Premier League predictions: Lawro v King Gary star Tom Davis

Manchester United are the only team to take points off Liverpool so far this season – but can they repeat that feat at Anfield on Sunday?

“I am more confident about a Liverpool win this time than I would usually be before this game – for obvious reasons,” BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson said.

“Jurgen Klopp’s side are just playing extremely well and they are really in the groove at the moment, especially at home.

“You also just sense with them that they are absolutely relentless and they will be desperate to beat United. The Liverpool players know that, along with Everton, this is the big game of the season in every single way.”

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

This week he is up against actor and comedian Tom Davis, star of new sitcom King Gary, which is on BBC One on Fridays at 21:30 GMT. All six episodes are also available on iPlayer now.

Davis is a proud West Ham fan, who classes Paolo di Canio’s famous volley against Wimbledon in 2000 as one of his best moments as a fan, even if the Hammers have not given him too much to celebrate over the years.

He told BBC Sport: “Why West Ham? I ask myself that question at the beginning of every season.

“But it is a club of real character, it is a club I love and, for every trial and tribulation they have put me through, I wouldn’t change them for the world.

Gary coaches an under-nines team in episode two of King Gary but Tom admits he was not much use on the pitch himself. “I played football at a very average level,” he explained. “I was a try-hard – I get in the way well, so I would call myself ‘brick wall'”

“I love the Premier League full-stop, though. The excitement you get from watching it is not always West Ham-driven, like the Sergio Aguero goal when Manchester City won it in 2012, but the drama is just incredible.

“It is something you could not create by writing a script….


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