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Lawro's Premier League predictions v Harry Potter actor and Leeds fan Matthew Lewis

Published on: 17 May 2021

The race for a top-four Premier League finish has gone to the final week of the season, but who will miss out from Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool?

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson said: "It couldn't be much closer and it is a fascinating scenario to have with two games to go.

"For various reasons I just feel like the Foxes will be the ones who finish fifth, but at least it will go the final day for them, even if they lose to Chelsea in midweek."

Champions Manchester City and second-placed Manchester United are already sure of a top-four finish but five teams still have a chance of finishing in third or fourth. Everton can no longer make it, however, following Sunday's defeat by Sheffield UnitedThe race for the top four - remaining fixturesLeicesterChelseaLiverpoolTottenhamWest HamChelsea (a)Leicester (h)Burnley (a)Aston Villa (h)West Brom (a)Tottenham (h)Aston Villa (a)C Palace (h)Leicester (a)Southampton (h)

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, against a variety of guests.

For this week's midweek games on Tuesday and Wednesday, he takes on actor and Leeds fan Matthew Lewis, who hosts the weekly official Leeds United podcast with former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford.

Lewis, who is based in Florida, explained: "We'd set up our own podcast together called 'Doing a Leeds' - Jermaine was the man inside at the stadium and I was the fan living abroad.

"We were trying to get a global audience for Leeds when we got back in the Premier League, and show what it is like when you are a fan away from home. As it turned out, with lockdown, everyone was away from the stadium so it kind of resonated with people in Leeds as well as around the world.

"Then the club got in touch and asked us to rebrand as the official podcast which for me was just a dream come true. Suddenly I am on with Jermaine and Pat Bamford talking to every fan out there - it took a bit of getting used to!"

"Next year is going to be tough, people will have been working out what it is Leeds do, and how to counter it," says Matt. "I think teams have been surprised at how long we can maintain our intensity in games, and they might be more aware of that."

Matthew, who is is best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, has had roles in Ripper Street, Happy Valley and The Syndicate.

He is a former Elland Road season-ticket holder, but has enjoyed the club's first season back in the Premier League since 2004 from afar.

"It's been an incredible few months," he told BBC Sport. "It was worth the wait, although it has been a very long wait.

"We have been languishing in the lower leagues for so long that when I fell in love with the club as a teenager, it was when were terrible.

"I didn't follow football hugely the last time we were in the top flight, I sort of grew up more into rugby league and it was probably only the season after we got relegated that I started to get into it.

"When were in the Championship and League One I used to have a season ticket and I used to travel away with the Maverick Whites supporters club to all sorts of places.

"It was a tough time but that wasn't really so much down to where we were, it was the shambles that the club was in off the field that was really difficult to take. No-one enjoys bad football, but your team being awful is not going to cause you to fall out of love with football - you support the team regardless.

"What makes you fall out of love with it is successive owners that just don't seem to care. It was not just that we lacked ambition, we imploded and became a national embarrassment.

"Being out in the United States and watching it happen was hard work and no-one really knew Leeds over here then, just a few years ago. You couldn't even watch us on TV and I had to strike a deal with the guy who owned my local bar, promising to bring people along with me to watch games if he got the package which showed them.

"We did that for a bit and then he left and the new manager refused to do it. So I just used to sit and watch games on my own, on my iPad. And we would usually lose, because we were rubbish.

"Things are very different now, obviously. I have got a Leeds facemask that I've been wearing, and I can't even walk around my sleepy Florida town without someone pointing it out, and telling me how we are their favourite team now. Everyone is talking about us.

"I have set up a supporters' club over here, so we have got the Orlando Whites - we meet up to watch games at a pub where the landlord supports Leeds too.

"But this is just a great time to be a Leeds fan, wherever you are in the world. Marcelo Bielsa has been incredible of course, and changed everything. But you have to give credit to the owner, Andrea Radrizzani. He has given us our self-respect back and put the club back in touch with the community - it feels like it belongs to the city again."

