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Mark Lawrenson's Premier League predictions

1 Name: 606 : 2014-08-23 21:17
The joke that keeps on giving! enjoy faggots!
2 Name: 606 : 2014-08-23 21:20
Hull v Stoke (13:30 BST)

Because of the way they ended last season I expected Stoke to push on under Mark Hughes, but they were kept at arms' length last week by Aston Villa.

Hull, meanwhile, had a really good win at QPR. The Tigers rode their luck a little bit at Loftus Road, though, and I am backing Stoke to come good here.

The Potters will be better than they were last week and, with the Tigers coming into this game off the back of a Europa League tie against Belgian side KSC Lokeren, they might find out that playing on Thursday and Sunday is not that easy.

Lawro's prediction: 0-1
Kell Brook: 1-2

Tottenham v QPR (13:30 BST)

Harry's back at the Lane! Having QPR boss and former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp back at his old club adds a bit of a twist to this game, but I cannot see Rangers getting much from their trip across London.

Spurs got over the line last week against West Ham when they won despite not playing particularly well. I fancy them to win this time too, despite having to contend with a Europa League tie in Cyprus on Thursday night.

I thought QPR would beat Hull in their first fixture, but I was wrong. Redknapp is still signing players, or trying to, and clearly he knows he has to improve his squad.
When he manages that, they will be more competitive.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
Kell Brook: 2-3

Sunderland v Man Utd (16:00 BST)

Last weekend, new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal went from three at the back in the first half to playing a four-man defence in the second half, and got beaten at home by Swansea.

If David Moyes had done that in his first game in charge of Manchester United last year, he would have been laughed out of the ground - there would have been uproar.

Yes, Van Gaal is a very good manager, there is no doubt about that, but he essentially played square pegs in round holes so he could use the formation he wanted to play. Ashley Young was at wing-back and I was thinking 'how does that work?'
So it will be interesting to see what shape United use at the start of this game.

Marcos Rojo will probably be thrown in after joining from Sporting Lisbon and United will probably start with three at the back again because Van Gaal will not want to be seen to be abandoning his three-man defence straight away.

There will be a little less pressure on United this week because they are away from home.

Sunderland got a good result against West Brom last week but I am going for a United win, especially if Robin van Persie is fit enough to play some part for them.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
Kell Brook: 0-2
3 Name: 606 : 2014-08-23 21:21
MONDAY: Man City v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

Manchester City just got the job done in their win over Newcastle last weekend - it was not a vintage performance by the champions.

But the quality of their goals was outstanding and, if you looked at City's bench, it was frightening.

Liverpool limped over the line a little bit too, in their win over Southampton.
On paper, this game suits the Reds better because they are set up to hit you on the break. Their new centre-back Dejan Lovren played well last week but their strength is still going forward.

But, because this game is so early on in the season, I think it will be a much cagier affair than previous encounters.

When these sides met at the Etihad Stadium last season, I thought the very least Liverpool deserved was a point. This time, I think they will leave with one.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
Kell Brook: 3-2
4 Name: 606 : 2014-08-30 15:08
SATURDAY 08/30/2014

Burnley v Man Utd (12:45 BST)

Poor Manchester United.

I think people are starting to understand the enormity of the task faced by former manager David Moyes when he got the job. Last season they thought, 'if Moyes goes we'll get this unbelievable manager and he'll sort it out'. That's not happened has it?

You can talk about not having great pace, players injured and a new system, but at the moment there are too many players at manager Louis van Gaal's United who are just not performing. I'm sure they are hoping record signing Angel Di Maria can reinvigorate the side.

I was surprised with what I saw in the League Cup against MK Dons.

Van Gaal should have played a back three of players who might play at the weekend. It would have been good to give them a pressure game against lower league opposition.

I just thought they threw away a good chance. They should have played a stronger team - it was only their third game of the season, so the players wouldn't have been tired.

Burnley have now lost three straight, following the defeat by Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup. They did, however, play well in the second half of last week's 1-0 loss at Swansea.

A lot of big teams will go to Turf Moor and win, but United are full of mistakes at the moment which is

why I'm going for the draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Man City v Stoke

Stoke manager Mark Hughes going back to City adds to the fun, but they will be overrun by the team in blue.

Until City scored the first goal against Liverpool last Monday, it was quite even-stevens. However, the thing about Manuel Pellegrini's side is that they, alongside Chelsea, can be under pressure for periods of the game and be able to deal with it.

They can call on players of the class of striker Sergio Aguero, who came on to score in the 3-1 win against Brendan Rodgers' men, and winger Jesus Navas, who was involved in a goal.

City look very, very strong and appear ready for the season. To look ready for the season so early is a good sign for that team.

Last season's signing Stevan Jovetic scored twice in that game. It's taken him a while to settle in at the club, and he's been injured. But anybody who saw him play for Fiorentina knows he was a good signing.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Newcastle v Crystal Palace

Neil Warnock is the right manager at Palace at the right time. He will get the south London team to play in a not-too dissimilar way to how former boss Tony Pulis got the team to play.

He's one of those managers that likes his players to get in the opposition's faces. He'll also manage within the demands of co-chairman Steve Parish and the board.

Warnock's first match is away to Newcastle though.

Goals have been difficult to come by for the Magpies, but they got one in the League Cup win in midweek, and I think they'll have too much class for Palace at St James' Park.

Warnock can change Palace
The fans have got someone who knows the league and the club. In the nicest possible way, Palace are very much, in terms of facilities, a Championship club in the Premier League.

But by staying in the division, they can turn into a Premier League club and Warnock can give them the chance of doing that.


Lawro's prediction: 2-0

QPR v Sunderland

QPR have had a bad start. Manager Harry Redknapp's team were woeful at Tottenham last week.

The biggest concern that day was that they didn't put in the hard work. However, I'm going for a Hoops win. In that opening home match of the season against Hull, they created lots of chances and played quite well despite losing - that's why I think they'll edge it.

Sunderland, like QPR, might have a problem with getting goals this season. How many will Jozy Altidore, Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham get this season?

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Swansea v West Brom

Some have said Swansea have been the surprise package so far, but that's because they defeated United in the opening game.

You would have expected Garry Monk's side to then go on and beat Burnley last week.

I'm sure the fans were happy to see new striker Bafetimbi Gomis score his first goal for the club in the League Cup. It should be some partnership with fellow forward Wilfried Bony alongside him.

At the moment, the Swans look like a middle-of-the-table side looking upwards. I think they'll maintain their 100% record against Alan Irvine's West Brom.

The Scot is still building his team and needs Nigeria forward Brown Ideye to open his account for them soon.
They are another one of these teams in the Premier League where you question where the goals are going to come from.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

West Ham v Southampton

The Hammers were pretty good during their 3-1 win at Crystal Palace last week.

There were moans after the opening league defeat against Tottenham, but I actually thought they were OK.
I think they look a better side without big target man Andy Carroll - they try to play a bit more. And both new forward signings, Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia, are ball players.

However, I expect them to be held by a Southampton side who are better than the results show.

Manager Ronald Koeman bought some of his new signings after the club sold the likes of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw, but the new bodies will need time to adapt to the Premier League and the new system.

The Saints should be fine this season though.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Everton v Chelsea

This will be the Blues' biggest test of the season so far.

Jose Mourinho's side turned it on against Burnley and then Leicester when they needed to. What I like about this current crop is that they are keeping the opposition at arm's length, and with the players they have going forward, that is a fantastic recipe for success.

It is already apparent that Mourinho has tweaked the system because he does not have Frank Lampard - the rampaging midfielder who used to get him double figures per season.
But he and his coaching staff have obviously sat down and planned this new way of playing, which includes new star central midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Everton will throw everything at their opponents, but I'm just worried about them at the back.
Central defender Sylvain Distin has been absolutely outstanding for them in recent times, but defensively they are starting to creek.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

SUNDAY

Aston Villa v Hull (13:30 BST)

I know Villa didn't have a shot on goal in the 0-0 draw against Newcastle last week and they lost to Leyton Orient in the League Cup this week, but they should be a little too good for Hull.

They look better in defence this year - with Philippe Senderos, Alan Hutton, Aly Cissokho and Ron Vlaar impressing against the Magpies.

At the other end, like many other teams, they are struggling to score, but as soon as Christian Benteke returns they'll be fine.

Hull have just played in the Europa League - that 'Thursday game-Sunday game' thing is hard to do.
In attack, they've lost Robert Snodgrass to injury, failed to sign Jordan Rhodes and Shane Long has gone - I don't think they'll score against Villa.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0

Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

Liverpool have been OK so far.

They defeated Southampton, by not playing particularly well, then they became unhinged against Manchester City. Defensively, they are still finding their feet.

Apart from how the defence will cope, the other question is will new signing Mario Balotelli play up front?
There is a way of incorporating him in the team, which is with a 'diamond' formation. They played that system

seven or eight times last season and they won seven times. The 'diamond' enables them to play two up front.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham were fortunate to win at West Ham and then thoroughly deserved to beat QPR last week.

Lots of teams will go to White Hart Lane and come away with nothing; Liverpool went there and spanked them 5-0 last season, but I don't see that happening on Sunday.

Why Balotelli?
Balotelli is a good signing. Liverpool have nothing to lose. They say he's "this, that and the other" and that he upsets the dressing room, but he doesn't, because the players love him. Manager Brendan Rodgers is very good at man-management and I think £16m is good business.

It's different going to Liverpool. You become one of the family - you are very, very aware of upsetting the family. If he buys into that they might have got themselves a bargain.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Leicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

What a start to the season for Leicester - Everton, Chelsea and now Arsenal.

Nigel Pearson's Foxes - as we've seen this season - are very much a high energy team, with pace up front and wide players that get at you, early doors. They'll have to wait a bit longer for their first win though.

Arsenal have been alright so far, but I reckon manager Arsene Wenger thinks, "we should be better than this", having spent good money on the likes of attacking players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, in the past two seasons.

What we have seen in fits and starts is the different players Wenger can choose to play through the middle and the
pace they have on the counter-attack - and that's without the injured Theo Walcott.

It should be another win for Arsenal.

Replacement for Giroud?
I read Arsenal won't be bringing in anybody on a permanent deal to replace injured striker Olivier Giroud. I think they believe that what they have is OK. But it has to be about being better than OK.

I think they made a big lump of money last season - why pay tax on the money and instead go and buy a player. Get someone in to replace Giroud.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
5 Name: 606 : 2014-09-27 15:29
SATURDAY 09/27/2014

Liverpool - Everton (12:45 BST)

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Chelsea v Aston Villa

Villa had a tough time before their defeat by Arsenal last week because of the virus that hit their squad and led to them closing their training ground.
They will be over that now but it is a very big ask for them to bounce back with a positive result at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had to battle to see off Villa in this fixture last season but now they are a much better team.
The Blues looked very comfortable to me in their draw at Manchester City on Sunday and I can only see one outcome here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Crystal Palace v Leicester

What a result for Leicester against Manchester United on Sunday. No wonder Gary Lineker was swearing on Twitter.

Everything about the Foxes was just great in that game. At 3-1 they could have thrown the towel in, thinking they were going to end up getting hammered.

But instead they just kept going. They had identified United's weaknesses and they played on them, perfectly.

Playing Crystal Palace will be a completely different test, however, and it will be very interesting to see Leicester's performance, let alone their result, after such a fantastic display.

The Eagles have taken five points from three games under Neil Warnock and, although they have not had the same stand-out performance as the Foxes, they have got quite a bit in common.

Both of these teams have quite a lot of pace in them and I am expecting a high-tempo game, with Palace to edge it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Hull v Man City

Hull are not on a great run with no wins in their last four games in all competitions and they are now out of the Capital One Cup as well as the Europa League.

I do not see the Tigers as being one of the teams who have to worry about being in the bottom six but they need to turn that around soon.

I cannot see that happening against Manchester City, though.

I was at Etihad Stadium to watch Manuel Pellegrini's side draw with Chelsea and thought they lacked belief that they could win. That will not be a problem against Hull.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Man Utd v West Ham

I would like to think that West Ham will play the same way they did against Hull and Liverpool, which was both about as far away from a typical performance from a Sam Allardyce team as you can get.

In both of those games, the Hammers got in the opposition's faces and attacked them with lots of pace. I was really impressed.

At the moment it appears that doing exactly that is the best way to go and get a result at Old Trafford. Yes, you might concede four and lose but you have a good chance of doing what Leicester did too.

I just wonder, though, if Allardyce might revert to type. The pressure has come off him in the last couple of weeks and he might think this is a game to focus on making his team difficult to beat.

I can't see West Ham not scoring against whatever defence Louis van Gaal fields but, this time, United will score more.

Lawro's prediction: 3-1

Southampton v QPR

Southampton are going great but QPR also did well last week, rescuing a draw against Stoke after twice going behind at Loftus Road.

That represents an improvement for Rangers but they really need to be winning those kind of home games.
QPR worry me, actually. They are flaky.

A point for them this week would be a good result after two 4-0 defeats in their previous away games in the Premier League this season, but it is hard to see them getting it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Sunderland v Swansea

Swansea have made a strong start to the season and will feel they probably deserved something from their defeat by Southampton last week.

Sunderland, in contrast, are yet to win a league match and I would put that down to their problems up front.
I still think Gus Poyet's side are stronger and more competitive than the other sides at the bottom of the table but, until they get their first victory, there is that nagging doubt over them.

Poyet will probably try something different here, and last season showed he gets things right in the end.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Arsenal v Tottenham (17:30 BST)

Tottenham are another team who look woefully short on goals and it is just not happening for their manager Mauricio Pochettino at the moment.

I am sure it will click eventually but that top end of the pitch is really letting them down.

Spurs struggling to score goals will suit Arsenal, because they have had problems stopping them.

Both of these teams have had indifferent starts to the season, in terms of performances as well as results.

I fancy the Gunners to come out on top, especially because they are at home. This seems to be a game that Arsenal expect to win, and more often than not they do.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

SUNDAY

West Brom v Burnley (16:00 BST)

West Brom have now won twice in a week and I am delighted for their manager Alan Irvine because everybody has been writing him off.

Burnley are good at keeping clean sheets and they have been very competitive in the games they have played but without Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, who could both be out for another month, they do not have many goals in them.
It is hard to see the Clarets winning games and it will be interesting to see how many points they have on the board after 10 games. I don't think it will be many.

I am not being detrimental, but it just demonstrates the massive gulf between the top of the Championship and the bottom of the Premier League

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

MONDAY

Stoke v Newcastle (16:00 BST)

Stoke will be miffed that they did not come away with a win from Loftus Road last week after leading QPR twice.

The Potters have been better on the road this season, losing to Aston Villa and Leicester at the Britannia Stadium.

Newcastle have had a far more turbulent time, but fought back well from 2-0 down to get a point against Hull last time out.

The Magpies are bottom of the table and their boss Alan Pardew is still under pressure, but I don't see his side ending up empty-handed this time either, even if a first win of the league campaign will have to wait.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
6 Name: 606 : 2014-10-04 15:06
SATURDAY 10/04/2014

Hull v Crystal Palace

Neil Warnock has two wins and two draws to show from his four Premier League games as Crystal Palace manager and I think he has been very clever in the way he has built on the work done by his predecessor Tony Pulis, rather than trying to change things too much.

Hull, in contrast, have now gone five Premier League games without a win and, after improving their squad over the summer, they seem to be going through a spell of 'second season syndrome'.

Their results are not reflecting the ability in their team and that will be annoying Tigers boss Steve Bruce.
Hull are better than their form suggests and I think their winless run will end on Saturday.

Win, and everything will seem a lot brighter for Bruce as many of his non-English players head off on international duty.Lose, and he will have a frustrating 10 days without being able to work with them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Leicester v Burnley

I wasn't overly surprised by Leicester's defeat by Crystal Palace last week because the Foxes' spectacular win over Manchester United had made them something of a scalp.

Nigel Pearson's side should fare better on Saturday, though. Burnley were competitive in their first five games of the season but last time out, against West Brom, they looked very ordinary.

The Clarets have only scored once this season, in their first game against Chelsea, and that is not just down to the fact their best strikers, Sam Vokes and Danny Ings are currently out.

Ings has featured in four matches and they did not look like scoring then either.

Maybe that defeat by the Baggies might signal a change of approach by Burnley boss Sean Dyche, though.

When you lose 4-0 at The Hawthorns when you are trying to keep things tight then it kind of shows that it might be time to have a bit more of a go, and play an extra attacking player, even if that is just in midfield.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Liverpool v West Brom

Everyone now seems to be an expert on Liverpool's problems, and there seems to be a lot of them.

I'm hearing things like how Simon Mignolet is not playing well in goal, Dejan Lovren does not look great at centre-back, that the two Spanish full-backs are still settling in, and how Steven Gerrard seems to be playing a bit deep and his legs have apparently gone.

For me though, the reason for the Reds' poor form is more simple - Daniel Sturridge has been injured and Luis Suarez has left.

Between them, Sturridge and Suarez scored 52 of Liverpool's 101 Premier League goals last season. Take two players of that calibre out of the front end of your team and any side would struggle.

Yes, they have signed another striker in Mario Balotelli, but he is a completely different type of player to both Sturridge and Suarez and, without either of them, they cannot stretch teams.

At the moment Raheem Sterling is the only Liverpool player capable of doing that and he is not a prolific goalscorer, yet there seems to be a massive onus on him to start winning games for them.

Liverpool will be fine once they get Sturridge back, and there is a possibility that he could play a part this weekend despite not making the England squad because of his thigh injury.

West Brom arrive at Anfield in great form having won three on the trot and they will probably do what Aston Villa did when they won there in September, which is to defend in numbers and attack on the break.

I just feel, though, that this time Liverpool will win, especially if Sturridge is involved at some stage. This is a good game for them to find some form.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Sunderland v Stoke

Both of these teams suffer from a chronic lack of goals.

Stoke tend to shut up shop, especially on the road, but I cannot believe that will be their tactic at Stadium of Light - surely this has to be an away game they think they can win?

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet is under a bit of pressure because his side are yet to win, but I think his luck might change here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Swansea v Newcastle

There has been lots of speculation over the future of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew but the bottom line is that, to keep his job, Pardew needs to start winning matches soon.

Magpies owner Mike Ashley is very loyal but the point where that will change is if Newcastle find themselves in a relegation battle. That will hit Ashley financially, and that is the way he works.

Pardew has come across as being really dignified considering the amount of pressure he is under - when your travelling fans turn up for games with placards calling for you to be sacked, you know you are in trouble.

A point might earn him some respite over the international break but he really needs a victory, and I cannot see him getting it on Saturday. Swansea will be very difficult to break down.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Time to let Newcastle off the leash?
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has played with one up front for most of this season and I think that, just as with fellow strugglers Burnley, it is time for him to try something different.
The worst that could happen is that they lose and he loses his job but his side are being beaten anyway, so why not go for it?


Aston Villa v Man City (17:30 BST)

Aston Villa made a really good start to the season but they have come unhinged a bit with a tough run of fixtures.

They beat Liverpool at Anfield but now face the champions after losing to Arsenal and Chelsea.
Christian Benteke is back in the Villa squad after his long-term injury which will be a big boost and Villa know they beat City here at a similar stage of last season.

But, that day, they relied heavily on City shooting themselves in the foot after having all the possession and most of the chances, and they will need something similar to happen again to get the same outcome.

I am backing City to win and put the disappointment of Wednesday's Champions League draw with Roma behind them.

They need to keep chipping away and picking up Premier League points too, otherwise Chelsea will get away from them at the top of the table.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

SUNDAY

Man Utd v Everton (12:00 BST)

Everton were fortunate to get a point right at the end of last weekend's Merseyside derby, Liverpool were the better side so it was a great result for them.

The Toffees have a tough schedule at the moment, though. They went halfway around the world to play Russian side FK Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday and the last thing they need after that far-flung fixture is a midday kick-off on Sunday, let alone at Old Trafford.

Manchester United, of course, do not have any European football to worry about this season and, after having the week off, they will be lying in wait for Everton.

Everton's defence was much improved at Anfield after a poor start to the season and they will need to be just as solid to keep United out.

That is a big ask. United still have defensive concerns but, even with Wayne Rooney suspended, they still have some amazing talent to pick from up front.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Chelsea v Arsenal (14:05 BST)

Both of these sides had very good results in the Champions League in midweek, with Chelsea beating Sporting in Portugal and Arsenal thrashing Galatasaray at Emirates Stadium.

The quality of Arsenal's goals in that game stood out for me and, if they can thread more passes like that through for Danny Welbeck on Sunday, it will certainly give Chelsea something to think about.

But what helped the Gunners so much on Wednesday was that Galatasaray were so poor defensively - you just know Chelsea will give nothing away in that department.

In fact, this Chelsea team has got everything you need to win a title - there are not too many other individuals that would seriously improve them.

From their goalkeeper through to defence, midfield and attack, Chelsea are better than Arsenal in every department.

The best that Arsenal can hope for is probably a point, but I am not sure how they are going to get it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tottenham v Southampton (14:05 BST)

Tottenham picked up a decent point against Arsenal last weekend but that does not change the fact they still look short of goals.

Whether it be Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado or Harry Kane, Spurs just do not have a striker who I think will score week in, week out.

Southampton, meanwhile, have made a very, very good start under Ronald Koeman.

They deserve to be second in the table too, because they have played well and clearly have quality right through their team.

On form, they are favourites on Sunday, but I have a feeling that Spurs will find a way of winning, just like they found a way of getting a draw against the Gunners.

It is one thing going to Emirates Stadium, defending well and getting a point - now Mauricio Pochettino needs a convincing home win against his old side.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

West Ham v QPR (16:15 BST)

I called QPR flaky last week and I am still not convinced by them, although Charlie Austin did score a lovely goal in their defeat by Southampton.

I just don't think QPR have got enough quality in any area of the pitch. I thought their manager Harry Redknapp would sort that out over the summer because of his vast experience, record of picking up players in the transfer market and his ability to get his teams playing in a certain way.

So far, though, their season has been the antithesis of that for me.

On occasions, QPR have not even looked ordinary - they have looked poor. And despite having some good individuals, they just don't look like a team. They are searching for an identity at the moment.

West Ham, in contrast, have impressed me. They look a completely different animal to last season when they were one of the teams struggling to create chances and score goals.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
7 Name: Anonymous : 2014-10-13 18:23
meh!
8 Name: 606 : 2014-10-18 14:30
Man City v Tottenham (12:45 BST)

The way the Euro 2016 qualifiers are now staggered means that clubs get some of their players back so much earlier.

That is not the case for South American players, but even Manchester City's Argentina trio Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis should have been able to train for a couple of days after getting back from China and Hong Kong.

Manchester City will be looking to pick up where they left off before the international break, with two away wins that got them back on track.
Tottenham also signed off with a good win to end a tricky run - beating Southampton - but they are still lacking goals and I do not see that situation improving at Etihad Stadium.

It will not be as one-sided or open as both meetings between these sides were last season, when City won 6-0 at home and 5-1 away, but if they work hard enough then I still think Manuel Pellegrini's side will take the three points.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Arsenal v Hull

I am not 100% sure who Arsenal will have available - Aaron Ramsey is still out and Mesut Ozil is definitely injured but Laurent Koscielny and Mikel Arteta could be fit.

Whoever the Gunners have or have not got to choose from, I think they have got enough to beat Hull. They have enough midfield and forward players to cope, even without Ramsey and Ozil.

Hull badly needed their win over Crystal Palace to stop the rot, following a run of five league games without a win.

The Tigers pushed Arsenal all the way in last season's FA Cup final, losing 3-2 in extra-time after going 2-0 up early on, but I don't think they can expect to get anything out of their return to north London.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Burnley v West Ham

West Ham underlined their recent improvement with a win over QPR before the international break.

What a difference a few months and a few new players have made for their manager Sam Allardyce, who seemed to be on the verge of getting sacked for most of last season.
The biggest change between then and now is that they currently carry a threat, especially away from home, and I do not see them getting dragged into a relegation battle again.

Sadly for Burnley, the same cannot be said for them. Two months into the season, their shortcomings are already clear.

At least they are sticking at it, as they showed with their last-gasp equaliser against Leicester which cost me a perfect 10/10 in last week's predictions.

The Clarets have got plenty of spirit but they will need more than that.

They are getting to the stage where they are desperate for a first victory, not just for the three points but more so to prove to themselves that they can win in this division. I don't think it will happen for them this weekend.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Crystal Palace v Chelsea

Chelsea's title bid began to come unstuck at Selhurst Park at the end of last season, when Crystal Palace clinched a fully-deserved victory as part of the good run that took them clear of relegation.

The Blues have come on quite a bit since then, however, and even if they are not firing on all cylinders going forward, they will always be a tough nut to crack defensively.

Palace will set a high-tempo and go at Chelsea, but I think Jose Mourinho's men will cope with that. To be honest, I think this is a Chelsea team that can cope with pretty much anything.

They can play neat football, but they can also fight when they have to and, when you put them under pressure, they will not crack.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Everton v Aston Villa

Aston Villa made a really good start but have lost their last three games, although in fairness they were up against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

What will help Villa is that Christian Benteke is further along the road to full fitness after featuring for half an hour against City at the start of the month.

Everton also need their main striker, Romelu Lukaku. back to his best soon, because he has not looked anywhere near that of late.

Defensively, the Toffees have issues too - they have made lots of individual and collective mistakes, and the absence of John Stones because of injury is a blow.

A lot will depend on how many minutes Benteke plays, and how sharp he is at this stage of his comeback after a long lay-off.

But this game might just be a good one for Everton to get back on track after five without a win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Newcastle v Leicester

Along with Burnley, Newcastle are one of only two teams waiting for their first Premier League win of the season.

The Magpies have only picked up two points from their last three games but the key for me was that they did so by fighting back to draw from 2-0 down on each occasion.

Also encouraging for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is that Papiss Cisse is getting fitter and is back in the goals, scoring four times from the bench in the same period.

Leicester will not lie down and we know they do not make it easy for teams.

Their pace will cause Pardew's side problems, but I think he will get that elusive first win this weekend, and it might be another manager's turn to be under pressure.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Southampton v Sunderland

Southampton did not reach their usual high standards when they lost to Tottenham last time out.

It was still a close enough game but, in terms of creating chances, it was probably the worst that Saints have played all season.

Sunderland, meanwhile, picked up their first league win of the season against Stoke and saw two of their strikers - Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher get on the scoresheet.

That was a big boost for a Black Cats team that has been badly short of goals and the challenge now for manager Gus Poyet is to get other members of his team chipping in on a regular basis, because neither Wickham or Fletcher are 15-20 goals a season men.

He also needs to keep both front-men firing, but I am not sure either striker will find it so easy on Saturday.

Southampton are hard to break down and I think both sides will have to settle for a point.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

SUNDAY

QPR v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

I look at QPR and they do not seem to have progressed since their promotion. They undoubtedly have players with ability in their squad but they are lacking spirit and belief and their results are reflecting that.

At the moment they look short in every area, particularly at the back where they have a soft centre and up front, where there seems to be too much onus on Charlie Austin to lead the line.

Austin has made incredible progress bearing in mind he was still playing in non-league football five years ago but this is his first season in the top flight and expecting him to score the goals to keep them up is putting him under a huge amount of pressure.

Daniel Sturridge will be back for Liverpool after his injury and I am expecting him to make a big difference.

His pace and runs will stretch teams - yes, Liverpool also have someone just as fast in Raheem Sterling, but he does not sit on the shoulder of the opposition centre-back like Sturridge does.

Mario Balotelli gives Liverpool something different in attack but when he plays up front on his own, it takes the pace out of the top end of the team which is why Brendan Rodgers' side have struggled to open up opponents with their passing from deep.

That is how Sturridge will change things on Sunday. And while he will be a real handful for QPR's defence, at the other end, I do not see Harry Redknapp's side causing Liverpool many problems.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Stoke v Swansea (16:00 BST)

By Stoke manager Mark Hughes's own admission, the Potters deserved nothing from their defeat by Sunderland last time out. They did not really compete, which is most unlike them.

Hughes will be expecting a vast improvement but it won't be straightforward because his side's home form has been patchy at best so far this season.

I think this game will be very close, but I am backing Stoke to edge it. Even so, there is nothing to worry about for Swansea.

For me, both of these sides will end up near the top of the bottom half of the table. I have not seen anything from either of them so far to suggest they can aim much higher than that.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

West Brom v Man Utd (20:00 BST)

West Brom had a go at Liverpool at Anfield without ever looking as though they were going to pinch a point.

I am sure they will take the same approach against Manchester United, hoping for a more positive outcome, and after last season United already know just how dangerous Saido Berahino is up front for the Baggies.

This will be a test for United, but I would expect Louis van Gaal's side to show some improvement at the back and be able to cope with it.

During the international break Van Gaal will have had the chance to take a step back and look at some of United's games and performances in his first few months in charge and work out where to go from here in terms of tactics and formations.

Looking at United, my seven-game summary of their prospects from what I have seen so far is that they will beat most of the teams in the Premier League, but not the top teams.

We will find that out for sure soon enough, because United play Chelsea and Manchester City in the next few weeks.

Even if I am right, and United fall short in those big games, Van Gaal probably thinks that his side are still good enough to finish fourth because the other teams going for that spot will also drop plenty of points.

Lawro's prediction: 1-3
9 Name: 606 : 2014-10-25 18:46
Swansea v Leicester (17:30 BST)

There's been an element of hard luck about Swansea's recent form but, after winning their first three league games of the season, the upshot is that they have now gone five without a victory.
The Swans do not seem able to see out a victory - they led against Newcastle and Stoke but only picked up one point for those two games.

But Leicester have hit a sticky patch since their big win over Manchester United last month, and the goals have dried up for Leonardo Ulloa after his good start to the campaign.
So I think Swansea will get back on track here but, to do so, they will need more of a cutting edge to go with their nice, attractive football.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Sunday:

Burnley v Everton (13:30 GMT)

Everton's Europa League trip to Lille on Thursday will favour Burnley, who will have done nothing all week but prepare for this game.

The Clarets need all the help they can get as they chase their first Premier League win of the season but I think their wait will go on.

They are nearly a quarter of the way through the season now and I am afraid things do not look good.

Historically, you expect newly-promoted teams to play above themselves in the first few games of the season and pick up results which flatter them but that has not happened for Sean Dyche's side.

That gives you a real indication of how badly they are struggling, and I think they will be happy if they can restrict Everton to a point, no matter how tired the Toffees are from their European trip.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Tottenham v Newcastle (13:30 GMT)

At times, when Tottenham were going forward against Manchester City on Saturday, they looked really dangerous.

But, whether it is Roberto Soldado or Emmanuel Adebayor up front, goals are still a problem for Spurs and, defensively, they were awful - it was so easy for City to play through them.

Newcastle are not on a bad run of form after a win and two draws in their last four league games - especially when you consider the way they started the season.

Even so, can I really tip the Magpies to win at White Hart Lane? I'm going to say no.

Tottenham are a work in progress and something seems to go wrong for them every week, but Newcastle still have their own problems and I think a point apiece is the most likely outcome.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Man Utd v Chelsea (16:00 GMT)

This is Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's first game against a really top team and, with Manchester City and Arsenal also on the horizon, he has got a few more coming up very quickly.

United's defence is still a big worry, and the way they conceded their second goal against West Brom on Monday was frightening.

They were all over the shop and I am just not convinced by Rafael at right-back who seems to be at fault for a lot of their goals.

If it was not for their goalkeeper David de Gea, United probably would not have come away from The Hawthorns with anything, which does not bode well for the visit of Chelsea.

I think United will go for it against the Blues - they have to - but as good as they are going forward, a team like Chelsea will just pick them off.

Lawro's prediction: 0-1

MONDAY

QPR v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)

I had to laugh at Harry Redknapp's spat with Adel Taarabt this week. I put it down to frustration from Redknapp because his QPR side had enough chances to win two games against Liverpool last time out, before losing in stoppage time.

A lot was rightly made about the impact Bobby Zamora made against the Reds on his first Premier League start of the season but Loftus Road is a small pitch that really suits him and I am not sure he will be as effective away from home.

QPR need to keep him fit for starters, but he does not have the same impact when there are wide open spaces.

Sunday was easily QPR's best performance of the season but they still have lot of improving to do - that was the first time this season they had looked like a top-flight team. In all their other games, they have looked more like a Championship outfit.

So Redknapp has something to build on, but the next few weeks are going to be a real test for his team because Chelsea and Manchester City are their next opponents after Aston Villa.

QPR are in a situation where they already need wins, but I cannot see them getting one against Villa.

Villa were rolled over far too easily by Everton in their last game, and they are on a run of four straight defeats, but three of those games were against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal and I think they will find QPR easier opposition.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
10 Name: 606 : 2014-11-01 00:23
Newcastle v Liverpool (12:45 GMT)

Newcastle are a team in form and, all of a sudden, Magpies boss Alan Pardew apparently knows what he is doing again.

It seems to happen every few months - a manager who is supposedly about to get sacked wins three games in a row like Pardew has done and he is a genius.
11 Name: 606 : 2014-11-21 15:21
SATURDAY 11/22/2014

Chelsea v West Brom

Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas didn't play for Spain against Germany on Tuesday because of hamstring problems and I am not sure if they will be fit for Chelsea on Saturday.

Whether they feature will not make much difference to the outcome against West Brom, though.
12 Name: 606 : 2014-11-21 15:33
Chelsea v West Brom

Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas didn't play for Spain against Germany on Tuesday because of hamstring problems and I am not sure if they will be fit for Chelsea on Saturday.

Whether they feature will not make much difference to the outcome against West Brom, though.

The Baggies are no pushovers but Chelsea are on a different level at the moment and I think they will just keep rolling on.

This is the Blues' first home game since their manager Jose Mourinho criticised the atmosphere in Stamford Bridge after their game with QPR.

It is no worse than at the other top team - there is an expectancy from fans who know they have a very good side so, if they are not 4-0 up within 25 minutes, they want to know what's wrong.

That is life at a big club. It was the same at Anfield in the 1980s when I was playing for Liverpool. As a manager or player, you have to deal with it.

But I think Mourinho will get what he wants at the weekend, and the fans will make a bit of noise for him.
He is very clever like that - the other thing I noticed was that he complained after his side had won, which is always a good move.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
13 Name: 606 : 2014-11-21 15:34
Everton v West Ham

Both of these teams have not lost for a while - Everton for four Premier League games and West Ham for five.

I went to watch Everton draw at Sunderland before the international break and the Toffees were the only team trying to play - they will definitely have the same approach at home, where their form has not been great this season.

West Ham will not sit back either, and the Hammers' attacking players are dangerous, but I am still going for an Everton home win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
14 Name: 606 : 2014-11-21 15:36
Leicester v Sunderland

Sunderland will definitely see this as a chance to continue their good little run after taking four points from their last two games.

Leicester are at the bottom of the form table, having taken just one point from their last six matches, and that was against Burnley.

Since beating Manchester United to go seventh on 21 September, they have only scored two goals - both against the Clarets.

The Foxes have not quite fallen apart but they are clearly struggling now.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
15 Name: 606 : 2014-11-21 15:39
Man City v Swansea

Nothing less than two wins will do for Manchester City from their next two games - first against Swansea and then Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

It is important that Manuel Pellegrini starts by picking his best team against Swansea to get the points in the bag, then works out how to beat Bayern.

Yaya Toure will surely play for 90 minutes on Saturday because he is banned in Europe after his stupid red card against CSKA, and Pellegrini should tell him that he owes his team-mates, big-style.

Swansea will punish any defensive uncertainty by Manchester City, with Vincent Kompany still sidelined, but I can see Pellegrini's side winning comfortably.

I can actually see them beating Bayern too, because the German side are already through to the last 16 as group winners.

Lawro's prediction: 4-0
16 Name: 606 : 2014-11-21 15:40
Newcastle v QPR

This looks like the perfect chance for Newcastle to extend their five-game winning run against a QPR side that does not travel well at all.

QPR have undoubtedly become more competitive of late, but Bobby Zamora is not so effective away from the tight pitch at Loftus Road.

I cannot see Harry Redknapp's side creating as many chances as they did in their draw with Manchester City last time out, and they will stay stuck in the bottom three for at least another week.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
17 Name: 606 : 2014-11-21 15:40
Stoke v Burnley

Burnley finally got the win they were waiting for when they beat Hull before the international break.

That victory was fully deserved and will have brought massive relief but following that up with another three points at the Britannia Stadium will be a very different, and far more difficult, task.

Stoke's home form has not been great but they will be full of confidence after their win at Tottenham in their last game.

The Clarets have a long fight against relegation to look forward to, but I see Stoke staying where they are - which is in the top half of the table - for the rest of the season.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
18 Name: 606 : 2014-11-27 20:35
SATURDAY 11/29/2014

West Brom v Arsenal (12:45 GMT)

Jack Wilshere's ankle problem is the latest injury set-back for Arsenal but, without him, they still managed to beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek.

Like the Gunners, West Brom have lost their last two Premier League games and the Baggies have been pretty average of late.

Arsenal lost at home to Manchester United last weekend but that game would have been a very different story if they had scored when they were on top - in the first 25 minutes they tore United to pieces.

The Gunners could have been 3-0 up by half-time - and their manager Arsene Wenger would have been seen as a genius.

Instead they ended up being beaten, and Wenger is viewed as a dunce.

The top four is still very much in the Gunners' reach, though. Even with their injuries, they definitely have the personnel to win games like this one.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Lawro on... will Arsenal stick with Wenger?
"The 'should Wenger stay or go' debate rages on which is a little bit hard to understand - they have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League for a 15th straight season which, as Liverpool and Manchester City are finding out, is not an easy task.
"Arsenal are not going to win the Premier League but only one team is - Chelsea. I know Arsenal fans want them to be much closer to winning the title than they are but I think, as far as Wenger's future goes, they need to be careful what they wish for."
19 Name: 606 : 2014-11-27 20:35
Burnley v Aston Villa

All of a sudden, Burnley look like a different side. Danny Ings has started scoring and they follow this match with another home game against Newcastle on Tuesday.

From it seeming like the Clarets would never win a game, they will be looking at these fixtures and thinking they can keep on picking up points.

Aston Villa are still without the suspended Christian Benteke and still finding goals very hard to come by, so I am backing Burnley to keep rolling on.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
20 Name: 606 : 2014-11-27 20:38
Liverpool v Stoke

I was in Bulgaria to watch Liverpool's draw with Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday for BBC Radio 5 live and no part of their team is playing well at present.

Consequently, in goal, defence, midfield and attack they look extremely short on confidence.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers keeps changing the team to try to find a winning formula, but it has not worked. Daniel Sturridge's continuing absence through injury remains a major problem.

Rodgers' team against Ludogorets was probably the most defensive-minded of his time in charge of Liverpool and he was right to abandon his attacking principles.

Yes, the Reds should have won that game but they still got a point and that might just give them a base to work from, which is something they badly need at the moment.

What Rodgers needs to do now is to decide on his best team and stick with it, because until he does that it suggests he does not know what it is.

Stoke are having a strange old season, and seem to be better on the road than they are at home which is a reversal of their usual form. I just have a feeling that Liverpool might scrape a win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Lawro on... will Liverpool stick with Rodgers?
"I don't think there's any doubt about that.
"It's got even more knee-jerk. You lose a game, you're an idiot, you win and you're an absolute hero. I don't think there's any great clamour from the owners to get rid of him. This is his time, when you're not winning games, for him to show what he can do as a manager.
"I think the time to judge Liverpool will be when they have Daniel Sturridge back and he has been back for six to 10 matches."
21 Name: 606 : 2014-11-27 20:41
Man Utd v Hull

Hull are on an awful run at the moment that has seen them suffer three straight defeats, and win only one of their last 10 league games.

Their game against Tottenham last weekend was a good example of how the Tigers have been getting themselves in good positions only for it to all go against them.

I rate Hull boss Steve Bruce very highly and he will turn things round, but it won't happen at Old Trafford.

For starters, Bruce has a terrible record as a manager against the club he played for - he has not managed a single win against United in 20 attempts, and only four draws.

Last weekend's victory over Arsenal will be a massive boost for United. They rode their luck at times but they got the win, which is what matters, and they should find things a lot more straightforward on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
22 Name: 606 : 2014-11-27 20:42
QPR v Leicester

We are almost a third of the way through the new season and, if you were writing a report on how both of these promoted teams have done so far, you would use one word - struggling.

QPR are having to use striker Bobby Zamora sparingly because of his hip injury but I presume they will be able to team him up with Charlie Austin on Saturday, and they look a much better team when they are both up front.

Leicester, meanwhile, have not scored in five of their last six games and they must be looking at how they can add to their squad when the transfer window opens in January. The Foxes look short at the moment - especially up front.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
23 Name: 606 : 2014-11-27 20:43
Swansea v Crystal Palace

Swansea lost at Manchester City last weekend but did well in defeat and they are ticking away nicely in the top half of the table.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, had an excellent win over Liverpool, which was even more important because the Eagles had only taken one point from their previous five games.

I would back Palace to get something in Wales too, because they will be full of confidence.

Palace are always going to be competitive with Neil Warnock in charge but, as we saw against the Reds, they need their wide players - Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon - in form to cause other teams real problems.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
24 Name: 606 : 2014-11-27 20:44
West Ham v Newcastle

The Hammers were the team in form a few weeks ago but their wins have dried up, and it is Newcastle who are on a hot streak now.

Five wins in a row have seen Newcastle surge into fifth, one spot above West Ham, but I see both teams ending up nearer mid-table than where they are right now.

This is an interesting one for both managers, with West Ham boss Sam Allardyce and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew both up against their former clubs - a point apiece will probably keep them both happy.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
25 Name: 606 : 2014-11-27 20:45
Sunderland v Chelsea (17:30 GMT)

I was at Stadium of Light to watch Sunderland's home draw with Everton before the international break, and I would expect the Black Cats to repeat their approach from that game - which was to stay in position, keep players behind the ball and make themselves difficult to break down.

I cannot see it working against Chelsea, though.

They are not only the best team in the Premier League, they are the strongest side mentally too and they always have a great attitude in their away games.

Even if the Blues play poorly on Saturday, I would expect them to win.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
26 Name: 606 : 2014-11-27 20:52
Southampton v Man City (13:30 GMT)

Southampton are not just strong defensively, they have got lots of creativity too and a goal threat in the shape of Graziano Pelle.

Saints have been the surprise success story of the season but Sunday is their first big test of the campaign.

As bizarre a game as Manchester City's win over Bayern Munich was on Tuesday night, it is the sort of result which will give everybody at the club a massive lift after everybody had written them off.

People will say how lucky City were, but I was in Munich in their first group game when they lost out to a very late goal.

Bayern went on to walk away with the group but that was a huge win, even for them.
Tuesday's victory will have the same effect on City - their belief will have come flooding back.

I see them going on a bit of a run now and I think they will go to St Mary's and win.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
27 Name: 606 : 2014-11-27 20:53
Tottenham v Everton (16:00 GMT)

Both of these sides have had Europa League ties this week, and they do not have a great record in their domestic matches to follow those fixtures this season.

Everton look in better shape, however, after stringing together a five-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.

Tottenham, meanwhile, still look like a team that has just got together in pre-season and there is not much of a pattern to their play.

when the Tigers went down to 10 men.

They have struggled at home under Mauricio Pochettino and, although I don't think they will lose again at White Hart Lane, I cannot see them winning either.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Lawro on... will Everton make the top four?
"Fourth spot in the Premier League - and Champions League qualification - is seriously up for grabs this season and if Everton can keep their key players fit then I think they have got a real chance of getting it. They just need to keep up the bit of momentum they have built up in recent weeks."
28 Name: 606 : 2014-12-02 21:16
All kick-offs 19:45 GMT unless otherwise stated.

TUESDAY 12/02/2014

Burnley v Newcastle

Burnley have now gone three-games unbeaten after Saturday's draw with Aston Villa and they could easily have made it three wins in a row because Danny Ings hit the post after scoring their equaliser from the spot.

At the moment Ings is going through a spell where the ball is falling for him in the box and he will be full of confidence.

He is a really good finisher anyway, so this sort of form is a massive boost for the Clarets, who are back in the pack after looking like they might get cut adrift.
Newcastle saw their five-game winning run ended in their defeat by West Ham on Saturday and the question is how will they respond to that?

It seems to be a case of triumph or tragedy for Magpies boss Alan Pardew at the moment, after he followed up their dreadful start with that burst of form, and the bad news for him is their next few fixtures do not look very easy.

If results go against him in those matches then Pardew could almost find himself back to square one and back under pressure from Magpies fans again.
Lawro's prediction: 2-1
29 Name: 606 : 2014-12-02 21:17
Leicester v Liverpool

Liverpool seem to be heading in the right direction after following up their draw in Sofia with a win over Stoke but Steven Gerrard's contract issue looks like it will rumble on and they cannot let that be a distraction.

Leicester ended their 504-minute goal drought in their 3-2 defeat by QPR on Saturday but, for every step forward, they seem to take two back - and they have now gone eight games without a win.

Foxes boss Nigel Pearson is the latest Premier League manager to find the world and his wife are talking about his job prospects.

But he just needs to keep going, because things can change very quickly and even one win would see the Foxes climb off the bottom and a few places up the table.
I don't see them getting it on Tuesday, though.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
30 Name: 606 : 2014-12-02 21:18
Man Utd v Stoke

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is on a really good run, with three straight wins since losing the Manchester derby.

Having Michael Carrick back fit is a big help because of his calming influence in midfield and, the more games he plays, the stronger he will get.

Stoke, who were a little bit unfortunate not to get a point at Anfield on Saturday, have already won in Manchester this season, thanks to their shock victory over Manchester City in August.

But United's form makes a repeat of that result a very big ask.

Going forward, United look extremely strong and I don't think Stoke will have the defensive strength to resist - or the attacking threat to hurt them at the other end.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
31 Name: 606 : 2014-12-02 21:21
Swansea v QPR

It shows how far Swansea have come since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2011 that a home draw with Crystal Palace is looked upon as a poor result, as it was viewed on Saturday.

Garry Monk's side are still inconsistent but they are still in the top half of the table and they will never be in danger of relegation while they have got Wilfried Bony up front.

QPR also have a useful striker in Charlie Austin but they need to score a lot of goals because they look so open at the back, even when they play in a 4-5-1 formation
.
They are still in the bottom three after beating Leicester but it is so close down there that, even if they lose in Wales, they can still climb the table very quickly with a couple of wins.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
32 Name: 606 : 2014-12-02 21:22
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)

Normally you would say that a couple of wins can shoot a struggling team up the table but it is so tight in the bottom half that one win would do the trick now.

That is particularly relevant for these teams, and this game is especially important because whoever loses is going to give three points to one of their rivals in the fight for survival.

The pressure keeps building on Villa boss Paul Lambert as his side's winless run continues - it is now up to nine games, although they have drawn their last three matches.

But Christian Benteke is back from his ban and even getting him back on the pitch will make a huge difference to Villa.

Getting Benteke minutes is important at the moment because, once he gets lots of minutes, he will get lots of goals.

Palace got a great win over Liverpool and a really good draw at Swansea so you would expect them to beat Villa. The Premier League does not work like that, though.

Scoring has been Villa's biggest problem, and otherwise they have not been playing too badly.
So, because Benteke is back, I am going to ignore recent form and back them to finally get a win.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
33 Name: 606 : 2014-12-02 21:23
West Brom v West Ham (20:00 GMT)

West Brom have lost their last three games and not scored in any of them. Their home form is poor, with one win in seven games at The Hawthorns this season, but their lack of goals concerns me more.

These are worrying times for Baggies head coach Alan Irvine, especially if you remember that it is coming up to exactly a year since West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace sacked Steve Clarke after a run of four straight defeats.

Irvine's biggest problem has been up front. He relies massively on Saido Berahino, who did not score in four league games in November, and the strikers he brought in over the summer - including Brown Ideye for a club-record £10m - have not done the business.

Ideye was a gamble and Irvine has to hope he is a slow burner, and that he will come good. At the moment, he is struggling to even make the Baggies squad
I am not sure who will be fit to play up front for the Hammers, who were without Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia against Newcastle last time out.

But their win over the Magpies said a lot about how strong they are at the moment - it was a poor game with not many chances but they very rarely looked in trouble.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
34 Name: 606 : 2014-12-02 21:24
WEDNESDAY 12/03/2014

Arsenal v Southampton

This is the next test in a run of big games for Southampton after they were kept at arm's length by Manchester City, who beat them quite easily at St Mary's on Sunday.

Saints have taken one point from the last two games and people are asking if their bubble has burst, but I don't think that is necessarily the case.

It is just they came up against a very good side in City, and this game and the one against Manchester United on 8 December will probably give us a better idea of where Ronald Koeman's side will finish in the table.

What happened against City could still affect Saints, though, and I will be very interested to see whether they play against Arsenal with the same freedom they did earlier in the season.

As for the Gunners, I said on MOTD2 on Sunday that I just think it is ridiculous that Arsene Wenger is under pressure.

I think some of the fans who say they want him out just want a new face for the sake of it after his 18 years in charge.

In any walk of life, change has to happen for the right reasons. At the moment, getting rid off Wenger would be a very poor decision.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
35 Name: 606 : 2014-12-02 21:24
Chelsea v Tottenham

Tottenham have not won at Stamford Bridge in 27 attempts since February 1990, and I cannot see them changing that dreadful record after watching them against Everton on Sunday.

Yes, Spurs won the game but they look like a collection of individuals and every department of the team looks disjointed.

Chelsea will be frustrated after Sunderland stopped them playing in their 0-0 draw on Saturday evening.

But I do not see Tottenham as being capable of doing the same thing - and I expect their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to be a very busy man on Wednesday night.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
36 Name: 606 : 2014-12-02 21:24
Everton v Hull

Hull have lost their last four games but I would expect them to go to Goodison Park and scrap - the biggest surprise for me about the Tigers' 3-0 defeat by Manchester United on Saturday was that they did not put up much of a fight.

I like the way Everton play, and encourage all of their players to get on the ball but I think that, with Romelu Lukaku in the side, they might be better off going long occasionally.

When the build-up is slow, it can be difficult to get the ball in to him. On a quick attack, you have more chance of getting him in space and running at a defence, which is where he is at his best.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
37 Name: 606 : 2014-12-02 21:25
Sunderland v Man City

Sunderland will probably try to do to Manchester City what they did to Chelsea at the weekend, when they defended brilliantly to earn a 0-0 draw.

Gus Poyet's side have got previous in this fixture - they have won it 1-0 in the last four seasons - but the Black Cats will not win 1-0 this time.

City swatted Southampton aside at the weekend and, even if Vincent Kompany misses out, I think they will have enough about them to take the three points.

The way Sergio Aguero is playing up front at the moment, he could probably play centre-back instead of Kompany and still be City's best player.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
38 Name: 606 : 2014-12-05 22:32
SATURDAY 12/06/2014

Newcastle v Chelsea (12:45 GMT)

I watched Newcastle draw with Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday night and they were two very different teams in each half.

The Magpies showed very little ambition before the break but finished the game very strongly and probably felt they deserved more than a point.

We know how difficult it is to stop the Chelsea machine, and I don't think Newcastle have got the type of players to do what Sunderland did in their 0-0 draw with the Blues last weekend.

So Newcastle are better off staying on the attack, but I cannot see them getting anything on Saturday, no matter how they set up.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
39 Name: 606 : 2014-12-05 22:33
Hull v West Brom

Hull have been on a bad run but I have seen that happen with Steve Bruce's teams before and he always turns things round in the end.

The Tigers picked up a great point against Everton on Wednesday and this looks like a good game for them to get back to winning ways.
West Brom are also in poor form - they have now lost four in a row and goals remain in short supply.

Baggies boss Alan Irvine remains under pressure and this could be a crucial spell for him with fellow strugglers Aston Villa (h) and QPR (a) next up after the Tigers.

What might help him is what happened at The Hawthorns last season. Changing the manager did not make much difference to the Baggies' form then.

Surely West Brom's chairman Jeremy Peace looks back at his sacking of Steve Clarke in December last year and thinks "that was rather hasty".

So rather than getting rid of Irvine and getting someone else in, maybe Peace will do something differently and go and ask Irvine what he can do to
help him.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
40 Name: 606 : 2014-12-05 22:34
Liverpool v Sunderland

Liverpool's results have started to pick up and maybe Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was right when he said their Champions League draw in Sofia on 26 November was a crossroads moment.

All of a sudden, the Liverpool players look like they have got some of their confidence back.

Sunderland, generally, are difficult to beat but don't cause opponents enough problems and that will be the case at Anfield too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
41 Name: 606 : 2014-12-05 22:35
QPR v Burnley

Having watched Burnley's performance in their draw with Newcastle on Tuesday, there is absolutely no doubting their commitment, application and attitude.

All their players play for each other, but they just lack quality.

QPR have their own problems, but they create plenty of chances at home and it is their form at Loftus Road that is most likely to keep them up.

With Charlie Austin in the team, QPR have got goals in them and he will be desperate to score against his former club.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
42 Name: 606 : 2014-12-05 22:37
Stoke v Arsenal

Stoke have gone to Anfield and Old Trafford in the past week, given Liverpool and Manchester United a run for their money - and come away with the square root of nothing.

I think the Potters can pick up a positive result against Arsenal though. The Gunners huffed and puffed before beating Southampton with a late goal on Wednesday and they did not play with the fluency I would expect.

Arsenal have made a habit of scoring vital late goals, which all together have earned them six extra points this season.

That is not down to luck, and it is something to be proud of - generally, the best teams do score late because they wear the opposition down physically and mentally.

It also shows that Arsenal have players who can come off the bench and make a difference, as Olivier Giroud did in the second-half against Southampton.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
43 Name: 606 : 2014-12-05 22:38
Tottenham v Crystal Palace

I look at Tottenham's team and they are faceless. I don't identify anybody with that side and, at the start of December, manager Mauricio Pochettino is still searching for his best XI.

They should be fine at home against Palace, who beat Liverpool and drew at Swansea but had a really poor result in midweek, losing at home to Aston Villa.

