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Lawro’s predictions v Tim Burgess

BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

Lawro’s opponent for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures is Tim Burgess, the lead singer of The Charlatans.

Tim Burgess

Burgess says his favourite FA Cup memory is when Man Utd beat Liverpool in the 1977 final. “There is nothing better than beating Liverpool in a cup final,” he said.

Burgess is a Manchester United fan and told BBC Sport: “My all-time United hero is Gary Neville, because of his passion really – he has got the club running through his veins – and he has become a friend of mine as well.

“He joined us on stage and played guitar when the Charlatans did a show on the roof of his hotel in July, on the five-a-side pitch.

“I thought it would be a great thing to ask him to play – I knew he would be nervous but I also knew he wouldn’t back out of it.

“He played ‘Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over’ which is one of his favourites, and it was brilliant. He is a great musician – but he is good at everything isn’t he?”

Salford-born Tim is a guest on MOTD FA Cup Live on BBC2 and the BBC Sport website on Friday night, for Salford City’s second-round tie with Hartlepool. The show starts at 19:30 GMT.

Premier League predictions – Week 15

Result Lawro Tim

SATURDAY

Stoke v Man City

x-x

0-2

1-0

Arsenal v Sunderland

x-x

2-0

2-1

Man Utd v West Ham

x-x

2-0

1-0

Southampton v Aston Villa

x-x

2-0

2-0

Swansea v Leicester

x-x

2-1

4-4

Watford v Norwich

x-x

2-1

1-2

West Brom v Tottenham

x-x

1-0

2-0

Chelsea v Bournemouth

x-x

2-0

1-0

SUNDAY

Newcastle v Liverpool

x-x

0-2

1-2

MONDAY

Everton v Crystal Palace

x-x

1-1

1-1

Our scoring system has changed this season and a correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is now worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

Last week, Lawro got four correct results from 10 Premier League games, with no perfect scores.

His score of 40 points saw him beat
British NBA star Luol Deng,
who picked three correct results and no perfect scores.

We are keeping a record of the totals for Lawro and his guests (below), and showing a table of how the Premier League would look if all of Lawro’s predictions were correct (at the bottom of the page).

Make your own predictions now, compare them to Lawro and other fans and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing
the BBC Sport Predictor game.

Total scores after week 14

Lawro

1,000

Guests

720

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated

SATURDAY

Stoke v Man City

Stoke v Man City (12:45 GMT)

Manchester City did not have much luck at the Britannia Stadium until last season,
when they won 4-1
for their first Premier League victory there at the seventh attempt.

I am backing Manuel Pellegrini’s side to win this weekend too, even though it looks like Vincent Kompany will still be out injured.

Man City response pleases Pellegrini

If they can kick on over the next few weeks then they could open up a gap at the top of the table, but they need Kompany back to be at their best.

Stoke are solid enough but, even when they win, it tends to be by a narrow margin – all five of their league wins this season have been by a one-goal margin.

The Potters don’t create enough chances for me, which is what is holding them back a bit at the moment.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Tim’s prediction: I really like Stoke and I really like Mark Hughes too. 1-0

Match preview

Arsenal v Sunderland

Arsenal v Sunderland

Sunderland’s revival continued with
last week’s win against Stoke,
and forward Duncan Watmore’s form has been a bonus.

There is a danger of raving about a player too early, which seems to happen a lot these days, but he is not just quick – he is skilful and he can finish too.

Arsenal have got some injuries to contend with before they head to Athens for their crunch Champions League game with Olympiakos.

But even with Santi Cazorla and
Alexis Sanchez
out, I think they will be able to break Sunderland down.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Tim’s prediction: Arsenal will be too strong. 2-1

Match preview

Man Utd v West Ham

Man Utd v West Ham

This is a tough time for West Ham with
Dimitri Payet
and now
Diafra Sakho
out, and after a great start to the season they have now gone four games without a win.

It actually reminds me of what happened to the Hammers last year, although their early results then were not quite as eye-catching.

Van Gaal ‘worried’ about lack of goals

I just don’t see them getting anything at Old Trafford. Manchester United are a functional team rather than a frightening one, but they keep churning out good results.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Tim’s prediction: We have not really clicked yet this season but there have been a few signs and I have got faith that it will happen. A top-four finish looks a pretty safe bet but I am not sure about the title yet. As for Saturday, it will be a low-scoring game and Chris Smalling will get the winner. 1-0

Match preview

Southampton v Aston Villa

Southampton v Aston Villa

At least Southampton do not have to wait long to try to put
Wednesday’s heavy Capital One Cup defeat
by Liverpool behind them.

Villa are in trouble – Garde

They are up against an Aston Villa side who look like they are all over the place at the moment.

It is hard to say whether Villa’s biggest problem is at the back or up front. They rarely look like scoring, but defensively they look extremely poor.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Tim’s prediction: My friend Martin Duffy out of Primal Scream is a Villa fan. I’d like to see them win, but it is not going to happen. 2-0

Match preview

Swansea v Leicester

Swansea v Leicester

I find Leicester’s style of play very refreshing to watch. They are so attacking and there is far more to them than just Jamie Vardy.

Vardy “delighted” with scoring record

Most people will expect the Foxes to go to the Liberty Stadium and win. I am going for something different though.

