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Lawro’s predictions v former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger

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 former Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger, who is the global ambassador of the Special Olympics.

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Nicole Scherzinger gives us her Premier League predictions.

Scherzinger has held the role since 2013, and met some of Britain’s athletes at an event at Lee Valley in north London last week.

“It’s such an inspiration when I watch the athletes compete because they are so proud of their medals,” she told BBC Sport. “They give it their all and take great pride in what they do.”

More than 7,000 athletes from 160 different countries took part in the last Special Olympics, in Los Angeles in 2015.

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Scherzinger met athletes at a Special Olympics event in London and explained the organisation’s aims and activities, including training for young athletes with intellectual disabilities

Scherzinger is also an X Factor judge, and is going to Sunday’s north London derby with the show’s host Dermot O’Leary, an Arsenal fan. She is predicting a close game.

“In the United Kingdom, you are obsessed with football,” the American told BBC Sport. “It is the same in the United States, just a different kind of football. I had the honour recently to sing the national anthem for one of the NFL games held in London.

“I love soccer, as we call it. I think it is awesome. I love how it brings people together and is all about spirit and the fight, but I don’t really know much about it.”

You can make your own 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 new BBC Sport Predictor game.

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

In the last round of fixtures, Lawro got seven correct results, including one perfect score, from 10 Premier League matches. That gave him a total of 100 points.

He beat England rugby league captain Sam Burgess, who got four correct results, with one perfect score, for a total of 70 points.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

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

SATURDAY

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Bournemouth v Sunderland

Bournemouth’s defeat by Middlesbrough was a bit of a backward step considering their previous form, but the Cherries are playing well at home and have not lost there in the league since the opening weekend.

Sunderland are in a mess, and even a point would be a good result for them at the moment. I don’t think they will get it, though.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Nicole’s prediction: 2-0

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Burnley v Crystal Palace

After a fairly good run, Crystal Palace have now taken only one point from their past four games, and have lost three on the spin.

Burnley will see the Eagles as beatable and you can understand why, while the Clarets are a tough nut to crack themselves.

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Arsenal and Swansea have won at Turf Moor this season but both were fortunate. At home, generally, Burnley are very difficult to play against.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Nicole’s prediction: 1-1

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Man City v Middlesbrough

This is the last game before the international break, so there is no reason for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola not to play a really strong team, especially because he can build on the back of their past two wins – against West Brom in the league and Barcelona in Europe.

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Middlesbrough got a really good and much-needed victory over Bournemouth last week.

They also drew 0-0 at Arsenal in their last away game, but I think you get a different kind of examination at Etihad Stadium and I do not see them getting anything this weekend.

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Nicole’s prediction: 3-0

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West Ham v Stoke

West Ham had been on an improved run until their defeat at Everton, which showed they still have work to do on the pitch as well as off it – there is no good news coming out of the London Stadium at the moment.

It is no surprise Stoke’s results have picked up of late. They look much better going forward at the moment, especially now Wilfried Bony is back among the goals, and the Potters seem to have the bit between their teeth.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Nicole’s prediction: 2-2

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Chelsea v Everton (17:30 GMT)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte does not make a fuss whether his side win, lose or draw. I am quietly impressed by him.

Everton also have a good manager in Ronald Koeman and I was not surprised to see them return to winning ways against West Ham last week.

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The Toffees belong in the top seven and they also look like they are in for a good season. I am backing Chelsea to continue their winning run on Saturday, though.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Nicole’s prediction: 3-1

SUNDAY

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Arsenal v Tottenham (12:00 GMT)

November looks like a tough month for Tottenham, who face three London derbies against Arsenal (away), West Ham (home) and Chelsea (away), as well as trying to get out of their Champions League group.

Spurs are struggling, having scored only one goal from open play in their past three league games, so it is a good time for them to get Harry Kane back from injury.

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Kane will be billed as their saviour, although I am not sure how much of him we will see against Arsenal because Mauricio Pochettino is not the type of manager who will rush anyone back.

Arsenal already have the likes of Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey available again and, apart from that blip when they were held at home by Middlesbrough, they are in excellent form.

It is not a case of me being more convinced by the Gunners this season, because I am never unconvinced. It will be the latter part of the campaign that will be key for them, same as always.

At the moment, though, everything is going Arsenal’s way. Spurs are still unbeaten in the Premier League, but I see that run ending this weekend.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Nicole’s prediction: Sorry Dermot, I am going for a draw. 1-1

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Hull v Southampton (14:15 GMT)

Southampton were kept at arm’s length by Chelsea last weekend, in a defeat that ended their five-game unbeaten run in the league.

But they are still a good side despite that loss.

Hull, meanwhile, continue to sink like a stone – they have now lost six league games in a row.

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The Tigers were unlucky to lose at Watford last time out, however, and after tipping them to lose every game so far, I think it is time for me to give them their first point of the season – in my table at the bottom of the page.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Nicole’s prediction: 1-3

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Liverpool v Watford (14:15 GMT)

I would argue that Liverpool are the best team in the Premier League at the moment.

That changes over the course of the season for various reasons, as we know, but right now they are seriously difficult to play against and I think the other clubs are looking at them and thinking ‘crikey’.

They are conceding goals – their only clean sheet in the league so far was their 0-0 draw against Manchester United – but, while that is an issue, when they are winning and scoring lots of goals it is not a problem.

There will come a day when it will cost them but, for now, it is a case of hang on and enjoy the ride.

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Watford are on a good run and are up to seventh place, but they will not have come up against a team who play like Liverpool before now.

The Reds will have four or five players at the Hornets all the time who can all score and create space and opportunities.

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Nicole’s prediction: 2-1

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Swansea v Man Utd

It feels like there is a problem of some description for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho every week.

And it is not necessarily an issue with the way United are playing, it is something to do with him. It is really odd, and he just needs to keep quiet and get on with things.

If a decision goes against him, then that is part of football – get over it.

Everyone is looking at him, wondering what will happen next. We know he is a good manager, and that is what he has to get on with doing.

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He needs to tell his players to go and play and forget about everything else – other players, teams, managers and officials.

I would take Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of the United side and play Marcus Rashford through the middle. I would also have Michael Carrick in midfield, because he gives you lots of things including a bit of protection in front of your centre-halves.

But it is going to be hard for Swansea to get anything from this game. They actually have a decent record against United in recent seasons but defensively the Welsh side have been chopping and changing things a lot, and they do not exactly look secure.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Nicole’s prediction: 1-2

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Leicester v West Brom (16:30 GMT)

I was at The Hawthorns to watch West Brom lose to Manchester City last week.

The Baggies were ‘Agueroed’ and then ‘Gundoganed’ but there was actually a spell in the second half where they gave City a good game, without pulling a goal back.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis will forget that result, same as he did with their defeat at Liverpool the previous week, and will not let it worry him.

They will have a go at Leicester, but the Foxes’ home form has been solid so far and I think that will continue.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Nicole’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/37819154