Rugby Premier League predictions: Lawro v rugby player Stefan Ratchford

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Liverpool host Arsenal in the big Premier League showdown of the weekend, but who will come out on top?

BBC Sport’s predictions expert Mark Lawrenson is backing the European champions to come through, but do you agree?

Last week, Lawro and guest swimmer Adam Peaty both predicted a win for Manchester City against Tottenham and 62% of you agreed. But only 18% of you were correct – with the teams drawing 2-2. The other 20% thought Spurs would get a win.

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

His guest this week isrugby league star Stefan Ratchford.

Ratchford, 31, is preparing for this weekend’s Challenge Cup final as his side Warrington Wolves take on big rivals St Helens at Wembley. The England full-back has made 260 appearances in the Super League and has 93 career tries.

But he could have been a footballer alongside his favourite players Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino.

“The lads don’t believe me but I was offered a six-week trial at Liverpool when I was a kid,” Ratchford told BBC Sport. “I was really keen because I’m a Liverpool fan but I had already agreed to sign for Salford Red Devils that week!”

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Highlights: Warrington Wolves off to Wembley with win over Hull FC
Premier League predictions – week three
Result Lawro Stefan
FRIDAY
Aston Villa v Everton 1-1 1-1
SATURDAY
Norwich v Chelsea 1-2 1-3
Brighton v Southampton 0-2 2-0
Man Utd v Crystal Palace 2-0 3-1
Sheff Utd v Leicester 0-1 1-1
Watford v West Ham 2-1 2-1
Liverpool v Arsenal 2-1 2-0
SUNDAY
Bournemouth v Man City 0-3 1-3
Tottenham v Newcastle 2-0 3-0
Wolves v Burnley 2-1 2-1

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth10points. The exact score earns40points.

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless stated.

Rugby FRIDAY

Aston Villa v Everton (20:00 BST)

Everton have picked up two clean sheets from their first two games. I also think they have got the best chance of breaking into the top six. Everyone talks about Leicester but Everton could do it.

New signing Moise Kean is still young so you have to be patient with him. He has the ability and he’s like a new toy. How is he going to work?

Aston Villa got beat at home last weekend but I think they can get a draw against Everton. They have spent a lot of money in the transfer window but you can see they have a structure in place. There is a real identification about them.

Lawro’s prediction:1-1

Stefan’s prediction:1-1

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Rugby SATURDAY

Norwich v Chelsea (12:30 BST)

I said Teemu Pukki would not hit 10 goals this season and he’s already got four! I thought Norwich were poor defensively against Liverpool in their opening game of the season but if they play that kind of attacking football at home, they will win enough games to stay in the league, which will be an achievement.

They had a good result against Newcastle last week and you can see with the way they set up that it is about winning their home games and that’s the right idea for a newly-promoted team.

Chelsea have actually played well, despite failing to win so far this season. But they haven’t played well for long enough in games.

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