Premier League predictions: Lawro v Rick Witter and Joe Johnson from Shed Seven

Lawro's predictions

Bournemouth's visit to Manchester United last season proved to be an an eventful encounter - how will the Cherries fare when they go back on Wednesday?

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson says: "Bournemouth picked up a point last time, but I do not see that happening at Old Trafford this time around.

"Manchester United just have to bounce back from the disappointment of Sunday's derby defeat, and forget about where it leaves their title hopes."

Lawro is going for a 2-0 United win - do you agree? You can make your own predictions now, take on Lawro and other fans, create your own league and try to make it to the top of the table by playing the new-look BBC Sport Predictor game.

Table showing the overall leaderboard of the BBC predictions game, and Lawro's position in it, after week 16

Lawro scored 60 points in week 16, which meant he slipped to 3,965th place out of more than 320,000 users.

He will be making a prediction for all 380 top-flight games this season, against a variety of guests.

Lawro takes on Rick Witter and Joe Johnson from indie band Shed Seven for the midweek Premier League fixtures.

Rick Witter of Shed Seven

United fan Rick and City supporter Joe took time out from Shed Seven's UK tour to watch Sunday's Manchester derby - although Joe was definitely keener to talk about it afterwards.

"We looked a bit over-awed on Sunday, which is crazy really because we are talking about United here," singer Witter told BBC Sport.

"The first half in particular was quite difficult to watch, until the very end anyway. It is very frustrating, because we have got the talent there.

"City had their tails up because they have been winning so many games but it is very annoying for them to come to our place and dominate the way they did. That definitely should not be happening.

"And you cannot moan and blame referees over penalty decisions after a game like that - we just need to play better, it is as simple as that."

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Guitarist and keyboardist Joe added: "I don't really enjoy derby games, unless we are about three goals up - it is only then when I can relax.

"But Sunday was just exhilarating. I was surprised at the end to see the possession (City had 65%) and passing stats (City played 606 passes, United had 329) were so one-sided in our favour because right until the end it felt like it could go either way, especially at the end when Ederson saved us.

"We are 11 points clear at the top now but I would not say the title race is over.

Joe Johnson of Shed Seven

"I am very confident because of how we are playing but I've always been the sort of fan to exercise caution because I've seen our form fall apart in December or January before, even in the seasons where we went on to win the title.

"We never do things the easy way, or at least we have not done it so far - although admittedly there does seem to be something different about us this season, an element of tenacity as well as the seamless stylish stuff we play when we have possession."

Premier League predictions - week 17
Burnley v Stoke1-02-01-11-0
Crystal Palace v Watford2-12-11-21-2
Huddersfield v Chelsea1-30-20-42-3
Newcastle v Everton0-11-11-22-1
Southampton v Leicester1-41-12-00-1
Swansea v Man City0-40-20-30-2
Liverpool v West Brom0-02-02-03-1
Man Utd v Bournemouth1-02-03-02-0
Tottenham v Brighton2-02-03-02-0
West Ham v Arsenal0-01-12-21-1

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


All kick-offs 19:45 GMT unless otherwise stated.


Burnley v Stoke

Burnley 1-0 Stoke

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Rick's prediction: 1-1

Joe's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Crystal Palace v Watford

Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Rick's prediction: 1-2

Joe's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Huddersfield v Chelsea

Huddersfield 1-3 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Rick's prediction: 0-4

Joe's prediction: 2-3

Match report


Newcastle v Everton

Newcastle 0-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Rick's prediction: Everton were on a really bad downwards spiral but they have already picked themselves up under Big Sam. 1-2

Joe's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Southampton v Leicester

Southampton 1-4 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Rick's prediction: 2-0

Joe's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Swansea v Man City

Swansea 0-4 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Rick's prediction: It pains me to say it but I am going to go for a City win, even though I would really rather that scoreline was the other way around. 0-3

Joe's prediction: What used to really annoy me about United fans was how they always just expected to win every game. I would see Rick's face when they didn't and I would be like "come on, you can't win all the time".

That's why I don't want to be complacent now, thinking we are going to beat everyone, or that the title is already ours, but I do think we will beat Swansea.

We've got a big game on Saturday against Tottenham so Pep Guardiola might put out a weakened team, but I still think we will win. 0-2

Match report

Liverpool v West Brom

Liverpool 0-0 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Rick's prediction: 2-0

Joe's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Man Utd v Bournemouth

Man Utd 1-0 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Rick's prediction: It usually frustrates me a lot when people say in October, November or December that the title race is over, because a team has a few more points.

But in this particular instance, what happened in Sunday's derby said a lot about the gap between City and the rest. We are playing for second place now, which is not a particularly good thing to be saying at this stage of the season.

United have been blowing hot and cold recently but I think we will win this one comfortably enough.

We are playing a gig in Bournemouth on Tuesday night so hopefully I won't get any stick for this prediction from any angry Cherries fans. 3-0

Joe's prediction: I am being realistic - a United win is probably quite achievable for them because, apart from City, they have rolled a lot of teams over at Old Trafford, and Bournemouth's form has been very up and down recently. 2-0

Match report

Tottenham v Brighton

Tottenham 2-0 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Rick's prediction: 3-0

Joe's prediction: 2-0

Match report

West Ham v Arsenal

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Rick's prediction: 2-2

Joe's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

How did Lawro do last time?

From the last round of games, Lawro got three correct results, including one perfect score, from 10 matches, for a total of 60 points.

He beat Pointless presenter Richard Osman who got two correct results with no perfect scores, giving him 20 points and leaving him bottom of the guest leaderboard.

Total scores after week 16
Lawro v Guests
160Chris Shiflett
130James Anderson**
120Will Poulter, Moeen Ali
100Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32
85Lawro (average after 16 weeks)
70Brendan Foster*, Mark Strong
60Will Ferrell, Nish Kumar, Non Stanford
50Steve Cram, Michael Dapaah, Channing Tatum, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell, Joe Root
30Felix White
20Richard Osman

*Foster and Cram both provided predictions on week one, but only Foster's score contributes to the guest total.

**Anderson and Moeen both provided predictions on week nine, but only Anderson's score contributes to the guest total.

Lawro's best score: 150 points (week eight v Wretch 32)

Lawro's worst score: 40 points (week four v Umenyiora and Bell, and week five v Non Stanford)

Lawro's League Table
1Man City161321410
2Man Utd161240400
9West Ham1648420+9
12West Brom1652917+5
15Crystal Palace1643915+5

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