Lawro's predictions

West Brom manager Alan Pardew is still waiting for his first win after five games in charge – will he finally get to celebrate a victory when his struggling side host Everton on Boxing Day?

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson says: “You can see Pardew is trying to change the way the Baggies play and be a little bit more attacking.

“They lost 3-1 at Stoke on Saturday but in all honesty, when the score was 2-1, they had quite a few chances to equalise and I do think their luck in front of goal will change soon.”

Lawro is going for a 1-0 West Brom win – do you agree? You can make your own predictions now, take on Lawro and other fans, create your own league and try to make it to the top of the table by playing the new-look BBC Sport Predictor game.

Table showing the overall leaderboard of the BBC predictions game, and Lawro's position in it, after week 19

Lawro scored 80 points in week 19, which meant he climbed to 3,072nd place out of more than 335,000 users.

He will be making a prediction for all 380 top-flight games this season, against a variety of guests.

This week, Lawro takes on Justin Hawkins, singer with rock band The Darkness.

Hawkins supports Manchester United and Norwich City “for boyhood glory dreams and geographical reasons” and used to play a lot of football himself.

He told BBC Sport: “I spent many happy years as a striker for New House FC in the Lowestoft Sunday League. They were great men, and I miss them all terribly.

The Darkness

Justin (left) and The Darkness. Their latest album, Pinewood Smile, made the top 10 in October

“I stopped when I moved away to live with my wife and child in Switzerland, but I feel like I could have done a John Wark and gradually dropped into midfield, defence, goalkeeper and finally assistant to the manager.

“I used to spend Sunday mornings chasing down loose balls, feeding off scraps and rebounds from my strike partner James Hurren. I ran about a lot, often to no avail. But I’ll never forget the feeling of scoring a header on my debut in Beccles somewhere.

“I just nodded in a beautiful cross from Craig ‘Cheese’ Aldred that landed right on my face and made it impossible to miss. The lads said they’ve never seen someone look so happy, despite the treacherous pitch conditions. It was worth contracting trench foot.

“As you can tell, I’m fond of these memories.”

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


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


Tottenham v Southampton

Tottenham v Southampton (12:30 GMT)

The vultures are circling a little bit around Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino, whose side have won only one of their past 10 Premier League games.

It is a tough ask for Saints to get back to winning ways in this game, although going to Wembley might help them – it definitely concentrates the mind because it is a special place and different to going to another ground.

Not many teams have gone there this season and not put on some kind of performance – apart from Liverpool and Stoke.

I still think Tottenham will win, though. Their win and performance against Burnley on Saturday kind of lifted the gloom that had just started to descend on their season.

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Hat-trick hero Kane is amazing – Pochettino

In many ways the bigger story for Southampton on Boxing Day might be where will Virgil van Dijk be?

The Dutch defender was left on the bench against Chelsea in midweek and did not even make the squad for Saturday’s draw with Huddersfield.

If the decision is tactical, which is how Pellegrino has explained it, then fine. But I don’t get how leaving him out of the squad completely is tactical?

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Pellegrino calls for Saints consistency

Everyone knows there is history here, with Van Dijk wanting to leave last summer.