Premier League & Capital One Cup predictions: Lawro v Nobby Butcher

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 Nobby Butcher - aka Sacha Baron Cohen, star of new comedy film 'Grimsby'.

Nobby Butcher takes on Lawro

Butcher told BBC Sport: "I'm very experienced at the beautiful game and once had a trial with Grimsby United.

"But unfortunately it clashed with another trial I had for breaking and entering, for which I got a three-year contract that dropped to two for good behaviour.

"I love football, though. I come from Grimsby and have lived there all my life but I never do the obvious so, instead of supporting Manchester United, I actually went for Grimsby."

Sacha Baron Cohen as Nobby Grimsby
Sacha Baron Cohen plays Nobby Grimsby - a football fan turned super spy, who says "I'm the head of the Mark Lawrenson fan club, Grimsby chapter'
Premier League and Capital One Cup predictions
Week 27ResultLawroNobby
West Ham v Sunderland1-02-10-27
Leicester v Norwich1-02-02-0
Southampton v Chelsea1-21-11-1
Stoke v Aston Villa2-12-03-0
Watford v Bournemouth0-02-01-0
West Brom v Crystal Palace3-22-11-3
Liverpool v Man City (Capital One Cup final)1-1 (1-3 on pens)2-1N/A
Man Utd v Arsenal3-21-21-2
Tottenham v Swansea2-12-02-0

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.

On FA Cup fifth-round weekend, Lawro got four correct results from eight ties, with no perfect scores.

His score of 40 points saw him beat BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull, who picked three correct results but no perfect scores for a total of 30.

The scores from those FA Cup ties do not count towards the totals for Lawro and his guests (below).

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 26


All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated


West Ham v Sunderland

West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Nobby's prediction: 0-27

Match report

Leicester v Norwich

Leicester 1-0 Norwich

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Nobby's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Southampton v Chelsea

Southampton 1-2 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Nobby's prediction: Reputations mean nothing in this league so, if they turn up and don't show any fear, then I say Chelsea can get a draw. 1-1

Match report

Stoke v Aston Villa

Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Nobby's prediction: I think Villa are going to surprise everyone this week by showing a real improvement and only losing 3-0.

Match report

Watford v Bournemouth

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Nobby's prediction: Watford to win, and I also predict that by the time this game is on Match of the Day, I will be tucked up asleep in bed. 1-0

Match report

West Brom v Crystal Palace

West Brom 3-2 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Nobby's prediction: 1-3

Match report


Liverpool v Man City

Capital One Cup final: Liverpool 1-1 Man City (City win 3-1 on pens)

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Man Utd v Arsenal

Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Nobby's prediction: This is the big one, El Clasico. A big shout-out to everyone watching this game in the Trawlers Arms in Grimsby - leave one for me and give it a wipe. 1-2

Match report

Tottenham v Swansea

Tottenham 2-1 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Nobby's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
110Sam Tomkins, SAM Super Computer
100Wealdstone Raider
90Ice Cube & Kevin Hart, Amir Khan
70Lawro (average after 26 weeks), Guy Mowbray, Osi Umenyiora
60Stuart Broad, Tim Burgess, Ed Skrein
50Mark Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall, Felix White
40Neville, Mumford & Sons, Michael B Jordan & Tony Bellew
30Darren Campbell, Luol Deng, Blake Harrison & Daniel Mays, Mark Webber, Steve Wilson
20Graeme Swann
10Elis James, Paul Heaton, Kelly Jones

Lawro's best score: 160 points (week 19 v Guy Mowbray)

Lawro's worst score: 20 points (week one v Graeme Swann & week 23 v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart)

Lawro's League Table
1.Man City26205165+3
6.Man Utd261211347-1
7.West Brom26136745+7
9.Crystal Palace26117840+4
18.West Ham26361715-11
20.Aston Villa26132260

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