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5-0? Find out who Lawro’s opponent has tipped to get hammered this weekend

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 Lloyd Griffith, who supports his hometown club Grimsby.

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Griffith’s childhood ambition was to be Grimsby’s goalkeeper, but he had to settle for being a comedian instead

He has recently been acting as a chauffeur for footballers as part of his ‘Taxi to Training’ series. for BBC Three.

“I drove Christian Fuchs around Leicester and we got on like a house on fire,” says Griffith. “He’s a great lad and we message all the time now. I mean, he hasn’t replied to any of them, but there have been a lot of messages.”

You can make your 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.

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

Last week, Lawro got six correct results, including one perfect score, from 10 Premier League matches. That gave him a total of 90 points.

He beat 80s pop legend Rick Astley, who got three correct results, with one perfect score, for a total of 60 points.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

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

SATURDAY

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Burnley v Man City (12:30 GMT)

Burnley’s performance in Monday’s 4-0 defeat by West Brom was probably their worst of the season.

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The Clarets don’t often put in two poor displays back to back, though, and I think they will give Manchester City’s defence a really tough examination.

But I still fancy City to win this one, even though their manager Pep Guardiola keeps changing things around at the back.

By doing that, Guardiola is making it very difficult for his players to get any continuity.

What John Stones, for example, needs now is to play with someone regularly – swapping his defensive partners around and playing different systems is just not working for him or for City.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Lloyd’s prediction: 3-0

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Hull City v West Brom

West Brom come into this game after back-to-back wins and look like they are establishing themselves in mid-table, with a bit of breathing space between them and the bottom three.

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West Brom are ninth, with 16 points from 12 games

Hull do not have that luxury, and remain in the relegation zone after being well beaten by fellow strugglers Sunderland.

The Tigers’ lack of recruitment in the summer has already caught up with them, and they are in for a long, hard season.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Lloyd’s prediction: 0-2

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Leicester v Middlesbrough

From Jamie Vardy’s poor form to the departure of N’Golo Kante and their problems in defence, there are lots of little things happening at Leicester that add up to one big reason why they have not hit the heights of last season..

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But Claudio Ranieri’s side have done what they set out to do at the start of the season by getting out of their Champions League group, which is a brilliant achievement.

Now that is secure, I think their league form will improve – starting on Saturday.

It will not be easy because, away from home, Middlesbrough’s defensive-minded system suits them.

They look more likely to get results on the road at the moment than they do playing at Riverside Stadium, but I am still going to go with the Foxes here.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Lloyd’s prediction: 3-0

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Liverpool v Sunderland

Sunderland’s results have picked up of late but their injury problems keep on coming – Black Cats defender Paddy McNair is the latest victim, and he is out for the rest of the season.

I think their revival ends this weekend, though. David Moyes’ side will put up a fight at Anfield, but it is hard to see them getting anything there.

Yes, Southampton stopped the Reds from scoring last weekend, but they still had enough chances to win more than one game, and they will open Sunderland up too.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Lloyd’s prediction: 2-1

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Swansea v Crystal Palace

Bottom side Swansea have not won in the league since the opening day of the season while Crystal Palace, who have lost their past five league games, are falling fast.

The Swans played well at Everton last week but conceded a late equaliser, which will still be hurting.

There is nothing wrong with the Welsh side’s effort, application or organisation – they just lack quality, and badly need to try to get some in January when the transfer window opens.

Palace boss Alan Pardew needs a win just as badly as Bob Bradley, his Swansea counterpart.

The difference is the Eagles have got players we know can perform in the Premier League, but they are not doing that at the moment.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Lloyd’s prediction: 1-1

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Chelsea v Tottenham (17:30 GMT)

On form, it is hard not to go with Chelsea at the moment. They are top of the Premier League, and flying.

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In contrast, Tottenham are going through a dip, even if they did fight back to beat West Ham last time out.

Spurs do not look the same at the back without Toby Alderweireld, who will miss this game through injury, and Harry Kane is still getting his sharpness back up front.

As lots of people reading this will know, it is more than 26 years since Tottenham last won at Stamford Bridge. I think they will have to wait a bit longer to finally put that record to bed.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Lloyd’s prediction: 2-2

SUNDAY

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Watford v Stoke (12:00 GMT)

I have probably been guilty of under-estimating Watford in the past, but I have been very impressed by some of their attacking play and, in Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, they have got a goal threat too.

This should be a decent game, and it is hard to call. But Stoke are not quite firing up front and I think that is where Watford will have the edge.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Lloyd’s prediction: 3-0

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Arsenal v Bournemouth (14:15 GMT)

Bournemouth got a good win at Stoke last weekend and they are clearly capable of upsetting sides. I don’t see any surprises happening here, though.

Arsenal can mix it up in attack if they have to and they have got a bit of steel at the back even when they are not playing well.

The Gunners are unbeaten in their past 18 games in all competitions, since their opening-weekend defeat by Liverpool, and I am backing them to continue that run.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Lloyd’s prediction: 5-0

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Man Utd v West Ham (16:30 GMT)

West Ham caved in late on at White Hart Lane last weekend, and they are just not as good defensively as they were last season.

Manchester United have issues too, especially in attack, but although they might make hard work of it, I think they will find a way through.

There continues to be off-field distractions at Old Trafford – like the talk about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract for example – and some of what Jose Mourinho is saying about the whole situation strikes me as odd.

I think, ultimately, he is doing it because he does not think United will make the top four. I do think they will win on Sunday, though.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Lloyd’s prediction: 3-1

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Southampton v Everton (16:30 GMT)

Everton’s performance in last week’s draw against Swansea only underlined how much work they need to do.

Yes, the Toffees made a bright start to the season but I don’t think for one minute that will have kidded their manager Ronald Koeman about their prospects.

They lacked urgency, and played too many square balls. Everyone seemed to need an extra touch, which makes it easier for the opposition to defend against.

That needs to change on Sunday, because we know how good Koeman’s old team are at the back.

Southampton’s results have dropped off recently too, but their run of one win in six league games includes draws with Manchester City and Liverpool, so they are hardly struggling.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Lloyd’s prediction: 0-0

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

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

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

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38038456