Don’t Panic! Lawro v Dad’s Army stars

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 the latest round of Premier League games are Blake Harrison and Daniel Mays, stars of the new Dad’s Army film.

Don’t Panic! Blake Harrison (far left) and Daniel Mays (second left) star in Dad’s Army

Harrison, who plays Private Pike, is a Millwall fan who told BBC Sport: “I grew up about 10 minutes away from the old Den and then they moved to the New Den which, equally, is about 10 minutes away from where I grew up.

“My whole family supported them so I was a fan from birth. But then my younger brother just decided he was a Liverpool fan – until then I did not realise I had any choice in the matter.”

Mays, who plays Private Walker, supports Leyton Orient and says his stand-out memory of following the O’s is from the FA Cup rather than the “ups and downs” of lower league football.

He explained: “It was against Arsenal in the FA Cup third round, in 2011. We were sitting right next to their fans and one of them clocked me from the telly, and was giving it to me all game, lots of banter shouting things along the lines of “you’re a terrible actor”.

“Then we equalised in stoppage time and it was just the most sensational goal to celebrate, but I did not care about that, I was just giving it back to him.”

You can see more from Harrison and Mays on Football Focus at 12:10 GMT on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website

Our scoring system has changed this season and a correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is now worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

The midweek Premier League games saw Lawro get four correct results from 10 matches, including one perfect score.

His score of 70 points saw him beat Maccabees guitarist Felix White, who picked five correct results but with no perfect scores for a total of 50 points.

Make your own predictions now, compare them to Lawro and other fans and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.


All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated


Man City v Leicester (12:45 GMT)

Leicester’s game against Liverpool was quite even until Jamie Vardy’s wonder-goal so the fact the Foxes won it was another example of why they have picked up so many points this season.

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Jamie Vardy: Is this the goal of the season?

Claudio Ranieri’s side are not always going to out-play teams, but they have the ability to stay in games and then nick the winner.

Doing that against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium will be a much bigger test, however.

I know Leicester like to play on the counter-attack so, in theory, the way the game will go could suit them.

But Manchester City are not just going to see most of the ball, they are going to see an awful of it, and I would back their attack to break Leicester down.

If they do lose, it will not be the end of Leicester’s title bid, though. They have already shown us that they have got too many very good players for that to happen, their team spirit is excellent and they will be very difficult to shake off.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Dad’s Army prediction: (Mays) This is a big game – will Leicester continue their run? I’m going to say no. 2-1

Aston Villa v Norwich

On paper this is a winnable game for Aston Villa, against another struggling side, but I cannot tip them to beat Norwich, and I actually think the Canaries might go there and win.

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Remi Garde says ‘everything is against Villa’

Tottenham turned Norwich over in midweek and this becomes a huge game for Alex Neil’s side because three points would see them haul a couple of the teams above them back into the relegation scrap.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Dad’s Army prediction: (Harrison) A bit of a bore-fest, I’m afraid. 0-0

Liverpool v Sunderland

Liverpool created a few opportunities against Leicester and they could not do much about Vardy’s goal, but their defence continues to offer up too many chances.

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Leicester 2-0 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp says Jamie Vardy’s goal was ‘world class’

The Reds have won once against Premier League opposition at Anfield in five matches since the end of November and they keep conceding goals.

Jurgen Klopp needs a left-back who can defend – Alberto Moreno looks good going forward but he is one of the worst defenders I have seen.

So it is difficult for the rest of the back four to be a solid unit, and also puts the goalkeeper under pressure. I bet Klopp is tearing his hair out.

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We are in big trouble – Allardyce

Sunderland gave it a real go against Manchester City at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday, but their away form is far less encouraging – only Aston Villa have picked up fewer points on the road.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Dad’s Army prediction: (Mays) I was at Carrow Road for Liverpool’s nine-goal thriller, which was the most amazing I have ever watched, and they looked on fire going forward. 2-0

Newcastle v West Brom

It sounded like Newcastle were rolled over far too easily by Everton on Wednesday but West Brom are also on a poor recent run.

