Lawro's Premier League predictions v comedian Tim Vine

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson will be making a prediction for all 380 Premier League games this season against a variety of guests.

Lawro’s opponent for this week’s fixtures is comedian Tim Vine.

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Vine is a Sutton United fan who is looking forward to their FA Cup second-round tie at home to Cheltenham Town on Saturday (15:00 GMT).

“The great attraction of a small football club is the feel of it,” he told BBC Sport. “We all hear the complaints about big clubs being very corporate but you go to Sutton United, there is not a prawn in sight – it is Marmite sandwiches and sausages, and about seven or eight people.

“The FA Cup is special too. It still contains that romance that no other football trophy has, because it reaches to all the small clubs like Sutton who suddenly have a glimpse of glory.”

Football Focus comes live from Sutton’s Ganders Green Lane home at 12:00 GMT, and Vine will deliver a team-talk to his team during the show.

Host Dan Walker will be joined by Tony Rains and Matthew Hanlan, Sutton’s two goalscorers in their famous giant-killing win over Coventry in the FA Cup third round in 1989.

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You can make your Premier League predictions now, compare them with those of Lawro and other fans, and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.

Premier League predictions – week 14
Result Lawro Tim
SATURDAY
Man City v Chelsea x-x 2-1 1-2
Crystal Palace v Southampton x-x 2-0 3-1
Stoke v Burnley x-x 2-0 0-0
Sunderland v Leicester x-x 1-1 0-3
Tottenham v Swansea x-x 2-0 2-0
West Brom v Watford x-x 2-0 1-1
West Ham v Arsenal x-x 0-2 0-2
SUNDAY
Bournemouth v Liverpool x-x 1-1 2-1
Everton v Man Utd x-x 1-1 1-1
MONDAY
Middlesbrough v Hull x-x 2-0 1-0

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

Last week, Lawro got five correct results, including two perfect scores, from 10 Premier League matches. That gave him a total of 110 points.

He beat comedian Lloyd Griffith, who got two correct results, with no perfect scores, for a total of 20 points that leaves him bottom of our guest leaderboard.

Total scores after week 13
Lawro 1,110
Guests 900

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated.

SATURDAY

Man City v Chelsea<!–

Man City v Chelsea (12:30 GMT)

The fascinating thing for me about this game will be how Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola tries to deal with Chelsea’s wing-backs in their 3-4-3 formation.

I would imagine Guardiola will play with two wide attacking players who hug each touchline, which could make Chelsea play with what is effectively a back five if City’s wingers can pen their wing-backs in.

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Chelsea’s form has taken them to the top of the table, but I am not sure they have played anyone as good as City during their seven-game winning run.

I can see Chelsea scoring on Saturday but I just think City will get past them, somehow.

Whatever the result, it will not define the title race or either side’s season, though.

This is the start of an extremely busy period where teams play seven league matches in the next four weeks and I think all of the top teams will drop points somewhere because of the sheer volume and ferocity of the games.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Tim’s prediction: Both sides are doing very well, but Chelsea in particular. 1-2

Crystal Palace v Southampton<!–

Crystal Palace v Southampton

The problem for Crystal Palace is the amount of goals they are conceding, because they are certainly not struggling to score them.

I am surprised they are so poor at the back because in Scott Dann, Damien Delaney and James Tomkins they have some good defenders.

I just wonder if the issue is with the Eagles midfield and whether they need a dedicated holding player.

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Last week’s crazy 5-4 defeat by Swansea has increased the pressure on Palace boss Alan Pardew and there is the usual talk around that situation about how, if he loses this game, he will lose his job.

I hate that – if you don’t think he is the right man for the job now, then that is not going to change if he wins on Saturday.

It is going to be hard for Palace. Southampton’s results have just started to pick up, with a draw against Liverpool and a win over Everton and they are a solid team that does not give much away.

But I actually think the situation will bring a reaction out of the Eagles players. I am backing them to win, and I think they might keep a first clean sheet in 18 league games too.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Tim’s prediction: I am from Cheam, which is not very far from Croydon and Palace are sort of my local side. I want them to start getting some wins. Surely, surely they are going to turn things around this week. 3-1

Stoke City v Burnley<!–

Stoke City v Burnley

The deciding factor for me here is that, away from home I do not fancy the Clarets to score – they have managed just one goal and one point in five league games on the road this season.

Stoke, as always, are proving difficult to predict.

The Potters surprised me last week with their win at Watford but I am expecting them to see off Burnley at home, which should be the cue for a Clarets victory.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Tim’s prediction: 0-0

Sunderland v Leicester<!–

Sunderland v Leicester City

Leicester are another team who have been struggling on the road and I think their poor form this season is down to their players.

Yes, N’Golo Kante has left and Kasper Schmeichel is injured so there are some mitigating circumstances, but otherwise this is the same squad who won the title last season and they should be doing a lot better.

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Sunderland will make it difficult for them, though. Defensively, the Black Cats were very good in their defeat at Liverpool last time out and before then they got a couple of wins under their belt.

I can see the Black Cats going with two up front at home again, with Victor Anichebe and Jermain Defoe, and that partnership can cause Leicester problems.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Tim’s prediction: Leicester are trying to find some of their form from last season and I think they will succeed this time. They do not have to worry about the Champions League anymore, either, because they are already through to the next round. 0-3

Tottenham v Swansea<!–

Tottenham v Swansea City

Last weekend’s defeat by Chelsea was the first of the season for Spurs in the Premier League but they had drawn a lot of games before then and have won just one of their last six league games.

