Premier League predictions: Lawro v This Country star Charlie Cooper

Lawro's predictions

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson is used to taking on some of the world's finest football brains in his weekly predictions - so how will he fare against Lee 'Kurtan' Mucklowe from This Country?

This week, Lawro is up against actor Charlie Cooper, who plays Kurtan in the Cotswolds-based BBC Three mockumentary.

Cooper is also a co-writer of the show he says is about "being a sort of delinquent country bumpkin in a rural village in England, and the boredom and frustration of living somewhere where there is nothing to do".

You can watch the new series of This Country now on iPlayer, where series one is also still available.

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This Country: Isn't it four lions on a shirt?

"If Kurtan was a professional footballer, he would play for Swindon Town and he would be a wiry winger," Cooper told BBC Sport. "He would not be very strong but he would have a quick turn of pace, a bit like me.

"He would be the sort of player who would throw a tantrum if he got subbed.

"Would he be any good? No, rubbish.

"But football is a massive influence when we are writing the programme. The characters are big football fans - Kurtan's cousin Kerry especially, because Swindon are our local team.

"Her character is based on a girl who would always wear Swindon Town shirts and there are a few other football references in the show.

"One of them (below) is about Swindon striker Luke Norris, where we say something about him not being very good - but I should point out that I have not actually seen him play - so, I'm sorry Luke if you are angry, but it is not my fault!"

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When football banter goes wrong!

Kurtan is a Swindon fan - although he doesn't mention it at work any more - but Cooper grew up supporting Fulham.

"My dad [who plays Martin Mucklowe in This Country] took me to a random midweek game about 15 years ago," he explained. "I saw Craven Cottage under floodlights. I have been utterly obsessed ever since.

"My best memory has to be stuffing Juventus 4-1 at Craven Cottage in the Europa League in 2010. That doesn't happen twice in a lifetime - not as a Fulham fan anyway. It was amazing."

Championship snapshot - top of table: Wolves 1st, Cardiff 2nd, Fulham 3rd, Aston Villa 4th, Derby County 5th and Middlesbrough in 6th
Fulham are seven points off the top two with eight games left

The Cottagers are battling to get back into the top flight after a four-year absence and Cooper feels it is "vital" they win promotion this season.

"We have to really, otherwise our team will get picked apart by Premier League clubs," he added.

"I think we can go up automatically, although Cardiff need to start losing for that to happen. I am not sure about getting through the play-offs, though.

"We are the in-form team at the moment, but they are such a lottery so I just don't know. I was confident last year and we lost in the semi-finals."

Premier League predictions - week 32
Crystal Palace v Liverpool1-21-13-2
Brighton v Leicester0-21-11-1
Man Utd v Swansea2-02-02-1
Newcastle v Huddersfield1-02-02-2
Watford v Bournemouth2-21-22-1
West Brom v Burnley1-21-10-0
West Ham v Southampton3-02-11-2
Everton v Man City1-30-20-3
Arsenal v Stoke3-03-03-1
Chelsea v Tottenham1-32-01-2

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

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This Country star Charlie Cooper's Premier League predictions


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


Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Charlie's prediction: Mohamed Salah is my favourite Premier League player at the moment because he is great to watch. There is something about him that is so raw - he is a real street footballer.

But Liverpool won't win this one. Palace's ex-Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is a tactical mastermind. 3-2

Read the match report

Brighton v Leicester

Brighton 0-2 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Charlie's prediction: 1-1

Read the match report

Man Utd v Swansea

Man Utd 2-0 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Charlie's prediction: 2-1

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Newcastle v Huddersfield

Newcastle 1-0 Huddersfield

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Charlie's prediction: 2-2

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Watford v Bournemouth

Watford 2-2 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Charlie's prediction: 2-1

Read the match report

West Brom v Burnley

West Brom 1-2 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Charlie's prediction: West Brom have no chance of staying up. Not with Alan Pardew in charge. Sorry. 0-0

Read the match report

West Ham v Southampton

West Ham 3-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Charlie's prediction: Saints to heap more misery on West Ham. 1-2

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Everton v Man City

Everton 1-3 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Charlie's prediction: City's Kevin de Bruyne or Liverpool's Salah for player of the year? I think it has got to be De Bruyne because City will win the league. 0-3

Read the match report


Arsenal v Stoke

Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Charlie's prediction: 3-1

Read the match report

Chelsea v Tottenham

Chelsea 1-3 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Charlie's prediction: 1-2

Read the match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do in the FA Cup sixth round?

On FA Cup sixth-round weekend, Lawro got three correct results, with two perfect scores, from the four ties for a total of 90 points and a success rate of 75%.

He was up against comedian John Bishop who got three correct results, with one perfect score, for a total of 60 points and a success rate of 75%.

FA Cup leaderboard after round five
Correct result(Perfect scores)Success rate
John Bishop3/4(1)75%
Guz Khan12/32(2)38%
Tekkerz Kid3/8(0)38%

Bishop also took on Lawro for the four Premier League games last weekend.

Lawro got two correct results, with one perfect score, for a total of 50 points.

Bishop got all four results correct, including one perfect score, for a total of 70 points.

They will both get the chance to add to their score when the games that were postponed because of FA Cup ties are played.

You can make your 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.

Lawro is 558th in the predictor league after week 31

Before the international break, Lawro scored 50 points from four Premier League matches in week 31, which leaves him in 558th place out of more than 420,000 users.

Total scores after week 31
Lawro v Guests
Lawro's League Table
1Man City302541790
3Man Utd30245177-1
9West Ham30716737+8
10West Brom311051635+10
15Crystal Palace31761827+1


160Justin Hawkins, Chris Shiflett
130James Anderson*, Joe Johnson*
120Russel Leetch*, Will Poulter, Moeen Ali
110Aron Baynes*
100Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32
90Arni and Justin from The Vaccines, Pete Wentz
89Lawro (average after 31 weeks)
80John Cena, Darren Campbell
70John Bishop** Brendan Foster*, Mark Strong
60Jimmy from Django Django, Will Ferrell, Nish Kumar, Non Stanford, Rick Witter
50Steve Cram, Michael Dapaah, Channing Tatum, Joe Root, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, Dario Saric, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell,
40Craig David, Ed Lay
30Rhys James, Felix White
20Richard Osman, Emmanuel Sanders and Josh Norman

* Shows weeks where Lawro had more than one guest, and only the highest score contributed to the guest total.

** Shows weeks where guest total does not include rearranged games.

Lawro's best score: 170 points (week 30 v Arni and Justin from The Vaccines)

Lawro's worst score: 40 points (week four v Umenyiora and Bell, week five v Non Stanford, week 21 v Darren Campbell and week 23 v Saric and Baynes)

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