But Spurs aspire to be a top-four team and, when you see how they got on against Chelsea on Wednesday, you see how far away from that they actually are.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
44 Name: 606 : 2014-12-05 22:39
Man City v Everton (17:30 GMT)

Manchester City are in such a good run of form - their Champions League victory over Bayern Munich lifted the whole club and that has been followed up by really good displays and really good away wins over Southampton and Sunderland.

Everton are not in such great shape and they were booed off the pitch after their home draw with Hull on Wednesday.

The Toffees still have the ability to make this a tight game, but City should have too much for them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
45 Name: 606 : 2014-12-05 22:40
SUNDAY 12/07/2014

West Ham v Swansea (13:30 GMT)

Both of these teams have proved me wrong this season - something you can see if you check out where they are in my league table at the bottom of this page.

I keep thinking Swansea might go on a bit of an iffy spell but, each time, they pick up a win like they did against QPR in midweek.

I also thought West Ham would have buckled a bit by now, but they certainly haven't done that.

The Hammers have had injuries to some of their summer signings but they have a proper squad now.

They can call upon players like Andy Carroll, Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan as back-ups and they keep doing well.

I am going for a West Ham win here - Swansea don't seem to have the same cutting edge away from home, and they have won only one of their first six league games on the road this season.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
46 Name: 606 : 2014-12-05 22:40
Aston Villa v Leicester (16:00 GMT)

Aston Villa got a big result at Crystal Palace on Tuesday to end their nine-game winless run and, with Christian Benteke back and scoring again, it looks ominous for Leicester.

I think their good run will continue here. Leicester do not lack effort but they do not have enough quality in their team.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
47 Name: 606 : 2014-12-05 22:41
MONDAY 12/08/2014

Southampton v Man Utd (20:00 GMT)

Manchester United have picked up some momentum but they give the opposition an awful lot of chances on the road and I think Southampton's bad run will end on Monday.

When I say 'bad run', I mean two defeats against two top teams in Manchester City and Arsenal, but those results are why I would say Saints boss Ronald Koeman will look at this game and aim to not get beaten.

Koeman's side were well beaten by City but they were competitive against the Gunners and it will be the same against United, especially because they are at St Mary's.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
48 Name: 606 : 2014-12-20 13:59
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.
SATURDAY

Man City v Crystal Palace (12:45 GMT)

Palace played well against Stoke last week but only got a point, and it was the same story in their previous fixture against Tottenham.

I think the Eagles will be very competitive again against Manchester City and it will be interesting to see how Manuel Pellegrini's side cope with the injuries that have left them without a recognised striker.

City are going well at the moment on the back of seven straight wins in all competitions but if they are going to extend that on Saturday, then they will have to do it the hard way.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0
49 Name: 606 : 2014-12-20 14:00
Aston Villa v Man Utd

Aston Villa's performance was better than their result in their 1-0 defeat by West Brom last week, which has not always been the case this season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United keep on winning, but the scoreline in their 3-0 victory over Liverpool was a little misleading.

Yes, United created chances and took their goals well but Liverpool should have had a draw for all the good opportunities they made.

I don't see Villa causing them the same sort of problems though.

Villa Park has been one of United's favourite grounds for some years now - they have not lost there in the Premier League in 18 visits since August 1995, and have won 12 of those games.

I see them collecting another three points on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
50 Name: 606 : 2014-12-20 14:01
Hull v Swansea

Swansea had their pockets picked right at the end of their game with Tottenham last week.

Spurs do that to me every time - it was 1-1 with a couple of minutes left and I thought I had picked the correct score and scoreline, but it was not to be!

I am not surprised Swans manager Garry Monk said afterwards that he did not know how his side did not win, let alone ended up losing 2-1, but that is the price they paid for not taking their chances.

Seeing Hull lose to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was much less of a shock but it is vital the Tigers return to winning ways this weekend.

They have slid to second bottom in the table after going nine games without a win and this is the first time that Steve Bruce has been under pressure since he took charge in the summer of 2012.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
51 Name: 606 : 2014-12-20 14:01
QPR v West Brom

QPR have lost eight out of eight on the road but they are a different proposition altogether at Loftus Road.

West Brom had a good win over Aston Villa last week but it is hard to see them leaving London with all three points.

I am going for a draw but, whatever happens on Saturday, nothing will really change for either team - they are going to be down near the wrong end of the table for the rest of the season.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
52 Name: 606 : 2014-12-20 14:02
Southampton v Everton

Southampton have now gone six games without a win but I do not think they have to worry about that run continuing for much longer.

Saints just need to get back to basics and do what they were doing at the start of the season - there is no need to panic and they have not suddenly become a bad team overnight.

Everton beat QPR on Monday but I still do not think they have really got going yet or are playing anywhere near their best.

The Toffees have not won a league game on the road since they beat Burnley at the end of October and I don't see that changing on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
53 Name: 606 : 2014-12-20 14:03
Tottenham v Burnley

Tottenham have had a good week with two wins already in the league and the Capital One Cup and I think they will make that three wins out of three.

I am still not convinced by them, especially at home, and the thing that sums up where they are at right now is that they could easily go out and lose their next three games too.

Burnley continued their improvement last week by beating Southampton and they have turned into a competitive Premier League team.

They have proved they are capable of getting positive results, which was not the case earlier in the campaign, but I don't see them getting one at White Hart Lane.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
54 Name: 606 : 2014-12-20 14:03
West Ham v Leicester

Leicester gave it a good go against Manchester City last time out and put in a decent performance without ever looking like they were going to get anything from that game.

I think it is going to be just as difficult for the Foxes on Saturday too. West Ham have such a mix of different strikers, and I think only Manchester United have more options than them up front at the moment.

All of the Hammers' attacking players have done well when they have been used this season and their manager Sam Allardyce has got the luxury of picking players to suit the opponents, and also of changing things around mid-match.

Allardyce has got players who can come off the bench and make a difference, which is a great thing for a manager. Sadly for Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, he is not in the same situation.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
55 Name: 606 : 2014-12-20 14:04
SUNDAY

Newcastle v Sunderland (13:30 GMT)

Newcastle are short of goalkeepers and have lost heavily in their last two games, but I don't think that will change Sunderland's approach.

I see them doing what they have done all season away from home, which is to dig in and not be drawn out of position.

I think the Black Cats' cautious approach will work, and they will leave with a point, although a sending off might change things and I am not sure whether all 22 players will last the 90 minutes.

There have been no red cards in each of the last three Tyne-Wear derbies, but there were four dismissals in their previous three meetings, and I am expecting things to get a bit tasty again.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
56 Name: 606 : 2014-12-20 14:05
Liverpool v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

In their last two games, against Manchester United and Bournemouth, Liverpool have moved the ball around quicker and also had some pace back in their attack with Raheem Sterling leading the line.

I think the higher tempo suits many of their players and worries the opposition a lot more, but it still has not made up for their defensive problems.

Arsenal got blown away by Liverpool at Anfield last season, but that was with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at their best and that will not happen again on Sunday.

I see this being much tighter, especially because these two sides are big rivals for the top four. United are the other team in the mix and it is three teams into two places for me.
If Arsenal win, they move eight points clear of Liverpool, which would be a big statement, while a Reds win would reduce the gap to just two points.

Basically it is a game Liverpool cannot afford to lose.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
57 Name: 606 : 2014-12-20 14:05
MONDAY

Stoke v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

Stoke beat Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium last season and they will have another good go at them this time too.

Chelsea are a better team than they were 12 months ago, though, and will not be rolled over as easily.

It will be interesting to see if Luis Filipe starts at left-back for Chelsea, because his strengths are going forward. I wonder if Cesar Azpilicueta gets the nod for this game.

But, whoever Blues boss Jose Mourinho picks, the rest of the Chelsea back four - John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic - will be able to deal with what Stoke throw at them regardless..

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
58 Name: 606 : 2014-12-26 15:29
Burnley v Liverpool

Burnley were beaten by Tottenham last time out but they put up a decent fight before losing out to a lovely goal.

There will be a great atmosphere at Turf Moor and it is a very different test for Liverpool compared to their last two games against Manchester United and Arsenal.

The Reds only picked up a total of one point from those two games but, despite their indifferent form, it feels as if there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has brought in a 3-4-3 formation that suits the players he has got, even though it has taken him an awfully long time to find it.

With Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho pressing, and Raheem Sterling playing through the middle, there is a nice balance to their team.

I just hope Rodgers does not make a raft of changes for their first game of the festive period. He does not want to risk losing this bit of momentum now.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
59 Name: 606 : 2014-12-26 15:31
Crystal Palace v Southampton

Southampton were missing a few players against Everton last weekend and still rolled them over. That was a big result for Saints and it arrested their slide.

Crystal Palace competed well early on against Manchester City, but ended up being well beaten.
I get the impression with Palace that, if they score first, they can give teams a decent game. If they concede first, it is a real problem to them.

I am pretty certain Eagles boss Neil Warnock will look to bring a few new players in when the January transfer window opens.

Warnock knows they are in a relegation fight and he also knows what they need to stay up. They are not under-achieving by being fourth bottom and, if they are still there at the end of the season, then it is happy days for them.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
60 Name: 606 : 2014-12-26 15:31
Everton v Stoke

Both of these sides have been very inconsistent this season - Stoke have not won back-to-back Premier League games, and Everton have only managed it once.

Stoke rarely seem to lose two league games in a row either but, after their defeat by Chelsea on Monday, I do not see them bouncing back this time.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
61 Name: 606 : 2014-12-26 15:32
Leicester v Tottenham

I could save a lot of time here and just say Tottenham will nick a 2-1 win in the last minute.

That was the story of their last away game against Swansea, just as it was against Hull and Aston Villa in the last couple of months too.

Leicester have lost nine of their last 10 league games and are in real danger of just slipping away.

They are five points adrift of safety and desperately need to arrest the slide they are on.

They should not look at Spurs and see anything to be scared of and, if they avoid making silly mistakes, they have a chance of picking up at least a point.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
62 Name: 606 : 2014-12-26 15:32
Man Utd v Newcastle

I thought Manchester United were quite disappointing in their draw with Aston Villa last time out, especially when you consider Louis van Gaal's side were on a six-game winning run and played against 10 men for the last 25 minutes after Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off.

But I never thought United were title contenders. They are Champions League material, but a top-four finish is as far as it goes for them this season.

I think they will beat Newcastle, though.

The Magpies have just come off a bad run of three defeats in a week. They conceded four goals in each of their first two losses and, although they were only beaten by a late Sunderland goal on Sunday, I felt the Black Cats made the better chances and played better football.

I am at Old Trafford for BBC Radio 5 live on Boxing Day, and I am expecting to see Newcastle get turned over.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
63 Name: 606 : 2014-12-26 15:34
Sunderland v Hull

Sunderland played extremely well in their Tyne-Wear derby win over Newcastle at the weekend. They played the opposition, while the Magpies played the occasion, and I think that was the difference.

The Black Cats made lots of chances too, which is not something they manage too often - and they probably fancy themselves to win this and go on a bit of a run.

Hull lost again, against Swansea, last time out and the second half of that game must have been really worrying for Tigers manager Steve Bruce.

Usually, he can rely on his teams to scrap, but there was no sign of that at all.

I would like to think that is down to a lack of confidence after going 10 games without a win. If it is, Bruce can turn that round and they will be OK, but they should be doing a lot better than they are.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
64 Name: 606 : 2014-12-26 15:35
Swansea v Aston Villa

Swansea are another team who seem to struggle to string a run of positive results together, at least since they started the season with three straight wins.

They still look capable of beating a lot of teams because they have got Wilfried Bony in the side, but the only worry there is that he could miss as many as six matches when he goes to the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast in January.

It was a bit of a mixed bag for Aston Villa over the weekend, with an unfortunate sending off for Gabriel Agbonlahor - since overturned - and a quality goal for Christian Benteke, but it added up to a decent draw for them against Manchester United.

Benteke's return to form means they have a little bit more about them at the moment, but I am backing Bony to win the battle of the two strikers on this occasion.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
65 Name: 606 : 2014-12-26 15:39
West Brom v Man City

West Brom worry me. To be 2-0 up at QPR and then throw it away shows that, mentally, there is a problem there.

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace without any strikers in their last game and they will be confident of picking the Baggies off too.

Having David Silva back fit again is massive for City, and they look dangerous whenever he is on the ball and zipping passes around with Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri outside and inside the box.

City have won their last eight games, so will be full of confidence, and I think they will make it nine wins out of nine at The Hawthorns.
66 Name: 606 : 2014-12-26 15:44
Arsenal v QPR

QPR are away from home - what are people expecting me to say!?

Harry Redknapp's side have lost all eight of their Premier League matches on the road this season and it hard to see them improving that dismal record at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal's draw at Anfield on Sunday was a strange game in many ways.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger played five attacking players and, despite having so little possession and seeing Liverpool have so many shots, he will be disappointed that his side did not leave with all three points.

The question of how strong Arsenal are defensively continues to hang over them but I do not see that being an issue here.

They are at home and they will commit lots of players forward and I can see them creating lots of opportunities against QPR.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
67 Name: 606 : 2014-12-28 15:03
Southampton v Chelsea (14:05 GMT)

Both of these sides won comfortably on Boxing Day - Southampton at Crystal Palace and Chelsea against West Ham.

Saints were also impressive when they beat Everton in their previous game and they seem to have got a bit of confidence back after their run of poor results.

So, this is a big challenge for Chelsea but, just like they did against the in-form Hammers, it is one I think they will pass.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho keeps picking his best team, and they keep winning games. He makes it look very simple.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
68 Name: 606 : 2014-12-28 15:03
Aston Villa v Sunderland

Sunderland's home defeat by Hull was such a poor result to follow up their win over Newcastle at St James' Park.

To slip up like that probably shows us where Sunderland are right now, because that was the perfect opportunity to climb away from the relegation zone. It tells us they are not good enough to get out of trouble.

Aston Villa also lost last time out, at Swansea, and they are also lacking in quality.

Villa did have some decent second-half chances but it was a familiar story - once they concede the first goal, they are always struggling. Against Sunderland, it is vital that they score first.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
69 Name: 606 : 2014-12-28 15:04
Hull v Leicester

At the moment it seems like, even when Leicester are on top in a game, if they make a mistake then the opposition score.

Until they beat Sunderland on Boxing Day, Hull's form was shocking. Leicester, with just two points from their last 13 games, have been doing even worse.

Relegation form is the only way to describe a run like that.

It will end at some point but I cannot sit here and think they will be the upset of the week and go and win at the KC Stadium because what basis could I make that prediction on?

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
70 Name: 606 : 2014-12-28 15:04
Man City v Burnley

Manchester City are the team without a centre-forward, but they cannot stop scoring.

City have scored three goals in both games they have played without a recognised striker and it is noticeable that some of their other players have stepped up to make the difference. David Silva, for example, has been superb.

Burnley had some good spells in their defeat by Liverpool, but it seemed as if they were undone by a little bit of class.

The Clarets will go to Etihad Stadium and be dogged and well-organised but, sadly for them, I also think they will be beaten.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
71 Name: 606 : 2014-12-28 15:05
QPR v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are reeling a bit at the moment - they have been completely undone by Manchester City and Southampton in the space of seven days and have now sacked manager Neil Warnock.

The Eagles are another team on a bad run - it is just one win in 12 games for them now. Warnock wanted to bring a few players in during the January transfer window, but he will not now get the chance to do that. Palace do need reinforcements though.

QPR lost at Arsenal in their last game but at least they gave it a go, which is more than you can say for most of their previous away games this season.

As we already know, QPR are a different animal at Loftus Road. The tight pitch suits them, and definitely doesn't suit Palace's fast attacking players such as Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
72 Name: 606 : 2014-12-28 15:05
Stoke v West Brom

Stoke will be buoyed by their really good victory over Everton at Goodison Park, but their home form has not been great.

Even so, they have to be favourites to beat a West Brom team that have started to leak a lot of goals.

Now would be a very good time for Stoke to string some results together for the first time this season and they will obviously look at this as a very winnable game.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
73 Name: 606 : 2014-12-28 15:06
West Ham v Arsenal

This is another tough game for West Ham on the back of their defeat by Chelsea, although I think Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was quite clever in resting Alex Song and Diafra Sakho until the last half hour at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal had to hang on to beat QPR but, other than that defeat at Stoke, their recent results have been good.

West Ham will definitely make thing difficult for them, though, and I don't think a point would be a bad result for either side.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
74 Name: 606 : 2014-12-28 15:06
Newcastle v Everton

I watched Newcastle in their defeat by Manchester United on Boxing Day and I was not very impressed by what I saw.

The Magpies did not really look like scoring, which is clearly a big problem in itself. But also, defensively and across midfield, they gave United far too much room.

Yes, Alan Pardew's side have achieved some really good results by bringing teams on to them, and then picking them off.

But you cannot encourage Manchester United's attacking players like that - by giving them loads of the ball and lots of chances - and expect to get away with it, and Newcastle didn't.

Everton have got their own problems, after losing two games in a row, and they were not great when they beat QPR the other week either.

I know Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is not going to change his passing style but I still think he needs to mix things up and get the ball up to Romelu Lukaku quicker sometimes to get the best out of him.

Martinez has some injury problems too, with Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka and Kevin Mirallas all picking up knocks in their defeat against Stoke, but I still think Everton will end their bad run.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
75 Name: 606 : 2014-12-28 15:07
Liverpool v Swansea (12:45 GMT)

Liverpool beat Burnley on Boxing Day but they were far from convincing in their win at Turf Moor.

They are obviously still awaiting the return of Daniel Sturridge from injury and possibly the arrival of a couple of new faces in January, although Reds boss Brendan Rodgers might have to sell before he can buy.

If he can get good money for Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli then that would be great. There will not be any major surgery to the Reds' squad though.

This game puts Rodgers up against his former club, who are in decent shape.
Swansea won two games in a row over Christmas, which was the first time they have managed that since August.

They are going to keep ticking away in the top half of the table but I think it is asking too much for them to go to Anfield and extend their winning run.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
76 Name: 606 : 2014-12-31 20:02
NEW YEAR'S DAY All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.

Stoke v Man Utd (12:45 GMT)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal criticised the festive programme and said it is impossible for players to recover within 48 hours.

So why did he pick exactly the same team for his side's games against Newcastle and Tottenham? I thought that was a bit strange.

United still could and should have beaten Spurs, though, and in the first half of their 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane they had enough chances to win two games.

Stoke come into this fixture having won back-to-back games for the first time this season but I do not think they will make it three on the bounce.

When you look at United and how they set up, they basically play with six attacking players including their wing-backs, who are basically wingers in this system.

This is a tough game for United but I do not see Stoke keeping them out.

You know United are going to create loads of chances, and I do not see them going another game without scoring.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
77 Name: 606 : 2014-12-31 20:05
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace's approach has come at an absolutely fantastic time for Alan Pardew. He has put up with a lot at Newcastle - Magpies owner Mike Ashley has looked after him to a degree but the manager's job there comes with all sorts of constraints.

Pardew always toed the line and now he has the chance to go back to London, which is home.

I am sure he has looked at Palace, where he spent time as a player, and thought 'yes I can do this'. It is certainly a good move for him and I can understand why he would take it.

Aston Villa are a hard watch at the moment, and they struggle to score. Whether Pardew is in charge or in the stands, I think his presence can help Palace get a positive result.

Can he keep them up? Yes.

He would not take the job without them saying he has got money for players in January so, if he does take over, he will get the backing he needs to improve their squad.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
78 Name: 606 : 2014-12-31 20:08
Hull v Everton

Everton have lost their last three games and their manager Roberto Martinez has got all sorts of injuries to contend with, including goalkeeper Tim Howard.

What was interesting was that they had five former Wigan players in the team that started Sunday's defeat by Newcastle.

Just like the Latics when they went down under Martinez in 2013, they are making collective and individual defensive mistakes that are costing them.

Their back-line used to be their rock but, at the moment, you look at them and think they have got a soft centre.

From Howard through to Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka at centre-back and Gareth Barry as the holding midfielder, none of them are getting any younger and they are all having very ordinary seasons.

John Stones has emerged as a key player for them at the back with his energy and pace - if he makes a mistake, he is fast enough to recover. But his absence since October means they do not have that at the moment.

The Toffees should not be struggling with the quality they have got elsewhere in their team but I keep saying they need to get the best out of Romelu Lukaku and, the way they are playing, they are not doing that.

They start to 2015 by going to Hull and they are looking down the table, not up.

To see Hull lose to Leicester after winning at Sunderland was bizarre, but they will know how Everton are feeling after coming out of their own run of defeats and sliding down the league. I think that will be a big incentive for the Tigers.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
79 Name: 606 : 2014-12-31 20:10
Liverpool v Leicester

Liverpool have had a good Christmas so far with wins over Burnley and Swansea, and the speed of Raheem Sterling is still making a big difference for them up front.

It will be tough for the Reds to finish in fourth because of Arsenal and Manchester United but they have got enough to see off Leicester.

The Foxes got a great win over Hull but coping with the intensity of Liverpool's high-tempo attacks will be a very different test for Nigel Pearson's side, and I do not see them holding out for 90 minutes.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
80 Name: 606 : 2014-12-31 20:11
Man City v Sunderland

Manchester City have taken seven points out of nine despite playing without a recognised striker in their last three games, but they will know they should have made it nine out of nine after leading Burnley 2-0 at half-time on Sunday.

I do not see lightning striking twice at the Etihad against Sunderland, though. Gus Poyet's side will go there and try to be difficult to beat but I still fancy City to win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
81 Name: 606 : 2014-12-31 20:12
Newcastle v Burnley

Burnley will be sensing an upset here, thinking there might be some uncertainty at Newcastle because Alan Pardew is on his way to Crystal Palace.

But assistant manager John Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone will pick the team instead of Pardew, and sometimes having a caretaker in charge brings a positive response from players.

The Clarets got a great point at Manchester City on Sunday but I still fancy Newcastle to edge this one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
82 Name: 606 : 2014-12-31 20:13
QPR v Swansea

Swansea had won their previous two games but they were very disappointing when they lost to Liverpool on Monday night. I was surprised by how open they were and they were too easy to beat.

QPR are at home and striker Charlie Austin is available - and I think that means Swansea will follow those two wins with two straight defeats.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
83 Name: 606 : 2014-12-31 20:14
Southampton v Arsenal

This is another tough game for Southampton but I was impressed by them in their 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.

It feels like Saints are back after their blip in results and they have got their swagger back a bit, along with some of their players back from injury.

Arsenal were a bit fortunate to beat them at Emirates Stadium at the start of December with a late winner when Southampton were down to 10 men.

I think this game will be just as close and this time Saints will have something to show for it.

The Gunners are level on points with Ronald Koeman's side, who are in fourth place. In the race for the Champions League places the most important thing for Arsenal is that they do not lose.

The more I see of Southampton, the more I think that they are going to figure in that race right up until May.

They are better than Tottenham and Liverpool at the moment and they have already proved they are extremely competitive when they play Arsenal, so they have an outside chance of making the top four.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
84 Name: 606 : 2014-12-31 20:14
West Ham v West Brom

West Ham have hit a bit of a glitch with successive defeats by Chelsea and Arsenal so this is probably the perfect fixture for them to get back on track.

West Brom need a new manager after Alan Irvine's departure and it appears to be between Tony Pulis and Tim Sherwood to get the job.

Out of the two, if you were asked who would you back to keep them up then you would say Pulis all day long.

The question is whether he fits into West Brom's coaching structure and accepts their transfer policy, but Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace might have to bite the bullet this time.

Yes, Pulis will probably want some backing in the January transfer window but it will be worth it if he keeps them in the Premier League.

With the right additions, and with Pulis organising them, they will be absolutely fine.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
85 Name: 606 : 2014-12-31 20:15
Tottenham v Chelsea (17:30 GMT)

This is another tough game for Chelsea but I think they will pass the test at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham have taken 10 points from their last four games but they were lucky to get away with a draw against Manchester United and I do not see them getting away with it against Jose Mourinho's side.

As a team, Spurs have got shortcomings and I think they will be exposed by the leaders.
I look at manager Mauricio Pochettino when he was on the touchline and he looks frustrated. He knows he still has a lot to do there.

It is a different story for Chelsea right now. After this game, they are only left with a trip to Arsenal in terms of really tough away games in the second half of the season - they have already been to Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool - and you just know Jose Mourinho will be aware of that and how it will affect the title race.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
86 Name: 606 : 2015-01-09 21:52
Sunderland v Liverpool (12:45 GMT)

Sunderland's starting position under Gus Poyet is to be difficult to beat and not to give away any stupid early goals.

Poyet's policy of putting defence first is understandable when you consider that, since he took charge in October 2013, the Black Cats have only come from behind to win once in 51 Premier League matches - at Chelsea in April.

We saw against Leicester and also against League Two side AFC Wimbledon that Liverpool's problems are still obvious - defensively, including the goalkeeper, and up front.

They cannot score enough goals to be sure of making up for the issues they have at the back.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
87 Name: 606 : 2015-01-09 21:53
Burnley v QPR

QPR have been hopeless away from home, losing all nine of their league games on the road so far this season.

Given Burnley are below them in the table, you would like to think QPR will put up a bit more of a fight at Turf Moor.

But things are looking up for the Clarets, who have picked up some points as well as some self-belief in the last couple of months.

Sam Vokes came back from his long-term injury to score for Burnley against Tottenham in the FA Cup on Monday, and his return is another boost for them up front to go with the form of Ashley Barnes and Danny Ings.

With Charlie Austin in the QPR side, there will definitely be goals in this game, but their record means it is impossible to tip them to pick up anything away at the moment.

Whatever happens on Saturday, both teams will remain firmly in the relegation dogfight but they both have some cause for optimism.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
88 Name: 606 : 2015-01-09 21:53
Chelsea v Newcastle

This is a tough game for Newcastle's caretaker manager John Carver because I expect Chelsea to be back to business as usual after their defeat by Tottenham in their last league game.

I do not see the Magpies causing the Chelsea defence the same sort of problems as Spurs did, and I just see the Blues winning very easily indeed.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
89 Name: 606 : 2015-01-09 21:53
Everton v Man City

Everton are on a poor run of one win in their last 10 games and clearly all is not well with them right now.
People are pointing out their defensive problems but I think there are issues in every area of the team.

This is the time when you are judged as a manager - when your players have lost form and you are losing game after game.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is coming under pressure and he is not helping himself by insisting everything is fine.

Maybe it is not his style, but he needs to give one or two players the rocket to get them going and to try to change things.

Some of Everton's fans did not seem too displeased when City won at Goodison Park at the end of last season, to help them pip Liverpool to the title.

I think it's safe to say that was a one-off - that will not be happening again this weekend, although I think the outcome will be the same.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
90 Name: 606 : 2015-01-09 21:54
Leicester v Aston Villa

They are decent defensively but, apart from Christian Benteke, Aston Villa's lack of a goal threat concerns me.

In the past Villa have looked better away from home but I am not even sure they are a counter-attacking side at the moment - I do not recall them breaking forward with any real gusto recently.

Bottom-of-the-table Leicester have also struggled for goals at times this season, although I was very impressed by the way they played in their draw with Liverpool at Anfield on New Year's Day.

The Foxes followed that up by beating Newcastle in the FA Cup and I think they will get another win here.

They hope to improve their attack by signing young Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric for £9m.

Any deal like that, especially one that would break their club record fee, is a gamble but it is good that they are trying to do something about their situation.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
91 Name: 606 : 2015-01-09 21:54
Swansea v West Ham

Wilfried Bony is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast but Manchester City's interest in signing him might mean that being without him is the future for Swansea anyway.

Swansea's back-up striker Bafetimbi Gomis strikes me as the sort of player who needs a lot of chances to put one away but I am sure manager Garry Monk will be happy to have £30m or so to spend if Bony does leave.

West Ham had a wobble or two over Christmas but they will be disappointed to be taken to a replay by Everton after getting so close to a victory at Goodison Park on Tuesday.

There are only three points and two places between these sides in the Premier League and I am expecting things to be just as close on the pitch.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
92 Name: 606 : 2015-01-09 21:55
West Brom v Hull

I think we will see the first signs of 'the Tony Pulis effect' in this game because West Brom's players will have been drilled all week by their new boss and backroom team.

It might be hard for anybody reading this to imagine just how much work Pulis will have done with his squad on the training ground, but there is a reason his sides are always so well organised.

I know him very well, and I mean this in the nicest possible way, but it will have felt like double detention every single day while he got the message across about the system he wants to play and what he wants them to do when they do not have the ball.

Pulis will concentrate on the Baggies' defence first, then try to sort them out further up the pitch.

Hull will be well prepared too, of course, but they will not be able to spoil Pulis's party.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
93 Name: 606 : 2015-01-09 21:55
Crystal Palace v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

Tottenham have only lost twice away from home in the Premier League this season - to joint leaders Manchester City and Chelsea - which is a great record.

But Crystal Palace were a bit unlucky not to beat them at White Hart Lane at the start of December, and they will have another go at them on Saturday.

The atmosphere for Alan Pardew's first home game in charge of the Eagles could play a big part in the outcome, and I have a feeling that he will mark it with a victory.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
94 Name: 606 : 2015-01-09 21:56
SUNDAY

Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

Stoke found some good form over the festive period with their only defeat in four games coming against Chelsea, and they also beat Arsenal at the Britannia a few weeks ago.

I think the Gunners will get their revenge here, however.

Stoke's problem at Emirates Stadium will be getting enough of the ball and I can see Arsene Wenger's side keeping them at arm's length.

Arsenal still have their defensive problems but I still look at them and the teams around them and fancy them to finish in the top four.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
95 Name: 606 : 2015-01-09 21:56
Man Utd v Southampton (16:00 GMT)

These two sides had a very strange game at St Mary's in December, when Manchester United pinched a victory.

This should be another good game but I am backing United to win again, because at home they always look likely to create lots of really good chances.

With five straight wins, United's results at Old Trafford have been really good of late, but it is still not a fortress - in their 10 home games this season, only Hull and Newcastle have failed to cause them problems.

Southampton will have their own opportunities too, and the key for them will be how brave they are when they go forward.

It will be close, but I think Louis van Gaal's side will edge it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
96 Name: 606 : 2015-01-16 22:45
Aston Villa v Liverpool

Aston Villa have signed Carlos Gil from Valencia, and they have to hope he gives them some creativity in midfield because at the moment they do not have any.

I thought Christian Benteke coming back from injury would mean they improved in attack but that has not happened - and they do not seem to have any goals at all in midfield either.
That is why they have scored only 12 goals in all competitions this season, the fewest goals of any team in the top four divisions.

They have not won in six games and scored only one goal in that time.
The way Villa beat Liverpool at Anfield at the start of the season seems to be the only way they can win, home or away - nick a goal and defend for their lives.

Paul Lambert has to change his approach. Especially at home, he needs to listen to what the fans are saying and have more of a go at teams. At the moment Villa are safety-first, and they cannot buy a goal.

In comparison, Liverpool are going well but I just think Villa will get something out of this game - they have to, really.

Some Liverpool fans will look at Villa's record and think this is an away game that the Reds should win easily, but there is no such thing.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
97 Name: 606 : 2015-01-16 22:46
Burnley v Crystal Palace

Both of these teams are below Aston Villa in the table but there is a completely different feel about them - they seem to be clubs on the up.

Burnley have got a bit of belief about them now, especially compared to the start of the season - they are playing like they think they can stay up.

Unlike Villa, they have got goals in the front end of their team - Danny Ings, Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes. With George Boyd and Scott Arfield chipping in, I look at them now and think they might just have enough to finish fourth-bottom, which is all they need to do.

Crystal Palace have been a bit lacking in attack and have brought in Yaya Sanogo on loan from Arsenal to boost their attack.

You can see what Eagles boss Alan Pardew is trying to do - he already has two effective wide players in Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon and now he has a big centre-forward to get on the end of things too.

Palace have won both their games under Pardew so far, but Burnley are at home and I am backing them to win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
98 Name: 606 : 2015-01-16 22:46
Leicester v Stoke

Stoke were out-played by Arsenal last weekend, and their performance was very unlike a Mark Hughes team.

I would expect the Potters to be much better on Saturday but they will not get an easy time of it against the Premier League's bottom side, either.

After such a long wait for a win, Leicester are on a good run now and, more importantly, they are back in touch with the teams above them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
99 Name: 606 : 2015-01-16 22:47
QPR v Man Utd

Manchester United were very ordinary in their defeat by Southampton on Sunday. Saints were strong defensively and very well organised but United lacked drive on the day and just seemed flat.

United had everyone back from injury, apart from Ashley Young, but I was watching and thinking they were better when they had six players out.

QPR are at home, so at least they have a chance of a good result, and they will fancy their chances of scoring against United.

But I think Louis van Gaal's side will be better than they were last week, and I also think they will pick QPR off at the back.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
100 Name: 606 : 2015-01-16 22:47
Swansea v Chelsea

Swansea got a great deal when they sold Wilfried Bony to Manchester City for an initial £25m. They were shrewd because they got him to sign a new improved contract in November, when they obviously told him they would not stand in his way if a big club came in for him.

Now I am reading about teams coming in for Bafetimbi Gomis too but, far from selling him as well, I would keep him and also go out and sign another striker because Bony has left some very big boots to fill.

It is the start of a busy week for Chelsea, who follow this game up with the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final with Liverpool, then play title rivals Manchester City the following weekend.

I am not sure any of that will help Swansea too much, though.

Chelsea were not very good in the first half of their last match, against Newcastle, but they kept a clean sheet and went on to win comfortably. Their ability to do that is why they are where they are, at the top of the table.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
101 Name: 606 : 2015-01-16 22:52
Tottenham v Sunderland

Tottenham have played more games than any other Premier League team this season but their squad is big enough to cope with it.

I would expect them to see off Sunderland at White Hart Lane, even if former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe is cleared to play for the Black Cats.

Spurs will get better too. Their results before their defeat by Crystal Palace were great but you get the sense from Mauricio Pochettino that this is not his team yet, and they will be better when it is.

One of the reasons their form has picked up is Harry Kane.

Charlie Austin has been fantastic for QPR and he is probably closer to an England call-up than Danny Ings. However, I think if anyone new gets called up, it is going to be Kane.

Rickie Lambert has not really done enough this season to stay in the picture and Andy Carroll is always around if you want something different, but Kane has forced himself into the picture.

He is playing for a better side than Austin or Ings, but he is probably the best player in that team and he has made fantastic progress to make himself the first pick and the focal point of the Spurs side. At the moment he is in front of all the names I have just mentioned.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
102 Name: 606 : 2015-01-16 22:53
Newcastle v Southampton (17:30 GMT)

I was at Portman Road to watch Southampton beat Ipswich in the FA Cup on Wednesday.
I think Liverpool signed the wrong Saints centre-back when they bought Dejan Lovren in the summer, because Jose Fonte has just been outstanding for them.

But Southampton have a few injuries to deal with, now that Victor Wanyama has joined Morgan Schneiderlin on the sidelines.

If Newcastle could play for 90 minutes like they did for 35 minutes against Chelsea last weekend, then I would be tipping them to win.

But they are too inconsistent and I get the feeling Saints will take something back with them on their long journey back to the south coast.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
103 Name: 606 : 2015-01-16 22:54
SUNDAY

West Ham v Hull (13:30 GMT)

Injuries to Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez mean Hull are short of strikers.

The Tigers will still be very competitive but you cannot see where their goals are going to come from without that pair.
West Ham have gone four games without a win in the league and did not play well in their FA Cup replay win over Everton but they got through it in the end, which will be a boost.

They showed again how they can change things round when they need to when they brought Carlton Cole on to score their all-important equaliser, and I think they will have too much for Hull.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
104 Name: 606 : 2015-01-16 22:54
Man City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

Arsenal will always win more games than they lose but I am still not convinced by them when they play the big teams, which is why I would back Manchester City here.

Alexis Sanchez has been great and the Gunners are a good team who will finish in one of the Champions League spots, but that is where they are at - they won't push Chelsea or City for the title.

City have not lost in the league since they were beaten 2-1 by West Ham in October, and their last result that could possibly be construed as a negative one was when they were held 2-2 by Burnley in December after leading 2-0, but even then they had no strikers.

So they are going very well, and signing Wilfried Bony from Swansea will give everybody at the club a lift, even if he is away at the Africa Cup of Nations at the moment.

I only see one outcome - a win for City.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
105 Name: 606 : 2015-01-16 22:55
MONDAY

Everton v West Brom (20:00 GMT)

This is almost a bigger game for Everton than it is for West Brom, because imagine if the Baggies went to Goodison Park and won?

It would be disastrous for the Toffees, who have won only one of their last nine league games, and West Brom would go above them in the table.

I don't think that will happen, though. There were so many positives about the way that Everton played in their FA Cup replay defeat by West Ham, that it will have lifted everyone.

Ultimately West Brom will be fine, but it is going to take Tony Pulis time to improve them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
106 Name: 606 : 2015-01-30 21:29
SATURDAY 01/31/2014
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.

Hull v Newcastle (12:45 GMT)

Hull boss Steve Bruce looks set to bring in Mike Phelan as his new assistant and he will already be lifted by seeing his strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez return to training this week during the club's trip to Portugal.

Jelavic and Hernandez were meant to be out for a lot longer after suffering injuries in a defeat against West Brom on 10 January, but they could both feature on Saturday, which would make a big difference to Hull's chances.

Newcastle have also made an appointment this week, with John Carver named as head coach until the end of the season.

Carver is in a good position because he can focus on the football side of the job - he will not have to deal with any players who are upset, are not playing or want to leave.

When they go to speak to him to ask about their future, he can say "I don't know. I am in charge for 16 games, just get on with it."

Hull are already in a relegation fight and there is a chance that Newcastle could be dragged into it too, but I don't think they will be.

Even if they do get beaten at the KC Stadium, I see them picking up enough points to stay clear of trouble.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
107 Name: 606 : 2015-01-30 21:30
Crystal Palace v Everton

Everton have won only one of their last 13 games in all competitions, while Crystal Palace are on a roll with four wins out of four since Alan Pardew took charge.

That run includes two Premier League games, and has taken the Eagles level on points with the Toffees with 23.

That underlines how close Everton are to the relegation zone, and it is Palace who have all the momentum at the moment.

Given their situation, it seems strange that Everton have allowed striker Samuel Eto'o to join Sampdoria, and it does not look like he will be replaced.

The good news for Everton fans is that midfielder James McCarthy is on his way back from injury and could even play against Palace, because they have missed him badly in the last couple of months.

Palace are still without two of their best players, Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak, who are away on international duty, but they have been doing alright without them.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
108 Name: 606 : 2015-01-30 21:30
Liverpool v West Ham

I was very impressed by the way Liverpool played in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Tuesday, even though they lost. They were excellent in the first leg too.

The only problem is that they are still without a goalscorer - if they had one of those, they would be going to Wembley for the final.

Daniel Sturridge is close to fitness, however, and could even figure against West Ham. Clearly his return from injury cannot happen soon enough for the Reds.

The Hammers have got different ways of playing now, and also seem able to play poorly and win, but I am backing Liverpool to nick the points here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
109 Name: 606 : 2015-01-30 21:31
Man Utd v Leicester

Unlike Liverpool, Manchester United have got plenty of goalscorers to choose from. United's problem is giving them the service.

I think United's build-up is so slow that the opposition are able to get back into position. They have to start moving the ball quicker - if they do that, I think they will create a lot more chances.

Leicester put five goals past Louis van Gaal's side in September, but it is hard to see them doing any sort of damage at Old Trafford.

Other than that 5-3 defeat, United's defence has been solid despite seeing constant changes, and only Southampton and Chelsea have conceded fewer Premier League goals this season.

That is another reason United have not been so fluid going forward, though. They have made themselves difficult to beat but it has taken something away from their attack.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
110 Name: 606 : 2015-01-30 21:31
Stoke v QPR

I was at Spotland to see Stoke beat Rochdale in the FA Cup on Monday and thought they played very well in what could have been a tricky tie.

The anterior cruciate injury that has ruled Bojan Krkic out for the rest of the season is a big blow for the Potters, though, because he adds something different to their attack.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has already tried pretty much everything to improve his side's awful away form - they have played 10 and lost 10 on the road.

But that run has to end somewhere and I think they will pinch a point at the Britannia Stadium, which will probably mean a lap of honour for them.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
111 Name: 606 : 2015-01-30 21:32
Sunderland v Burnley

There has been a lot of debate about Sunderland's playing style this week, including from Black Cats boss Gus Poyet.

Undoubtedly they need to improve their service to their strikers, and I am not talking about lumping the ball up to them - I mean get it to them quicker, but with quality.

They need to be more ambitious going forward. You can applaud Poyet for making Sunderland difficult to beat, but you only get a point for a draw and he needs some wins.

Sometimes you have got to gamble a bit - and this is one of those occasions.

Poyet needs to pick more attack-minded players, especially at home against Burnley because a 0-0 draw is no good to Sunderland here. To stay up, they need to win these games.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
112 Name: 606 : 2015-01-30 21:32
West Brom v Tottenham

West Brom have made a strong start under new manager Tony Pulis.

Callum McManaman is available for this game after joining from Wigan, and is a decent signing - Pulis will have the rest of his team wondering whether they fit into his plans, so they will be playing for their futures.

Tottenham have reached the Capital One Cup final which is a good achievement for their manager Mauricio Pochettino, but the Pulis factor will make the difference for the Baggies here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
113 Name: 606 : 2015-01-30 21:33
Chelsea v Man City (17:30 GMT)

As much as I like Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, I do not understand how he can defend Diego Costa over his behaviour against Liverpool on Tuesday - I thought it was a clear stamp by Costa on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel.

If Costa misses this game after being charged by the Football Association over his stamp on Can, it would be a big blow to the Blues.

But, although he would never admit it, I think Mourinho might play to avoid defeat in this game even if Costa can play after contesting the charge.

Mourinho will be thinking that the worst thing that can happen to his team is for them to be beaten, so he will set them up to make sure they aren't.

So while Costa's availability makes a difference if Chelsea are trying to win the game, it does not matter if they are just trying not to lose.

Manchester City's form has been iffy in the past few weeks but I think they are more than capable of getting a draw at Stamford Bridge and keeping the title race alive..

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
114 Name: 606 : 2015-01-30 21:34
SUNDAY

Arsenal v Aston Villa (13:30 GMT)

Arsenal have won four games in a row and are building a bit of momentum, as well as confidence in their bid for a top-four finish.

I know Aston Villa won at Emirates Stadium last season but it is hard to see them repeating that result - I don't think they will see very much of the ball.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
115 Name: 606 : 2015-01-30 21:34
Southampton v Swansea (16:00 GMT)

I am worried about Swansea, who are finding out how hard it is when you sell your best player in January rather than the summer.

In the summer, you have got weeks and weeks to sort things out. In January, the games keep coming and you only have a matter of days to bring players in.

Yes, they got a lot of money for Wilfried Bony but the message that his sale to Manchester City could send out to the rest of the Swans squad is that the season is over and they are in cruise mode until the summer.

If they start to think that, they will sink like a stone.

Southampton lost at home to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup last week and I think Saints boss Ronald Koeman will get a reaction from his players.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
116 Name: Anonymous : 2015-02-05 23:35
SATURDAY
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.


Tottenham v Arsenal (12:45 GMT)

Harry Kane is the story of the season for Tottenham.
His development has been staggering and he is a guy who has really forced his way through. In a matter of months he has gone from back-up striker to the first name on the team-sheet.

Earlier in the campaign, I got the impression that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino did not really trust Kane in the way his side play, which is with Christian Eriksen behind a sole striker.

Maybe Pochettino did not think Kane was ready for that. But boy, is he ever. He has been outstanding.

In recent years, it only takes someone to have four or five good games for people to say he should be in the England squad but, if Roy Hodgson calls him up in his next squad for the games in March, then Kane has seriously earned his place.

If he keeps on developing, he will soon be a regular starter for England let alone in the squad. He has been that good.

Like Spurs, Arsenal are going really well and they have both got serious designs on the top four. Because they are both in such good form, I think this is going to end up in a draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
117 Name: 606 : 2015-02-05 23:36
Aston Villa v Chelsea

Aston Villa's wait for a Premier League goal goes on, and now stands at 612 minutes.

Villa have signed Carles Gil and Scott Sinclair to try and give themselves more creativity going forward, and I can understand why they tried to get another striker in Rickie Lambert from Liverpool on deadline day too.

Like a lot of people, I thought that when Christian Benteke came back from injury he would solve their attacking problems but he has really struggled this season.

We will find out soon enough what difference Gil and Sinclair make but this is not the game to judge them in, or a fixture Villa will be expecting to get anything out of.

I think Paul Lambert's team will stay up, but I also think they will get beaten on Saturday.
Chelsea have got themselves a top player in Juan Cuadrado, and he should settle in very quickly.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
118 Name: 606 : 2015-02-05 23:36
Leicester v Crystal Palace

This is a big game for Leicester, who can close to within three points of 13th-placed Palace if they win, and the Foxes know they have to stay in touch with the teams above them.

I expected Leicester to do better than they have done this season, and I do not see them getting cut adrift now. They are not that bad a side.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
119 Name: 606 : 2015-02-05 23:37
Man City v Hull

There have been a number of strange results this season, even involving the top two teams in the table, which makes predictions very difficult.

But I do not see a shock happening here. Hull have been all over the place of late.

Their manager Steve Bruce has had to put up with a succession of injuries, particularly up front. Defensively, though, the Tigers have made too many individual and collective mistakes.

I don't think that makes Bruce a bad manager, though, and I just hope Hull's owner Assem Allam does not press the panic button.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
120 Name: 606 : 2015-02-05 23:37
QPR v Southampton

QPR have been relying on their home form because they cannot win a raffle on the road, but they have only taken two points from their last three games at Loftus Road and I do not see them ending that poor run on Saturday.

Southampton had a strange result last weekend when they lost at home to Swansea because they should have been home and hosed by half-time.

Saints know how well they played in that game and they would have won the majority of games in the Premier League playing that way. I think they have got a strong enough mentality to say 'that was just a blip, let's get back on it'.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
121 Name: 606 : 2015-02-05 23:38
Swansea v Sunderland

I am going for a bit of an upset here - a Sunderland away win, which would be their first since they beat Newcastle at St James' Park in December and only their third on the road this season.

Swansea pinched a win at Southampton in their last game, thanks to a great goal by Jonjo Shelvey - who does not half strike a ball well.

But Sunderland have had a good week, beating Burnley in the league and then getting past Fulham in their FA Cup replay.
Their confidence will be high, and Jermain Defoe is in the team and already has his first goal for the club. I would expect more to follow.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
122 Name: 606 : 2015-02-05 23:39
Everton v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)

Unlike the last Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, which finished 3-3, I think this game will be tight and tense.

It will still be absolutely frenetic but I think both sides will look it as a game it is important not to lose.

Everton are still at the wrong end of the table even after beating Crystal Palace last week, and the last thing they need is to be beaten at home by Liverpool.

Liverpool's improvement in recent weeks is down to the amount of pace they now have in their team and the last thing Everton will want to do is to pile forward and leave themselves open to counter-attacks.

A point would do them very well, and I think it is the same for Liverpool, even though they are in much better form.

They look a completely different side and if they can keep Daniel Sturridge fit and he can find some form then Liverpool have got a real chance of making the top four.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
123 Name: 606 : 2015-02-05 23:39
SUNDAY

Burnley v West Brom (12:00 GMT)

I have not said this too often this season, but Burnley were very disappointing in their defeat by Sunderland last time out.

West Brom also lost, against Tottenham, but they played better than the result suggested.
I am going for a draw here, on the basis that I would expect Baggies boss Tony Pulis to have been drilling his side defensively all week.

They will not be as open as they were against Spurs but there are not many goals in their team either.
West Brom are the joint second-lowest scorers in the Premier League after Aston Villa and I don't think Pulis has got enough of a goal threat in his team.

They rely heavily on Saido Berahino up front, and do not score enough goals from other areas.

Pulis will make them more difficult to beat but that is the easier of their two problems to solve - unless they can also score more goals then they will not pull away from the relegation zone.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
124 Name: 606 : 2015-02-05 23:40
Newcastle v Stoke (14:05 GMT)

Both of these teams had good wins last week but I think it will be Newcastle who build on the success they had at Hull.

Magpies interim manager John Carver has got the job until the end of the season and has got absolutely nothing to lose, so he will go for Stoke at St James' Park. I'm going for a home win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
125 Name: 606 : 2015-02-05 23:40
West Ham v Man Utd (16:15 GMT)

West Ham have only won one of their last six Premier League games but I think they will give Manchester United some problems defensively.

The pitch is so tight at Upton Park and the Hammers will load the ball in to Andy Carroll, presuming he is fit.

Manchester United are in the scramble for the top four. They have been getting good results against teams who are below them and will continue to do so.

But their formation keeps changing and, if there is any weakness there, West Ham will find it - I think Hammers manager Sam Allardyce will turn this into a real battle and I am not sure if United will be able to cope with it.

When I look at what Louis van Gaal has done since taking over at Old Trafford, I would give him 6/10 so far - no more, no less.

Van Gaal has done okay but, with the embarrassment of riches that he has got in his attack, I think he should be doing better.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
126 Name: 606 : 2015-02-10 18:53
TUESDAY
All kick-offs 19:45 GMT unless otherwise stated.


Arsenal v Leicester

Whatever has happened at Leicester, it has completely undermined their manager Nigel Pearson.

The Foxes insist they have not sacked him, but you are almost waiting for the inevitable now. His future does not look too good.

It is not as though they have been playing that badly, despite losing their last three league games, but it is very hard to see them getting anything against Arsenal.

I look at Leicester's forward players and think they should have won a few more games but I guess Pearson is as baffled as anyone as to why they haven't.

The Gunners will want to react to Saturday's derby defeat by Tottenham, and I only see one outcome.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
127 Name: 606 : 2015-02-10 18:54
Hull v Aston Villa

Hull were unlucky not to nick all three points against Manchester City on Saturday after playing so well.

Villa gave it a good go in their defeat against Chelsea too, and I think they benefit from playing like they have got nothing to lose when they go up against the top teams.

I think Paul Lambert's side find it a lot more difficult against the lesser teams, when they have to force the pace, and it will be interesting to see how they approach this game.

Hull have struggled at home, and have only won twice in the league at the KC Stadium all season, but this would be a good time to put that right because they go above Villa if they win.

The Tigers play QPR, Sunderland and Leicester in the next few weeks and they have to beat the teams around them if they are going to get out of trouble.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
128 Name: 606 : 2015-02-10 18:55
Sunderland v QPR

I don't know what is taking QPR so long to appoint a new manager. It is all a bit bizarre.

Let's face it, their chances do not look good here - they have lost 11 out 11 away games already, and they will be without injured top-scorer Charlie Austin at the Stadium of Light.

Maybe it is time for QPR to turn to some players with pace because, a lot of the times I have seen them this season, they have been quite pedestrian.

A win for Sunderland would move them eight points ahead of QPR in the table, which is a big gap to make up at the bottom. With Jermain Defoe in the team, I would back them to get it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
129 Name: 606 : 2015-02-10 18:55
Liverpool v Tottenham (20:00 GMT)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is rightly getting a lot of praise after his goals against Arsenal and he is making all the difference for Spurs at the moment.

Both of these teams are in the thick of the race for the top four - Tottenham are fifth, four points ahead of Liverpool in seventh.

Because of what happened at the weekend, I think Spurs would take a draw at Anfield while, for Liverpool, this is a game they need to win.

But the Reds are still improving - they were the better team in Saturday's Merseyside derby without creating a lot of chances - and I think they will edge this.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
130 Name: 606 : 2015-02-10 18:56
WEDNESDAY

Chelsea v Everton

Everton picked up a decent point against Liverpool on Saturday to follow up their win at Crystal Palace.

That means Roberto Martinez's side have a bit of breathing space above the bottom three but they are a long way from being safe.

With four of the eight teams below them playing each other this week, if the Toffees lose here then they might start to be reeled into a relegation battle.

Romelu Lukaku's form for Everton has been sketchy at best but he will be keen to prove a point against his old club at Stamford Bridge.

An Everton defeat looks the most likely outcome, though. Chelsea are looking very strong at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
131 Name: 606 : 2015-02-10 18:56
Man Utd v Burnley

Burnley let another two-goal lead slip in their draw with West Brom on Sunday, but they have had a couple of very good comebacks against Manchester City and Newcastle recently too.

I think the worry for Clarets boss Sean Dyche is that his side cannot put two good 45-minutes together rather than them being unable to see games out.

Manchester United have problems too. I look at them and do not think their manager Louis van Gaal is getting the best out of his players.

Robin van Persie does not work hard enough and is not helping Radamel Falcao at all. If you were to stick Wayne Rooney behind Falcao instead, then you have got a very different scenario.

As a pairing up front, Van Persie and Falcao do not work hard enough and United's problem generally is that they have too many artists and not enough artisans.

They are still picking up points but I always felt they would beat the majority of teams in the league, and that includes Burnley.

It is the extra bit of quality that United are lacking at the moment, but I still think they will finish in the top four.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
132 Name: 606 : 2015-02-10 18:58
Southampton v West Ham

Southampton were not great against QPR at the weekend but they still won.
They have key players like Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama coming back to full fitness too, and it will make a big difference when they get the heartbeat of their team back.

I think they will beat West Ham too. The Hammers played really well in their draw against Manchester United on Sunday, but I think it will have taken a lot out of them. They looked very leggy at the end.

West Ham need to have some of their injured players back soon too, especially at the back.

Cheikhou Kouyate scored against United and played well, but he is going to give up chances.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
133 Name: 606 : 2015-02-10 18:58
Stoke v Man City

The statistic that Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas have not managed a league goal for Manchester City this season is amazing, and shows how City have just not scored enough goals from midfield.

Then there is Manchester City's record without Yaya Toure - they have not won any of their six league games without him this campaign.

But Manuel Pellegrini's are struggling in other departments too. Vincent Kompany has been average at the back since he returned from injury at the start of the year, which is a real surprise.