Swansea are another team on a bad run but, unlike Aston Villa, I think they are better than their results suggest.

The Welsh side did not offer much of a threat
against Liverpool at Anfield
last weekend and they are struggling for goals, but I still think they were a bit unfortunate to lose.

Garry Monk’s side have only won one of their last 10 league games but I do not look at Swansea and think they will keep on falling and drop into the bottom three.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Tim’s prediction: Vardy is very good – United should buy him actually. 4-4

Match preview

Watford v Norwich

Watford v Norwich

I’ve been impressed by Watford in recent weeks. They keep it tight defensively, but have shown they can score goals too.

‘Amazing’ Watford make Flores happy

You look at Newcastle and Aston Villa who, like the Hornets, signed a lot of players without Premier League experience in the summer and they are both struggling.

Watford look comfortable in mid-table which shows what a great job Quique Sanchez Flores is doing, especially when you consider it is his first season in English football.

Norwich picked up a good point against Arsenal
last week but they have struggled away from home and I see that continuing on Saturday.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Tim’s prediction: 1-2

Match preview

West Brom v Tottenham

West Brom v Tottenham

I have a feeling Tottenham’s impressive unbeaten run, which has lasted since the opening day of the season, might be about to end.

The way West Brom play, they will be able to stop Spurs and I think the Baggies will edge what will probably be a very scrappy encounter.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

Tim’s prediction: 2-0

Match preview

Chelsea v Bournemouth

Chelsea v Bournemouth (17:30 GMT)

Chelsea have now gone three games unbeaten and
they showed last week against Spurs
that they are capable of scrapping for a draw if they need to.

MOTD3: Costa tantrum and woeful Magpies

Diego Costa’s situation is the biggest problem that Jose Mourinho has got at the moment, and the Spain striker will be a story whether he plays on Saturday or not.

Even with that distraction, I still don’t see Bournemouth causing Chelsea too many problems.
Their late comeback against Everton
showed there is nothing wrong with their spirit, but they will need more than that at Stamford Bridge.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Tim’s prediction: 1-0

Match preview

SUNDAY

Newcastle v Liverpool

Newcastle v Liverpool (16:00 GMT)

Steve McClaren has tried pretty much everything to get a reaction from his Newcastle players – from talking them up and giving them praise to criticising them.

Shearer: Newcastle have too many Monday-Friday players

I don’t know if his squad is strong enough for wholesale changes but maybe that is his best way of getting a result? I just don’t know if they will have the tools for the job to be honest.

Liverpool’s away form is the best in the Premier League and the other good news for Jurgen Klopp is that his problem up front is now that he has to pick from a lot of players who are coming back rather than the number of players he has out.

The Reds have got real momentum at the moment. I am inclined to put Tottenham down in that category but Liverpool’s is better and their confidence is sky-high at the moment.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Tim’s prediction: 1-2

Match preview

MONDAY

Everton v Crystal Palace

Everton v Crystal Palace (20:00 GMT)

Everton have got a core of young players – John Stones, Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley – who have been excellent in the past few weeks.

Now they need this form to last because they need to show it over the course of a season, not just for four or five weeks.

But Palace are no pushovers either. They have good days and bad days like a lot of teams but, when they are on it, they are a real handful.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Tim’s prediction: 1-1

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests

P14

W10

D3

L1

SCORE GUEST LEADERBOARD

110

Sam Tomkins

100

Wealdstone Raider

90

Amir Khan

71

Lawro (average after 14 weeks)

70

Osi Umenyiora

60

Stuart Broad

50

Mark Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall

40

Neville

30

Darren Campbell, Luol Deng, Mark Webber

20

Graeme Swann

10

Paul Heaton, Kelly Jones

Lawro’s best score: 140 points (week three v Jack Whitehall & week four v Darren Campbell)

Lawro’s worst score: 20 points (week one v Graeme Swann)

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

ARROWS & +/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND REAL TABLE

POS TEAM P W D L PTS DIFF +/-

1.

Man City

14

11

3

0

36


Side arrow

0

2.

Chelsea

14

9

4

1

31


Up arrow

+12

3.

Arsenal

14

8

6

0

30


Up arrow

+1

4.

Liverpool

14

7

7

0

28


Up arrow

+2

5.

Southampton

14

8

2

4

26


Up arrow

+5

6.

Man Utd

14

7

4

3

25


Down arrow

-3

7.

Tottenham

14

6

6

2

24


Down arrow

-2

8.

West Brom

14

6

6

2

24


Up arrow

+5

9.

Crystal Palace

14

6

4

4

22


Down arrow

-2

10.

Newcastle

14

5

5

4

20


Up arrow

+9

11.

Stoke

14

4

3

7

15


Up arrow

+1

12.

Bournemouth

14

4

2

8

14


Up arrow

+6

13.

Sunderland

14

3

5

6

14


Up arrow

+4

14.

Swansea

14

2

8

4

14


Up arrow

+1

15.

Everton

14

3

4

7

13


Down arrow

-6

16.

Norwich

14

4

1

9

13


Side arrow

0

17.

Leicester

14

2

4

8

10


Down arrow

-16

18.

West Ham

14

2

3

9

9


Down arrow

-10

19.

Watford

14

1

3

10

6


Down arrow

-8

20.

Aston Villa

14

1

2

11

5


Side arrow

0