Lawro v indie band Blossoms for opening Premier League games

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson will be making a prediction for all 380 Premier League games this season against a variety of different guests.

Lawro's opponent for the opening round of Premier League fixtures are Tom Ogden and Charlie Salt from Stockport indie band Blossoms.

You can make your own predictions now, compare them to Lawro and other fans and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing the new BBC Sport Predictor game.


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Blossoms singer and guitarist Tom is a former Manchester City season ticket holder, who grew up idolising former striker Paul Dickov.

"I wrote his name on the back of my City shirt in black marker," Ogden told BBC Sport. My mum wasn't too happy about that.

"I don't miss those days when we were struggling, though. You want to be winning the league, don't you? Dickov is still my hero because he was playing for us when I first got into football but Sergio Aguero is the man.

"Obviously there is a charm in being everyone's second favourite team when you are in Division One but I much prefer to be where we are now, with Pep Guardiola as manager and having won the title twice in the past four years."

Bass player Charlie supports his home town team despite County's drop into non-league football, but also follows Liverpool.

"I'm biased but I'd love to see us win the league," he explained. "That's not just because I am a fan but for Jurgen Klopp's sake - I think he is such a character, he is good for the game."

Premier League predictions - week 1
Hull v Leicesterx-x0-20-2
Burnley v Swanseax-x1-14-1
Crystal Palace v West Bromx-x2-11-0
Everton v Tottenhamx-x1-12-2
Middlesbrough v Stokex-x1-00-2
Southampton v Watfordx-x2-11-3
Man City v Sunderlandx-x2-04-0
Bournemouth v Man Utdx-x0-25-0
Arsenal v Liverpoolx-x1-10-3
Chelsea v West Hamx-x2-00-4

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

You can see how all the guests from last season fared in the scoreboard at the bottom of the page, plus the final table showing how the 2015-16 Premier League would have looked if all of Lawro's predictions were correct.


All kick-offs 15:00 BST


Hull v Leicester

Hull v Leicester (12:30 BST)

It is sad to say, but Hull are in a mess with no manager and having made no significant signings - In fairness to Steve Bruce, he saw the writing was on the wall in terms of the lack of transfer activity, which is why he decided to step down.

The Championship play-off winners are always at a disadvantage because they have the least time to prepare for the Premier League but right now it looks all doom and gloom for them. I think every single pundit in the country will have them down to finish bottom, myself included.

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So I am backing Leicester to start the defence of the title with a win. I don't think they will win the league again this season but I still think they are a very good side and they will have a decent season.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Blossoms' prediction: (Tom) We supported Kasabian, who are massive Foxes fans, at the King Power Stadium just after they won the league and it was more than just a gig. There was such a party vibe around the city and it was a celebration of them winning the title. They will want to prove that it was not a fluke. 0-2

Burnley v Swansea

Burnley v Swansea

I am a little bit worried about Burnley too. It is all very well their chairman saying they are going to sign three or four players but why haven't they got them in for the start of the season?

You would hope they have learned from their last season in the Premier League in 2014-15, when they almost stayed up - they went down with two games to go and were eventually relegated by five points - but I do not look at their squad at the moment and think they will survive.

Swansea also go into their opening game in a state of flux after the departure of their captain Ashley Williams - he was their leader in lots of ways and players like him are very difficult to replace.

The Welsh side have brought in a couple of strikers from Spain - Borja and Fernando Llorente - and it will be interesting to see how they settle in.

I think the Swans will start with a draw and, as things stand, I see them finishing in the middle of the bottom half of the table.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Blossoms' prediction: (Charlie) I have always had a soft spot for Burnley but I'm not really a lover of Swansea if I am honest - sorry! 4-1

Crystal Palace v West Brom

Crystal Palace v West Brom

Crystal Palace are still busy in the transfer market, and you can see why they are after Christian Benteke. I am sure they will end up paying Liverpool's asking price too, because who else are they going to get?

Alan Pardew's aim will be to bring in players that will help them be more consistent because that is what they were lacking last season.

West Brom are also after a striker, and have not done much dealing so far. The Baggies will still be extremely difficult to beat but I think Selhurst Park will be pretty lively on the opening day of the season, and I'm going for a Palace win.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Blossoms' prediction: (Tom) Palace have made some decent signings this summer - I am backing Andros Townsend to get the winner. 1-0

Everton v Swansea

Everton v Tottenham

Everton are in the process of rebuilding under manager Ronald Koeman, and their signings so far have been positive.

