Premier League predictions: Lawro v Jungle's Tom McFarland

Lawro's predictions

David Moyes' West Ham United are the surprise Premier League leaders after two games of the new season but will their winning start continue when they host Crystal Palace on Saturday?

"David Moyes has done an outstanding job and with crowds returning the players have that support," says BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson. "They are 'Happy Hammers' at the moment."

The former Liverpool defender and BBC football expert is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week's guest is Tom McFarland, co-founder of London soul collective Jungle and a QPR season-ticket holder.

Jungle's new album Loving in Stereo was released earlier this month. You can watch them live in session for BBC Radio 6 Music, here.

Tom (r) co-founded Jungle with Josh Lloyd-Watson in 2013. Their self-titled debut album was nominated for a Mercury Music prize a year later

Tom is enjoying QPR's good start to the Championship season - their 2-2 draw with Barnsley on Saturday means they are still unbeaten, four games in.

"These are exciting times. I am really happy - there's been lots of positive stuff so far," he told BBC Sport.

"I watched our 3-2 win over Middlesbrough last week - we had 10 men for most of the second half and I don't think I've ever seen a QPR team battle for a win like that.

"We are playing some great football too. Chris Willock looks like an amazing signing [from Benfica] and I am glad we have got him permanently. Stefan Johansen, too, is such an experienced head in the middle of our midfield.

"Promotion is the aim of course but, the way I look at it, going up would be a nice result for what appears to be a quite a good project. Mark Warburton has come in as manager and sorted out the club from top to bottom.

"It definitely feels like, if we did go up, it would be a more sustainable approach rather than going straight back down, like we did in 2015.

"The squad looks strong, we've got good management and the coaching is really good - we have got some good youngsters coming through as well.

"The last couple of times we have been in the Premier League, life as a fan has been so much more stressful because we have been constantly battling relegation but it is the place to be and I would love to see us back up there with Warburton and this group of players.

"Because of the manager and the rapport he has built with us, the club is in a good place at the moment. The fans feel really connected to him and the players as a team and individuals too."

The first two singles from Jungle's new album, Keep Moving and Talk About It, were both premiered on Annie Mac's Hottest Record in the World show on Radio 1
Premier League predictions - week 3
Man City v Arsenal5-02-03-1
Aston Villa v Brentford1-12-02-1
Brighton v Everton0-21-01-0
Newcastle v Southampton2-22-12-1
Norwich v Leicester1-20-20-3
West Ham v Crystal Palace2-22-03-1
Liverpool v Chelsea1-11-12-2
Burnley v Leeds1-10-20-2
Tottenham v Watford1-03-01-0
Wolves v Man Utd0-10-21-2

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


Games kick off at 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated


Man City v Arsenal

Man City 5-0 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Aston Villa v Brentford

Aston Villa 1-1 Brentford

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Brighton v Everton

Brighton 0-2 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 1-0

Tom's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Newcastle v Southampton

Newcastle 2-2 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Tom's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Norwich v Leicester

Norwich 1-2 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Tom's prediction: 0-3

Match report

West Ham v Crystal Palace

West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Tom's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Liverpool v Chelsea

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Tom's prediction:. 2-2

Match report


Burnley v Leeds

Burnley 1-1 Leeds

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Tom's prediction: 0-2

Match report

Tottenham v Watford

Tottenham 1-0 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Tom's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Wolves v Man Utd

Wolves 0-1 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Tom's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Shamoon Hafez.

How did Lawro do last week?

Last weekend, Lawro got four correct results from 10 matches, including one exact score/scores, for a total of 70.

He beat The Wombats drummer Dan Haggis, who got four correct results but no exact scores for a total of 40 points.

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=1Aston Villa33009+9
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=1Man Utd33009+2
=7West Ham31205-7
=15Crystal Palace30030+2


110She Drew The Gun
80Lawro (average after two weeks)
40Dan Haggis of The Wombats
Total scores after week two
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