Premier League predictions: Lawro v Foo Fighters guitarist and Arsenal fan Chris Shiflett

Lawro's predictions

The January transfer window shut on Monday - so will any of the last-minute deals change the direction of the title race?

"The big moves haven't happened this month," said BBC football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. "I know Liverpool got some new defenders, but they just needed cover, really.

"In any case, the most important thing for the Reds is that they have started firing in attack again. They have got some of their old swagger back, and Mohamed Salah's second goal in their win at West Ham was sensational."

Snapshot of the top of the Premier League: 1st Man City, 2nd Man Utd, 3rd Liverpool, 4th Leicester, 5th West Ham & 6th Tottenham

This transfer deadline day, Lawro is supporting Cancer Deadline Day, a new campaign for 2021 where fans can donate to eight selected cancer charities on behalf of their favourite club.

More than 50 football clubs from the Premier League, Women's Super League, Scottish Premier League, English Football League and non-league have signed up in support of the campaign and other celebrity supporters include Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Jeff Stelling.

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, against a variety of guests.

For this week's Premier League fixtures, being played from Tuesday to Thursday, he is up against Foo Fighters guitarist and Arsenal fan Chris Shiflett.

Foo Fighters' 10th studio album, Medicine At Midnight, is out this week. Their latest preview track, Waiting On A War, is out now and they hope to hit the road again later this year.

"A bit like not having fans at games, the weirdest element of putting out an album at this time is not having shows to bounce the songs off the people," Shiflett told BBC Sport.

"That's always the most important element of a new record. I don't know when it will be, but whenever we can go on tour, we will be ready to go."

Foo Fighters
Chris is the only member of Foo Fighters who is a football fan, but Dave Grohl's Scottish guitar tech Ally Christie knows his stuff. Chris says "he is far more knowledgeable than me".

This is the second time Chris has taken on Lawro - the last time was when their previous album, Concrete And Gold, was released in 2017, when he got 7/10 results correct and managed three exact scores to finish top of that entire season's guest leaderboard with 160 points.

"The funny thing about that was I really did my research. I got with Dave Grohl's old guitar tech Ally Christie, who is from Glasgow and a football nut.

"We went through all the fixtures and worked out the predictions... and then when I went to do it, I had picked the wrong set of games.

"So I was completely winging it. I thought some of my scores were pretty ridiculous, so it is nice to know they actually worked out OK. I am going to be more conservative with my scores this time, though."

Chris Shiflett
Chris was a talented footballer as a boy in California and became an Arsenal fan through his love of punk rock - cemented when his children grew up as Gunners

Chris is excited by the young players who have broken through at Arsenal in recent months and is convinced manager Mikel Arteta is the right man to bring success back to the club.

"Last season ended on a real high, so myself and Arsenal supporters everywhere were kind of expecting this season to build on that," he explained. "Obviously we had a rough patch before Christmas, but it seems like we have found our feet and we are on a good run of form.

"It is great to see all the kids doing so well - that has kind of been the story of the season for us, with young players like Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in the team and turning things around.

"Arteta deserves the credit for that. With each successive transfer window, you can see him tightening things up, but he is still giving the kids a chance, and overall he is building to something better and better. You can see what he is trying to do with the team and when it works it is fantastic."

Premier League predictions - week 22
Sheff Utd v West Brom2-12-01-0
Wolves v Arsenal2-12-01-2
Man Utd v Southampton9-02-02-1
Newcastle v Crystal Palace1-22-10-1
Burnley v Man City0-20-20-3
Fulham v Leicester0-20-20-2
Leeds v Everton1-22-02-2
Aston Villa v West Ham1-32-02-1
Liverpool v Brighton0-12-03-1
Tottenham v Chelsea0-11-10-2

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



Sheff Utd v West Brom

Sheff Utd 2-1 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Chris' prediction: 1-0

Match report

Wolves v Arsenal

Wolves 2-1 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Chris' prediction: 1-2

Match report

Man Utd v Southampton

Man Utd 9-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Chris' prediction: 2-1

Match report

Newcastle v Crystal Palace

Newcastle 1-2 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Chris' prediction: 0-1

Match report


Burnley v Man City

Burnley 0-2 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Chris' prediction: Manchester City are in form and favourites to win the title, so this could be three, four or even five-nil. 0-3

Match report

Fulham v Leicester

Fulham 0-2 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Chris' prediction: Fulham are another team having a pretty terrible season. 0-2

Match report

Leeds v Everton

Leeds 1-2 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Chris' prediction: Anything could happen here, but out of respect and deference of the Kaiser Chiefs, I am going for Leeds to get a draw. 2-2

Match report

Aston Villa v West Ham

Aston Villa 1-3 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Chris's prediction: These are both good teams, although West Ham are in better form - up until the weekend anyhow. I wanted to throw in one wildcard pick, and this is it. I know Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath is a Villa fan, which is as good a reason as any to go with them. 2-1

Match report

Liverpool v Brighton

Liverpool 0-1 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Chris' prediction: I was pleased to see Brighton beat Tottenham - good for them. Liverpool have gone through a rough patch but it seems like they are out of it now, and they will continue trying to close the gap at the top. 3-1

Match report


Tottenham v Chelsea

Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Chris's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Lawro and Chris were speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

From last weekend's Premier League games, Lawro got four correct results from 10 matches, with no exact scores, for a total of 40 points.

He beat Lewis Evans from post-punk band Black Country, New Road who got three correct results, with no exact scores, giving him a total of 30 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
1Man City201730540
=2Man Utd211632510
=9West Ham2175926-4
15Crystal Palace21461118-2
16Aston Villa19451017-7
18Sheff Utd21341413+2
20West Brom2102192-1


110Sister Bliss, Amy Macdonald, Steve White
90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill
80Celeste Dan Flint, Raye
72Lawro (average after 21 weeks)
70Lou Cotterill, Peter Hooton
60Caroline Weir
50Declan McKenna, Paul Smith, Alex Sprogis, DJ Target
40Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley
30Rick Astley, Lewis Evans, Fraser T. Smith
20Charlie Forbes, Dougie Payne
Total scores after week 21
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