Even so, I think we will see a reaction from the champions here after their poor run of form.

I know they have to go to the Britannia Stadium but it is not longer a place where teams face a bombardment.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
134 Name: 606 : 2015-02-10 18:59
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is up against his former club where, as the weeks go by, it appears he did a better job than people ever gave him credit for.

Pardew is already being appreciated a lot more at Palace than he was in the north east, and he looks a good fit there.

There is a feel-good factor that he never enjoyed at St James' Park and his results reflect that - his record so far is outstanding with five wins from six games.

The Palace fans are always great at home - they really get the idea that their team has got 19 cup finals at home if they want to stay up, and they make sure there is a fantastic atmosphere.

As well as that, the Eagles have some players whom teams in the top 10 would take - the likes of Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie for starters - and they are all playing for Pardew.

Newcastle continue to blow hot and cold and I don't think they have enough attacking options at the moment. That meant Stoke looked very comfortable for the majority of their draw on Sunday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
135 Name: 606 : 2015-02-10 19:00
West Brom v Swansea (20:00 GMT)

Swansea have picked up four points from their last two games after their little blip following the sale of Wilfried Bony.

The Baggies came back well from 2-0 down to get a point against Burnley on Sunday.

In terms of staying up, I still think they are facing a bit of a rollercoaster ride in the next few weeks. The worry is that they will not get enough goals.

I like the way West Brom manager Tony Pulis has handled striker Saido Berahino since taking charge, and what he has been saying about him. Berahino is still the main man they are looking to for goals, so they need to get the best out of him.

Some competition for places up front is what Pulis really needs, though. Brown Ideye scored at the weekend, and they could really do with him kicking on.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
136 Name: 606 : 2015-02-20 23:55
Aston Villa v Stoke

Changing the manager always gives players extra impetus, and those who have been out of the team know they have got a chance to shine in front of the new manager.

So I am expecting a big improvement from Aston Villa on Saturday in new boss Tim Sherwood's first game with him properly in charge. There will be a very different atmosphere at Villa Park too.

Because of all that, as well as the fact that Stoke have lost their last two games 4-1, I really fancy a Villa win.

Stoke's FA Cup loss at Blackburn, following a heavy home defeat by Manchester City, means they have now had a couple of bad results back-to-back.

They have a couple of injuries to contend with too, with Marc Muniesa joining Ryan Shawcross and Bojan Krkic on the sidelines, and I do not see things getting better for them this weekend.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
137 Name: 606 : 2015-02-20 23:56
Chelsea v Burnley

Burnley have played well in the last couple of weeks against West Brom and then Manchester United but only have a single point to show for it.

It feels like the Clarets need a scruffy win but I don't think Stamford Bridge is the place to get it.
Chelsea had to do a lot of defending in the second half of their Champions League tie with Paris St-Germain on Tuesday but I still thought they looked pretty comfortable, and a 1-1 draw was a decent result.

Diego Costa is back from his suspension and got some minutes under his belt in that game and I just think the Blues will be too strong.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
138 Name: 606 : 2015-02-20 23:56
Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Crystal Palace have had some good results since Alan Pardew took over at the start of the year but their recent home form under him is not great.

he Eagles have not won any of their last three matches at Selhurst Park, including their defeat by Liverpool in the FA Cup last weekend.
This is a big game for Arsenal - with the race for the top four being so tight, they really need to win it.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said Alexis Sanchez was looking tired ahead of their FA Cup win over Middlesbrough but he was able to leave him out to give him a rest and he will be better for it on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
139 Name: 606 : 2015-02-20 23:57
Hull v QPR

I played with Chris Ramsey at Brighton and I am delighted he has got the QPR job until the end of the season.

Ramsey did some great work with Tottenham's younger players during his time there as a coach.
He got off to a great start as QPR manager with their long awaited first away win of the season at Sunderland that took them out of the bottom three.

Hull also picked up a big victory last time out, beating another struggling side Aston Villa 2-0.

That might prove to be the turning point for the Tigers, who have under-achieved this season, and I think they might edge this and climb away from the relegation zone.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
140 Name: 606 : 2015-02-20 23:58
Sunderland v West Brom

This is another game between two teams just above the relegation zone but they are in very different form.

After his side lost at home to QPR and went out of the FA Cup to League One side Bradford, Sunderland Gus Poyet is coming under a bit of pressure again.

Meanwhile, West Brom have picked up under Tony Pulis, and thrashed West Ham last weekend to continue their cup run after easily seeing off Swansea to give them some breathing space above the bottom three.

A point at Stadium of Light will keep the Baggies ticking over and will be a far better result for them than it would be for Sunderland.

Poyet's side just do not win enough games - they have the joint-fewest in the league with only four this season - and they badly need one.

With Hull and QPR playing each other, at least one of the five teams below the Black Cats will pick up points this weekend and they risk being dragged back into the thick of the relegation battle.

Poyet hit out at the media after his side lost out to the Bantams, and there has been some tension between him and the fans over Sunderland's style of play. All of that does not help matters.

But at least he has not done what his predecessor Paolo Di Canio did, which is to alienate the dressing room and affect his relationship with his players. In his situation, it is important they keep playing for him.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
141 Name: 606 : 2015-02-20 23:58
Swansea v Man Utd

As everybody has seen, Manchester United have not been playing well for a while but they keep getting good results.

When you think about how United boss Louis van Gaal is still searching for his best system and starting XI, it is amazing to think they have lost only one of their last 19 matches.

But they keep going because they have got match-winners - individuals who can turn games when the team is struggling.

As well as the FA Cup, United's aim is to get in the Champions League and it looks like it will happen, because they are beating all of the teams below them.

I think that run will continue against Swansea, who understandably do not look the same team since they sold Wilfried Bony. They have won only one of the five league games they have played without him this year.

They have got 34 points already, and will easily be OK this season, but I think their manager Garry Monk has got a very big summer ahead of him in terms of the work needed to his squad.

Their ins and outs, particularly up front, will set the trend for how they do next season.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
142 Name: 606 : 2015-02-20 23:59
Man City v Newcastle (17:30 GMT)

John Carver has done all right since he was given the Newcastle manager's job for the rest of the season, but his side are lacking what they need to be pushing up the table.

The Magpies are a little bit like Swansea in that they are in mid-table and probably not going to move far in either direction between now and the end of the season.

Manchester City still have plenty to play for though. They have Yaya Toure back from the Africa Cup of Nations and Wilfried Bony is set for his debut. They had last weekend off and I think they will be raring to go.

They need Toure to be in the mood and, with their Champions League tie against Barcelona coming up next week, they should look to get this game won as quickly as possible.

That way they can start looking at making substitutions to rest people for Tuesday, and take it from there.

Will City get the better of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez & co? I think Barca are very beatable but I think City should look to keep things tight and restrict them at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

City will get chances against them, though, and unlike last season when they met at the same stage, I think they will definitely keep the tie alive for the second leg at the Nou Camp.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
143 Name: 606 : 2015-02-21 00:00
SUNDAY

Tottenham v West Ham (12:00 GMT)

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce got a lot of stick from his side's travelling fans after their 4-0 defeat at West Brom in the FA Cup.

The Hammers have also only won two of their last 10 league games and that drop in form has meant people are making a lot of the fact that Allardyce's contract ends in the summer, and nothing is being done about giving him a new one.

West Ham won twice at White Hart Lane last season in the Premier League and Capital One Cup but I don't see them making it three in a row on Sunday.

Tottenham pinched the points with an injury-time winner at Upton Park when these two sides met on the first day of the season.

Spurs are a completely different side now, though, and I think they will show it with a much more convincing performance.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
144 Name: 606 : 2015-02-21 00:00
Everton v Leicester (14:05 GMT)

Everton were beaten by a late Chelsea goal last time out and they were a little bit unlucky not to leave Stamford Bridge with a point.

It was still an improved performance by Roberto Martinez's side in every department, though, and on that evidence I have to back them to beat Leicester at Goodison Park.

Leicester are out of the FA Cup so now their season is all about trying to survive in the Premier League.

The Foxes don't look a bad side when they come forward because they create lots of chances, but they do not seem to have enough belief to pick up points.

Sometimes Nigel Pearson's side seem to be waiting for something to go against them, rather than making something positive happen for themselves.

After losing their last four league games, Leicester are already two wins away from safety.
With four of the teams just above the drop zone playing each other on Saturday, things could be even worse by the time they kick off on Sunday, and the trapdoor is slowly opening for them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
145 Name: 606 : 2015-02-21 00:01
Southampton v Liverpool (16:15 GMT)

I am looking forward to this one, which should be a cracking game between two good sides.

Since Liverpool's 3-0 defeat by Manchester United in December, in a game where they had enough chances to win comfortably themselves, things have really come together for them and their attack has enough pace to cause anyone problems.

This is a real test for them, though, because I think Saints boss Ronald Koeman can use this game as a way of getting his side's focus back.

They have been a little inconsistent recently. Part of that has been down to the goals drying up for Graziano Pelle, but they remain a very dangerous side.

I fancy Saints to edge it, which would be a big boost to their hopes of making the top four and a big blow to Liverpool.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
146 Name: 606 : 2015-02-26 22:42
SATURDAY
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.

West Ham v Crystal Palace (12:45 GMT)

Crystal Palace gave it a good go against Arsenal last week, especially late on.

They still lost but it was the sort of performance that shows how much they have improved since Alan Pardew took charge at the start of the year.

West Ham played well in their 2-2 draw with Tottenham but the problem was they did not win a game that they really should have done.

To be denied three points by somebody following up a 96th-minute penalty is painful.
Pardew would love to do something similar against his former club but I don't see West Ham slipping up this time.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
147 Name: 606 : 2015-02-26 22:42
Burnley v Swansea

Swansea's win over Manchester United was a fantastic result, especially with them coming back from a goal down to do it.

That will give them real belief, just when I was thinking that they might drop like a stone.

That game said as much about Swansea as it did about United and bodes well for the rest of the season for Garry Monk's side.

This is a huge game for Burnley and they will probably be pleased to get back to playing football after all the furore over Ashley Barnes last weekend.
I actually think the commotion that followed might have done Burnley a favour, though.

With all of the debate over Barnes' challenge on Chelsea's Nemanja Matic and the reaction it got, everybody seems to have forgotten that the Clarets played well and picked up a really good point at Stamford Bridge.

I am backing them to put in another good display here too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
148 Name: 606 : 2015-02-26 22:43
Man Utd v Sunderland

Manchester United need to respond to their defeat by Swansea and nothing less than a win will do because competition for a Champions League place is so tight.

I think they will beat Sunderland, who still don't seem to be able to buy a goal, and it is about time they put in a really convincing performance.

Before losing in Wales, United were on a run of one defeat in 19 games but they had been pinching results and playing without any real conviction.

Part of the problem is that United boss Louis van Gaal has slowed the tempo of their play down so much that they are quite unrecognisable to their teams of the recent past.

Yes, they are beating all of the teams that are below them but United have some tough games coming up - they play Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea within the space of a month from mid-March.

The way they are playing, I would not be confident about their prospects of picking up too many points.
Van Gaal brought an aura with him when he took charge but, at the moment, there isn't one.

He just looks like an 'Ordinary Joe' manager who has made some very strange calls.

Why doesn't he play Angel Di Maria in his best position when he has paid £60m for him? Why doesn't he play Wayne Rooney further up the pitch where he can win games for you?

It is bizarre and there just seems to be no plan.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
149 Name: 606 : 2015-02-26 22:44
Newcastle v Aston Villa

If Tim Sherwood did not know the enormity of his task as Aston Villa manager, he does now after seeing them lose to Stoke in his first proper game in charge.

I thought he would come in and lift the players and he did, but only for the first 20 minutes. After that, Stoke controlled things which is a real worry for Sherwood.

Villa are not down and out yet but, unlike some of the other teams at the bottom of the table, they do not have many scrappers in their team. I think that's what they need now.

Newcastle have their own problems - they were absolutely abject in their 5-0 defeat at Manchester City. There is no way they can be as bad this time, surely.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
150 Name: 606 : 2015-02-26 22:45
Stoke v Hull

Hull are on a good run after taking seven points from their last nine games and the pressure on their manager Steve Bruce has lifted a little bit.

The Tigers left it late to beat QPR last week but it was generally deserved because again they created plenty of chances.

I think Steve Bruce's side will pick up another point here too, although I don't see them winning.

Stoke are a solid mid-table team who do not really yo-yo in the table very much - the lowest they have been since mid-October is 13th and the highest is ninth.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
151 Name: 606 : 2015-02-26 22:45
West Brom v Southampton

West Brom have only put in one poor performance and defeat - against Spurs - in their seven league games since Tony Pulis took charge.

The turnaround has not quite been as spectacular as it was when he kept Palace up last season but that does not matter.

Apart from the first 15 minutes, Southampton did not have any penetration in their defeat by Liverpool on Sunday and that lack of goal power is going to be their biggest problem as they chase the wins they will need to get a Champions League place.

But I think West Brom will come at them a little bit at The Hawthorns and that might help Saints in attack.

Teams go to St Mary's looking to stop Saints playing rather than have a go and they have found it difficult to adjust.

If this game is more open, then it will suit Ronald Koeman's team.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
152 Name: 606 : 2015-02-26 22:46
SUNDAY

Capital One Cup final: Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

Tottenham are very reliant on Harry Kane and I thought they were ordinary at best against West Ham last Sunday.

Spurs have had a really good run but they have started to look a little bit leggy and I thought the Hammers should have beaten them.

Even if they rest some of their key players against Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday night, I think Tottenham will find things very difficult at Wembley.

Yes, they always keep going to the end and got another late goal against the Hammers to rescue a point but they were very poor for most of that game and I think Chelsea will have too much for them.

If there is one thing we know about Chelsea under Jose Mourinho then it is that for the big games like this one, their big players always put in a big performance.
I do not expect things to be any different on Sunday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
153 Name: 606 : 2015-02-26 22:47
Liverpool v Man City (12:00 GMT)

Everybody seemed to think Liverpool were great in their win over Southampton last weekend but I just thought they did OK.

The bit they did do well was stopping Saints from playing and posing a threat on the counter-attack.

The Reds will probably change their team around a lot from their Europa League tie in Turkey on Thursday.

But their form is good with no defeats in their last 10 league games and they will be confident of keeping that momentum going.

Liverpool can definitely get at Manchester City's defence with their fast attacking players - in the past we have been asking who the best partner is for Vincent Kompany at centre-back, but he is struggling for form right now and he has gone backwards.

But City have found form again in attack with nine goals in their last two league games.

They can hurt Liverpool too, which is why I think this game will end up as a draw.

That might appear to be a bad result for City, who will drop more points in their pursuit of leaders Chelsea, but the most important thing for them is not to be beaten.

At the moment they just need to stay in the title race - this is not a case of them needing to win at all cost.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
154 Name: 606 : 2015-02-26 22:48
Arsenal v Everton (14:05 GMT)

Arsenal's home defeat by Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie was an unbelievably bad result.

I know Monaco are strong defensively domestically but we are talking about the French league, which is distinctly average when you take out the two or three best teams.
It was missed chances and poor defending that cost Arsenal and boy did Monaco punish them for it.

Can the Gunners turn it round in the second leg? No. The pitch in Monaco is rubbish which won't help and, more importantly, the fact Arsenal need goals will leave them open again on the counter-attack.

I would be surprised if Arsene Wenger's side suffer a hangover from Wednesday's disappointment at the weekend though.

Everton are not playing with any great confidence at the moment, as we saw in their 2-2 draw with Leicester last weekend, and I do not see them causing Arsenal too many problems.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
155 Name: 606 : 2015-03-07 15:26
QPR v Tottenham (Premier League, 15:00 GMT)

QPR's record in London derbies this year is awful - they have taken just one point from a possible 21 so far - and I do not see them improving it on Saturday.

Tottenham had to get through a difficult match against Swansea on Wednesday after losing the Capital One Cup final last weekend.

They won that one and can move up to sixth place with another three points here, which I think should be enough of an incentive for them.

It will still be very hard for Spurs to make it into the top four, but they should certainly be in the mix for a Champions League spot with 10 games to go.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
156 Name: 606 : 2015-03-14 00:11
SATURDAY
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.

Crystal Palace v QPR (12:45 GMT)

QPR gambled when they appointed Chris Ramsey as manager, and it has not paid off for them yet - he has lost all three games since he was given the job until the end of the season.

Crystal Palace, in contrast, got it right when they appointed Alan Pardew. They have not maintained their form from his first few weeks in charge but they have already climbed out of immediate relegation danger.

I look at this game and the way Palace are set up at the minute and I only see one outcome.

After this game, QPR play two more teams who are just above them in the table, Everton and West Brom.

It is all well and good looking at the fixture list and thinking they are winnable games for QPR, but the problem is they cannot beat anyone at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
157 Name: 606 : 2015-03-14 00:12
Arsenal v West Ham

West Ham's bad run continues - since Christmas they have won only one out of 11 league games. They were the better team when they played Chelsea last time out, but still lost.

I am sure Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will make it difficult for Arsenal too, but probably with the same outcome.

The Gunners got a great win at Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday, which was thoroughly deserved.

Arsene Wenger's side win the majority of their games but then occasionally have a hiccup - I don't see any hiccup happening here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
158 Name: 606 : 2015-03-14 00:12
Leicester v Hull

Leicester lost at Manchester City on 4 March in a game that sort of sums up their season.

Nigel Pearson's side played okay but, too often, they cannot turn decent performances like that into at least a point.

The Foxes remain in deep trouble but, in contrast, I think Hull will be absolutely fine.

The club will be buoyed by the news Steve Bruce is signing a new contract as manager and all they need to do now is keep ticking over and picking up points to stay clear of trouble.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
159 Name: 606 : 2015-03-14 00:13
Sunderland v Aston Villa

These two clubs are both just above the relegation zone, and both have been suffering from a distinct lack of goals all season.

Villa have improved on that front by putting four goals past West Brom in their last two games against the Baggies in the league and the FA Cup.

But I was at that cup tie and, for a team who had just won in midweek against the same opposition, they were awful in the first half, when they were all over the place.

Tim Sherwood still has a lot of work to do to improve them but a win here would be massive for them and they are capable of edging out a Black Cats team that does not look very convincing at all.

I worry more about Sunderland than Villa in terms of staying up, not just because of their results but because of their style of play.

Even with Jermain Defoe in the team, they struggle to create chances.

At some stage in the season, they surely have to gamble because they are losing games anyway and the worse that can happen is that they lose again.

But there is no sign of Sunderland manager Gus Poyet throwing caution to the wind, and the whole feeling around the club right now seems to be very negative.

At the moment, they are just relying on the three teams already in the relegation zone being even worse than they are, and that is not exactly something to shout about.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
160 Name: 606 : 2015-03-14 00:13
West Brom v Stoke

Stoke have won their last three Premier League games so it might sound a bit daft for me to say they are a very difficult team to predict, but they are usually much less consistent.

West Brom have just been beaten twice on the trot by Aston Villa, which does not bode well but I still see them coming out on top here.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis is very good at compartmentalising games into fixtures that are winnable and this is one of them.

It might even be easier for him to do that now his side are out of the FA Cup - and another big reason to back him is because this is against his former club.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
161 Name: 606 : 2015-03-14 00:14
Burnley v Man City (17:30 GMT)

Burnley fought back well for a draw against City at Etihad Stadium earlier in the season but their biggest problem throughout the campaign has been holding on to leads themselves.

I don't see them getting a chance to try to do that on Saturday, though.
Manchester City don't play Barcelona until Wednesday so a tea-time kick-off should not affect manager Manuel Pellegrini's selection.

The Barca game will obviously be on his mind to some degree, but City cannot afford any more slip ups in the Premier League, not just in the title race but because they are being dragged into the race for a top-four finish.

Above City, I would expect Chelsea to respond to their Champions League exit with an upturn in form.

Below them, the teams are winning all the time. City need to buck their ideas up and get on a run of decent results again too.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
162 Name: 606 : 2015-03-14 00:14
SUNDAY

Chelsea v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

This is quite a tough game for Chelsea coming off the back of their Champions League exit at the hands of Paris St-Germain.

In the second leg of that game on Wednesday, I thought Chelsea were outstanding exponents of the dark arts of football.

I just don't understand why they had to do things like surround the referee - they are such a good team and have so many good individual players. They are better than that.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho came out afterwards and said they were second best but one of the reasons for that is that PSG tried to play football, while Chelsea didn't seem to be interested in that.

I can't see that being the case again at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and they should have enough to win it.

Southampton have been okay of late, but no better than that.

They are certainly not in the kind of form in front of goal that they would need to be to win here.

Their top-four hopes have taken a bit of a dent in recent weeks but, whatever happens between now and the end of the season, it should not mask the fact they have had a very good campaign under Ronald Koeman.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
163 Name: 606 : 2015-03-14 00:15
Everton v Newcastle (16:00 GMT)

Everton are on a poor run in the Premier League, particularly at home where they have not won since they beat QPR on 15 December.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have been so-so since John Carver took over and they are just drifting towards the end of the season.

So I can see this being the win that Everton need to allay their relegation fears.
It has to be. I don't think they are in danger of going down anyway, but three points would steady the nerves a little bit.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
164 Name: 606 : 2015-03-14 00:15
Man Utd v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

This is a very big game for both teams in the race for a top-four spot.

I thought Arsenal out-played Manchester United in their win at Old Trafford in the FA Cup on Monday, and a poor result like that was definitely coming for Louis van Gaal's side.

United had been winning an awful lot of games without playing particularly well and eventually someone is always going to come along and show you up a little bit.

Tottenham look in better shape, after reacting to losing the Capital One Cup final by coming back and winning two on the spin.

A draw probably does not suit either team very much, with Arsenal and Liverpool both winning all the time at the moment, but I see the points being shared.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
165 Name: 606 : 2015-03-14 00:16
MONDAY

Swansea v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

Liverpool looked a bit leggy against Blackburn in their 0-0 draw in the FA Cup, which is understandable - their trip to Istanbul in the Europa League was always going to catch up with them eventually.

This will be a different test for the Reds, because Swansea will have a lot of possession.

But for all the football that the Welsh side can play, I am not quite sure they have enough of a goal threat to hurt Liverpool, and I think Brendan Rodgers' side will pick them off.

Rodgers returns to his old club with so many different options going forward, and so much pace.

I think in many ways Liverpool are better suited to playing away from home than at Anfield. They have got the momentum and I think they will go there and win.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Lawro on.... Liverpool's top four credentials
"After playing Swansea, Liverpool's next two games are really big ones for their entire season - at home to Manchester United on 22 March and then away at Arsenal on 4 April. They have got themselves back in the race for a Champions League spot and now they just have to stay there.
"It helps that they are out of the Europa League now and also that they have got players like Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard coming back from injury but overall they look in really good shape. They are playing really good football and look extremely fit for this time of year so I think they have a great chance of finishing in the top four."
166 Name: 606 : 2015-03-20 17:57
Saturday
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.

Man City v West Brom (12:45 GMT)

When you watch Manchester City, you can tell that all is not well.

I think they are getting found out a bit and their biggest problem is that, without the ball, they look extremely vulnerable.

That is not just against Barcelona, who created chance after chance as they knocked City out of the Champions League on Wednesday, that is against all the teams they have been playing lately.

It is happening because their midfielders, for example Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri, do not work hard enough running backwards, which means City are defending with one midfielder in front of the back four. You cannot do it.

Thanks to Tony Pulis, West Brom are going to be fine in terms of staying up. They are usually quite difficult to beat and it will not be easy for City to break them down.

But I don't see the Baggies having much of a goal threat and I cannot see them keeping City out for 90 minutes either.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
167 Name: 606 : 2015-03-20 17:58
Aston Villa v Swansea

Swansea played well against Liverpool on Monday night but they were unlucky with Jordan Henderson's goal for the Reds and did not get the reward they deserved.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, got their best result of the season with their 4-0 win at Sunderland.

Confidence has been one of Villa's problems in recent months but that performance should give them plenty of belief that they can get another win here too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
168 Name: 606 : 2015-03-20 18:11
Newcastle v Arsenal

Arsenal were excellent in Monaco on Tuesday night but went out of the Champions League because of what happened in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners know they should have gone through but I don't think they will feel sorry for themselves.

Arsene Wenger's side are probably thinking they can win the FA Cup and finish third or even second in the league. That's a pretty good season.

Newcastle lost 3-0 at Everton in their last game but their performance was not actually that bad. It will have to be a lot better for them to get anything out of this game, though.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
169 Name: 606 : 2015-03-20 18:12
Southampton v Burnley

Burnley's win over Manchester City last week was absolutely outstanding. I have made the point before how the Clarets have taken the lead a few times this season and not seen out the win, but they obviously got it right at last.

It does not get any easier for Sean Dyche's side this week, though, because I think Southampton are right back on form after their sticky patch.

The top four is probably beyond Saints but I think they will give it a good go. They were very good in their draw at Chelsea and you can see the difference it makes to them when they get their first-choice players back from injury.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Lawro on... who is going down
Leicester and QPR are two of my teams to go down. Ultimately, I think Burnley will join them but only after a fight. I just think Sunderland sacking Gus Poyet is more of a problem for Burnley than anyone else because the Black Cats had looked the most likely team to get caught, and that might change under Dick Advocaat.
170 Name: 606 : 2015-03-20 18:13
Stoke v Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew's appointment as Crystal Palace manager looks better and better each week.

The Eagles had the win wrapped up by half-time of their last match against QPR and they are now safely in mid-table, where Stoke have been for a while.

Stoke lost at West Brom last week but they rarely lose two league games back-to-back.

The only time that has happened this season was at the end of November when they lost three in a row, and I am going for a draw here.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
171 Name: 606 : 2015-03-20 18:14
Tottenham v Leicester

Tottenham just did not turn up at Old Trafford on Sunday, and they were well beaten by Manchester United.

Yes, United played well but I thought Spurs were ordinary.

Maybe the Capital One Cup final and the number of games they have played recently in the Europa League has caught up with them.

Leicester have already won once at White Hart Lane this season, in the FA Cup fourth round, but it is hard to see a repeat of that this weekend.

This might be a scruffy game of football because Leicester's situation at the bottom of the table means they need a win, and they probably won't be too bothered about playing pretty football to try to get it.

The Foxes don't quite need snookers yet but, sticking with the same analogy, they are tucked up behind the black and it will be very difficult for them to get out of trouble from there.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
172 Name: 606 : 2015-03-20 18:15
West Ham v Sunderland (17:30 GMT)

New Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat will only have had a couple of days training with his players and it will be very interesting to see how he approaches this game.

We might get a better idea of how he thinks he is going to get the results he needs when he sets up his team for a home game, starting against Newcastle next week.

The Hammers are actually below the Black Cats in the Premier League's form table - they have only won one out of their 12 Premier League game since Christmas - but this is certainly not an easy start for Advocaat.

I would not question the commitment of any of the Sunderland players, but they have not been creating anything like enough chances and Advocaat must find a way of changing that.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
173 Name: 606 : 2015-03-20 18:16
SUNDAY

Liverpool v Man Utd (13:30 GMT)

As good as Manchester United were last week, Liverpool will feel that they owe them one after the way United won at Old Trafford in December.

That game was the turning point for Liverpool's season. That might sound strange because they were beaten 3-0 but it was the game where they found the formation, tempo and way of attacking that they have used to great effect since.

I really do think the pace that Liverpool have in midfield, the forward positions and wide areas will prove too much for United, whose football is so ponderous in comparison.

It is true that Louis van Gaal's side put on their best performance of the season last weekend with a 3-0 win against Tottenham. United were far more like their old selves.

But I look at the two sides and I see quite a big gap. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has found a system that works, and his team are flying.

A win for either side will not settle anything in the race for the top four, though.

I don't think anyone is going to cement their place for a while yet and all the teams involved will drop points.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
174 Name: 606 : 2015-03-20 18:17
Hull v Chelsea (16:00 GMT)

Chelsea's results in 2015 have not been great but that drop in form is demonstrated by the number of games they have drawn (seven out of 16) rather than lost (two) which is why they are still clear at the top of the table.

They will feel they should have beaten Southampton last week, but didn't, and I cannot see them being denied again by Hull.

Jose Mourinho's side can clearly play a lot better than they have been, and I think they will end the season with a really good run.

Hull have got to play six of the top seven teams in their last nine games but I still think they will stay up.

I don't read too much into that at this stage of the season because for all we know, some of those games might turn out to have nothing riding on them for the opposition.

At this stage of the season, a game against a team fighting for their lives at the bottom is probably harder than a game against a team who are seventh with nothing to play for.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
175 Name: 606 : 2015-03-20 18:17
QPR v Everton (16:00 GMT)

Everton played in Ukraine on Thursday which won't help their preparations for this game.

But, even if they are tired, I don't think it will help QPR, who have been abysmal recently and have taken just four points from their 10 league games in 2015.

Chris Ramsey got the manager's job on the back of their only win in that run, at Sunderland in mid-February, and he was a strange appointment as boss.

Ramsey is a very good coach and I don't blame him for what has happened but I just think QPR's owner Tony Fernandes has got it spectacularly wrong, again.

I think the problem for Fernandes is he is a huge fan. There is nothing wrong with that, but he has got to separate fan and owner in order to make rational decisions.

Fernandes seems to be keen to keep the fans happy but they won't be happy when they are relegated, which looks extremely likely at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
176 Name: 606 : 2015-04-03 20:41
SATURDAY
All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated.


Arsenal v Liverpool (12:45 BST)

After their defeat by Manchester United last time out, this is a game that Liverpool cannot afford to lose if they are going to finish in the top four.

It does not help that the Reds are without Martin Skrtel, who is suspended. It is a big blow because he has been their lynchpin at the back and has been outstanding since they switched to their 3-4-3 formation in December.

Without him, I do not see Brendan Rodgers getting anything at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal have won nine of their last 10 league games and are on a roll.

The Gunners are in third place and looking up the table as much as they are down it - that banner calling for manager Arsene Wenger to leave has not been seen for a while, has it?

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
177 Name: 606 : 2015-04-03 20:41
Everton v Southampton

The pressure is off Everton, who have won two games in a row after going a while without a win at all.

Even when they were sinking like a stone, I always thought they would turn it around, which they have done.

Southampton had their own blip in form but they seem to be back on it. This should be a very good game, and I think it will be very open.

Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, they have been one of the success stories of this campaign.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
178 Name: 606 : 2015-04-03 20:42
Leicester v West Ham

Leicester are on the brink and it is hard to see them staying up.

Nigel Pearson's side picked up 19 points from their first 29 games, and are seven points adrift of safety.

I don't know exactly what they will need from their last nine matches to survive but even if they get another 19 - which is not going to happen - that still leaves them short of the magic 40-point mark.

They will not go down without a fight, though, and Pearson will have them up and ready for a battle on Saturday, even if he just says to his players 'this is our final throw of the dice'.

I remember being in a relegation struggle with Brighton when it looked like we were dropping out of the top flight and, in the dressing room before games, the attitude was 'let's go for it'.

We were at the stage where the players were thinking if we do that, then the worst that can happen is that we lose again.

It was amazing how that can sometimes have the desired effect, and that is why I think this is a game they can win.

West Ham beat Sunderland in their last game but their season is petering out and, with each passing day, it appears more likely that Sam Allardyce will not be in charge next season.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
179 Name: 606 : 2015-04-03 20:43
Man Utd v Aston Villa

After winning at Anfield and playing extremely well in the process, Manchester United will look at this game and think 'right, it is time to kick on'.

United have got some big games against Manchester City and Chelsea coming up in the next couple of weeks but they look in good shape for both of them. Against Liverpool, they controlled possession and therefore controlled the game too.

Aston Villa have picked up of late too, but it is hard to see them getting anything at Old Trafford.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
180 Name: 606 : 2015-04-03 20:43
Swansea v Hull

I have been getting a bit of stick from Swansea fans for my predictions, which have left them in the relegation zone in my league table (at the bottom of this page).

I thought they would struggle after selling Wilfried Bony to Manchester City but I was wrong - they have done really well, and their manager Garry Monk deserves a lot of praise for that in his first full season in charge.

Hull are hovering just above the drop zone in real life, but I have not seen another team take Chelsea apart this season like they did in the first half of their last game.
It ended up as a glorious failure for the Tigers but, if they keep playing like that, I think they will be absolutely fine.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
181 Name: Anonymous : 2015-04-03 20:44
West Brom v QPR

The 'Tony Pulis effect' has worked for West Brom since he was appointed as their manager in January, the same as it did for Crystal Palace in the previous campaign.

Well done to him, and also to his players, because Pulis comes in and manages in a certain way that gets a reaction from them.

That leads to results, which leads to the team staying in the Premier League, so it is happy days all round.

QPR also changed their manager mid-season, but it looks like there will be a very different outcome for them.

The problem for me comes from the top. QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is the man making all the decisions and not only are they all the wrong ones, there seems to be no plan behind any of them.

It has actually amazed me how bad they have been. When you consider they have got a striker in Charlie Austin who has scored goals for fun, for them to still be in the position they are in shows how much of a mess the rest of their team is in.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
182 Name: 606 : 2015-04-03 20:45
Chelsea v Stoke (17:30 BST)

It has been a good week for Stoke with their manager Mark Hughes signing a new contract but I cannot see past a Chelsea win on Saturday.

The only potential worry from Chelsea's point of view is how bad they were defensively in their last game against Hull.

But they still won that game and the thing about top players and top teams is that they can have one bad day but that is it, they are back to their best straight away.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho will not have forgiven his players for that display but they will all have been away for the international break and will almost have forgotten about it.

There is no way there will be any hangover from that game at the weekend.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
183 Name: 606 : 2015-04-03 20:46
SUNDAY

Burnley v Tottenham (13:30 BST)

I cannot believe there has been such a massive fuss over Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

I have got a bit of a bee in my bonnet about this - he has had an outstanding season but people are making him out to be the saviour of English football. I heard on the radio the other day that he was apparently worth £100m. Where has everyone's brains gone?

It will be much, much more difficult for Kane next season. Let's see next May if he is still going to be a world beater - at the moment, it is far too early to get so carried away.

Next season will be a massive test for him because he will be a marked man. Games and players are analysed in huge detail these days and people at other clubs will sit down and work out everything about him - where he runs from, how he runs and when he runs, and how he gets on the ball.

From the way people have been eulogising about him, you would think he is going to be the next Lionel Messi. It's frightening.

Next up for Kane is Turf Moor, and it will be a bit different to his last game, which was in Italy for England.

Tottenham are a good side but this is a tough game for them.

I fancy the Clarets to win and the reason I say that is because I think they will be 'up and at 'em'.

It will be a real east Lancashire welcome. A case of 'have some of this - lots of shoe'.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
184 Name: 606 : 2015-04-03 20:48
Sunderland v Newcastle (16:00 BST)

Blimey. Good luck to new Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat on Sunday - what a mad fixture to face in his second game in charge.

He has a lot to live up to, because his predecessors Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet both had an excellent record against Newcastle, and Sunderland are unbeaten in a Tyne-Wear derby since October 2011.

That puts even more pressure on Advocaat, on top of the fact his side desperately need points in their fight against relegation.

Ultimately I think the Black Cats will stay up, because there are three teams who are worse than them - I do not see the current bottom three getting out of it.

But Advocaat has to be careful against the Magpies, who in contrast are under no pressure whatsoever. He will have to make sure his players treat it like it is just another three points, which won't be easy.

Any Mackems reading this are probably saying 'what on earth is he on about? This game is different', but the point I am making is that they need to play the opposition, not the occasion.

All it takes is some hot tempers, late tackles and a player sent off and that is another three points gone for Sunderland. In their situation, they cannot afford for that to happen.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Seasons
2014-15 5 April Sunderland won 1-0
2013-14 Sunderland won 2-1 & Sunderland won 3-0
2012-13 1-1 draw & Sunderland won 3-0
2011-12 Newcastle won 1-0 & 1-1 draw
185 Name: 606 : 2015-04-03 20:49
MONDAY

Crystal Palace v Man City (20:00 BST)

Let's be honest, Crystal Palace are already safe.

That shows what a great run they have been on since Alan Pardew took charge at the start of January with the Eagles in the relegation zone.

But by the time this game is played, Manchester City could be nine points behind leaders Chelsea and as low as fourth in the table if Arsenal and Manchester United win over the weekend too.

So nothing less than a win will do to keep their title hopes alive, and City's players will know that.
I think they will get the three points at Selhurst Park, but they cannot afford any more slip-ups between now and the end of the season.

Even then, that might not be enough to rein Chelsea in.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
186 Name: 606 : 2015-04-11 14:55
Southampton v Hull

Southampton are clearly a good side but goals still look hard to come by for them.

Hull have bigger problems - they have been dragged back into trouble after taking just two points from their last five games.

The last few days in particular have not helped the Tigers because they lost and all of the sides immediately around them have picked up at least a point.

It is looking pretty perilous for Steve Bruce's side, and it might get even worse for them on Saturday because I am backing Saints to win.
I still don't think Hull will go down though. I know they play a lot of the top teams in their run-in but they have got a couple more wins in them.

By the time some of those games come around the opposition might have nothing to play for and, at this stage of the season, it is always harder to play a hungrier team, no matter where they are in the table.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
187 Name: 606 : 2015-04-11 14:56
Sunderland v Crystal Palace

I was really impressed by Crystal Palace's performance in their victory against Manchester City - the Eagles have become a team who are really good to watch.

We already knew their wide players Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie are a big threat but the pace they have through their whole side can punish teams.

But Sunderland will be on a high after their win over Newcastle, and the fact they are still fighting for their lives will help them get something out of this game too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
188 Name: 606 : 2015-04-11 14:57
Tottenham v Aston Villa

For a team that was chasing a top-four place, Tottenham were amazingly ordinary in their 0-0 draw at Burnley last weekend.

Spurs just did not seem to understand that they had to scrap for a win, and never looked like getting one.

Things should be different against Villa, though. For a start they are at home and they are also up against their former boss Tim Sherwood.

As a player you always want to put one over your old manager, and I think Tottenham will do that and get back to winning ways.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
189 Name: 606 : 2015-04-11 14:58
West Brom v Leicester

Leicester's win over West Ham last time out was massive for them and they showed it with the way they celebrated.

That kind of reaction was understandable because of the poor run they had been on. It will have lifted the whole club but the Foxes still have an awful lot of work to do.

The difference between Nigel Pearson's side and the teams above them is that realistically they need to put a run of wins together to have any chance of staying up, which is something they have not done all season.

West Brom, in contrast, would need a complete collapse to go down which is something that is just not going to happen under Tony Pulis.

Yes, the Baggies' 4-1 home defeat by QPR was a very poor result but it was just a hiccup and Pulis will get back to business very quickly.

You can imagine him putting on triple training sessions every day this week in response to that performance, and I think we will see a very different display from his players on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
190 Name: 606 : 2015-04-11 14:59
West Ham v Stoke

Both of these teams are in the top half of the table with the same number of points, but neither of them are in great form.

I think home advantage will help West Ham edge it but, I am not sure a win will help Sam Allardyce keep his job.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has just signed a new contract but it looks unlikely that Allardyce will be offered one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
191 Name: 606 : 2015-04-11 15:00
Burnley v Arsenal (17:30 BST)

From front to back, Burnley must be the hardest-working side in the Premier League.

I don't think that will be enough for them against Arsenal, though, because the Gunners have got their swagger back.

In the past, a trip to somewhere like Turf Moor might have tripped them up but I think they are above all that at the moment and they have got a lot to play for too.

There is more to their good run than just momentum and confidence - the likes of Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin have emerged to play a key role, the whole team has improved and they have injured players coming back all the time too.

People are saying Alexis Sanchez has faded since Christmas but even that needs to be put into context.

He was brilliant in the first half of the season, now he is just very, very good - along with lots of others.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
192 Name: 606 : 2015-04-11 15:03
QPR v Chelsea (13:30 BST)

It has been a good week for QPR and I am sure they will be confident coming into this one - it is a derby, they are at home and on a tight pitch which is not easy for opposing teams to get used to.

Another win would be huge but just because they have picked up points against fellow strugglers West Brom and Aston Villa does not mean they can do the same against top-of-the-table Chelsea.

There is a big difference between Jose Mourinho's side and the teams at the bottom and I think that will be shown in this game.

The Blues' defensive record means I do not worry about them going to places like Loftus Road where they will be put under pressure.

At the other end, even without the injured Diego Costa they have a whole host of match-winners in their attack.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
193 Name: 606 : 2015-04-11 15:07
Man Utd v Man City (16:00 BST)

Manchester United are on a very good run and their fans are suddenly all shouting about how they are going to finish above Manchester City.

On current form, it looks like they might be right because United have been playing very well in recent weeks. City, clearly, have not.

The biggest problem for the defending champions is that they have been too easy to play against and, therefore, too easy to beat.

But this is a huge game for them and I think we will see City's big players like Yaya Toure rise to the occasion. They have done that enough times at Old Trafford in the recent past - City have won on their last three visits.

I am expecting a closer encounter this time and I think it is going to end in a draw after an open game.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
194 Name: 606 : 2015-04-11 15:09
Liverpool v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

Liverpool got themselves over the line and to Wembley after beating Blackburn in their FA Cup quarter-final tie and that success will help their league form too.

I can only see one outcome at Anfield on Monday, because Newcastle's poor form means they are the team everyone wants to play right now.

Fourth place has gone for Liverpool but their aim now has to be to finish in fifth, get to the FA Cup final and try to win it.
Do that, and they have had a good season.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
195 Name: 606 : 2015-04-18 09:59
Crystal Palace v West Brom

Crystal Palace's turnaround since Alan Pardew took charge in January is one of the stories of the season.

Pulis got the Baggies job just before Pardew arrived at Palace and also had an immediate impact.

But West Brom have hit the skids a bit in the last few weeks with three straight defeats.

The manner of their last-minute loss at home to Leicester last week was particularly 'un-Pulis-like' and I think we will see a response to that here.

West Brom are still seven points above the relegation zone but they will need to pick up more points somewhere before they are completely safe.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
196 Name: 606 : 2015-04-18 09:59
Everton v Burnley

Everton will feel they should have made it four wins in a row last week when they were held by Swansea and they will want to maintain that sort of form against Burnley.

It was the same old story for the Clarets against Arsenal - they gave it a good go but came up short.

Their biggest problem is that they are struggling for goals - Danny Ings has not found the net for seven games and the whole team have only managed two between them in that time.

That just highlights how, while their work-rate and organisation under Sean Dyche is absolutely spot-on, their quality in the final third is letting them down.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
197 Name: 606 : 2015-04-18 10:00
Leicester v Swansea

Leicester have now won two games in a row and although they are still bottom of the table they will be thinking their fight for survival is very much on.

The Foxes rode their luck a bit against West Brom last weekend but they have got a bit of confidence and momentum and I think they can carry that on.

Swansea are on a decent run themselves, despite not having much to play for apart from a record points total.

They will not make it easy for Leicester but I have the feeling the Foxes will edge another win, especially with Swans striker Bafetimbi Gomis out injured.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
198 Name: 606 : 2015-04-18 10:00
Stoke v Southampton

Southampton are ticking along quite nicely, just one point behind Liverpool.

They will go above them with a draw or a win because the Reds have got their FA Cup semi-final this weekend.

I've heard a lot about how Liverpool are the team hoping to nick fourth place if Manchester City's slump continues but Southampton should not be discounted in that race.

If Saints can find the sort of form to finish the season they showed at the start of it, then they have got a chance - and it is a massive carrot for them.

A win at the Britannia Stadium is never easy but Stoke have a few injury problems to deal with - Victor Moses is their latest player to be sidelined - and I am backing Southampton.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
199 Name: 606 : 2015-04-18 10:02
Chelsea v Man Utd (17:30 BST)

Chelsea's late winner at QPR was massive for their title bid and it helps make this game one where they just have to avoid defeat rather than one they have to win.

The Blues are three wins away from the title but their manager Jose Mourinho will not be too bothered about when they win it, as long as they do.

I am going to go for a draw and I think Mourinho will set up his team to get one, even if he does not admit it.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal would probably take a point at Stamford Bridge too.

It has all come together for United recently, although some of it was by accident - an injury to Robin van Persie, for example, meant Van Gaal had to push Wayne Rooney back up front.

You do have to give Van Gaal credit, though, because he had to put up with a lot of injuries before Christmas.

Things have settled down a lot recently, in terms of team selection and tactics, and United have built from the back.

They have some real quality in their midfield and things are working for them in all departments at the moment, as they showed with their derby win over Manchester City.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
200 Name: 606 : 2015-04-18 10:02
Man City v West Ham (13:30 BST)

Manchester City are struggling badly at the moment and it is almost like some of their players have downed tools. I don't think some of them are too bothered, and I think part of the reason for that is the money they are on.

Very few City players have lived up to their reputations this season, and a lot of them have actually tarnished them.

Their manager Manuel Pellegrini is under fire because he does not seem to be able to get them at it and part of the problem for me is that he does not seem to be a man for drastic surgery.

If my head was on the chopping block, like his appears to be, I would be leaving out some of the big-name players who are not performing, but that does not seem to be Pellegrini's way.

There are similarities with West Ham because their form has also dropped off badly and, as with Pellegrini, we are also unsure if Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will be in charge next season.

Allardyce has not been offered a new contract, and if the club wanted to keep him, they would have done. You would assume some of the players have got wind of that, which might be why they are drifting.

Both teams need to change their squads round a bit, but City more so than West Ham. That is a big statement in itself.

Even so, I think Pellegrini will get a badly-needed win on Sunday. It might be unconvincing, but the three points are all that matter at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
201 Name: 606 : 2015-04-18 10:03
Aston Villa v Liverpool (FA Cup semi-final, 15:00 BST)

Aston Villa have picked up since Tim Sherwood took charge in February and their win at Tottenham last weekend was a great result for Villa and him personally.

With five goals in his last three Villa games, Christian Benteke's form is a worry for Liverpool but they will pose a threat too.

Whoever plays for them, I feel the Reds will do more damage with their pace through the middle and up front.

It will be a close game but I have the sneaking suspicion with Liverpool that they have this belief they are going to get to the final, and that kind of confidence is a big factor going into games like this.

Lawro's prediction: 0-1
202 Name: 606 : 2015-04-18 10:03
Newcastle v Tottenham (16:00 BST)

I have a lot of sympathy with Newcastle supporters who are set to protest about the lack of ambition of their club.

The club's accounts show they have lots of money, seemingly without anyone wanting to do anything with it in terms of trying to win things.

Their fans want glory, or at least the chance of it, so I can understand why they want owner Mike Ashley out, and the stadium boycott planned for Sunday could show what they are prepared to do to achieve that aim.

If a large number of people with season tickets do not go in, that is a big statement to start with.

But Ashley already has the money from this season's tickets in the bank, so he might not be too bothered - to really hit home, the Magpies fans would have to not buy them for next season and hit him in the pocket.

If enough of them say "I am not going to renew, I am going to wait and see what Ashley does," then that could be a game-changer.

I think Ashley would take notice if he realised that 20,000 or so Newcastle fans were going to stop coming every other week but, if that doesn't happen, he might still be thinking 'so what?'.

In terms of the game, Newcastle are in freefall and Tottenham also look like they cannot wait for the season to end.

It is too easy an excuse to say that Spurs must be tired. It's more accurate to say their defeat by Aston Villa was coming because Harry Kane cannot get them a result every week.

The more I see of them, the more I think they are a one-man team and, when Kane is not scoring, they are going to struggle.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
203 Name: 606 : 2015-04-25 01:19
SATURDAY

Southampton v Tottenham (12:45 BST)

Tottenham had a good win at Newcastle on Sunday but the Magpies are everyone's favourite team to play at the moment so you cannot read too much into that.

Southampton lost to Stoke last time out and it seems chances and goals are still hard to come by for them.

But Mauricio Pochettino is back at St Mary's for the first time since leaving Saints for Spurs last summer.

His new team are a point and a place above his old one and I think the return of their former manager will get the crowd going.

There should be a great atmosphere, and I fancy a home win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
204 Name: 606 : 2015-04-25 01:20
Burnley v Leicester

In many ways, this is probably Leicester's most difficult game of the last few weeks.

They were virtually at rock-bottom before they started their three-game winning run and the thinking then must have been something like that 'let's go for it, the worst that can happen is that we lose again'.

The shackles came off a bit in their wins over West Ham, West Brom and Swansea and the Foxes played like a team who were willing to take a few more chances. Lo and behold, they started scoring some goals and winning games.

Now they have given themselves a real chance of staying up, and the pressure will be back on a bit.

In contrast, Burnley's form is poor - they did not really carry a threat in Saturday's defeat by Everton and that is nothing new because they have not scored a goal in their last four games.

But they are at home, and they will see this as a chance to knock Leicester back down.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
205 Name: 606 : 2015-04-25 01:20
Crystal Palace v Hull

With Burnley and Leicester playing each other on Saturday, Hull know that if they lose at least one of the three teams below them will make up some ground on them this weekend.

The Tigers also have some tough fixtures to come - their next two games are against Liverpool and Arsenal - so they really need to pick something up here.

Steve Bruce's side are on a run of three defeats but they had last weekend off and I'm told that training has been good and is very intense, so they will be ready for this game.

It will not be easy, though. Palace's defeat by West Brom last week was a shock and they are still hoping to finish in the top half of the top division for the first time since 1992.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
206 Name: 606 : 2015-04-25 01:21
Newcastle v Swansea

Words fail me when it comes to Newcastle at the moment. They have lost six straight games but I really feel for their manager John Carver because he is in an impossible position.

Carver is coaching them, organising them and trying to get them to play in a certain way but he is only in charge until the end of the season and the players know that.

He is a good coach too by the way, because I have seen him at work. He must be tearing his hair out wondering what he can do to turn things round.

Swansea were beaten at Leicester last time out, but they have only lost back-to-back Premier League games three times this season.

I cannot see it happening again at St James' Park, especially with Newcastle playing like their season has already finished.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
207 Name: 606 : 2015-04-25 01:22
QPR v West Ham

Like Newcastle, West Ham are another team who everyone wants to play right now.
I watched their defeat by Manchester City on Sunday and it was not the kind of performance you expect from a Sam Allardyce side.

It looks like the writing is on the wall as far as Allardyce's future is concerned and, ahead of their move into the Olympic Stadium in 2016, it appears the club's thinking is get a new home, a new manager and a new way of playing.

Nobody appears to have told Allardyce that yet but, just like with John Carver and Newcastle, the players are playing as if they don't think he will be their manager next season.

So, this game comes at a good time for QPR, whose form since Christmas has been terrible - they would be bottom of the table if the league had started on Boxing Day.

QPR have shown some signs of life, though, and picked up four points from two games before their agonising late defeat by Chelsea last time out.

If they win this one, they could be out of the relegation zone on Saturday night.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
208 Name: 606 : 2015-04-25 01:22
Stoke v Sunderland

Stoke need four points to break the 50-point barrier for the first time in the Premier League era and I have been very impressed by the way their manager Mark Hughes has gone about his job.

Hughes has not spent a lot of money in his two seasons in charge but he has improved the way they play.

Sunderland have had a couple of weeks off since their 4-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace, but I don't see them bouncing back from that at the Britannia Stadium.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
209 Name: 606 : 2015-04-25 01:23
West Brom v Liverpool

The pressure is massively off West Brom now after they ended their bad run with a victory over Crystal Palace last week.

That was a big win for Pulis for all sorts of reasons, but the main one was that his side got three points to end their slide.

So this is a tricky fixture for Liverpool because it is a while since they played well, and I think Pulis will make it very difficult for them.

Liverpool have lost all of the momentum they had when they were unbeaten for so long at the start of the year.

They are out of the FA Cup now too but I do not agree with the fans who say Brendan Rodgers has got to go.

Let's face it, Rodgers has been without his best striker Daniel Sturridge for virtually the entire season. The Reds will make changes during the summer, but they will not include their manager.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0
210 Name: 606 : 2015-04-25 01:23
Man City v Aston Villa (17:30 BST)

Aston Villa definitely deserved their FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool.
They were excellent in every area of the pitch and Christian Benteke is back firing on all cylinders and looks a real handful again.

Manchester City will beat them on Saturday, though.

I am not saying that because City saw off West Ham so easily on Sunday, because the Hammers were pathetic.
I just think Villa will give it far more of a go and try to make the most of their attacking players being in good form, and an open game should suit City.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
211 Name: 606 : 2015-04-25 01:24
SUNDAY

Everton v Man Utd (13:30 BST)

Everton are now five games unbeaten after seeing off Burnley last week.

Their performance against the Clarets was nothing special, but they won. I am sure they were happy enough to get a result without playing well when you consider that for long spells of this season they played OK but ended up beaten.

Manchester United are also in decent form, and put up a good fight in their defeat by Chelsea last weekend.

I would not get carried away by that display in the way some people did, though. I don't remember Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois having too many saves to make.

I think this will be tight too. Games between these two teams are always keenly fought, and I think this one will end up even.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
212 Name: 606 : 2015-04-25 01:24
Arsenal v Chelsea (16:00 BST)

The first thing I would say about this game is that Chelsea will not be beaten.

I don't know who will be up front for the Blues if Didier Drogba is injured, but that will not make too much difference to the outcome. It will be another case of Jose Mourinho doing a job on a top team, to make sure Arsenal don't make up any points on his side.

A draw will suit Chelsea down to the ground and I will go further and say it will be 0-0.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has never beaten Mourinho in 11 attempts and I do not see that changing on Sunday.

Arsenal have changed their style in big games this season, at Manchester City in the league and Manchester United in the FA Cup.

But I don't think that will happen on Sunday. The Gunners will play the way they always do at Emirates Stadium, regardless of the fact they are up against the Blues.

I don't see Wenger sitting back. I think his game-plan will be to go on the attack, try to create loads of chances and try to win.
It won't work though.

Lawro's prediction: 0-0
213 Name: 606 : 2015-05-02 18:12
Leicester v Newcastle (12:45 BST)

I don't think Leicester's confidence will have been dented by their defeat by Chelsea on Wednesday night, and it will help knowing they have this game up next.