The Baggies are wobbling because goals are a problem for them, and Newcastle are generally better at home.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Dad’s Army prediction: 1-0

Stoke v Everton

Roberto Martinez’s use of the word ‘phenomenal’ to describe his players is, well, phenomenal.

That is how he described Ross Barkley’s performance after Wednesday’s win over Newcastle but I think he should remember where Newcastle are in the table before wheeling out the hyperbole.

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Everton showed real focus – Martinez

Yes, it was a big win for the Toffees because they were slipping down the league, but I think Martinez was getting carried away.

It is hard to know what to expect from Stoke, who were outplayed by Manchester United on Tuesday.

I think the Potters’ big problem is scoring goals but they are back at the Britannia Stadium and I don’t see them being beaten there.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Dad’s Army prediction: 1-1

Swansea v Crystal Palace

Swansea looked very bright in their draw at West Brom and had enough chances to win the game.

Their new Italian striker Alberto Paloschi looked very lively when he came on in the second half.

Crystal Palace are on an absolutely awful run but I think their form will pick up.

I cannot see them being dragged into the relegation scrap, although it will help when Yannick Bolasie is back from injury.

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Palace losing too many bodies – Pardew

The Eagles can get their new striker Emmanuel Adebayor fit in a couple of weeks and, when that happens, he will make a difference.

By that I mean keep the opposition centre-backs busy – which has not happened enough with Palace’s strikers this season.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-2

Dad’s Army prediction: (Harrison) I’m just not a big fan of Palace. Swansea’s form has picked up under Francesco Gudolin and I will use any excuse so I can predict Palace will lose. 1-0

Tottenham v Watford

After losing four league games in a row at the start of the year, Watford have started to pick up again.

Tottenham are absolutely flying, though. Along with West Ham they have taken 13 points from their last six games, making them the form teams in the top flight.

With Jan Vertonghen sidelined, how Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld cope with Hornets strikers Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo will play a big part in deciding the outcome.

But I am going to back Spurs to pick up another three points.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Dad’s Army prediction: (Mays) Tottenham are flying and if they keep this run going they can win the title. 3-1

Southampton v West Ham (17:30 GMT)

West Ham’s good form has taken them into sixth with a five-point cushion over Southampton, who are one place below them.

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Koeman happy with ‘lucky’ point

Saints are also on an impressive run, including their excellent point at Arsenal on Tuesday.

So I am going to go for Ronald Koeman’s side to edge this one, although it will be close.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Dad’s Army prediction: (both) We have to admit West Ham are doing all right but we also have to admit that we don’t like them. 1-1


Bournemouth v Arsenal (13:30 GMT)

Some Arsenal fans were complaining after their draw with Southampton on Tuesday but they actually had enough chances to win two games.

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Wenger feels ‘guilty’ after draw

Part of their problem was that everyone around them at the top of the table won. The mood would have been very different if Arsenal had got the goal they probably should have scored, and if Sunderland’s pressure had seen them equalise against Manchester City.

I expect the Gunners to bounce back and this is a good game for them to do that in because Bournemouth are an open side who play attacking football.

The Cherries always create chances but they will let Arsenal play.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Dad’s Army prediction: (Harrison) Arsenal are going to smash it. 0-4

Chelsea v Man Utd (16:00 GMT)

Whatever the Dutch is for bus*, I think Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will park it at Stamford Bridge on Sunday because this is a game he will not want to lose.

Chelsea seem to find it hard to break down teams who make it difficult for them, and United will definitely look to do that.

Eden Hazard will start, which will make a difference, and the Blues will continue to climb up the table, but this game has got a draw written all over it.

*It’s bus, Lawro

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Dad’s Army prediction: 1-0

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

Lawro’s best score: 160 points (week 19 v Guy Mowbray)

Lawro’s worst score: 20 points (week one v Graeme Swann week 23 v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart)

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