Premier League predictions: Lawro v comedian Karl Pilkington

Lawro's predictions

Supporting Manchester United at the moment is "like having a tortoise as a pet," according to comedian, TV presenter and Red Devils fan Karl Pilkington.

Pilkington, who takes on BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson in predicting this week's Premier League fixtures, was a boyhood Manchester City fan but switched sides to United in the 1990s.

"A bit of me now wishes I could change again, because City are good, aren't they?" Pilkington explained.

"But you can't, can you? I realise that now as I get older - that it is about being loyal, isn't it?

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"Still, I feel like supporting United is like having a tortoise as a pet. I had a tortoise, and they are not entertaining to watch. You don't watch them, but you know you have got a bit of responsibility to show some interest.

"That is what I do with United. I keep an eye on them.

"I don't watch them every game because, at the minute, that is a waste of 90 minutes. I just look at the result and if they win it is a bonus, I have no expectations any more."

Karl Pilkington
Pilkington, whose new show 'Sick of It' starts this week on Sky One, admits he has not been to Old Trafford for a while and says: "I don't go to games, I don't like crowds you see, and if people recognise that you are off the telly and they have had a few drinks, they start wanting to rub my head as if I am like some lucky charm that is going to turn the game around."
Premier League predictions - week 7
West Ham v Man Utd3-10-21-1
Arsenal v Watford2-02-01-1
Everton v Fulham3-02-01-0
Huddersfield v Tottenham0-20-21-3
Man City v Brighton2-03-04-1
Newcastle v Leicester0-20-20-2
Wolves v Southampton2-02-01-0
Chelsea v Liverpool1-11-11-2
Cardiff v Burnley1-21-11-3
Bournemouth v Crystal Palacex-x2-11-1

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 stated.


West Ham v Man Utd

West Ham 3-1 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Karl's prediction: (sighs) It is going to be another draw isn't it? 1-1

Match report.

Arsenal v Watford

Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Karl's prediction: Watford are doing all right aren't they. I am going to play it safe and go for another 1-1.

Match report

Everton v Fulham

Everton v Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Karl's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Huddersfield v Tottenham

Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Karl's prediction: Tottenham will win that won't they? 1-3

Match report

Man City v Brighton

Man City 2-0 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Karl's prediction: No doubt about it, another City win. It is just a case of how many numbers and how high shall we go? 4-1

Match report

Newcastle v Leicester

Newcastle 0-2 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Karl's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Wolves v Southampton

Wolves 2-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Karl's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Chelsea v Liverpool

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Karl's prediction: This is a good one. It is annoying to say it but I reckon Liverpool will do it. 1-2

Match report


Cardiff v Burnley

Cardiff 1-2 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Karl's prediction: Burnley got a good result against Bournemouth last week, so I'm going with them again. 1-3

Match report


Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (20:00 BST)

It will be interesting to see how Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe reacts to his side's defeat by Burnley, and whether he changes anything or just puts it down to a bad day after their strong start to the season.

Crystal Palace picked up a decent win at The Hawthorns against West Brom in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday but this is a much harder task for them.

Whenever they are at home, Bournemouth always seem to create a lot of chances, regardless of the opposition, so I am backing them here.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Karl's prediction: 1-1

How did Lawro do last week?

Lawro got four correct results, including two perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 100 points.

He beat Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, who got five correct results, with one exact score, for a total of 80 points.

Total scores after week 6
Lawro v Guests
Lawro's League Table
=1Man City 660018+1
=1Man Utd660018+6
5Crystal Palace631210+6
=11West Ham62137+6


120Joe Thomas
80Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Mark Wahlberg
72Lawro (average after six weeks)
60Idris Elba
40Tom Grennan

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