Premier League predictions - week 37ResultLawroMatthewTUESDAYMan Utd v Fulhamx-x3-03-0Southampton v Leedsx-x0-21-2Brighton v Man Cityx-x0-30-2Chelsea v Leicesterx-x2-01-1WEDNESDAYEverton v Wolvesx-x2-00-0Newcastle v Sheff Utdx-x2-12-0Tottenham v Aston Villax-x2-11-2Crystal Palace v Arsenalx-x0-21-0Burnley v Liverpoolx-x1-30-2West Brom v West Hamx-x0-21-3

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

LAWRO'S PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONSTUESDAYMan Utd v Fulham (18:00 BST)

United have the Europa League final next week but this is their last home game of the season, with their fans back at Old Trafford, and I think they will field a strong team.

I can't see United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doing the same at Wolves on Sunday, but a win here would be a good way for them to sign off. I don't think Fulham will be able to stop them.

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Matthew's prediction: I'd like Fulham to win but that isn't going to happen. 3-0

Southampton v Leeds (18:00 BST)

Leeds put on a masterclass against Burnley on Saturday and they are flying at the moment. They are becoming a really good side, and are very difficult to play against.

Like everyone else, Southampton will be glad to have fans back at St Mary's Stadium but I don't think they would have picked Leeds to be the visitors.

I've been impressed by Nathan Tella for Saints, but Danny Ings is not fit enough to play 90 minutes yet and they are not the same side without him.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Matthew's prediction: We should beat Southampton, although I think they will score. 1-2

Matthew on what next for Leeds? "Safety was our priority this year, but even when we have lost games we have been able to hold our heads high and say 'this is just fantastic to watch'. If we were 17th now I might have a different opinion, but this is a unique season in many ways. My outlook is that if you are going to lose 1-0, you might as well lose 5-0 - but go for it, try and get the win. That's how Bielsa looks at games and I wouldn't have it any other way under him. I think some other clubs survive every year finishing 16th or 17th and they watch the same dour games every year - 0-0 or 1-0. Yes, they are in the Premier League but do you really enjoy it? I want us to keep doing it differently."

Brighton v Man City (19:00 BST)

City are surely going to bring some of their A-listers back after resting them in Friday's win over Newcastle. It's a good idea to keep them ticking over with the Champions League final on 29 May in mind.

Brighton are neat and tidy as we know, but I don't see them hurting City.

Lawro's prediction: 0-3

Matthew's prediction: Brighton don't ever score a lot of goals and even City's B team is very strong. 0-2

Chelsea v Leicester (20:15 BST)

I really enjoyed Saturday's FA Cup final, which was a really intriguing game and turned into a classic cup story.

The Wembley atmosphere was great, and it was nice to have that back. Leicester were celebrating at the end, but Chelsea will have been thinking how it could have been their day.

That's one of the reasons I'm going for a Chelsea win here. They will want some revenge and they need a win to keep their top-four hopes in their own hands, plus they are playing at Stamford Bridge and they will have some fans there to help them.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Matthew's prediction: 1-1

WEDNESDAYEverton v Wolves (18:00 BST)

I'd correctly predicted every Premier League game at the weekend, until the last one - which was Everton versus Sheffield United.

I went for an Everton win, despite their terrible form at Goodison Park, because I thought they were bound to beat the bottom-of-the-table Blades. It just shows you can never rely on them!

Having their fans back for this one should help Everton a lot, though, so I am going for another home win this time - if only because Wolves don't really ever look like scoring.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Matthew's prediction: Everton's home form has been terrible. The times I've watched Wolves this season, they've been boring, which is not what I expect from them to be honest. 0-0

Newcastle v Sheff Utd (18:00 BST)

The positive thing for Sheffield United is that they are not going down being beaten heavily every week.

There is nothing riding on this game now Newcastle are safe but it's important they put on a good show in front of their fans. By that I mean they should go for it a bit.

