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

Lawro's predictions

The Premier League is relief, but who will ride a mercurial originate up to the season, and who will endure the priority of a defeat on the opening weekend?

BBC Sport’s soccer knowledgeable Label Lawrenson has made his predictions for the main 10 games of the fresh advertising and marketing and marketing campaign, which encompass Manchester United web web hosting Leicester on Friday night time, newly-promoted Wolves against Everton on Saturday and champions Manchester City’s commute to Arsenal on Sunday.

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 high-flight fits this season, against a vary of guests.

His first guest for the 2018-19 advertising and marketing and marketing campaign is actor Joe Thomas.

The outdated valuable individual of ‘The Inbetweeners’ is in a fresh film known as ‘The Festival’ – and is also ready for seeing how Tottenham fare within the forthcoming advertising and marketing and marketing campaign.

Joe Thomas

Joe is the main guest to preserve on Lawro this season and says “I am stricken about going first due to the there isn’t any longer worthy to race on”

“My favourite times as a Spurs fan were the Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker era of the early Nineties, but right here’s a upright time too,” Thomas talked about.

“Now we have got a amount of England avid gamers and I judge expectations are going to be moderately high for the likes of Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane to discover up what they did on the World Cup.

“The main contrivance is the cease four but then we are in a position to stare what happens past that.

“There is relatively a couple of enjoyment in all places in the fresh stadium due to the there is a approach that, after we glide in, things are going to be somewhat extra settled.”

It is doubtless you’ll maybe maybe hear extra from Thomas on Football Focal level at 12:00 BST on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport web space.

Premier League predictions – week 1
Result Lawro Joe
Man Utd v Leicester 2-1 1-zero 1-zero
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 zero-2 zero-2
Watford v Brighton x-x 1-zero 5-zero
Wolves v Everton x-x 2-1 2-2
Liverpool v West Ham x-x 2-zero three-1
Southampton v Burnley x-x 2-1 zero-2
Arsenal v Man City x-x zero-2 2-three

A upright end result (picking a derive, device or defeat) is worth 10 components. The accurate salvage earns forty components.


All kick-offs 15:00 BST except talked about.


Man Utd 2-1 Leicester

Lawro’s prediction: 1-zero

Joe’s prediction: This must quiet be a United dwelling derive, but I judge it’ll be moderately tight. 1-zero

Match document


Newcastle v Tottenham

Newcastle v Tottenham (12:30 BST)

Mourinho can be unhappy about no longer making ample signings, but Tottenham did no longer bring in any fresh faces whatsoever.

Right here’s a great season for Spurs with their glide into their fresh flooring, but I am no longer distinct about the device in which it’ll race for them.

Newcastle have had a worthy summer season, with their fans and the manager Rafa Benitez questioning the level of funding within the personnel.

It turned into by no device going to be any assorted, although, turned into it? Magpies owner Mike Ashley wishes to sell up and he turned into by no device going to claim ‘Right here is £150m Rafa, race and ride your self’.

As for the game, I am going for a device. We already know Rafa will effect his aspect up to win a level and I judge he would preserve that end result now.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Joe’s prediction: Spurs have been upright on the road unbiased no longer too long ago, and I admire us to derive this one. 1-2

Bournemouth v Cardiff

Bournemouth v Cardiff

His personnel’s survival could maybe maybe be the one contrivance for Cardiff manager Neil Warnock this season and he has supplied in some attention-grabbing avid gamers to preserve a take a study to cease it.

A couple of them are from the Championship, along side Preston left-relief Greg Cunningham, Bristol City striker Bobby Reid and Norwich winger Josh Murphy, and Warnock has been very gleaming there.

Between them, they have got no longer played worthy within the Premier League, if at all, but they’ll have something to bid.

And although I judge Cardiff will wrestle, if they cease up going down then they’ll have a extremely upright personnel at that level.

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Cardiff City defender Callum Paterson says he’s ‘buzzing’ sooner than the Premier League season

Right here is Bournemouth’s fourth season within the cease flight, and in screech that they have got ethical spent good by their requirements by bringing in Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma for £25m.

Closing yr, the Cherries needed to wait except the center of September to win their first derive, but it completely by no device felt enjoy they panicked.

You know what form of soccer you are getting from Eddie Howe’s aspect, but it completely is a similar with Warnock’s groups and I judge they’ll scrap their formulation to a level on Saturday.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Joe’s prediction: Bournemouth in most cases is somewhat shaky on the relief in most cases and I in fact judge Cardiff could maybe maybe sneak this one. They prefer to invent effectively in their first few fixtures, and I am backing them to invent a successful originate up. 1-2

Fulham v Crystal Palace

Fulham v Crystal Palace

Holding aid of Wilfried Zaha turned into huge for Crystal Palace due to the he makes such a disagreement to their personnel.

