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Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

Lawro's opponents for the latest round of Premier League fixtures are Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, stars of new action comedy film Ride Along 2.

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

Ice Cube (l), who stars in Ride Along 2 with Kevin Hart (r), had a message for Lawro: "Hey Mart! Is it Mart or Mark? This is your boy Ice Cube. Let's see what you got."

Hart: "I love this. Before we start I just want to say that I am an expert at football predictions."

Ice Cube: "Yeah, I got the Panthers to win the Super Bowl."

Hart: "No, no, not THAT football."

Ice Cube: "You mean this has got nothing to do with the Patriots or the Raiders? Oh, it's actual 'with your foot' ball."

Hart: "He's got it now. We are totally ready and in tune with what we have to do."

Ice Cube: "We have a great affiliation with Manchester City. We are down with City."

Hart: "Call them Man City. Trust me, it makes us look like we know what we are talking about."

You can hear more from Ice Cube and Kevin Hart on Football Focus at 12:10 GMT on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

Premier League predictions – Week 23

Result Lawro Ice Cube & Kevin Hart

SATURDAY

Norwich v Liverpool

x-x

1-1

0-2

Crystal Palace v Tottenham

x-x

0-1

1-0

Leicester v Stoke

x-x

2-1

1-1

Man Utd v Southampton

x-x

1-1

2-0

Sunderland v Bournemouth

x-x

2-1

1-0

Watford v Newcastle

x-x

0-2

1-4

West Brom v Aston Villa

x-x

2-0

2-0

West Ham v Man City

x-x

0-2

0-3

SUNDAY

Everton v Swansea

x-x

2-0

1-2

Arsenal v Chelsea

x-x

2-1

2-2

Our scoring system has changed this season and a correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is now worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

Last week, Lawro got four correct results from 10 matches, with no perfect scores.

His score of 40 points saw him draw with Creed stars Michael B Jordan & Tony Bellew, who also picked four correct results with no perfect scores.

Make your own predictions now, compare them to Lawro and other fans and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.

Total scores after week 22

Lawro

1,570

Guests

1,080

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated

SATURDAY

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

Norwich v Liverpool (12:45 GMT)

Liverpool have not won in the Premier League in 2016 and I don't think they can use injuries as an excuse because seven or eight of the team that started against Manchester United last weekend would be in their strongest XI.

The Reds seem to play better away from home under Jurgen Klopp but too many of their players disappear when they are under the cosh.

Norwich got turned over too easily as their away struggles continued at Bournemouth, but it is their home form that holds the key to them staying up, and they have to get something from this game.

I have always liked Steven Naismith, who the Canaries signed from Everton this week. He is feisty, can play in a few different positions and can get you a goal, so is exactly what you need when you are fighting the drop.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ice Cube & Kevin Hart: 0-2

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

Crystal Palace v Tottenham

Belief is fantastic at Spurs – Pochettino

Tottenham have the odd blip but they always bounce back, which is the sign of a good side.

Spurs won three in a row after losing at home to Newcastle before Christmas, and they took Sunderland apart last week after being beaten by Leicester.

I am going for another Spurs win here too. I was at the Etihad last week to see Crystal Palace beaten 4-0 by Manchester City, and they did not carry much of a goal threat.

The Eagles have not scored in any of their past five league games, so it was clearly not just a one-off.

Lawro's prediction: 0-1

Ice Cube & Kevin Hart: 1-0

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

Leicester v Stoke

I can totally understand why Leicester rested so many players in their FA Cup replay with Spurs in midweek, because they have got a serious chance of making the top four.

Stoke have a similar issue here, because they go to Anfield on Tuesday for the second leg of their League Cup semi-final.

I don't think Mark Hughes will rotate too much this weekend, but Leicester will be at full strength and I think they will get back on the rails.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Ice Cube & Kevin Hart: 1-1

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

Man Utd v Southampton

Manchester United's win over Liverpool was an outstanding result because they were very much second best at Anfield.

Southampton tend to go on runs of good or bad results. They have won their past two games and because they have perked up a little bit I fancy them to get something at Old Trafford.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Ice Cube: Can you be down with United and City? I am going to mash them – they could be Man City United.

Kevin Hart: He is on his own. I have nothing to do with this. Don't you say that! That is like talking about the Bloods and the Crips. This is serious – you can't mess those two worlds. 2-0

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

Sunderland v Bournemouth

Sunderland were dismantled by Tottenham in their last game but the more important thing for them was that they beat relegation rivals Aston Villa and Swansea in their previous games.

'We failed miserably in last 20 minutes'

This is another big game for the Black Cats against a team near the bottom of the table, and I think they will edge it.

Bournemouth have bolstered their attack in this transfer window and they create chances against anyone, so they are definitely going to create chances against Sunderland.

Sam Allardyce's side have the worst defensive record in the top flight but with Jermain Defoe in the team they will score goals too, and he could be the difference again against his former club.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Ice Cube & Kevin Hart: 1-0

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

Watford v Newcastle

Quique Sanchez Flores unconcerned by losing run

Watford have now lost four Premier League games in a row and when I watched their defeat by Swansea on Monday night, it looked like they had hit the wall. There was no spark or energy about them.

If you score first against them, the Hornets seem to struggle – in the 10 league games this season where they have conceded first, they have drawn two and lost eight.