Newcastle have lost their last seven games, which is pathetic when you consider the size of that club.

Some of their performances have been atrocious and I don't see how their form is going to improve on Saturday.

Leicester are on 30 points and I think they are only two wins away from guaranteeing safety.

They might not even need that to stay up, but this is certainly a good opportunity for the Foxes to get one of those victories.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
214 Name: 606 : 2015-05-02 18:13
Aston Villa v Everton

Aston Villa were unlucky to lose at Manchester City last week and, after struggling for goals when Paul Lambert was manager, they now look a good side going forward.

Everton are six unbeaten in the league but I can see that run coming to an end this weekend because Villa are playing so well.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
215 Name: 606 : 2015-05-02 18:13
Liverpool v QPR

Liverpool were poor in their defeat at Hull on Tuesday night.
Because there are not many leaders in their team, it is down to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to tell them when they are not good enough.

Quite a few of the Liverpool players seem to be getting by on reputation at the moment, but I think they will beat QPR because the Anfield crowd will not accept anything less than 100% effort.

QPR have only lost one of their last four games, but they only won of them too - and it is hard to see them getting the victories they need to get out of the bottom three.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
216 Name: 606 : 2015-05-02 18:14
Sunderland v Southampton

Sunderland have slipped into the relegation zone after only winning one of their last 10 games.

So the Black Cats badly need a win here, but I don't think they will get it.

Southampton's recent form has been patchy but they remain hard to beat.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
217 Name: 606 : 2015-05-02 18:14
Swansea v Stoke

Swansea won last time out but that was at Newcastle, and at the moment that does not say very much.

Bafetimbi Gomis is still injured and I think the Swans will miss him up front against Stoke, who look solid again.

The Potters are unbeaten in their last three games and I can see them extending that run on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
218 Name: 606 : 2015-05-02 18:14
West Ham v Burnley

I think Burnley know their chances of staying up are fading fast.

The goals have dried up - for Danny Ings and the rest of the team - and especially with Leicester's form of late, the Clarets are probably looking at their situation and thinking they are doomed.

You cannot fault the effort that Sean Dyche's team have put in over the course of the season. All they have been lacking is quality.

West Ham's form has not been great either, but I think they will deepen Burnley's despair this weekend.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
219 Name: 606 : 2015-05-02 18:15
Man Utd v West Brom (17:30 BST)

As a team, Manchester United did not really turn up last weekend at Everton and they were well beaten at Goodison Park.

It was a surprise to see such a no-show from their players, especially after so many impressive performances from their players in the last few weeks.

I think they will bounce back against the Baggies, though.
As much as West Brom will try to make it difficult for United, I am not sure they will make it difficult enough.

United are nailed on for the top four, which I think was their main aim for the season.

West Brom will be happy too, because I think the point they picked up against Liverpool last week means they are safe.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
220 Name: 606 : 2015-05-02 18:15
SUNDAY

Chelsea v Crystal Palace (13:30 BST)

If they win this game then Chelsea are champions, and I do not see Crystal Palace getting in their way.

As good as the Eagles have been under Alan Pardew, I don't think there is any doubt what the outcome will be.

There has been a lot of talk this week about 'boring boring Chelsea' but I think a lot of that is down to the green-eyed monster.

Why do you have to play super-sexy football to win the league? As we know, a lot of time you cannot do it.

They have supposedly not been playing well for a while, but they won four games out of five in April, and drew the other one.

So, the thing about them is that they almost always get the result they want and that is the mark of a top team.

I take my hat off to Jose Mourinho and his players. They are a great side and I always felt they would win the league.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
221 Name: 606 : 2015-05-02 18:16
Tottenham v Man City (16:00 BST)

Tottenham have tailed off a bit and their only win in their last four games came against Newcastle, who everyone beats at the moment.

Spurs' top-four hopes took a hit the same time as Liverpool and Southampton dipped too, probably much to the relief of Manchester City because they were wobbling at the time.

City have not been too convincing either, although they have won their last two games to make sure of a top-four place.
Their aim now must be to try to remain unbeaten until the end of the season.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
222 Name: 606 : 2015-05-02 18:16
MONDAY

Hull v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

Hull's win over Liverpool on Tuesday was massive for their survival hopes, and they played like a team who knew how important it would be.

What they did against the Reds was perfect - they steamed into Mario Balotelli and made tackles all over the pitch.
They were never seriously exposed at the back and if they can do that again against Arsenal I think they can get another positive result.

The Gunners have been in great form but Hull are scrappers and I am backing them to get a draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
223 Name: 606 : 2015-05-08 21:57
Everton v Sunderland (12:45 BST)

Sunderland's win over Southampton last weekend was a huge result for them in their fight against the drop.

Dick Advocaat's side were absolutely desperate for that victory and I expect a similar sort of approach on Saturday, with them scrapping for anything they can get.

But Everton were on a decent run until they lost at Aston Villa in their last game, and I just cannot see the Black Cats going to Goodison Park and winning.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
224 Name: 606 : 2015-05-08 21:57
Aston Villa v West Ham

Villa's victory over Everton was also a very important one for them in their relegation fight. In the end it probably should have been more comfortable.

They look a completely different team under Tim Sherwood compared to when Paul Lambert was in charge, especially in terms of their options going forward and how confident they look in front of goal.

One more win will probably put Villa safe, and I think they will get it against West Ham.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
225 Name: 606 : 2015-05-08 21:58
Hull v Burnley

Burnley are down unless they win this game. Unfortunately for the Clarets, I don't see that happening.
Sean Dyche's side have taken just one point from their last six games and they collapsed at the wrong time of the season after being so competitive for most of it.

Scoring goals has been a massive problem for Burnley during that bad run - they have not scored in any of those games and lost the last four 1-0.

Hull, in contrast, were showing signs of life before Monday's defeat by Arsenal and they will know how important winning this game is to their survival hopes.

It is almost a cup final for them, and I think the Tigers will take the three points.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Lawro on... Burnley bouncing back?
If Burnley do get relegated, I think they are in good shape to make a quick return to the top flight. They have not thrown massive money at the team to try to stay up so they should be able to strengthen to try to get promotion.
The main thing will be getting enough firepower. It looks like they will need to replace Danny Ings, and we have seen with Bournemouth and Watford in the Championship this season that lots of goals get you out of that division. Their focus should be on that.
226 Name: 606 : 2015-05-08 21:59
Leicester v Southampton

Leicester have now won five out of their last six games, and only Chelsea and Arsenal have picked up more points than them in that period.

The Foxes fans have played their part in their team's revival because they create such a fantastic atmosphere at the King Power Stadium. They have been driving the team forward, and I am expecting more of the same from them at the weekend.

Southampton, meanwhile, are limping over the line a little bit. Their problem is still scoring goals, but at least they remain hard to beat.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
227 Name: 606 : 2015-05-08 22:00
Newcastle v West Brom

Things are going from bad to worse with Newcastle, who have now lost eight games in a row.
They have to face up to the real possibility of relegation because that sort of form is like a runaway truck, which is almost impossible to stop.

A lot of people are playing the blame game in the north east at the moment and the manager John Carver has been getting stick, even though it is not his fault that this situation has been allowed to develop.

The performance of some of the Magpies players has been nothing short of disgraceful recently and there are reports the squad had their own meeting this week.

If so, I would hope that one or two senior members of the team stood up and made it very clear that they all need to sort things out together. It is down to them to get the results.

You can guess how West Brom will approach this one - they will make things extremely difficult for the home team and wait for a chance to come their way.

It will not be an easy afternoon for Newcastle or their fans, but I have a feeling something might go their way at last. Even a draw at home would be a big achievement for them at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
228 Name: 606 : 2015-05-08 22:00
Stoke v Tottenham

Tottenham's season seems to be petering out and I do not see that changing at the Britannia Stadium.
A Stoke win would see them reach 50 points in a Premier League season for the first time, and I think they will get it.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0
229 Name: 606 : 2015-05-08 22:00
Crystal Palace v Man Utd (17:30 BST)

Both of these teams have lost their last three games but it is Manchester United that I am backing to end their poor run.

However Crystal Palace end up finishing the season, they have done really well when you consider they are on their third manager since August.

United had that really good spell in March and April but seem to have really hit the buffers in the last couple of weeks.

Even so, a win and a draw will guarantee them a top-four finish, and they should get the win at Selhurst Park.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
230 Name: 606 : 2015-05-08 22:01
SUNDAY

Man City v QPR (13:30 BST)

QPR are definitely down if they lose, so I see their latest Premier League stint ending on Sunday.
They have put up a fight in their last few games but have not won since their victory at West Brom on 4 April.

Manchester City have had their own problems but they have put together a three-game winning run without playing particularly well. I can only see one outcome.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Lawro on... a quick QPR return?
If QPR go down, there is a lot of work to do at Loftus Road. They need to make a decision on their manager but also completely re-evaluate the direction that the club is going in.
A big part of that is their transfer policy. I would look at getting some younger players in, who can improve, rather than established players on big money because a lot of them have not played well enough. It is going to be difficult for them to come straight back up because I don't really see it with what they have got at the moment.
231 Name: 606 : 2015-05-08 22:02
Chelsea v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

I am not sure what sort of team Jose Mourinho will pick now that Chelsea are confirmed as champions but it will not be seriously weakened because he will want all the players who won him the title to play.

There will still be something of a carnival atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, though, and because of that I am backing Liverpool to nick a point.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
232 Name: 606 : 2015-05-08 22:03
MONDAY

Arsenal v Swansea (20:00 BST)

Swansea continue to surprise me and they are almost certain of finishing at least eighth this season, which is a fantastic achievement in Garry Monk's first full season as a manager.

But Arsenal are arguably finishing the season as strong as any other team in the Premier League, the champions included.

They have got a nice balance to the side, with lots of competition for places, are playing good football and scoring lots of goals.
I've said this before at this time of the year, and got it wrong, but I look at the Gunners for next season and think they can seriously push Chelsea for the title.

It would certainly not take many additions to Arsene Wenger's squad for that to happen.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
233 Name: 606 : 2015-05-16 14:01
Southampton v Aston Villa (12:45 BST)

Southampton lost again, at Leicester, last time out after another flat performance.
Saints' lack of goals is an obvious problem for them at the moment but, other than that, I don't know why they are struggling now compared to the first two-thirds of the season when they played so well.

Flip their season round and everyone would be talking them up for next year but because they have faded it is threatening to overshadow what has been an excellent campaign.

Aston Villa, in contrast, are flying and picked up another huge win against West Ham last week.

They are not mathematically safe yet, but I do not see Tim Sherwood's side being relegated. He is a very positive coach and that has rubbed off on his players - they look like they are enjoying themselves again.

Even if Villa do not get anything at St Mary's, they play Burnley at home on the final day and if they need to win that game to stay up, I think they will.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
234 Name: 606 : 2015-05-16 14:02
Burnley v Stoke

Burnley are down but I don't think there will be any doom and gloom at Turf Moor. In fact, I think the atmosphere will be pretty much the opposite of that.

Everything is right at the club off the field. Yes, they might lose a couple of players but if they can sign a striker or two for the Championship then they have a real chance of coming back.

Stoke have had a very good season but I think Burnley will win. The pressure is off and they can go and play with a bit of freedom in their last home game of the season.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
235 Name: 606 : 2015-05-16 14:02
QPR v Newcastle

I was at St James' Park last Saturday to watch Newcastle's draw with West Brom.

It was another unconvincing performance by the Magpies but at least they ended their long losing run and, in fairness to their boss John Carver, he had a lot of players out of position.

His back four had probably never played together before and, if Carver can help it, I am not sure whether they will again.

They were also lightweight up front which is why I think Papiss Cisse will start at Loftus Road after coming on against the Baggies. He has to really.

QPR's season has been an even bigger tale of woe than Newcastle's, which is saying something.
I worry about them, to be honest. I look at them at the moment and think they could struggle in the Championship too. They could easily go down again.

It looks like Chris Ramsey could stay on as manager following their relegation but, whoever is in charge, he will not be the only one facing a tough job.

Their director of football Les Ferdinand has to completely rebuild the structure of the club from the academy upwards.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
236 Name: 606 : 2015-05-16 14:02
Sunderland v Leicester

Leicester's run of six wins from their last seven games is just incredible but Sunderland are also on the up after their great result at Everton last week.

That made it two wins on the trot and I am going for another Black Cats victory here, which would effectively keep them up because I don't see Hull winning their last two games.

Leicester will be fine too, I am sure.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
237 Name: 606 : 2015-05-16 14:03
Tottenham v Hull

Last weekend's defeat by Burnley was a body blow for Hull, and this game is massive for them now.

It won't be easy either. It's true that Tottenham have not been playing well recently but this is their last home game of the season and they might be in a different kind of mood for this one.

This game could turn into a scrap, which is something Hull are good at, but I am not sure the Tigers will get the win they desperately need.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Why have Hull struggled?
Robbie Savage: "Midfield seems to be their problem area. Tom Huddlestone was the team's driving force last season and people were talking about him getting an England call-up, but going forward he has not contributed anything like as much this time around."
238 Name: 606 : 2015-05-16 14:03
West Ham v Everton

Both of these teams are in contention for a Europa League place via the Fair Play table.
I don't think either of them really want that - so it might end up being eight versus eight by the end of the game.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
239 Name: 606 : 2015-05-16 14:04
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)

This is billed as Steven Gerrard's Anfield farewell but, you know what, I don't think it will be his last game there for Liverpool.

We have seen players come back to England from Major League Soccer in the United States on loan before and, if he wants to do that, then Gerrard is not going to go anywhere else in this country.

It would mean three months back on Merseyside next season, playing a few games. I can see that happening, although I would also understand if he wanted to stay in Los Angeles.

That is for the future. As far as Saturday goes, I don't see Crystal Palace ruining Gerrard's big day. It is basically a chance for all Liverpool fans to say thank you and pay homage to him.

He has scored in his last two games and it would be nice if he got a goal in this game too.

But he is not going to play the full 90 minutes is he? And, when he comes off early, he will get the longest standing ovation in Anfield's history.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
240 Name: 606 : 2015-05-16 14:05
SUNDAY

Swansea v Man City (13:30 BST)

Swansea picked up another fantastic win last week, this time against Arsenal.

I could not believe Arsene Wenger's pithy comments about the Swans' tactics afterwards.

I'm sorry but they were never going to come to Emirates Stadium and try to go toe-to-toe with the Gunners. Why would they? They would be asking for trouble if they did that.

They deserved praise, not criticism and it is about time I eulogised about Swansea myself too.

Basically, they have stuck a pie in my face with their form because I thought they would sink like a stone after selling Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in January.

They have done the opposite and have gone higher than probably even they thought possible, with a top-six finish within their reach. That is very different to their position in the league table (below) based on my predictions.

By some distance they are the team who I have been the most wrong about, so I am sure their fans will be pleased rather than annoyed that I am going to tip them to lose again on Sunday.

Manchester City's run of form has come too late for Manuel Pellegrini's side in terms of the title, but they really have the bit between their teeth at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
241 Name: 606 : 2015-05-16 14:05
Man Utd v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

Manchester United badly needed their win over Crystal Palace last week and I was actually quite impressed with the way they got it.

It was a bit like the way United would win away games in past seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson - not by playing well but by making things happen when they needed to.

Arsenal looked a bit leggy to me in their defeat by Swansea on Monday night and it will be interesting to see how they approach this game.

The Gunners got a great result at Old Trafford in the FA Cup in March with a game-plan that worked but, rather than relying on being resilient, I think Arsene Wenger might revert to his usual attacking approach this time.

Because of that I think United will edge it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
242 Name: 606 : 2015-05-16 14:06
MONDAY

West Brom v Chelsea (20:00 BST)

West Brom are safe thanks to their point against Newcastle last time out so Baggies boss Tony Pulis has done his job again.

With the title already secured, Chelsea changed things around a little bit against Liverpool and I expect Jose Mourinho will play one or two young players this time too.

But just because they have achieved what they set out to, I don't see either manager abandoning their principles.

The main aim for both of them on Monday night will still be not to be beaten.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
243 Name: 606 : 2015-05-23 22:49
SUNDAY All kick-offs 15:00 BST

Arsenal v West Brom

Usually you would expect to see a few changes when teams have nothing to play for in their last game of the season, with managers taking a look at players with a view to the future.

But I do not see that happening with West Brom boss Tony Pulis because that is not his way of operating - you only have to look at the Baggies' five-game unbeaten run to see there is no way their season has been allowed to just peter out.

I don't think Arsenal will do it either. They have had a few hiccups of late, taking only two points from their last three games and they need to get some sort of rhythm back before next weekend's FA Cup final.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
244 Name: 606 : 2015-05-23 22:50
Aston Villa v Burnley

Aston Villa's 6-1 defeat at Southampton was one of several strange results last weekend. I'm not surprised I didn't get many predictions right with scores like that.

I don't see Tim Sherwood's side heading to the FA Cup final on the back of another defeat, though, and they also have the incentive that a win could see them climb a couple of places up the table.

Each league position is worth an extra £1.2m to a club and if that is connected pro-rata to any performance-related part of their players' contracts - say the squad are on 10% of the £8.4m prize money Villa would get for finishing 14th - then it will be quite a motivation for them to finish as high up the table as possible.

Burnley are already down of course, but I would love them to make a quick return to the top flight.
There have been so many positives about their season and it is only their lack of quality that has let them down.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
245 Name: 606 : 2015-05-23 22:51
Chelsea v Sunderland

Sunderland's players have probably been on their jollies this week, and why not.

You can understand why they would be enjoying themselves since they made sure they would stay up with their draw at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

They have enough time to recover before heading to Stamford Bridge but I don't think it will do them much good, and it is just as well they no longer need anything from this game.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho did not seem too bothered by his team's defeat by West Brom on Monday night but he will not want another performance or result like that.

It is the Blues' last home game of the season and the Premier League trophy will be presented to them at the final whistle.

You always want to win the game you play just before that, otherwise it feels a little bit strange when you get the silverware.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
246 Name: 606 : 2015-05-23 22:52
Crystal Palace v Swansea

Crystal Palace thoroughly deserved their win at Anfield last weekend and Eagles boss Alan Pardew was also able to try a few different things in that game too.

Like Pardew, Swansea manager Garry Monk has had an extremely good season.

They are both honourable mentions in terms of the manager of the season award but, for me, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho still gets that particular prize.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
247 Name: 606 : 2015-05-23 22:52
Everton v Tottenham

Everton's win over West Ham last week means they have sneaked back into the top half of the season but that won't mask what has been a poor season for the Toffees.

Tottenham are certain of a top-seven finish but their campaign has ended up being disappointing too - they have struggled since they realised they couldn't qualify for the Champions League.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
248 Name: 606 : 2015-05-23 22:53
Hull v Man Utd

Hull need a win to have any chance of staying up, but I just do not see them getting one against Manchester United.

The Tigers had their chances against Tottenham last week but could not get a goal and ended up being beaten. That could be the story of their season.

I am really surprised to see them facing the drop because Steve Bruce is a really good manager.

If they do go down, I think he will stay and he has got a good record of getting teams promoted to the top-flight, including Hull in 2013 of course.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
249 Name: 606 : 2015-05-23 22:53
Leicester v QPR

Leicester's survival is a fantastic achievement. Foxes manager Nigel Pearson has had a difficult campaign for all sorts of reasons but, like his players, he came through.

QPR, in contrast, probably can't wait for the season to end. As expected, Chris Ramsey will be staying in charge and he will have a very busy summer.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
250 Name: 606 : 2015-05-23 22:53
Man City v Southampton

Southampton had an excellent win over Aston Villa last week and still have a slim chance of making the Europa League, depending on how Liverpool and Tottenham do.

I thought Saints would be down amongst the dead men this season so their manager Ronald Koeman deserves a lot of praise. I don't see his side ending an impressive campaign with a victory, though.

Manchester City have won their last five games and their good players are playing well again.

They probably should have done that for a lot longer this season, but at least they have rediscovered some form.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
251 Name: 606 : 2015-05-23 22:54
Newcastle v West Ham

Newcastle need to win to guarantee they will stay up. I don't see that happening but I think they will stay up because Hull won't beat Manchester United.

Whether they beat the drop or not, I think people should look at the Magpies as an example of how not to run a football club.

West Ham are another team facing a big summer, and I would expect the questions over Sam Allardyce's future as manager to be answered sooner rather than later.

If Allardyce does leave, as I expect, I hope he is given credit for his achievements this season.

The Hammers are on a poor run of form but they are still 11th and if you had offered them that at the start of the season, they would have bitten your hand off.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
252 Name: 606 : 2015-05-23 22:55
Stoke v Liverpool

This has been another good season for Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who has broken the club's points record and led his side to back-to-back top 10 finishes in his two seasons in charge.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's campaign has descended into a little bit of a mess.

Crystal Palace deserved to beat them at Anfield last time out - it was a great atmosphere for Steven Gerrard's farewell but it was almost like a testimonial and the Reds forgot to play.

This week has been overshadowed by the Raheem Sterling situation, which is something else Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has to sort out.

Even so, if they finish fifth which is what I think will happen, that is not a bad return when you consider they saw Luis Suarez leave and have had to cope without Daniel Sturridge for most of the season.

Now Rodgers has a lot of rebuilding to do in the summer, and it will be harder to get the quality and experience he needs because they are not in the Champions League next year.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
253 Name: 606 : 2015-08-07 23:00
Man Utd v Tottenham (12:45 BST)

United need another striker and they are being linked with Tottenham's Harry Kane.

If they get him, it would be a gamble because he has only really had one season in the Premier League. It was a very good one, but history tells me that it will be far more difficult for him in his next campaign.

As far as the game is concerned, I am not expecting a repeat of the opening day of last season when United started poorly and lost at home to Swansea.

That was Louis van Gaal's first game in English football. Even if his squad still needs some work, he will be ready this time.

Van Gaal has made a few good signings already and this time I think United will hit the ground running.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
254 Name: 606 : 2015-08-07 23:04
Bournemouth v Aston Villa

I think Bournemouth will be this year's Burnley. By that, I mean everyone will want them to do well because of the way they play, the size of their ground and where they have come from.

If they stay up, it would just be the most fantastic survival story ever. Can they do it? Well, they will have a go at teams and when they get it right they will make lots of chances.

Aston Villa must have a new French scout based on the number of signings they have made from Ligue 1 this summer.

I think they might take a while to bed in, though, and I don't think Tim Sherwood will know his strongest team yet. That won't help either.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
255 Name: 606 : 2015-08-07 23:05
Everton v Watford

Everton have a bit of a problem at the start of the season because Chelsea do not look like they are going to go away until they sign John Stones.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez admits the bids have unsettled Stones and that means his team will be affected too.

Everton seem to be in a state of flux. They have not had a straightforward pre-season and I don't think they will find this game straightforward either.

With Watford, my first question is how many managers will they have this season - they had four in total in their last campaign. It will definitely not be double digits, but it might not be far off.

I like what Hornets boss Quique Flores is saying about how he will approach things and he is very experienced but if he loses his first four games of the season, which is entirely possible, then he could be out of a job.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
256 Name: 606 : 2015-08-07 23:06
Leicester v Sunderland

If new Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri can get his team playing with the passion they showed under Nigel Pearson in the last couple of months of last season, they will be absolutely fine.

It is the same for Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who only took charge with nine games to go.

The Foxes will play good football under Claudio Ranieri and I am expecting Sunderland to do the same.

But Advocaat made the Black Cats hard to beat at the end of last season to get them safe and getting the basics right will be his priority at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
257 Name: 606 : 2015-08-07 23:07
Norwich v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are an example of where Norwich want to be in August 2017.

This time two years ago, I was saying the Eagles were going to really struggle but look at them now. They have changed their manager a couple of times along the way but this season, if they get it right, they are
in for an exciting season.

I was listening to Palace boss Alan Pardew talking this week and he made a lot of sense - he knows he has got pace out wide so he has brought in a bit more power down the middle so he can play a different way.

With what they have got in their team, they will make life very difficult for Norwich.

Of the promoted teams, I think the Canaries have got the best chance of staying up but a lot will depend on them making a good start, especially because many of their opening few fixtures look pretty decent on paper.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
258 Name: 606 : 2015-08-07 23:08
Chelsea v Swansea (17:30 BST)

I don't think Chelsea will put in the sort of dazzling performance they were producing at the start of last season, especially if Diego Costa is out.

I am expecting them to be functional against Swansea rather than full of flair.

Swansea caused a shock on the opening day of last season but that was against a Manchester United team with a new manager in his first Premier League game, and a lot of new or untried players.

Going to Stamford Bridge to take on Jose Mourinho and this Chelsea team is a very different test.

Swansea fans will probably be delighted to see me tip their team to lose after I got their fortunes so badly wrong last season (see Lawro's League table at bottom of this page).

But the bad news for Swans supporters is that I don't think there is any way they are in danger of being relegated in reality this season. They are probably all panicking now I have said that!

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
259 Name: 606 : 2015-08-07 23:10
SUNDAY

Arsenal v West Ham (13:30 BST)

Petr Cech is a great signing for Arsenal but I do not expect him to have much to do against the Hammers.
My issue with the Gunners is that they are still unreliable - it was the same old story at the end of last season even after their impressive run.

Until that changes, Chelsea remain the only team at the top of the table who seem able to play badly and win every time. Arsenal just don't do that.

That's one of the reasons I am not tipping them to win the league but, if the Gunners do get going and are still in the mix at the top of the table by the end of January, then things could get interesting.

They have got to play north London rivals Tottenham and also the two Manchester clubs but generally their run-in contains some great fixtures if they are in touch with the title race.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
260 Name: 606 : 2015-08-07 23:10
Newcastle v Southampton (13:30 BST)

Steve McClaren is a very good coach and I am expecting Newcastle to have a very good season after their recent problems.

They have better players, there will be a better atmosphere and they will get better results.

Southampton have a lot to live up to after the way they performed in Ronald Koeman's first year in charge.

They have lost a couple more key players in Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne but I would not be surprised to see them end up in the top half of the table again.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
261 Name: 606 : 2015-08-07 23:11
Stoke v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

Liverpool have made some good signings this summer. I have watched them in pre-season and they have impressed paying 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.

My biggest concern is they might be undercooked because of how the standard of opposition in those games compares with going to play Stoke.

I've seen quite a bit of the Potters too, and they might just lack a bit of creativity at the moment.

So you can forget a repeat of the 6-1 scoreline that Stoke enjoyed against the Reds on the final day of last season - this is going to be a much cagier encounter.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
262 Name: 606 : 2015-08-07 23:12
MONDAY

West Brom v Man City (20:00 BST)

I can see West Brom improving again under Tony Pulis, who is clearly a very good manager at this level.

With what they have got in their squad, Manchester City should be finishing in second place at worst.

But they have a tendency sometimes to try to cruise through matches and they cannot afford to do that at The Hawthorns on Monday night.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
263 Name: 606 : 2015-08-14 17:59
FRIDAY

Aston Villa v Man Utd (19:45 BST)

Villa are going to take time to bed in their new players. It was important that they beat Bournemouth last week and after a slow start they improved in the second half, so that is all positive for them.

Manchester United won too, but they looked pedestrian in possession against Tottenham and did not create many chances.

I am sure Louis van Gaal is still trying to buy players because, with what he has got, he cannot be convinced that they are going to finish fourth yet.

But I am going to tip United to go to Villa Park and get a win. What Van Gaal has got is a team that does not give the opposition many chances and I think they will do enough at the other end too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
264 Name: 606 : 2015-08-14 17:59
SATURDAY

Southampton v Everton (12:45 BST)

I was at Goodison Park last week for Everton's draw with Watford and thought they were disappointing. Roberto Martinez's side play nice football, but they overplay sometimes.

They took too many touches and made it easy for Watford. They were better in the last half hour when Arouna Kone came on, Gareth Barry dropped into left-back and they virtually played two up front.

Everton's real problem is getting the best out of Romelu Lukaku. At the moment they don't do that, and they need to get the ball up to him quicker and then play their football in the opposition's half.

Southampton made a good start to the season with their draw at Newcastle last week and could even have won that game with the chances they had at the end.

I am going for Saints to win this time and continue Everton's difficult start to the season. It does not get any easier for Martinez's men in the next few weeks either, because their upcoming games look tough too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
265 Name: 606 : 2015-08-14 18:00
Sunderland v Norwich

Norwich were a bit unlucky to lose to Crystal Palace because Cameron Jerome's goal should never have been disallowed. That would have made it 2-2 and a completely different game.

They got a bit of a lesson from Palace of how to hang in there if you have a bad 20 minutes or so. The Eagles were under pressure early on but survived and ended up taking the three points.

This might be another difficult day for the Canaries, though.

Sunderland's display in their defeat by Leicester was the worst performance of any Premier League team last weekend but their manager Dick Advocaat will have been hitting them with a big stick all week and I am sure they will be much better.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
266 Name: 606 : 2015-08-14 18:01
Swansea v Newcastle

Swansea were really impressive against Chelsea, especially going forward.

Newcastle also looked good in spells against Southampton but I think Steve McClaren will be looking at how his team defended and saying "we need to do better".

The Magpies defence are in for another test in Wales, but I think they will get something from this game.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
267 Name: 606 : 2015-08-14 18:01
Tottenham v Stoke

I co-commentated on Stoke's defeat by Liverpool on Sunday and they did not really create much, which will be a worry.

Tottenham will have similar concerns about their attack and I can understand why they are signing Cameroon striker Clinton N'Jie from Lyon, because Harry Kane needs help.

Home advantage will be enough for Spurs on Saturday, but there will not be much between the two sides.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
268 Name: 606 : 2015-08-14 18:02
Watford v West Brom

Watford impressed me at Goodison Park last weekend although they were slightly naive late on and got punished for a lapse in concentration when Everton scored their equaliser.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis admitted straight away that he made a big boo-boo by playing two up front against a Manchester City side who were hungry and had a point to prove - that was a bad decision and meant a big defeat.

I think we will see a reaction from West Brom and new £12m signing Salomon Rondon should make a difference up front.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
269 Name: 606 : 2015-08-14 18:02
West Ham v Leicester

These two teams both got great results over the opening weekend but it is Leicester I fancy to pick up another one on Saturday.

The Foxes have a lot of pace and energy in wide areas and, if they keep on playing this attacking style they used against Sunderland, they will win a lot more games than they lose.

West Ham were brilliant when they beat Arsenal but I am going for a shock result against them here.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
270 Name: 606 : 2015-08-14 18:03
SUNDAY

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (13:30 BST)

Crystal Palace proved again with their win over Norwich how they are now a battle-hardened Premier League side.

Arsenal were abysmal on Sunday - they were absolutely all over the place.

The Gunners did not adapt to West Ham's game plan.

The Gunners will still look to go and win this game and I am sure they will be better this time around, but I am going for a draw which would suit the Eagles far more than
Arsene Wenger's side. It should be a really good, open game.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
271 Name: 606 : 2015-08-14 18:04
Man City v Chelsea (16:00 BST)

It has not been a good few weeks for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with two poor results, a red card and the row over their team doctor coming on to the pitch during the Swansea game which is just ridiculous for him to lose his temper about.

He is the best manager in the Premier League but when he has a bad day, he has a really bad day - and it is never his fault.

I would be surprised if Mourinho is not looking to bring some more players in because you need fresh faces to make the regulars think their places are under pressure, and at the moment Chelsea do not have that.

I rarely tip Chelsea to lose a game under Mourinho but I don't think things are quite right with them at the moment.

You could look at it a different way and say 'well they did not play well against Swansea but they did not get beaten' but a few cracks appeared, which is unusual for them.

So it is a good time for Manchester City to play Chelsea and I think they will beat them.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0
272 Name: 606 : 2015-08-14 18:05
MONDAY

Liverpool v Bournemouth (20:00 BST)

Liverpool opened the season with a good win at Stoke, although I disagreed with their manager Brendan Rodgers when he came out afterwards and said it was an "outstanding performance".
The Reds were resilient, though, and they worked hard. The result was the most important thing for them and they got it.

Bournemouth are still finding out the difference between the Premier League and the Championship and this is going to be a tough evening for them.

They will have to play the occasion as much as anything else and then there is the question of how they will play.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe likes everyone to bomb on and get forward and cause problems down the other end but is he going to go to Anfield and play that way? That would be very brave if he does.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
273 Name: 606 : 2015-08-21 18:52
SATURDAY
All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated.


Man Utd v Newcastle (12:45 BST)

Manchester United have now played three and won three this season but the way Club Brugge set up in their Champions League qualifier on Tuesday definitely helped them.

The Belgian side gambled going forward and that suited Louis van Gaal's side because it gave them space when they attacked and Manchester United won 3-1.

As good a start as they have made, I still think they are short of what they need to be serious contenders in the Premier League and Europe at the moment.

Both of these teams are a work in progress but the difference is that, defensively, Newcastle do not look convincing at the moment. I can see Manchester United's good start continuing.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
274 Name: 606 : 2015-08-21 18:53
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

I can understand why Crystal Palace were a bit hacked off after their defeat by Arsenal - if Francis Coquelin had been sent off when he should have been then that would have changed the game.

But that defeat means the Eagles have got a bit to prove here. If they are going to be the team myself and a lot of other people think they will be and finish in the top half of the league this season, then this is a game they need to win.

With Villa, the big question for most of last season was 'where is their next goal coming from?'
At the moment, it is 'when will their manager Tim Sherwood know his best team?' and I fear finding the answer might take a little longer than this weekend.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
275 Name: 606 : 2015-08-21 18:53
Leicester v Tottenham

I am at King Power Stadium on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 live and I am looking forward to watching Leicester, who will cause Tottenham lots of problems.

The Foxes have got loads of width and pace and I have always been a fan of Gokhan Inler, who they have signed from Napoli this week, too.

As for Spurs, I just can't weigh them up at the moment.

Harry Kane had a great season last time out but clearly they had to get him some help in attack over the summer.

That hasn't really happened yet, and for such a big club to have such an over-reliance on one player in attack is a strange situation.

It will be interesting to see how their new signing Clinton N'Jie gets on, but you can understand why Spurs are trying to sign Saido Berahino too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
276 Name: 606 : 2015-08-21 18:54
Norwich v Stoke

It is hard to know how much to read into Norwich's win over Sunderland because the Black Cats were so bad, but it will give the Canaries a real confidence boost going into this game.

Stoke made a great comeback against Tottenham but my worry about them at the moment is that I think they need a few chances to score.

Mame Diouf got their equaliser against Spurs but I don't see him as a regular goalscorer they can depend on.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
277 Name: 606 : 2015-08-21 18:54
Sunderland v Swansea

Swansea have been very impressive so far this season but you have to think we will see some kind of reaction from Sunderland after their terrible start.

The Black Cats held a crisis meeting after last week's home defeat by Norwich, and things have to get better.

If they don't, my concern would be whether Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat would want to hang around if he feels he is not getting enough help from the owners.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
278 Name: 606 : 2015-08-21 18:55
West Ham v Bournemouth

I've already said that I think Bournemouth could be this season's Burnley in that they become everybody's second-favourite team.

But I hope they do not also emulate the Clarets' habit of playing well but being beaten and then getting a little pat on the back afterwards before being sent on their way. They do not want that.

I was at Anfield on Monday and Bournemouth were seriously hard done by with the decisions that went against them as they lost 1-0 against Liverpool.

I liked the way they played but they did not carry much of a goal threat from open play and, as badly as they need to get a positive result at Upton Park, I cannot see it happening.

It will not be straightforward for West Ham, though.

The Hammers looked very good in their opening game when they were trying to stop Arsenal and hit them on the counter, but they did not do much against Leicester last time out when they were the ones who had to force the game.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
279 Name: 606 : 2015-08-21 18:56
SUNDAY

West Brom v Chelsea (13:30 BST)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis was too open in their last home game, against Manchester City, but he will not make the same mistake twice, and I am expecting the Baggies to line up with five across their midfield.

There are plenty of question marks over Chelsea's defence after what happened to them against City, but West Brom are not going to try all-out attack again and I think we will see a very tight game.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
280 Name: 606 : 2015-08-21 18:57
Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

If I were Everton boss Roberto Martinez, I would be a little bit tempted to play on the break against Manchester City - for two reasons.

Firstly it would mean they do not surrender midfield to City in the same way Chelsea and West Brom did, and also because that approach probably suits Everton anyway with Romelu Lukaku up front.

Whatever their approach, they are up against a City team that look very motivated and are also looking very strong.

After their win over West Brom, I heard City described as looking 'angry' and that is a great way to sum them up at the moment. It is also a real positive because they are channelling it in the right way.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
281 Name: 606 : 2015-08-21 18:57
Watford v Southampton (16:00 BST)

Watford created lots of chances against West Brom last week without taking them, and I think the Hornets could be in for another frustrating afternoon.

Southampton got it wrong against Everton, and put in a really poor team performance.
That does not change the fact Saints are one of the better sides in the Premier League and I do not see them coming unstuck two weeks running.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
282 Name: 606 : 2015-08-21 18:58
MONDAY

Arsenal v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

I was at Anfield on Monday and you could call Liverpool's formation in their win against Bournemouth either 4-5-1, 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.

Basically, the way they are set up is that they have five men back working in midfield when they need them to be.

Because of that, Brendan Rodgers' side look a little bit harder to play against this season, and it has taken a bit away from their attack.

But they have won both their games so far without conceding a goal, and keeping things tight is not a bad idea when you go to Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal got back on track with their win over Crystal Palace, but I am not expecting a very open or entertaining game here.

Both teams can be very narrow and I am expecting to see the majority of this game fought out in midfield.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
283 Name: 606 : 2015-08-28 18:15
SATURDAY
All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated.


Newcastle v Arsenal (12:45 BST)

Newcastle are still waiting for their first league win but they are on a tough run of games - in Southampton, Swansea and Manchester United, they have already played three teams I expect to finish in the top half of the table.

I would say the same about Arsenal, obviously, although they have had a mixed start to the season. Some of their fans already seem to be chasing Gunners boss Arsene Wenger again, which is unbelievable.

The Magpies will be delighted with their performance in their 0-0 draw at Old Trafford last week - they really played for each other which is very encouraging for their manager Steve McClaren.

But this week will be different because I think Newcastle will have to come out a little bit more, and I have a feeling that Arsenal will pick them off.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
284 Name: 606 : 2015-08-28 18:16
Aston Villa v Sunderland

Dick Advocaat is making noises about Sunderland's signings, and seems to be saying something along the lines of 'if they are not strengthening the team, what is the point?'

When you bear in mind he basically had to be talked into staying on as manager, and has only signed a one-year deal anyway, then it does not look like the uncertainty over his future is going to go away.

The Black Cats are all over the place at the moment, and the three goals they conceded against Exeter in the League Cup were an example of that.

Villa had their own scare against lower division opposition in midweek and have been very up and down but, even in the games they have lost, they have been competitive and I am backing them to win this one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
285 Name: 606 : 2015-08-28 18:16
Bournemouth v Leicester

I was at King Power Stadium last week to watch Leicester draw with Tottenham and I was really impressed with the Foxes, who were competitive in every part of the pitch.

But Bournemouth had a very good win over West Ham on the same day, which should settle them down.

That first victory is so important for any newly-promoted team, but especially a side that has seen so much change on and off the pitch over the summer, and I think the Cherries will give Leicester a real test.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
286 Name: 606 : 2015-08-28 18:17
Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Even with John Terry getting sent off, I thought Chelsea got back to business last week with their win at West Brom.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace continued their strong start by beating Aston Villa and the pressure is off them a bit here.

Even if they lose at Stamford Bridge, the Eagles will have played two of last season's top four in their first four games, and still have six points. Everything is very rosy for them at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
287 Name: 606 : 2015-08-28 18:17
Liverpool v West Ham

I worry a little bit about West Ham. They are under pressure and, with the goals they conceded in their defeat by Bournemouth, they did not look like a team.

So the Hammers have got to sort themselves out - I just don't think Anfield is the place to do it.

Liverpool got a good point at Emirates Stadium on Monday, although they got away with another decision going their way when Aaron Ramsey's goal was wrongly ruled out for offside.

I just don't see West Ham causing them too many problems, and this should be quite a comfortable win for Liverpool.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
288 Name: 606 : 2015-08-28 18:18
Man City v Watford

I was at Deepdale on Tuesday to see Preston beat Watford in the League Cup but it is more accurate to call them the Hornets' reserves because there was not a single starting player from last weekend's draw with Southampton.

I am a fan of Watford boss Quique Flores but it is asking a lot for his team to get a fourth draw of the season against Manchester City.

City's present system makes the pitch bigger, stretches play and allows David Silva more room to play in the middle - when that happens, it is a question of 'all the best' to the opposition.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
289 Name: 606 : 2015-08-28 18:18
Stoke v West Brom

West Brom are one of seven top-flight teams without a win and are also bottom of the table, but you know that they will only be there temporarily.

With Tottenham so keen on Saido Berahino, Baggies boss Tony Pulis is definitely one of the managers who will be glad when the transfer window closes on Tuesday.

He just wants to get on with shaping his team, which is something he is very good at, but I think they will have to wait a bit longer for their first victory of the season.

Stoke are very settled and I am expecting them to keep things very tight against their old manager. I am not expecting a classic.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
290 Name: 606 : 2015-08-28 18:19
Tottenham v Everton (17:30 BST)

I watched Tottenham at Leicester last weekend and I could not work out what they were trying to do in attack.

When I go to games I travel back in the car and think over about both teams and the way they played.

With Tottenham I was thinking about whether they could get in the top four and they don't look anywhere near it.

They had too many players who did not really contribute, especially their trio of forwards behind Harry Kane. Eric Dier did all right a bit further back in midfield but this is Tottenham, and 'all right' is not good enough.

It was only when Dele Alli came on and started running behind Leicester's defence that Kane started to get a little bit of room and began to look better. Overall, though, it was not good enough.
I've been more impressed by what I have seen from Everton, especially in their last couple of games against Southampton and Manchester City, even though they lost last weekend.

But I think the Toffees should give up on trying to keep Chelsea target John Stones at the club.
I can understand why they don't want to sell but I would be saying the same if he was at Liverpool - when you are offered around £30-£35m for a centre-back, especially someone who is only 21, then you have got to take it.

Everton could sign three or even four quality players with that money, and could improve their whole team.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
291 Name: 606 : 2015-08-28 18:19
SUNDAY

Southampton v Norwich (13:30 BST)

Norwich have picked up four points from their first three games and, apart from a bad spell in their opening-day defeat by Crystal Palace, they have looked pretty solid.

Southampton have not really got going yet, and playing in the Europa League again on Thursday will not help them this week either.

They have got the last few days of the transfer window to get through too, but I think things will be looking up at St Mary's pretty soon.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
292 Name: 606 : 2015-08-28 18:20
Swansea v Man Utd (16:00 BST)

Swansea have made a great start and, like Manchester United, they are still unbeaten.

I am going to go for a Swans' win here too. Defensively, United have been really good so far and that is one of their strengths but I think the Welsh side have got the tools to beat them.

My biggest concern about this United side is still the pace at which they play. At times it is pedestrian.

They have other problems too - I will be absolutely staggered if Louis van Gaal has not bought a new centre-forward by Tuesday morning.

They can probably make do and mend with the centre-backs they have got at the club.

But, up front? Yes, they are OK with the players they have already got but United should not just be 'OK'. There has to be a wow factor, and there is none of that with their attack at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
293 Name: 606 : 2015-09-12 03:14
SATURDAY
All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated


Everton v Chelsea (12:45 BST)

Everton have been hit-and-miss so far this season while Chelsea were surprisingly poor before the international break. Most of their stand-out stars from their title success have been below par.

I suspect Jose Mourinho's side will be much better this weekend - they will definitely be fitter, which is an area he felt they were short in.

It will be interesting to see how Toffees defender John Stones gets on against the team that tried so hard to sign him before the transfer window closed.

But I think we will see John Terry return to the Chelsea backline after his suspension and, defensively, I am expecting to see a massive improvement from them.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
294 Name: 606 : 2015-09-12 03:14
Arsenal v Stoke

Stoke are still without a Premier League win this season, which is a surprise, but do I really fancy them to go Arsenal and win? No, I don't.

The Gunners have only picked up one point from their first two home games, but they were unlucky to have a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out in their draw with Liverpool and I think they will have something to celebrate at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
295 Name: 606 : 2015-09-12 03:15
Crystal Palace v Man City

I am amazed a bigger club did not try to sign Crystal Palace forward Yannick Bolasie over the summer but Eagles boss Alan Pardew will not be complaining.

Bolasie and Jason Puncheon are a real threat down the wings and, with Yohan Cabaye in midfield as well, Pardew's side have lots of different ways of attacking.

They will give City a real test, especially because they will be roared on by their fans - like Leicester's supporters they are fantastic and never stop chanting. It makes a massive difference.

Palace beat City at Selhurst Park in April, so Manuel Pellegrini knows exactly what will happen if his team are not at it.

At the moment, however, City are playing extremely well. They are a completely different animal compared to six months ago and I expect that to show.

City have a potential problem at right-back, with Bacary Sagna a doubt and Pablo Zabaleta already sidelined, which Bolasie will look to capitalise on.

But I would not be surprised if Pellegrini uses Jesus Navas to help out down that flank and, if it is an open game, I am backing City.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
296 Name: 606 : 2015-09-12 03:15
Norwich v Bournemouth

I am expecting an open game here too, because I don't think Bournemouth are a team who will try to close games down. That is just not the way they play.

Norwich have issues up front, and I can see why they tried to sign a couple of strikers on deadline day, but they should have enough firepower to win this one.

It is very early to be talking about six-pointers but this is a result that in six months' time could have a massive effect on where both clubs are at.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
297 Name: 606 : 2015-09-12 03:15
Watford v Swansea

Swansea just seem to get better and better and their front three of Bafetimbi Gomis, Jefferson Montero and Andre Ayew have been outstanding in the first month of the season.

I said a few weeks ago that Watford might find it harder to play at home this season because their counter-attacking style works better in away games.

I think that will be the same here. The Hornets can pick up another draw, but it will not be easy.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
298 Name: 606 : 2015-09-12 03:16
West Brom v Southampton

Southampton were much improved against Norwich in their last game, but that was not too difficult given how poor they were at the start of the season.

The end of the transfer window will help Saints too, now that Victor Wanyama and Saido Mane know they are staying put.

It is the same with West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who is already back in the picture despite his outburst on deadline day. Players settle down and play because no-one is in their ear every five minutes talking about a move.

I have picked a few draws already this week but I have a feeling the points will be shared at The Hawthorns too. Slowly but surely, Baggies boss Tony Pulis is getting what he wants from his team.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
299 Name: 606 : 2015-09-12 03:16
Man Utd v Liverpool (17:30 BST)

This is a massive game for both teams but I cannot see it being a classic.

Apart from a spell of about 25 minutes against Newcastle, Manchester United have not really prised open teams too often this season.

It was the same with Liverpool last time out against West Ham, when they really struggled for shots on target too.

So I am expecting this to be a very tight game, and I am also expecting it to end up as another draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
300 Name: 606 : 2015-09-12 03:17
SUNDAY

Sunderland v Tottenham (13:30 BST)

Tottenham missed out on Saido Berahino on deadline day but they obviously realised the front end of their team needed strengthening to help Harry Kane and have brought in South Korean striker Son Heung-min.

Sunderland hope to do the same by signing Fabio Borini from Liverpool and it will be interesting to see whether either signing has an effect.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
301 Name: 606 : 2015-09-12 03:18
Leicester v Aston Villa (16:00 BST)

I have become a big Leicester fan because I love the way they have a real go in games.
The Foxes' forwards do not have any problems with service - they have plenty of width and are vibrant and competitive.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri deserves some credit for his approach but he has probably realised he is in charge of a very good team, one that should be thinking about a top-half finish.

Aston Villa are also making progress under Tim Sherwood but they are taking baby steps at the moment, and I am backing Leicester to beat them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
302 Name: 606 : 2015-09-12 03:18
MONDAY

West Ham v Newcastle (20:00 BST)

Newcastle are still waiting for their first win but I don't think there is any doubt about the character of their players - we saw that from how they played with 10 men against Arsenal.

Nobody is doubting the ability of Magpies boss Steve McClaren either - but now it is a case of him finding his best team and knitting it together.

West Ham are proving very difficult to predict at the moment, winning away at Arsenal and Liverpool but losing both games at home, so I am probably best off going for a draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
303 Name: 606 : 2015-09-18 23:32
SATURDAY
All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated

Chelsea v Arsenal (12:45 BST)

There has been so much stuff written about Chelsea and Jose Mourinho this week, and most of it is over the top.
If you believe what you read then there is only ever one of two extremes at Stamford Bridge - either everything is brilliant or, like now, there is a crisis.

Chelsea have made a poor start to the season, of course, but the reason for that is that there is nobody in their team who is performing anything like they did when they won the title last season.

That will change, sooner or later. Where they have an advantage over Arsenal straight away is that they had a home game in the Champions League on Wednesday night, while the Gunners were in Croatia.

Arsenal have made a better start to the season than Chelsea, but so far they have only been average.

Yes, they beat Chelsea in the Community Shield but that does not mask the fact that Arsene Wenger has a really poor record against Mourinho, whom he has never beaten in a competitive match. I don't see that changing on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
304 Name: 606 : 2015-09-18 23:33
Aston Villa v West Brom

Aston Villa let a 2-0 lead slip away as they lost to Leicester last week, which is extremely worrying.

They had done what should have been the hard part away from home in the Premier League, but ultimately they could not defend a two-goal lead and did not even leave with a point.
West Brom, meanwhile, drew with Southampton last time out.

That game was not exactly a thriller but it was a clean sheet and another point gained for Tony Pulis's side and I think their gradual improvement will continue at Villa Park.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
305 Name: 606 : 2015-09-18 23:35
Bournemouth v Sunderland

Bournemouth were second-best in their defeat at Norwich last week and it is important that they bounce back. There are a few reasons why I think they will.

Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat was pleased with the way his side played against Tottenham, despite losing 1-0.

Yes, Sunderland were better than they were before the international break, and they put in a big effort - but that sort of commitment should be a given, especially for a team in their situation.

At the moment I cannot see a way out for them. With the players they have signed, they do not inspire me to say they will definitely be in the Premier League come May.

Just looking at them at the moment, I am even struggling to see them scoring more goals than the opposition and winning a game.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
306 Name: 606 : 2015-09-18 23:36
Newcastle v Watford

Like Sunderland, Newcastle are also without a win and this has become such an important game for Magpies boss Steve McClaren, basically just to get people off his back.

Watford got a great result against Swansea last week and they will set themselves up to be hard to beat at St James' Park, then look to threaten on the counter-attack.

I am still backing the Magpies, though. They are bottom of the table and have struggled for goals so far this season - they have only scored two in their first five games which makes them the lowest scorers in the Premier League - but I think they will change that on Saturday.

McClaren will have to make some big decisions on whether to pick players like Papiss Cisse, who are not performing well enough, but he is a good man-manager and this is where he earns his money.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
307 Name: 606 : 2015-09-18 23:36
Stoke v Leicester

This is an interesting one. Like most people, I did not expect Leicester to be so near the top of the table, or Stoke to be so near the bottom.

Stoke were lucky to get away with only losing 2-0 at Arsenal last week, and they have their keeper Jack Butland to thank for that. He has been their best player so far this season.

Leicester's comeback from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa showed their confidence and the attacking options at Claudio Ranieri's disposal.

But, you know what? I fancy Stoke to beat them. Mark Hughes' side are back at home and things are going to click for them at some point because they are a much better team than they have shown us so far.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
308 Name: 606 : 2015-09-18 23:37
Swansea v Everton

I don't think Everton got as much credit as they deserved for beating Chelsea - not just the result, but the way they played because they were excellent.

Credit to Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, he is playing Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone together up front and that is working very well.

Swansea away is a difficult game though, because Martinez's old team will have so much of the ball.

The Welsh side never really got going in their defeat against Watford last week, but that was their first hiccup of the season and I don't think they will be as complacent again this weekend.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
309 Name: 606 : 2015-09-18 23:38
Man City v West Ham (17:30 BST)

They have won at Arsenal and won at Liverpool so I'm not sure I can tip West Ham to get beaten with their away form so far this season.

I am going to, though. Dimitri Payet looks a very good player for the Hammers, but will he see enough of the ball to hurt Manchester City? I would argue the answer is no.

From what we have seen of them domestically this season, I think it will be a routine victory for the leaders.

Juventus showed again that teams who can defend properly against City can cause them all sorts of problems, but I don't see West Ham being one of them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
310 Name: 606 : 2015-09-18 23:39
SUNDAY

Tottenham v Crystal Palace (13:30 BST)

Crystal Palace put up a good fight in their defeat to Manchester City last weekend, but they did not ever really have a spell where they put City under any pressure.

This is another tough game for Alan Pardew's side because Tottenham's win at Sunderland will have done them the world of good after their slow start to the season.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
311 Name: 606 : 2015-09-18 23:40
Liverpool v Norwich (16:00 BST)

After back-to-back league defeats with six goals conceded, this is a big game for Liverpool, and the result is far more important than the performance for them.

I was surprised that Christian Benteke, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Lucas Leiva and Nathaniel Clyne did not travel to France for Thursday's Europa League tie with Bordeaux.

I am not necessarily saying Reds boss Brendan Rodgers should be playing them all in Europe, more that I think that I would have taken them to Bordeaux because this is the sort of time where you say 'right, we are all in this together'.

Rodgers will still be finding out about the new players, and a lot of them will still be getting to know everyone. Most of them went off for last week's international break too.

As well as training, the travelling and meal-times together makes a massive difference, especially at this early stage of the season.

After their opening day defeat by Crystal Palace, Norwich have recovered to make a decent start.

The Canaries play with a fast tempo, and they have to stick with that at Anfield, but even so I still think Liverpool will have too much for them, especially because Philippe Coutinho is back from suspension.

