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Lawro's predictions v England rugby league captain Sam Burgess

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 Premier League fixtures is England rugby league captain Sam Burgess.

Burgess leads England against New Zealand on Saturday (live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website at 14:30 BST) in the first of their Four Nations matches, and also made a prediction for that match – “an England win”.

England rugby league captain Sam Burgess<!–<!–[if lte IE 8]><![endif]–>

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.

Premier League predictions – week 10
ResultLawroSam
SATURDAY
Sunderland v Arsenal1-41-20-2
Man Utd v Burnley0-02-02-1
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth2-01-01-0
Tottenham v Leicester1-12-11-0
Watford v Hull1-02-01-2
West Brom v Man City0-40-20-2
Crystal Palace v Liverpool2-40-20-2
SUNDAY
Everton v West Hamx-x1-10-1
Southampton v Chelseax-x0-20-2
MONDAY
Stoke v Swanseax-x2-00-1

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 six correct results, including one perfect score, from 10 Premier League matches. That gave him a total of 90 points.

He was beaten by Olympic kayak gold medallist Joe Clarke, who got four correct results, but with two perfect scores, for a total of 100 points.

Total scores after week 9
Lawro740
Guests670

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

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

SATURDAY

Sunderland v Arsenal<!–<!–[if lte IE 8]><![endif]–>

Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Sam’s prediction: 0-2

Match report

Man Utd v Burnley<!–<!–[if lte IE 8]><![endif]–>

Man Utd 0-0 Burnley

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Sam’s prediction: 2-1

Match report

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Middlesbrough 2-0 Bournemouth

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

Sam’s prediction: 1-0

Match report

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Tottenham 1-1 Leicester

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Sam’s prediction: 1-0

Match report

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Watford 1-0 Hull

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Sam’s prediction: 1-2

Match report

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West Brom 0-4 Man City

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Sam’s prediction: 0-2

Match report

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Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Sam’s prediction: 0-2

Match report

SUNDAY

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Everton v West Ham (13:30 BST)

Everton made a strong start to the season while West Ham’s problems were well documented, but things are very different on recent form.

The Toffees have only taken two points from their last four league games and also went out of the EFL Cup.

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If you include Wednesday’s victory over Chelsea in the same competition, the Hammers have won three in a row and drew the one before that.

So one team has gone five games without a win, the other four without a defeat. Bearing that in mind, I am going for a draw.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Sam’s prediction: My team-mate James Graham is a massive Everton supporter, so I am going to back West Ham. Sorry James. 0-1

Match preview

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Southampton v Chelsea (16:00 BST)

Both of these teams are in decent form at the moment.

Southampton continue to do well, helped by the fact they are so strong at the back – I don’t think there is a better central defensive pairing in the Premier League than Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk.

Only Tottenham have conceded fewer goals than Saints in the league this season and Spurs’ regular centre-halves Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have much more protection in front of them.

But Chelsea will be full of confidence on the back of three league wins in a row, including that thumping of Manchester United.

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By reverting to playing with three at the back, Blues boss Antonio Conte knows he has a formation that works and I think they are capable of doing something no team has done so far in seven matches this season, which is beating Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium.

If they do beat Saints on their home turf, it will be another big statement about Chelsea’s prospects of winning the title.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Sam’s prediction: 0-2

Match preview

MONDAY

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Stoke v Swansea (20:00 BST)

Stoke made a bad start to the season but have now gone four games unbeaten and look like the team I always thought they were.

With Swansea, I still don’t know what to expect under Bob Bradley. He picked up his first Premier League point against Watford last weekend but now he needs his first win, and I don’t see it coming against the Potters.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Sam’s prediction: 0-1

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
P9W5D0L4
SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
150Elis James
110Michael van Gerwen
100Joe Clarke
82Lawro (average after nine weeks)
70Dave Bautista, Athletico Mince
50Charlie Sloth, Laura Trott
40Ed Balls
30Blossoms

Lawro’s best score: 140 points (week three v Laura Trott)

Lawro’s worst score: 30 points (week four v Dave Bautista)

Lawro's League Table<!–<!–[if lte IE 8]><![endif]–>

+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO’S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
POSTEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Liverpool972023+2
2Man Utd971122+5
3Arsenal963021-1
4Chelsea9621200
5Man City962120-4
6Tottenham945017-1
7West Ham952217+8
8Leicester951316+4
9Everton936015-3
10Crystal Palace932411+1
11Southampton931510-3
12Stoke92349+4
13Sunderland92349+7
14Burnley922580
15Bournemouth91447-5
16West Brom91447-3
17Middlesbrough912650
18Swansea91265+1
19Watford90363-10
20Hull90090-2

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