Newcastle were unlucky to lose at Vicarage Road in the FA Cup earlier this month, when they had plenty of chances.

The Magpies are very unpredictable on the road, but I am going to back them this time.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Ice Cube & Kevin Hart: 1-4

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

West Brom v Aston Villa

I was surprised to see West Brom taken apart by Southampton last weekend.

That is something that happens very rarely to a Tony Pulis side and it was typical to see them react by digging in and getting a win against Bristol City in the FA Cup on Tuesday.

I am expecting another positive result for the Baggies this time too, despite Aston Villa's mini-revival.

Villa also made cup progress and have taken four points from their past two league games, but they were fortunate to beat Crystal Palace and Leicester would have been out of sight if they had scored a penalty when they were 1-0 up.

I don't see Villa riding their luck again and getting anything at The Hawthorns.

What has not helped their cause is that, although they have picked up some points, so have the teams immediately above them and the gap to fourth-bottom and safety remains a chasm.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ice Cube & Kevin Hart: 2-0

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

West Ham v Man City (17:30 GMT)

West Ham have an excellent chance of making the Europa League in reality, but are in the bottom three in the table based on my scores (bottom of page).

I think it is important to point out that I do not look at my table when I make any of my predictions – the aim is to score as many points as possible each week, rather than pick results that would get my table looking more like the real one.

Pellegrini 'very happy' with Delph

So I am not going to go for a West Ham win this time to try to balance out the times I have been wrong about them in previous weeks.

Manchester City were one of the big teams that West Ham shocked earlier in the season – but they will be ready for them this time and I just think City might be about to go on a good run.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Ice Cube: "We're going for City, baby, and Kevin is going to play the last 45 seconds of the first half."

Kevin Hart: Yes, and let me tell you something – I have got quite the boot on me. 0-3

SUNDAY

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

Everton v Swansea (12:45 GMT)

Roberto Martinez guilty of whinging says Chris Sutton

Everton keep conceding late goals that cost them points but it is going to happen because they are a Roberto Martinez team – their manager plays open, attractive football but his problem is he cannot close the back door.

Martinez's old team Swansea have got bigger problems, though. When I watched them against Watford on Monday night, they won but they looked like a Championship team.

I am not sure where the possession football, crisp passing and movement they had under Martinez and so many of their other recent managers has gone.

New Swansea boss 'provided incentive'

They also look vulnerable at the back. Ashley Williams is still a very good centre-half but I am far less convinced by the fellow who plays alongside him, Federico Fernandez.

He struggled positionally against the Hornets, and also made some rash challenges.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Ice Cube & Kevin Hart: 1-2

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

Arsenal v Chelsea (16:00 GMT)

Wenger praises 'outstanding' Cech

This feels like a significant game for Arsenal's title hopes following last week's draw at another of their bogey teams, Stoke.

A lot has happened at Chelsea since these sides met at Stamford Bridge in September and Diego Costa got Gabriel sent off.

I thought the Blues would continue their improvement under Guus Hiddink when they played Everton last week but they did not play well.

The Gunners have not beaten Chelsea in any of their past eight Premier League meetings since 2011 but I think they will end that poor run on Sunday.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Ice Cube & Kevin Hart: 2-2

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests

P22

W14

D5

L3

SCORE GUEST LEADERBOARD

110

Sam Tomkins, SAM Super Computer

100

Wealdstone Raider

90

Amir Khan

71

Lawro (average after 22 weeks),

70

Osi Umenyiora, Guy Mowbray

60

Stuart Broad, Tim Burgess

50

Mark Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall

40

Neville, Mumford & Sons, Michael B Jordan & Tony Bellew

30

Darren Campbell, Luol Deng, Mark Webber, Steve Wilson

20

Graeme Swann

10

Elis James, Paul Heaton, Kelly Jones

Lawro's best score: 160 points (week 19 v Guy Mowbray)

Lawro's worst score: 20 points (week one v Graeme Swann)

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

ARROWS & +/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND REAL TABLE

POS TEAM P W D L PTS DIFF +/-

1.

Man City

22

17

4

1

55

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

+2

2.

Arsenal

22

15

7

0

52

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

-1

3.

Chelsea

22

15

6

1

51

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

+11

4.

Liverpool

22

13

9

0

48

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

+5

5.

Southampton

22

13

2

7

41

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

+5

6.

Man Utd

22

10

9

3

39

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

-1

7.

West Brom

22

11

6

5

39

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

+6

8.

Tottenham

22

10

7

5

37

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

-4

9.

Crystal Palace

22

9

6

7

33

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

-1

10.

Newcastle

22

6

8

8

26

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

+8

11.

Everton

22

6

6

10

24

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

0

12.

Stoke

22

6

5

11

23

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

-5

13.

Swansea

22

4

11

7

23

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

+4

14.

Bournemouth

22

6

4

12

22

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

+1

15.

Norwich

22

7

1

14

22

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

+1

16.

Sunderland

22

4

7

11

19

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

+3

17.

Leicester

22

3

7

12

16

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

-15

18.

Watford

22

2

6

14

12

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

-6

19.

West Ham

22

2

6

14

12

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

-13

20.

Aston Villa

22

1

3

18

6

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