If Rodgers picks a balanced team with players in their correct positions, and gets the ball up to Benteke a little bit quicker, then this is a game Liverpool should win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
312 Name: 606 : 2015-09-18 23:40
Southampton v Man Utd (16:00 BST)

I am sure a lot of people at St Mary's will be thinking about Manchester United's former Southampton defender Luke Shaw after his broken leg this week.

It is a very bad injury although I suppose there is some good news in that I think it is one he will make a full recovery from.

Shaw's absence might mean a bit of a swap-around in the United defence and I think Louis van Gaal will switch Daley Blind from centre-half to left-back and bring Marcos Rojo in.

Personally, I would leave Blind in the middle because he has had such a positive influence on Chris Smalling, who has started to look like a really good player.

United have other problems, though. Yes they had a good win over Liverpool last week but at half-time there was nothing in it.

Van Gaal's team still looks very pedestrian too, even with Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial in the side, and this might be a trickier game than some people expect.

With four points from their last two games, Southampton have turned the corner from their iffy start and I am backing them to spring a bit of a surprise here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
313 Name: 606 : 2015-09-26 03:25
Tottenham v Man City (12:45 BST)

I have seen Tottenham a few times this season and they have improved in attack in recent weeks.

They are clearly trying to get as many people in and around Harry Kane as possible, with Son Heung-min one player who did that in their win over Crystal Palace last time out, and Dele Alli another.

Alli is clearly going to be a really good player but I am not convinced by his partnership with Eric Dier at the heart of their midfield.

Alli likes to get forward, and I understand why, but he will have defensive work to do on Saturday and, if City have a lot of the ball, I think they will win.

I cannot see Tottenham trying to replicate the counter-attacking tactics that worked for West Ham against City last week, and I am not sure they could do it successfully even if they wanted to.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
314 Name: 606 : 2015-09-26 14:21
Leicester v Arsenal

It is hard to stop Leicester at the moment - they fought back again from 2-0 down to draw with Stoke last weekend and nicked a win in extra time against West Ham in the League Cup.

The Foxes have been fantastic but I just have a feeling Arsenal will go to the King Power Stadium and beat them.

It will be a real test for the Gunners, especially before their Champions League game against Olympiakos on Tuesday, but I think we will see a reaction from Arsene Wenger's side after their defeat by Chelsea last weekend.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
315 Name: 606 : 2015-09-26 14:21
Liverpool v Aston Villa

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is under pressure because he has not won in 90 minutes for six games and has spent many millions in the transfer market.

I don't think he can afford to lose any of his next three games - on Saturday against Aston Villa, a Europa League tie with Sion and then a trip to Everton.

Villa is massive to start with and then we have the Merseyside derby to finish that run. It is a massive 10 days for him. Absolutely massive.

Will Liverpool beat Villa? Yes. They have caused Liverpool real problems at Anfield in the past few seasons but I cannot see a repeat of that on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
316 Name: 606 : 2015-09-26 14:22
Man Utd v Sunderland

Sunderland will not be too bothered about going out of the League Cup but what they will be bothered about is the manner of their exit against Manchester City, which was meek and mild to say the least.

Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat must look in the mirror every day and ask, 'what am I doing here?'

His wife is probably giving him grief too, because those flowers the fans bought her are probably in the bin by now.

I don't think things are going to get better any time soon for Advocaat because I cannot see his side getting anything at Old Trafford.

Manchester United ended up with a really good result at Southampton last weekend but for half an hour they were well off the pace and could easily have been out of the game.

This weekend should be far more straightforward for them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
317 Name: 606 : 2015-09-26 14:22
Southampton v Swansea

Southampton are not the team they were last season but I still saw a few signs in their defeat by United that they are heading in the right direction.

Swansea were a little bit fortunate to get a draw with Everton, who made the better chances. The Welsh side did not really test a young Toffees defence and I am backing Saints to get the points.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
318 Name: 606 : 2015-09-26 14:23
Stoke v Bournemouth

Failing to beat Leicester after being 2-0 up will hurt Stoke boss Mark Hughes, especially when his side are still looking for their first win in the league this season.

I don't think Hughes will have to wait too much longer, though. The Cherries have made a decent start to the season but it might take them a while to get used to the way the Potters play.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
319 Name: 606 : 2015-09-26 14:23
West Ham v Norwich

Norwich got a really good point at Anfield last weekend although I felt they only played well until they got into the final third.

The Canaries only really made two opportunities, scoring from one and then forcing Simon Mignolet into a great save with the other.

West Ham have had three fantastic away performances - against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City - that they could only have dreamt of.

But I think it will be harder for them at home, firstly because Norwich will not come forward in numbers to allow the Hammers to counter-attack, and also because Slaven Bilic's side are now a real scalp.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
320 Name: 606 : 2015-09-26 14:24
Newcastle v Chelsea (17:30 BST)

Diego Costa's antics and ban mean that, once again, we are not talking about Chelsea playing well against Arsenal and looking more like the champions from last season.

Instead the attention is on the dubious behaviour of another individual at the club.

Chelsea will miss Costa, so they are probably fortunate they are up against Newcastle on Saturday because the Magpies are all over the place at the moment.

I still think Newcastle boss Steve McClaren will come through this but he has got a lot of problems at the moment, and scoring goals is one of them.

It is important they put on a big performance on Saturday in front of their own fans because they have got to come across as having a real go.

Even if they do, I don't think it will be enough because Chelsea will have too much know-how for them - I can see them sitting in at St James' Park and waiting to take their chance.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
321 Name: 606 : 2015-09-26 14:24
SUNDAY

Watford v Crystal Palace (16:00 BST)

Watford were excellent at Newcastle last week and I have said from day one that they are very much a counter-attacking team.

I just feel that, like West Ham, the Hornets find it more difficult at home and there is a chance that Palace could 'out-Watford' Watford.

Palace hit the post twice at Tottenham and were a little bit unlucky to lose.

They played well against Manchester City and got a pat on the back, then played well at Spurs and got a pat on the back - but they did not get any points.

Eagles boss Alan Pardew knows how it works. He will be happy to see them play poorly on Sunday as long as they get something from the game.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
322 Name: 606 : 2015-09-26 14:25
MONDAY

West Brom v Everton (20:00 BST)

Everton are unbeaten away from Goodison Park so far this season but I think they will find things tough on Monday night against a West Brom team that are on the up.

West Brom were bottom after their first three games but they have taken seven points from their last three.

Tony Pulis has a few new players in his squad and they are getting used to the way his teams play, and seeing that it works.

Everton are improving too because their better players are playing well - but with Saido Berahino back in the picture there is a little bit of a feelgood factor at The Hawthorns at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
323 Name: 606 : 2015-10-02 22:50
Crystal Palace v West Brom (12:45 BST)

At the start of the year, when Tony Pulis took over at West Brom and Alan Pardew became Crystal Palace manager, it was the Baggies who I thought would really kick on.

It is the Eagles who have made the bigger improvement, though. They have won lots of games, especially away from home when they hit teams on the break.

But West Brom will not leave themselves open to counter-attacks and I can see them sitting in and keeping things very tight, even more so after losing to Everton on Monday having been 2-0 up.

Pulis laid the foundations for this Palace success and his main aim on his return to Selhurst Park will be to avoid being beaten.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
324 Name: 606 : 2015-10-02 22:51
Aston Villa v Stoke

Stoke got their first win of the season against Bournemouth last week, and I don't think there was ever any doubt that the Potters were going to improve.

I see that improvement continuing at Villa Park because Mark Hughes has got quality in his squad, and he has also got some scrappers.

The worry for Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is that he does not have enough of either.

Aside from Rudy Gestede, none of their summer signings have caught the eye yet and there is no way you can tell me they look a better team than last year.

The reality of the situation is that they are in a relegation fight. Sherwood has admitted it, but some of their new players will be thinking "I didn't sign up for this".

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
325 Name: 606 : 2015-10-02 22:51
Bournemouth v Watford

Callum Wilson's serious knee injury is a cruel blow for him and for Bournemouth after the superb start he has made to the season.

Defender Tyrone Mings and winger Max Gradel are also out long-term and those injuries are part of the reason this game has become much more important for the Cherries.

It is only the start of October but the outcome of this game could prove vital to who stays up in May.

Watford are another team who seem to be better away from home but I am backing Bournemouth to get the three points.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
326 Name: 606 : 2015-10-02 22:52
Man City v Newcastle

Manchester City's last-gasp win over Borussia Monchengladbach was a great result but it does not hide the fact they got away with another poor defensive display.

The wheels have come off a bit since their defeat by Juventus, when Vincent Kompany was injured. Considering City's vast resources, it is amazing that he is so badly missed.

This strikes me as a good game for City to have, however, because Newcastle have got problems too.

The Magpies were much better in their draw against Chelsea but I think Steve McClaren is right to tell his side's fans that there is going to be more pain before things improve significantly.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
327 Name: 606 : 2015-10-02 22:52
Norwich v Leicester

It will be interesting to see how Leicester react after their first defeat of the season, against Arsenal last week.

Norwich have been decent at home since they were turned over by Crystal Palace on the opening day.

I think they will tear into the Foxes, and I fancy them to beat them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
328 Name: 606 : 2015-10-02 22:53
Sunderland v West Ham

From what I have seen so far this season, Sunderland are the worst team in the Premier League.

West Ham have been brilliant away from home, so you might think this will be a straightforward victory for the Hammers.

But football does not work like that, which is why we love it, and why I am going for a surprise result at the Stadium of Light.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
329 Name: 606 : 2015-10-02 22:53
Chelsea v Southampton (17:30 BST)

I was in Porto on Tuesday to see Chelsea lose in the Champions League and I actually thought their performance wasn't too bad.

Diego Costa led the Blues line extremely well and caused a lot of problems for the two Porto centre-backs.

Costa will be badly missed at the weekend and Chelsea need the likes of Willian and Eden Hazard to step up in his absence and start to play.

It is the same with Pedro - everyone raved about him in his first game against West Brom but he has been nothing more than OK since then.

Because they are at home, and because Southampton are not back at the level they reached last season, I am going to go for a Chelsea win - but they need to show some more improvement.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
330 Name: 606 : 2015-10-02 22:54
SUNDAY

Everton v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

Everton are up in fifth place and have made a really good start to the season.

The funny thing is, I was at their first game of the season, at home to Watford, and all the fans were complaining about the lack of signings and how they played too much tippy-tappy football.

They are not moaning much at the moment, which just shows you how quickly things can change when results pick up.

Credit to Toffees boss Roberto Martinez because he has managed to find a way of playing with Arouna Kone and Romelu Lukaku together up front.

Everton are in better form, but this is a derby and that tends to go out of the window.

Whether I follow my heart or my head, it does not make much difference because they are such horrible games to predict.

I am going for a draw, which is a result Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will be happier with at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
331 Name: 606 : 2015-10-02 22:54
Arsenal v Man Utd (16:00 BST)

Manchester United are top of the league and lots of things are working well for Louis van Gaal at the moment.

Their midfield is very good at shielding their defence and their combination at centre-back of a skilful player in Daley Blind and an out-and-out stopper in Chris Smalling is working well.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger comes into this game on the back of making a big mistake by playing David Ospina in goal against Olympiakos instead of Petr Cech.

Wenger will come in for some serious stick if his side lose this game too, but I have a funny feeling that Arsenal will end up winning on Sunday - it would be typical of the Gunners if they do.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
332 Name: 606 : 2015-10-02 22:54
Swansea v Tottenham (16:00 BST)

With three league wins in a row, Tottenham are on a great run. With only one point from their last three league games, Swansea aren't.

Again I'm going to look beyond the form table here, because I think Swansea will improve sooner or later.

If the Welsh side are back on their game, Spurs will not see much of the ball - and being without the injured Son Heung-min will not help the visitors.

I am going for a draw, which would keep Tottenham ticking over and halt Swansea's slide.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
333 Name: 606 : 2015-10-17 11:42
Tottenham v Liverpool (12:45 BST)

I have never known a managerial appointment to get the kind of universal approval from fans that Jurgen Klopp has been given at Liverpool.

I can see why he is has endeared himself to the supporters straight away, because his style is in-your-face, attacking football. When you look back to all the top Liverpool teams, that is how they played.

He is not going to turn things round overnight, though, especially because his first game is against a Tottenham team who have not lost in the league since the opening day and are on a really good run.

purs are the better team at the moment and will think they have a good chance of ruining Klopp's party. I see it being a draw, but the really interesting thing for me is how Klopp will set his team up.

With the players Liverpool have got at the moment, I think they are much better with two up front. Klopp will have watched back to catch up on all their games this season and I wonder if he will think the same.

He has got some decisions to make in terms of his team selection but, from listening to him, the first thing he will do is make them difficult to beat.

That is what Mauricio Pochettino has done at Spurs, but you could argue it is what Klopp's predecessor at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers, did not do.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
334 Name: 606 : 2015-10-17 14:43
Chelsea v Aston Villa

Chelsea are still struggling and I think it is time their manager Jose Mourinho stopped talking about referees and decisions going against his side, and just concentrated on sorting his players out to get some positive results.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has got plenty of issues to deal with too. There were some big changes made to his squad over the summer and it is already clear that they have not bought players who are better than the ones they sold.

So, am I surprised Villa are in the bottom three? No. They will stay there whatever happens on Saturday and, despite Chelsea's poor form, I just do not see Villa causing them any problems.

Sherwood is under pressure and his situation is probably not helped by Sam Allardyce taking over at Sunderland, because I am expecting the Black Cats to improve with him in charge. Basically, Villa could drop even lower in the table before things get any better.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
335 Name: 606 : 2015-10-17 14:44
Crystal Palace v West Ham

Selhurst Park is only around 15 miles away from Upton Park so this will not feel like a proper away day for the West Ham fans.

The Hammers supporters will have to hope the same does not apply to their players, because they are top of the table if you just look at results on the road.

This is a very tough test for them, though. Like West Ham, Crystal Palace are in the top six and I think the Eagles will give them a real examination.

Palace boss Alan Pardew will approach the game differently to the way Arsenal, Manchester City or Liverpool did when they went on the attack against the Hammers and got picked off on the break.

Both of these teams must be looking at the rest of the league and thinking 'there might be a surprise in terms of making the top four, and why can't it be us'.

I think there is more chance of it being Palace than West Ham, and I also think Palace will nick the three points on Saturday, although it will be close.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
336 Name: 606 : 2015-10-17 14:44
Everton v Man Utd

I bet Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been in a sulk for a while because in their last game before the international break, a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, his verdict was that his team did not compete.

I really liked hearing that, rather than the usual 'the boys gave me everything' you get from a manager after a defeat.

Van Gaal's problem in getting the reaction he wants to that defeat will have been the lack of time he has had with his players because they have been off playing internationals.

I would still expect an improvement from United but I don't think they will win.

Like Tottenham, Everton are another team who have improved as the season has gone on and, right through their team, their best players are all playing well at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
337 Name: 606 : 2015-10-17 14:45
Man City v Bournemouth

This is a good fixture for Manchester City, bearing in mind they are without the injured Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

Wilfried Bony will replace Aguero up front and I think it will help him knowing he will now get a run of games. He has not looked great for City since signing in January but I look at his body shape and he is no whippet.

It makes me think he is the sort of player who needs to put some miles in to build up a head of steam, rather than coming on for a few minutes every now and again which is what he has been doing.

Bournemouth's injury problems put City in the shade, though. How unlucky have they been? Their captain Tommy Elphick is their latest player to be sidelined by a long-term problem.

The Cherries had already lost some of their potency when Callum Wilson was sidelined at the end of September and, looking at City's squad, I would certainly expect them to cope much better without their injured players than Bournemouth will.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
338 Name: 606 : 2015-10-17 14:45
Southampton v Leicester

Leicester picked up another great win, at Norwich, last time out and you could argue that they are this season's Southampton - the team nobody expected to see up near the top of the table, just like Saints this time last year.

Saints made a much slower start to this campaign but they have been improving. They won easily at Chelsea in their last game and they look like they have got their mojo back.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
339 Name: 606 : 2015-10-17 14:45
West Brom v Sunderland

So Sam Allardyce's first game in charge of Sunderland is against a team managed by Tony Pulis - another expert in avoiding relegation.

Pulis still has work to do on that score himself. Although West Brom are getting close to being the team he wants them to be, they did not offer enough of a goal threat in their last game against Crystal Palace, and once they conceded they did not look like getting back into the game.

Like most other Premier League teams, Sunderland will have had a lot of players away on international duty so Sam will not have been able to do too much work with them in his first week in charge.

I think his methods will have an effect eventually, though, especially because I look at the Black Cats squad and think he has got at least a few of the kind of players that fit the DNA of his teams.

By that I mean people like Steve Fletcher, who is a big fellow to play off up front, or Adam Johnson and Seb Larsson who offer the width Allardyce likes too.

It will take time, as Pulis is finding out. Allardyce could well start with a defeat but, at the very least, he will be looking for industry and endeavour from his side on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
340 Name: 606 : 2015-10-17 14:46
Watford v Arsenal (17:30 BST)

Watford keep picking up points and are ticking along in mid-table, which represents a decent start for a newly promoted club.

I am backing Arsenal to beat them, though. The Gunners have got players in form and lots of goals in them, and they are looking like they will be real title contenders this season.

If Arsene Wenger's side play anything like the way they did when they beat Manchester United at the start of October, then they will run out very comfortable winners.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
341 Name: 606 : 2015-10-17 14:46
SUNDAY

Newcastle v Norwich (16:00 BST)

Like the other promoted teams, Norwich are doing OK so far - even though they are short of a striker.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are in all sorts of trouble. They were all right until half-time of their last game against Manchester City, but the way they then fell apart shows how frail they are.

Despite their poor start to the season, I would still say they should stick with their manager Steve McClaren because I think they will be fine in the end.

I am at St James' Park on Sunday for Match of the Day 2 and I am expecting to see a bit of good news for the Magpies at long last.

It is almost as if things cannot get any worse. They are already bottom of the table and having goalkeeper Tim Krul ruled out for the season is another big blow, but I think they will react to being under such massive pressure by finding a way to beat Norwich.

They really need to because the Wear-Tyne derby is next up for McClaren, and Newcastle have got a horrendous record in that fixture in recent seasons.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
342 Name: 606 : 2015-10-17 14:47
MONDAY

Swansea v Stoke (20:00 BST)

With two straight wins, Stoke have turned the corner after their poor start while Swansea's results have dropped off slightly - they have not won in four league games.

But both of these teams are good enough for a solid mid-table finish and I expect them to show why.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
343 Name: Anonymous : 2015-10-24 13:51
All kick-offs 15:00 BST/GMT unless otherwise stated
SATURDAY


Aston Villa v Swansea

This is a big game for both managers - Tim Sherwood is under huge pressure at Aston Villa, and Swansea are apparently looking for an experienced coach to help out Garry Monk.

Swansea were fourth when they beat Manchester United at the end of August but they have not won since and people just seem to panic when a team slips down the table.

It is bizarre because Monk has built a reputation as a good young manager, and losing a couple of games does not change that in my eyes.

His side have not won any of their last six matches, and this is his worst run of results since he went nine games without a win just after he got the job in February 2014.

But it was always going to happen at some stage and Monk will probably be a better manager when he comes out of it.
As for Sherwood, I am hearing that defeat on Saturday might mean the end for him despite what he achieved at the club last season.

It is a mad world we live in but it means neither manager can afford to lose on Saturday. Consequently, I am going to go for a draw and see what that means for them.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
344 Name: 606 : 2015-10-24 13:52
Leicester v Crystal Palace

Leicester fought back for another point late on at Southampton last week. It spoiled my prediction because I had them down to lose, but that is the Jamie Vardy factor and they never give up.

If he scores on Saturday, Vardy joins an elite group of only five players - Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Adebayor, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Daniel Sturridge - to have scored in seven successive Premier League games in the last 20 years.

Vardy deserves his success because he has been great. His work ethic is an example to everyone, and it means that even if he doesn't play well he is still a nuisance to the opposition.

So we know Leicester will not lie down but Crystal Palace are a handful too, and they are better away from home - they have picked up more points on the road than at Selhurst Park this season.

It is difficult to call, but I am going to back Palace to nick it, if only because I think relying on coming back in games will catch up with the Foxes eventually, as good as they have been.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
345 Name: 606 : 2015-10-24 13:53
Norwich v West Brom

I was at St James' Park on Sunday to see Norwich lose 6-2 to Newcastle and the Canaries were just a mess defensively.

It was not as if the back four and goalkeeper made mistakes to concede those goals, more that the whole team were all over the place all the time.

Norwich were decent going forward but they just left the door open at the back the whole time.

I don't know what approach their manager Alex Neil will have this time - he might just go for it again, or last weekend might have been a one-off.

We know what to expect from West Brom, though, because they will keep things very tight. Their form is steadily improving, which it was always going to.

They beat Sunderland last time out and, purely based on the evidence of last week from both teams, I am going to go for an away win.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
346 Name: 606 : 2015-10-24 13:53
Stoke v Watford

The worrying thing for Watford is their lack of goals - they are the lowest scorers in the league with six in nine games, and history tells us that means they will struggle, no matter how good their defence is.

Stoke have now won four games in a row in the Premier League and Capital One Cup and I fancy them to keep that run going on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
347 Name: 606 : 2015-10-24 13:54
West Ham v Chelsea

Another match, another moan from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, this time in the Champions League.

The whole situation is very odd. I just think every time Mourinho comes out and says something he is almost saying "go on, I dare you to sack me" to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich because enough is enough.

Chelsea still beat Aston Villa last week, albeit without playing particularly well, and I see a similar outcome this time after what could be a horrible scrappy game.

West Ham have only won one out of four games at home, compared to four out of five away, and I don't think they will get much joy out of trying to hit Chelsea on the break at Upton Park.

Lawro's prediction: 0-1
348 Name: 606 : 2015-10-24 13:54
Arsenal v Everton (17:30 BST)

Manchester United were the better team when they beat Everton last weekend, although I think the news of the death of Toffees legend Howard Kendall unsettled everyone at Goodison Park.

Arsenal are the form team in the Premier League based on the last six games, and their good run should continue.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
349 Name: 606 : 2015-10-24 13:55
SUNDAY

Sunderland v Newcastle (12:00 GMT)

This is the fixture that Sunderland keep winning - they have won the last five - but they keep losing their manager a few months later.

I think it will be a different outcome this time, though.

Newcastle looked good going forward when I watched them beat Norwich 6-2 but that result was far better than their performance - defensively I do not fancy them.

I don't think new Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce will look to open them up too often, though. He will be looking to keep things tight and I think Newcastle will tighten up too - they really have to.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
350 Name: 606 : 2015-10-24 13:56
Bournemouth v Tottenham (14:05 GMT)

Bournemouth were unlucky to be beaten 5-1 at Manchester City last week but, even so, I am starting to get a bit worried for them.

Their injury problems are a big factor of course but are their players starting to think they are doomed? It is a tough job for the Cherries boss to turn it round.

Tottenham have not lost in the league since the opening game of the season at Manchester United.

A big reason for that is that they are well-organised defensively but Dele Alli is starting to really look the part too, and they should have too much for Bournemouth.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
351 Name: 606 : 2015-10-24 13:56
Man Utd v Man City (14:05 GMT)

With no Sergio Aguero and no David Silva, I am not really tempted to tip Manchester City to win.

But what teams can generally do when they go to Old Trafford is negate United, because Louis van Gaal does not send his players pouring forward playing urgent attacking football.

Minus his main men, I think City boss Manuel Pellegrini would take a draw if you offered it to him before kick-off.

Van Gaal is not going to change the way United play, so we know what to expect from them, and he would probably take a point now too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
352 Name: 606 : 2015-10-24 13:57
Liverpool v Southampton (16:15 GMT)

This will be Jurgen Klopp's first home league game in charge and there will be a different atmosphere at Anfield compared to Thursday's Europa League match.

A lot of what Klopp will try will depend on which players are available, but he will find a way of winning.

Everyone has made a lot of the fact Liverpool ran further than they have ever run against Tottenham last weekend.

Well, get used to it because that is the way it is going to be every week and you can make up for a lack of ability by burning off excess energy.

Southampton should have beaten Leicester in their last game but until then their form had been steadily improving. I still cannot see them getting anything at Anfield, though.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
353 Name: 606 : 2015-10-31 14:45
Crystal Palace v Man Utd

I have never seen a slower Manchester derby than last Sunday's. It was not just dull in terms of a lack of chances, there was nobody flying into tackles and nothing really happened.

We know United move the ball slowly under Louis van Gaal but I thought it helped City on the day and it could help Palace here too.

In contrast, the Eagles get the ball forward quickly down the wings and I think they will cause United a few problems.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
354 Name: 606 : 2015-10-31 14:45
Man City v Norwich

Norwich have lost their last three league games and are struggling at the back, so this is not the best time for them to be going to the Etihad Stadium.

City have scored 16 goals in their last three home games even though they have been without striker Sergio Aguero for two of those games.

Kelechi Iheanacho staked a claim for a first Premier League start in attack with his performance against Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup, scoring one and making two more.

But if City play with just one up front, then Wilfried Bony will probably get the nod because of his ability to hold the ball up, and he has scored a couple of goals too.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
355 Name: 606 : 2015-10-31 14:46
Newcastle v Stoke

Newcastle's 3-0 derby defeat by Sunderland looks awful if you did not see the game - they were the better side until they conceded a penalty and had Fabricio Coloccini sent off.

Before that, there were a few signs they were starting to get it together. The Magpies had much better balance in defence and attack and I think that will continue on Saturday.

While Newcastle had the week off, Stoke boss Mark Hughes picked a strong team on Tuesday for his side's Capital One Cup tie with Chelsea - which they won on penalties - and having to play extra-time will not have helped the Potters.

Stoke's home defeat by Watford last weekend was a strange slip-up and I don't think they will be as bad as that again, but I am still backing Newcastle.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
356 Name: 606 : 2015-10-31 14:46
Swansea v Arsenal

Arsenal picked up a few injuries in their Capital One Cup defeat by Sheffield Wednesday in midweek and they will have at least one eye on next week's Champions League game against Bayern Munich.

Because of that I am going to go for a draw in Wales - Arsene Wenger is already without Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, so he will have to keep something back in attack for the trip to Germany.

The Gunners have lost twice at the Liberty Stadium in recent seasons, so this is a tricky game in itself and I think they will be happy to leave with a draw.

Swansea ended a poor run with last week's win at Aston Villa, which will hopefully put to bed the ridiculous rumours about Garry Monk's future as their manager.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
357 Name: 606 : 2015-10-31 14:47
Watford v West Ham

Every time I think Watford are about to get sucked into the relegation fight, they come up with a big result like last week's win at Stoke, generally away from home.

West Ham also had an impressive win - yes they were at home but they were up against Chelsea and had to show great resolve in a game I thought they would lose.

The Hammers have claimed a few scalps on the road this season but I would argue that was as good as any of their previous results.

On the face of it, their away form makes them favourites at Vicarage Road but Watford do not look like a side that has just been promoted and they might surprise a few more people this weekend.

After beating the Blues, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said he had not set up his team as if they were at home and I think the Hornets will do the same. Watford will not be easy to break down and will do what it takes to get a win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
358 Name: 606 : 2015-10-31 14:47
West Brom v Leicester

Leicester keep making the headlines with their form but West Brom are climbing the table too.

The Baggies are what I would describe as a frugal football team, in that they do not give the opposition much, and I do not see them giving the Foxes much room to breathe on Saturday.

I know how well Claudio Ranieri's side have done and I got it wrong when I backed them to lose last week - but I still think their run is going to end soon.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
359 Name: 606 : 2015-10-31 14:48
SUNDAY

Everton v Sunderland (13:30 GMT)

Everton have come off the back of a difficult run against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal and they were probably looking at this game a few weeks ago and thinking 'well, at least we will get three points here'.

But it looks like a far more difficult fixture for the Toffees now Sam Allardyce is in charge of Sunderland, who will be extremely difficult to beat.

Sunderland won at Goodison Park late last season as part of their 'Great Escape' so it is a ground with happy memories for a lot of their players.

It will be a battle, but I still think Everton will edge it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
360 Name: 606 : 2015-10-31 14:48
Southampton v Bournemouth (16:00 GMT)

Southampton are on a good run and are steadily climbing the table after a slow start and it is difficult to see Bournemouth upsetting them here.

The problem for the Cherries is that they are racking up defeat after defeat but they are not going to change the way they play.

Away from home, I don't know where the goals are going to come from for Eddie Howe's team and, defensively, they are not good enough to keep a clean sheet.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
361 Name: 606 : 2015-10-31 14:49
MONDAY

Tottenham v Aston Villa (20:00 GMT)

Tottenham are going really well at the moment, even if the 5-1 scoreline flattered them a bit in their win over Bournemouth.

Spurs have still not lost in the league since the opening day at Old Trafford and, whether Aston Villa have a new manager by Monday night or not, it is hard to see them ending that run.

We are all waiting to see who Villa go for to replace Tim Sherwood.

It looks like their first choice is Remi Garde, who would know all about their French players, but appointing anyone who is untried in the Premier League as a manager would be a gamble, especially because Villa are rock bottom.

I think the key to Tottenham's recent results is a really good defensive base, which is very much Mauricio Pochettino's way.

He is clearly building from there and the whole team has definitely improved but next week's north London derby will probably show that Arsenal are still quite a bit above them. Spurs are nowhere near their level yet.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
362 Name: Anonymous : 2015-11-07 17:03
Leicester v Watford

Leicester were unbelievable again last week with the way they came back to beat West Brom. They just never stopped attacking the Baggies, and got their reward.

What the Foxes have achieved so far this season is absolutely outstanding but Watford have surprised a few people as well, myself included.

The Hornets had a very good result last weekend too, beating West Ham, and they will not make it easy for Leicester.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
363 Name: 606 : 2015-11-07 17:03
Man Utd v West Brom

I am at Old Trafford on Saturday and, with the way both of these teams are playing, I am not expecting a thriller.

Manchester United are up near the top of the table but just seem to be grinding out results and people might as well stop talking about their style of play because Louis van Gaal is not going to change it.
The same is obviously true of Baggies boss Tony Pulis, who is never going to change his approach either.

I think United will come out on top in the end, simply because they don't concede many goals and keep chipping away, and I don't see West Brom holding out for 90 minutes.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
364 Name: 606 : 2015-11-07 17:03
Norwich v Swansea

Swansea had plenty of chances last week in their defeat by Arsenal but they have been in the Premier League long enough to know what happens if you don't take them against the top clubs.

Norwich had their own hard-luck story, losing at Manchester City after defending well for most of the game.

I don't see many goals in this Canaries team but Swansea will come at them, and that will suit Norwich at Carrow Road.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
365 Name: 606 : 2015-11-07 17:04
Sunderland v Southampton

This is a tough game for Sunderland because Southampton are not just on a good run of results, they are also really starting to play well and will be a real handful.

The way the Black Cats were so open in their 6-2 defeat by Everton, especially after getting back to 2-2, will have driven Sam Allardyce mad.

Allardyce will have been drilling his defence all week so I am expecting some sort of improvement from them at the back - they certainly could not be much worse.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
366 Name: 606 : 2015-11-07 17:04
West Ham v Everton

The quality of Everton's goals last weekend was just outstanding, although Sunderland's poor defending has to be taken into account before I get too carried away.

That was just what the Toffees needed because, before then, they had been on a losing run having played some of the top teams.

In contrast, West Ham had a really bad day at Watford and I just wonder what effect that will have on the way they approach this game.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
367 Name: 606 : 2015-11-07 17:05
Stoke v Chelsea (17:30 GMT)

Chelsea's Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday was a massive result. Not just because of the victory, but because they got it after being pegged back to 1-1 late in the game.

I think it could turn out to be a turning point in Chelsea's season, because it was a completely different reaction to the one we saw from their players when they conceded an equaliser just before half-time of their defeat by Liverpool last weekend.

When Philippe Coutinho scored to make it 1-1, you could see them asking 'how did that happen?' and 'what do we do now?'. This time, they knew.
Wednesday's win doesn't mean everything is right again at Chelsea but their confidence must be much higher.

They will need it at the Britannia Stadium, where they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on penalties last week. Stoke will be ready for them, but I am backing Chelsea to win this time.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
368 Name: 606 : 2015-11-07 17:06
SUNDAY

Aston Villa v Man City (13:30 GMT)

Aston Villa's defeat by Tottenham on Monday showed there is nothing wrong with their effort or application, but they are just not good enough.

Villa seem to lose their way far too easily in games and struggle to score goals, so keeping them up will be a massive job for new manager Remi Garde.

His appointment is a massive gamble, and this is a very difficult game to start with, especially with Manchester City's ability to exploit any space with their width and pace.

City were very impressive against Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek. They had a plan and had a real go, and anything like the same sort of performance will be too much for Villa.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
369 Name: 606 : 2015-11-07 17:06
Arsenal v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

I was in Munich on Wednesday for BBC Radio 5 live and Arsenal were lucky to only lose 5-1 to Bayern. The Gunners were so poor defensively and there was no midfield cover - the final score could have been anything.

Sunday's game will be a lot tighter - there is no way Arsenal will be so open again and Tottenham are likely to put their defence first. Mauricio Pochettino's teams are always tough to break down anyway.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
370 Name: 606 : 2015-11-07 17:07
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

Liverpool have got a long flight back from their Europa League game in Kazan, which won't help their preparation, but I am still expecting the Reds to kick on after beating Chelsea last weekend.

Crystal Palace were probably unlucky to only draw 0-0 with Manchester United last week and they have good memories of their last trip to Anfield too.

When they went there at the end of last season, in Steven Gerrard's final home game, they bullied the Reds and won comfortably.

But Liverpool look a different animal now and I will be surprised if Palace do not leave empty-handed.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
371 Name: 606 : 2015-11-20 13:49
Watford v Man Utd (12:45 GMT)

Michael Carrick's absence with the injury he picked up playing for England against Spain will be a blow but the good news for Manchester United is that his ankle is not as bad as was first thought.
Carrick should be back soon but he is a big miss because he actually passes forward - United's other midfielders, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, mainly pass sideways.

They are modern-day crabs - I mean this in the nicest possible way because he was a very good player, but if Ray Wilkins had not retired then I'm sure United boss Louis van Gaal would be a big fan.

I was at Old Trafford for United's last game before the international break, and they put in a perfunctory performance to beat West Brom.

Watford had been on a good run before they became Leicester's latest victims, but I can't see them having much joy at home on Saturday.

The Hornets love to counter attack, but United like to sit deep and I have a feeling Watford's approach will really suit Van Gaal's side.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
372 Name: 606 : 2015-11-20 13:49
Chelsea v Norwich

This is a must-win game for Chelsea - at the start of the season, who would have thought that would be the case by the third week of November?

The international break might have given Blues boss Jose Mourinho a chance to soothe his state of mind, because he has not been himself recently, and it will have helped his players forget about Chelsea's problems too.

Can Norwich add to their misery? No. The Canaries away form has been poor - their only league win in six attempts so far came at Sunderland on the second week of the season - and I do not see them improving that record at Stamford Bridge.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
373 Name: 606 : 2015-11-20 13:50
Everton v Aston Villa

Remi Garde was only in charge of Villa for three days before their draw with Manchester City, and he will not have seen much of his squad over the last week or so because of international call-ups.

Garde got off to a good start with a point and a clean sheet, but Villa still did not look like scoring and usually, when you allow the opposition as many chances as City had, then you end up conceding a few goals.

Everton were solid enough against West Ham in their last game and I just cannot tip Villa to go away and get anything at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
374 Name: 606 : 2015-11-20 13:51
Newcastle v Leicester

Jamie Vardy did not feature for England against Spain or France because of a hip injury but I can understand why he is desperate to play in this game as he has the chance of equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of scoring in 10 successive Premier League games.

Whether Vardy makes it or not, I have a feeling Newcastle will edge this one.

The Magpies' last game was probably their best result of the season - they got battered at Bournemouth but won 1-0 to climb out of the bottom three - and it might just prove to be a turning point.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
375 Name: 606 : 2015-11-20 13:51
Southampton v Stoke

Southampton are in great shape at the moment - they have only lost one of their last 10 league games and are playing really well too.

As the weeks go by, Saints are confirming what they showed us last season, which is that they are one of the best teams in the league.

Since Ryan Shawcross returned to action at the end of October, it is no surprise that Stoke have been even harder to beat, but this will be a big test for the Potters.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
376 Name: 606 : 2015-11-20 13:51
Swansea v Bournemouth

Swansea have lost three of their last four games and, as is the way in the Premier League these days, that has put the future of their manager in doubt.

There have been suggestions that Garry Monk needs a more experienced assistant or coach - the usual sort of stuff.

If Swansea do not win this game then Monk will come under even more pressure, but I do not think major surgery is required there.

This is probably a good time to play Bournemouth, who have lost four in a row, but
Swansea have come a cropper against the two other promoted teams, Watford and Norwich, who have both already beaten them this season.

They seem to do better against the top teams, so maybe Monk just needs to tell his players they are up against Barcelona this weekend and they will be fine.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
377 Name: 606 : 2015-11-20 13:52
West Brom v Arsenal

West Brom ended up being beaten but they made things difficult for Manchester United at Old Trafford last time out, and they will do the same to Arsenal at The Hawthorns.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis is plotting his way around the Premier League every week to make sure his side pick up enough points to stay clear of
danger, and I think they will get another one here.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
378 Name: 606 : 2015-11-20 13:52
Man City v Liverpool (17:30 GMT)

Liverpool got a little bit bullied by Crystal Palace in their last match, and it was not the first time that has happened against teams that set out to play that way against them.

That will not be the way Manchester City will approach things, and I think the Reds will fare a bit better at the Etihad, where they have not won in the league since 2008 despite some decent performances.

Sergio Aguero could be back from injury to lead City's attack, which would obviously help their chances.

But the way Liverpool will set up, and the fact City will let them play too, makes me think Jurgen Klopp's side could get something from this game.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
379 Name: 606 : 2015-11-20 13:53
SUNDAY

Tottenham v West Ham (16:00 GMT)

West Ham have hit the headlines with some great results this season but Tottenham have been consistently excellent in recent weeks, with their performance in their draw with Arsenal a good example.

Spurs are playing with real confidence and they don't look like conceding many goals which means they don't have to play well to win. On top of that, they have got Harry Kane in form up front and scoring too.

Most of those stand-out Hammers wins have come away from home but I just think Spurs will have too much nous for them.

Dimitri Payet's injury is a big blow for West Ham and they will miss his creativity a lot in the next few months.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
380 Name: 606 : 2015-11-20 13:54
MONDAY

Crystal Palace v Sunderland (20:00 GMT)

I have been impressed with Crystal Palace, who looked very dangerous when they came forward in their win over Liverpool at Anfield - they were quick, strong and posed a constant threat.

The Eagles unsettled Liverpool and imposed themselves on the game, and I think they will find a way of hurting Sunderland too.

Sam Allardyce has only been in charge at Sunderland for a little over a month and he has tried two or three different formations already.

It strikes me there is only so much he can do there until the January transfer window opens and he has the chance to bring in some new faces. He probably wishes it was 31 December already.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
381 Name: 606 : 2015-11-28 13:08
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated
SATURDAY


Aston Villa v Watford

Aston Villa were just swept aside by Everton last week - it was not just the 4-0 defeat that must have been worrying for manager Remi Garde, it was the way they put up so little resistance.

Villa did not look like scoring, which is a problem in itself, but an even bigger issue is the way they were shipping goals.

They seriously look like relegation fodder at the moment, and it is difficult to know what Garde will do to try to change things round.

The situation with Jack Grealish, who has been dropped from the first team squad because of a lack of professionalism, has hardly helped.

Grealish has been disciplined by being made to train with Villa's under-21 side and now he needs to grow up quickly - otherwise he could end up on the scrapheap as another promising player who never actually delivered on his potential.

Watford probably thought they had done enough to get a point against Manchester United when Troy Deeney scored their late equaliser. It wasn't to be, but they played well enough.

I really fancy the Hornets here, but Villa are at home and Garde will have worked them all week defensively so I am expecting an improvement from them.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
382 Name: 606 : 2015-11-28 13:08
Bournemouth v Everton

Everton were really good against Villa last weekend and it is interesting to see how their team has developed since the start of the season, with Arouna Kone and Gerard Deulofeu coming into the starting line-up.

Bournemouth really should have got three points against Swansea last time out - to be 2-0 up against a team that is not playing well, and surrendering the lead, is just not good enough.

This is a gut feeling more than anything else, but I am going to go for a Bournemouth win.

It is certainly not based on their previous form, because they have only won one of their last 10 league games, but they are still creating chances and scoring goals and I think they will get the win they have been waiting for on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
383 Name: 606 : 2015-11-28 13:09
Crystal Palace v Newcastle

This is a big game for Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew against his former club, but probably an even bigger one for Newcastle manager Steve McClaren.

I thought the Magpies would build on their win at Bournemouth when they played Leicester but they ended up being taken apart.

Palace will be expecting to win but then they expected to beat Sunderland on Monday night too, and they did not create many opportunities in that game.

In fairness to the Black Cats, they got what they came for which was a clean sheet and a win, but Newcastle cannot play like that so this game will be more open.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
384 Name: 606 : 2015-11-28 13:09
Man City v Southampton

Manchester City cannot be as bad again as they were last week against Liverpool. As well as Liverpool played, City were woeful.

Saints are unbeaten away from home this season but they do not score many goals - they have only managed seven in six games on the road - and I think City will find a way of winning this one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
385 Name: 606 : 2015-11-28 13:11
Sunderland v Stoke

Credit to Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, he played three at the back - or five, depending how you look at it - in Monday's win at Selhurst Park, after it failed badly against Everton.

It worked for him this time and I have a feeling he will do the same again on Saturday.
Stoke are probably the hardest team to predict in the Premier League - I got them wrong again last week, when they won at Southampton.

The Potters have only lost one of their last 10 gamers in all competitions and midfielder Glenn Whelan said this week that Mark Hughes' side could make the top six but, for me, they are not quite at that level.

They are a solid mid-table side but their biggest problem is they are not a team with bundles of goals in them - they have only scored 11 in their 13 league games so far, and only bottom-of-the-table Villa have scored less.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
386 Name: 606 : 2015-11-28 13:11
Leicester v Man Utd (17:30 GMT)

This is going to be really interesting, especially when you consider what happened in this fixture last year, when Leicester won 5-3.

That Manchester United team was full of attacking talent - Angel di Maria scored that brilliant chipped goal, for example.

Leicester are still coming from behind to win games, just like they did on that occasion, but they have become far more attacking than United are.

United have become this defensive-minded side, lacking in any sort of verve. When they win games, they just seem to creep over the line.

I think that might be the story of Saturday's game too, because I just have a feeling that Louis van Gaal's side are going to go there, soak up Leicester's attacks and end up winning.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
387 Name: 606 : 2015-11-28 13:12
SUNDAY

Tottenham v Chelsea (12:00 GMT)

I am still not convinced by Chelsea although they have won their last couple of games.
But I think they have got enough about them to go to White Hart Lane and pick up a point.

Spurs are playing extremely well and have not lost in the league since the opening day of the season but they have drawn a lot of those games and I can see that happening again here.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
388 Name: 606 : 2015-11-28 13:12
West Ham v West Brom (14:05 GMT)

West Brom had an excellent win over Arsenal in their last game - they only had one shot on target but won 2-1 because of Mikel Arteta's own goal, how good is that?

Meanwhile, West Ham were taken apart by Spurs, and were very poor.

However, the Hammers might chuck Andy Carroll up front because they are at home on Sunday, and I think they will pose much more of a threat this time.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
389 Name: 606 : 2015-11-28 13:12
Liverpool v Swansea (16:15 GMT)

Swansea manager Garry Monk's future is still in doubt, which I don't really understand. Yes, they might be having a difficult season but they are not going to get relegated.

Liverpool have got momentum at the moment, which is a massive thing in football. There is suddenly competition for places all over the team - even up front - and they are starting to look stronger in all areas.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
390 Name: 606 : 2015-11-28 13:13
Norwich v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

If people talk about Arsenal at the moment, they immediately bring up that they have loads of injuries.

But I was at the Emirates on Tuesday for their Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb and eight or nine of the Gunners' starting XI in that game would pretty much all be first choice if they had a fully-fit squad. Aaron Ramsey, who came off the bench in that game, could be fit to start against Norwich too.

So I think the effects of Arsenal's injury problems have been blown out of proportion a bit, especially when you consider the way they played the other night when Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez were unstoppable.

I don't see Norwich causing them many problems - true, Arsenal lost at West Brom last time out, but I cannot see them losing two Premier League games in a row.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
391 Name: Anonymous : 2015-12-05 01:39
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.

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
392 Name: 606 : 2015-12-05 01:40
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
393 Name: 606 : 2015-12-05 01:40
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.

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
394 Name: 606 : 2015-12-05 01:41
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.

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
395 Name: 606 : 2015-12-05 01:41
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.

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
396 Name: 606 : 2015-12-05 01:42
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.

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
397 Name: 606 : 2015-12-05 01:43
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
398 Name: 606 : 2015-12-05 01:43
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.

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
399 Name: 606 : 2015-12-05 01:43
SUNDAY

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.

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
400 Name: 606 : 2015-12-05 01:44
MONDAY

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
401 Name: 606 : 2015-12-12 14:11
Norwich v Everton (12:45 GMT)

It is a long time since Everton lost - their last defeat came seven games ago, against Arsenal on 24 October.

In contrast, Norwich are on a poor run - they have only had one victory in their last 10 league games and seemed to go down without too much of a fight against Watford last week.

The Canaries' home form is already looking like it will be crucial if they are going to stay up and I think they realise that.

They showed in their last game at Carrow Road, a 1-1 draw with the Gunners, that they are up for the fight but it is games like this that they have to win if they are going to survive.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
402 Name: 606 : 2015-12-12 14:12
Crystal Palace v Southampton

Southampton's recent form is a bit worrying - they have lost three of their last four games and drew the other one, at home to bottom side Aston Villa.

Crystal Palace have been inconsistent too but the difference seems to be that, when they really need to win a game, they usually do.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
403 Name: 606 : 2015-12-12 14:12
Man City v Swansea

I have a bit of sympathy for Garry Monk, whose reign as Swansea boss ended on Wednesday.

The Swans are not struggling because one or two of their attacking players are out of form, but because four or five of them are. That is unlucky, and not really Monk's fault, but the upshot is that they have stopped scoring.

It is not long since Monk was being talked about as being the next England manager but we have seen again how a few bad results can quickly change the opinion of fans and the people in the boardroom - it is just part of a Premier League manager's life, I'm afraid.

As for Manchester City, they have been very up and down recently and seem to have a problem when the opposition stop them playing.
They have got to learn to overcome that and be prepared to fight harder to get the upper hand in matches.

I don't see that being a problem for them against Swansea, though, and Monk's departure will not make any difference to the outcome.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
404 Name: 606 : 2015-12-12 14:13
Sunderland v Watford

For me, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores does not get enough credit.

He only took charge in the summer, and most of his team arrived then too, but he very quickly showed he understands what life in the Premier League is all about.

This is a tough game for the Hornets, though. Sunderland lost at Arsenal last week, but they were very competitive.

Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce knows his side have to keep on picking up points, especially at home, and there is no way they will roll over and allow their tummy to be tickled on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
405 Name: 606 : 2015-12-12 14:13
West Ham v Stoke

I was at Old Trafford last week for West Ham's 0-0 draw with Manchester United and was very impressed with Slaven Bilic's side.

Andy Carroll was a threat up front, the Hammers had the better chances and they were decent at the back too.

Stoke were also very impressive as they beat Manchester City last week, and it will be interesting to see if they go for it on Saturday as much as they did in that win.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
406 Name: 606 : 2015-12-12 14:14
Bournemouth v Man Utd (17:30 GMT)

There is a little bit of pressure on Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal after his side's Champions League exit, not that it will bother him too much.

We might see a reaction from the United players but Van Gaal is not going to change anything about United's style of play.

By now we know what to expect from United away from home, and it is not very exciting.

United have got some injuries to contend with but Bournemouth have got more, and to some crucial members of their squad.

We have seen from their dramatic draw with Everton and late win at Chelsea that the Cherries just keep on going, and I think that spirit will see them get a point on Saturday night too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
407 Name: 606 : 2015-12-12 14:14
Aston Villa v Arsenal (13:30 GMT)

There is no problem with Aston Villa's commitment or desire, and their attitude is good - it is an obvious lack of quality that is letting them down.

With Villa boss Remi Garde against his old Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, this is a case of pupil versus professor and, for me, there is only one winner.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
408 Name: 606 : 2015-12-12 14:14
Liverpool v West Brom (16:00 GMT)

I am convinced that if Philippe Coutinho had been fit to face Newcastle last weekend then Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would have played a system with a false number nine at St James' Park, especially after getting so much success doing that elsewhere.

In the end, though, it was a non-performance and a defeat which was a bit of a reality check for the Reds after some really promising displays.

It showed how Klopp has to change his tactics if he picks Christian Benteke - you have to play to his strengths and put crosses in.

Liverpool have been finding things harder at home under Klopp - he has won three out of six games in all competitions at Anfield, all by a one-goal margin.

They have found it difficult to break down teams who come to Anfield to defend and you just know that West Brom will be well organised, although, on this occasion, I don't think it will be enough.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
409 Name: 606 : 2015-12-12 14:15
Tottenham v Newcastle (16:00 GMT)

You just don't know what you are going to get from this Newcastle team and it must drive Magpies boss Steve McClaren mad.

It worries me that they can put in a performance like they did to beat Liverpool, straight after being hammered at Crystal Palace.

McClaren said his players had "crawled off the field" after last weekend's game because of the effort they put in.

That is great, but it should be the same every game - and who knows whether they will turn up and compete in the same way at White Hart Lane.

I do think they are capable of getting something against Tottenham, though.
Some Spurs fans have been getting a bit excited about their title hopes but they are getting carried away a bit there.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have been unbeaten for 14 league games and have had some impressive wins, but they have also drawn a lot of matches.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
410 Name: 606 : 2015-12-12 14:15
Leicester v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

Leicester seem to be the only team trying to win the title at the moment.
Because nobody expects them to be at the top of the table, they are playing without any pressure.

The Foxes have got unshakable belief and Claudio Ranieri's tactical nous means they examine every opponent for weaknesses.

Chelsea are not often underdogs but their form makes them that on Monday, and I don't think their manager Jose Mourinho will mind.

It is in Mourinho's DNA to go away to teams and make things difficult for the opposition, and I think they will leave with a point.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
411 Name: 606 : 2015-12-19 22:06
Newcastle v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

It looks like Aston Villa could be cut adrift completely shortly - things are that bad for them.

Newcastle have found some form after their own poor start and could make it three wins in a row on Saturday.

That is what I think will happen, although you never know with the Magpies because sometimes they just don't turn up.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
412 Name: 606 : 2015-12-19 22:06
Watford v Liverpool (13:30 GMT)

Watford have now won three games in a row to climb to seventh.

Most of Liverpool's best performances under Jurgen Klopp have been away from home, but they have also come when Klopp has used a false number nine.

At Newcastle, with Christian Benteke leading the line they were poor. They have not used him properly yet, and it will be interesting to see if they manage to do that here.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
413 Name: 606 : 2015-12-19 22:07
Swansea v West Ham (16:00 GMT)

I looked at how well Swansea played against Manchester City last week and thought 'where has that come from?'

Their tactics were no different to when Garry Monk was in charge, apart from they all had a go.
If they do the same again on Sunday then I actually quite fancy the Swans to win this time.

West Ham's form has dropped off in recent weeks after their good start to the season, especially in front of goal.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
414 Name: 606 : 2015-12-19 22:07
Arsenal v Man City (20:00 GMT)

I am not quite sure what to expect from Manchester City at the moment.

It looks like they will be without their captain Vincent Kompany at the back again on Monday and, although Sergio Aguero is fit enough to return to their attack, I cannot see him lasting 90 minutes.

In contrast, Arsenal's important players are in form - like Aaron Ramsey in midfield, who has come back into the team and started scoring.

Defensively they look settled too and I have a feeling the Gunners are going to win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
415 Name: 606 : 2015-12-26 12:46
Stoke v Manchester United (12:45 GMT)

Stoke are one of the most difficult teams to predict. That's because the Potters have earned the same number of away wins in the Premier League as they have had home victories - three.

And they face Manchester United, whose manager Louis van Gaal is under severe pressure. Not only is he under pressure from the supporters but also - I would think - from the Old Trafford board, and from Jose Mourinho leaving Chelsea.

It is not just the way Manchester United are playing - laborious, boring, not creating enough opportunities - but they are now losing games. Van Gaal was brought in to strengthen at the back, and at the moment they look anything but strong defensively.

Stoke will steam into them. The Potters were a little bit unlucky to lose against Crystal Palace last weekend in a game they would have expected to win. However, they don't go too long without picking up points.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
416 Name: 606 : 2015-12-26 12:49
Aston Villa v West Ham United

I would never normally say before Christmas that a team will be relegated - but I think Aston Villa will be relegated.

Yes, they came back to draw 1-1 at Newcastle last weekend, but that was Villa playing for 45 minutes and still getting just one point. They haven't got goals in them - it's a real worry.

Considering all the injuries West Ham have suffered, boss Slaven Bilic has not made a great deal about them. He doesn't moan every week about having players out.

The Hammers have not got many goals in them but look sound defensively - illustrated by three consecutive 0-0 draws.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
417 Name: 606 : 2015-12-26 12:49
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

Bournemouth have had a great run, picking up the points after three straight wins. Everyone talks about Leicester and Watford - quite rightly - but how well have the Cherries done with long-term injuries to several key players? They have got on with it and not changed the way they play.

Palace have become a very good team at managing the situation in games, as they showed at Stoke without injured midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Alan Pardew's side have a great away record, winning 11 of their past 16 Premier League games on the road. I've seen them a couple of times live this season - they bully teams.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
418 Name: 606 : 2015-12-26 12:50
Chelsea v Watford

I thought the performance of the Chelsea players in the 3-1 home win against Sunderland last weekend was despicable. Why couldn't they produce that under Jose Mourinho? I bet they have taken all the mirrors down in the Chelsea dressing room - then the players can't take a long, hard look at themselves.