Tottenham will be looking to kick on from last season but they started quite slowly last year and did not get a win until their fifth league game - I don't think they will start with a win this time either.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Blossoms' prediction: 2-2

Middlesbrough v Stoke

Middlesbrough v Stoke

Middlesbrough's summer signings have been a mixed bag so far while Stoke have only brought in Joe Allen.

The Potters are another side who need a striker, which is why they are so keen on West Brom's Saido Berahino and they would look a much better side with him.

There is work to be done for both sides but one newly-promoted team always seems to win on the opening day and, this year, I am going for Boro.

Lawro's prediction: 1-0

Blossoms' prediction: 0-2

Southampton v Watford

Southampton v Watford

Southampton seem to lose some star players every summer and this year has been no different.

They have a new manager too, but I still don't see them struggling because they still have a good nucleus of players in their squad.

Watford also have a new man in charge and a few people seem to think they might be in trouble, but their front two of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney will get them goals.

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Blossoms' prediction: 1-3

Man City v Sunderland

Man City v Sunderland (17:30 BST)

There are high expectations for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City this season but you have to remember he has never managed in the Premier League before and it is different to La Liga and the Bundesliga.

It may take time but if he can get City pressing the opposition with the players they have got, then they will win the league.

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This is a tough start for David Moyes in his first game as Sunderland manager but I think he will sort them out. I remember when he took charge of Everton in 2002, and his buying and selling then was excellent.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Blossoms' prediction: (Tom) The City players are going to want to impress Pep so they will be well up for this game. I am very excited to see how he gets us playing. 4-0


Bournemouth v Man Utd

Bournemouth v Man Utd (13:30 BST)

I am still not sure about Bournemouth defensively but they create a lot of chances and they do have goals in their team.

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I think the Cherries are in for another solid season but Manchester United will be in the hunt for the title this season, and I think they will begin with a win.

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Blossoms' prediction: (Tom) Bournemouth to win 5-0, and that is my head talking, not my heart.

Arsenal v Liverpool

Arsenal v Liverpool (16:00 BST)

Arsenal fans are already complaining about their side's lack of signings and they are currently short of fit centre-halves.

Liverpool have injury problems too, because Daniel Sturridge is recovering from a hip problem, and without him I am not sure that they have a regular goalscorer.

Liverpool are opening the season with three away games because of the work on the main stand at Anfield. As well as Arsenal they go to Chelsea and Tottenham in the first month.

Taking all of that into consideration, I think both sides would take a point here.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Blossoms' prediction: (Charlie) It has got to be Liverpool, hasn't it? I am not sure who, but I think someone will score a hat-trick for us too. 0-3


Chelsea v West Ham (20:00 BST)

Chelsea v West Ham

I have been impressed by new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte - I think everyone has.

They do not have European football to worry about which is a big reason I think they will make the top four and push hard for the title.

Conte has also inherited some excellent players, who just had a poor season last time out.

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Slaven Bilic had an outstanding first year in charge of West Ham but I think it will be more difficult for them this season.

The Hammers have also got some outstanding players but I think Chelsea will turn them over on Monday night.

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Blossoms' prediction: (Charlie) I don't like Chelsea at all, I never have. 0-4

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.


Lawro v Guests
160Nathan Caton
110Nick Bright, Steve Cram, Sam Tomkins, SAM Super Computer
100Carl Frampton, Adrian Lewis, Wealdstone Raider
90Ice Cube & Kevin Hart, Amir Khan
76Lawro (average after 38 weeks)
70James, Guy Mowbray, Osi Umenyiora
60Stuart Broad, Tim Burgess, Idris Elba & Richard Madden, Ben Hardy, Ed Skrein
50Mark Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall, Felix White
40Nobby Butcher, Fatman Scoop, Neville, Mumford & Sons, Michael B Jordan & Tony Bellew. James Skelly
30Darren Campbell, Luol Deng, Anthony Joshua, Blake Harrison & Daniel Mays, Mark Webber, Steve Wilson
20Graeme Swann
10Elis James, Paul Heaton, Kelly Jones

Lawro's best score: 160 points (week 19 v Guy Mowbray and week 36 v Nathan Caton)

Lawro's worst score: 20 points (week one v Graeme Swann & week 23 v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart)

Lawro's League Table
1Man City38298195+3
7West Brom3818101064+7
8Man Utd381615763-3
10Crystal Palace381481650+5
17West Ham388102034-10
20Aston Villa38133460

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