Premier League and Carabao Cup final predictions: Lawro v Formula E driver Sam Bird

West Ham United have been waiting for a win since New Year’s Day but will hope they can get three points that will lift them out of the Premier League relegation zone when they host Southampton on Saturday.

The Hammers have had a tough run of fixtures but BBC football experience Mark Lawrenson says there will be “no excuses” if they do not perform this time.

“If their situation does not focus the West Ham players’ minds, then they are in big trouble,” Lawrenson said.

“I hate the term ‘must-win’ but in terms of their season, this result will be crucial to them, and where they go from here.”

Lawro – who also takes a look at Sunday’s Carabao Cup final between Aston Villa and Manchester City – is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week he is up against British Formula E driver Sam Bird.

Bird is sixth in the Formula E driver championship, but could he have been a professional footballer instead? He explained: “I was a keen footballer and there was a point in my childhood where I had to choose whether to go down the football route or the racing route – but I believe I made the right choice.”

The Envision Virgin Racing driver trained with eco-friendly League Two side Forest Green Rovers recently, but he is a Manchester United fan.

“I support United because the first ever kit I was bought by my dad was a Man U kit,” Bird told BBC Sport. “I didn’t have any clue who they were and whether they were any good, but my dad brought home this kit, I put it on and I associated myself with that kit.

“My favourite moment as a United fan was when we beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in 1999 to win the Treble.

“The game was done – then Teddy Sheringham scores to make it 1-1 and it just felt like something else was going to happen. Then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored to win the game for us. It was an amazing feeling.

“This season? These are are worrying times for United,…