Premier League predictions: Lawro v Unbroken star Jack O'Connell

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

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

Lawro's opponent for the Premier League fixtures on 28 and 29 December is actor Jack O'Connell.

The Derby County fan, who has appeared in TV dramas such as 'This is England' and 'Skins', is the star of the new Coen Brothers film 'Unbroken', which tells the life story of star athlete and World War II hero Louis Zamperini.

Jack O'Connell in Unbroken
Unbroken is based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand, and has a screenplay by Joel and Ethan Coen

O'Connell, 24, is enjoying the Rams' revival under Steve McClaren, but also has happy memories of watching them when Jim Smith was manager in the late 1990s.

"Stefanio Eranio was the first name I had printed on the back of my shirt," O'Connell told BBC Sport.

"But quite a few players from that golden era stand out. People like Paulo Wanchope, Dean Sturridge, Aljosa Asanovic and Igor Stimac - the big Croat who ran our backline and was a fearless leader.

"Since then, we have had to put up with a good decade of being dismal but now things have gone full circle."

Premier League predictions
Tottenham v Man Utd0-01-11-1
Southampton v Chelsea1-10-20-2
Aston Villa v Sunderland0-02-11-2
Hull v Leicester0-12-14-0
Man City v Burnley2-22-03-1
QPR v Crystal Palace0-02-10-3
Stoke v West Brom2-02-11-0
West Ham v Arsenal1-21-12-1
Newcastle v Everton3-20-21-3
Liverpool v Swansea4-12-12-2

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth ONE point. Getting the exact score correct earns THREE points.

From the Boxing Day fixtures, Lawro got six correct results from 10 games, with one perfect score.

His score of eight points beat Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray, who picked four correct results, with no perfect scores, to give him a total of four points.

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

Total scores after week 18


All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.


Tottenham v Man Utd

Tottenham 0-0 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Jack's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Southampton v Chelsea

Southampton 1-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Jack's prediction: I reckon Chelsea will get a run for their money but cannot see Saints beating them. 0-2

Match report

Aston Villa v Sunderland

Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Jack's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Hull v Leicester

Hull 0-1 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Jack's prediction: Well, as a Derby fan I am inclined to dislike Leicester and it will be a good Christmas if I am right here! 4-0

Match report

Man City v Burnley

Man City 2-2 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Jack's prediction: I like Burnley a lot but it is City all day in this one. 3-1

Match report

QPR v Crystal Palace

QPR 0-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Jack's prediction: 0-3

Match report

Stoke v West Brom

Stoke 2-0 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Jack's prediction: 1-0

Match report

West Ham v Arsenal

West Ham 1-2 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Jack's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Newcastle v Everton

Newcastle 3-2 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Jack's prediction: 1-3

Match report


Liverpool v Swansea

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Jack's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

Lawro v Guests
11Steph Houghton
10Liam Fray, Rachel Riley
8Roddy Doyle, Tim Henman, Olly Murs, Henning Wehn, Benedict Wong
7.27Lawro (average after 18 weeks)
7Miles Jacobson, Ossie Ardiles
6Football Manager, Mark Wright & Karen Hauer
5Joe Cole, Sarah Harding & Leon Fagbemi, Van McCann, Adil Ray
4Kell Brook, Guy Mowbray
2Neil Lennon

Lawro's best score: 17 points (week seven v Ossie Ardiles)

Lawro's worst score: 3 points (week nine v Mark Wright and Karen Hauer)

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson
2.Man City181530480
4.Man Utd18123339-1
13.Aston Villa18531018+6
14.Crystal Palace18531018-10
16.West Ham1845917-8
19.West Brom18251111-4

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