I saw Watford in the first game of the season at Everton - I thought they were just a counter-attacking team who would get more points away than at home. But now it is getting much closer after three wins in their past four home matches.

Watford have surprised everyone - but I think, post-Mourinho, it's a completely different feeling at Chelsea.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
419 Name: 606 : 2015-12-26 12:50
Liverpool v Leicester

I saw Leicester's 3-2 win at Everton last weekend when Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy turned the game in their favour.

What we haven't spoke about is how organised the team is behind those two. Leicester have got width, defenders who defend, a top goalkeeper and they are all prepared to work hard to create chances for Mahrez and Vardy. But, for some reason, I fancy Liverpool.

Liverpool will probably have to go back to basics - getting tackles in and squeezing the opposition. They didn't do that in the 3-0 defeat at Watford.

Liverpool's problem is that when Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana play without a centre-forward, they have too many touches and it allows the opposition to get back into position.

But because Liverpool are the underdogs - and because there will be a great Boxing Day atmosphere at Anfield - I'm going for a home win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
420 Name: 606 : 2015-12-26 12:51
Manchester City v Sunderland

Have you seen that stat about how many goals Manchester City have conceded without Vincent Kompany as opposed to with him? It is amazing.

To think they have spent £64m on Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala and still can't replace Kompany tells you everything about City that isn't good.

They still have some very good players - no argument about that - but Arsenal are now favourites to win the league.

Sunderland will be much improved - Sam Allardyce will have gone nuts at his players after their defeat at Chelsea.

I've not seen a Sunderland team under him give the opposition so much room and that won't happen at City. He's looking for defensive solidity because you always get chances to score in the Premier League.

But it will be typical of City to come back from losing at Arsenal and play really well.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
421 Name: 606 : 2015-12-26 12:51
Swansea v West Bromwich Albion

Albion manager Tony Pulis is as good as anyone in setting up his team against the opposition whichever way they play.

And I don't think there is a better Premier League team than West Brom at set-pieces. They have got a team of giants - one thing Swansea don't have - and always look like scoring from corners and free-kicks.

Swansea were OK in their 0-0 draw against West Ham and it was interesting to see caretaker boss Alan Curtis say all they need is a bit of a break. Will they get one against West Brom who take no prisoners? I don't think so.

Bafetimbi Gomis, Jefferson Montero, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Ayew - they have all forgotten how to play. Swansea are lacking confidence and can't buy a goal. If you can't score in this league then you plummet.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
422 Name: 606 : 2015-12-26 12:51
Tottenham v Norwich

After seeing Spurs throw away a lead to lose 2-1 against Newcastle, I thought the trip to Southampton on Saturday would show how mentally tough they are. They proved it and I think they are ready for top four.

Harry Kane has scored eight in his past eight league games, we know about Dele Alli's attributes, fellow midfielder Mousa Dembele is starting to play, and they are solid at the back as well.

Norwich beat Manchester United at Old Trafford to record their best result for many a year. It was a very good display and they deserved to win. But they didn't get questioned by United until the last 20 minutes - Spurs will ask questions for 90 minutes.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
423 Name: 606 : 2015-12-26 12:52
Newcastle v Everton (17:30 GMT)

I expected Newcastle to roll Aston Villa over and make it three wins on the run. But Villa came back to earn a point, highlighting that Newcastle are mentally fragile and sometimes physically fragile too.

But the 1-1 draw means it is three games without defeat which is important for their confidence.

Everton, for the ability they have got, are underachieving. They have some real quality in that side, look really good on the ball and have got it right going forward. But individually and collectively they need to improve defensively.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
424 Name: 606 : 2015-12-26 12:52
Southampton v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

I watched Arsenal in Athens when they beat Olympiakos and thought they were very good, making the Greek champions look ordinary. And when they went to Aston Villa I thought "this is Arsenal, eventually they let themselves down". But they haven't.

They have kicked on and I think the victory over Manchester City will give them great belief that they can win the title. It is games where you win ugly that convince you that you can win the league, not games where you win 3-0 or 4-0.

The trip to St Mary's is a tricky match for Arsenal. But if they are going to win the league then they need to win.

Southampton are not looking like scoring, which is always a problem. Graziano Pelle is a streaky striker - he has runs of scoring - and if he doesn't score you wonder where are the goals coming from. They are consistently inconsistently.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
425 Name: 606 : 2015-12-28 17:31
Crystal Palace v Swansea

The thing with these games around Christmas is always the quick turnaround. Will sides rotate their teams, move players around? There will be one or two knocks and niggles in every team and Crystal Palace look to be suffering more than most.

Yannick Bolasie is out and he is a massive loss. He is such a good player and supplier, and he is a beast of a man. He's very difficult to stop, he unhinges defences.

Swansea's win over West Brom will do them the power of good and they can go and nick a point. They still haven't got a manager but they just needed a game where they got a bit of luck and they did that on Boxing Day.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
426 Name: 606 : 2015-12-28 17:31
Everton v Stoke

I was at St James' Park on Boxing Day and Everton just about deserved the win at Newcastle. The thing for Roberto Martinez now is that he can change a game from the bench. He was able to bring on Leon Osman, Gerard Deulofeu and Muhamed Besic and still had Arouna Kone unused, with Phil Jagielka to come back.

At Newcastle Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas played and this is probably the strongest squad Martinez has had at Goodison. But they have drawn a lot of games and they need to start winning, starting here.

Stoke had an outstanding result against Manchester United but away from home they don't get enough goals for me.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
427 Name: 606 : 2015-12-28 17:32
Norwich v Aston Villa

After beating Manchester United Norwich may have put up more resistance at Tottenham but they were swatted away after a bright start. Now at home, this could be their biggest game of the season because they can get further away from Aston Villa and get up amongst the pack.

Villa can't get three points, they don't create enough chances and lack a goalscorer. Villa are already nine points adrift and we will know by the personnel they sign in January whether they honestly believe they can get out of it or not. Anyone they do bring in will have to be with a view to playing in the Championship if they do get relegated. Or is it a case of when? Would someone like Charlie Austin sign for Villa next month? I don't think so.

They will keep going, they will not throw the towel in but they have such a lack of quality it's obvious what will happen to them. We have seen teams turn it around dramatically, look at Leicester last year, but Villa just do not look like scoring at all. They have no goals in them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
428 Name: 606 : 2015-12-28 17:32
Watford v Tottenham

Watford are in danger of stealing Leicester's limelight, they have a real goal threat and are one of a few teams playing 4-4-2. But they have picked up more points away from home then at home this season.

Tottenham are looking good but the way the league is now, if you win three games people start talking about the title! It happened with Liverpool the other week. Tottenham won't win the league but they do look like Champions League contenders.

They have only lost two games but they draw too many. They look like signing a striker in January in case Harry Kane falls over and that could be a shrewd move.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
429 Name: 606 : 2015-12-28 17:33
West Brom v Newcastle

I saw Newcastle on Boxing Day and they look like they might just have enough to avoid relegation, but that's about it. The players are playing for the manager, there's no doubt about that and they got stuck in against Everton. They should have got a point.

But I can see West Brom will go and do a job on them, it's what they are particularly good at. Tony Pulis has always been excellent at pigeonholing results, he will have forgotten about the Boxing Day defeat at Swansea and they will be ready to go, and to win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
430 Name: 606 : 2015-12-28 17:33
Arsenal v Bournemouth (17:30 GMT)

Arsenal always let you down and it happened again at Southampton. They just didn't appear.

Arsenal were bullied by Southampton, they had no answer to Shane Long's pace and capitulated towards the end. It looked a game too far for some of the players, which is worrying, but even on a bad day they will create chances. With the players they have got Arsenal should be favourites to win the league from here but the problem is they always throw in a Southampton type result.

In a normal season you would worry for their chances but in this season of flux, of change, of inconsistency they will probably get away with it.

I love the spirit of Bournemouth and the way that they don't change the way they play for anybody. They run their hearts out every game. They won't get a result at the Emirates though.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
431 Name: 606 : 2015-12-28 17:33
Man Utd v Chelsea (17:30 GMT)

I've never known such a fuss about a game where both sides are so poor. If you look at the history of the Premier League this should be one of the games of the season but instead it will be dull, dull, dull.

Louis van Gaal's problem now is that he has no defence. Literally. When he came in he said that he would make Manchester United difficult to beat but right now everyone is rolling them over. It's a strange situation. Jose Mourinho is in the background but is he really a Manchester United manager? I can't see it.

How will Van Gaal play this game? He will be safety first, everyone will sit in and they can't really buy a goal at the moment. He is not playing well at the moment but Wayne Rooney will have to come back in, why you would drop him for a game like Stoke away I have no idea.

The Van Gaal story will roll on and on but this looks like a bore draw to me.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
432 Name: 606 : 2015-12-28 17:34
West Ham v Southampton (17:30 GMT)

Southampton looked like they had had the hurry-up from Ronald Koeman when they thrashed Arsenal on Boxing Day night.

They have been a bit too nice and very inconsistent but the Arsenal game was a significant win. They convinced themselves that they need to be nasty in footballing parlance, more bullish.

West Ham have drawn their last five and are without some key players and are just nursing their way through until Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho are back fit. They will be fine this season but I can see the Saints rolling them over.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
433 Name: 606 : 2015-12-28 17:34
Leicester v Man City (19:45 GMT)

Leicester have done fantastically but when you are top of the league you are a massive target and we saw that at Anfield on Boxing Day, where the atmosphere was lifted by Leicester's visit. The Foxes have been surfing a wave all season but waves die down eventually. We will have a better indication in a couple of weeks where exactly they can finish. Claudio Ranieri has got every single player in the team playing above themselves. That's what a proper manager can do.

Manchester City are without Vincent Kompany again and it is sheer bad luck. Manuel Pellegrini did everything right, bringing him on when they were cruising through a game with no problems and he injured his calf yet again. It sounds really bad for him.

It may be time for surgery on it, to have a look inside and see what's what. That's a real blow for them but I think they will go and win at Leicester.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
434 Name: 606 : 2015-12-28 17:35
Sunderland v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)

I thought Big Sam's quotes after the defeat at Manchester City were interesting. He has clearly had a look at everybody and he now knows what he needs to bring in during the transfer window.

Defensively they are all over the shop. I am sure that when Allardyce took the job he will have told the chairman that he will need "X amount" of money in January.

For clubs now, the riches of every season in the top flight are so vast that it makes sense to invest £40m or so in the window if they can stay up. It's a no-brainer. He will be busy.
Liverpool played well against Leicester, much more like it and they will have too much for Sunderland. Daniel Sturridge might even be available to play some part!

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
435 Name: 606 : 2016-01-02 12:41
West Ham v Liverpool (12:45 GMT)

West Ham beat Southampton on Monday after five successive draws. The goals have dried up since the start for the season, but I think they have done really well just to keep their ducks in a row amid injuries to attackers Dmitri Payet and Diafra Sakho. .

Liverpool look more of a threat away from home at the moment. They are creating so many chances on the road but Christian Benteke - who has scored the matchwinner in their last two games - is a dilemma for Jurgen Klopp.

The Belgian is scoring goals, but I think Klopp would prefer someone more mobile for his system.

While he is their main striker and putting the chances away though, what do you do?

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
436 Name: 606 : 2016-01-02 12:41
Arsenal v Newcastle

Arsenal resumed normal service after their 4-0 defeat away to Southampton on Boxing Day with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Bournemouth two days later.

It was a result that was never seriously in doubt once Gabriel headed in the first goal.

At home - where they have not lost in the league since the opening day of the season - the Gunners are formidable.

They just create so many chances and that will prove enough against a Newcastle side that are not that good defensively.

Newcastle circle the wagons but the opposition always find a way through.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
437 Name: 606 : 2016-01-02 12:42
Leicester v Bournemouth

Everyone will be wondering whether Leicester's bubble has burst after picking up one point and scoring no goals in their last two games.

They did not turn up in their Boxing Day defeat by Liverpool, but there was nothing to be ashamed of in terms of result or performance in the home draw to Manchester City on Tuesday.

While Jamie Vardy has scored one goal in his last five games, it is far too early to be worried about his form after his early-season form.

Bournemouth were unbeaten in six matches before losing to Arsenal on Monday - a run that included wins over Chelsea and Manchester United and took them to the heights of 14th.

You could argue that as well as Watford and Leicester have done at the top end of the table, Bournemouth have been just as impressive.

They will have had an extra day off as well and that could be crucial in the busy festive period.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
438 Name: 606 : 2016-01-02 12:42
Man United v Swansea

It may have been an eighth successive game without a win for Manchester United, but their performance at least was much better in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea.

That is a big part of what the Manchester United fans want. Sure, they want a crack at winning the Premier League and challenging in the Champions League, but just as much they need to see that attitude, style and determination to take the game to the opposition.

The pressure on manager Louis van Gaal is not about an expectation of winning 4-0 each week, it is about how the the team are playing.

With that performance against Chelsea under their belts, even after Swansea's recent improvement under caretaker Alan Curtis, I think they will make a return to winning ways.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
439 Name: 606 : 2016-01-02 12:43
Norwich v Southampton

Winning 4-0 against Arsenal on Boxing Day and then conceding twice in the second half to slip to defeat against out-of-form West Ham two days later - Southampton's recent results pretty much sum up their season.

They can pull out some superb performances and some pretty poor ones. Their mentality is not as strong as it was last season and the players have been a bit inconsistent, particularly away from home where they have won just two from nine in the league.

Norwich were well beaten by Spurs on Boxing Day but recovered well to beat Aston Villa on Monday and move clear of the relegation zone.

After their win over Manchester United at Old Trafford just before Christmas, the Canaries will be desperate to make it nine points from from four games over the Festive period which will really haul them up the league.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
440 Name: 606 : 2016-01-02 12:44
Sunderland v Aston Villa

This could be ugly.

Whatever happens in this game is not going to change Aston Villa's fate - they will be out with the empties at the end of the season.

Sunderland are still fighting for survival though - the danger for them is that they always look like conceding. Goalkeeper Vito Mannone was arguably their man of the match against Liverpool. There is nothing wrong with that in itself - but when it is every week, that is a problem.

That is Sam Allardyce's biggest problem and he looks like he is working to sort it out already with a fee agreed for Lorient centre-back Lamine Kone.

Sunderland have decent strikers in Jermain Defoe, Fabio Borini and Duncan Watmore. If they can shore things up at the back, they will keep themselves in matches, buying time for one of those lot to win it for them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
441 Name: 606 : 2016-01-02 12:44
West Brom v Stoke

You never know what is coming when you come to watch Stoke. But you know it is going to be entertaining.

The Potters attacking players have really started to shine with Bojan Krkic, Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri scoring five goals between them in the team's recent wins over Manchester United and Everton .

They are a good, entertaining side - but they are up against a former manager in Tony Pulis who is coming into the game on the back of a gritty win over Newcastle.

The Baggies will be missing striker Salomon Rondon and winger James McClean who are suspended after their red cards against Bournemouth on 20 December, but I fancy them to overturn Stoke.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
442 Name: 606 : 2016-01-02 12:44
Watford v Man City (17:30 GMT)

Watford will feel hard done by after losing to an 89th-minute Son Heung-Min goal against Tottenham.

After meetings with Chelsea and Liverpool as well in recent weeks, this match concludes a difficult run of games in the league.

Man City will be missing injured Vincent Kompany for a month or so and their defence always looks substantially weaker without their captain.

Their midfield lacked spark in the goalless draw against Leicester, with David Silva unusually quiet.

I cannot see City keeping a clean sheet at Watford. Every team in the league fancies their chances when City come to town, they don't have that aura that the best teams have around them.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
443 Name: 606 : 2016-01-02 12:45
Crystal Palace v Chelsea (13:30 GMT)

Caretaker boss Guus Hiddink has drawn his first two games in charge of Chelsea, meaning that the champions have won only two of their last 10 games in the league.

However, they should have improved that hit-rate against Watford on Boxing Day when Oscar missed a late penalty which would likely have won the match.

Diego Costa was suspended for the stalemate against Manchester United that followed, but looked a better player since Mourinho's departure, scoring twice against Watford. He is available again for this trip to Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace, by contrast, are running a little low with Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham out injured, and Yohan Cabaye suspended after picking up a fifth booking of the season in the 0-0 draw with Swansea.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
444 Name: 606 : 2016-01-02 12:45
Everton v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

Everton will concede because they are not the best defensively. In fact their defence, with the likes of Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines at full-back, might be better going forward than they are defending.

Phil Jagielka - who has been out for a couple of months with a knee injury - might have to be pressed into service sooner rather than later.

At the other end, it will be interesting to see Romelu Lukaku going up against fellow Belgians Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in the Spurs defence.

Everton have not won at home since beating Villa on 21 November. I think they are due one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
445 Name: 606 : 2016-01-12 20:34
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace

Aston Villa looked ordinary at best in their draw with League Two side Wycombe in the FA Cup, which shows you how far they have slipped.

At a ground like Wycombe's, the Villa fans could get really close to the players and make their feelings known.
I don't see the harm in that, and well done to Villa captain Micah Richards for going to talk to them and giving the players' point of view.

One of the fans kept telling Micah "there is no passion out there" and he made a really good point - supporters can live with the players not being good enough, but the very least they want to see is effort.

I cannot see things improving for Villa on Tuesday night.
Crystal Palace have picked up 17 points on the road already this season, and only Arsenal and Leicester have a better away record.

The Eagles are capable of bullying teams and scoring goals and I am backing them to do more of the same at Villa Park.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
446 Name: 606 : 2016-01-12 20:36
Bournemouth v West Ham

I have been getting some stick for some of my West Ham predictions, because Slaven Bilic's side would be in the bottom three if they had actually happened (see table below).

I certainly don't have anything against West Ham, though. In fact I almost joined them as a teenager - they offered me an apprenticeship before I joined my hometown team Preston.

I have been wrong about them a lot this season so I am sure their fans will not mind that I am tipping them to lose again this week.

The Hammers have had some great results away from home under Bilic, but most of them have been against bigger clubs and I have a feeling Bournemouth will edge this one, just like they did at Upton Park in August.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
447 Name: 606 : 2016-01-12 20:36
Newcastle v Man Utd

Newcastle were very competitive against Watford at the weekend but missed their chances and went out of the FA Cup.
There is no problem with the Magpies' attitude and application but they cannot buy themselves a goal - they have not scored in any of their past four matches.

Manchester United just about won their third-round tie, against Sheffield United, but they played poorly again and manager Louis van Gaal did not do himself any favours when he tried to defend their performance against a third-tier team.

Newcastle drew 0-0 at Old Trafford in August, in Van Gaal's first stalemate of the season. This game also has an uninspiring draw written
all over it.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
448 Name: 606 : 2016-01-12 20:37
WEDNESDAY

Chelsea v West Brom

Chelsea have got a spring back in their step and their creative players are suddenly starting to create again.
West Brom will be well-drilled and well-prepared but, this time, I don't think it will be enough.

Can the Blues still make the top four? They have certainly got a chance. They are 13 points away at the moment but if they keep picking up wins and draws the way they have been under Guus Hiddink, that gap is going to come down very quickly.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
449 Name: 606 : 2016-01-12 20:38
Man City v Everton

The good news for Everton is that they are getting virtually everybody back fit - Phil Jagielka returned from injury against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

But City are a different proposition when Sergio Aguero is firing on all cylinders like he is at the moment - he is the best striker in the Premier League.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
450 Name: 606 : 2016-01-12 20:38
Southampton v Watford

I am not sure what is wrong with Southampton but it seems that, if a game does not start off well for them, they just crumble.

Things will not be easy for them against a Watford team who are well-organised and in good form, but Saints have got to turn the corner at some point because they have got some good players.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
451 Name: 606 : 2016-01-12 20:39
Stoke v Norwich

Norwich won at Old Trafford before Christmas but their away form is generally poor - that was their first league win away from Carrow Road since they beat Sunderland in August.

Do I think the Canaries are capable of going to the Britannia Stadium and getting something from Stoke? No.

The Potters look a lot more solid now Ryan Shawcross is back from injury and, although their results are still a bit up and down, with him in defence they do not always have to play particularly well to get something out of a game.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
452 Name: 606 : 2016-01-12 20:40
Swansea v Sunderland

It is a very strange decision by Swansea to put caretaker boss Alan Curtis in charge until the end of the season.

That has nothing to do with him, but it is tantamount to saying that they cannot find a manager.

They also have the same players that have been sinking closer and closer to the relegation zone, and I am thinking they are in real danger of going down.

Sunderland are short of quality too but they will go and make it very difficult for the Swans, and I don't think they will leave the Liberty Stadium empty handed.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
453 Name: 606 : 2016-01-12 20:40
Liverpool v Arsenal (20:00 GMT)

I think Liverpool are better against teams who let them play a little bit, which is what Arsenal will do on Wednesday.

I am going for another draw here, which will suit Arsenal. They just keep on rolling along, picking up points and that is all they need to do.

Liverpool have got another big game on Sunday when Manchester United come to Anfield but winning them both is a big ask, just like a top-four finish is
a long shot for Jurgen Klopp's side.

When he had won a couple of games a month or so ago, some Reds fans starting saying they could win the title, not just make the top four - but I think we have seen from their results over the past few weeks that they are still a long way from both.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
454 Name: 606 : 2016-01-12 20:41
Tottenham v Leicester (20:00 GMT)

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri will have taken more away from his side's FA Cup draw with Tottenham on Sunday than Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The Foxes were missing quite a few regular starters but they carried a real threat and were quite unlucky not to win the game.

I just think this game will be completely different, though, especially because I cannot see striker Jamie Vardy returning from injury yet.

Tottenham will be much improved with their strongest line-up, and should take the points.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
455 Name: 606 : 2016-01-17 08:45
Liverpool v Man Utd (14:05 GMT)

Liverpool came back extremely well to draw with Arsenal on Wednesday. I was at Anfield for BBC Radio 5 live and what was interesting was that Jurgen Klopp's side took the lead twice, and were really good for 25 minutes when they played their pressing game.

But they cannot sustain that at such a high tempo for 90 minutes and, as we saw against the Gunners, when they tail off against a really good side, then the opposition come back into it.

So, I never thought they were in control of the game against Arsenal and it is likely to be the same against Manchester United, who will have an extra day of rest. That might affect Liverpool's ability to press, which would definitely help United.

I don't see United playing as open as they did against Newcastle at Anfield, though. Louis van Gaal's side will come and sit and look to hit Liverpool on the break. Van Gaal is under a bit of pressure, but I don't think his side will lose.

Everyone has been writing Wayne Rooney off but he has shown in the past three games that he is still the best player they have got, even if his legs are not what they were.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
456 Name: 606 : 2016-01-17 09:00
Stoke v Arsenal (16:15 GMT)

In many ways, going to the Britannia Stadium is a more difficult fixture for Arsenal than Wednesday's trip to Anfield.

For one thing, they have already had to work hard in their draw with Liverpool, and the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have already slipped up at Stoke so we know how hard it is to get a positive result there.

These two back-to-back away games will give a real indication of the strengthen Gunners' title bid - I think they are going to win and, if they do get four points from trips to Liverpool and Stoke in the space of four days, then I think a lot of the cynical old pros out there will be looking at them and thinking they are definitely favourites to win this league.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
457 Name: 606 : 2016-01-17 18:47
Swansea v Watford (20:00 GMT)

I am still puzzled by Swansea putting Alan Curtis in charge until the end of the season. It looks like they have just given up after failing to get Marcelo Bielsa.

I don't think Huw Jenkins has got a managerial appointment wrong since becoming Swansea chairman in 2002 but going with

Curtis is a big decision - and his most important call since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2011.

I don't know why they missed out on Bielsa but I am really surprised they could not come up with a deal that could have suited both parties, bearing in mind how much money Premier League clubs miss out on if they get relegated this season.

Curtis has picked up five points from his six league games in charge, as well as losing in the FA Cup at Oxford United, and it is hard to know where their next win is coming from.

Watford were far from their best against Southampton, but I don't think they will be as bad again.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
458 Name: 606 : 2016-01-22 22:41
Norwich v Liverpool (12:45 GMT)

Liverpool have not won in the Premier League in 2016 and I don't think they can use injuries as an excuse because seven or eight of the team that started against Manchester United last weekend would be in their strongest XI.

The Reds seem to play better away from home under Jurgen Klopp but too many of their players disappear when they are under the cosh.

Norwich got turned over too easily as their away struggles continued at Bournemouth, but it is their home form that holds the key to them staying up, and they have to get something from this game.

I have always liked Steven Naismith, who the Canaries signed from Everton this week. He is feisty, can play in a few different positions and can get you a goal, so is exactly what you need when you are fighting the drop.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
459 Name: 606 : 2016-01-22 22:41
Crystal Palace v Tottenham

Tottenham have the odd blip but they always bounce back, which is the sign of a good side.

Spurs won three in a row after losing at home to Newcastle before Christmas, and they took Sunderland apart last week after being beaten by Leicester.

I am going for another Spurs win here too. I was at the Etihad last week to see Crystal Palace beaten 4-0 by Manchester City, and they did not carry much of a goal threat.

The Eagles have not scored in any of their past five league games, so it was clearly not just a one-off.

Lawro's prediction: 0-1
460 Name: 606 : 2016-01-22 22:42
Leicester v Stoke

I can totally understand why Leicester rested so many players in their FA Cup replay with Spurs in midweek, because they have got a serious chance of making the top four.

Stoke have a similar issue here, because they go to Anfield on Tuesday for the second leg of their League Cup semi-final.

I don't think Mark Hughes will rotate too much this weekend, but Leicester will be at full strength and I think they will get back on the rails.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
461 Name: 606 : 2016-01-22 22:42
Man Utd v Southampton

Manchester United's win over Liverpool was an outstanding result because they were very much second best at Anfield.

Southampton tend to go on runs of good or bad results. They have won their past two games and because they have perked up a little bit I fancy them to get something at Old Trafford.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
462 Name: 606 : 2016-01-22 22:43
Sunderland v Bournemouth

Sunderland were dismantled by Tottenham in their last game but the more important thing for them was that they beat relegation rivals Aston Villa and Swansea in their previous games.

This is another big game for the Black Cats against a team near the bottom of the table, and I think they will edge it.

Bournemouth have bolstered their attack in this transfer window and they create chances against anyone, so they are definitely going to create chances against Sunderland.

Sam Allardyce's side have the worst defensive record in the top flight but with Jermain Defoe in the team they will score goals too, and he could be the difference again against his former club.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
463 Name: 606 : 2016-01-22 22:43
Watford v Newcastle

Watford have now lost four Premier League games in a row and when I watched their defeat by Swansea on Monday night, it looked like they had hit the wall. There was no spark or energy about them.

If you score first against them, the Hornets seem to struggle - in the 10 league games this season where they have conceded first, they have drawn two and lost eight.

Newcastle were unlucky to lose at Vicarage Road in the FA Cup earlier this month, when they had plenty of chances.
The Magpies are very unpredictable on the road, but I am going to back them this time.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
464 Name: 606 : 2016-01-22 22:44
West Brom v Aston Villa

I was surprised to see West Brom taken apart by Southampton last weekend.

That is something that happens very rarely to a Tony Pulis side and it was typical to see them react by digging in and getting a win against Bristol City in the FA Cup on Tuesday.

I am expecting another positive result for the Baggies this time too, despite Aston Villa's mini-revival.

Villa also made cup progress and have taken four points from their past two league games, but they were fortunate to beat Crystal Palace and Leicester would have been out of sight if they had scored a penalty when they were 1-0 up.

I don't see Villa riding their luck again and getting anything at The Hawthorns.

What has not helped their cause is that, although they have picked up some points, so have the teams immediately above them and the gap to fourth-bottom and safety remains a chasm.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
465 Name: 606 : 2016-01-22 22:45
West Ham v Man City (17:30 GMT)

West Ham have an excellent chance of making the Europa League in reality, but are in the bottom three in the table based on my scores (bottom of page).

I think it is important to point out that I do not look at my table when I make any of my predictions - the aim is to score as many points as possible each week, rather than pick results that would get my table looking more like the real one.

So I am not going to go for a West Ham win this time to try to balance out the times I have been wrong about them in previous weeks.

Manchester City were one of the big teams that West Ham shocked earlier in the season - but they will be ready for them this time and I just think City might be about to go on a good run.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
466 Name: 606 : 2016-01-22 22:46
SUNDAY

Everton v Swansea (13:30 GMT)

Everton keep conceding late goals that cost them points but it is going to happen because they are a Roberto Martinez team - their manager plays open, attractive football but his problem is he cannot close the back door.

Martinez's old team Swansea have got bigger problems, though. When I watched them against Watford on Monday night, they won but they looked like a Championship team.

I am not sure where the possession football, crisp passing and movement they had under Martinez and so many of their other recent managers has gone.

They also look vulnerable at the back. Ashley Williams is still a very good centre-half but I am far less convinced by the fellow who plays alongside him, Federico Fernandez.

He struggled positionally against the Hornets, and also made some rash challenges.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
467 Name: 606 : 2016-01-22 22:47
Arsenal v Chelsea (16:00 GMT)

This feels like a significant game for Arsenal's title hopes following last week's draw at another of their bogey teams, Stoke.

A lot has happened at Chelsea since these sides met at Stamford Bridge in September and Diego Costa got Gabriel sent off.

I thought the Blues would continue their improvement under Guus Hiddink when they played Everton last week but they did not play well.

The Gunners have not beaten Chelsea in any of their past eight Premier League meetings since 2011 but I think they will end that poor run on Sunday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
468 Name: 606 : 2016-02-02 14:45
LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 19:45 GMT unless otherwise stated

TUESDAY

Arsenal v Southampton

February is a massive month for Arsenal, because they play in every competition that they are left in - the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

If they are going to win the Premier League, they have to deal with teams like Southampton and despatch them at home.

Southampton have been playing three at the back of late, and looking very comfortable, and Ronald Koeman's new formation has also seen them do well with two up front.

But if they play with two strikers at the Emirates Stadium, I only see one outcome. Arsenal to win, and make up for their no-show in their 4-0 defeat at St Mary's on Boxing Day.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0.
469 Name: 606 : 2016-02-02 14:45
Leicester v Liverpool

I have watched a lot of Liverpool games under Jurgen Klopp and have come to the conclusion that they function better when they are away from home, especially when teams go at them.

Leicester like to operate on the break when they are on the road themselves but, at the King Power Stadium, they push forward more and that will make it easier for Liverpool.

The bad news for Christian Benteke is that Klopp will almost certainly play with a false nine, rather than with the big Belgian up front.

Every time I see Benteke play he seems to have lost more confidence and, consequently, he is looking an average player.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1.
470 Name: 606 : 2016-02-02 14:46
Norwich v Tottenham

Norwich clearly have to improve on their defensive showing in their 5-4 defeat by Liverpool. I sometimes talk about teams leaking goals, but that was more of a torrent.

But they look much better going forward with Steven Naismith in the team and I think he will show again why he is an excellent signing.

Tottenham are a very efficient team but they will seriously miss the injured Jan Vertonghen at centre-back, so I am going to go for an upset here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1.
471 Name: 606 : 2016-02-02 14:46
Sunderland v Man City

I said last week that I think Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to go out in a blaze of glory this season at Manchester City, and that has not changed with the confirmation that Pep Guardiola will take charge in the summer.

City are on a roll at the moment, making progress in the FA Cup and League Cup in the last few days, and now it is a question of whether they can improve their Premier League away form.

Sunderland have been busy in the transfer window but they were outplayed by City in December and I do not see them reversing that result.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2.
472 Name: 606 : 2016-02-02 14:47
West Ham v Aston Villa

The mistakes Aston Villa made in their FA Cup defeat by Manchester City were a reminder of their shortcomings.

They were also a reality check for anyone who thought Remi Garde's side had a serious chance of staying up on the back of their recent upturn in form.

West Ham keep on getting good results when I expect them to slip up, and they remain on track for the top six. I definitely do not see them slipping up on Tuesday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0.
473 Name: 606 : 2016-02-02 14:47
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth (20:00 GMT)

Bournemouth are on a run of one win in six league games and they are not going to be pulling away from the relegation zone anytime soon.

Despite only taking two points from their last six games, Crystal Palace are not in any immediate danger but they really do need to sort their home form out if they are going to avoid being sucked into any trouble too.

The Eagles are strong in most departments, but they need goals - they have only scored once during that run.

That is why they signed Emmanuel Adebayor, but he was not fit enough to play for them in the FA Cup at the weekend which was hardly a massive shock. Who saw that coming?

Lawro's prediction: 2-0.
474 Name: 606 : 2016-02-02 14:47
Man Utd v Stoke (20:00 GMT)

Stoke still have elements of the 'old Stoke' in that they are difficult to play against, but they clearly have some extremely skilful players too.

They showed that when they turned Manchester United over at the Britannia Stadium over Christmas but I am expecting a much better display from Louis van Gaal's side this time around.

United dealt with Derby quite comfortably in their FA Cup tie on Friday night, and always looked in control of that game.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0.
475 Name: 606 : 2016-02-02 14:47
West Brom v Swansea (20:00 GMT)

West Brom have drawn a few too many games recently and have slipped down the table.

They are only one place and three points above Swansea, who come into the game on a high after back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

But I am not really worried about the Baggies because, with any Tony Pulis team, you always know that when they really need a positive result, they get one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1.
476 Name: 606 : 2016-02-02 14:48
WEDNESDAY

Everton v Newcastle

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is under a bit of pressure because of their league form, especially at home - they have not won at Goodison Park in the Premier League since 21 November.

I think the Toffees will put that right on Wednesday, though.

Newcastle went for it in the transfer window because they were buying to stay in the league but their new signings will take time to settle in.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1.
477 Name: 606 : 2016-02-02 14:48
Watford v Chelsea

Chelsea drew with Watford in Guus Hiddink's first game in charge but the Blues look like a different team now.

Players like Eden Hazard have come back into form and seem to have the spring back in their step - I can see them going on a really good run and John Terry is bound to be a part of that.

Following his announcement that he is going to leave Chelsea in the summer, and with the uncertainty over whether he might actually stay, you just know that he is going to be very impressive from now until the end of the season.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2.
478 Name: 606 : 2016-02-06 17:18
Bournemouth v Arsenal (13:30 GMT)

Some Arsenal fans were complaining after their draw with Southampton on Tuesday but they actually had enough chances to win two games.

Part of their problem was that everyone around them at the top of the table won. The mood would have been very different if Arsenal had got the goal they probably should have scored, and if Sunderland's pressure had seen them equalise against Manchester City.

I expect the Gunners to bounce back and this is a good game for them to do that in because Bournemouth are an open side who play attacking football.

The Cherries always create chances but they will let Arsenal play.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
479 Name: 606 : 2016-02-06 17:18
Chelsea v Man Utd (16:00 GMT)

Whatever the Dutch is for bus*, I think Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will park it at Stamford Bridge on Sunday because this is a game he will not want to lose.

Chelsea seem to find it hard to break down teams who make it difficult for them, and United will definitely look to do that.

Eden Hazard will start, which will make a difference, and the Blues will continue to climb up the table, but this game has got a draw written all over it.

*It's bus, Lawro

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
480 Name: 606 : 2016-02-13 13:46
Sunderland v Man Utd (12:45 GMT)

Manchester United's playing style has improved a bit in recent weeks but they went back to being more methodical in last week's draw with Chelsea.

United got their full-backs forward well at Stamford Bridge but you would not describe them as having played free-flowing football.

I don't think we will see too much of that from either side at the Stadium of Light, but I would still back United to come out on top.

Sunderland fought back well to earn a precious late point at Anfield last week, and I think if Sam Allardyce's side get anything here then he will see it as a bonus.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
481 Name: 606 : 2016-02-13 14:58
Bournemouth v Stoke

Stoke are on a really bad run that has seen them lose three in a row in the league and go out of both cups.

Potters chairman Peter Coates came out this week and gave manager Mark Hughes his complete and utter backing, which might have set a few alarm bells ringing if it had happened at a different club.

In this case, when a vote of confidence comes from someone like Coates, he means it - he is not saying 'lose the next two games and you are out' because I think he realises what a good manager he has got.

It is goals that Stoke are short of - only West Brom and Aston Villa have scored fewer in the top flight this season - and Ryan Shawcross's injury has affected them at the back because he is their key defender.

I don't think their form will improve this weekend. Bournemouth were a bit hard done by when they lost to Arsenal on Sunday, and are fighting to stay clear of the bottom three.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
482 Name: 606 : 2016-02-13 14:58
Crystal Palace v Watford

I have a feeling Crystal Palace will edge this one, although they are another team short of goals because their strikers are not scoring.

Connor Wickham is back from suspension and Emmanuel Adebayor will be fitter - the Eagles desperately need one of them to find some form.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
483 Name: 606 : 2016-02-13 14:58
Everton v West Brom

West Brom are struggling - they have got all sorts of injuries and were taken to penalties by Peterborough in the FA Cup in midweek too.

In contrast, Everton are on a roll after beating Newcastle and taking Stoke apart.

It's funny how quickly things change - Toffees boss Roberto Martinez was under pressure before they played the Magpies, with his team being compared to his Wigan side that were relegated in 2013.

Then he wins two games and he is a genius. If they win on Saturday it will be three in a row which, as Martinez might say, would be phenomenal.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
484 Name: 606 : 2016-02-13 14:59
Norwich v West Ham

West Ham are another team that had 120 minutes of FA Cup football in midweek, with their extra-time win over Liverpool on Tuesday.

The Hammers are not playing that well anyway, but fatigue from that tie is part of the reason I am backing Norwich here, despite the Canaries' dismal form that has seen them lose five league games in a row and drop into the bottom three.

The last time Norwich had a positive result was when they won back-to-back home games against Southampton and Aston Villa at the turn of the year.

Alex Neil's team have conceded eight goals in their past two home games and they desperately need their results at Carrow Road to improve because their away form is not going to keep them up.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
485 Name: 606 : 2016-02-13 14:59
Swansea v Southampton

Swansea have won one and drawn two since Francesco Guidolin took charge, and he was in the stands for their victory over Watford too.

Southampton are also in good form, with four wins and a draw from their past five games, and they held on with 10 men for more than 30 minutes to beat West Ham last weekend.

Something has to give, but Saints keeper Fraser Forster has not conceded a goal in five games since returning from injury and I am going to back him to continue that run.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
486 Name: 606 : 2016-02-13 14:59
Chelsea v Newcastle (17:30 GMT)

Chelsea's interim boss Guus Hiddink is now unbeaten in 10 games since taking charge before Christmas and I do not see that record as being in danger here.

Hiddink has steadied the ship but he has not found a miracle cure to the problems he inherited.

The Blues are just not as good as they were last season in every area, but they will still be too strong for Newcastle.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
487 Name: 606 : 2016-02-13 14:59
SUNDAY

Arsenal v Leicester (12:00 GMT)

This is going to be very interesting because the spotlight is seriously on Leicester now after their impressive win over Manchester City last weekend.

Because of the way the Foxes play on the break, I think this will be one of the easiest games they have between now and the end of the season - because Arsenal will come on to them.

It should be a cracking game but I was surprised to hear Gunners boss Arsene Wenger describe it as "must-win" for his team, because that is inviting people to question their title chances if they only manage a draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
488 Name: 606 : 2016-02-13 15:00
Aston Villa v Liverpool (14:05 GMT)

Aston Villa beat Norwich last time out, but I think that said more about Norwich than Villa's survival prospects.

Liverpool went out of the FA Cup on Tuesday but I was heartened by their performance and the way they played through midfield.

The only problem was that, until Daniel Sturridge came on after an hour, the Reds did not have a striker who looked like he was going to score because Christian Benteke was struggling.

In a team who play to his strengths, like Villa did, he will be a success but it is not working for him at the moment.

Sturridge looked sharp when he came off the bench and I would be inclined to start with him on Sunday. If he is fit, what is the point of holding him back?

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
489 Name: 606 : 2016-02-13 15:00
Man City v Tottenham (16:15 GMT)

I don't think the fact the Manchester City players knew Manuel Pellegrini is going to be replaced by Pep Guardiola had anything to do with their poor performance against Leicester last week.

City were outmuscled, out-thought and outpaced. They were second best in all areas and, apart from Sergio Aguero, their players were unbelievably ordinary.

They cannot afford to be as bad again, because this is their biggest game of the season when it comes to the title race.

If Tottenham go to Etihad Stadium and roll them over, then City might not be able to recover.

It is going to be hard for City because, along with the attacking threat of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Tottenham's success is based on a top-class goalkeeper in Hugo Lloris and a very good defence.

But I actually see a few goals in this game, and I think the points will be shared.

Lawro's prediction: 2-2
490 Name: 606 : 2016-02-27 12:16
West Ham v Sunderland (12:45 GMT)

I was at Ewood Park last weekend to see West Ham take Blackburn Rovers apart in the FA Cup.

The Hammers impressed me a lot with the way they responded when they went behind in the first half, and there was never any doubt that they would go on and win that tie.

Slaven Bilic's side showed they are not just a good side, they can adapt their style depending on the opposition too - they can either out-play you or they can battle with you.

The return of former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce means this will be the latter, and it should be a close one.

Sunderland were already out of the FA Cup so they had the week off but, beforehand, they were just starting to show that they are beginning to find their feet a little bit.

They took four points from their last three games against Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United and were a bit unlucky not to pick up even more.

There is talk Allardyce might get a mixed reception from the home supporters on Saturday but, as a West Ham fan, why would you boo him?

He kept your team in the Premier League and made some good signings who are still there. Now they have improved and are playing really well, but he has played his part in that too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
491 Name: 606 : 2016-02-27 12:17
Leicester v Norwich

Norwich have picked up only eight points out of a possible 39 on the road, and only Newcastle have a worse away record in the Premier League this season.

Canaries boss Alex Neil's best bet here is probably to just try to shut up shop and try and pinch a positive result because if they open up against Leicester then the Foxes will take them apart.

I am at this game for BBC Radio 5 Live and just don't see Norwich as having the defensive ability or the mental strength they will need to get something out of the game.

This is the start of a tricky-looking run of games for Leicester that will test their title prospects because they will largely be up against opposition from the bottom half of the table that is just trying to stop them from playing, rather than taking the game to them.

We will also find out how they respond to losing so late on against Arsenal last time out.

But, the last time they were beaten by the Gunners, back in September, they faced the same six sides that they play next, only in a different order.

The Foxes won five and drew one of those games, so a repeat of that run would obviously keep their title bid ticking over quite nicely.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
492 Name: 606 : 2016-02-27 12:17
Southampton v Chelsea

Chelsea have improved under Guus Hiddink but they are still nowhere near the team they were in the first half of last season.

Hiddink has not lost a domestic game since he took over before Christmas, but extending that record will not be easy because Saints are not conceding goals and will be full of confidence

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
493 Name: 606 : 2016-02-27 12:18
Stoke v Aston Villa

I find Stoke a very difficult team to predict, unless they are playing Aston Villa - you have got to predict everybody to beat them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
494 Name: 606 : 2016-02-27 12:18
Watford v Bournemouth

Watford have only lost one of their last six games in the Premier League and FA Cup and are close to securing their top-flight status - if they win on Saturday, they will have 39 points.

Bournemouth, in contrast, have been beaten in their last three matches and they have got a lot of work to do before they can talk about being safe.

The Cherries are still four points clear of the bottom three but they need to stop the rot before they get sucked into the relegation scrap.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
495 Name: 606 : 2016-02-27 12:18
West Brom v Crystal Palace (17:30 GMT)

Palace have been struggling for points and goals in the league but they got a good win over Tottenham in the FA Cup and the return of Yannick Bolasie from injury was a big boost.

West Brom were knocked out by Reading but I am backing them to bounce back for a couple of reasons.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis is great when he has his back against the wall - he will want to shut up some of his own team's fans who have been criticising him, and he is up against his old club Palace so he will have a point to prove against them too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
496 Name: 606 : 2016-02-27 12:19
Man Utd v Arsenal (14:05 GMT)

The more I look at Louis van Gaal's situation at Manchester United, the more I think he is the right man in the right place at the wrong time.

I am starting to feel a little bit sorry for him because he has been a great manager with a fabulous record, but that was yesterday and football has moved on so much.

The days of being solid, staying in position and trying to pick the opposition off have gone. You need to have pace and the ability to tear through teams in the last third, and Van Gaal has not really grasped that.

He was the right man for United, but his time was five or 10 years ago.

We are at the stage where it is not a case of if Van Gaal loses his job, but when.

A bad result here will not help his cause and Arsenal are more than capable of winning at Old Trafford.

The Gunners played well against Barcelona but lost out to a team with the best front three I have ever seen.

United's attack does not quite carry the same threat, does it?

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
497 Name: 606 : 2016-02-27 12:19
Tottenham v Swansea (14:05 GMT)

Tottenham played poorly against Crystal Palace and are out of the FA Cup but I am not reading too much into that performance, or the result.

People will ask 'are they tired?' especially because they play in the Europa League again ahead of this weekend, but they just had one bad game.

I don't expect the same to happen against Swansea, who are still teetering a bit above the drop zone.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
498 Name: 606 : 2016-12-09 21:51
Watford v Everton (12:30 GMT)

Everton might have nicked a late point against Manchester United last time out but their form has really hit the buffers.

For me, Toffees manager Ronald Koeman is waiting for the transfer window to open to sort out some of the issues in his squad but he needs some wins before then.

I think he might get one on Saturday. Watford have had a bit of a dip recently too and I am backing Koeman to get a much-needed win.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
499 Name: 606 : 2016-12-09 21:51
Arsenal v Stoke

Arsenal completely took West Ham apart last week.

The Gunners are flying at the moment and Alexis Sanchez has become their most important player - more so than Mesut Ozil.

Stoke are on a decent run too and have got themselves in a really comfortable position in the top half of the table.

I don't see them causing Arsenal too many problems at Emirates Stadium, though, and I think Sanchez will find a way through, again.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
500 Name: 606 : 2016-12-09 21:52
Burnley v Bournemouth

Bournemouth got a fantastic result against Liverpool last weekend and I like the way they try to play against every team.

But we've seen how difficult Burnley make it for teams at Turf Moor this season, even in games they have lost against Arsenal and Manchester City, and I think they might be a little bit too direct for the Cherries to handle.

It is vital the Clarets get something out of their home games because absolutely nothing is happening for them on the road where they have taken one point from a possible 18.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
501 Name: 606 : 2016-12-09 21:52
Hull v Crystal Palace

I was at Hull's defeat at Middlesbrough on Monday and they offered very little in attack.

Adama Diomande did not get very much support or many chances up front, which is a real worry for the Tigers.

Crystal Palace got an excellent win against Southampton last time out to end their six-game losing streak.

It was quite apt that Eagles striker Christian Benteke got two of their goals, because he had been criticised for his defensive work in previous weeks.

That's the difference between these two teams - Palace look a threat going forward, while Hull don't.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
502 Name: 606 : 2016-12-09 21:53
Swansea v Sunderland

I am very worried about Swansea's prospects. I was not convinced by Bob Bradley's appointment and they concede so many goals.

I know the penalty that led to Tottenham's first goal in their 5-0 win over the Welsh side last week should not have been given, but the Swans just collapsed after that and they look too easy to play against.

Sunderland have hit a bit of form with three wins from their last four matches but they are still suffering from injury problems - forward Duncan Watmore is out for the season, which is a big blow.

I actually think the Black Cats' priority will be not to lose this game, because they are back to square one a bit if they do.

A draw would keep their good run going before they play leaders Chelsea on Wednesday.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
503 Name: 606 : 2016-12-09 21:54
Leicester v Man City (17:30 GMT)

I know Leicester made a lot of changes for their 5-0 Champions League defeat against Porto but that result puts more pressure on them to improve their poor domestic form.

Leicester lost N'Golo Kante to Chelsea over the summer and a lot of the players who were so important in them winning the title last season are not in the same form, but there is no substitute for hard work and their players need to take responsibility.

The Foxes need to screw their heads' back on and quickly, because the other teams around them at the bottom might not have as much quality but they will be fighting hard for survival.

Funnily enough, this game might be just what Leicester need - a big game against a big club.

Teams can definitely get at City too. Pep Guardiola changes his team and his system around a lot and I don't think Aleksandar Kolarov is a good enough defender to play in a back three.

Alongside him, Nicolas Otamendi's defensive decision making is poor and I am not convinced by Claudio Bravo in goal either - he got his angles all wrong for Chelsea's second goal last weekend.

Yes, if City had taken their early chances, they would have beaten Chelsea, but they have got problems at the back.

Fernandinho's suspension will not help them defensively either and of course up front they are without Sergio Aguero, who is also banned.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
504 Name: 606 : 2016-12-09 21:54
SUNDAY

Chelsea v West Brom (12:00 GMT)

West Brom are on a really good run and I am pleased for Baggies boss Tony Pulis that they are so high in the table - up in seventh place.

The Baggies have done it by being disciplined defensively and hard to break down but, even so, I don't see them getting anything at Stamford Bridge.

I was really impressed by what Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said after his side's win over Manchester City because it will stop his players from getting carried away with winning eight in a row.

Conte pointed out that if Sergio Aguero or Kevin de Bruyne had scored with good chances with the score at 1-0 then his players would have been going home empty-handed.

Chelsea got away with it because they stuck at it and got their reward - and some poor goalkeeping by Bravo helped too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
505 Name: 606 : 2016-12-09 21:55
Man Utd v Tottenham (14:15 GMT)

The last time Tottenham came here in the league was the first game of last season, when they were unlucky to lose out to a Kyle Walker own goal.

I don't see them losing on Sunday, though, and this is a really tough game for Manchester United, who have got a long trip and a frozen pitch to contend with in the Europa League on Thursday.

Some of Spurs' attacking players have started to rediscover their form. That, along with their defensive solidity, should ensure they don't leave empty-handed.

I'm going for another 1-1 draw, which seems to be the most popular scoreline at Old Trafford at the moment.

Tottenham are fifth going into the weekend, one place above United and to me they look more like breaking into the top four. They have more pace in their team and, at the moment, better players in key positions.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
506 Name: 606 : 2016-12-09 21:55
Southampton v Middlesbrough (14:15 GMT)

Southampton did not put up much resistance in their defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday, which was one of those performances that mid-table clubs throw in now and again.

I would expect Saints to improve on that showing here, but they will have to break down a Middlesbrough team who are very defensive minded and have had some good results on the road.

You sometimes hear about teams being well organised but Boro take it a step further - they have got midfielders who don't cross the half-way line.

Watching them beat Hull on Monday, I could have closed my eyes and, apart from Gaston Ramirez, who roamed a bit more, would still know where every one of their players was.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
507 Name: 606 : 2016-12-09 21:56
Liverpool v West Ham (16:30 GMT)

When West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said this week that his players lacked intensity in training I think it was a message to the Hammers' owners as well as his squad.

A few of their players were outstanding last season but have not really got going in this campaign. Bilic cannot say to them 'pull your fingers out or I am going to sell you' so he is trying a different approach.

I suspect he has tried a few different things already but they have not worked and he has probably been looking at his team and thinking you are not giving me enough - and now he is telling everyone else what he is seeing too.

Liverpool's defeat by Bournemouth last week was a blow but I think it will just be a hiccup. The Reds are still a good side, and are still well placed at the top of the table.

However, if you score three goals away from home in the Premier League you have got to win and I think the only fly in the ointment for Reds' boss Jurgen Klopp is their goalkeeper situation.

Klopp has stuck his neck out with Loris Karius and said you are my number one and I just wonder now if he is privately thinking 'what do I do now?' because Simon Mignolet is a better goalkeeper, no question.

I think Klopp has to bring Mignolet back on Sunday and forget about how Karius might lose confidence if he is dropped. He might improve but at the moment he is just not good enough - we saw that against the Cherries.

It might not appear to be a factor against a struggling West Ham team, especially because Liverpool have already blown a few teams apart at Anfield this season, but we see plenty of surprise results in the Premier League and Klopp will not want to risk another one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
508 Name: 606 : 2016-12-13 19:31
All kick-offs 19:45 GMT unless otherwise stated.

TUESDAY

Bournemouth v Leicester

It was as if Leicester just flicked a switch on Saturday against Manchester City and they were their old selves again.

I thought the Foxes would put in an improved performance, but I did not expect them to start scoring so early, or to win so convincingly.

I don't think that win will be a flash in the pan for Claudio Ranieri's side, either. In fact I think it will be a pivotal result for their season.

Bournemouth had that great win over Liverpool but then they never really got going at Burnley at the weekend. It is always a test to go to Turf Moor and, if you are not at it from the start, you are in trouble.

The Cherries will be better at home, but Leicester have been waiting a long time for an away win this season. If the Foxes start with the same intensity they showed at the weekend, I think they will get it on the south coast.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
509 Name: 606 : 2016-12-13 19:33
Everton v Arsenal

For Everton to take the lead against Watford and then get completely taken apart was a worry.

It was another poor result for the Toffees, and puts their manager Ronald Koeman under a bit of pressure.

I think everyone realises Koeman needs time and, crucially, two more transfer windows to turn things around.

In contrast, Arsenal just keep on winning and are clearly in very good form.

I just fancy Everton to get something from this game, though. They are still unbeaten at home in the league and I think they will hold on to that record for a bit longer.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
510 Name: 606 : 2016-12-13 19:34
WEDNESDAY

Middlesbrough v Liverpool

Middlesbrough just do not come out and attack teams when they play at home.

It's more than them just being well organised - it is amazing how disciplined they are and how they keep their shape, especially their three midfielders.

The downside of that is that Boro do not pose much of an attacking threat.

Liverpool usually do, but they were off the boil a bit in their draw against West Ham on Sunday.

The Reds were guilty of over-playing at times, and trying to walk the ball into the net. They need to start shooting more from outside the area.

This game will probably be a lot like their defeat at Burnley at the start of the season when they had lots of the ball. Again, the outcome here depends on what they can do with it.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
511 Name: 606 : 2016-12-13 19:34
Sunderland v Chelsea

At the moment it feels like Chelsea can deal with whatever you throw at them.

