Premier League predictions: Lawro v James bassist Jim Glennie

Lawro's predictions

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's stint as interim Manchester United manager began with a bang as they won 5-1 at Cardiff on Saturday, but how will he get on in his first home game in charge?

United host struggling Huddersfield Town on 26 December and BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson says: "The atmosphere will be great at Old Trafford, which it wasn't very often under Jose Mourinho, and the players already look in a better mood too.

"Solskjaer's approach will be very different to what the fans have seen recently. It will be all about passing forward and creating chances - United will have a smile on their faces, and they will be playing as if the shackles have come off."

This week's guest is Jim Glennie, bassist with rock band James and a Manchester City fan.

James bassist Jim Glennie
Glennie's favourite City player is Kevin de Bruyne: "It is amazing to have him back, he is like a new signing. He has only played a handful of games this season, so it is bonkers to think that we are still doing so well."

It is safe to say that Glennie is enjoying life under Pep Guardiola - not just City's success, but the way they have achieved it.

"It is absolutely fantastic," he told BBC Sport. "I am getting to as many games as I can. First, because it is lovely to see us winning games for a change, but also because of the quality of the football.

"Regardless of it being City, it is just stunning. It is so entertaining to watch."

City suffered a shock home defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday that leaves them four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool but Glennie is still pretty confident about their prospects of defending their title.

"When we get to the thick end of the season, I think City's squad will just kind of steamroller through it and I cannot see Liverpool keeping it together - but I have been saying that for the past 10 games or so already."

James
James' latest single, Many Faces, is out now. Glennie was one of the band's founder members in Whalley Range, Manchester, in 1982 and since then they have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.
Premier League predictions - week 19
ResultLawroJim
WEDNESDAY
Fulham v Wolves1-12-11-2
Burnley v Everton1-52-10-0
Crystal Palace v Cardiff0-02-01-1
Leicester v Man City2-10-21-3
Liverpool v Newcastle4-02-03-1
Man Utd v Huddersfield3-13-02-0
Tottenham v Bournemouth5-02-02-0
Brighton v Arsenal1-11-11-2
Watford v Chelsea1-21-21-2
THURSDAY
Southampton v West Ham1-22-00-1

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

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless stated.

WEDNESDAY

Fulham v Wolves

Fulham 1-1 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Jim's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Burnley v Everton

Burnley 1-5 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Jim's prediction: 0-0

Match report

Crystal Palace v Cardiff

Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Jim's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Leicester v Man City

Leicester 2-1 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Jim's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Liverpool v Newcastle

Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Jim's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Man Utd v Huddersfield

Man Utd 3-1 Huddersfield

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Jim's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Tottenham v Bournemouth

Tottenham 5-0 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Jim's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Brighton v Arsenal

Brighton 1-1 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Jim's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Watford v Chelsea

Watford 1-2 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Jim's prediction: 1-2

Match report

THURSDAY

Southampton v West Ham

Southampton 1-2 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Jim's prediction: 0-1

Match report

How did Lawro do last time?

From last weekend's Premier League games, Lawro got five correct results, including two perfect scores, from 10 matches, for a total of 110 points.

He beat heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte. who got six correct results, but with no exact scores, for a total of 60 points.

Total scores after week 18
Lawro1,530
Guests1,420
Lawro v Guests
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Lawro's League Table
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City18162050+1
2Man Utd18153048+4
3Liverpool18117040-2
4Tottenham18106236-1
5Chelsea18104434-1
6Leicester1894531+3
7Arsenal1892729-2
8Newcastle1885529+7
9Everton1891828+2
10Bournemouth1864822-2
11Fulham1863921+9
12Crystal Palace1855820+2
13Watford18611119-6
=14West Ham18531018-2
=14Wolves18531018-4
16Burnley1845917+2
17Southampton18421214-1
18Cardiff18251111-1
19Brighton18241210-6
20Huddersfield1823139-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2018-19

SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
160David Ginola
140The 1975's Ross MacDonald
120Joe Thomas
90Karl Pilkington, Chris Stark
85Lawro (average after 18 weeks)
80Richard Ashcroft, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg James, Mark Wahlberg
60Idris Elba, Dolph Lundgren, Mumford & Sons, Dillian Whyte
50Bring Me The Horizon, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre.
40Tom Grennan, Josh Warrington

Lawro's best score: 260 points (week seven v Karl Pilkington)

Lawro's worst score: 40 points (week three v Idris Elba, week eight v Chris Stark and week 12 v Mumford & Sons)

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