The last thing Steve Bruce needs is an off-day from his team and a load of supporters chanting 'Bruce out' at him as soon as they are allowed back in the stadium.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Matthew's prediction: I was livid when Magpies boss Steve Bruce got the manager of the month award for April. I'm not saying he had a bad month, but Bielsa was undefeated against City, United and Liverpool and won a Yorkshire derby too. Newcastle are going to win this one. 2-0

Tottenham v Aston Villa (18:00 BST)

Tottenham's home form has held up over the past few weeks, but they are not going to get in the Champions League from here.

Spurs should be able to get at Villa, who let another lead slip at Crystal Palace on Sunday and seem to be leaking more goals at the moment.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Matthew's prediction: I really want Villa to lose, but Tottenham have been very up and down. 1-2

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (19:00 BST)

Arsenal, who had the weekend off, are on a run of three successive league wins and I think they will make it four in a row at Selhurst Park. Their young players have made a difference for them in recent weeks.

If Palace boss Roy Hodgson is leaving when his contract ends in the summer, it would be a nice touch if they could make an announcement before this match so he gets a proper send off in his final home game in charge. It might help lift the players too.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Matthew's prediction: This could be pretty boring. Arsenal are not quite as terrible now as they were, but having fans in Selhurst Park should help Palace. 1-0

Burnley v Liverpool (20:15 BST)

Burnley will score and this won't be a comfortable night for Liverpool - but I'd back the Reds to win.

Jurgen Klopp's side don't know for sure that winning their final two games of the season will secure a top-four place because goal-difference may decide it, but all they can do is look after their side of things by taking the points at Turf Moor.

Sunday looked like it would be yet another day where Liverpool dropped points in a game they should have won, but they will be buoyant after Alisson's winner against West Brom.

At least one of the teams immediately above them will drop points the night before they play Burnley, which will be another massive incentive. It won't be easy, but I think Liverpool will get the victory they need.

Lawro's prediction: 1-3

Matthew's prediction: I think Liverpool will be quite comfortable here. 0-2

West Brom v West Ham (20:15 BST)

West Ham have run out of steam in the past few weeks, and their results have tailed off at the worst possible time for their top-four hopes.

The Hammers have gone off the boil, but they have not been playing poorly, and they have not had any breaks.

West Brom put up a heck of a fight against Liverpool on Sunday, but I'm going with West Ham to bounce back here.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Matthew's prediction: West Ham have tailed off a bit but they should win this one. 1-3

Lawro and Matthew were speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last time?

From the last round of Premier League fixtures, Lawro got seven correct results from the eight matches, including two exact scores, for a total of 130 points.

He beat Radio 1Xtra DJ Ace, who got five correct results, but with no exact scores, giving him a total of 50 points.

Ace also correctly predicted the outcome of the FA Cup final, but he does not get any points from that game.

+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITIONTEAMPWDLPTS+/-1Man City3632401000=2Chelsea36266484+2=2Man Utd3626648404Tottenham36265583+25Liverpool36231218106Leeds362311270+47Leicester361961163-48Arsenal361751456+19Wolves3614111153+310Everton3613101349-211Brighton361281644+612Burnley3611101543+313West Ham361171840-614Southampton361152038015Aston Villa36882035-4=16Crystal Palace36872131-3=16Newcastle36942331018Sheff Utd36562521+219Fulham3630339-120West Brom3605315-1GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21ScoreGuest110Sister Bliss, Brandon Crook, Amy Macdonald, Dot Major, Steve White100Tubes90Adam Devonshire, Becky Hill, Passenger, Chris Shiflett83Lawro (average after 36 weeks)80Celeste, Dan Flint, Frank Harper, Peter Hooton, Raye70Sam Carter, Lou Cotterill, Ben Thatcher60Majestic, Caroline Weir50Ace, David Gray, Declan McKenna, Billy Monger, Paul Smith, Alex Sprogis, DJ Target40Gavin 'Mo' Edgeley, Ben Howard30Rick Astley, Lewis Evans, Steve Guttenberg, Gethin Jones, Fraser T. Smith20Charlie Forbes, Dougie Payne10Theo Ellis0RemaTotal scores after week 36Lawro2,990Guests2,370Lawro v GuestsP36W20D2L14

Source: bbc.com

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