Lawro’s predictions v Sting and his son

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 opponents for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures are Sting and his son Joe Sumner, who are both Newcastle fans.

“Football played a big part in my life growing up in Wallsend,” Sting told BBC Sport. “The last trophy we won was the Fairs Cup in 1969 and I went to a lot of our home games during that run.

“Bobby Moncur was the captain and he was my hero – he still is.

“My favourite players are from that era – people like Jim Iley, all those old people. Footballers always seemed much older than me, but now they seem like my children. It’s strange, it is just an age thing.

“Winning the Fairs Cup is still the best moment I’ve had as a Newcastle fan – it was fantastic, but we need to win another trophy.”

Sting (r) and his son, Joe Sumner<!–

Sting is on a world tour for his new album ’57th & 9th’

Joe also grew up as a Toon fanatic, although is not a Geordie like his dad.

“I grew up in north London, so it was a strange kind of cultural mix where all my friends were either Tottenham or Arsenal supporters,” he said.

“Most of them were Spurs fans so despite supporting Newcastle, who nobody else I knew cared about, I have sort of developed that Tottenham-style dislike of Arsenal – it is them I cannot stand losing to.”

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.

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 BST unless otherwise stated.

SATURDAY

Tottenham v Bournemouth<!–

Tottenham 4-0 Bournemouth

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Sting & Joe’s prediction: 3-1

Crystal Palace v Leicester<!–

Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Sting & Joe’s prediction: 1-2

Everton v Burnley<!–

Everton 3-1 Burnley

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Sting & Joe’s prediction: 2-1

Stoke City v Hull City<!–

Stoke City 3-1 Hull City

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Sting & Joe’s prediction: 1-1

Sunderland v West Ham<!–

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Sting & Joe’s prediction: 1-1

Watford v Swansea<!–

Watford 1-0 Swansea City

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Sting & Joe’s prediction: 2-1

Southampton v Man City<!–

Southampton 0-3 Man City (17:30 BST)

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Sting & Joe’s prediction: 1-2

SUNDAY

West Brom v Liverpool<!–

West Brom 0-1 Liverpool

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Sting & Joe’s prediction: 1-3

Man Utd v Chelsea<!–

Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Sting & Joe’s prediction: 1-2

Sting was impressed to hear United fans have used one of his songs for their chant about Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

United fans sing “Whoa Mkhitaryan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he’s our midfield Armenian” to the tune of Englishman in New York.

“I am very happy about that,” Sting said. “I like to see songs repossessed and refitted for different purposes. It is pretty good too.

“As a songwriter I think it is extraordinary the way those chants go around a massive group of people, and suddenly they are all singing the same thing.”

MONDAY

Middlesbrough v Arsenal<!–

Middlesbrough 1-2 Arsenal

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Sting & Joe’s prediction: 2-2

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

*Does not include scores from postponed games.

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

Lawro’s worst score: 20 points (week 28, but only five games played so far) or 30 points (week four v Dave Bautista)

Lawro's League Table<!–

How did Lawro do last time?

From last week’s Premier League games, Lawro got five correct results, with no perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 50 points.

He was beaten by singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald, who got seven correct results with no perfect scores, for a tally of 70 points.

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