Premier League & Club World Cup predictions: Lawro v Serge from Kasabian

Lawro's predictions

Premier League leaders Liverpool are in Qatar this weekend but which of their title rivals will narrow the gap when Manchester City host Leicester on Saturday?

"This is a game that could define both sides' season," said BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

"If you are a Manchester City player and looking at the table, then Leicester are clearly a team who could potentially finish above them this season.

"The defending champions will be fired up to show everyone they are better than that. For Leicester, it is chance to prove otherwise - but I am expecting the home side to win."

Snapshot showing top of the Premier League - 1st Liverpool, 2nd Leicester, 3rd Man Cut, 4th Chelsea, 5th Tottenham & 6th Man Utd

At the same time City play the Foxes, Liverpool face Brazilian side Flamengo in Doha in the Club World Cup final.

"It will be tight but I am backing the Reds because they have become completely clinical," added Lawro.

"People are still saying they are not playing very well but they carry on winning - what more do you want?"

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week he is up against Serge Pizzorno, from indie rock band Kasabian.

Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan from Kasbian
Serge (left) and bandmate Tom Meighan are both Foxes fans - the band played at the club's title-winning parade in 2016, and had a gig at King Power Stadium that summer

Serge is a lifelong Leicester supporter and it is no surprise to learn which moment he picks out as his greatest as a fan.

He told BBC Sport: "When we beat Derby 2-1 in the play-offs and Steve Walsh scored a couple [in the Championship final in 1994], that was a special day.

"But obviously the year when we won the Premier League is hard to top. That whole season is my favourite memory."

Leicester are flying high in the table again and winning plenty of plaudits but Serge is not convinced by claims that their current side is a better team than the title-winners.

He explained: "Is this team better? It is close.

"You know what? Talent-wise, it probably is a little better but what we had in 2016 was spirit and whatever that magic combination was.

"Whether the current team have got that same magic, we will find out."

Premier League predictions - week 18 (and Club World Cup final)
ResultLawroSerge
SATURDAY
Everton v Arsenal0-01-12-0
Aston Villa v Southampton1-32-03-3
Bournemouth v Burnley0-12-11-2
Brighton v Sheff Utd0-12-11-1
Newcastle v Crystal Palace1-02-01-0
Norwich v Wolves1-21-11-1
Man City v Leicester3-12-00-1
Liverpool v Flamengo (Club World Cup final)1-0 aet1-0 aet*
SUNDAY
Watford v Man Utd2-02-13-1
Tottenham v Chelsea0-22-02-1

*Serge made a 1-1 prediction for West Ham v Liverpool instead - the game the Reds would have played if they were not in Qatar. This game will not count towards Lawro's total.

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.

SATURDAY

Everton v Arsenal

Everton 0-0 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Serge's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Aston Villa v Southampton

Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Serge's prediction: 3-3

Match report

Bournemouth v Burnley

Bournemouth 0-1 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Serge's prediction: I'm going for Burnley here, because Sean Dyche is my boy. 1-2

Match report

Brighton v Sheff Utd

Brighton 0-1 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Serge's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Newcastle v Crystal Palace

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Serge's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Norwich v Wolves

Norwich 1-2 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Serge's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Man City v Leicester

Manchester City 3-1 Leicester (17:30)

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Serge's prediction: Let's be honest - I am a dreamer, but I just have a feeling James Maddison is going to nick it with a little free-kick, and then the league will be on again. I have got a fair few brothers who are big Manchester City fans so they are going to be watching this and throwing things at the telly. 0-1

Match report

Liverpool 1-0 Flamengo - final of the Club World Cup (17:30)

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Highlights: Monterrey 1-2 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-0 after extra time

Match report

SUNDAY

Watford v Man Utd

Watford 2-0 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Serge's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Tottenham v Chelsea

Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Serge's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last week?

Last weekend, Lawro got five correct results with no exact scores from 10 matches, for a total of 50 points.

He lost to comedian and author David Baddiel, who got four correct results, but with one exact score, for a total of 70 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City17160148+2
2Liverpool17152047-1
3Tottenham17124140+2
4Chelsea171232390
=5Arsenal1794431+5
=5Leicester1794431-3
7Man Utd1785429-1
8Burnley1773724+4
9West Ham1762920+6
=10Aston Villa1754819+7
=10Everton1754819+6
=10Wolves1761819-2
13Watford1753918+7
14Bournemouth175210170
15Newcastle17511116-4
16Southampton17431015+2
=17Brighton17421114-4
=17Crystal Palace1735914-8
=17Sheff Utd17421114-10
20Norwich1706116-1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2019-20

ScoreGuest leaderboard
160Gabriel Luna
140Arnold Schwarzenegger
100Adam Peaty
90Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Bobby Seagull, Geraint Thomas
84Lawro (average after 17 weeks)
80Andy Murray, Stephen Graham
70David Baddiel, Michael Johnson, Craig Mitch, Alex Scott
60Sonny Bill Williams, Stefan Ratchford
50Chelcee Grimes, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton
40Stephen Fry, Neil Jones, Tommy O'Dell
30Seth Rollins
Total scores after week 17
Lawro1,430
Guests1,250
Lawro v Guests
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