Premier League predictions: Lawro v singer-songwriter Craig David

Lawro's predictions

Swansea have taken only four points from their past 10 league matches - will their form improve against a resurgent Crystal Palace on Saturday now they have sacked manager Paul Clement?

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson says: "Whoever made the decision to sack Clement will be hoping for an upturn in performance from the Swansea players, in the same way they recovered to stay up last season.

"Judging from the way Palace have improved since Roy Hodgson replaced Frank de Boer in September, they are going to do exactly that.

"Palace did not have a goal, let alone a point, when Hodgson took charge - now look at them. They are a team that is really on the up."

Lawro is going for a 2-1 Palace win - do you agree? You can make your own predictions now, take on Lawro and other fans, create your own league and try to make it to the top of the table by playing the new-look BBC Sport Predictor game.

Table showing the overall leaderboard of the BBC predictions game, and Lawro's position in it, after week 18

Lawro scored 60 points in week 18, which meant he slipped to 3,318th place out of more than 335,000 users.

He will be making a prediction for all 380 top-flight games this season, against a variety of guests.

This week, Lawro takes on singer-songwriter Craig David.

David is a Southampton fan, who grew up watching them play at their former home, The Dell.

He told BBC Sport: "I saw some of the most amazing players come through at Southampton, and mostly get sold on to bigger clubs.

"It's a hard call on who is my all-time favourite Saints player. I mean we've had Alan Shearer, and Tim Flowers was a great goalkeeper but I'd say it has to be Matthew Le Tissier.

"Man, his touch, his goals - wow. When I say they were on a level with Lionel Messi, people say that is debatable but look at some of his free-kicks.

"Le Tissier's goal against Newcastle in 1993 is my favourite moment as a Southampton fan. The ball was played to him and he flicked it over one guy's head, then another and then, rather than blasting it into the back of the net, placed it.

"That was what Le Tissier pretty much represented. Just cool, classy, goals."

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Can Craig David beat Lawro with his predictions?

Of the current Saints players, Ryan Bertrand is among David's favourites.

"I have a bit of an affiliation with him anyway because I know his brother really well," David added. "But Ryan is a player I have been watching and following and he is doing fantastic.

"As a team, we always kind of hold a good place even if we are in transition after changing managers - but we still tend to sell some of our players a little bit too quickly."

Premier League predictions - week 19
ResultLawroCraig
FRIDAY
Arsenal v Liverpool3-32-21-1
SATURDAY
Everton v Chelsea0-00-21-2
Brighton v Watford1-02-02-0
Man City v Bournemouth4-03-03-0
Southampton v Huddersfield1-11-13-1
Stoke v West Brom3-11-12-2
Swansea v Crystal Palace1-11-20-2
West Ham v Newcastle2-32-00-0
Burnley v Tottenham0-30-21-3
Leicester v Man Utd2-20-21-3

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

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

FRIDAY

Arsenal v Liverpool

Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool

Liverpool v Arsenal - recent Premier League matches
DateVenueScore
22 December 2017Emirates Stadium3-3 draw
27 August 2017AnfieldLiverpool won 4-0
4 March 2017AnfieldLiverpool won 3-1
14 August 2016Emirates StadiumLiverpool won 4-3
13 January 2016Anfield3-3 draw

Lawro's prediction: 2-2

Craig's prediction: 1-1

Match report

SATURDAY

Everton v Chelsea

Everton 0-0 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Craig's prediction: Everton doing well but Chelsea should still win this one. 1-2

Match report

Brighton v Watford

Brighton 1-0 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Craig's prediction: Watford are a good team but I think Brighton will bring that sort of south coast vibe, and beat them. 2-0

Match report

Man City v Bournemouth

Man City 4-0 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Craig's prediction: Bournemouth are going to be doing a lot of defending. 3-0

Match report

Southampton v Huddersfield

Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Craig's prediction: I personally think Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino is doing great. I mean he has arrived as our manager and has had to work out very quickly what the philosophy of the club is, and how it plays, and get the respect of the players as well.

Managers come and go, but we always seem to hold our own - I think there is a great spirit in the city of Southampton that makes that club great, because we have been down in League One and worked our way all the way back to the Premier League.

In terms of the game, I am going for a comfortable Southampton win. Huddersfield will score, but it will only be late on. 3-1

Match report

Stoke v West Brom

Stoke 3-1 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Craig's prediction: I think it will be a scrappy game with a lot of goals. 2-2

Match report

Swansea v Crystal Palace

Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Craig's prediction: I am going to go with Palace on this one. 0-2

Match report

West Ham v Newcastle

West Ham 2-3 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Craig's prediction: This will definitely be a draw. 0-0

Match report

Burnley v Tottenham

Burnley 0-3 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Craig's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Leicester v Man Utd

Leicester 2-2 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Craig's prediction: You never know what Leicester are going to do, but I think United will take this one. 1-3

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

How did Lawro do last time?

From last weekend's Premier League games, Lawro got six correct results, with no perfect scores, from 10 matches, for a total of 60 points.

He lost to actor and WWE star John Cena who got five correct results, including one perfect score, giving him a total of 80 points.

Total scores after week 18
Lawro1,550
Guests1,320
Lawro v Guests
P18W10D2L6
SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
160Chris Shiflett
130James Anderson**, Joe Johnson***
120Will Poulter, Moeen Ali
100Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32
86Lawro (average after 18 weeks)
80John Cena
70Brendan Foster*, Mark Strong
60Will Ferrell, Nish Kumar, Non Stanford, Rick Witter
50Steve Cram, Michael Dapaah, Channing Tatum, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell, Joe Root
30Felix White
20Richard Osman

*Foster and Cram both provided predictions on week one, but only Foster's score contributes to the guest total.

**Anderson and Moeen both provided predictions on week nine, but only Anderson's score contributes to the guest total.

***Witter and Johnson both provided predictions on week 17, but only Johnson's score contributes to the guest total.

Lawro's best score: 150 points (week eight v Wretch 32)

Lawro's worst score: 40 points (week four v Umenyiora and Bell, and week five v Non Stanford)

Lawro's League Table
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
POSTEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man Utd18144046+1
2Man City18143145-1
3Liverpool18135044+1
4Tottenham18135044+3
5Chelsea18115238-2
6Arsenal1897234-1
7Southampton1884628+5
8Bournemouth1864822+8
9West Ham18410422+6
10Burnley1856721-4
11Leicester1855820-3
12Everton1854919-3
13Stoke1847719+4
14Crystal Palace185310180
15West Brom18521117+4
16Swansea18511216+4
17Newcastle1836915+1
18Watford18241210-8
19Brighton1816119-6
20Huddersfield1804144-9

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