Lawro’s predictions v comedian Caton

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 Premier League fixtures is comedian and Brentford fan Nathan Caton.


Caton says his all-time favourite Brentford player is Kevin O’Connor, who played for the Bees between 1999 and 2015. He explained: “Kevin is a legend, an old-fashioned one-club man. I met him a few years back and he is not just a loyal servant, he is a nice guy too.”

Caton told BBC Sport: “The mighty Bees are my local club in west London and they are my team.

“The best moment I have had supporting them was either getting promoted to the Championship in 2014, or beating our neighbours Fulham 4-1 at Craven Cottage last season.

“I went to that game and it was brilliant to see all our goals go in.”

You can hear more of Caton’s tales of supporting Brentford on Football Focus at 12:10 BST on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

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

Last weekend, Lawro got three correct results and no perfect scores from seven Premier League matches, to give him a total of 30 points.

He drew with world heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua, who also got three results correct, with no perfect scores.

Lawro also picked up 40 points for correctly predicting Arsenal’s 3-0 win over West Brom on 21 April. Another world champion boxer, super-bantamweight Carl Frampton, also added 10 points to his score for choosing the right result.

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 BST unless otherwise stated



Everton v Bournemouth

Bournemouth ended up losing 4-1 to Chelsea last week but that game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.

The Cherries will go on the attack, which should help Everton, and I am going to back the Toffees on the basis that they need to win a lot more than Bournemouth do.

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Highlights: Everton 1-2 Man Utd

Following their FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester United, the most important thing for Everton on Saturday is a win, followed by a good performance.

They need to send the punters home happy from Goodison Park – otherwise there really will be some flak flying around.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Caton’s prediction: Everton lost at Wembley last week but they played really well in the second half against United. 2-0


Newcastle v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are on a good run in the Premier League – they have only lost once in five games – and now they are in the FA Cup final as well.

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Highlights: Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

Newcastle’s form has picked up too and you could argue this game is their cup final, which is why I am backing them to win it.

It adds a little bit of spice that this is Alan Pardew’s first game back at St James’ Park since he left Newcastle to take charge of Palace last year, but not much.

Pardew has moved on and so have Newcastle. Their current predicament has nothing to do with him.

Some of their fans might realise now that he was actually a good manager for Newcastle and, subsequently, I think he will get a good reception.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Caton’s prediction: Palace will be on a high after winning their semi-final but they might be saving themselves for the final, while Newcastle are scrapping. 1-0


Stoke v Sunderland

After being thrashed by Manchester City last week, Stoke have now conceded four goals in each of their past three games.

It looks like the Potters are on their holidays already, which I would not expect from a team managed by Mark Hughes.

Sunderland’s season is definitely not over, though. They are just trying to inch away from the relegation zone, but they are still in trouble because their performances have been better than their results.


The Black Cats have made themselves hard to beat, and have only lost one of their past seven games.

But they have only won one of their past seven too, and I think they might have to settle for another draw here. Their manager Sam Allardyce would probably be happy with that too.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Caton’s prediction: I have a sneaky feeling Sunderland will get something. 1-1


Watford v Aston Villa

Aston Villa are already in crisis and, if they sack their manager, Watford could soon be in one as well.

I know the Hornets did it last summer too, but I do not understand why Quique Sanchez Flores’s job is under threat.

Watford were seventh at Christmas and their form since then has been poor, but they are still 12th.


If you flipped the season so their results in the past 10 games had come at the start, and they had recovered to where they are in the table now, then we would be talking about how well they have done after looking like they are dead and buried.

Flores should be judged on where Watford finish and results over the whole season, not just the past couple of months.

I am not sure it will make any difference if his side beat Villa, but they will.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Caton’s prediction: Villa could play a bit better now that relegation has taken the weight off their shoulders, but I’m backing Watford. 2-0


West Brom v West Ham

West Ham have had an outstanding season but they are out of the FA Cup and have fallen out of contention for a top-four place too.

Their season will not just peter out because they will want to give Upton Park a big send-off with their last couple of home games against Swansea and Manchester United before they move to the Olympic Stadium – but I am not sure what to expect from them at The Hawthorns.

West Brom ended a run of three straight defeats with a draw against Tottenham on Monday.

Tony Pulis’ side never seem to have to wait too long to pick up a point – and when they get one decent result they tend to get two or three on the bounce.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Caton’s prediction: West Ham are still going for a European spot and I think they will have too much for the Baggies. 1-3


Arsenal v Norwich (17:30 BST)

Mathematically, Arsenal’s title hopes ended last weekend but, realistically, they had been over for a lot longer.

The Gunners cannot just down tools because they still need some wins to make sure of a top-four finish. I do not see them having many problems getting one of them here.


Norwich have lost their past two games but, on top of that, their away form is dreadful.

The Canaries have scored only 13 goals in 17 games on the road this season, taking eight points from a possible 51. Only Newcastle and Aston Villa have fared worse, and I don’t see that record improving at the Emirates Stadium.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Caton’s prediction: 3-0



Swansea v Liverpool (12:00 BST)

The Europa League is the priority for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, so with this game coming between both legs of their semi-final, I am expecting him to field some of his fringe players.

But even if Liverpool are not at full strength, Swansea will have to be much-improved on their showing against Leicester last weekend.

Like Stoke, they are another team who are now safe and some of their players might have half an eye on Euro 2016. Plus it does not help that the future of their manager, Francesco Guidolin, is in doubt too.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Caton’s prediction: This was the Brendan Rodgers derby – I guess it is the Joe Allen derby now. 1-2


Man Utd v Leicester (14:05 BST)

Claudio Ranieri caught everyone out with the way Leicester played without Jamie Vardy last week, bringing in Jeff Schlupp for Marc Albrighton.

The Foxes’ 4-0 win was such a good result but it was against Swansea, who were abysmal.

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This is not a must-win game for Leicester but it is for Manchester United, who need a victory to stay in touch with the top four.

I would still maintain that whatever happens in the FA Cup final, United boss Louis van Gaal needs to finish fourth or better to keep his job.

Leicester will just sit in at Old Trafford and United are not great at breaking down teams who do that.

I think it will be a draw, which would be a decent result for Leicester, although it would prolong the title race to Monday night when Tottenham play Chelsea.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Caton’s prediction: Oh, this is a massive game. If United play like they did in the first half of their FA Cup semi-final against Everton then I can’t see them losing. With Leicester striker Jamie Vardy still suspended I am going for United to shade it. 2-1


Southampton v Man City (16:30 BST)

I still cannot work out whether Manchester City’s 0-0 draw with Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final was a good result or not.

This game comes three days before the return at the Bernabeu but I think City will win at St Mary’s because they know they are close to securing a top-four place.

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Southampton are in good shape too, with only one defeat in their past seven games overall and four wins in their past six at home, but I think City will deal with them.

As for the Real game, I think City will score in Spain but I also think Madrid will go through.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Caton’s prediction: Both teams are on form, but City might want it a bit more to cement a top-four place. 2-3



Chelsea v Tottenham (20:00 BST)

If Leicester draw at Old Trafford on Sunday and Tottenham drop points too then the title race is all over.

It is clear that Chelsea’s fans would love Spurs to miss out – and so would the some of the Blues’ players. In fact, Eden Hazard spoke out about it this week.

I think they might get their wish.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Caton’s prediction: Chelsea will not let Tottenham beat them, I know that for a fact. So as good as Spurs are playing, Chelsea will be playing their hearts out to let Leicester win the league. 2-2

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

*Does not include score for postponed games

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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