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Swansea ended their long winless run against Palace last time out, but they were obviously still all over the place at the back.

So, this seems to be the ideal game for Tottenham, who need a win to find their feet again.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Tim’s prediction: Tottenham will have too much firepower for the Swans. 2-0

West Brom v Watford<!–

West Brom v Watford

Both of these teams are in the top half, which not many people would have expected at this stage of the season.

From what I have seen of both sides, West Brom have got a bit more about them – which might surprise people who think they are a typical Tony Pulis team.

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With Watford, people know Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo are a threat and there is the danger they might work out how to stop them.

Etienne Capoue has weighed in with a few goals for the Hornets this season but I think they need more goals from elsewhere.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Tim’s prediction: 1-1

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West Ham v Arsenal (17:30 GMT)

Arsenal’s 19-game unbeaten run ended on Wednesday when they went out of the EFL Cup to Southampton.

The Gunners had made a stack of changes for that tie, which I don’t understand – why not rest players in the Champions League next week instead, because they are already through to the last 16 in that competition.

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West Ham also went out of the EFL Cup this week against Manchester United, a few days after picking up a point at Old Trafford in the league.

I don’t see the Hammers getting anything from this game, though. Arsenal have not been at their best in recent weeks but they have got enough about them to find a way to collect three points.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Tim’s prediction: West Home at ham to Arsenal? It is at West Ham and as we know they have been struggling at London Stadium and the Gunners are doing rather well. 0-2

SUNDAY

Bournemouth v Liverpool<!–

Bournemouth v Liverpool (13:30 GMT)

Bournemouth were a little bit unlucky to lose at Arsenal last weekend.

The Cherries played some nice football and created chances at Emirates Stadium and I am sure they will do the same on Sunday – I think they might get something from the game this time too.

Liverpool looked a little lethargic in their EFL Cup win over Leeds without the injured Philippe Coutinho, and I don’t think Adam Lallana is fit to return yet either.

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Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has got other options up there – Roberto Firmino could move into the Coutinho role, for example, and Divock Origi could come in to their front-line – but it does leave Liverpool a little less potent in attack.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Tim’s prediction: I really like Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, who for me is a future England manager. I would be delighted if he got that job at some point. I am going for a shock here, possibly the biggest shock of the weekend. 2-1

Everton v Man Utd<!–

Everton v Man Utd (16:00 GMT)

Goals have become difficult for Everton to come by – they have scored only six in their past eight Premier League games and could not recover after conceding so early against Southampton in their last game.

They made a strong start to the season but Toffees manager Ronald Koeman has a bigger job on his hands than he probably imagined and I can see him changing things in the January transfer window.

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Manchester United are doing well in the cup competitions but in the league they have been very unspectacular and I can see that continuing at the weekend.

I don’t think United can win the league, which is one of the reasons why Jose Mourinho is trying to win the EFL Cup.

Any sort of silverware would be good news for him and United this season, especially if they finish outside of the top four.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Tim’s prediction: Two clubs with an enormous history. I think this game is going to fizzle out a little bit, though. 1-1

MONDAY

Middlesbrough v Hull City<!–

Middlesbrough v Hull City (20:00 GMT)

I am at this game for BBC Radio 5 live and it is hard to see anything but another defeat for Hull.

The Tigers are into the EFL Cup semi-finals but are still struggling in the league – the only thing that gives them a bit of hope is that Middlesbrough are better away than they are at home.

Boro have picked up eight points from seven games on the road, compared to four points from six games at Riverside Stadium, where they have already lost four times.

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Aitor Karanka is not a manager who takes too many risks but, if his side are going to pull clear of the relegation zone, they have got to beat Hull at home.

So I think we have to see Boro go for it a bit more – they will have more of the ball for starters, but they also need to get more people up front around Alvaro Negredo.

If they don’t do that, then they don’t deserve to win.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Tim’s prediction: Middlesbrough are a very good side and have already shown that with a bit of belief they can get some surprising results, whoever the opposition. 1-0

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
P13 W8 D0 L5
SCORE GUEST LEADERBOARD
150 Elis James
110 Michael van Gerwen
100 Joe Clarke
85 Lawro (average after 13 weeks)
80 Nicole Scherzinger
70 Dave Bautista, Sam Burgess, Athletico Mince
60 Rick Astley
50 Charlie Sloth, Laura Trott
40 Ed Balls
30 Blossoms
20 Lloyd Griffith

Lawro’s best score: 140 points (week three v Laura Trott)

Lawro’s worst score: 30 points (week four v Dave Bautista)

Lawro's League Table<!–

+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
POS TEAM P W D L PTS +/-
1 Liverpool 13 11 2 0 35 +1
2 Chelsea 13 10 2 1 32 -1
3 Man City 13 10 2 1 32 0
4 Man Utd 13 10 2 1 32 +2
5 Arsenal 13 9 4 0 31 -1
6 Leicester 13 8 1 4 25 +8
7 Tottenham 13 6 5 2 23 -2
8 Everton 13 4 8 1 20 -1
9 West Ham 13 5 4 4 19 +7
10 Stoke 13 3 5 5 14 +1
11 Crystal Palace 13 3 4 6 13 +6
12 Southampton 13 3 3 7 12 -2
13 Sunderland 13 3 3 7 12 +7
14 Bournemouth 13 2 5 6 11 -2
15 West Brom 13 2 5 6 11 -6
16 Burnley 13 2 3 8 9 -3
17 Watford 13 2 3 8 9 -9
18 Middlesbrough 13 2 2 9 8 -3
19 Swansea 13 1 2 9 6 0
20 Hull 13 0 1 11 1 -2

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