Premier League predictions: Lawro v Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark

Lawro's predictions

Liverpool versus Manchester City is the game of the weekend, with the Premier League’s top two meeting at Anfield – but how much will the outcome affect the title race?

BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson said: “It is in danger of getting a little bit over-hyped, I’m afraid.

“If this is billed as the battle of the champions and all that – in mid-October – then I will smash my telly. There is still such an awfully long way to go.

“Yes, I am looking forward to it, yes they are the best two teams in the league and yes it should be a fantastic game of football, but it is not going to decide the title.”

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

This week’s guest is Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark.

Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark

Stark, who co-presents ‘That Peter Crouch podcast’, describes himself as a “massive” Watford fan and says: “I have been for pretty much all my whole life.

“I have got to admit I was a little bit of a Manchester United fan for like the first five years of my life, but I think you just write that off to ignorance don’t you? No offence to United fans.

“I have got too many Watford heroes to mention – at the moment big Troy Deeney is one of them, I just think he is amazing and he has done wonders for Watford.

“He gets written off every season and comes back stronger, so I love Troy.

“From Watford teams gone by, I would say Paul Robinson – because I play left-back myself, even though I am right-footed – and Heidar Helguson, who was brilliant when he was up front for us.

“Then obviously there are legends of Watford’s history, like Graham Taylor, Luther Blissett and John Barnes – the big names.”

Premier League predictions – week 7
Result Lawro Chris
Brighton v West Ham 1-0 2-1 2-1
Burnley v Huddersfield 1-1 2-1 3-1
Crystal Palace v Wolves 0-1 2-0 2-0
Leicester v Everton 1-2 2-1 1-2
Tottenham v Cardiff 1-0 3-0 0-1
Watford v Bournemouth 0-4 2-1 4-0
Man Utd v Newcastle 3-2 2-0 2-3
Fulham v Arsenal x-x 1-1 2-2
Southampton v Chelsea x-x 2-1 0-3
Liverpool v Man City x-x 1-1 2-1

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


All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless stated.


Brighton v West Ham

Brighton 1-0 West Ham

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Chris’s prediction: This is a tricky one – I am not sure about West Ham at the moment. 2-1

Match report


Burnley v Huddersfield

Burnley 1-1 Huddersfield

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Chris’s prediction: I have a lot of respect for Burnley and Huddersfield, but I love Clarets boss Sean Dyche. Based on that, I am going to go for a Burnley win. 3-1

Match report

Crystal Palace v Wolves

Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolves

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Chris’s prediction: 2-0

Match report

Leicester v Everton

Leicester 1-2 Everton

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Chris’s prediction: 1-2

Match report

Tottenham v Cardiff

Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Chris’s prediction: It is whether I want to go for the safe bet here? It is Tottenham at home, although is it really home yet? Do you know what, I am going to put some faith in Cardiff for this one – let’s be different. 0-1

Match report

Watford v Bournemouth

Watford 0-4 Bournemouth

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Chris’s prediction: Ah Watford – my team! I am going to be at this one and I think we are going to keep grinding out the results. 4-0

Chris on where Watford will finish this season: This season is really up for grabs, because we have started so well.

Can we keep this going? There is such an amazing energy at the club at the moment and if we can keep that up then really we can win any game.

We can get a lot of points this season, and the dream would be to finish in a Champions League place. It is achievable, I genuinely think it is.

If we manage it, it would make Watford history, and we would have the best party ever.

We have started well, there is a good feeling around the club, we have got an amazing team and we have got some quality players so why not? Let’s go for it.

Match report

Man Utd v Newcastle

Man Utd 3-2 Newcastle

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Chris’s prediction: Everything about this game makes me think that Manchester United should get the win here, however I just can’t put that much faith in this Manchester United team at the moment. Newcastle could do with a confidence boost and I think they will get it at Old Trafford. 2-3

Match report


Fulham v Arsenal

Fulham v Arsenal (12:00 BST)

Ryan Sessegnon clattered the bar for Fulham against Everton last week when the game was goalless.

I just felt if the Cottagers were going to get a positive result at Goodison Park, they had to score first.

Unfortunately for them, they didn’t – and they ended up collapsing a little bit in the end.

I think they might get something out of this game, though. Arsenal are still on a very good run, but they played in Azerbaijan on Thursday while Fulham have had the week off.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Chris’s prediction: I think Fulham can get a couple of goals here, and I am going to put this down as a draw. 2-2

Match preview

Southampton v Chelsea

Southampton v Chelsea (14:15 BST)

Imagine the mess Southampton would be in if Danny Ings had not been scoring goals for them?

Chelsea have been doing much better, obviously. Their draw with Liverpool was a brilliant game to watch and the Blues played really well.

I still think Maurizio Sarri’s side can look vulnerable, though, particularly away from home.

I am not convinced by Antonio Rudiger or David Luiz at the back because they just strike me as a pair who might have one or two off days.

I know Saints have not won at home yet, and the Blues have not lost away but I think we will see that run of results reverse on Sunday, and I suspect Ings is going to play a big part.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Chris’s prediction: 0-3

Match preview

Liverpool v Man City

Liverpool v Man City (16:30 BST)

Manchester City were so dominant last season because they had long spells where they were near their peak.

In contrast, I don’t think either of these teams are playing near their best level yet.

But from my memory of winning the league myself with Liverpool, that does not matter – you just try to win games, regardless of how well you are playing.

And both teams just seem to keep on doing that. They are still getting results in the Premier League despite their players not really hitting their stride individually or collectively.

People are seeing City and Liverpool both being in quite average form as being a negative issue but, if you look at it another way, then they are both near the top of the table and they haven’t even started playing the way they can.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Chris’s prediction: This is the big one. I really think anything could happen at this game but it is at Anfield so I am going to give Liverpool the benefit of the doubt. 2-1

Match preview

How did Lawro do last week?

Lawro got eight correct results, including six perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 260 points – not only his highest score of the season, but also his best of all-time.

He beat comedian Karl Pilkington, who got six correct results, with one exact score, for a total of 90 points.

Total scores after week 7
Lawro 690
Guests 550
Lawro v Guests
P7 W3 D1 L3
Lawro's League Table

=1 Man City 7 7 0 0 21 0
=1 Man Utd 7 7 0 0 21 +9
3 Chelsea 7 4 2 1 14 0
4 Liverpool 7 3 4 0 13 -2
=5 Arsenal 7 4 0 3 12 0
=5 Everton 7 4 0 3 12 +6
=5 Tottenham 7 3 3 1 12 -1
8 Leicester 7 3 2 2 11 0
=9 Bournemouth 7 2 4 1 10 -2
=9 Crystal Palace 7 3 1 3 10 +4
11 Burnley 7 2 3 2 9 +1
=12 Fulham 7 2 1 4 7 +5
=12 Southampton 7 2 1 4 7 +4
=12 West Ham 7 2 1 4 7 +2
=15 Newcastle 7 1 3 3 6 +3
=15 Watford 7 2 0 5 6 -9
=15 Wolves 7 2 0 5 6 -6
18 Brighton 7 1 2 4 5 -3
19 Cardiff 7 0 4 3 4 0
20 Huddersfield 7 0 1 6 1 0


120 Joe Thomas
99 Lawro (average after seven weeks)
90 Karl Pilkington
80 Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Mark Wahlberg
60 Idris Elba
40 Tom Grennan

Source: BBC


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