Lawro Challenge: The Final Countdown

It’s hats off to Lawro as he sneaks over the line in the conclusion to our season long challenge.

Lawro Crystal BallSo it seems that Lawro is not the hopeless tipster that we believed him to be.  At least he was good enough to see off both Rich and Geoff in our season long Lawro Challenge.  If it were not for his obsession with Liverpool he would almost look insightful.

In the final week of the challenge, Rich scored 11 points, Geoff 7 points, and Lawro 9 points. At one point, around mid-way through the second half of all the games, if no further goals had been scored then Rich would have made up the 8 point deficit on Lawro and the challenge would have ended as a tie. But as West Ham know to their cost, games are played for 90 minutes, and as further goals went in Lawro fought back to end up the winner by six points.

In this challenge we awarded one point for a correct result, and a further two points (making three in total) if the score prediction was spot on. Although Rich predicted more correct results than Lawro, he didn’t do as well in forecasting the correct scores.

Final Table

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Total after 37 weeks

283

230

291

Score in week 38

11

7

9

Total after 38 weeks

294

237

300

The Lawro Challenge – Week 38 – The Conclusion

Lawro has the pomagne on ice while Rich needs snookers if he is to prevent the BBC pundit from snaffling the predictor challenge.

Lawro Crystal BallIn Week 37, Rich scored 10 points, Geoff 6 points, and Lawro 10 points. Lawro has retained his 8 point lead as we move into the final set of games for the season.

He now looks a shoe-in to win the challenge although it is not mathematically certain yet.

In this challenge we award one point for a correct result, and a further two points (making three in total) if the score prediction is spot on, so there are still 30 points up for grabs.

We now proceed to week 38, the final week of the Premier League season.

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Total after 36 weeks

273

224

281

Score in week 37

10

6

10

Total after 37 weeks

283

230

291

 

 

 

 

Predictions – Week 38

 

 

 

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Sunday

 

 

 

Arsenal v Everton

1-0

3-0

2-0

Burnley v West Ham

2-1

3-1

2-0

Chelsea v Sunderland

4-0

4-1

3-0

Hull v Tottenham

0-3

1-3

0-2

Leicester v Bournemouth

3-2

2-2

2-0

Liverpool v Middlesbrough

3-0

4-0

2-0

Man United v Palace

2-0

0-1

1-1

Southampton v Stoke

2-0

1-0

1-2

Swansea v West Brom

2-0

2-0

2-1

Watford v Man City

0-4

0-2

0-3

The Lawro Challenge – Week 37

Will Lawro hold his nerve to claim the title as football’s Nostradamus in the penultimate round of match predictions?

Lawro Crystal BallIn Week 36, Geoff took the honours once again. Rich scored 7 points, Geoff 10 points, and Lawro 8 points. Lawro now has an 8 point lead with just two weeks of the season to go. How different could it have been if Chelsea had scored a fourth goal against Middlesbrough which looked likely? Lawro’s lead would have been cut to four points as a result. He now looks a certainty to win the challenge unless Rich can forecast some correct scores to bridge the gap this week, ensuring an exciting finish in the last week of the season.

In this challenge we award one point for a correct result, and a further two points (making three in total) if the score prediction is spot on.

We now proceed to week 37.

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Total after 35 weeks

266

214

273

Score in week 36

7

10

8

Total after 36 weeks

273

224

281

 

 

 

 

Predictions – Week 37

 

 

 

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Friday

 

 

 

Everton v Watford

3-0

3-1

2-0

West Brom v Chelsea

0-1

1-2

0-2

Saturday

 

 

 

Man City v Leicester

3-1

3-2

2-0

Bournemouth v Burnley

2-1

0-0

1-1

Middlesbrough v Southampton

0-0

2-0

1-2

Sunderland v Swansea

1-2

1-1

1-1

Stoke v Arsenal

1-1

0-1

0-2

Sunday

 

 

 

Palace v Hull

2-1

1-0

1-1

West Ham v Liverpool

2-1

3-3

1-1

Tottenham v Man United

0-0

2-0

2-1

The Lawro Challenge – Week 36

Tension mounts as the two horse Lawro challenge race enters the final furlong.

Lawro Crystal BallIn Week 35, Geoff took the honours. Rich scored 3 points, Geoff 4 points, and Lawro 2 points. By some distance this was our poorest week for predicting the scores / results of Premier League games in the whole season, and demonstrated the unpredictability of some of the games in the top flight. Although Rich has forecast the most correct results, Lawro has been spot on with a greater number of correct scores. We now have just three weeks to go and Lawro has a 7 point lead. Can he be caught?

In this challenge we award one point for a correct result, and a further two points (making three in total) if the score prediction is spot on.

We now proceed to week 36.

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Total after 34 weeks

263

210

271

Score in week 35

3

4

2

Total after 35 weeks

266

214

273

 

 

 

 

Predictions – Week 36

 

 

 

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Friday

 

 

 

West Ham v Tottenham

1-1

1-5

0-2

Saturday

 

 

 

Man City v Palace

2-0

2-1

3-0

Bournemouth v Stoke

2-1

0-0

1-1

Burnley v West Brom

1-1

1-0

1-1

Hull v Sunderland

3-0

1-1

2-0

Leicester v Watford

3-0

3-0

2-0

Swansea v Everton

2-1

2-2

2-1

Sunday

 

 

 

Liverpool v Southampton

2-1

1-1

2-0

Arsenal v Man. United

0-0

2-0

1-1

Monday

 

 

 

Chelsea v Middlesbrough

4-0

2-0

3-0

The Lawro Challenge – Week 35

As the season and our prediction challenge gets close to a climax it is still all to play for.

