going to the West Ham game together on Sunday, hopefully to see a win."

Duran Duran (L-R): Roger Taylor, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes
Duran Duran have sold more than 100m records since they formed in 1978. Future Past is their 15th studio album
Premier League predictions - week 10
ResultLawroRoger
SATURDAY
Leicester v Arsenal0-22-12-1
Burnley v Brentford3-12-00-1
Liverpool v Brighton2-23-04-0
Man City v Crystal Palace0-23-03-1
Newcastle v Chelsea0-30-21-2
Watford v Southampton0-11-13-2
Tottenham v Man Utd0-31-22-1
SUNDAY
Norwich v Leeds1-20-20-1
Aston Villa v West Ham1-41-12-1
MONDAY
Wolves v Everton2-12-02-0

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 Arsenal

Leicester 0-2 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Roger's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Burnley v Brentford

Burnley 3-1 Brentford

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Roger's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Liverpool v Brighton

Liverpool 2-2 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Roger's prediction: 4-0

Match report

Man City v Crystal Palace

Man City 0-2 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Roger's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Newcastle v Chelsea

Newcastle v Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Roger's prediction: 1-2

Watford v Southampton

Watford 0-1 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Roger's prediction: 3-2

Match report

Tottenham v Man Utd

Tottenham 0-3 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Roger's prediction: 2-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Norwich v Leeds

Norwich 1-2 Leeds

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Roger's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Aston Villa v West Ham

Aston Villa 1-4 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Roger's prediction: 2-1

Match report

MONDAY

Wolves v Everton

Wolves 2-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Roger's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last week?

Last weekend, Lawro got five correct results from 10 matches, with one exact score, for a total of 80 points.

He was up against Elena Cole and Haydn Craven, stars of CBBC football drama Jamie Johnson - and he beat both of them, just about.

Elena got four correct results, also with one exact score, giving her 70 points, while Haydn got six correct results, but with no exact scores, giving him 60 points. Elena's score is the one that counts towards the guest total in the scoreboards below.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
=1Man City972023+6
=1Man Utd972023+2
3Leeds971122+14
4Leicester963021+5
=5Liverpool954019-3
=5Chelsea954019-4
7Aston Villa960318+6
=8Brighton943215-3
=8West Ham943215-4
10Tottenham935114-4
11Arsenal934213-1
=12Newcastle92349+7
=12Everton93069-4
14Wolves92258-3
15Southampton92076+1
=16Brentford91174-4
=16Burnley91174+2
=16Crystal Palace91174-1
=19Norwich90272+1
=19Watford90272-5

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2021-22

ScoreGuest
110Friction, She Drew The Gun
83Lawro (average after nine weeks)
80Tom McFarland
70Elena Cole
60Haydn Craven
50Aqib Khan, Shaun Thomas
40Dan Haggis of The Wombats, Justin Young
30Michael 'Venom' Page
10Tom Hughes
Total scores after week nine
Lawro740
Guests540
Lawro v Guests
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