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Premier League predictions: Lawro v Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas on opening weekend

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas on opening weekend

The Premier League is again, however who will get pleasure from a quick begin to the season, and who will undergo the ache of a defeat on the opening weekend?

BBC Sport’s soccer professional Mark Lawrenson has made his predictions for the primary 10 video games of the brand new marketing campaign, which embrace Manchester United internet hosting Leicester on Friday evening, newly-promoted Wolves towards Everton on Saturday and champions Manchester Metropolis’s journey to Arsenal on Sunday.

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, towards a wide range of friends.

His first visitor for the 2018-19 marketing campaign is actor Joe Thomas.

The previous star of ‘The Inbetweeners’ is in a brand new movie known as ‘The Competition’ – and can also be wanting ahead to seeing how Tottenham fare within the forthcoming marketing campaign.

Joe is the primary visitor to tackle Lawro this season and says “I’m terrified about going first as a result of there may be not a lot to go on”

“My favorite occasions as a Spurs fan have been the Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker period of the early 1990s, however this can be a good time too,” Thomas mentioned.

“Now we have fairly a couple of England gamers and I feel expectations are going to be fairly excessive for the likes of Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane to comply with up what they did on the World Cup.

“The primary goal is the highest 4 however then we are going to see what occurs past that.

“There’s a whole lot of pleasure across the new stadium as a result of there’s a sense that, as soon as we transfer in, issues are going to be a bit extra settled.”

You may hear extra from Thomas on Soccer Focus at 12:00 BST on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport web site.

Premier League predictions – week 1
Outcome Lawro Joe
Man Utd v Leicester x-x 1-0 1-0
Newcastle v Tottenham x-x 1-1 1-2
Bournemouth v Cardiff x-x 1-1 1-2
Fulham v Crystal Palace x-x 2-1 1-1
Huddersfield v Chelsea x-x 0-2 0-2
Watford v Brighton x-x 1-0 5-0
Wolves v Everton x-x 2-1 2-2
Liverpool v West Ham x-x 2-0 3-1
Southampton v Burnley x-x 2-1 0-2
Arsenal v Man Metropolis x-x 0-2 2-3

An accurate end result (selecting a win, draw or defeat) is price 10 factors. The precise rating earns 40 factors.


All kick-offs 15:00 BST except acknowledged.


Man Utd v Leicester (20:00 BST)

The environment at Previous Trafford will probably be attention-grabbing, as a result of Manchester United haven’t had the best pre-season.

However does that matter for those who win your first sport? I might recommend not, and I do suppose United will begin with a victory.

Jose Mourinho didn’t get the brand new centre-half he wished, as a result of Harry Maguire will probably be enjoying on this sport in a Leicester shirt.

Even so, once I have a look at their squad, United are mainly nailed on to complete within the high three. They may not have turn into a greater group since final season, after they have been runners-up, however they haven’t turn into a foul one both.

The one concern I might have is that if Paul Pogba is genuinely sad on the membership, amid the rumours that his agent has been touting him to the likes of Barcelona and Juventus.

That scenario turns into an issue for Mourinho if he has an excellent participant who’s a World Cup winner, however can’t discover him a task in his group that makes him blissful enjoying for United.

Leicester have been extra lively within the switch market however I used to be shocked they didn’t do extra to bolster their assault over the summer time, as a result of they rely so closely on Jamie Vardy.

The Foxes misplaced 5 of their final seven video games final season and the primary few weeks of this marketing campaign are going to be essential for his or her supervisor Claude Puel as a result of, if they begin poorly, he will probably be below stress once more.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

Joe’s prediction: This ought to be a United residence win, however I feel it could be fairly tight. 1-0


Newcastle v Tottenham (12:30 BST)

Mourinho could also be sad about not making sufficient signings, however Tottenham didn’t herald any new faces in anyway.

This can be a huge season for Spurs with their transfer into their new floor, however I’m not positive about the way it will go for them.

Newcastle have had a tough summer time, with their followers and the supervisor Rafa Benitez questioning the extent of funding within the group.

It was by no means going to be any completely different, although, was it? Magpies proprietor Mike Ashley needs to promote up and he was by no means going to say ‘This is £150m Rafa, go and luxuriate in your self’.

As for the sport, I’m going for a draw. We already know Rafa will set his aspect as much as get a degree and I feel he would take that end result now.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Joe’s prediction: Spurs have been good on the highway not too long ago, and I fancy us to win this one. 1-2

Bournemouth v Cardiff

His group’s survival might be the one intention for Cardiff supervisor Neil Warnock this season and he has purchased in some attention-grabbing gamers to attempt to obtain it.

Lots of them are from the Championship, together with Preston left-back Greg Cunningham, Bristol Metropolis striker Bobby Reid and Norwich winger Josh Murphy, and Warnock has been very intelligent there.

