Premier League predictions: Lawro v punk poet John Cooper Clarke

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 punk poet and BBC 6 Music presenter John Cooper Clarke.

Clarke, who is known as the 'Bard of Salford', grew up supporting his local team Manchester United.

Football Focus: John Cooper Clarke's Premier League predictions

"I used to go and watch the pre-Munich-disaster United team - they were the ones who got me interested in football," he told BBC Sport.

Clarke says he can relate to fans who spontaneously break into song with chants during games, explaining: "The terraces are the last vestige of folk music - even though they are not really terraces any more.

"The way they introduce current themes into what are old tunes is amazing really, and how quickly they catch on around the ground - it is organic."

Clarke is currently standing in for Jarvis Cocker as the presenter of Sunday Service at 16:00 GMT on Sundays on BBC 6 Music.

Premier League predictions
ResultLawroJohn
SATURDAY
Tottenham v Arsenal2-11-11-1
Aston Villa v Chelsea1-20-21-3
Leicester v Crystal Palace0-12-11-0
Man City v Hull1-13-04-1
QPR v Southampton0-11-23-1
Swansea v Sunderland1-10-22-3
Everton v Liverpool0-01-11-1
SUNDAY
Burnley v West Brom2-21-13-2
Newcastle v Stoke1-12-01-0
West Ham v Man Utd1-12-11-2

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 five correct results from 10 games, including one perfect score.

His score of seven points was beaten by chart-topping DJ, musician and producer Mark Ronson, who picked six correct results, with three perfect scores for a total of 12 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 23
Lawro160
Guests155

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

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

SATURDAY

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

John's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

John's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Leicester 0-1 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

John's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Man City 1-1 Hull

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

John's prediction: 4-1

Match report

QPR 0-1 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

John's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Swansea 1-1 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

John's prediction: 2-3

Match report

Everton 0-0 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

John's prediction: 1-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Burnley 2-2 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

John's prediction: I tell you loud and I tell you firmly, it's going to be 3-2 for Burnley!

Match report

Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

John's prediction: 1-0

Match report

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

John's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Lawro v Guests
P23W10D3L10
SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
12Mark Ronson
11Steph Houghton
10Liam Fray, Rachel Riley
8Death in Paradise, Roddy Doyle, Tim Henman, Olly Murs, Henning Wehn, Benedict Wong
7Miles Jacobson, Ossie Ardiles, Seann Walsh
6.96Lawro (average after 23 weeks)
6Football Manager, Mark Wright & Karen Hauer, Steve Wilson
5Joe Cole, Sarah Harding & Leon Fagbemi, Van McCann, Adil Ray
4Kell Brook, Guy Mowbray
2Neil 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.Chelsea23203063Side arrow0
2.Man City23194061Side arrow0
3.Man Utd23164352Side arrow0
4.Arsenal23147249Up arrow+1
5.Liverpool23139148Up arrow+2
6.Everton23107637Up arrow+6
7.Southampton2387831Down arrow-3
8.Tottenham2379728Down arrow-2
9.Stoke23761027Up arrow+1
10.Hull23901427Up arrow+8
11.Sunderland2368926Up arrow+3
12.West Ham23671025Down arrow-4
13.Crystal Palace23741225Side arrow0
14.Newcastle2359924Down arrow-3
15.Aston Villa23641322Up arrow+1
16.QPR23631421Up arrow+3
17.Swansea23541419Down arrow-8
18.Burnley23541419Down arrow-1
19.West Brom23451417Down arrow-4
20.Leicester23431615Side arrow0

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