It won't always be that way, but this is top versus bottom, and I don't see Sunderland knocking them over.

Chelsea's performance in their win over West Brom was better in many ways than their performance when they beat Manchester City the previous weekend.

The Blues were physically strong, which you have to be against the Baggies, and just kept probing in attack.

When you have got somebody like Diego Costa up front, in the form he is in at the moment, then you are going to find a way through. He made that goal himself, and it was a great finish too.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
512 Name: 606 : 2016-12-13 19:35
West Ham v Burnley

West Ham have been on a poor run but picked up a good point at Liverpool on Sunday.

I don't see Slaven Bilic's side surging up the table but their next two games - at home to Burnley and Hull - should give them a chance to move away from the relegation zone.

The Hammers also have players coming back to fitness all the time - Andy Carroll has come off the bench in their past two matches and will be ready for a start soon.

Burnley's home form is still very strong, and they are clearly relying on that to keep them out of trouble.

But they just cannot win away and have taken only one point from six games on the road this season. I don't see them improving that on Wednesday night.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
513 Name: 606 : 2016-12-13 19:35
Crystal Palace v Man Utd (20:00 GMT)

I was at Old Trafford on Sunday to see Manchester United beat Tottenham and Jose Mourinho's side look a much better team with Henrikh Mkhitaryan playing.

United had a good base at the back and their formation at times was like a 4-1-4-1, with Michael Carrick in front of the back four and Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Mkhitaryan further forward.

Mkhitaryan in particular looked very classy and it is very good news for United that the injury he picked up against Spurs is not serious, and he will be back in action soon.

Palace are still not having any problems scoring goals but they are vulnerable at the back and I think United will have too much for them.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
514 Name: 606 : 2016-12-13 19:36
Man City v Watford (20:00 GMT)

Manchester City were all over the place again at the back against Leicester.

Whether it be four or three, then City boss Pep Guardiola needs to stick with a system at the back and stick with the same players to give them a chance to play alongside each other.

At the moment, I don't think they know what is going on. I feel sorry for John Stones because he doesn't know who is playing next to him each week.

As for playing Pablo Zabaleta in midfield, well maybe he is the nearest lookalike in the City squad to Philipp Lahm - that's the only way I can explain it.

I said at the start of the season that City are the worst team that Guardiola has managed, and in the strongest league he has worked in. At the moment he is making a mess of it.

This is a chance for Guardiola to get things right before Arsenal come to Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but Watford will cause City problems too.

The Hornets picked up another good result at the weekend when they beat Everton and I think they will score against City - I just see City scoring more.

Lawro's prediction: 3-1
515 Name: 606 : 2016-12-13 19:36
Stoke v Southampton (20:00 GMT)

Stoke gave Arsenal a good game at the weekend. They lost in the end, but they are still ticking along quite nicely.

Potters boss Mark Hughes has switched to three at the back which I like because it lets Glen Johnson bomb forward from the back, and gives them a little bit more of an attacking edge.

It is a big blow for Southampton that their top scorer Charlie Austin is out for a few months with a shoulder injury, and I don't see them finding a way past Stoke.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
516 Name: 606 : 2016-12-13 19:36
Tottenham v Hull (20:00 GMT)

Tottenham are clearly a good side but there is a 'but' and the but is there are a lot of games when they are ordinary and they don't have a cutting edge.

This should not be one of them. Hull got something out of their topsy-turvy game against Crystal Palace at the weekend but they let opposing teams have a lot of chances

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
517 Name: 606 : 2016-12-13 19:36
West Brom v Swansea (20:00 GMT)

Swansea got a really good win against Sunderland on Saturday and if you look at the scorelines of their last three results - 5-4, 0-5 and 3-0 - they are not exactly draw specialists are they?

Do you know what though? I am going to say they will get a point at The Hawthorns.

The main reason is because, at the moment, the Swans do look like they have got goals in them and West Brom's game at Chelsea was tough, and might have taken a lot out of them.

That might just even things out on Wednesday. Swansea will take chances and look to score goals, but that means the opposition get opportunities too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
518 Name: 606 : 2016-12-17 14:51
Middlesbrough v Swansea

Liverpool just took Middlesbrough apart on Wednesday night, while Swansea had a mad few minutes against West Brom where Salomon Rondon did the same to them.

The Swans have conceded 12 goals in their past four games but still picked up six points, which is a bit crazy. It tells you a lot about what they are like at the moment - in the top flight, only Hull have a worse defence.

Middlesbrough's issues are at the other end of the pitch and, having been at their win over Hull last week, I have seen how reluctant they are to commit players forward.

That is making it hard for Alvaro Negredo, who is up front on his own a lot of the time, and they are scoring very few goals full stop. With 13 in 16 games so far, they have the fewest in the Premier League.

So it is a team who don't score many against a team who concede a lot. It's difficult to predict, but I am going to go with Boro.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
519 Name: 606 : 2016-12-17 14:51
Stoke v Leicester

Leicester's defeat at Bournemouth on Tuesday was one of their worst of the season.

I don't understand how they can go from the performance they put in when they beat Manchester City last weekend to a display that saw them lose almost meekly.

The Foxes have picked up only one point in eight games on the road this season but I don't believe they can continue to be as bad as they have been away from home.

Stoke are a solid mid-table side but, as daft as this seems, I fancy Leicester here. I backed them to beat Manchester City last weekend, and I am going to back them again.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
520 Name: 606 : 2016-12-17 14:51
Sunderland v Watford

I don't think Watford will be as defensive as they were in their defeat by Manchester City on Wednesday.

Similarly, Sunderland will set up completely differently to the way they were when they lost to leaders Chelsea on the same evening.

It should be quite an open game, and I am going to go with Sunderland to nick it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
521 Name: 606 : 2016-12-17 14:52
West Ham v Hull

West Ham's form has not been great but they got a home win against Burnley in midweek after their draw at Liverpool, so should be feeling somewhat buoyant.

I keep tipping Hull to lose - the problem for them is that most of the time I am right.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
522 Name: 606 : 2016-12-17 14:52
West Brom v Man Utd (17:30 GMT)

West Brom are seventh, only one place behind Manchester United, so hats off to the Baggies because a lot of people tipped them to get relegated.

I am not sure why you would ever predict a team that Tony Pulis is in charge of to go down. Yes, they made a poor start to the campaign but he was always on top of the situation.

I don't see Pulis winning this one, though. There is a little bit more to United right now, and things are starting to come together for them a little bit.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
523 Name: 606 : 2016-12-17 14:52
Bournemouth v Southampton (13:30 GMT)

Southampton could be short of strikers with Charlie Austin injured and Shane Long possibly facing a retrospective ban for an alleged elbow that the referee missed during Wednesday's draw with Stoke.

Bournemouth remain inconsistent but, after dispatching Leicester on Tuesday night, the Cherries have won their last two home games and I am thinking that little run will continue.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
524 Name: 606 : 2016-12-17 14:53
Man City v Arsenal (16:00 GMT)

Arsenal looked a little bit rocky dealing with set-pieces and crosses into the box during Tuesday's defeat by Everton.

That's not to say City will try to do that against them, but it showed there are still ways of getting to the Gunners.

City's own defensive issues are well documented but they played with a four at the back against Watford and looked fairly comfortable for most of the game.

Their next task is keeping out Arsenal's attack, which will be a lot more difficult.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
525 Name: 606 : 2016-12-17 14:53
Tottenham v Burnley (16:00 GMT)

Burnley's form has not got any better of late, and they still only have one goal on the road this season.

We are getting to the stage where I am thinking the score will be 'Burnley 0' whenever they are away from home.

Tottenham were decent against Manchester United without offering much of a threat, but they were too strong for Hull in midweek and I am expecting a similar outcome on Sunday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
526 Name: 606 : 2016-12-17 14:53
Everton v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

Anyone who has even been to a Merseyside derby under the lights will tell you it is always a fantastic atmosphere in the stands and a bit gladiatorial on the pitch, too.

Liverpool are always quick and close the opposition down. Well, on Monday, you have to feel Everton should do the same.

There was a period in their win over Arsenal that Everton got a few big tackles in. That got the whole stadium going and from then on they were up and running.

That will happen from the first second on Saturday, which is why referee Mike Dean could play as big a part as any of the players.

I think Dean is a very good referee but he has shown more red cards per game than any other official to be in charge of more than five Premier League matches this season, and how he handles those challenges - from both teams - will be a huge factor.

These are always just absolutely mad games and, whoever is top or bottom, form has absolutely no bearing on the outcome.

I am going to go with a draw, purely because I don't know what is going to happen.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
527 Name: 606 : 2016-12-26 13:41
Watford v Crystal Palace (12:30 GMT)

It was obvious Alan Pardew was under pressure at Crystal Palace because they were in such poor form, but I thought they might wait until the festive programme was over before his future was decided.

The Eagles start life without Pardew against a Watford side who have lost four of their past five games.

The Hornets have lost a bit of momentum recently and their striker Troy Deeney has been stuck on 99 goals for the club since the start of October.

Deeney needs a goal and Watford need a win, although I don't have any worries about them being sucked into the relegation scrap too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
528 Name: 606 : 2016-12-26 13:41
Arsenal v West Brom

Arsenal led against Everton and Manchester City last week but lost both matches.

I know injured centre-back Shkodran Mustafi did not play in either defeat but what happened to them surely cannot be down to them missing one player.

Collectively, I think their whole team is having a very average period. Even Alexis Sanchez cannot lift them on his own.

I do think they will return to winning ways here - although they might have to grind out a win against West Brom, which is not something they have done too often this season.

The Baggies were well beaten by Manchester United last weekend but they made life difficult for Chelsea when they lost at Stamford Bridge earlier in December and will be looking for a repeat of that performance, and a better result.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
529 Name: 606 : 2016-12-26 13:41
Burnley v Middlesbrough

Burnley are good at home, Middlesbrough are probably better when they are away.

I think this game will be tight - no, actually, I know it will be tight because of the way Boro will be set up.

The Clarets are rarely beaten at Turf Moor, but they might struggle to open Aitor Karanka's side up.

I'm going for a draw, which would be a better result for Boro than it would be for Burnley, who are relying on their home form to keep them out of trouble.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
530 Name: 606 : 2016-12-26 13:42
Chelsea v Bournemouth

The wheels came off for Bournemouth a little bit in their defeat by Southampton last weekend.

This is obviously a tough game for the Cherries to try to bounce back, even if top-of-the-table Chelsea are without suspended duo Diego Costa and N'Golo Kante as they try to make it 12 league wins in a row.

Costa got crucial winners in two of Chelsea's past three games, which were all hard-fought 1-0 wins against West Brom, Sunderland and Crystal Palace.

I cannot see the Blues struggling to create chances against Bournemouth, though, and their formation means they will still be hard to break down even without having Kante in midfield.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
531 Name: 606 : 2016-12-26 13:42
Leicester v Everton

I was there to see Leicester fight back for a draw at Stoke last week, and there was no way that Foxes striker Jamie Vardy deserved his red card.

With or without Vardy on the pitch, Claudio Ranieri's side looked pretty lively throughout that game, and it looks like they have got the spring back in their step.

You could not fault Everton's effort or application in their derby defeat against Liverpool, it was just their lack of quality in the final third that let them down.

They need to give Romelu Lukaku more chances this weekend, but I still fancy the Foxes to come out on top.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
532 Name: 606 : 2016-12-26 13:42
Man Utd v Sunderland

I am expecting Sunderland manager David Moyes to get a really good reception when he returns to Old Trafford for the first time since he was sacked by Manchester United in April 2014.

I think people now appreciate that, when he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes had a more difficult job to do than the man who replaced him, Louis van Gaal.

I don't think Moyes is going to have much joy on Boxing Day, though, because this United team seem to have clicked.

It is starting to look like Jose Mourinho not only knows what his best team is, more importantly he also knows how they are going to play.

Using a 4-1-4-1 formation, United look well balanced and are creating lots of chances. They also have competition for places, and I am expecting them to extend their three-game winning run.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
533 Name: 606 : 2016-12-26 13:43
Swansea v West Ham

West Ham have taken seven points from their past three games and are starting to pick up a bit of form.

The same cannot be said of Swansea, who continue to ship goals - they have conceded an average of three a game in their past five matches.

The Hammers have only won one away league game so far this season, but I think they will double that tally in Wales.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
534 Name: 606 : 2016-12-26 13:43
Hull v Man City (17:15 GMT)

Hull played well in their defeat against West Ham last time out and created plenty of chances.

The Tigers might be bottom of the table but their manager Mike Phelan has got them playing - he does not lack organisation or tactical nous.

Phelan's team lacks a bit of quality, however, and I do not see them causing Manchester City too many problems.

City are finding it hard to keep clean sheets under Pep Guardiola - they have managed only three in 17 league games this season - but they should be able to keep Hull quiet.

Lawro's prediction: 0-3
535 Name: 606 : 2016-12-26 13:44
TUESDAY, 27 DECEMBER

Liverpool v Stoke (17:15 GMT)

I was at Stoke's 2-2 draw with Leicester last weekend and, when the Potters were 2-0 up, their shape looked pretty good with Joe Allen and Bojan behind Jon Walters.

But Mark Hughes's side still did not create many chances and, as soon as Leicester put them under pressure, they just cracked a little bit - they were even struggling to defend the crosses that the Foxes were putting into the box, which is very unlike Stoke.

I may well have caught the Stoke defence on a bad day but I think Liverpool's movement and pace in attack will just be too much for them.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
536 Name: 606 : 2016-12-26 13:44
WEDNESDAY, 28 DECEMBER

Southampton v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)

The good thing from Southampton's point of view is that it does not look like they will miss injured striker Charlie Austin - they have a few other options up front.

Jay Rodriguez and Sofiane Boufal have done well recently and I think Shane Long gives a lot for the team too - he is not a regular goalscorer but he would chase a paper bag down the street all day for you, even in a hurricane.

Saints will be a test for Tottenham on Mauricio Pochettino's return to his old club, but his Spurs side have won their past two games and I just get the impression that they might just go on a bit of a run again now.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
537 Name: 606 : 2016-12-31 14:49
Burnley v Sunderland

Burnley got a late win over Middlesbrough last time out, and I think Sunderland will make life difficult for the Clarets too.

What Black Cats boss David Moyes does, quite cleverly, is just let his front three players try to win him a goal and the rest of his team just sit in and are very disciplined.

Sunderland will be ready for a battle and I have a feeling they will get some joy here, despite Burnley's strong home form.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
538 Name: 606 : 2016-12-31 14:50
Chelsea v Stoke

Stoke seem to be making a lot of defensive mistakes which is very un-Stoke like.

The Potters scored first against Liverpool on Tuesday but contributed to their own downfall after that, and the way they are shipping goals is a real worry.

Now Stoke have to play leaders Chelsea, who will have Diego Costa and N'Golo Kante back from suspension. It is hard to see them holding out at Stamford Bridge.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
539 Name: 606 : 2016-12-31 14:50
Leicester v West Ham

What a conundrum Leicester have become. They have got some very good players but what they need to do now is roll their sleeves up because they need to put in some hard work to get out of trouble.

Lawro's New Year's Eve Premier League predictions v Hip-hop duo Run The Jewels

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BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson will be making a prediction for all 380 Premier League games this season against a variety of guests.

Lawro's opponents for the fixtures on Friday, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are El-P and Killer Mike, aka American hip-hop duo Run The Jewels.

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Premier League predictions - week 19
Result Lawro Run The Jewels
FRIDAY
Hull v Everton 2-2 1-1 1-2
NEW YEAR'S EVE
Burnley v Sunderland x-x 1-2 2-1
Chelsea v Stoke x-x 3-0 3-1
Leicester v West Ham x-x 1-1 1-1
Man Utd v Middlesbrough x-x 2-0 1-1
Southampton v West Brom x-x 1-2 1-1
Swansea v Bournemouth x-x 2-1 1-1
Liverpool v Man City x-x 1-1 1-2
NEW YEAR'S DAY
Watford v Tottenham x-x 0-2 2-1
Arsenal v Crystal Palace x-x 2-0 2-1
A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

From the Boxing Day and other festive fixtures, Lawro got eight correct results, with two perfect scores, from 10 Premier League matches. That gave him a total of 140 points.

He beat You Me At Six singer Josh Franceschi, who got six correct results, with one perfect score, for a total of 90 points.

Total scores after week 18
Lawro 1,620
Guests 1,370
LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.

FRIDAY, 30 DECEMBER

Hull v Everton
Hull 2-2 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

RTJ's prediction: 1-2

Match report

NEW YEAR'S EVE

Burnley v Sunderland
Burnley v Sunderland

Burnley got a late win over Middlesbrough last time out, and I think Sunderland will make life difficult for the Clarets too.

What Black Cats boss David Moyes does, quite cleverly, is just let his front three players try to win him a goal and the rest of his team just sit in and are very disciplined.

Sunderland will be ready for a battle and I have a feeling they will get some joy here, despite Burnley's strong home form.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

RTJ's prediction: 2-1

Match preview

Chelsea v Stoke
Chelsea v Stoke

Stoke seem to be making a lot of defensive mistakes which is very un-Stoke like.

The Potters scored first against Liverpool on Tuesday but contributed to their own downfall after that, and the way they are shipping goals is a real worry.

Now Stoke have to play leaders Chelsea, who will have Diego Costa and N'Golo Kante back from suspension. It is hard to see them holding out at Stamford Bridge.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

RTJ's prediction: 3-1

Match preview

Leicester v West Ham
Leicester v West Ham

What a conundrum Leicester have become. They have got some very good players but what they need to do now is roll their sleeves up because they need to put in some hard work to get out of trouble.

Bottom of the Premier League
It is only a few weeks since it looked like West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was getting the sack but, since then, they have hit form, with 10 points from their past four games.

True, their wins have come against Burnley, Hull and Swansea but you still have to beat those teams.

I like the look of Bilic's side now they have some of their injured players back and, whichever Leicester team turns up, I think the Hammers will get something out of this game.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
540 Name: 606 : 2016-12-31 14:50
Man Utd v Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough have gone to Arsenal and Manchester City and given them both a really good game before leaving with a point.

Boro will not change their defensive game-plan at Old Trafford but Manchester United are probably the most improved team in the Premier League in the past few weeks.

Boss Jose Mourinho has found a system that works and, no matter what Boro do, I think they will find a way through.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
541 Name: 606 : 2016-12-31 14:50
Southampton v West Brom

West Brom have lost out to late goals at Chelsea and Arsenal in the last few weeks, but I don't see the same happening here.

It will be interesting to see how Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk performs - because the speculation surrounding him might put him under a bit of pressure.

Everyone seems to have him down as the centre-back who can sort everyone's problems out, from Manchester City to Liverpool. I don't think he is that player yet.

Van Dijk is a very good defender, yes, but we don't know yet how he will do at a top club. The way things are at the moment, with him being expected to play very well every week, we will start to see how he copes with that.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
542 Name: 606 : 2016-12-31 14:50
Swansea v Bournemouth

I thought Bob Bradley was a strange appointment by Swansea in the first place but that was not his fault, and he undoubtedly had a very tough job.

The same task awaits whoever replaces Bradley, and the club's problems run far deeper than what is happening on the pitch - although they have plenty there too.

Swansea's defensive problems are well known and Bournemouth will go to the Liberty Stadium and play their usual open game.

Alan Curtis will be in charge following Bradley's exit and I always think that brings a reaction from the dressing room. It sounds daft when you consider how bad Swansea have been, but that is the reason I am going for them to win 2-1.

I say that with my heart in my mouth, though, because I am not sure how they can concede just one goal.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
543 Name: 606 : 2016-12-31 14:51
Liverpool v Man City (17:30 GMT)

I always feel with Manchester City going into games like this that their big players will produce.

Yaya Toure is one of those big players who has hit some form and I think he will play a big part for them at Anfield.
544 Name: 606 : 2016-12-31 14:51
I still think City will concede, because I cannot see them keeping a clean sheet against Liverpool no matter whether they play with four at the back - which seems to work best for them - or three.

So I am going for a draw. We know how good Liverpool are going forward, but I think City will pose a threat too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
545 Name: 606 : 2016-12-31 14:51
Watford v Tottenham (13:30 GMT)

Even before Tottenham put four goals past Southampton I looked at Spurs and thought they have just got something about them at the moment.

Watford, in contrast, looked ordinary in their draw with Crystal Palace. I don't see them stopping Tottenham from making it four wins in a row.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
546 Name: 606 : 2016-12-31 14:51
Arsenal v Crystal Palace (16:00 GMT)

Crystal Palace should have beaten Watford in Sam Allardyce's first game in charge, but paid the price for Christian Benteke's missed penalty.

Allardyce obviously does something when he comes into a club where he changes the mindset of his squad but it will take time for him to have an effect.

I think the Eagles' improvement will be a gradual process, and all their players will get feedback from their manager along the way.

It is hard to see them getting anything against Arsenal, who were not at their best against West Brom last time out, but still found a way to win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
547 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-01 21:38
All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.

MONDAY, 2 JANUARY

Middlesbrough v Leicester (12:30 GMT)

Middlesbrough were a little unlucky at Old Trafford as they seemed willing to take the game to Manchester United, though the Red Devils deserved the win in the end. I expect Boro to be fine this season but they may need one or two more players in this transfer window.

Leicester, of course, have still not won away from home in the league this season, but they will do soon. The key for them is to stick to their principles - the must keep looking at themselves in the mirror for that honesty and working hard.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
548 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-01 21:38
Everton v Southampton

Everton will definitely be a club doing business in January. They have not been bad in the past three or four games but I think where they are now - seventh - is where they should be. In golfing parlance, they are par. And let's be honest, Ronald Koeman knows they are short of quality in a few areas and will act.

Every time I see Southampton play they seem to be getting a player sent off. Perhaps they need more cutting edge because as much as I like Shane Long, he does tend to need a few chances to score.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
549 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-01 21:38
Man City v Burnley

Manchester City were insipid at Anfield in a game I thought Liverpool deserved to win. One of the things with Pep Guardiola and this league is you can't just turn it on and off. It's not like managing Barcelona or Bayern Munich, where you can have an off day and win 2-0 or 3-0.

Burnley have taken only one point on the road, though, which can bring pressure as you become so reliant on your home form. Sooner or later they will need to start returning home with points, but it will not be from Etihad Stadium.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
550 Name: Anonymous : 2017-01-01 21:39
Sunderland v Liverpool

Manager David Moyes said himself that Sunderland were "dire" at Burnley. There is no doubt they were, but you also have to say they are running out of players. Apart from Jermain Defoe, many of their best players are injured. The Sunderland public realise what the problems are, and a lot of them are not to do with Moyes.

They will set up to be hard to beat and probably will be, but Liverpool will have too much. This will be Sadio Mane's last game for the Reds before the Africa Cup of Nations but they have enough players to come in and fill the gap for the month of January.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
551 Name: 606 : 2017-01-01 21:39
West Brom v Hull

West Brom had a really good win at Southampton. The big question for Tony Pulis is does he drop goalscorer Hal Robson-Kanu for Salomon Rondon to come back in?

In fairness to West Brom, they have surprised a few. But if you look at this team, there's a Britishness to its players. They know the league, they have a lot of experience and Pulis makes them difficult to beat.

The problem with Hull is the same every week. Lack of planning and forward thinking in the summer has cost them dear. Mike Phelan has done a good job with what he's got. It seems whoever is running the club couldn't run a bath.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
552 Name: 606 : 2017-01-01 21:39
West Ham v Man Utd (17:15 GMT)

Manchester United had a slight scare against Middlesbrough, though I do think the Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal which was wrongly chalked off would have made things easier. They have the bit between their teeth and look far more of a football team than we saw in the first three months of the season.

I think Jose Mourinho made changes against Boro with a view to this fixture, which looks harder on paper. West Ham will feel they should have got a point at Leicester and it's no coincidence their improvement in form has come when the likes of Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew have returned.

Still, Manchester United will have too much.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
553 Name: 606 : 2017-01-01 21:40
TUESDAY, 3 JANUARY

Bournemouth v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

Bournemouth had a good win at Swansea but they will be without Jack Wilshere for the visit of his parent club.

Arsenal lost 2-1 at Manchester City and Everton over Christmas and that was perhaps a little blip. It seems to have gone unnoticed, though, and I think they will win on the south coast.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
554 Name: 606 : 2017-01-01 21:40
Crystal Palace v Swansea (20:00 GMT)

A lot of journalists have been saying Crystal Palace should avoid relegation now Sam Allardyce is in charge. They should never have been close to relegation in the first place and should be nearer the top than the bottom with the players they have. The longer Sam has to work with them, the more organised they will become.

As for Swansea, this should be Paul Clement's first game and with any new manager you always get a reaction. Players want to show more in training and prove themselves. I just don't think it will be enough for this fixture.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
555 Name: 606 : 2017-01-01 21:40
Stoke City v Watford (20:00 GMT)

One to watch from behind the settee. Stoke were competitive at Chelsea - not many teams score two at Stamford Bridge. They were also competitive at Liverpool, but no matter how you look at it they have still conceded 10 goals in three games. I don't know what's wrong with them. Ryan Shawcross just doesn't look right at the moment.

Watford simply did not turn up against Tottenham at Vicarage Road, a complete non-performance, and I can see nothing but more frustration for them here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
556 Name: 606 : 2017-01-01 21:41
WEDNESDAY, 4 JANUARY

Tottenham v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

Tottenham were impressive at Watford and they seem to have found a momentum now with Harry Kane and Dele Alli finding form. I have a feeling they will halt the Chelsea surge which has been so impressive. To win 13 games in a row is just fantastic but Chelsea have some hard fixtures on the horizon.

This fixture always leaves me wondering why the fans hate each other so much? They seem to detest the opposing club. Why I don't know, but it will make for a spicy atmosphere.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
557 Name: 606 : 2017-01-14 12:19
Tottenham v West Brom (12:30 GMT)

West Brom went out of the FA Cup to Championship side Derby last weekend but they had enough shots - 28 to seven for the Rams - to win that game.

The Baggies will create chances at White Hart Lane too and will make it difficult for Tottenham, as they do against every team.

But I still expect Tottenham to win, because they are absolutely flying right now. Dele Alli is on fire for Spurs and the game must seem so easy to him at the moment.

He made the difference in their win over top-of-the-table Chelsea in their last Premier League game, when he stood out from every other player on the pitch.

When Alli is in that kind of form, Spurs are hard to stop.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
558 Name: 606 : 2017-01-14 12:19
Burnley v Southampton

Southampton played very well in their win over Liverpool in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, but they don't frighten teams away from home.

Six of their nine goals on the road this season came in the two wins they have managed so far - at West Ham and Bournemouth. In their other eight games they have managed just three more.

Burnley are a top-five team based on their results at Turf Moor so, weighing all of that up, this might seem like a home banker.

But you cannot expect the Clarets to win every home game they play, which is why I throw in a draw for them every now and again.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
559 Name: 606 : 2017-01-14 12:20
Hull v Bournemouth

It is early days for Hull under their new manager Marco Silva. They beat Swansea in the FA Cup and, although they lost at Manchester United in the EFL Cup semi-final, their performance was respectable.

I think if I were a Hull fan, I might actually be thinking now that we should give this fellow a chance.

Forget the owners, who are the reason they are in this mess, Silva is their only hope of staying in the division.

It is going to be tough for the Tigers on Saturday, though, because they played in midweek and Bournemouth did not.

In fact the Cherries first team have had 11 days to prepare for this game, after being given last weekend off.

As much as I like Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, I don't understand why he picked the team he did in their FA Cup defeat by Millwall.

That is the main reason I would back them to win this game but I still do not think it was the right decision.

Unlike Hull, the Cherries did not have a game in midweek so would still have had that advantage. Bournemouth are safe in mid-table. Why not try to stay in the cup and give their fans a bit of a run to enjoy?

Instead, Howe picked their reserves. It beggars belief - I don't get it.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
560 Name: 606 : 2017-01-14 12:21
Sunderland v Stoke

Sunderland are already down to the bare bones because of injuries but I think they will hang on to in-demand striker Jermain Defoe unless someone comes in with an absolutely crazy bid for him.

The problem for the Black Cats is that everyone else down at the bottom of the table is looking to improve their squad, not just keep it together. Signing players just does not look like it is a possibility for David Moyes.

But this is still a game that Sunderland will expect to get something from, and rightly so. In their last home league game they drew 2-2 with Liverpool and I thought they were decent.

That is why I am going for a draw. It is not much good to either team, but at least it keeps Stoke ticking over in mid-table - there is no way they are in relegation trouble.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
561 Name: 606 : 2017-01-14 12:22
Swansea v Arsenal

Swansea are one of the teams fighting relegation who are looking to sign players.

Their new manager Paul Clement has come in with different ideas and a fresh voice, which are both positives, but at the moment he has the same squad that has been struggling all season.

Arsenal had to fight back to get a draw at Bournemouth in their last league game and also came from a goal down to beat Preston in the FA Cup, but I think this victory will be far more straightforward.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
562 Name: 606 : 2017-01-14 12:22
Watford v Middlesbrough

This is in an interesting game because Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is under pressure and losing to a team below them in the table is not going to improve his prospects.

Everyone knows how Middlesbrough play now, and how hard they are to break down. Watford will have to be careful.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
563 Name: 606 : 2017-01-14 12:22
West Ham v Crystal Palace

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has taken a brave stand against Dimitri Payet, and I think it will work in his favour.

Bilic is saying to the fans that, as good as this guy was last season, we gave him a new contract and now he does not want to play for us - so I am just going to pick people who do.

I think that is a good thing, but what Bilic really needs is three points after the Hammers' heavy FA Cup defeat last time they played at home.

I don't think they will get them, although this game is very hard to call.

It is a London derby and it would also be a big first win for Sam Allardyce as Crystal Palace manager - but I am going for a draw.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
564 Name: 606 : 2017-01-14 12:22
Leicester v Chelsea (17:30 GMT)

I just get the impression with Leicester that games like this get them going.

There will be a big crowd, and a great atmosphere, just as there was when the Foxes beat Manchester City in December.

I get the feeling there will be a similar result too, although I do not see Leicester putting four past Chelsea.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
565 Name: 606 : 2017-01-14 12:23
Everton v Man City (13:30 GMT)

Everton have already started their shopping in the January sales and I would expect one of their new signings, Morgan Schneiderlin, to go straight into their midfield on Sunday.

Manchester City could have their own new-boy, Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, involved at some point - but I cannot see Pep Guardiola just throwing him straight in.

Goodison Park will be rocking because it is City, and because Everton are signing some players. I am not sure the feel-good factor will be enough for them, though.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
566 Name: 606 : 2017-01-14 12:23
Man Utd v Liverpool (16:00 GMT)

Manchester United got a 0-0 draw at Anfield in October in a game that was basically a Jose Mourinho masterpiece.

His gameplan was to restrict Liverpool to relatively few chances, and it worked.

United will be far more ambitious in attack at Old Trafford, however, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has some big decisions to make over the fitness of some of his players.

If Joel Matip is 75% fit I think Klopp will be tempted to play him, especially if Jordan Henderson is not quite ready.

This is a massive game for both teams and I think it will end up with a point apiece. I think Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham would settle for that result too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
567 Name: 606 : 2017-01-21 05:14
Liverpool v Swansea (12:30 GMT)

Liverpool have lost some of their attacking lustre in recent weeks so it is important for them to have Philippe Coutinho back in action, and getting sharper with each game he plays.

I just wonder if the Reds' form has tailed off a bit because Jurgen Klopp has been changing his team around for various cup games - it might help if he sticks with a team that is going to play regularly for the next couple of weeks.

Swansea have made a couple of signings since Paul Clement's first game in charge - Saturday's 4-0 home defeat by Arsenal.

Norwich left-back Martin Olsson and Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll have both come in but Clement will need to do more than that to solve his side's defensive issues.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
568 Name: 606 : 2017-01-21 05:14
Bournemouth v Watford

Watford have not won any of their last six league games, and they have not signed anyone in the transfer window yet to try to arrest their slump in form.

Bournemouth's recent form is better than the Hornets, but they are an inconsistent side. Hull beat them last time out and their defence is not exactly reliable.

This is a hard one to call but Watford are struggling at the moment, and the Cherries will create chances against them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
569 Name: 606 : 2017-01-21 05:14
Crystal Palace v Everton

Everton have got energy and enthusiasm in their team with youngsters like Mason Holgate and Tom Davies in their line-up, and they have been getting stuck into teams.

Sam Allardyce is yet to win a league game as Crystal Palace boss after four attempts and I don't think it will be easy for him here either.

Allardyce signed Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester this week and it is safe to say he will not be the last new face to arrive at Selhurst Park before the January transfer window closes.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
570 Name: 606 : 2017-01-21 05:15
Middlesbrough v West Ham

Middlesbrough have bolstered their attacking options by signing Patrick Bamford. They are in more danger of being dragged into the relegation dog-fight than West Ham, but both clubs have a bit of breathing space over the bottom four.

A point would probably suit them and the Hammers because it will keep them ticking over.

Even if West Ham lose Dimitri Payet, as looks likely now they are saying he can leave for the right price, I think they will be fine.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
571 Name: 606 : 2017-01-21 05:15
Stoke v Man Utd

I don't see the issue with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho going a little bit route one as his side came back to earn a point against Liverpool last weekend.

If you have got Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marouane Fellaini, who are both really good in the air, then you use them to get your team a goal.

Mourinho is the manager, and too often managers are criticised for not having a 'Plan B'. He had one, and he used it because 'Plan A' was not working.

This is another tough game for United, though.

Stoke were one of the teams to frustrate them at Old Trafford before Christmas when they were drawing a lot of home games, and I can see them sharing the points again on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
572 Name: 606 : 2017-01-21 05:16
West Brom v Sunderland

I watched Sunderland lose to Burnley in the FA Cup on Tuesday and it is clear that Black Cats boss David Moyes lacks quantity and quality in his squad - injuries have left him very short.

I actually think Sunderland are almost at the point where the manager has a conversation with the chairman about whether he wants him to start preparing for next season in the Championship.

That sounds a bit defeatist because there are still loads of points to play for but with all those injuries, and the fact Moyes has not been given any money to bring in new players, I do not see them getting out of trouble.

West Brom are always tough opponents and carry a threat from set-pieces. Having watched what Sunderland are like at the back, I cannot see them holding out.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
573 Name: 606 : 2017-01-21 05:17
Man City v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

Tottenham are flying right now and I don't think Jan Vertonghen's injury will affect them because in Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies they have got a couple of potential replacements at the back.

I like their 3-5-2 formation because it really suits their players and you could argue that, at the moment, they are the best team in the league.

I would expect some improvement from Manchester City after last week's heavy defeat against Everton but they are struggling defensively and this Spurs team will definitely create chances against them too.

Put it this way, I can see there being a few goals at both ends.

There has been a lot of debate about City's £50m defender John Stones of late.

Stones is a really good footballer who is a bit unlucky that Nicolas Otamendi is his centre-back partner, and City's full-backs are not good enough.

But Stones has got to start making good defensive decisions himself. He needs to become a defender who can manage the game, because City do not have one at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-2
574 Name: 606 : 2017-01-21 05:17
Southampton v Leicester (12:00 GMT)

Both of these teams are in the bottom eight when they would expect to be a lot higher up the table.

Southampton have lost their last four league games, and it seems their manager Claude Puel swaps his side around more than anyone. His rotation policy is not working.

Meanwhile, Leicester's form remains completely up and down.

The Foxes still have not won away from home, and do not look anything like the team they were last season. I do not see that changing here.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
575 Name: 606 : 2017-01-21 05:17
Arsenal v Burnley (14:15 GMT)

Burnley are 10th despite taking only one point from nine away league games this season.

They gave Arsenal a good game at Turf Moor and the Gunners only grabbed a winner in injury time.

I do not see this game being anything like as close, such is the difference between Burnley at home and Burnley away.

The Clarets have not really been ripped apart since West Brom beat them 4-0 in November.

They will be competitive and difficult to play against at Emirates Stadium, but they just don't make enough chances to win games on the road.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
576 Name: 606 : 2017-01-21 05:17
Chelsea v Hull City (16:30 GMT)

Hull have a battle on their hands to keep their best players as well as stay up - Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass are both being linked with moves away.

It appears new manager Marco Silva will get any money he raises from sales to spend on new players, but who is he going to attract to Hull in their predicament?

By the looks of things, Diego Costa will be back in the team on Sunday and I think Blues boss Antonio Conte has done quite well with the way he has handled him, because it has taken him more than six months to have his first bust-up.

The Tigers have won two of their last three games but it is a step too far to think they can challenge the leaders at Stamford Bridge.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
577 Name: 606 : 2017-01-31 19:14
Arsenal v Watford

I watched Watford lose to Millwall in the FA Cup on Sunday, and they were just a mess.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are on a good run of results again. They have won six out of their past seven games, and drew the other one.

The best news for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, though, is he has a full squad to choose from apart from Santi Cazorla, who is still a few weeks away from a return.

They will have competition for places and this is a great time of the season for them to kick on.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
578 Name: 606 : 2017-01-31 19:15
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace still have not won in the Premier League since Sam Allardyce took charge in December, and now they are out of the FA Cup too.

The way Allardyce sees it, every single decision is going against them at the moment and, in fairness, I did think Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure could have been sent off when the score was still 0-0 on Saturday.

I think Palace are due a performance, when you look at some of the quality they have got in their squad.

But I don't think that elusive first win will happen here. Bournemouth are ticking along quite nicely in mid-table and a point here would be a decent result for them.

You would not say the same for Palace, who are 10 points behind them with 16 games to go.

I still think the relegation fight is between everyone from Watford, who are 14th, downwards - with the exception of defending champions Leicester. I still think the Foxes will be all right.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
579 Name: 606 : 2017-01-31 19:15
Burnley v Leicester

A great home record against a terrible away record - so the terrible away record wins, right?

I actually think it might. Leicester have not won any of their previous 11 league games on the road this season, but that is going to change at some stage.

I don't think the Foxes work hard enough, which is not an accusation you could ever level at the Clarets under Sean Dyche. But Claudio Ranieri has more quality in his squad.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
580 Name: 606 : 2017-01-31 19:15
Middlesbrough v West Brom

I am going to go for an away win here, too. Middlesbrough's home form is improving but West Brom are in a good place at the moment and are looking to cement their place in the top 10.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
581 Name: 606 : 2017-01-31 19:16
Sunderland v Tottenham

Tottenham were given a scare by Wycombe in the FA Cup but then Mauricio Pochettino did make a few changes with this game in mind.

They are on a great run, but I actually think it will be difficult for Spurs to adjust when most of their regulars come back into the team.

Sunderland did not have a game at the weekend so they will be ready for them, and I am going for a bit of a shock result here.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0
582 Name: 606 : 2017-01-31 19:16
Swansea v Southampton

Southampton were great value for their win over Liverpool in the EFL Cup but got stuffed by Arsenal in the FA Cup after making a load of changes.

Saints are having an odd season in the Premier League too, losing four games in a row after Christmas, and their form has been very up and down.

Swansea were already out of the FA Cup so this is their first game since their impressive victory over Liverpool at Anfield.

That is exactly the kind of result a team needs to kick on and I am backing Paul Clement's side to win this game too. There could be some light at the end of the tunnel for them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
583 Name: 606 : 2017-01-31 19:16
Liverpool v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

I actually think this is a good game for Liverpool to have on the back of their recent poor form.

It is not as if Jurgen Klopp will have to worry about his players not being up for this one, and they are finding it hard to score against everyone at the moment.

Every team I've seen the Reds play since the start of 2017 have played the same formation - a 4-5-1, or near enough to it - and have sent the Liverpool players inside to where they have got numbers.

They are basically saying to them 'go on, try to break us down' and, as good as Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are, it is very rare to see Liverpool get behind teams.

The upshot of that is Klopp's side do not look anything like the force they were when their games were much more open earlier in the season.

I know Sadio Mane is back from the Africa Cup of Nations but just because he is available, I do not think Liverpool are going to win.

A draw would be a great result for Chelsea because of the breathing space they have at the top and I don't think it would be a bad one for Liverpool either.

At the start of the season, their aim was to finish in the top four. Even if they drop points in this game I still think they have got a realistic chance of making it.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
584 Name: 606 : 2017-01-31 19:17
West Ham v Man City

Manchester City put five past West Ham when they came here in the FA Cup at the start of January.

West Ham are improving, and I don't think things will be quite so one-sided this time around, but I am still backing City to win.

Pep Guardiola's side took a bit of a battering when they lost to Everton on 15 January but they have put in some impressive performances since then.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
585 Name: 606 : 2017-01-31 19:17
Man Utd v Hull City (20:00 GMT)

Hull were outplayed by Fulham in the FA Cup while Manchester United beat Wigan easily, despite a decent display by the Latics.

United got past Hull over two legs to reach the final of the EFL Cup and I can't see the Tigers stopping them here.

It seems a long time since United had some poor results in the autumn, with Jose Mourinho seemingly unsure of his best team.

Slowly but surely it has all come together for them. United always had the quality, but now they have settled down as a team.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
586 Name: 606 : 2017-01-31 19:17
Stoke v Everton (20:00 GMT)

Everton have found a bit of form, with four wins and a draw in their past five league games.

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has been busy in the transfer market and, with Ross Barkley's form starting to pick up and Tom Davies emerging too, there seems to be a bit more urgency in his team now.

It will be interesting to see how new Stoke striker Saido Berahino will do following his move from West Brom. He is an extremely good finisher and I think he will perk them up a bit.

Both of these sides are in the top half, and for good reason - they both have good managers, who are planners and organisers.

Realistically they are both playing for seventh place this season and, as far as Wednesday goes, I think this will be a hard-fought game, with the points shared.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
587 Name: 606 : 2017-02-04 14:35
Crystal Palace v Sunderland

Crystal Palace had a good win over Bournemouth in midweek to give Sam Allardyce his first league win as Eagles manager, and now he is up against his old team.

It is the same for Patrick van Aanholt, who joined Palace from Sunderland this week, and I think they will both be on the winning side on Saturday as they look to climb out of the bottom three.

The Black Cats got a good point against Tottenham on Tuesday but they are back at the bottom of the table now after Hull's draw with Manchester United on Wednesday.

Sunderland are now at the stage where they need to start winning games whoever they are up against, not just their relegation rivals - but I don't see them getting anything this weekend. This game has got a win for Big Sam written all over it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
588 Name: 606 : 2017-02-04 14:36
Chelsea v Arsenal (12:30 GMT)

In their surprise defeat by Watford on Tuesday, Arsenal did what we know Arsenal are prone to do - which is not turn up for a period of a game that they are expected to win easily.

I would love to know why that keeps happening - and so would Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, I'm sure.

Chelsea, meanwhile, just keep rolling along at the top of the table.

They have had a good week because they have extended their lead at the top of the table despite being held at Liverpool, because they would have expected Arsenal and Tottenham to have both won their midweek games.

The Blues have the best home record in the Premier League and concede very few goals at Stamford Bridge.

There is a part of me which thinks Arsenal could go there and be brilliant but, even if they are, Chelsea will be hard to break down.

I also think Antonio Conte's side will be thinking they have something to prove against Arsenal after losing heavily at the Emirates Stadium in September.

This is a very different Chelsea side now, not just in formation since their switch to three at the back later that month, but also in mentality - the title is in their sights now.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
589 Name: 606 : 2017-02-04 14:36
Everton v Bournemouth

Everton had to scrap a bit to get a point at Stoke but that goes down as a good result no matter how you get it.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, lost at home to Palace and it is becoming very difficult to predict their results.

After getting a draw against Arsenal at the start of January, they have taken a total of one point from three games against other teams in the bottom half - Hull, an out-of-form Watford and then the Eagles.

I don't see the Cherries getting anything at Goodison Park, where Everton have only lost once in 11 league games this season, but I am usually wrong about them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
590 Name: 606 : 2017-02-04 14:37
Hull City v Liverpool

Hull got a great point at Old Trafford in midweek but this is another very tough game for them.

After their run of poor form, Liverpool were much improved in their draw against Chelsea and, if Hull open up a bit against them, then they will punish them.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
591 Name: 606 : 2017-02-04 14:37
Southampton v West Ham

Just as they did in the FA Cup a few weeks ago, West Ham made it easy for Manchester City on Wednesday - and paid the price.

Southampton also come into this game on the back of a poor result, losing to struggling Swansea on Tuesday, but I think they will be much improved here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
592 Name: 606 : 2017-02-04 14:37
Watford v Burnley

Watford's win over Arsenal has taken the pressure off them a bit after seven league games without a victory and should steady the ship a little bit.

Burnley have been pretty useless on the road, taking only one point from 10 away league games, but their home form means they are getting closer to safety.

A draw would be a good result for the Clarets and I just wonder if they will take a few more risks to try to get it.

The more men they get forward, the more chances they will create - something that they have struggled to do away from Turf Moor.

If you are losing games anyway, when you are trying to keep things tight then why not go out and try to win them?

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
593 Name: 606 : 2017-02-04 14:37
West Brom v Stoke

It will be interesting to see Saido Berahino back at The Hawthorns so soon after leaving West Brom for Stoke, but I'd expect him to be on the bench for the Potters.

Both these teams are in the top half and in decent form, but I am backing Baggies boss Tony Pulis to edge it against his old club.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
594 Name: 606 : 2017-02-04 14:38
Tottenham v Middlesbrough (17:30 GMT)

Tottenham struggled to create chances at Sunderland and will consider that draw to be two points dropped.

Middlesbrough will also try to shut them out but Spurs have been in great form at home and I do not see it happening.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
595 Name: 606 : 2017-02-04 14:38
Man City v Swansea (13:30 GMT)

Swansea have seen an upturn in results since Paul Clement took charge but Manchester City have also improved dramatically of late.

It seems as if that 4-0 defeat at Everton on 15 January was as low as they could go. They have regrouped and look a different team now.

A big part of that is the fact all of City's attacking players are in really good form and I don't think Swansea can keep them out.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
596 Name: 606 : 2017-02-04 14:38
Leicester v Man Utd (16:00 GMT)

Manchester United dropped points again against Hull on Wednesday and they have now drawn six league games at home this season.

That's not because everyone has come to Old Trafford and been brilliant, it's because United have struggled to score - and Jose Mourinho's frustration about that was clear after the game.

United have actually picked up more points per game away from home this season. I think they will add to that tally at Leicester, although it might be one point rather than three.

The Foxes are in a bit of a mess now, with their title challenge turning into a relegation fight.

Their away form is so poor and that means the pressure is on them to earn enough points at the King Power Stadium. Getting something out of this game would be a start.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
597 Name: Anonymous : 2017-02-04 14:52
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598 Name: 606 : 2017-02-11 11:43
Arsenal v Hull City (12:30 GMT)

Marco Silva is doing a great job in charge of Hull - their January signings seem to be doing well too, and Silva has also lifted the players who were already there.

The Tigers are still in the relegation zone but their improved form has helped bring the bottom six closer together, which makes a difference too - when you are down at the bottom of the table, the more teams who are close to you, the better.

This is the fourth league game in a row that Hull have faced a top-six side, and after losing to Chelsea they have taken four points from Manchester United and Liverpool, which is obviously more than most people expected.

I think that good run will end at the Emirates, though. Arsenal have had a bad patch that has basically ended their title hopes, as per usual.

But in the past we have always seen a reaction from them where their form improves, and I am expecting that to happen here.

The whole debate about Arsene Wenger's future does not help matters but, as much as the focus is on him, this is the same group of players that went 19 games unbeaten earlier in the season.

There is no excuse for them making a poor start to games like they have done recently. They just need to pull their fingers out, put their heads down and start producing that kind of form again.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
599 Name: 606 : 2017-02-11 11:44
Manchester United v Watford

Watford have taken eight points from their past four matches and that upturn in form has ended talk of them being dragged into the relegation battle.

The Hornets will go to Old Trafford full of confidence that they can make life difficult for Manchester United too. I am not so sure that will be the case, however.

United have had problems breaking defences down at home before but I don't think that is a particular strength of Watford's.

Jose Mourinho's side lost 3-1 at Vicarage Road in September, which was one of the low points of their season, but I can see them getting their own back here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
600 Name: 606 : 2017-02-11 11:44
Middlesbrough v Everton

Tom Davies and Mason Holgate have given Everton such a boost since they broke into the team.

Because they are young, they have added energy and pace to the team and they have also lit the fans up for the same reason.

The overall effect is that Everton seem to be playing at a quicker tempo now and that helps Romelu Lukaku, because the earlier they get the ball up to him, the more damage he can do.

Things are far less rosy for Middlesbrough right now, and their lack of wins - they have the fewest in the top flight this season - is catching up with them.

It was fine to pick up a point here and there earlier in the season when they had a bit of a cushion above the relegation zone but it is different now that everyone below them is going for it a bit more.

Boro still seem frightened of losing games, so they rarely get opened up, but it means that they rarely win games either.

Looking at the situation they are in now, that needs to change because draws are not going to be enough to keep them up.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
601 Name: 606 : 2017-02-11 11:44
Stoke v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace's form is now a real worry, because Sunderland just swatted them aside last week.

The instant improvement in form that everyone expected when Sam Allardyce took charge of the Eagles did not happen, and there are not many signs that it is going to happen anytime soon.

Stoke did not create many chances in their defeat at West Brom last week but they always cause teams problems at home, which is bad news for Palace.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
602 Name: 606 : 2017-02-11 11:44
Sunderland v Southampton

Considering Sunderland are bottom of the table, things are looking pretty optimistic on Wearside.

The Black Cats have four points and two clean sheets from their past two games and players coming back to fitness on top of the new faces who arrived in January.

Form-wise, Sunderland appear in better shape than a Southampton side who have lost six of their past seven league games and are not out of the relegation picture themselves.

I cannot work Saints out, to be honest. They looked a good side in their two games against Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-final but, other than that, they just cannot get going.

Having sold Jose Fonte, Virgil van Dijk's injury could not have come at a worse time for Southampton and they have to find a way to end this horrendous run with a patched-up defence

Lawro's prediction: 1-0
603 Name: 606 : 2017-02-11 11:45
West Ham v West Brom

West Ham continue to climb the table and are now only one place behind West Brom.

Both teams are ticking along nicely in the top half, and West Ham are showing what a good team they are now the Dimitri Payet saga is over.

Robert Snodgrass is a very good signing for them, especially when you consider the players they brought in over the summer - many of them were not good enough.

The Baggies have got some talented players too but, away from home, their approach is to try to shut up shop.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
604 Name: 606 : 2017-02-11 11:45
Liverpool v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

I think this is a good game to get an improved performance out of Liverpool - a bit like the Chelsea game was last week.

The Blues were one of the few teams to have come to Anfield in the past few weeks and not just sat with all their men in their own half in a 4-5-1 formation.

Tottenham are good defensively and well organised full-stop, but their full-backs will bomb on and that will give Liverpool some space to work with, especially on the counter-attack.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
605 Name: 606 : 2017-02-11 11:45
Burnley v Chelsea (13:30 GMT)

I am at this game and looking forward to it. We know all about Burnley's fantastic record at home - only Chelsea and Tottenham have picked up more points on their own patch this season.

But if there is a team that can deal with the intensity and energy of the Clarets' play, it is the Blues.

They have got people who are scrappers in their team, as well as quality players.

This Chelsea team reminds me of the Arsenal side that won the Double in 1998. They were a really good team who would fight you or play you, whichever you wanted to do - and they would usually win.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
606 Name: 606 : 2017-02-11 11:46
Swansea v Leicester (16:00 GMT)

Leicester had a good result in the end in their FA Cup replay with Derby, and scored a couple of good goals.

But Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri made a lot of changes to their line-up and that win does not mean everything is right again with his team - far from it.

Swansea are improving, however. They were unlucky to lose to Manchester City last time out and continue to do well under Paul Clement.

He has got them playing when they have the ball and, crucially, when you think about how many goals they were shipping earlier in the season, their defensive issues have largely disappeared too.

They may still come back, but the effect so far is to make them competitive in matches. Yes, they still lost at City in the end but the way that game went was a good example of how just staying in games can bring you rewards.

Leicester are not doing that, however. They need to knuckle down and start working, and they should look at what the teams below them are doing and start by making themselves difficult to beat.

Starting from the back is what Clement has done at Swansea, and Silva at Hull. Keeping two clean sheets has helped Sunderland take four points from two games against Tottenham and Crystal Palace too.

There is a clue in there for Ranieri and his players about where their first improvement should come from.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
607 Name: 606 : 2017-02-11 11:46
Bournemouth v Manchester City (20:00 GMT)

Gabriel Jesus rescued Manchester City with the injury-time winner against Swansea last week but I can't help but think he should have scored their decisive goal with his initial effort at goal, rather than relying on Lukasz Fabianski dropping the ball after stopping his header.

Football can be funny like that sometimes - imagine if he did not get a second chance, and City did not win the game. Instead of being the hero, people would have been asking how on earth he missed.

Swansea made life difficult for City but I think Pep Guardiola's side will have an easier time of it on the south coast.

The Cherries are conceding goals for fun at the moment - 16 in their past five league games - and they are always going to be open because of the way they try to play.

Bournemouth's run of one win from their past eight games has left them looking over their shoulders and, having been in mid-table for most of the season, they have now got some work to do to get safe.

Anywhere 17th or upwards will do for them, because another year in the Premier League will guarantee them enough money to continue to improve.

Looking at them, the biggest thing for them to address in the summer is bringing in better quality defensively.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
608 Name: 606 : 2017-02-25 15:02
Chelsea v Swansea

Swansea boss Paul Clement will know his way around Stamford Bridge - he used to be a coach at Chelsea, and was assistant manager under Carlo Ancelotti when they won the Double in 2010.

He goes back to his old club with Swansea looking full of fight - with three wins in their past four league games they are the form team in the bottom six, and they look like they have a bit of substance about them too.

The Swans are much improved and harder to break down, but I still don't think they will get anything against the leaders.

