Premier League leaders Liverpool are favourites to proceed their spectacular begin to the season once they host neighbours Everton on Wednesday – however will the Reds’ unbeaten file live on the Merseyside derby?

“It is a fixture that scares Liverpool fanatics”, stated BBC soccer skilled and previous Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. “They realize it is bad, as a result of Everton will elevate their recreation.

“From previous revel in, it does no longer topic the place every crew is within the league or what number of issues distinction there’s, as a result of the entire same old elements simply move out of the window.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight suits this season, towards a number of visitors.

This week he’s up towards College Problem celebrity Bobby Seagull, who may be a maths trainer, TV presenter, creator – and West Ham fan.

Bobby works with West Ham as an schooling and charity ambassador. He’s a prepared footballer too, and performed towards former Hammers striker Jermain Defoe at number one faculty degree – “he scored 5 within the first half of with me as a hapless defender and their trainer subbed him off at half-time as an act of mercy”

Seagull, who grew up in East Ham, is easiest recognized for his stint on College Problem as captain of the Emmanuel Faculty Cambridge crew, who misplaced to Eric Monkman within the 2016-17 semi-final.

Since then he has teamed up with Monkman to offer their ‘Genius Information to Britain’, a road-trip sequence that used to be proven on BBC Two.

“My non-public spotlight used to be instructing Eric the ‘Paolo di Canio’ track, which is according to a melody from a Verdi Rigoletto opera aria, in William Gladstone’s outdated library,” Seagull instructed BBC Game.

The pair have teamed up once more for some other BBC Two sequence, ‘Monkman and Seagull’s Genius Adventures’, which will probably be proven quickly.

Seagull and Monkman will delve into Britain’s historical past as a part of their new TV sequence. He has a work of West Ham’s previous in his again lawn too, after rescuing one of the most outdated turf from Upton Park that were left out of doors the bottom

Seagull’s hobby for maths is plain, however so is his affection for the Hammers. He had a season price tag at Upton Park in 2002-03 and his circle of relatives percentage two on the London Stadium now.

“I am a part-time faculty maths trainer and doing a Doctorate in Maths Training at Cambridge,” he defined. “I am additionally an creator of ‘The Lifestyles-Converting Magic of Numbers’. The ebook presentations how maths is far and wide in lifestyles – from the gymnasium, to the kitchen or even my seek for love!

“Alternatively the phrase ‘soccer’ seems 65 instances in my ebook and ‘West Ham’ seems 28 instances – this in all probability presentations my actual pursuits!

“I now am captivated with the usage of soccer as approach of attractive rookies about maths. Simply closing week, I did the keynote communicate on the Premier League Instructing & Finding out convention for Premier League academy schooling managers and coaches.

“I volunteer with the West Ham United Basis as a charity ambassador for the membership, going out to consult with number one colleges selling maths in soccer.

“Even if instructing stats, I every so often get my scholars to analytically evaluate Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, so children focal point on statistics fairly than simply who’s the loudest arguer!”

Premier League predictions – week 15
End resultLawroBobby
Crystal Palace v Bournemouthx-x1-12-1
Burnley v Guy Townx-x0-21-2
Chelsea v Aston Villax-x2-02-1
Leicester v Watfordx-x2-02-1
Guy Utd v Tottenhamx-x0-21-1
Southampton v Norwichx-x1-11-1
Wolves v West Hamx-x2-02-1
Liverpool v Evertonx-x2-02-1
Sheff Utd v Newcastlex-x2-12-1
Arsenal v Brightonx-x2-02-1

A right kind end result (choosing a win, draw or defeat) is price 10 issues. The precise rating earns 40 issues.


All kick-offs 19:30 GMT except mentioned.


Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

Bournemouth do not appear pick out up many issues once they concede first and it used to be the similar tale once more for them towards Tottenham on Saturday, even supposing a few past due Harry Wilson objectives made the scoreline nearer.

In the meantime, Crystal Palace installed a in point of fact spectacular efficiency at Burnley on Saturday to get again to successful techniques.

The Eagles may do with making improvements to their house shape subsequent, however I feel they may must accept some extent this time.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Bobby’s prediction: 2-1

Bobby has analysed the entire Premier League effects thus far in 2019-20 and used them as the foundation of his predictions.

He defined: “The commonest draw end result used to be 1-1 (13.6% of all suits this season), whilst the most typical house win is 2-1 (10%) and the most typical away win is 1-2 (7.9%).

“So fairly than looking to be in my opinion good about suits, as soon as I have established a results of house win, draw or away win, I have long past for the typical end result frequency. I am hoping that this tactic will paintings general.”

Burnley v Guy Town (20:15 GMT)

The worst factor that can have took place for Burnley used to be seeing Manchester Town concede a past due equaliser to Newcastle on the weekend.

Town will probably be fired up, and I’m positive we can see a response from Pep Guardiola’s aspect once they dropped extra issues within the name race.

