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Lawro’s Premier League predictions v Radio 1Xtra DJ Charlie Sloth

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 different guests.

Lawro’s opponent for this week’s Premier League fixtures is Radio 1Xtra DJ Charlie Sloth.

Sloth is a Liverpool fan, and told BBC Sport: “I am a massive Red, and there is only one Red that matters.

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Charlie Sloth’s history of rapping footballers

“When I was growing up, my sporting hero was Stevie G – Steven Gerrard. I still idolise him to this day.

“I have met him a few times and I always get a little bit funny. I get to meet some of the biggest rappers in the world, some of the biggest superstars but, when I see Stevie, he has that effect on me.”

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 before the international break, Lawro got three correct results, with no perfect scores, from 10 Premier League matches. That gave him a total of 30 points.

He suffered his first defeat of the season at the hands of actor Dave Bautista, who got four correct results, with one perfect score, for a total of 70 points.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

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

FRIDAY

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Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Sloth’s prediction: If the Liverpool team who beat Leicester turn up at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are in trouble. They don’t have much pace at the back and look a bit shaky – if they let us counter-attack them, they are in trouble. 1-3

Match report

SATURDAY

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Hull 1-4 Arsenal

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Sloth’s prediction: This is going to be a good game. On paper I’d go for Arsenal to win 2-1 but something is telling me there is going to be a turn up for the books here so what I’m going to do is go for a 2-2.

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Leicester 3-0 Burnley

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Sloth’s prediction: 2-1

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Man City 4-0 Bournemouth

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Sloth’s prediction: The way City are playing at the moment, I can only go with them. 4-1

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West Brom 4-2 West Ham

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Sloth’s prediction: West Ham got turned over last week and they have got a lot to prove. 0-2

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Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Sloth’s prediction: Even though I think Everton are going to win, I don’t want them to, so I won’t predict that they will. 1-3

Match report

SUNDAY

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Watford v Man Utd (12:00 BST)

Watford have already played – and lost to – Chelsea and Arsenal at home this season, so it has been a very tough start, and one that does not get any easier with this fixture.

Walter Mazzarri’s side were all over the place in the first 30 minutes at West Ham last time out but came alive to win a strange game 4-2. It was an impressive comeback but I am not sure if it told us more about the Hammers than the Hornets.

Manchester United will want to bounce back straight away from last weekend’s derby defeat and I don’t think Thursday’s Europa League game against Feyenoord will distract them.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Sloth’s prediction: I’ve got a funny feeling Watford are going to turn United over – I’m going for a late winner, 84th minute. 1-0

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Crystal Palace v Stoke (14:15 BST)

Stoke feel hard done by some of the decisions that have gone against them this season but that was not a factor in their defeat by Tottenham last week. Spurs were just better than them.

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It was right to send me off – Hughes

The Potters have just one point from their first four games but I am sure they will be fine. They started last season in a similar way, with no wins and just three points from their first six matches, but finished in the top half.

Crystal Palace got their first win of the season, and their first away win of 2016, against Middlesbrough last week and they are another team that will not have any relegation worries.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Sloth’s prediction: Stoke got absolutely hammered last weekend and Mark Hughes is not going to be happy. He is going to be like: “Lads, you get out there and you play for that shirt.” 0-2

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Southampton v Swansea (14:15 BST)

It was a great comeback by Swansea to draw with Chelsea last week but they are still without a win since beating Burnley on the opening day.

Southampton do not have a win full-stop under Claude Puel but they had enough chances to beat Arsenal last week before losing to a last-gasp penalty, and I think their wait for three points will be over on Sunday.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Sloth’s prediction: 0-0

Match preview

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Tottenham v Sunderland (16:30 BST)

Sunderland were poor defensively in their 3-0 home defeat by Everton on Monday night. When the Toffees raised their level in the second half, it was all over.

This looks like another big test for the Black Cats. I would go so far as to say that it looks to be a home banker for Tottenham.

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Spurs lacked passion – Pochettino

Spurs lost to Monaco at Wembley in the Champions League on Wednesday but I don’t see them having any problems on their return to White Hart Lane.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Sloth’s prediction: 3-0

Match preview

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/37327977