It could maybe maybe be attention-grabbing to survey how fresh Eagles midfielder Max Meyer gets on within the Premier League too, after his arrival from Schalke.

Max Meyer indicators for Crystal Palace

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

Fulham have signed moderately a couple of avid gamers following their promotion so I am no longer distinct what to look forward to from them.

But it completely is sure to be a upright environment at their first sport relief within the cease flight since 2014, and I am backing them to originate up with a derive.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Joe’s prediction: This one is laborious to call but it completely is clearly one which Fulham could maybe be focusing on, as a newly-promoted personnel at dwelling on the opening day. 1-1

Huddersfield v Chelsea

Huddersfield v Chelsea

Huddersfield on the total swam the channel to cease conscious final season and I judge the following couple of months are going to be a same memoir for them.

I know the Terriers have bolstered their squad, but they are no longer going to come relief out and play originate attacking soccer, and I judge they potentially already know they’ll be fighting to aid their head above the water once more.

This is in a position to maybe maybe also be a upright time for them to play Chelsea, who’re in a huge amount for the time being.

The Blues on the very least managed to substitute goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who’s on his formulation to Real Madrid, but they stare quick up front with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

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Watch: Thibaut Courtois swaps Chelsea for Real Madrid

For their sake, I’m hoping it would no longer like a flash flip correct into a season the save, about a weeks in, Eden Hazard begins to wonder why he did no longer also leave for Real.

It could maybe maybe preserve their fresh manager Maurizio Sarri a whereas to resolve in and fashion things out, which is why I produce no longer judge they’ll produce within the cease four, but I am quiet backing them to derive this sport.

Lawro’s prediction: zero-2

Joe’s prediction: Chelsea are a engaging one with a fresh manager who’s relatively technical, and so in addition they would possibly be able to preserve somewhat of time to mattress in. Having talked about that, I quiet judge they’ll have too worthy for Huddersfield. zero-2

Watford v Brighton

Watford v Brighton

Every yr I appear to claim Watford will have a worthy season and in screech that they continuously come upright.

And although their fans would potentially delight in if I tipped them to have a tough time once more, I in fact judge they’ll cease conscious.

Brighton did effectively to beat the tumble final day out after successful promotion, and I judge they’ll make on that this yr.

It appears enjoy they have got made some upright signings that can need gone below the radar – somewhat enjoy Pascal Tainted did when he joined them a yr ago.

Seagulls manager Chris Hughton has got a notion in space, and his groups are continuously quite smartly-liked. I am going with a Watford derive right here, but I produce no longer stare Brighton going down this season.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-zero

Joe’s prediction: One amongst my colleagues on ‘The Festival’ is a Watford fan so I have got to relief them right here. 5-zero

Wolves v Everton

Wolves v Everton (17:30 BST)

I stare at Wolves and what they have got completed over the summer season within the switch market and judge they’ll race for it once more after successful promotion.

They’ve got some very talented Portuguese avid gamers and in screech that they’re a personnel that I will stare scoring a full bunch targets and having a respectable season.


The Toffees are believed to have paid Watford an preliminary £35m for 21-yr-former Richarlison, with the cost doubtlessly rising to £50m

I am quiet in a position to be convinced by Everton manager Marco Silva after his time accountable for Hull and Watford, but he has signed some attention-grabbing avid gamers.

I judge Everton will have a less turbulent season than final time but it completely could maybe maybe preserve Silva a whereas to work out what his supreme personnel is. For this reason I am going for Wolves to derive this one.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Joe’s prediction: Right here is any other dwelling sport for a promoted personnel, and I judge they’ll provide Everton a take a look at. 2-2


Liverpool v West Ham

Liverpool v West Ham (Thirteen:30 BST)

Every of these groups have had a busy summer season within the switch market and, after struggling final season, West Ham have got to be aiming for the cease 10 this time.

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Klopp on strain, expectation and Karius

Liverpool are aspiring to supply somewhat increased, clearly, and after I stare on the signings that all the groups have made, they stare enjoy they have got completed the worthy substitute.

I judge the Reds will push City for the title this season and I am backing them to originate up with a derive.

Lawro’s high-four prediction
1. Man City 2. Liverpool three. Man Utd four. Arsenal

Lawro’s prediction: 2-zero

Joe’s prediction: three-1

Southampton v Burnley

Southampton v Burnley (Thirteen:30 BST)

Burnley are in general quite smartly-liked but are they going so as to contend with the calls for of Europa League soccer too?

Within the event that they win to the neighborhood stage, then continuously taking half in Thursday-Sunday is a worthy one to adjust to.

Southampton only scored 37 targets in 38 league games final season and that command is my supreme convey with them for the time being.