When you run at Town at the moment, you motive them issues, so after all Burnley are in with a shout, however I simply suppose the protecting champions can have an excessive amount of firepower for them.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Bobby’s prediction: 1-2


Chelsea v Aston Villa

Chelsea’s house defeat through West Ham on Saturday used to be an excessively atypical end result while you believe how each groups were taking part in, however I feel it used to be only a blip.

Villa’s away file is deficient relating to effects, however they’ve produced some excellent performances – like they did of their draw at Outdated Trafford on Sunday for instance.

Jack Grealish is taking part in smartly, and Villa will pose an attacking danger, however I nonetheless suppose Chelsea will pop out on peak.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Bobby’s prediction: The use of my type, I might by no means have predicted West Ham’s win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday – completely no likelihood. However derbies can contain a crew who would possibly have a chip on their shoulder, which adjustments the dynamic from purely taking a look at research. 2-1

Leicester v Watford

I watched Leicester’s win over Everton on Sunday and each groups performed in point of fact smartly.

Each groups modified their techniques and Kelechi Iheanacho used to be the variation for the Foxes finally.

Whilst you throw somebody like him on, like Brendan Rodgers did in the second one half of when Everton had been 1-Zero up, you might be announcing to the remainder of the crew “come on, let’s in point of fact opt for this” – which they did.

Leicester 2-1 Everton: Brendan Rodgers praises VAR after win

Moise Kean went just about successful it for Everton, so Leicester did trip their success a little, however the factor that stood out for me is that Rodgers does no longer simply get started lumping it lengthy when they want a function.

They stored taking part in soccer, and so they were given their praise. It used to be superb control.

As for Watford, smartly Hayden Mullins will probably be in rate for this recreation after Quique Sanchez Flores used to be sacked on Sunday.

A few years in the past, I believed they can’t move on converting managers as a result of they’re going to finally end up getting relegated.

That manner paid off for them for some time, nevertheless it seems to be adore it has stuck up with them now.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Bobby’s prediction: 2-1

Guy Utd v Tottenham

Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho’s go back to Outdated Trafford, nearly 12 months after he used to be sacked, goes to be attention-grabbing.

Mourinho’s Guy Utd united statesand downs

It’s not that i am in regards to the reception he will get from the Manchester United fanatics, I wish to see what crew he alternatives – as a result of that may let us know whether or not he thinks he can move there and win, or whether or not he’s pondering “let’s no longer lose”.

With Jose, it’s generally the latter extra frequently than the previous however I’m if truth be told going to head for a Spurs win.

Mourinho has no longer modified an enormous quantity technically or tactically in his short while in rate, however he’s a in point of fact excellent man-manager. That is how he has were given Dele Alli taking part in once more, for starters.

One more reason I am backing Spurs is the way in which United are taking part in.

Manchester United 2-2 Aston Villa: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his crew should be higher

United’s £89m midfielder Paul Pogba is just about getting back from his ankle harm, however I don’t believe he’s going to come back again and be their saviour – he’s much more likely to come back again and wish to transparent off.

I’ve been tipping United to win extra frequently than no longer up to now few weeks as a result of they’ve some exceptional avid gamers, and I’ve been anticipating one thing to click on.

However the way in which the crew is taking part in does not replicate the facility of the avid gamers inside it, which is a huge drawback for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to kind out.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Bobby’s prediction: This is likely one of the trickier video games for me to make a decision, partially as a result of even supposing I’m a West Ham fan, half of my circle of relatives practice Spurs – my brother and two cousins.

Purely at the shape ebook, my research had Spurs to win 2-1 however I feel United can have one thing to turn out towards Mourinho. I don’t believe they’re excellent sufficient to win, however they are able to get a draw. 1-1

Southampton v Norwich

Either one of those groups are within the backside 3, however either one of them have simply strung in combination a few first rate effects and brought 4 issues from their previous two video games.

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki were given again a few of the objectives for his or her draw towards Arsenal on Sunday, which is vital for them.

Southampton’s equaliser of their win over Watford on Saturday must no longer have stood, however the vital factor for them is they got here again as it presentations they nonetheless have trust.

Each groups will wish to construct on their fresh shape, however I feel they may must accept ultimate unbeaten for a bit bit longer.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Bobby’s prediction: 1-1

Wolves v West Ham

As excellent as West Ham had been in Saturday’s win over Chelsea, I in point of fact do not know what they’ll do subsequent and whether or not they’ll play rather well, or very badly.

Wolves are way more dependable, as in they’re an excessively constant aspect. They’re additionally on an excellent run, and feature no longer misplaced any in their previous 9 Premier League video games – I might be shocked if they do not make that 10.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Bobby’s prediction: 2-1

Why Bobby isn’t backing the Hammers: That is debatable! On Saturday, I used to be pondering that if West Ham lose towards Chelsea, my resolution is straightforward and I’m completely going for a West Ham defeat, simply according to research – no longer what I might love to occur.

