Premier League predictions: Lawro v singer Paul Heaton

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 singer Paul Heaton.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
Heaton is touring with former Beautiful South vocalist Jacqui Abbott

Heaton, a former member of The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, is now pursuing a solo career.

He supports Sheffield United and says: "I like being a Blade because I think it suits my underdog spirit.

"It is sort of how I am as a person, because I have always tried to be a bit different, so it means a lot.

"My two brothers are Sheffield Wednesday fans and I think I picked United to be different to them, because we were all taken to Wednesday first."

Alan Cork
Heaton's favourite United goal was Alan Cork's against Wednesday in the 1993 FA Cup semi-final: "It really summed us up - it was hoofed from just outside the area and just trickled over the line. Cork also embodied what we were about at the time, and had a beard before they became trendy. We basically had a caveman up front, which was great."

Heaton has seen United play in the Premier League and every division of the Football League during the past 40 years and says he has a set of favourite players from every era.

He explained: "There have been several stages of my fandom - when I was a kid in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the players who made it worth going were people like Tony Currie, Geoff Salmons and Alan Woodward.

"When you are sat as a kid you need to be entertained to get into the match and I have found the same with my children when I take them - they are not interested in hard tackles, they want people who score goals and look good.

"We had plenty of that when I first started going but, by the time I was older and I started drinking, I liked a different type of player, like Joe Bolton or Paul Stancliffe.

"We were down in the old Fourth Division by then and, when I had had five pints on an away trip to Darlington, I needed a big centre-back to wake me up by shouting 'let's get stuck into them'."

Premier League predictions - Week 10
ResultLawroPaul Heaton
SATURDAY
Aston Villa v Swansea1-21-11-1
Leicester v Crystal Palace1-01-22-2
Norwich v West Brom0-10-21-0
Stoke v Watford0-22-02-0
West Ham v Chelsea2-10-12-2
Arsenal v Everton2-12-02-0
SUNDAY
Sunderland v Newcastle3-01-11-1
Bournemouth v Tottenham1-50-21-1
Man Utd v Man City0-01-12-1
Liverpool v Southamptonx-x2-11-0

Our scoring system has changed this season and a correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is now worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

Last weekend, Lawro got six correct results from 10 Premier League games, including one perfect score.

His score of 90 points saw him draw with boxer Amir Khan, who also picked six correct results with one perfect score, to go top 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).

Make your own predictions now, compare them to Lawro and other fans and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.

Total scores after week 9
Lawro630
Guests430

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 BST/GMT unless otherwise stated

SATURDAY

Aston Villa v Swansea

Aston Villa 1-2 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Paul's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Leicester v Crystal Palace

Leicester 1-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Paul's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Norwich v West Brom

Norwich 0-1 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Paul's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Stoke v Watford

Stoke 0-2 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Paul's prediction: 2-0

Match report

West Ham v Chelsea

West Ham 2-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-1

Paul's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Arsenal v Everton

Arsenal 2-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Paul's prediction: 2-0

Match report

SUNDAY

Sunderland v Newcastle

Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Paul's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Bournemouth v Tottenham

Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Paul's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Man Utd v Man City

Man Utd 0-0 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Paul's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Liverpool v Southampton

Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Paul's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
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SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
90Amir Khan
70Lawro (average after nine weeks), Osi Umenyiora
60Stuart Broad
50Mark Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall
30Darren Campbell, Mark Webber
20Graeme Swann
10Kelly Jones

Lawro's best score: 140 points (week three v Jack Whitehall & week four v Darren Campbell)

Lawro's worst score: 20 points (week one v Graeme Swann)

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson
ARROWS & +/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND REAL TABLE
POSTEAMPWDLPTSDIFF+/-
1.Man City9810250
2.Arsenal9630210
3.Chelsea962120+9
4.Southampton961219+4
5.Liverpool945017+5
6.West Brom945017+7
7.Crystal Palace942314-1
8.Man Utd942314-5
9.Tottenham934213-2
10.Stoke933312+1
11.Newcastle932411+7
12.Bournemouth931510+5
13.Norwich931510+3
14.Leicester92349-9
15.Sunderland92349+5
16.Swansea91629-2
17.Everton91356-8
18.West Ham91265-14
19.Aston Villa910830
20.Watford90181-5

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