Premier League and Carabao Cup final predictions: Lawro v Feeder bassist & Chelsea fan Taka

Lawro's predictions

Chelsea and Liverpool go head to head on Sunday with a trophy at stake - but will the Blues try to win the Carabao Cup final with or without their £97.5m record signing Romelu Lukaku?

The striker was rested for Tuesday's Champions League win over Lille after making only seven touches in Saturday's success at Crystal Palace.

With Blues boss Thomas Tuchel saying the Belgian was tired and taking him out of the firing line amid criticism, will Lukaku be back in the side - and back to his best at Wembley?

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"I think the real issue is the service Lukaku is getting isn't great," said BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

"Lukaku wants the ball from wide areas, giving him chances in front of goal. He's brilliant when he's got defenders around him, but he needs to be a bit more side on when he gets it, rather than with his back to goal.

"If they put some good crosses in, that would make a huge difference. At the moment, though, it must be great being a defender against him because all he does is play in front of you and you would be happy to let him have the ball. That's what is making it so difficult for him."

As well the Carabao Cup final, Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week's guest is Feeder bassist & Chelsea fan Taka.

Feeder's 11th album, Torpedo, is released in March and they start a UK tour in April.

Feeder
Feeder formed in 1994 and have had 25 top 75 singles. Their latest track, The Healing, is out now

Taka is somewhat envious of Liverpool's attacking riches but thinks Chelsea have other issues, not just Lukaku.

"In the summer, like everyone else, I thought Lukaku was the proper striker we were waiting for," Taka told BBC Sport. "For some reason, though, it hasn't worked out that way.

"I think they have to work harder to gel together. At the moment, Lukaku is asking for the ball, but it is as if the team decide he is in the wrong position and don't pass to him.

"Liverpool are very different when they attack, They all come forward together and it is so good to watch. It is going to be hard to stop them.

"Tuchel is a great manager and we have lots of good youngsters, so there are plenty of positives for Chelsea at the moment. I am sure they just need time to sort the Lukaku situation out, but the other thing we need to improve as well is our consistency.

"When we play well, we are a really exciting team. We just need to be able to put in a really steady and solid performance when we're not at our best, like Manchester City and Liverpool seem to do.

"We haven't been able to do that often this season, which is why we're not in the Premier League title race anymore, but there is still a lot to play for - starting on Sunday."

Premier League predictions - week 27
ResultLawroTaka
FRIDAY
Southampton v Norwich2-02-01-1
SATURDAY
Leeds v Tottenham0-40-22-1
Brentford v Newcastle0-22-10-1
Brighton v Aston Villa0-21-11-2
Crystal Palace v Burnley1-11-12-0
Man Utd v Watford0-03-01-1
Everton v Man City0-10-31-3
SUNDAY
West Ham v Wolves1-02-12-2
Chelsea v Liverpool0-0P1-1P2-1
P = Liverpool to win on penalties after extra time

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

Games kick off at 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.

FRIDAY

Southampton v Norwich

Southampton 2-0 Norwich

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Taka's prediction: 1-1

Match report

SATURDAY

Leeds v Tottenham

Leeds 0-4 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Taka's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Brentford v Newcastle

Brentford 0-2 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Taka's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Brighton v Aston Villa

Brighton 0-2 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Taka's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Crystal Palace v Burnley

Crystal Palace 1-1 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Taka's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Man Utd v Watford

Man Utd 0-0 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Taka's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Everton v Man City

Everton 0-1 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-3

Match report

SUNDAY

West Ham v Wolves

West Ham 1-0 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Taka's prediction: I've really enjoyed watching both teams this season, they both have lots of exciting players. 2-2

Chelsea v Liverpool

Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool (Liverpool win 11-10 on pens)

Lawro's prediction: 1-1 - Liverpool to win on penalties after extra time.

Taka's prediction: Liverpool have been playing really well but this is a final. You don't know what will happen on the day, and the best team doesn't always win. Look at last season's Champions League final as proof of that. It will be a tight game but Chelsea will win - or I hope so anyway. 2-1

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

How did Lawro do last time?

In last weekend's games, Lawro got four correct results from 10 matches, with no exact scores, for a total of 40 points.

He was beaten by musician Reuben James, who got five correct results with two exact scores - including Manchester United's 4-2 win at Leeds - giving him a total of 110 points.

There were four rearranged games in midweek, which saw Lawro and his guests make the following predictions:

From week 14ResultLawroJelani
WEDNESDAY
Burnley v Tottenham1-01-21-0

Rapper and Arsenal fan Jelani Blackman picked up 40 points for an exact score at Turf Moor, which means he takes the overall victory too, by 110-90, now that set of games have been completed.

From week 18ResultLawroFemiTJ
WEDNESDAY
Watford v Crystal Palace1-41-11-21-4

A big win for the Eagles meant TJ from jazz band Ezra Collective added another 40 points to his already impressive total, while brother Femi earned 10 points.

With two more rearranged games still to be played from that set of fixtures, TJ now has 150 points, Lawro has 90 and Femi 50.

From week 19ResultLawroRolandCurt
WEDNESDAY
Liverpool v Leeds6-04-03-05-0

Lawro and his guests - Roland and Curt from Tears for Fears - all picked up 10 points after Leeds got taken apart at Anfield.

Again, there are two games still to be played from that set of fixtures, Lawro has 70 points so far, Roland and Curt both have 40.

From week 20ResultLawroJames Arthur
Thursday
Arsenal v Wolves2-12-12-0

It is Lawro who takes the 40 points from this one, thanks to Arsenal's last-gasp winner, while singer James Arthur has to settle for 10.

Lawro is ahead in this week too and is guaranteed at least a draw with two more games to be played. He has 110 points and Arthur has 40.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City262330720
2Man Utd26212365+3
3Liverpool26197064-1
4Chelsea25186160-1
5Tottenham24137446+3
6Leicester23127443+6
7Arsenal24125741-2
8Leeds251311140+7
9Aston Villa24115838+4
10West Ham26107937-4
11Brighton25861130-2
12Wolves25741425-5
=13Everton23641322+3
=13Southampton25641522-3
15Newcastle24551420+2
16Crystal Palace26471519-5
=17Brentford26512016-3
=17Burnley23441516+1
19Watford252617120
20Norwich252419100

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2021-22

ScoreGuest
150TJ from Ezra Collective
130Jamie Webster
110Jelani Blackman, Friction, Reuben James, Jeremy Piven, She Drew The Gun
90Dev from Idles
80Call Me Loop, Tom McFarland
71Lawro (average after 26 weeks)
70Ben Cajee, Elena Cole, S-X
60Femi from Ezra Collective, Haydn Craven, James Spence of Rolo Tomassi
50Aqib Khan, Shaun Thomas
40James Arthur, Dan Haggis of The Wombats, Murray & Tav from FUR, Martin Noble, Justin Young
30Dan McCarthy from KAWALA, Roland Orzabal, Michael 'Venom' Page, Curt Smith, Roger Taylor, Zuzu
10Tom Hughes
Total scores after week 26
Lawro1,850
Guests1,700
Lawro v Guests
P26W15D4L7
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