As a result of they beat Chelsea, it has left me in a little of a dilemma however then I have a look at shape and Wolves’ shape has been terrific just lately and once more there’s a issue that we raised our recreation in a London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Some other folks could be shocked to peer that I am predicting a West Ham loss however even supposing I am a passionate Hammers fan, on the subject of statistics, information and research, my days in finance (as a dealer at funding financial institution Lehman Brothers and a chartered accountant at PwC) imply that I nearly at all times permit my head to rule over my center.

In my days as a dealer, you can attempt to hedge your trades to minimise losses. So if Wolves win, I might clearly pick out up 10 issues. But when West Ham draw or win, then I will be individually glad as my membership pick out up issues. I hedged my bets so I am glad both approach. It’s win-win, as they are saying.

Liverpool v Everton (20:15 GMT)

Everton boss Marco Silva’s long term continues to be doubtful, however I believed his aspect had been significantly better towards Leicester on Sunday, regardless of their past due defeat.

So he has no longer misplaced the dressing room, as a result of there’s not anything fallacious with the way in which his crew is taking part in for him. What Silva is missing is a striker – a goalscorer.

There are nonetheless techniques for the Toffees to harm Liverpool even though. One concern for Reds fanatics this is that Alisson is suspended so Adrian will fill in in function

I feel Everton will probably be very direct and taking a look to check Adrian from corners and free-kicks, as a result of at set-pieces I feel he seems to be prone.

I nonetheless be expecting Liverpool to win, however It’s not that i am anticipating it to be simple for them.

Whilst you have a look at the place each groups are, then after all Liverpool are the overpowering favourites, however that is the derby and it’s at all times difficult – whichever approach you’re looking at it.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Bobby’s prediction: I can have long past for a 2-Zero right here, the second-most commonplace house win end result, however Liverpool stay on conceding. 2-1


Sheff Utd v Newcastle

Sheffield United stay on choosing up issues and I’m very conscious I’ve no longer tipped them sufficient to win (within the league desk beneath, which is according to Lawro’s predictions) this season.

I stay pondering they’re going to run out of steam however that has no longer took place, and they’ve already proven that they’re a long way higher than I believed they had been.

I believed they’d keep up however I didn’t be expecting them to be as top as they’re, and so they simply glance so comfy at this degree.

It’ll be fascinating what Newcastle attempt to do towards them, and what kind of power they’ve left, as a result of they labored so arduous of their draw towards Manchester Town on Saturday.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Bobby’s prediction: 2-1

Arsenal v Brighton

Brighton at all times carried a danger at Anfield once they misplaced to Liverpool on Saturday, and at all times attempted to play excellent soccer.

However the Seagulls can have been disillusioned to concede two objectives to set-pieces, and that used to be no longer the primary time that they’ve completed all proper, however nonetheless ended up empty-handed.

As for Arsenal? Smartly, Freddie Ljungberg is in rate now however not anything adjustments, does it? They’re excellent going ahead however nonetheless open on the again and it feels like several crew could cause them issues.

If Thursday is a superb night time for Arsenal, they win. If it’s not, they’re going to drop issues.

The one factor that would possibly assist the Gunners is that, having watched the Seagulls on the weekend, It’s not that i am in point of fact positive the place their objectives are going to come back from.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Bobby’s prediction: If I had long past off my research I might have put 1-1, however there are times like this one you must rather forget about general stats as a result of outstanding cases that overrule the knowledge.

On this case, it’s Freddie Ljungberg’s first house recreation as period in-between supervisor and the group are going to need get in the back of him, and considerably so. I be expecting that give a boost to to roar the Arsenal avid gamers on. 2-1

Lawro used to be talking to BBC Game’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do closing week?

Closing weekend, Lawro were given 5 right kind effects, together with one actual rating for a complete of 80 issues.

He beat dual-code rugby celebrity Sonny Invoice Williams, who were given 3 right kind effects, together with one actual rating, for a complete of 60 issues.

1Guy Town14130139+2
6Guy Utd1475226+3
=9Aston Villa1453618+6
=11West Ham1452717+2
18Crystal Palace142399-7
19Sheff Utd1421117-12


RatingVisitor leaderboard
160Gabriel Luna
140Arnold Schwarzenegger
100Adam Peaty
90Helen Housby, Jo Harten, Geraint Thomas
86Lawro (reasonable after 14 weeks)
80Stephen Graham
70Michael Johnson, Craig Mitch, Alex Scott
60Sonny Invoice Williams, Stefan Ratchford
50Chelcee Grimes, Reece Parkinson, Sam Warburton
40Stephen Fry, Neil Jones, Tommy O’Dell
30Seth Rollins
Overall ratings after week 14

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