Premier League predictions: Lawro v Arsenal Ladies star Kelly Smith

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 the midweek Premier League fixtures is Arsenal Ladies striker, captain and player-coach Kelly Smith.

Smith, who retired from international football earlier this month after scoring a record 46 goals in 117 appearances for England, is preparing for the upcoming Women's Super League season with the Gunners.

"The league is our main focus this year," Smith told BBC Sport. "We were disappointed to finish fourth last season but, with the signings we have made and the spirit in the squad, it is looking promising."

Arsenal Ladies striker Kelly Smith
Smith won the FA Women's Cup and FA WSL Continental Cup with Arsenal last season

The four-time Women's FA Cup winner, who has featured in the top five of the Fifa Women's World Player of the Year rankings four times in her career, is also a season-ticket holder for the Arsenal men's team at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal Ladies continue their pre-season preparationsexternal-link with a friendly against Doncaster Rovers Belles at Boreham Wood FC on Sunday. They begin the new Super League campaign against Notts County Ladies on 2 April.

Premier League predictions
Arsenal v Leicester2-13-03-0
Hull v Aston Villa2-02-10-1
Sunderland v QPR0-22-12-1
Liverpool v Tottenham3-22-00-1
Chelsea v Everton1-02-02-1
Man Utd v Burnley3-13-03-1
Southampton v West Ham0-02-02-0
Stoke v Man City1-40-21-2
Crystal Palace v Newcastle1-12-00-1
West Brom v Swansea2-02-12-0

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 no perfect scores.

His score of four points was enough to beat punk poet John Cooper Clarke, who picked two correct results, with no perfect scores. His total of two points leaves him joint bottom of the guest leaderboard.

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 24


All kick-offs 19:45 GMT unless otherwise stated.


Arsenal v Leicester

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Kelly's prediction: 3-0

Match report

Hull v Aston Villa

Hull 2-0 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Kelly's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Sunderland v QPR

Sunderland 0-2 QPR

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Kelly's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Liverpool v Tottenham

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Kelly's prediction: 0-1

Match report


Chelsea v Everton

Chelsea 1-0 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Kelly's prediction: 2-1

Man Utd v Burnley

Man Utd 3-1 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Kelly's prediction: 3-1

Southampton v West Ham

Southampton 0-0 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Kelly's prediction: 2-0

Stoke v Man City

Stoke 1-4 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Kelly's prediction: 1-2

Crystal Palace v Newcastle

Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Kelly's prediction: 0-1

West Brom v Swansea

West Brom 2-0 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Kelly's prediction: 2-0

Lawro v Guests
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
6.83Lawro (average after 24 weeks)
6Football 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
1.Chelsea24213066Side arrow0
2.Man City24204064Side arrow0
3.Man Utd24164452Up arrow+1
4.Arsenal24148250Up arrow+2
5.Liverpool241310149Up arrow+2
6.Everton24108638Up arrow+6
7.Southampton2497834Down arrow-4
8.Tottenham24710731Down arrow-3
9.Sunderland2478929Up arrow+5
10.West Ham24771028Down arrow-2
11.Stoke24761127Down arrow-1
12.Newcastle2469927Down arrow-1
13.Hull24901527Up arrow+5
14.Crystal Palace24741325Down arrow-1
15.Aston Villa24641422Up arrow+1
16.QPR24631521Up arrow+3
17.Burnley24551420Side arrow0
18.Swansea24541519Down arrow-9
19.West Brom24461418Down arrow-4
20.Leicester24531618Side arrow0

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