Premier League predictions: Lawro v Marco Polo star Benedict Wong

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 actor Benedict Wong, who plays Mongol ruler Kublai Khan in Netflix's new TV adventure series Marco Polo.

Benedict Wong plays Kublai Khan in Marco Polo
Wong shaved his head and put on two-and-a-half stone to star as Kublai Khan

Eccles-born Wong grew up in Salford supporting Manchester United and says his favourite players were Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

"They were the two players in midfield that drove the team to so much success," he told BBC Sport.

These days, Wong enjoys watching United's all-star attack but feels the rest of the team needs some strengthening before they can think about challenging for the title again.

"Christmas is coming up so I have written to Santa and asked for a few more defenders," he added. "Get it right there and we might have it all.

"Can we push for the title this season? No, let's just get third place and get back in the Champions League. Then we can push on from there."

You can see all of Wong's predictions on Football Focus at 12:10 GMT on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

Premier League predictions
Burnley v Southampton1-01-21-3
Chelsea v Hull2-03-05-0
Crystal Palace v Stoke1-12-11-1
Leicester v Man City0-10-23-2
Sunderland v West Ham1-11-02-2
West Brom v Aston Villa1-02-22-2
Arsenal v Newcastle4-12-02-1
Man Utd v Liverpool3-02-03-1
Swansea v Tottenham1-21-11-0
Everton v QPR3-12-04-0

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, with no perfect scores.

But his score of four points was beaten by former British tennis number one Tim Henman, who also picked four correct results, but with two perfect scores to give him a total of eight 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 15


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


Burnley 1-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Wong's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Chelsea 2-0 Hull

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Wong's prediction: 5-0

Match report

Crystal Palace 1-1 Stoke

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Wong's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Leicester 0-1 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Wong's prediction: 3-2

Match report

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 1-0

Wong's prediction: 2-2

Match report

West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-2

Wong's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Wong's prediction: 2-1

Match report


Man Utd 3-0 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Wong's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Swansea 1-2 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Wong's prediction: 1-0

Match report


Everton v QPR

Everton 3-1 QPR

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Wong's prediction: 4-0

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

Lawro v Guests
11Steph Houghton
10Liam Fray, Rachel Riley
8Roddy Doyle, Tim Henman, Henning Wehn
7.2Lawro (average after 15 weeks)
7Miles Jacobson, Ossie Ardiles
6Football Manager, Mark Wright & Karen Hauer
5Joe Cole, Sarah Harding & Leon Fagbemi, Van McCann, Adil Ray
4Kell Brook
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
1.Chelsea15132041Side arrow0
2.Man City15123039Side arrow0
3.Arsenal15104134Up arrow+3
4.Liverpool1596033Up arrow+5
5.Man Utd1593330Down arrow-2
6.Everton1566324Up arrow+6
7.Stoke1565423Up arrow+6
8.Tottenham1556421Up arrow+2
9.Southampton1554619Down arrow-4
10.Newcastle1547419Down arrow-3
11.Aston Villa1552817Side arrow0
12.Sunderland1536615Up arrow+2
13.Hull15501015Up arrow+5
14.West Ham1535714Down arrow-10
15.Swansea1542914Down arrow-7
16.Crystal Palace1542914Down arrow-1
17.QPR15411013Side arrow0
18.Burnley1534813Up arrow+1
19.West Brom1523109Down arrow-3
20.Leicester1522118Side arrow0