Chelsea rested a lot of players for their FA Cup win over Wolves last weekend, and they will be ready for this game. With Diego Costa as their battering ram, I don't see Swansea holding out.

The Blues dropped points against Burnley in their last league game, but I do not see that happening again here.

With Manchester City not playing this weekend - their game with Manchester United was postponed because United are in the EFL Cup final - Chelsea will extend their lead at the top with a win.

It is going to be hard for any of the clubs below them to make up the gap because they are all in the same position - they will need to win three games on the spin, while Chelsea lose three. I cannot see that happening, to be honest.

City and Arsenal will have a game in hand, yes, but having been in that sort of situation at Liverpool, you are always better off sitting there with the points.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
609 Name: 606 : 2017-02-25 15:02
Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough

I have been looking at Middlesbrough for a while and thinking they will be all right, but now I am not so sure.

They are in the middle of a relegation battle and they do not have many goals in their team, which is a real worry.

If Crystal Palace win, Sam Allardyce's side go level on points with Boro - and that is what I think will happen.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
610 Name: 606 : 2017-02-25 15:02
Everton v Sunderland

Goodison Park will be familiar territory for a few of Sunderland's players, as well as Black Cats boss David Moyes.

After 11 years as Everton manager, Moyes lost the first time he went back there, as Manchester United manager in 2014, and he will clearly be desperate to avoid the same outcome on Saturday.

It will be tough for them because Everton are in excellent form. They have not lost in the league since the Merseyside derby before Christmas - and they were unlucky to be beaten in that game.

But I just have a feeling Sunderland will get something here. They will have their chances, and I think they might find a way of picking up a point.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
611 Name: 606 : 2017-02-25 15:03
Hull v Burnley

I was disappointed in Burnley's performance in their FA Cup defeat by Lincoln last weekend.

The Clarets lost their way a bit, which is very unlike them, and they did not start pressing with their usual intensity until the second half.

If they had done that to begin with, I don't think Lincoln would have been able to live with them.

It was a great result for Lincoln, of course, and when push comes to shove does it really matter for Burnley, and their fans?

I would be interested if Clarets supporters walking away from Turf Moor last weekend were thinking about missing out on the FA Cup quarter-finals, or if their priority was to see their side stay up.

I think most Burnley fans would rather see their side win this game, and pick up three more points, than have beaten the Imps.

Having said that, I don't see Sean Dyche's side beating Hull.

The Tigers are scrapping for anything they can get at the moment - I don't see this game being first on Match of the Day, put it that way.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
612 Name: 606 : 2017-02-25 15:03
West Brom v Bournemouth

Bournemouth are on a slippery slope, without a league win this year.

The Cherries are capable of going away from home, playing well and winning - we have seen it happen this season, just not for a while now.

I don't see it happening at The Hawthorns either. West Brom lost on the south coast in September, but I am backing them to get the points here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
613 Name: 606 : 2017-02-25 15:03
Watford v West Ham (17:30 GMT)

Watford have had their wobble and, like West Ham, I think their relegation worries are over.

The Hornets mounted a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to beat the Hammers at the London Stadium earlier in the season, but this should be a more straightforward win for them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
614 Name: 606 : 2017-02-25 15:03
Tottenham v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

I thought Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino's team selection for their FA Cup win over Fulham was a really clever move.

Pochettino made some changes but stuck with the spine of the side he would use for Premier League games.

He picked a team to win the game, and I think most top-flight managers should do the same in the FA Cup. You can do that, and still rest some of your players.

Spurs were outplayed in their last league game, at Liverpool, because they were not allowed enough of the ball.

Sunday will be a different story. Stoke will dig in, of course, but Tottenham have got players who can hurt them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
615 Name: 606 : 2017-02-25 15:04
Man Utd v Southampton (EFL Cup final, 16:30 GMT)

Southampton cannot come out all guns blazing against Manchester United because they will just get picked off, so Saints will sit in.

I think United will find a way through, though. They have got plenty of big-game players, and quite a few of them are in the sort of form where they can turn a game.

It is unclear whether United striker Wayne Rooney will be involved - he is not going to China, for now at least, but he has been out of action with a muscle injury.

If Rooney does make the squad, you can add his name to the list of United's potential match-winners.

Southampton will not make it easy for them, and we saw in their semi-final against Liverpool what a good side they can be, but I am still going with United to get their hands on the trophy.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
616 Name: 606 : 2017-02-25 15:04
Leicester v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

I did not see Claudio Ranieri's sacking coming and I think it is a really strange time to do it, the day after a game [against Sevilla] in a competition [the Champions League] that they are still in.

At this stage of the season, you would have thought they have done it having lined someone else up, otherwise why do it?

Surely we will not see any headlines along the lines of 'search starts for new Foxes boss' on Friday - so I would expect some news on an appointment soon.

Why has it happened? Ranieri has made mistakes and probably kept faith with people who helped Leicester win the title last season for too long, but I have to say he seems like he has been let down by his players.

I made my original prediction for this game before Ranieri's exit and, although I have not changed the score, the situation makes it more difficult for Liverpool.

There is no doubt there will be more of a unified effort from the Leicester team, whether their new manager is in place or not. It always happens.

I still think Liverpool will win, if they play like they did against Tottenham. It suits the Reds when they press teams all over the pitch, and that is definitely the way forward for them.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
617 Name: 606 : 2017-03-05 13:54
Man Utd v Bournemouth (12:30 GMT)

Manchester United will be buoyed by their success in the EFL Cup final last weekend and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be looking to add to his goal tally.

Ibrahimovic scored against the Cherries on his league debut for United on the opening weekend of the season, and he will probably fancy his chances of getting more goals on Saturday.

Bournemouth have only taken one point from their past six league games and are having a terrible time of things.

They appear to be hurtling towards the relegation zone and, although I think their form will improve at some point, Old Trafford is not the place for them to turn things around.

The Cherries' next two games are both at home, against West Ham and Swansea, and they badly need to win at least one of them to stop the rot.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
618 Name: 606 : 2017-03-05 13:54
Leicester v Hull City

I know I have not predicted a victory for Hull all season and I have been wrong about them a few times, obviously.

The Tigers upset Leicester in the first Premier League game of the season, which I did not see coming, so it is probably good news for Marco Silva's side that I don't think they are going to win on Saturday either.

Leicester's players have to keep up the level of performance they showed against Liverpool and I am guessing that, because they are back under the spotlight, they will.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
619 Name: 606 : 2017-03-05 13:55
Stoke City v Middlesbrough

Stoke were well beaten by Tottenham last weekend, while Middlesbrough also lost, at Crystal Palace.

I would have to back Stoke here, though. Boro have not won in the league since 17 December but I am not expecting Aitor Karanka to change his team around, and go for it a little bit more.

When you play the way Boro do, their players know they will not create many chances so straightaway you are putting your strikers under pressure to take them.

Stoke have had some bad results themselves this season but, thanks to their manager Mark Hughes, they are mentally strong - which is why I would tip them to win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
620 Name: 606 : 2017-03-05 13:55
Swansea v Burnley

Burnley's draw at Hull last week was their first of four games in a row on the road. The Clarets are trying to get their first league away win of the season. Will they get it in Wales? No.

Sean Dyche's team created some chances against the Tigers but Swansea are much improved at the back these days.

The Welsh side did OK in their defeat at Chelsea last weekend and, if Lukasz Fabianski hadn't dived over Pedro's shot at 1-1, then who knows what could have happened.

In the end, Chelsea hit three and it could have been more.

This game will be a lot closer. Eventually, at some point, Burnley will end their long wait for an away win, but I don't see it happening in Wales.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
621 Name: 606 : 2017-03-05 13:56
Watford v Southampton

Watford never seem to be in the news, which shows they must be doing something right. They are just in mid-table, doing what Watford do, and nobody really notices them, which I suppose is a good thing.

Yes, it is true you would notice them more if they were at the top of the table, but you also would if they were at the bottom - so mid-table is a good place to be.

The Hornets are one place above Southampton, who have not really got going in the league this season.

Saints' best results have come in cup competitions, against Inter Milan in Europe and in the EFL Cup against Arsenal and Liverpool.

They were unlucky to lose at Wembley against Manchester United last weekend and now they can focus fully on the league.

I don't fancy them to get anything at Vicarage Road, though. This is a tough game to call but I am going to go with the Hornets.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
622 Name: 606 : 2017-03-05 13:56
West Brom v Crystal Palace

West Brom just keep on going - they came from a goal down to beat Bournemouth last week with Baggies boss Tony Pullis showing again what a shrewd manager he is, as his side passed the 40-point mark.

I am going to go with a draw here, though, because I just think Crystal Palace will get something on the back of last week's win over Middlesbrough.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
623 Name: 606 : 2017-03-05 13:57
Liverpool v Arsenal (17:30 GMT)

I think Monday's defeat by Leicester has led to Jurgen Klopp's first real crossroads moment, in so far as he needs to have a bit of a rethink in regards to the make-up of his team.

It is difficult with his current squad, because at the moment the team basically picks itself - excluding teenagers who have come through the system, he probably only has 15 or 16 players to choose from.

I think Liverpool have some really good players in there but as a team they are weak mentally and, if someone really goes at them like Leicester did, they cannot keep them at bay.

It also feels like, if Plan A fails for the Reds, they don't have anything as a back-up. Again, we saw that against Leicester.

But then you come back to the conundrum which is Liverpool's form in games against the other leading teams this season, where they are still unbeaten and top of that mini-league. Arsenal are bottom.

The Gunners have other issues, of course, with Arsene Wenger's future still under scrutiny, but they did have the benefit of a weekend off because they were meant to be playing Southampton, who were in the EFL Cup final.

This is a big game in the race for the top four and a lot of the time I tend to think these matches end up in a draw.

After the week Liverpool have had, though, wouldn't it just be typical of them to win it?

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
624 Name: 606 : 2017-03-05 13:57
Tottenham v Everton (13:30 GMT)

Tottenham made a disappointing exit from the Europa League but they never seem to be off the boil for very long, as they showed with their 4-0 win over Stoke.

Generally Spurs are very good defensively and, at the other end, they just ripped the Potters apart last week - Harry Kane's hat-trick was top drawer.

I know Everton are nine games unbeaten in the league, but going to White Hart Lane and continuing that run is a huge ask.

I have seen that Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has been linked with the Barcelona job next season but surely Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will also be interesting Barca?

It will be interesting to see what happens there but I think both managers enjoy being in the Premier League and they both also know they are building something at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
625 Name: 606 : 2017-03-05 13:57
Sunderland v Man City (16:00 GMT)

Sunderland will set up to try to be solid but stopping Manchester City looks like a tough task - Pep Guardiola's side are in a groove and playing really well.

Sergio Aguero's goals have been a big part of that but I don't think he is doing it because he has a point to prove to Guardiola.

Anyone who has seen Aguero play knows he is a top-class player but his attitude is to just get on with things, even when he briefly found himself out of the side, and at the moment City are just so impressive going forward.

Between 2010 and 2013, the Black Cats beat City 1-0 four times in a row in league games at the Stadium of Light but I do not see a repeat of that scoreline on Sunday because, at the moment, City just have too many goals in them.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
626 Name: 606 : 2017-03-05 13:58
West Ham v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

West Ham's poor start to the season seems a distant memory now but Chelsea just keep finding a way to win games.

That is why I would back the Blues to get a win at the London Stadium and also why I don't see anyone catching Antonio Conte's side at the top of the table.

I have mentioned Manchester City striker Aguero as a player who has been out of the team and not made a fuss, well, Cesc Fabregas has done the same for Chelsea.

Fabregas has come into the team and looked fantastic and, along with Willian, is a great example of the depth they have got - Chelsea can make three or four changes and it does not seem to weaken their team whatsoever.

The Hammers have only lost one of their past six league games, and beat Chelsea in the EFL Cup in October, but I am going with the leaders to pick up another three points.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
627 Name: 606 : 2017-03-18 13:25
West Brom v Arsenal (12:30 GMT)

West Brom have lost two on the trot, and their performances in those defeats were disappointing as well.

The Baggies are yet to beat a top-seven team this season but I am expecting a response from them on Saturday after their recent displays.

They don't have the attacking players to really unhinge the top sides but you can see why they do so well against everyone else because they are strong, well organised and committed.

I think Tony Pulis' side have probably reached their ceiling, if you like, in eighth place - but that is still a big achievement. They know what they are good at, and it works.

I am still not quite sure what to expect from Arsenal, especially on the road, but on the upside for the Gunners it has been a quiet week for Arsene Wenger after they reached the FA Cup semi-finals.

It still feels like Arsenal are in limbo, though, because there is so much to be decided about Wenger's future, and Mezut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez's contracts too.

They have a mixed record at The Hawthorns with only one win in their past three league visits, and I don't see them leaving with three points this time either.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
628 Name: 606 : 2017-03-18 13:25
Crystal Palace v Watford

Watford conceded four goals at home to Southampton last time out, when they paid the price for giving Saints far too much time and space to play.

Eagles boss Sam Allardyce apparently cancelled a warm-weather training trip to Dubai last month because of their poor form but they went away to Morocco following their last game, on 4 March, after their results improved.

Allardyce knows when to give his players a carrot or the stick, so I am going to go with another Palace win - which would be three on the spin for them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
629 Name: 606 : 2017-03-18 13:26
Everton v Hull City

Everton's build-up to this game has been overshadowed by the news that leading scorer Romelu Lukaku has turned down a new contract.

Lukaku could yet sign a new deal of course, and his current contract still has two years to run, but he clearly wants to play Champions League football - and next season, not the one after that.

I don't see the Lukaku situation affecting the outcome of this game, though, or his performance.

Hull had an excellent win over Swansea last week and are within one win of safety, but it is going to be tough for them at Goodison Park.

I am sure on-loan Tigers striker Oumar Niasse would have had a point to prove to Toffees boss Ronald Koeman, but he is ineligible to play against his parent club.

It's clever by Koeman. He did not even give Niasse a locker when he was still at Everton but he is not letting him play against them either, and his performances for Hull will mean he gets more money when he sells him too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
630 Name: 606 : 2017-03-18 13:26
Stoke City v Chelsea

Stoke showed with their 0-0 draw at Manchester City in their last game that they are capable of digging in against the top teams, but I don't see them holding out against Chelsea.

This is another hurdle for the Blues in their title bid, but I think it is one they will clear comfortably.

Whatever Stoke can throw at Chelsea, I think they will deal with it. There is nothing remotely fragile about Antonio Conte's team at all.

What has been significant for Chelsea is how few injuries they have had, which is very similar to Leicester last season.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill, who are part of their solid three-man back-line, are all ever-presents in the Premier League, and David Luiz has only missed one league game since he rejoined the club at the end of August.

They have had minor injuries and suspensions here and there, of course, but they have a core of players that have featured in most of their matches - only 13 different players have started Chelsea's 21 league games since 24 September.

Over the whole season, 10 of their squad have started 21 or more Premier League games out of a total of 27 so far.

Apart from them, Cesc Fabregas, Willian and Pedro have come in and out of the team on a regular basis when needed, and John Terry has started four times, but not since mid-September.

The only other players to begin games in the league this season, Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic, also made their last league starts in September before Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation - and both left in January.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
631 Name: 606 : 2017-03-18 13:27
Sunderland v Burnley

I was impressed by Burnley when I saw them at Anfield on Sunday, although for all their good play, balance and organisation they did not really look like they were going to score in the second half.

They took the game to Liverpool but did not really create many chances.

If Steven Defour is fit enough to return after making his comeback from a hamstring injury in a friendly against Canadian side FC Edmonton in midweek, then that should help them pose more of a threat.

Sunderland are six points adrift of safety now, and although this is not quite their last throw of the dice, it is not far off it.

Black Cats boss David Moyes could also have some players coming back from injury - Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff and Victor Anichebe.

But I am going to tip Burnley to win. The way they are playing, they surely cannot go the whole season without an away win.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
632 Name: 606 : 2017-03-18 13:27
West Ham v Leicester

Like Burnley, Leicester are another team yet to win away in the league this season - and again, I think the Foxes will put that right this weekend.

Since Claudio Ranieri was sacked, Leicester seem to be producing the same type of performances that won them the league last season - and it is working for them.

West Ham are on a poor run of four games without a win and I think Leicester's revival will continue.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
633 Name: 606 : 2017-03-18 13:27
Bournemouth v Swansea (17:30 GMT)

It is vital for Swansea that Fernando Llorente is fit, because he has become so important to the Swans' style of play and the focal point of their attack.

Bournemouth got the victory they badly needed against West Ham last week which takes the pressure off them a bit after such a poor run of results.

They are at home, where they always seem to create a lot of chances. They often leave themselves wide open at the back too, but I fancy them to win again on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
634 Name: 606 : 2017-03-18 13:27
Middlesbrough v Man Utd (12:00 GMT)

It's not a huge shock that Aitor Karanka was sacked by Middlesbrough when you consider the terrible run they were on, and the reports that he had fallen out with some of his players.

So the vultures had been circling and although the timing is a bit strange, with so few games left, that probably just means they already have his replacement ready to take charge.

I think we might see Boro play with a bit more freedom now Karanka has gone, which was one of the criticisms he faced.

There will be a reaction from the fans too, because many of them were unhappy with Karanka's playing style.

Add all that together and I would not be surprised if Boro get something from Manchester United on Sunday.

United have a big squad so they should be able to cope with playing on Thursday night too, but they are not the same side without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
635 Name: 606 : 2017-03-18 13:28
Tottenham v Southampton (14:15 GMT)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been making all the right noises about how his side will cope without the injured Harry Kane, but they will undoubtedly miss him.

Kane has been in brilliant form and part of what makes him so deadly is his ability to score goals out of nothing.

Southampton are a strange team and very difficult to predict, but I am going to go for a scruffy Spurs win - even without Kane, they still should have enough.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
636 Name: 606 : 2017-03-18 13:28
Man City v Liverpool (16:30 GMT)

City are out of Europe and this starts a run of successive league games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea which could go a long way to deciding whether they are back in the Champions League next season.

I think it is a good time for Liverpool to play them, and we know what Jurgen Klopp's side are like against the top teams anyway - they have not lost to anyone in the top six in 2016-17.

There could be a backlash from City after their defeat by Monaco but, even if there is, I don't see them keeping a clean sheet.

The Reds will get chances but they will have work to do at the other end too.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is on his way back from injury and although Klopp does not like to rush players I would want him starting at City. Even so, their squad remains wafer thin.

Klopp has a decent record against City - he lost out to them in last season's League Cup final but has won all three of his league games against them.

The Reds won 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on their last visit, but I don't see a repeat of that result.

I am going for a draw, which I think Liverpool would take now.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
637 Name: 606 : 2017-04-01 16:03
Liverpool v Everton (12:30 BST)

Everton are sadly without Seamus Coleman after he broke his leg while playing for the Republic of Ireland, and it will be interesting to see how Ronald Koeman replaces him.

Mason Holgate can play there, and he will probably come in, but Coleman will be a big loss.

Liverpool are also without one of their key players, Adam Lallana, although the injury he sustained on international duty for England is far less serious.

I am not a fan of these early kick-offs, which don't often seem to produce much excitement, but I do think this will be an open game.

I don't think Everton will go to Anfield and just try to to defend, which is the main reason I am backing Liverpool to win.

As everyone knows, when teams do sit in against Liverpool, it normally causes Jurgen Klopp's side problems, but I don't think Koeman is the type of manager who will try it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
638 Name: 606 : 2017-04-01 16:04
Burnley v Tottenham

Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli both scored for Tottenham in their last game against Southampton and, with Harry Kane injured, it is important they both continue to chip in with goals.

But I think Spurs will miss Kane more at Turf Moor, and Burnley will give them a real test, as they have done to all the top teams.

The Clarets have already beaten Liverpool and drawn with Chelsea at home, and were a bit unlucky to lose to Arsenal and Manchester City.

Nobody has gone to Burnley and rolled Sean Dyche's team over, and I think they will pick up another point here as they keep edging towards Premier League safety.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
639 Name: 606 : 2017-04-01 16:04
Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are on a run of three straight wins, and it looks like the Sam Allardyce effect has taken a delayed effect.

Chelsea are waiting on Eden Hazard's fitness but, even if he misses out, it is a big ask for the Eagles to extend that run of good form.

Antonio Conte's side are getting so close to the finish line of the title race now, and they can win without playing well.

They saw off Stoke in their last match without ever looking that convincing and I think they will find a way to beat Palace too

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
640 Name: 606 : 2017-04-01 16:04
Hull City v West Ham

West Ham seem to have slipped back into some bad habits from the start of the season.

They are on a five-game winless run, including three straight defeats, and of course when that happens all the stories about the manager's future start coming out.

Hull were well beaten by Everton in their last match but you know what? I think they will edge this one.

I am not just saying that, either - their home form under Marco Silva is actually pretty good - they are unbeaten in six games under him in all competitions at the KCOM Stadium, and won five of them.

So, it has taken me until the start of April, but I have finally tipped the Tigers to win a game.

Now they need to go out and actually pick up the three points as well, because they badly need them in their relegation fight.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0
641 Name: 606 : 2017-04-01 16:04
Leicester City v Stoke City

Leicester cannot stop winning under Craig Shakespeare - they have now won three on the bounce in the Premier League, as well as making Champions League progress.

What's behind it? Well, Shakespeare has not changed much since his side beat Liverpool in his first game in charge at the end of February.

It is working, because his players look lively again - Jamie Vardy was just like his old self when he was on international duty with England.

I fancy the Foxes to win this one too. Stoke have had some mixed results of late, and although they won't roll over I don't see them stopping Leicester's momentum.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
642 Name: 606 : 2017-04-01 16:05
Man Utd v West Brom

I am at Old Trafford on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 live and it will be interesting to see how Manchester United line up.

United are missing Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba through injury and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still suspended, but Jose Mourinho has a big enough squad to cope.

West Brom will make it very difficult for them, as per usual, but I still think United have got enough quality to create chances and, if they take them, they will win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
643 Name: 606 : 2017-04-01 16:05
Watford v Sunderland

Watford have only taken one point from their past four games and are the team looking the most likely to slide into relegation trouble.

I think the Hornets will stop their slump at the weekend, however, unless Sunderland manage a massive improvement on their recent performances.

The Black Cats have been starting games fairly strongly recently but, if they don't score, they tend to just fade away.

The reality of the situation now for David Moyes is that his side need at least three wins - and quickly - just to get some parity with the teams sitting above the relegation zone.

But Moyes is not a magician who can just conjure that up. It is hard to see where their next victory will come from, and the games are running out.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Sunderland's next four PL games
Away v Watford (Saturday, 1 April)
Away v Leicester (Tuesday, 4 April)
Home v Man Utd (Sunday, 9 April)
Home v West Ham (Saturday, 15 April)
644 Name: 606 : 2017-04-01 16:06
Southampton v Bournemouth (17:30 BST)

The two south coast sides are level on points at the moment, in 10th and 11th, although Southampton have two games in hand on their neighbours.

Bournemouth will be happy with that return because they look safe now, while Saints are probably disappointed not to be higher up the table.

Southampton turned Bournemouth over when they met earlier in the season but I don't think they will repeat that at St Mary's.

The Cherries were slipping down the table until they stopped the rot with wins in their past two games, and they now know they will be fine.

Local pride is at stake here, just as it is on Merseyside earlier on Saturday, and I can see Bournemouth putting up a decent fight and leaving with a point.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
645 Name: 606 : 2017-04-01 16:06
Swansea City v Middlesbrough (13:30 BST)

Swansea will look at this as a game they need to win for several reasons, one of which is they will go eight points above Middlesbrough if they do.

The Welsh side need to get back on track after back-to-back defeats that have seen them slip back down the table towards the relegation zone.

Middlesbrough, who have gone 11 league games without a win, remain in much deeper trouble and still badly need to increase their goal threat.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
646 Name: 606 : 2017-04-01 16:06
Arsenal v Man City (16:00 BST)

The whole Arsenal saga is becoming a bit laughable to be honest with you.

It is the same thing every week - manager Arsene Wenger is asked if he is staying, and if Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are staying.

Nobody seems to know what is happening and the club seems to be a little bit rudderless at the moment.

It is really unusual that Arsenal, who are normally so well run, have allowed things to reach this stage.

The uncertainty has affected results too and, after four defeats in their past five league games, the Gunners have ground to make up in the race for the top four.

But Manchester City have also dropped a few points recently, with two successive draws. I think they will make it three in a row at Emirates Stadium.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
647 Name: 606 : 2017-04-04 09:29
Burnley v Stoke City

Burnley have not won since the end of January and that run has seen them drop into the fringes of the relegation fight.

That sort of form is obviously a worry and, on top of that, it did not appear they created too many chances in Saturday's defeat by Tottenham.

Stoke got rolled over a bit by Leicester on Saturday, and they don't seem to be able to play poorly and win.

The Potters also seem to lack goals, and don't create many chances, but they are usually quite resilient.

Six places separate these two teams, but only four points, which suggests they are evenly matched.

Burnley have been so strong at Turf Moor this season but their mindset might be different now, and not in a positive way.

With their poor away form, if they start thinking that they can't afford to be beaten in home games like this, then they might find themselves sucked into the abyss.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
648 Name: 606 : 2017-04-04 09:29
Leicester City v Sunderland

Leicester are flying, with four wins in four league games since Craig Shakespeare took charge.

It's a well-known saying that football is a simple game - well, it is if you have got a formula that works, and Shakespeare has reverted to the approach that saw the Foxes win the title last season.

Guess what? It works. Leicester have got a taste for victory again now and they look a completely different team.

Sunderland, meanwhile, continue to struggle. The Black Cats have not managed a goal in any of their past five matches and it is hard enough to see them scoring, let alone winning.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
649 Name: 606 : 2017-04-04 09:30
Watford v West Brom

West Brom have played Arsenal and Manchester United in their past two games and picked up four points.

When you look at those sort of results, you can understand why the Baggies have had such a good season - they have not been lower than ninth since the end of November.

I watched West Brom draw at Old Trafford on Saturday and they must be the tallest team in the league.

But the Baggies did not really look like scoring from open play, and I actually fancy Watford to win on Tuesday.

The Hornets just keep chipping away, and keep popping up with a win when it looks like they might be sinking into trouble.

Whatever you think of the way Watford is run, with a high turnover of managers - Walter Mazzarri is their eighth in the past five years - they make it work.

Their relegation worries are pretty much over, and they are one of a clutch of clubs who are going for ninth place.

Even if they get there, however, I would not be surprised if we get to the end of the season and they decide to change their manager again.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
650 Name: 606 : 2017-04-04 09:30
Man Utd v Everton (20:00 BST)

Manchester United did not have enough about them to break West Brom down at the weekend but I think they will beat Everton.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back from suspension and Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera could be fit, so the big boys may be back for United. If they are, they will make a difference.

As for Everton, well they were really poor defensively in the Merseyside derby on Saturday - it is a long time since I've seen Liverpool's front three given so much space to play.

I am not really sure what Ronald Koeman's game plan was at Anfield - they never got close to a defensive shut-out, and they did not pose much of an attacking threat either.

That is why Everton were cut open so easily and, if they play like that again on Tuesday, it will happen at Old Trafford too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
651 Name: 606 : 2017-04-04 09:30
WEDNESDAY

Arsenal v West Ham

It took Arsenal a while to work out how to stop Manchester City playing from the back in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners never really closed the City players down and there were spells where they looked rudderless.

West Ham have problems of their own, though, and I am sick of hearing about what their owners think about it.

They don't have to apologise on social media every time the Hammers lose, but it is like they cannot stay off it.

Why not just let the manager explain if the team are beaten, and back the manager? Instead, Slaven Bilic's future seems to be a topic of discussion every week.

I am going for an Arsenal win on Wednesday, and if I am right we will probably hear a lot more about whether Bilic is being sacked - or not - this week.

Even if Arsenal do win, though, I am not sure it would be a good enough result for Wenger to announce he is definitely staying for another couple of years.

If that is what is happening, he should maybe save that news for a different day.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
652 Name: 606 : 2017-04-04 09:31
Hull City v Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough's draw with Swansea on Sunday was not a disaster but, the situation they are in, a point was not enough for them.

Boro cannot draw their way to safety, and it is going to be very hard for them to dig themselves out of trouble.

They know they struggle to score goals - there is nothing worse than when you are looking round your dressing room before a game, thinking 'who is going to get our goals to win this one for us?'

It will be interesting to see how Boro boss Steve Agnew sets his team up because this is a tough game for them - Hull had a great result at the weekend, coming back from a goal down to beat West Ham.

The Tigers seem to do that a lot at home - play poorly in the first half but turn it around after the break.

I would give the manager Marco Silva the credit for that, and he has a great record at the KCOM Stadium, with five wins and a draw from six league games.

I know it took me until last week to tip Hull to win this season, but I think they are going to do it again, and at this rate I might be safe to venture over the Humber Bridge soon.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
653 Name: 606 : 2017-04-04 09:31
Southampton v Crystal Palace

Palace rode their luck at times in their win over leaders Chelsea on Saturday but they defended the way you would expect a Sam Allardyce side to defend, which is by putting their bodies on the line.

Allardyce has got plenty of players who pose a threat at the other end too, so I am not surprised their results have picked up - he has got people like Wilfried Zaha going.

I think Palace's unbeaten run will continue when they go to St Mary's but they might have to settle for a point.

I am never quite sure what to expect from Southampton, and if Manolo Gabbiadini is still injured then he is a big miss up front, but they are capable of digging in to get something out of this game if they have to.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
654 Name: 606 : 2017-04-04 09:31
Swansea City v Tottenham

I thought Tottenham would struggle against Burnley on Saturday but in the end they won comfortably, despite their injuries.

Fernando Llorente will be a big miss for Swansea if he is still out injured, but I would back Tottenham's defence to cope with him anyway.

Swansea are just starting to stutter a little bit, but Spurs just seem to keep going.

Lawro's prediction: 0-1
655 Name: 606 : 2017-04-04 09:31
Chelsea v Man City (20:00 BST)

Manchester City let Arsenal off the hook in their 2-2 draw at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners were so open, they were there for the taking. There is no way Chelsea will give them the same sort of room at Stamford Bridge.

I actually think this is a game that Chelsea will look at as one they just must not lose, rather than have to win.

That is the reason why I am backing City to get a point - which would be their fourth draw in a row.

We know how good Pep Guardiola's side are going forward but teams do not have to work that hard to score against them and until he gets that, whenever you watch City, your heart is always a bit in your mouth.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
656 Name: 606 : 2017-04-04 09:32
Liverpool v Bournemouth (20:00 BST)

Bournemouth might try to sit back a bit but the best thing about their team is the way they play when they come forward.

If they go on the attack then that will help Liverpool, and I also think Jurgen Klopp's side have regained a bit of their belief from earlier in the season anyway.

The Cherries will let them play and I think Liverpool will have too much for them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
657 Name: 606 : 2017-04-07 11:20
Tottenham v Watford (12:30 BST)

Tottenham's late comeback to beat Swansea underlined how they just keep going and don't give up, which is a great thing for any team to have about them.

People thought Mauricio Pochettino's side would struggle for goals without the injured Harry Kane, but they have now scored seven in three games without him, and have won all of them too.

I don't think it will be easy for Tottenham on Saturday - Watford showed that by beating in-form West Brom on Tuesday.

The Hornets will put up more of a fight than they did when Spurs brushed them aside at Vicarage Road on New Year's Day, and they cannot be any worse defensively than they were that day, but it is hard to see them stopping this Tottenham side.

Spurs' title hopes are reliant on Chelsea slipping up - but a second-place finish would be a great achievement and more progress for them. They are still in the FA Cup as well, of course, and they just have to keep plugging away.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
658 Name: 606 : 2017-04-07 11:21
Man City v Hull City

I thought Manchester City were the better side despite losing to Chelsea on Wednesday - they just made some stupid mistakes.

Vincent Kompany made a big difference at the back and it would make sense to keep playing him now, although you never know what Pep Guardiola will do.

Hull's home form under Marco Silva is fantastic, but he has only picked up one point from five league matches on the road.

I don't see that record improving at Etihad Stadium because Manchester City will create a lot of chances and eventually they will find a way through.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
659 Name: 606 : 2017-04-07 11:21
Middlesbrough v Burnley

Middlesbrough were a little bit more open against Hull on Wednesday night and scored two goals away from home for only the third time this season. They conceded four, however, and clearly they did not get the balance quite right.

At least they were trying to win the game, though. I think that approach will continue back at the Riverside, with Rudy Gestede and Alvaro Negredo up front, and the home fans will want to see them having a go after a season of safety-first football under Aitor Karanka

Will it work? I am not sure. It might actually play into Burnley's hands a little bit.

The Clarets' win over Stoke stopped their slide towards the relegation zone, and the pressure is off them a bit now.

I've said before that I don't see Sean Dyche's side going the whole campaign without winning away - and I think they will get that elusive victory here.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
660 Name: 606 : 2017-04-07 11:21
Stoke City v Liverpool

After coming back from 1-0 down to lead Bournemouth 2-1 on Wednesday, there is no way Liverpool should have conceded a late equaliser the way they did.

You can call it game management if you like, but it comes down to a collective responsibility by the team - when you are ahead with a few minutes to go, you make sure you win.

Liverpool do not have the ability to do that at the moment. You could argue they are too nice, and they are also missing the injured Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane.

Stoke have now lost three on the spin and have scored only one goal in their past four matches, but I don't see Liverpool going there and winning.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
661 Name: 606 : 2017-04-07 11:22
West Brom v Southampton

I was impressed by the way Southampton came back from a goal down to beat Crystal Palace in midweek.

Saints are in ninth now, one place behind West Brom, and all things considered I think Claude Puel's side have had a decent season.

But West Brom do not give much away at home and I think they will find a way of winning this game too.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
662 Name: 606 : 2017-04-07 11:22
West Ham v Swansea

Swansea have been playing well but have only one point to show for it from their past four games. They definitely played well enough to get something out of their game with Tottenham, but ended up being beaten 3-1.

This is not a good time to hit the buffers, as West Ham know well. They are on an even worse run of form, with five straight defeats.

The Hammers were rolled over by Arsenal last time out but this is a chance to get some breathing space over the bottom three, and leave Swansea in big trouble. This is a huge game for Slaven Bilic and his side, and I think they will win it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
663 Name: 606 : 2017-04-07 11:22
Bournemouth v Chelsea

Bournemouth made a terrible start to 2017 but are now on a decent run of form, with Wednesday's draw at Anfield making it five games unbeaten for the Cherries.

Chelsea were not at their best against Manchester City last time out, but still won - and I think they will find a way of winning this game too.

Bournemouth will have a go at them, but we know the Blues are capable of soaking up pressure and we also know they have match-winners in their side.

By the time they kick off, Chelsea will know how Tottenham got on against Watford, and their lead could be down to four points. I think it will be back up to seven points by the end of the day.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
664 Name: 606 : 2017-04-07 11:23
SUNDAY

Sunderland v Man Utd (13:30 BST)

Sunderland have not scored in any of their past six matches and I think they know the game is up. Another great escape is not going to happen now.

I am not expecting Manchester United to just brush the Black Cats aside, though. I've been at United's past two games - draws against West Brom and Everton - and they are far from being a free-flowing, attacking side.

It is a problem that affects them more at Old Trafford where the opposition is always more defensive minded, but United move the ball so slowly that teams can always get back and fill the holes.

United have had no runners from midfield trying to get into the box and this Red Devils side do not play in the same way we became used to seeing. By the end of their draw against Everton on Tuesday they were just chucking the ball forward.

Being away from home might help them on Sunday, however. Sunderland may well start with a defensive outlook, but they need to win and ultimately they will give United more room.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
665 Name: 606 : 2017-04-07 11:24
Everton v Leicester (16:00 BST)

Everton were much improved at Old Trafford after their poor performance at the weekend in the Merseyside derby. They should have beaten Manchester United and maybe would have done if they had made the most of the counter-attacks they had in the second half.

But the Toffees have already had a tough week and Ashley Williams' suspension means they are without another key player at the back.

This is not a good time to play Leicester, who look unstoppable at the moment. The Foxes have got their swagger back and I think they will win.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
666 Name: 606 : 2017-04-07 11:24
MONDAY

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

Arsenal made short work of West Ham on Wednesday but going to Selhurst Park will be a completely different test for the Gunners.

Crystal Palace are still in the relegation dogfight despite winning four games in a row before Wednesday's defeat at Southampton and they will be determined to get something from this game.

If you offered a home draw to Eagles boss Sam Allardyce before kick-off, he would take it. I think he will get it, too.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
667 Name: 606 : 2017-04-15 02:06
Tottenham v Bournemouth (12:30 BST)

Tottenham just swatted Watford away last week to make it six league wins in a row and I cannot see Bournemouth stopping them from making it seven.

The Cherries stayed unbeaten in March to climb away from the relegation zone and posed Chelsea a few problems in their last match, but I still watched that thinking that a Blues win was inevitable.

It will be the same story against Spurs this time. Bournemouth are lively coming forward, but under sustained pressure they do not look like they have enough defensively to hold out.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
668 Name: 606 : 2017-04-15 02:06
Crystal Palace v Leicester

Crystal Palace have won five of their past six league games, which has given them a bit of breathing space to the bottom three.

This is a good time for them to play Leicester, who are in between both legs of their Champions League quarter-final with Atletico Madrid.

I thought the Foxes' 1-0 defeat in Spain in the first leg was an OK result, but I would just be wary about them not having scored an away goal - if they concede next week, they are in trouble.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare made lots of changes for their last league game, at Everton, with that match in Madrid in mind.

They lost 4-2 at Goodison Park, and were so open. If they play the same way against Palace, they will get punished.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
669 Name: 606 : 2017-04-15 02:07
Everton v Burnley

Burnley beat Everton at Turf Moor in October thanks to a last-minute goal but it is going to be extremely tough for them to repeat that on Saturday.

Since suffering their only home league defeat of the season, against Liverpool in December, the Toffees have won seven league games in a row at Goodison Park, scoring 26 goals and conceding five.

I think Everton's excellent run will continue - and maybe Ross Barkley will deliver the knockout blow.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
670 Name: 606 : 2017-04-15 02:07
Stoke City v Hull City

Stoke are having a shocking time, with four straight defeats.

I see them bouncing back with a win here, though, because Hull are just not the same force on the road.

Only Burnley have a worse away record in the Premier League this season and the Tigers' biggest problem is it doesn't seem too difficult for teams to beat them once they leave the KCOM Stadium.

People are asking what is wrong with Stoke, but a couple of wins and they will be back in the fight for ninth place.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
671 Name: 606 : 2017-04-15 02:08
Sunderland v West Ham

West Ham got the win they needed against Swansea last week and they are one of several sides who have got 36 points, and look like they are safe.

Sunderland are obviously in a completely different situation at the bottom of the table, 10 points from safety.

I actually think the Black Cats will win this game, because they are at home and it is basically the last throw of the dice.

It is like a cup final for Sunderland because they have to win it. Like I have said before, though, they don't just need one victory to save themselves now, they need three or four.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
672 Name: 606 : 2017-04-15 02:08
Watford v Swansea City

Watford were torn apart by Spurs last time out, but they are another team that look like they already have enough points to be safe.

The Hornets have won three and drawn one of their past five league games at Vicarage Road, and it is their home form that has kept them out of trouble.

Swansea, in contrast, have lost their past five games on the road. It seems a long time since they were on the up, although if Fernando Llorente is fit enough to start that would be a massive boost.

It is hard to see Sunderland and Middlesbrough getting out of trouble so the final relegation spot is between Swansea and Hull.

On current form, I'd back the Tigers to survive but there is time for that to change as well.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
673 Name: 606 : 2017-04-15 02:08
Southampton v Man City (17:30 BST)

Southampton picked up a decent point when they went to Etihad Stadium in October. They deserved it too.

I predicted a 3-0 win for Manchester City over Hull last week, and would have been right if Claudio Bravo hadn't let me down with his late mistake that allowed the Tigers to score.

I am going for a City clean sheet again this time, though, and another victory.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
674 Name: 606 : 2017-04-15 02:08
West Brom v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

Jurgen Klopp made a late change against Bournemouth that I thought actually helped the Cherries fight back for a point.

Then he essentially left his front six out against Stoke, but at half-time of that game thought 'woah, this isn't right.' He sent the cavalry on with the Potters ahead and it worked - the Reds won 2-1 and could have scored more in the end.

Klopp will have to get his selection right this time but I fancy Liverpool to get a win here.

West Brom have just started to struggle for goals again and, with no wins in four, there is a danger their season could peter out.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
675 Name: 606 : 2017-04-15 02:08
Man Utd v Chelsea (16:00 BST)

Manchester United were in action on Thursday in the Europa League and are struggling for numbers a little bit.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have had the week off after their win at Bournemouth last weekend - this is where not being in European competition makes a massive difference.

With United boss Jose Mourinho saying his side's best chance of making the Champions League is by winning the Europa League, you would expect him to play his strongest side against Anderlecht, who they play either side of this game.

I was tempted to go for a draw but, because of United's schedule, I am going to back Chelsea to take another step towards the title.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
676 Name: 606 : 2017-04-15 02:09
Middlesbrough v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

Arsenal were all over the place against Crystal Palace last time out, but Middlesbrough will not cause them anywhere near the same sort of problems.

Palace and Boro are poles apart, and quite a few points apart now too.

Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech could be back from injury, which will help the Gunners at the back, but I would expect them to win this game anyway.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
677 Name: 606 : 2017-04-22 13:41
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough (Premier League)

Bournemouth were thumped at Tottenham last weekend - they lost 4-0 but the scoreline could have been anything.

Middlesbrough went down to a much narrower defeat, losing 2-1 at home to Arsenal on Monday, and have now gone 15 league games without a win.

Boro still aren't much of a threat when they attack, and that is the biggest difference between the two sides - the Cherries struggle defensively sometimes but they are good going forward.

While Boro have the staunch smell of relegation about them, Bournemouth probably only need one more win to be safe, and I think they will get it on Saturday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
678 Name: 606 : 2017-04-22 13:41
Hull City v Watford (Premier League)

Watford already look safe, after last week's win over Swansea took them to the 40-point mark.

Hull still have work to do but they will be confident of winning this game because of their home record under Marco Silva, who has picked up 16 points out of a possible 18.

The Tigers are not only good at the KCOM Stadium, they are very good in the second half there - that is when they have scored 10 of their 14 goals during that unbeaten run.

They always seem capable of stepping things up later in the game if they have to, which is an extremely useful in their situation.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
679 Name: 606 : 2017-04-22 13:41
Swansea City v Stoke City (Premier League)

Swansea have taken one point from their last six matches and boss Paul Clement says this is the club's biggest game since the Championship play-off final in 2011.

I agree, but I am not confident they will win it.

For whatever reason, Swans striker Fernando Llorente was just not at it during their defeat by Watford last time out. Swansea badly need a performance from him this time.

It is hard to know what to expect from Stoke, who ended a four-game losing streak by beating Hull, but I am going to go with a draw.

That is not really enough for Swansea but, unlike Hull who are full of self-belief at home, I think the Welsh side are short of the confidence they need to get themselves out of trouble.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
680 Name: 606 : 2017-04-22 13:42
West Ham v Everton (Premier League)

West Ham are another team who are clear of the relegation scrap, although the Hammers still have issues.

For some reason Slaven Bilic's future as manager remains in doubt, when the real problem behind their disappointing season is their poor recruitment last summer.

Everton's home form is very impressive but away from Goodison Park they have won only one out of six league matches in 2017.

When they are on the road, the Toffees just don't seem to create the same number of chances that they do at home, so I am going to go for a draw here as well.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
681 Name: 606 : 2017-04-22 13:44
Burnley v Man Utd (Premier League, 14:15 BST)

We all know about Burnley's home record, and this is a tough one for Manchester United straight after their Europa League tie against Anderlecht.

Burnley did pretty well for an hour against Everton last week but then things went wrong in the last 20 minutes.

United boss Jose Mourinho got everything right against Chelsea and I always feel he finds it easier to get a positive result when he has to work out how to stop another top team.

He can come up with a plan to stop that sort of opposition from winning a game but he cannot necessarily come up with a plan to win a game when the opposition are trying to stop him.

I am going to go for another draw here - hopefully I will get one of them right.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
682 Name: 606 : 2017-04-22 13:44
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Premier League, 16:30 BST)

I have to say that Liverpool's last two results - wins at Stoke and West Brom - were as good as any result they have had all season.

The Reds were all over the place for the first 45 minutes against Stoke but still found a way to win that game and, in all honesty, they could have scored two or three against the Baggies.

Philippe Coutinho is playing extremely well and when that happens, so does Roberto Firmino.

It means that, even without Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson, Liverpool look dangerous.

I know Crystal Palace have been going well, and it will be interesting to see how Christian Benteke gets on back at Anfield,

But if Liverpool can cut off Benteke's supply, I would expect them to win this one.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
683 Name: 606 : 2017-04-29 02:47
Southampton v Hull City

Southampton actually played quite well against Chelsea on Tuesday, but got hit for four in the end.

As good as Hull have been at home since Marco Silva took charge in January, they still cannot win away.

The Tigers have drawn one and lost eight out of nine matches on the road in all competitions in that time, and I don't see them improving on that record here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
684 Name: 606 : 2017-04-29 02:48
Stoke City v West Ham

I'm not sure what has happened to Stoke, who have lost five of their past six matches, but I am sure their manager Mark Hughes will turn it around.

The Potters did not manage their first league win until mid-October and have had quite an up and down season, but I actually think they will finish the campaign strongly.

Five points from their past three matches have taken West Ham clear of the relegation dog-fight, but I still don't see them going to Stoke and winning.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
685 Name: 606 : 2017-04-29 02:48
Sunderland v Bournemouth

Sunderland are doomed. They could go down this weekend if results go against them, but it is just a matter of time until their relegation is confirmed.

The question now is 'what happens next?' and a lot of that will be down to the club's owner Ellis Short.

As for Saturday, well Sunderland have not won at home since 17 December, and I cannot see that run ending against Bournemouth.

The Cherries are all but safe after hammering Middlesbrough last time out, and I don't think it will be long until they are mathematically sure of staying up.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
686 Name: 606 : 2017-04-29 02:48
West Brom v Leicester

West Brom have lost their past three matches and their season is in danger of petering out, which is a shame because they have spent so much of it in the top half of the table.

The Baggies are at home, and have not played since 16 April, while Leicester were in action against Arsenal on Wednesday night.

I think that will make a difference, although I could not really tell you where the Baggies' goals are going to come from.

Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare says his side are not safe yet, but I think they will be fine because the teams below them are not winning regularly enough to over-take them.

If Leicester do need to win one of their remaining games to make sure of staying up, then I think they will do it.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
687 Name: 606 : 2017-04-29 02:56
Crystal Palace v Burnley (17:30 BST)

It looked like Crystal Palace were going to edge closer to safety on Wednesday night, because their game with Tottenham had 0-0 written all over it until Christian Eriksen scored Spurs' winner.

The Eagles are running out of centre-halves after losing Mamadou Sakho to injury but, at the other end, they always pose problems.

Burnley were brushed aside by Manchester United last time out and it might take a little while longer before they banish their relegation fears.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
688 Name: 606 : 2017-04-29 02:56
Man Utd v Swansea (12:00 BST)

Swansea need a win but, although they have beaten Manchester United home or away in each of the past three seasons, I don't see them doing it again on Sunday.

I don't think United will be affected by their upcoming trip to Celta Vigo for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

But Jose Mourinho's side have trips to Tottenham and Arsenal either side of the return on 11 May, and that run of games could define his first season at Old Trafford.

By the end of it we will probably have an idea of which competition offers them the best route into next season's Champions League, but for now they are still trying to ring-fence a top-four finish.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
689 Name: 606 : 2017-04-29 02:56
Everton v Chelsea (14:05 BST)

Everton are on a phenomenal run of form at Goodison Park, where they have won their past eight league games and scored 29 goals.

But if anyone is going to stop them, it is the league leaders.

Chelsea are within touching distance of the title now, and I think they will go there and do a job, and expose any weakness or tiredness that Everton have.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
690 Name: 606 : 2017-04-29 02:57
Middlesbrough v Man City (14:05 BST)

Middlesbrough ended an 16-game winless run in the league by beating Sunderland on Wednesday but they remain in deep trouble.

Boro are in a situation now where a draw is not good enough for them, regardless of the opposition.

They are more ambitious going forward under Steve Agnew than they were when Aitor Karanka was in charge but they still don't have the players to hurt teams.

Manchester City do, and they will go to the Riverside Stadium and attack Middlesbrough. I think they will find a way through.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2
691 Name: 606 : 2017-04-29 02:57
Tottenham v Arsenal (16:30 BST)

Tottenham found a way to beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday night despite not playing particularly well, and that was a great result for them.

Spurs have now won eight league games on the spin but I just have a feeling that Arsenal will put a spanner in the works of their bid to catch Chelsea.

The Gunners' winning run in all competitions is much shorter, at three matches, but it included Sunday's FA Cup semi-final.

Arsene Wenger's side will be full of confidence and have got a bit of momentum too. This is a game that I don't see them losing.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
692 Name: 606 : 2017-04-29 02:58
Watford v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

Liverpool got battered 3-0 when they went to Vicarage Road last season, after conceding two goals in the first 15 minutes.

I just don't see that happening on Monday, especially if Watford play like they did when they lost 2-0 at 10-man Hull last time out.

The Hornets are back at home, but this still looks like a winnable fixture for Liverpool - although I thought the same about their last game against Crystal Palace.

Lawro's prediction: 1-2
693 Name: 606 : 2017-05-06 01:17
Manchester City v Crystal Palace (12:30 BST)

I was a bit surprised to see Burnley win at Crystal Palace last weekend. The Clarets deserved to win too, but Palace were safe already - or as good as - so I don't think that defeat puts them back in trouble.

Mamadou Sakho's injury has weakened the Eagles at the back and, if Burnley can get through them, then Manchester City will too.

City have got three home games in a row now - against Palace, Leicester and West Brom - and as well as making the top four, I actually think they have got third place nailed on.

Sergio Aguero's injury is a blow, especially if it rules him out for the rest of the season, but Gabriel Jesus is fit again, so goals will not be a problem.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0
694 Name: 606 : 2017-05-06 01:18
Bournemouth v Stoke City

Both teams are safe but I wouldn't say they have nothing to play for - they could finish as high as eighth, or as low as 16th.

Out of the two managers, Stoke boss Mark Hughes is under a little bit more pressure to finish the season strongly because he has managed a ninth-place finish with the Potters in each of the past three seasons.

But even if they don't make the top half of the table this time, I don't think his side are under-achieving when you consider how much they have spent.

The Potters are still short of a bit of firepower but, while Wilfried Bony's loan deal did not work out, I think Saido Berahino will come good.

Berahino is such a good finisher, but he needs to be playing regularly to find his best form.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
695 Name: 606 : 2017-05-06 01:18
Burnley v West Brom

With one win from their past five games, West Brom have hit the buffers a bit.

Burnley's victory at Crystal Palace was huge for them because they look like they are safe now.

The Clarets' victory at Selhurst Park was their first league away win of the season and thoroughly deserved, but they won't want to let their strong home form just peter out now.

I see this being a battle between two teams who always put in maximum effort, and I think they will both have something to show for it at the end.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
696 Name: 606 : 2017-05-06 01:18
Hull City v Sunderland

Sunderland are down, and it would not surprise me if they play with a bit more freedom now the pressure is off them.

But Hull know their strong home form is crucial to them staying up and they know they cannot afford to drop any points at the KCOM Stadium.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
697 Name: 606 : 2017-05-06 01:18
Leicester City v Watford

Neither Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare nor Watford boss Walter Mazzarri knows if they will be in charge next season.

Both of these sides are on the magic 40-point mark and, although they are not mathematically safe yet, it is fair to say that their managers are in more trouble than the teams are - especially Mazzarri.

Shakespeare was only given the Foxes job until the summer anyway, while nobody knows what Mazzarri's remit was at Watford - just survival, a top-half finish or something else?

A Foxes win would not improve his chances of staying in the job.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
698 Name: 606 : 2017-05-06 01:19
Swansea City v Everton (17:30 BST)

Swansea have put a good little run together and seem to have the bit between their teeth a little bit - their point at Old Trafford last week was an excellent result.

Chelsea' 3-0 win at Goodison Park flattered them a little bit, but Everton still looked a bit flat to me.

I am not saying they are playing like they are ready for the beach, and their manager Ronald Koeman would not tolerate that either.

But the fact is the Toffees are the Premier League team with the least to play for in terms of league position, so there is nothing on the line for them in their last few fixtures - including their bonus for where they finish in the table.

Swansea, in contrast, are fighting for their lives.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1
699 Name: 606 : 2017-05-06 01:19
Liverpool v Southampton (13:30 BST)

Liverpool got a good win at Watford last time out which means they have taken nine points from their past four games.

Yes, they will feel they should have beaten Crystal Palace at Anfield too, but that is still a decent haul and makes losing to the Eagles easier to swallow.

The Reds owe Saints after they lost to them in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, and I think they will get some revenge.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0
700 Name: 606 : 2017-05-06 01:19
Arsenal v Man Utd (16:00 BST)

I thought Arsenal had a bit of momentum until last weekend's north London derby, when their defeat showed their problems have not really gone away.

The Gunners really were put into place by Tottenham, in more ways than one.

Arsenal will be up for this game, but it will not be easy because Manchester United's injury list looks a lot shorter right now. I don't think there will be much in it.

I just don't think it is a game Arsene Wenger can afford to lose because, if he does, the roof really will fall in.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1
701 Name: 606 : 2017-05-06 01:20
Chelsea v Middlesbrough (20:00 BST)

The title is in sight now for Chelsea and they are playing the second-worst team in the league, so there is only going to be one outcome here.

The good thing about Antonio Conte's side is that they just never stop. We saw last week how they struggled a bit against Everton, but found a way to overcome them.

I can see them putting so much pressure on Boro that the visitors just collapse.

Defeat would relegate Middlesbrough and they won't go down without a fight - but I don't see them getting anything at Stamford Bridge.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

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