Premier League predictions: Lawro v Sting and his son

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 Sting and his son Joe Sumner, who are both Newcastle fans.

"Football played a big part in my life growing up in Wallsend," Sting told BBC Sport. "The last trophy we won was the Fairs Cup in 1969 and I went to a lot of our home games during that run.

"Bobby Moncur was the captain and he was my hero - he still is.

"My favourite players are from that era - people like Jim Iley, all those old people. Footballers always seemed much older than me, but now they seem like my children. It's strange, it is just an age thing.

"Winning the Fairs Cup is still the best moment I've had as a Newcastle fan - it was fantastic, but we need to win another trophy."

Sting (r) and his son, Joe Sumner
Sting is on a world tour for his new album '57th & 9th'

Joe also grew up as a Toon fanatic, although is not a Geordie like his dad.

"I grew up in north London, so it was a strange kind of cultural mix where all my friends were either Tottenham or Arsenal supporters," he said.

"Most of them were Spurs fans so despite supporting Newcastle, who nobody else I knew cared about, I have sort of developed that Tottenham-style dislike of Arsenal - it is them I cannot stand losing to."

You can make your Premier League predictions now and compare them with those of Lawro and other fans by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.

Premier League predictions - week 32
ResultLawroSting & son
Tottenham v Bournemouth4-03-03-1
Crystal Palace v Leicester City2-22-11-2
Everton v Burnley3-12-02-1
Stoke City v Hull City3-12-01-1
Sunderland v West Ham2-22-11-1
Watford v Swansea1-02-12-1
Southampton v Man City0-30-21-2
West Brom v Liverpool0-10-21-3
Man Utd v Chelsea2-00-21-2
Middlesbrough v Arsenal1-20-22-2

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


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


Tottenham v Bournemouth

Tottenham 4-0 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Sting & Joe's prediction: 3-1

Crystal Palace v Leicester

Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Sting & Joe's prediction: 1-2

Everton v Burnley

Everton 3-1 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Sting & Joe's prediction: 2-1

Stoke City v Hull City

Stoke City 3-1 Hull City

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Sting & Joe's prediction: 1-1

Sunderland v West Ham

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Sting & Joe's prediction: 1-1

Watford v Swansea

Watford 1-0 Swansea City

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Sting & Joe's prediction: 2-1

Southampton v Man City

Southampton 0-3 Man City (17:30 BST)

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Sting & Joe's prediction: 1-2


West Brom v Liverpool

West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Sting & Joe's prediction: 1-3

Man Utd v Chelsea

Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Sting & Joe's prediction: 1-2

Sting was impressed to hear United fans have used one of his songs for their chant about Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

United fans sing "Whoa Mkhitaryan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he's our midfield Armenian" to the tune of Englishman in New York.

"I am very happy about that," Sting said. "I like to see songs repossessed and refitted for different purposes. It is pretty good too.

"As a songwriter I think it is extraordinary the way those chants go around a massive group of people, and suddenly they are all singing the same thing."


Middlesbrough v Arsenal

Middlesbrough 1-2 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Sting & Joe's prediction: 2-2

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
150Elis James
130Boris Becker, James McAvoy, Tim Vine
120Robbie Williams
110Michael van Gerwen
100Joe Clarke, Osi Umenyiora
92Lawro (average after 32 weeks*)
90Josh Franceschi, Goldie, Amy Macdonald, Colin Murray
80David Gower, Loyle Carner, Nicole Scherzinger
70Dave Bautista, Sam Burgess, Anthony Crolla, Athletico Mince
60Rick Astley
50Martin Kemp*, Charlie Sloth, Laura Kenny
40Ed Balls
30Michael Bisping, Blossoms, Full Time DEVILS*, American hip-hop duo Run The Jewels
20Moeen Ali, Lloyd Griffith
10Omid Djalili, CFC Fan TV*

*Does not include scores from postponed games.

Lawro's best score: 140 points (week 22 v James McAvoy)

Lawro's worst score: 20 points (week 28, but only five games played so far) or 30 points (week four v Dave Bautista)

Lawro's League Table
3Man City31218271+1
4Man Utd30218171+1
9West Brom3210101240-1
10Crystal Palace319121039+6
11West Ham32981535+3

How did Lawro do last time?

From last week's Premier League games, Lawro got five correct results, with no perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 50 points.

He was beaten by singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald, who got seven correct results with no perfect scores, for a tally of 70 points.

Total scores after week 32

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