Premier League predictions: Lawro v Robert De Niro & Sly Stallone

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

His opponents for this weekend's Premier League matches were Hollywood heavyweights Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro.

Stallone, who wrote and starred in 'Rocky', and De Niro, who put in an Oscar-winning performance for playing Jake LaMotta in 'Raging Bull', have been in the UK promoting their latest boxing film, a comedy called 'Grudge Match'.

De Niro admits he has has not played much football, but Stallone famously fancied himself as a goalkeeper for real while playing one - an American POW called Hatch - in World War II football epic 'Escape to Victory', which featured real players like Pele, Bobby Moore and John Wark.

"That was one of the low points of my life," Stallone laughed. "What a butt-kicking I got! I still have a broken finger from trying to block a penalty by Pele.

"He put on a pair of World War II shoes which were steel-tipped, and the ball was like a cannonball - it was twice as thick and heavy as footballs are today. He was telling me he was going to take a shot and I thought 'it's soccer, what's the big deal? It's easy'.

"He came to take one penalty shot and he told me exactly where he was going to put it, so I stood there but the ball still flew past me before I could move.

Pele attempts to teach Stallone some goalkeeping skills during the filming of 'Escape to Victory'

Pele attempts to teach Stallone some goalkeeping skills during the filming of 'Escape to Victory'

"He put it literally right where he had said. He did it again, and it ripped through the back of the net and broke a window in the barracks where we were filming. I went 'are you kidding me?' I found a new kind of respect."

Stallone has only attended one Premier League match - Everton's 1-1 draw with Reading in 2007 - but teases De Niro for his lack of football knowledge.

De Niro: "I have played it, and my kids played it but not much. I am not into the sport."

Stallone: "So you are not ready to go pro?"

De Niro: "No, not unless there is a part in a movie for me."

Stallone: "We could do a film called 'Sludgematch' about the slowest soccer players in the world."

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson
Predictions Score Lawro De Niro/Stallone

SATURDAY

Hull v Chelsea

0-2

0-2

No prediction made

Cardiff v West Ham

0-2

2-0

No prediction made

Everton v Norwich

2-0

2-0

17-0

Fulham v Sunderland

1-4

2-0

No prediction made

Southampton v West Brom

1-0

2-0

No prediction made

Tottenham v Crystal Palace

2-0

2-0

Palace to win

Man Utd v Swansea

2-0

2-0

Man Utd to win

SUNDAY

Newcastle v Man City

0-2

0-2

Newcastle to win

Stoke v Liverpool

3-5

1-1

Liverpool to win

MONDAY

Aston Villa v Arsenal

1-2

1-1

Villa to win

A correct result is worth ONE point. A correct score earns THREE points.

In his FA Cup third-round predictions, Lawro got nine results right out of the 20 ties he looked at, with four perfect scores. His score of 17 saw him beat Matthew Hanlan, the bricklayer who scored the winner when non-league Sutton United famously shocked Coventry in 1989.

Hanlan got 11 correct results, with two exact scores - the upsets that saw Sheffield United beat Aston Villa and Coventry see off Barnsley - giving him a total of 15.

These FA Cup scores will not count towards the league averages or totals for Lawro or his guests.

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

Total scores after Week 20

Lawro

154

Guests

115

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Hull City v Chelsea

Hull 0-2 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Cardiff v West Ham

Cardiff 0-2 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Everton v Norwich

Everton 2-0 Norwich

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Stallone: 17-0

Match report

Fulham v Sunderland

Fulham 1-4 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Southampton v West Brom

Southampton 1-0 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Tottenham v Crystal Palace

Tottenham 2-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Stallone: Crystal Palace to win

Match report

Manchester United v Swansea City

Man Utd 2-0 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Stallone: Manchester United to win

Match report

SUNDAY

Newcastle v Man City

Newcastle 0-2 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Stoke City v Liverpool

Stoke 3-5 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Match report

MONDAY

Aston Villa v Arsenal

Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

De Niro: I'm going for Villa.

Match report

Lawro v Guests

P20

W11

D2

L7

SCORE GUEST LEADERBOARD

12

Nicky Wire

11

Susanna Reid

10

Usain Bolt

9

Charlotte Green, Camp Bastion troops

7.7

Lawro (average after 20 weeks)

7

Danny John-Jules, Steve Wilson

6

John Bishop, Kevin Clifton, Gaz Coombes, Alistair McGowan, Joe Montana, Greg James

5

Sam Tomkins, The National

4

David Cameron, Guy Mowbray, Jason Sudeikis

2

Cal Crutchlow, Jim Kerr, David Schneider

1

Michael Palin

Lawro's best score: 13 points (week seven v David Schneider and week 20 v Steve Wilson)

Lawro's worst score: 4 points (week two v Sam Tomkins)

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

ARROWS DENOTE DIFFERENCE TO REAL TABLE

POS TEAM P W D L PTS DIFF +/-

1.

Man City

20

17

3

0

54

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+1

2.

Man Utd

20

14

6

0

48

Up arrow

+5

3.

Arsenal

20

13

6

1

45

Down arrow

-2

4.

Chelsea

20

13

6

1

45

Down arrow

-1

5.

Liverpool

20

11

6

3

39

Down arrow

-1

6.

Tottenham

20

11

3

6

36

Side arrow

0

7.

Everton

20

8

6

6

30

Down arrow

-2

8.

Southampton

20

8

4

8

28

Up arrow

+1

9.

West Brom

20

7

5

8

26

Up arrow

+5

10.

Fulham

20

7

5

8

26

Up arrow

+6

11.

Norwich

20

7

4

9

25

Up arrow

+4

12.

Stoke

20

7

3

10

24

Side arrow

0

13.

Newcastle

20

6

5

9

23

Down arrow

-5

14.

Swansea

20

5

6

9

21

Down arrow

-1

15.

West Ham

20

5

5

10

20

Up arrow

+4

16.

Aston Villa

20

3

8

9

17

Down arrow

-5

17.

Hull City

20

2

7

11

13

Down arrow

-7

18.

Crystal Palace

20

3

4

13

13

Side arrow

0

19.

Sunderland

20

2

6

12

12

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+2

20.

Cardiff

20

0

6

14

6

Down arrow

-3