Lawro’s predictions v Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson



BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

Lawro’s opponent for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures is actor Adrian Dunbar, who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings in BBC drama Line of Duty.

Dunbar is an Arsenal fan who was a long-term season-ticket holder at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium when he lived in nearby Crouch End.

He is optimistic about the Gunners’ chances of beating Chelsea in next month’s FA Cup final.

“At the end of a very difficult season for everyone, there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel,” Dunbar told BBC Sport.

“I think we will be much happier playing Chelsea in the final than we would have been playing Tottenham – Spurs are ultimately a better side than Chelsea at the moment.

“So I think we’ve got a chance. Actually, while we’ve got Alexis Sanchez, we’ve always got a chance.

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Line of Duty: Adrian Dunbar gives his north London derby predictions

Dunbar says his character in Line of Duty was based on a couple of football managers, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not one of them.

“There are a whole lot of great managers that came out of the west of Scotland – Bill Shankly, Jock Stein and Sir Alex Ferguson,” he explained.

“They had great man-management skill, there is no question about it – they were able to handle people.

“Hastings had to have the same skills, where he can get the best out of everybody. I am from not far away myself so I have kind of mined that quality for him a little bit.”

So, does Hastings need to go into the Arsenal dressing room to try to get more out of their players?

“No, I think you would be wrong to think Wenger cannot drum our players up,” Dunbar said. “I think he did it big time in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final.

“I wouldn’t mind going in though, every now and again, giving them a wake-up call.”

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

You can make your Premier League predictions now and compare them with those of Lawro and other fans by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

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

SATURDAY

Southampton v Hull<!–

Southampton 0-0 Hull City

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Adrian’s prediction: 2-1

Read the match report.

Stoke v West Ham<!–

Stoke City 0-0 West Ham

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Adrian’s prediction: 1-1

Read the match report.

Sunderland v Bournemouth<!–

Sunderland 0-1 Bournemouth

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Adrian’s prediction: 0-1

Read the match report.

West Brom v Leicester<!–

West Brom 0-1 Leicester

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Adrian’s prediction: 1-1

Read the match report.

Crystal Palace v Burnley<!–

Crystal Palace 0-2 Burnley

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Adrian’s prediction: 3-1

Read the match report.

SUNDAY

Man Utd v Swansea<!–

Man Utd 1-1 Swansea

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Adrian’s prediction: 3-0

Read the match report.

Everton v Chelsea<!–

Everton 0-3 Chelsea

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Adrian’s prediction: 1-1

Read the match report.

Middlesbrough v Man City<!–

Middlesbrough 2-2 Man City

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Adrian’s prediction: 0-2

Read the match report.

Tottenham v Arsenal<!–

Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Adrian’s prediction: This is going to be very difficult for Arsenal – Spurs are probably the best team in England at the moment. I would be happy with a draw but who knows? It is a one-off game and anything can happen. 2-2

Read the match report.

MONDAY

Watford v Liverpool<!–

Watford 0-1 Liverpool

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Adrian’s prediction: 1-2

Read the match report.

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

Lawro’s best score: 140 points (week 22 v James McAvoy)

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

Lawro's League Table<!–

How did Lawro do last time?

From last weekend’s Premier League matches, Lawro got three correct results, with no perfect scores, from the six matches, for a total of 30 points.

He beat Radio 1Xtra DJ Trevor Nelson, who got two correct results to score 20 points, but lost out to fellow MOTD pundit Jermaine Jenas, who got three correct results, including one perfect score, for a tally of 60 points.

In the FA Cup semi-finals, Nelson fared the best, correctly predicting that Chelsea would beat Spurs in normal time, while Lawro thought the Blues would win via penalties. Nobody picked Arsenal to win the other tie.

Lawro made the following predictions for the midweek Premier League games, but he did not have an opponent for all the games so not all the scores count towards his season totals.

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