Lawro Crystal BallIn Week 34, Rich scored 7 points, Geoff 6 points, and Lawro 3 points. This means that Lawro’s lead has been cut to 8 points. With just four weeks remaining and the finishing line coming into view can a jittery Lawro retain his position at the top?  The contest is becoming almost as exciting as the scoring in Eurovision.

It is amusing that some folks take Lawro’s predictions to heart (see this post on the Claret & Hugh web blog).  It is only a bit of fun and about as serious as your daily horoscope.  In an inconsistent season results have been notoriously difficult to predict.

In this challenge we award one point for a correct result, and a further two points (making three in total) if the score prediction is spot on.

Now is the time to proceed to week 35.

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Total after 33 weeks

256

204

268

Score in week 34

7

6

3

Total after 34 weeks

263

210

271

 

 

 

 

Predictions – Week 35

 

 

 

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Saturday

 

 

 

Southampton v Hull

1-1

1-2

2-0

Stoke v West Ham

1-0

0-1

2-0

Sunderland v Bournemouth

2-1

0-2

1-1

West Brom v Leicester

2-2

1-1

2-1

Palace v Burnley

2-0

1-2

2-1

Sunday

 

 

 

Man U v Swansea

2-1

3-0

2-0

Everton v Chelsea

1-1

0-0

0-2

Middlesbrough v Man City

0-3

1-3

0-2

Tottenham v Arsenal

2-1

4-2

1-1

Monday

 

 

 

Watford v Liverpool

1-3

2-3

1-2

The Lawro Challenge – Week 34

All to play for in the Predictor Challenge as everyone sees at least at point for the Hammers this weekend.

Lawro Crystal BallIn Week 33, Rich scored 6 points, Geoff 8 points, and Lawro 7 points. Lawro’s lead has been extended to 12 points. Can he afford to relax? This week we have a reduced league programme but include the two FA Cup semi-finals where we forecast the scores after 90 minutes.

Also, this week I had a look at the league table that was formed by Lawro’s predictions this season. The team at the top of the league were Liverpool. What a surprise! It just goes to show that even when you are being paid to make predictions the bias shows. I am the same, although I am not being paid. I am just an optimist!

The same is true of the pundits on TV. Their lack of neutrality shows through. I even recently heard an ex-Liverpool player when giving his thoughts on a Liverpool game constantly saying “we”. Personally I would prefer to hear the views of neutrals, but I guess I am in the minority as broadcasters always seem to want to involve ex-players of the clubs involved in a particular game. And, anyway, there are probably more ex-Liverpool players doing the pundit job than those from other clubs.

In this challenge we award one point for a correct result, and a further two points (making three in total) if the score prediction is spot on.

We now proceed to week 34.

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Total after 32 weeks

250

196

261

Score in week 33

6

8

7

Total after 33 weeks

256

204

268

 

 

 

 

Predictions – Week 34

 

 

 

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Saturday

 

 

 

Bournemouth v Middlesbrough

2-1

1-1

2-0

Hull v Watford

2-0

2-0

2-1

Swansea v Stoke

1-0

2-1

1-1

West Ham v Everton

2-1

2-2

1-1

Chelsea v Tottenham S/F 90 minutes

0-1

1-4

1-1

Sunday

 

 

 

Burnley v Manchester United

1-2

0-1

1-1

Liverpool v Palace

3-1

4-2

2-0

Arsenal v Man City S/F 90 minutes

2-2

3-4

0-2

The Lawro Challenge – Week 33

The heat is on Lawro as his lead at the top of the Predictor Challenge is cut to 11 points.

Lawro Crystal BallWeek 32 of the Lawro Challenge saw the gap at the top of the leaderboard cut to 11 points as Rich scored a creditable 8 points compared with Lawro’s meagre 5 points. For a change Geoff split the two pacesetters weighing in with 6 points.

Still plenty to play for and with teams either battling for European slots, to avoid relegation or simply ticking off the days until they start their Mediterranean the results could even more unpredictable than before. Still plenty of time for Rich to put further pressure on Lawro while Geoff checks out the cost of 10 day all-inclusive breaks in Torremolinos

In this challenge we award one point for a correct result, and a further two points (making three in total) if the score prediction is spot on.

We now proceed to week 33.

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Total after 31 weeks

242

190

256

Score in week 32

8

6

5

Total after 32 weeks

250

196

261

 

 

 

 

Predictions – Week 33

 

 

 

 

Rich

Geoff

Lawro

Saturday

 

 

 

Tottenham v Bournemouth

2-0

3-1

3-0

Palace v Leicester

1-0

1-1

2-1

Everton v Burnley

3-1

2-0

2-0

Stoke v Hull

1-1

1-0

2-0

Sunderland v West Ham

0-2

1-1

2-1

Watford v Swansea

1-2

2-0

2-1

Southampton v Man City

2-2

1-2

0-2

Sunday

 

 

 

West Brom v Liverpool

1-2

2-2

0-2

Man Utd v Chelsea

1-2

0-0

0-2

Monday

 

 

 

Middlesbrough v Arsenal

0-1

0-2

0-2