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Lawro’s predictions v singer Macdonald

10 Apr

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 opponent for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures is singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald.

Macdonald has been a fan of Scottish Premiership side Rangers since she went to watch them for the first time, aged 10.

“It was Walter Smith’s testimonial match at Ibrox against Liverpool in 1998,” she told BBC Sport. “Rangers won 1-0 and from that moment I was pretty hooked.

“I was a bit of a tomboy at school. I loved to sit with the boys and discuss football and I was always a bit of a statto – I knew everything that was going on with every team.

“Growing up in Glasgow, it is such a massive footballing city that it is hard not to be involved in that. I don’t know anybody who is not interested in football – everyone has got an opinion.”

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Macdonald’s fourth album, Under Stars, was released in February and she is currently touring the UK. “I don’t have much time to go to Rangers games because I am constantly on the road and my diary is full until next year,” she says. “But it is great being on tour because there are are a lot of us who follow football – my manager is a Huddersfield fan, some of the crew support Manchester United and my drummer supports Spurs, so there is a really diverse mix.”

Macdonald, who is engaged to St Johnstone right-back Richard Foster, has experienced good and bad times as a Rangers supporter, with the club now back in the Scottish top flight after being liquidated and placed in Division Three in 2012.

“It has been a crazy few years,” she explained. “When I first became a fan and started to get really into football it was the Dick Advocaat era and at that point there were so many amazing players that were signed.

“There were people like Lorenzo Amoruso, who became cult heroes at Rangers. Someone like him would be my ultimate favourite, but there were so many incredible players in the team that it was an absolute pleasure to be a fan back then.

“Obviously everything that has happened since then has proved that being a football fan is a massive roller-coaster and you have incredible highs and terrible lows, which has happened over the past few years.

“I think a lot of fans were glad when Rangers got back in the top division but I still think there is a long way to go to get the team back to where they were and back to where a lot of the fans expect them to be.”

You can make your Premier League predictions now and compare them with those of Lawro and other fans 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.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

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

SATURDAY

Tottenham v Watford<!–

Tottenham 4-0 Watford

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Amy’s prediction: 3-1

Match report

Man City v Hull<!–

Man City 3-1 Hull City

Lawro’s prediction: 3-0

Amy’s prediction: 4-0

Match report

Middlesbrough v Burnley<!–

Middlesbrough 0-0 Burnley

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Amy’s prediction: 0-1

Match report

Stoke v Liverpool<!–

Stoke City 1-2 Liverpool

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Amy’s prediction: 1-3

Match report

West Brom v Southampton<!–

West Brom 0-1 Southampton

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Amy’s prediction: 1-1

Match report

West Ham v Swansea<!–

West Ham 1-0 Swansea

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Amy’s prediction: 2-1

Match report

Bournemouth v Chelsea<!–

Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Amy’s prediction: 0-3

Match report

SUNDAY

Sunderland v Man Utd<!–

Sunderland 0-3 Man Utd

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Amy’s prediction: 0-2

Match report

Everton v Leicester<!–

Everton 4-2 Leicester

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Amy’s prediction: 2-1

Match report

MONDAY

Crystal Palace v Arsenal<!–

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

Arsenal made short work of West Ham on Wednesday but going to Selhurst Park will be a completely different test for the Gunners.

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‘Convincing’ Arsenal cheer Wenger

Crystal Palace are still in the relegation dogfight despite winning four games in a row before Wednesday’s defeat at Southampton and they will be determined to get something from this game.

If you offered a home draw to Eagles boss Sam Allardyce before kick-off, he would take it. I think he will get it, too.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Amy’s prediction: Arsenal are in danger of missing out on a top-four finish for the first time in years but their win over West Ham in midweek put them back in contention – and I think they will win this one too. 1-3

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

*Does not include scores from postponed games.

Lawro’s best score: 140 points (week 22 v James McAvoy)

Lawro’s worst score: 20 points (week 28, but only five games played so far) or 30 points (week four v Dave Bautista)

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How did Lawro do last time?

From the midweek Premier League games, Lawro got five correct results, including two perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 110 points.

He beat DJ, artist and drum and bass pioneer Goldie, who got six correct results but with one perfect score, for a tally of 90 points.

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