You do really have to question just how Mark Lawrenson has kept his job with BBC Sport so long, whilst being truly embarrassing a lot of that time.
The fact that we actually have no choice when it comes to contributing to his wages (via the TV license) makes it even worse.
Lawrenson does predictions for all Premier League matches for BBC Sport and in 2016/17, he went through a whole season without predicting a certain club would lose a game.
Now 20 matches into the 2017/18 season, Mark Lawrenson still hasn’t predicted this particular team to lose a game.
Must be pretty special this team, is it last season’s runaway champions Chelsea, or maybe this current season’s champions-elect, Manchester City…?
Well that is two guesses down!
Here is Mark Lawrenson’s table for all 38 predictions last season, followed by this season’s table showing predictions for the first 20 rounds of matches:
2016/17 full season:
2017/18 – First 20 matches:
I think you could all guess who that team might be, as he doesn’t even try to hide his bias when covering the Premier League.
It is one thing to want your club to win but he should at least show some professionalism in his day job.
You can just imagine him sitting there each week doing his predictions and going to put down a defeat to Manchester City or whoever…and then only to find that his finger is incapable of pressing the button to predict a loss for his beloved reds.
Mark Lawrenson’s record over the past 18 months for Liverpool is…
Played 58 Win 41 Draw 17 Lose 0 Points 140
Reality for Liverpool…
Played 58 Won 32 Drawn 18 Lost 8 Points 114
Interesting to see that with his predictions, the bottom three should be Brighton, Watford and Huddersfield, the three clubs that actually occupy positions 10th, 11 and 12 in the Premier League.
Even better, Mark Lawrenson still doesn’t appear to realise Manchester City are a bit better than the average, he has them trailing Manchester United based on his predictions, whilst reality is that Man City are 15 points clear.
Talk about money for nothing when it comes to BBC Sport pundits.