Premier League predictions: Lawro v Swansea City fan Lewis Evans from post-punk band Black Country, New Road

West Ham will go for their fifth straight league win when they take on Liverpool on Sunday – so, can anyone stop the high-flying Hammers?

“There’s no secret to why West Ham are doing so well at the moment,” said BBC football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. “It’s down to hard work, good organisation at the back and the fact they are taking their chances.

“This should be a really good game, especially because Liverpool have ground to make up on the teams above them – it’s a must-win for the Reds.”

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

For this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, he is up against Lewis Evans, saxophonist in post-punk band Black Country, New Road – whose debut album For The First Time is out at the beginning of February.

Black Country, New Road featured on a Near Future session on Mary Anne Hobbs’ BBC 6 Music show, and she describes their sound “as razor sharp as you might imagine, darkly comic, completely impossible to box, and I love it for all those reasons”.

Lewis is a Swansea City fan, and is enjoying seeing them challenge for promotion at the top of the Championship this season – although not being in the Premier League does have its advantages.

He told BBC Sport: “It’s such an incredible league, because anyone can beat anyone, but you don’t want anyone else at the bottom of the table causing any upsets if your team is fighting relegation too.

“So, this season it has been nice to be able to watch Burnley beat Liverpool, or cheer Sheffield United on against Manchester United, because it doesn’t affect us. I’ve really enjoyed watching as a neutral.

“Of course we want to be back up there ourselves, though. Knowing Swansea, we don’t do any thing the easy way so, if we do go up this season, it will probably be through the play-offs.”

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