Premier League & Capital One Cup predictions: Lawro v George Ford

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 this weekend's Premier League fixtures is England rugby union star George Ford.

England fly-half George Ford

The Bath fly-half is a Chelsea fan who will not be able to watch much of their clash with Tottenham in Sunday's Capital One Cup final because he is playing for England in their Six Nations game against Ireland in Dublin on the same day.

Ford is confident that Chelsea will beat Spurs at Wembley on Sunday to win their first trophy of the season and thinks they will collect more silverware very soon. "We have been going well - playing some really good football and scoring some really nice goals," he told BBC Sport.

"I've enjoyed watching us and I think we will have a really strong finish to the season.

"Will we win the Premier League? Yes I think so. The Champions League? I'm not sure.

"But I would back us to get the result we need at Stamford Bridge against Paris St-Germain to reach the quarter-finals and, once we are there, anything can happen."

England fly-half George Ford
Ford started supporting Chelsea because he was living in London when he first got into football

Ireland v England is live on BBC One on Sunday. Kick-off is at 15:00 GMT and coverage starts at 14:30 GMT.

Premier League and Capital One Cup predictions
ResultLawroGeorge
SATURDAY
West Ham v Crystal Palace1-32-01-2
Burnley v Swansea0-12-10-2
Man Utd v Sunderland2-02-03-1
Newcastle v Aston Villa1-02-11-2
Stoke v Hull1-01-12-0
West Brom v Southampton1-01-21-2
SUNDAY
Chelsea v Tottenham (Capital One Cup final)2-02-02-1
Liverpool v Man City2-11-11-2
Arsenal v Everton2-02-03-0

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

Last week, Lawro got four correct results from 10 games, including one perfect score.

His score of six points saw him draw with Superbike legend Carl Fogarty, who also picked four correct results with one perfect score to earn six 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 26
Lawro177
Guests172

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

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

SATURDAY

West Ham v Crystal Palace

West Ham 1-3 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

George's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Burnley v Swansea

Burnley 0-1 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

George's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Man Utd v Sunderland

Man Utd 2-0 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

George's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Newcastle v Aston Villa

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

George's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Stoke v Hull

Stoke 1-0 Hull

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

George's prediction: 2-0

Match report

West Brom v Southampton

West Brom 1-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

George's prediction: 1-2

Match report

SUNDAY

Chelsea v Tottenham

Capital One Cup final: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

George's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Liverpool v Man City

Liverpool 2-1 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

George's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Arsenal v Everton

Arsenal 0-0 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

George's prediction: 3-0

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
P26W11D4L11
SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
12Mark Ronson
11Steph Houghton
10Liam Fray, Rachel Riley
9Kelly Smith
8Death in Paradise, Roddy Doyle, Tim Henman, Olly Murs, Henning Wehn, Benedict Wong
7Miles Jacobson, Ossie Ardiles, Seann Walsh
6.81Lawro (average after 26 weeks)
6Carl Fogarty, Football Manager, Mark Wright & Karen Hauer, Steve Wilson
5Joe Cole, Sarah Harding & Leon Fagbemi, Van McCann, Adil Ray
4Kell Brook, Guy Mowbray
2John Cooper Clarke, Neil Lennon, Jack O'Connell

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

Lawro's worst score: 2 points (week 20 v Steve Wilson)

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson
ARROWS DENOTE DIFFERENCE TO REAL TABLE
POSTEAMPWDLPTSDIFF+/-
1.Chelsea262330720
2.Man City262240700
3.Man Utd26184458+1
4.Arsenal26168256-1
5.Liverpool261410252+1
6.Everton26118741+6
7.Southampton26117840-2
8.Tottenham26810834-1
9.Hull261101533+6
10.Sunderland2689933+6
11.West Ham26771228-3
12.Crystal Palace26841428+1
13.Stoke26761327-3
14.Newcastle26691127-3
15.Aston Villa26741525+4
16.West Brom26571422-2
17.QPR266317210
18.Burnley265516200
19.Swansea26541719-10
20.Leicester265318180

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