Premier League predictions: Lawro v Idris Elba

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 opponents for this weekend's Premier League fixtures are actors Idris Elba and Richard Madden, who feature in new film 'Bastille Day'.

Elba, also the star of TV shows Luther and The Wire, took the lead in the predictions because former Game of Thrones actor Madden says he is "more of a rugby man".

Idris Elba and Richard Madden take on Mark Lawrenson

London-born Elba is an Arsenal fan who says following the Gunners this season has been like watching a snooker player who cannot put away a pot.

"Some seasons are like pool games, when they are slotting them away," he told BBC Sport. "But others are like snooker matches, where you are going 'please, just put one in'.

"I think this has been a snooker season for us. It has just been very tough."

Premier League predictions
Week 34ResultLawroIdris
Norwich v Sunderland0-31-11-2
Everton v Southampton1-12-12-3
Man Utd v Aston Villa1-03-03-1
Newcastle v Swansea3-02-12-1
West Brom v Watford0-12-11-1
Chelsea v Man City0-31-21-2
Bournemouth v Liverpool1-21-10-2
Leicester v West Ham2-22-12-0
Arsenal v Crystal Palace1-12-04-0
Stoke v Tottenham0-40-22-3

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

Last week, Lawro got seven correct results from 10 matches, with two perfect scores for a total of 130 points.

He beat Grand National jockey Leighton Aspell, who got five results correct, with one perfect score, for a total of 80 points.

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 33


All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated


Norwich v Sunderland

Norwich 0-3 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Idris Elba's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Everton v Southampton

Everton 1-1 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Idris Elba's prediction: 2-3

Match report

Man Utd v Aston Villa

Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Idris Elba's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Newcastle v Swansea

Newcastle 3-0 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Idris Elba's prediction: 2-1

Match report

West Brom v Watford

West Brom 0-1 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Idris Elba's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Chelsea v Man City

Chelsea 0-3 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Idris Elba's prediction: 1-2

Match report


Bournemouth v Liverpool

Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Idris Elba's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Leicester v West Ham

Leicester 2-2 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Idris Elba's prediction: "Leicester are on fire at the moment. I am so happy for them, the underdogs. I am an underdog too, so I love it." 2-0

Match report

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Arsenal 1-1 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Idris Elba's prediction: "Should Wenger stay or go? That is such a tough question. I think, considering his record, he stays. We see a different Arsenal if he goes. Yes, we might see an Arsenal that wins the Premier League but we do see a different team and I would be sad to see the back of him if I am honest. As for Palace, we will do them 4-0."

Match report


Stoke v Tottenham

Stoke 0-4 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Idris Elba's prediction: "How would I feel if Tottenham win the title? I would be physically ill. Literally, I would be throwing up. Against Stoke, Spurs will have them, but I think it will be a good game." 2-3

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
110Nick Bright, Steve Cram, Sam Tomkins, SAM Super Computer
100Wealdstone Raider
90Ice Cube & Kevin Hart, Amir Khan
80Carl Frampton*
70Lawro (average after 33 weeks), James, Guy Mowbray, Osi Umenyiora
60Stuart Broad, Tim Burgess, Ed Skrein
50Mark Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall, Felix White
40Fatman Scoop, Neville, Mumford & Sons, Michael B Jordan & Tony Bellew. James Skelly
30Darren Campbell, Luol Deng, Blake Harrison & Daniel Mays, Mark Webber, Steve Wilson
20Nobby Butcher*, Graeme Swann
10Elis James, Paul Heaton, Kelly Jones

*Does not include score for postponed games

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
1Man City32247179+3
7West Brom32159854+6
8Man Utd321213749-3
9Crystal Palace321381147+7
18West Ham32681826-12
20.Aston Villa33132960

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