Between them, they haven’t performed a lot within the Premier League, if in any respect, however they are going to have one thing to show.

And though I feel Cardiff will battle, in the event that they find yourself taking place then they are going to have an excellent group at that stage.

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That is Bournemouth’s fourth season within the high flight, they usually have simply spent huge by their requirements by bringing in Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma for £25m.

Final yr, the Cherries needed to wait till the center of September to get their first win, nevertheless it by no means felt like they panicked.

You understand what fashion of soccer you might be getting from Eddie Howe’s aspect, however it’s the identical with Warnock’s groups and I feel they are going to scrap their method to some extent on Saturday.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Joe’s prediction: Bournemouth could be a bit shaky on the again typically and I really suppose Cardiff might sneak this one. They should do effectively of their first few fixtures, and I’m backing them to make a successful begin. 1-2

Fulham v Crystal Palace

Maintaining maintain of Wilfried Zaha was huge for Crystal Palace as a result of he makes such a distinction to their group.

It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how new Eagles midfielder Max Meyer will get on within the Premier League too, after his arrival from Schalke.

Max Meyer scored for Germany within the Rio 2016 Olympics remaining earlier than they misplaced to Brazil on penalties

Fulham have signed a whole lot of gamers following their promotion so I’m not positive what to anticipate from them.

However it’s positive to be a very good environment at their first sport again within the high flight since 2014, and I’m backing them to begin with a win.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Joe’s prediction: This one is difficult to name however it’s clearly one which Fulham will probably be focusing on, as a newly-promoted group at residence on the opening day. 1-1

Huddersfield v Chelsea

Huddersfield mainly swam the channel to remain up final season and I feel the subsequent few months are going to be the same story for them.

I do know the Terriers have strengthened their squad, however they aren’t going to come back out and play open attacking soccer, and I feel they most likely already know they are going to be combating to maintain their head above the water once more.

This could be a very good time for them to play Chelsea, who’re in a multitude for the time being.

The Blues at least managed to replace goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who’s on his strategy to Actual Madrid, however they give the impression of being brief up entrance with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

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For his or her sake, I hope it doesn’t shortly flip right into a season the place, a couple of weeks in, Eden Hazard begins to marvel why he didn’t additionally go away for Actual.

It’s going to take their new supervisor Maurizio Sarri some time to settle in and kind issues out, which is why I do not suppose they are going to end within the high 4, however I’m nonetheless backing them to win this sport.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Joe’s prediction: Chelsea are an attention-grabbing one with a brand new supervisor who is sort of technical, they usually would possibly take a little bit of time to mattress in. Having mentioned that, I nonetheless suppose they are going to have an excessive amount of for Huddersfield. 0-2

Watford v Brighton

Yearly I appear to say Watford can have a tricky season they usually at all times come good.

And though their followers would most likely be delighted if I tipped them to have a tough time once more, I really suppose they are going to keep up.

Brighton did effectively to beat the drop final day trip after successful promotion, and I feel they are going to construct on that this yr.

It seems like they’ve made some good signings that may have gone below the radar – a bit like Pascal Gross did when he joined them a yr in the past.

Seagulls supervisor Chris Hughton has acquired a plan in place, and his groups are at all times very regular. I’m going with a Watford win right here, however I do not see Brighton taking place this season.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

Joe’s prediction: One in every of my colleagues on ‘The Competition’ is a Watford fan so I’ve acquired to again them right here. 5-0

Wolves v Everton (17:30 BST)

I have a look at Wolves and what they’ve completed over the summer time within the switch market and suppose they’ll go for it once more after successful promotion.

They’ve some very proficient Portuguese gamers and they’re a group that I can see scoring a number of objectives and having a good season.

The Toffees are believed to have paid Watford an preliminary £35m for 21-year-old Richarlison, with the price doubtlessly rising to £50m

I’m nonetheless ready to be satisfied by Everton supervisor Marco Silva after his time in control of Hull and Watford, however he has signed some attention-grabbing gamers.

I feel Everton can have a much less turbulent season than final time nevertheless it would possibly take Silva some time to work out what his finest group is. That is why I’m going for Wolves to win this one.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Joe’s prediction: That is one other residence sport for a promoted group, and I feel they are going to give Everton a take a look at. 2-2


Liverpool v West Ham (13:30 BST)

Each of those groups have had a busy summer time within the switch market and, after struggling final season, West Ham have gotten to be aiming for the highest 10 this time.

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Liverpool are aspiring to complete a bit increased, clearly, and once I have a look at the signings that each one the groups have made, they appear to be they’ve completed one of the best enterprise.

I feel the Reds will push Metropolis for the title this season and I’m backing them to start with a win.

Lawro’s top-four prediction
1. Man Metropolis 2. Liverpool 3. Man Utd 4. Arsenal

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Joe’s prediction: 3-1

Southampton v Burnley (13:30 BST)

Burnley are normally very regular however are they going to have the ability to take care of the calls for of Europa League soccer too?

