Lawro's Premier League predictions v Olympic kayak gold medallist Joe Clarke

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson will be making a prediction for all 380 Premier League games this season against a variety of guests.

Lawro's opponent for this week's Premier League fixtures is Joe Clarke, who won kayak gold for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics.

The 23-year-old Stafford and Stone Canoe Club slalom canoeist is a lifelong Stoke City fan and told BBC Sport: "I first went to watch them with my granddad when I was about eight.

"I just remember that it was very cold. But it is always cold there. That is what resonates with me as a Potters fan - it is always cold, but we always go."

Olympic gold medallist Joe Clarke predicts this week's Premier League games

Winning Olympic gold gave Clarke the chance to meet his heroes at their training ground, and he had an eventful visit.

Clarke explained: "I went to see the Stoke players and staff when I got back from Rio, which was a crazy experience. They were all so friendly.

"I opened the door and was greeted by the captain, Ryan Shawcross, then had breakfast in the canteen with the rest of the team.

"I went out to kick a few balls afterwards and put in a few crosses to Crouchy (Peter Crouch). They were terrible, but he still tried to sink them."

You can make your own predictions now, compare them with those of Lawro and other fans, and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing the new BBC Sport Predictor game.

Premier League predictions - week 9
Bournemouth v Tottenham0-01-11-2
Arsenal v Middlesbrough0-03-03-0
Burnley v Everton2-11-11-0
Hull v Stoke0-20-20-2
Leicester v Crystal Palace3-12-11-1
Swansea v Watford0-01-12-0
West Ham v Sunderland1-02-10-1
Liverpool v West Brom2-13-02-0
Man City v Southampton1-12-03-0
Chelsea v Man Utd4-01-11-1

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

In the last round of fixtures, Lawro got six correct results, including one perfect score, from 10 Premier League matches. That gave him a total of 90 points.

He beat Strictly star Ed Balls, who got four correct results, with no perfect scores, for a total of 40 points.

Total scores after week 8


All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated.


Bournemouth v Tottenham

Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Joe's prediction: Bournemouth will put up a good fight but I am going for Spurs. 1-2

Arsenal v Middlesbrough

Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Joe's prediction: 3-0

Burnley v Everton

Burnley 2-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Joe's prediction: This is a tricky one. I quite fancy Burnley to sneak it. 1-0

Hull v Stoke

Hull 0-2 Stoke

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Joe's prediction: The most important game of the weekend. Our last two results (a draw at Manchester United and home win over Sunderland) have been a bit more positive and the team has played better too - now let's see if we can keep that up and climb the table to where we should be.

Hopefully Jack Butland will be back in goal soon because he gives the other players a lot of confidence. Up the Potters! 0-2

Leicester v Crystal Palace

Leicester 3-1 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Joe's prediction: Leicester have not found their form from last season yet so I fancy Palace to get something here. 1-1

Swansea v Watford

Swansea 0-0 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Joe's prediction: 2-0

West Ham v Sunderland

West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Joe's prediction: 0-1

Liverpool v West Brom

Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Joe's prediction: I am going to have to go for Liverpool here - I will be in trouble with one of my friends if I don't. 2-0


Man City v Southampton

Man City 1-1 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Joe's prediction: I can see a big win for City. 3-0.

Chelsea v Man Utd

Chelsea 4-0 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Joe's prediction: This should be tasty. I am going to sit on the fence because I cannot call it either way. 1-1

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
150Elis James
110Michael van Gerwen
81Lawro (average after eight weeks)
70Dave Bautista, Athletico Mince
50Charlie Sloth, Laura Trott
40Ed Balls

Lawro's best score: 140 points (week three v Laura Trott)

Lawro's worst score: 30 points (week four v Dave Bautista)

Lawro's League Table
1Man Utd870121+6
5Man City852117-4
8West Ham842214+7
10Crystal Palace832311-1
14West Brom81437-2

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