Mohamed Elyounoussi

Norway global, Elyounoussi, 24, who scored 23 targets in eighty three games in his final two seasons for Swiss aspect Basel, can play any place in all places in the front three

Saints boss Label Hughes has brought in Mohamed Elyounoussi and Danny Ings to provide him extra alternate strategies up front but how their season goes will count upon whether or no longer they’ll gain a conventional goalscorer, who can cease match.

Attain I judge they’ll beat Burnley? I invent.

The Clarets, who were in glide in Turkey on Thursday night time, have already had about a games within the Europa League but they have got no longer had the risk to gain any rhythm and I produce no longer basically feel as if beginning their season early has given them any relief.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Joe’s prediction: Within the event that they’ll kick on the save they left off final season then his turned into the roughly sport that Burnley were successful (they did indeed triumph 1-zero at St Mary’s Stadium in November) so as to illustrate they’ll derive once more on Sunday too. zero-2

Arsenal v Man City

Arsenal v Man City (sixteen:00 BST)

What a sport right here’s to originate up the season for each groups.

Unique Arsenal manager Unai Emery could maybe maybe also no longer have made any basically good stand-out signings, but, with the avid gamers he has brought in, I judge he has addressed the reality that they’ve got been passe defensively by device of the center of midfield and on the relief.

But whereas Emery could maybe maybe also no longer work out his supreme personnel for about a weeks, we know all about City – who seemed very delicate in their derive over Chelsea within the Neighborhood Defend final weekend.

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Neighborhood Defend: Chelsea zero-2 Manchester City highlights

City must quiet derive this sport too, but Emery deserves time to work things out and by that I mean longer than the main few weeks of the season when his aspect also play Chelsea (away), West Ham (dwelling) and Cardiff (away).

When a manager leaves after being at a club for extra than two decades, enjoy Arsene Wenger turned into, there is continuously going to be moderately a couple of alternate going on and we must quiet leave Emery alone to win on with it.

Lawro’s prediction: zero-2

Joe’s prediction: Effectively, I judge Arsenal will salvage – but so will City. What a sport this will likely maybe maybe also very effectively be. 2-three

Lawro turned into speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro invent final season?

In Lawro’s league desk in accordance to his 2017-18 weekly predictions, Manchester City completed champions – ethical as they did basically.

Total, he had seven groups out of 20 in their upright positions, with four extra unbiased one or two locations out (stare bottom of the online page).

Total rankings on the tip of the 2017-18 season
Lawro three,410
Company 2,820
Lawro v Company – the closing total
P38 W23 D3 L12
Lawro's League Table

1 Man City 38 31 6 1 ninety 9 zero
2 Man Utd 38 30 7 1 Ninety seven zero
three Tottenham 38 30 7 1 Ninety seven zero
four Liverpool 38 23 15 zero eighty four zero
5 Chelsea 38 24 9 5 eighty one zero
6 Arsenal 38 19 Thirteen 6 sixty eight zero
7 Leicester 38 sixteen 8 14 fifty six 2
8 Burnley 38 12 12 14 48 -1
9 West Ham 38 10 17 eleven Forty seven four
10 Southampton 38 12 10 sixteen Forty six 7
eleven Bournemouth 38 eleven 10 17 43 1
12 West Brom 38 12 7 19 43 8
Thirteen Stoke 38 8 Thirteen 17 37 6
14 Crystal Palace 38 9 8 21 35 -three
15 Everton 38 8 eleven 19 35 -7
sixteen Newcastle 38 7 10 21 31 -6
17 Brighton 38 four Thirteen 21 25 -2
18 Swansea 38 6 6 26 24 zero
19 Watford 38 5 7 26 22 -5
20 Huddersfield 38 2 Thirteen 23 19 -four


160 Justin Hawkins, Chris Shiflett
A hundred thirty James Anderson*, Joe Johnson*
120 Russel Leetch*, Will Poulter, Moeen Ali
a hundred and ten Aron Baynes*
A hundred Noreen Khan, Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32
91 Lawro (moderate after 38 weeks)
Ninety John Bishop, Arni and Justin from The Vaccines, Pete Wentz
eighty John Cena, Darren Campbell
70 Thought B, Brendan Foster*, Label Solid
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,
forty James Bay, Craig David, Ed Lay
30 Elis James, Rhys James, Felix White
20 Charlie Cooper, Richard Osman, Emmanuel Sanders and Josh Norman

* Presentations weeks the save Lawro had extra than one guest, and only the very supreme salvage contributed to the guest total.

Lawro’s supreme salvage: a hundred and seventy components (week 30 v Arni and Justin from The Vaccines)

Lawro’s worst salvage: forty components (week four v Umenyiora and Bell, week five v Non Stanford, week 21 v Darren Campbell and week 23 v Saric and Baynes)

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