Lawro's Premier League predictions v Strictly star Ed Balls

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

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 opponent for this week's Premier League fixtures is Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls.

The former shadow chancellor, who is chairman and lifelong fan of Norwich City, is also tipping the Canaries to beat Rotherham in the Championship.

"Will we win? Of course," he told BBC Sport.

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You can make your own predictions now, compare them with those of Lawro and other fans, and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing the new BBC Sport Predictor game.

Premier League predictions - week 8
ResultLawroEd
SATURDAY
Chelsea v Leicester3-02-02-2
Arsenal v Swansea3-22-04-1
Bournemouth v Hull6-12-02-1
Man City v Everton1-11-13-1
Stoke v Sunderland2-02-13-1
West Brom v Tottenham1-10-21-2
Crystal Palace v West Ham0-11-12-0
SUNDAY
Middlesbrough v Watford0-11-11-1
Southampton v Burnley3-12-02-0
MONDAY
Liverpool v Man Utd0-02-03-1

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

In the round of games before the international break, Lawro got four correct results, including one perfect score, from 10 Premier League matches. That gave him a total of 70 points.

He was beaten by comedian and actor Elis James, who got six correct results, with three perfect scores, for a total of 150 points. James finished joint-bottom of last season's guest leaderboard (below) with 10 points but he is top of the table so far in 2016-17.

Total scores after week 7
Lawro560
Guests530

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

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

SATURDAY

Chelsea v Leicester

Chelsea 3-0 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ed's prediction: Chelsea's form has been variable this season and I fancy Leicester to turn things around. 2-2

Match report

Arsenal v Swansea

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ed's prediction: Arsenal have been romping away in recent weeks and I think that run will continue. Bradley looks a shrewd choice by Swansea but away at the Emirates is such a tough start. 4-1

Match report

Bournemouth v Hull

Bournemouth 6-1 Hull

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ed's prediction: It's a furnace at the Vitality Stadium and Bournemouth thumped us there last year. 2-1

Match report

Man City v Everton

Man City 1-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ed's prediction: Man City started brilliantly. They had a hiccup last week but will be too strong for Everton. 3-1

Match report

Stoke v Sunderland

Stoke 2-0 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Ed's prediction: I think Stoke will dig themselves out of the bottom three. 3-1

Match report

West Brom v Tottenham

West Brom 1-1 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Ed's prediction: Tottenham are another team who have started very well. West Brom are good at home but Spurs will be too strong. 1-2

Match report

Crystal Palace v West Ham

Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ed's prediction: West Ham are floundering, while Palace are on the up and scoring goals. 2-0

Match preview

SUNDAY

Middlesbrough v Watford

Middlesbrough 0-1 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ed's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Southampton v Burnley

Southampton 3-1 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ed's prediction: I am expecting a goal from former Norwich forward Nathan Redmond for Southampton. 2-0.

Match report

MONDAY

Liverpool v Man Utd

Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ed's prediction: I fancy Liverpool at home. 3-1

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
P7W4D0L3
SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
150Elis James
110Michael van Gerwen
80Lawro (average after seven weeks)
70Dave Bautista, Athletico Mince
50Charlie Sloth, Laura Trott
30Blossoms

Lawro's best score: 140 points (week three v Laura Trott)

Lawro's worst score: 30 points (week four v Dave Bautista)

Lawro's League Table
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
POSTEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man Utd770021+5
2Liverpool752017+2
3Chelsea751116+4
4Man City751116-3
5Arsenal743015-2
6Everton734013-1
7Leicester741213+5
8Tottenham734013-6
9West Ham741213+9
10Crystal Palace731310-2
11Sunderland72329+9
12Burnley72147+2
13Southampton72147-3
14West Brom71427-5
15Middlesbrough71154+1
16Swansea71154+1
17Bournemouth70343-4
18Stoke70343+1
19Watford70161-8
20Hull70070-5

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