Premier League predictions: Lawro v Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark

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Liverpool versus Manchester City is the game of the weekend, with the Premier League’s top two meeting at Anfield – but how much will the outcome affect the title race?

BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson said: “It is in danger of getting a little bit over-hyped, I’m afraid.

“If this is billed as the battle of the champions and all that – in mid-October – then I will smash my telly. There is still such an awfully long way to go.

“Yes, I am looking forward to it, yes they are the best two teams in the league and yes it should be a fantastic game of football, but it is not going to decide the title.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week’s guest is Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark.

Stark says being a Watford fan at the moment is “the best thing ever”. He explains: “Normally, everyone treats you like an underdog, so everyone expects you to get relegated at the beginning of the season. Right now, though, it is amazing because we are absolutely smashing it.”

Stark, who co-presents ‘That Peter Crouch podcast’, describes himself as a “massive” Watford fan and says: “I have been for pretty much all my whole life.

“I have got to admit I was a little bit of a Manchester United fan for like the first five years of my life, but I think you just write that off to ignorance don’t you? No offence to United fans.

“I have got too many Watford heroes to mention – at the moment big Troy Deeney is one of them, I just think he is amazing and he has done wonders for Watford.

“He gets written off every season and comes back stronger, so I love Troy.

“From Watford teams gone by, I would say Paul Robinson – because I play left-back myself, even though I am right-footed – and Heidar Helguson, who was brilliant when he was up front for us.

“Then obviously there are legends of Watford’s history, like Graham Taylor, Luther Blissett and John Barnes – the big names.”

Premier League predictions – week 7
Result Lawro Chris
FRIDAY
Brighton v West Ham x-x 2-1 2-1
SATURDAY
Burnley v Huddersfield x-x 2-1 3-1
Crystal Palace v Wolves x-x 2-0 2-0
Leicester v Everton x-x 2-1 1-2
Tottenham v Cardiff x-x 3-0 0-1
Watford v Bournemouth x-x 2-1 4-0
Man Utd v Newcastle x-x 2-0 2-3
SUNDAY
Fulham v Arsenal x-x 1-1 2-2
Southampton v Chelsea x-x 2-1 0-3
Liverpool v Man City x-x 1-1 2-1

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

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless stated.

FRIDAY

Brighton v West Ham (20:00 GMT)

After their awful start to the season, West Ham are now on a decent run of form with two wins and a draw in their past three league games.

I’ve been reading about how a rant by their captain Mark Noble