In the event that they get to the group stage, then repeatedly enjoying Thursday-Sunday is a tough one to regulate to.

Southampton solely scored 37 objectives in 38 league video games final season and that space is my largest concern with them for the time being.

Norway worldwide, Elyounoussi, 24, who scored 23 objectives in 83 video games in his final two seasons for Swiss aspect Basel, can play wherever throughout the entrance three

Saints boss Mark Hughes has introduced in Mohamed Elyounoussi and Danny Ings to present him extra choices up entrance however how their season goes will depend upon whether or not they can discover a common goalscorer, who can keep match.

Do I feel they are going to beat Burnley? I do.

The Clarets, who have been in action in Turkey on Thursday night, have already had a couple of video games within the Europa League however they haven’t had the possibility to seek out any rhythm and I do not really feel as if beginning their season early has given them any benefit.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Joe’s prediction: If they’ll kick on the place they left off final season then his was the type of sport that Burnley have been successful (they did indeed triumph 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium in November) so for example they are going to win once more on Sunday too. 0-2

Arsenal v Man Metropolis (16:00 BST)

What a sport that is to begin the season for each groups.

New Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery won’t have made any actually huge stand-out signings, however, with the gamers he has introduced in, I feel he has addressed the truth that they’ve been weak defensively by way of the center of midfield and on the again.

However whereas Emery won’t work out his finest group for a couple of weeks, we all know all about Metropolis – who appeared very clean of their win over Chelsea within the Group Defend final weekend.

Group Defend: Chelsea 0-2 Manchester Metropolis highlights

Metropolis ought to win this sport too, however Emery deserves time to work issues out and by that I imply longer than the primary few weeks of the season when his aspect additionally play Chelsea (away), West Ham (residence) and Cardiff (away).

When a supervisor leaves after being at a membership for greater than 20 years, like Arsene Wenger was, there may be at all times going to be a whole lot of change occurring and we should always go away Emery alone to get on with it.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Joe’s prediction: Effectively, I feel Arsenal will rating – however so will Metropolis. What a sport this may very well be. 2-3

Lawro was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do final season?

In Lawro’s league desk based mostly on his 2017-18 weekly predictions, Manchester Metropolis completed champions – simply as they did in actuality.

Total, he had seven groups out of 20 of their right positions, with 4 extra just one or two locations out (see backside of the web page).

Complete scores on the finish of the 2017-18 season
Lawro 3,410
Friends 2,820
Lawro v Friends – the ultimate complete
P38 W23 D3 L12
1 Man Metropolis 38 31 6 1 99 0
2 Man Utd 38 30 7 1 97 0
3 Tottenham 38 30 7 1 97 0
4 Liverpool 38 23 15 0 84 0
5 Chelsea 38 24 9 5 81 0
6 Arsenal 38 19 13 6 68 0
7 Leicester 38 16 8 14 56 +2
8 Burnley 38 12 12 14 48 -1
9 West Ham 38 10 17 11 47 +4
10 Southampton 38 12 10 16 46 +7
11 Bournemouth 38 11 10 17 43 +1
12 West Brom 38 12 7 19 43 +8
13 Stoke 38 8 13 17 37 +6
14 Crystal Palace 38 9 8 21 35 -3
15 Everton 38 8 11 19 35 -7
16 Newcastle 38 7 10 21 31 -6
17 Brighton 38 4 13 21 25 -2
18 Swansea 38 6 6 26 24 0
19 Watford 38 5 7 26 22 -5
20 Huddersfield 38 2 13 23 19 -4


160 Justin Hawkins, Chris Shiflett
130 James Anderson*, Joe Johnson*
120 Russel Leetch*, Will Poulter, Moeen Ali
110 Aron Baynes*
100 Noreen Khan, Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32
91 Lawro (common after 38 weeks)
90 John Bishop, Arni and Justin from The Vaccines, Pete Wentz
80 John Cena, Darren Campbell
70 Plan B, Brendan Foster*, Mark Sturdy
60 Jimmy from Django Django, Will Ferrell, Nish Kumar, Non Stanford, Rick Witter
50 Steve Cram, Michael Dapaah, Russell Howard, Channing Tatum, Joe Root, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, Dario Saric, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell,
40 James Bay, Craig David, Ed Lay
30 Elis James, Rhys James, Felix White
20 Charlie Cooper, Richard Osman, Emmanuel Sanders and Josh Norman

* Reveals weeks the place Lawro had a couple of visitor, and solely the very best rating contributed to the visitor complete.

Lawro’s finest rating: 170 factors (week 30 v Arni and Justin from The Vaccines)

Lawro’s worst rating: 40 factors (week 4 v Umenyiora and Bell, week 5 v Non Stanford, week 21 v Darren Campbell and week 23 v Saric and Baynes)

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