Premier League predictions: Lawro v Charlatans singer Tim Burgess

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 Tim Burgess, the lead singer of The Charlatans.

Tim Burgess
Burgess says his favourite FA Cup memory is when Man Utd beat Liverpool in the 1977 final. "There is nothing better than beating Liverpool in a cup final," he said.

Burgess is a Manchester United fan and told BBC Sport: "My all-time United hero is Gary Neville, because of his passion really - he has got the club running through his veins - and he has become a friend of mine as well.

"He joined us on stage and played guitar when the Charlatans did a show on the roof of his hotel in July, on the five-a-side pitch.

"I thought it would be a great thing to ask him to play - I knew he would be nervous but I also knew he wouldn't back out of it.

"He played 'Just When You're Thinkin' Things Over' which is one of his favourites, and it was brilliant. He is a great musician - but he is good at everything isn't he?"

Premier League predictions - Week 15
Stoke v Man City2-00-21-0
Arsenal v Sunderland3-12-02-1
Man Utd v West Ham0-02-01-0
Southampton v Aston Villa1-12-02-0
Swansea v Leicester0-32-14-4
Watford v Norwich2-02-11-2
West Brom v Tottenham1-11-02-0
Chelsea v Bournemouth0-12-01-0
Newcastle v Liverpool2-00-21-2
Everton v Crystal Palace1-11-11-1

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 week, Lawro got four correct results from 10 Premier League games, with no perfect scores.

His score of 40 points saw him beat British NBA star Luol Deng, who picked three correct results and no perfect scores.

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 14


All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated


Stoke v Man City

Stoke 2-0 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Tim's prediction: I really like Stoke and I really like Mark Hughes too. 1-0

Match report

Arsenal v Sunderland

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tim's prediction: Arsenal will be too strong. 2-1

Match report

Man Utd v West Ham

Man Utd 0-0 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tim's prediction: We have not really clicked yet this season but there have been a few signs and I have got faith that it will happen. A top-four finish looks a pretty safe bet but I am not sure about the title yet. As for Saturday, it will be a low-scoring game and Chris Smalling will get the winner. 1-0

Match report

Southampton v Aston Villa

Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tim's prediction: My friend Martin Duffy out of Primal Scream is a Villa fan. I'd like to see them win, but it is not going to happen. 2-0

Match report

Swansea v Leicester

Swansea 0-3 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Tim's prediction: Vardy is very good - United should buy him actually. 4-4

Match report

Watford v Norwich

Watford 2-0 Norwich

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Tim's prediction: 1-2

Match report

West Brom v Tottenham

West Brom 1-1 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-0

Tim's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Chelsea v Bournemouth

Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tim's prediction: 1-0

Match report


Newcastle v Liverpool

Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Tim's prediction: 1-2

Match preview


Everton v Crystal Palace

Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Tim's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
110Sam Tomkins
100Wealdstone Raider
90Amir Khan
71Lawro (average after 14 weeks)
70Osi Umenyiora
60Stuart Broad
50Mark Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall
30Darren Campbell, Luol Deng, Mark Webber
20Graeme Swann
10Paul Heaton, Kelly 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
1.Man City14113036Side arrow0
2.Chelsea1494131Up arrow+12
3.Arsenal1486030Up arrow+1
4.Liverpool1477028Up arrow+2
5.Southampton1482426Up arrow+5
6.Man Utd1474325Down arrow-3
7.Tottenham1466224Down arrow-2
8.West Brom1466224Up arrow+5
9.Crystal Palace1464422Down arrow-2
10.Newcastle1455420Up arrow+9
11.Stoke1443715Up arrow+1
12.Bournemouth1442814Up arrow+6
13.Sunderland1435614Up arrow+4
14.Swansea1428414Up arrow+1
15.Everton1434713Down arrow-6
16.Norwich1441913Side arrow0
17.Leicester1424810Down arrow-16
18.West Ham142399Down arrow-10
19.Watford1413106Down arrow-8
20.Aston Villa1412115Side arrow0