Premier League predictions: New skilled Chris Sutton picks his winners and losers for opening weekend

A brand new season – and a brand new Premier League predictions skilled.

BBC pundit Chris Sutton is taking up the problem from Mark Lawrenson for the 2022-23 marketing campaign and can attempt to choose the right scores for each top-flight recreation in opposition to quite a lot of friends.

“Lawro has left some large sneakers to fill,” mentioned Sutton. “I am fairly assured, but it surely’s a troublesome activity – and if I used to be that good at making predictions, I might be a millionaire by now.”

For the opening weekend’s fixtures, Sutton is up in opposition to soccer commentator Ali Bruce-Ball, his co-host on the BBC Radio 5 Reside Fantasy 606 podcast.

“I am probably not apprehensive about Ali,” Sutton mentioned. “I’ve received larger fish to fry.”

Suppose you possibly can beat them each? You can also make your individual prediction about every of the video games under.

Sutton and Bruce-Ball
Sutton and Bruce-Ball co-host the Fantasy 606 podcast each week together with Statman Dave, the place they talk about all points of being a supervisor within the Fantasy Premier League

So how will Sutton do? Bruce-Ball feels he is aware of his co-host’s mindset properly from their time collectively on Fantasy 606 – and expects Sutton to take an identical method when he makes his predictions.

“Chris is at all times courageous,” Bruce-Ball mentioned. “He’s very maverick with Fantasy Soccer and typically that comes off – and typically it would not.

“One among his guidelines although, is to by no means do the plain – and will probably be the identical together with his predictions.

“I do know when Lawro did this, he was well-known for going years with out saying Liverpool would lose a recreation.

“That will likely be like a purple rag to a bull with Chris, so I’m nearly 100% sure that he’ll predict Fulham to beat Liverpool on the opening Saturday of the season.

“I can see him doing that, and I may see him going for just a few wacky outcomes each on occasion.

“Some individuals who make predictions attempt to play secure and go for 1-1s or 2-0s or no matter, however I would not be shocked if Chris chucked in some large numbers at instances and likewise some wild outcomes.

“After they come off, will probably be wonderful and he will likely be cock-a-hoop – however I’ve received a sense that, in the event that they take it critically, the friends who take him on could have an honest probability of beating him as a result of he will certainly take dangers.”

This week, Bruce-Ball, Sutton and Statman Dave revealed their Fantasy Premier League squads for the brand new season on their new Fantasy 606 pod, which you’ll take heed to right here.

They’ve launched new options for the brand new marketing campaign, together with including a listeners’ group to their mini-league – you could handle.

“Every week, a listener would be the supervisor of that group for one week solely,” Bruce-Ball defined.

“They will take heed to recommendations, however they get the steering wheel and might make transfers, choices, no matter they need. After they come on the pod, the stress from Dave and Chris – properly, Chris specifically – about whether or not they’re making the proper calls will likely be horrendous, however will probably be utterly all the way down to them.”

To affix the principle Fantasy 606 League, the code is ahrsf2 and to turn out to be a supervisor of their listeners’ group, e mail the pod at fantasy606@bbc.co.uk

Outcome Sutton ABB
FRIDAY
Crystal Palace v Arsenal x-x 1-2 1-1
SATURDAY
Fulham v Liverpool x-x 0-3 0-4
Bournemouth v Aston Villa x-x 0-1 1-2
Leeds v Wolves x-x 0-0 1-1
Newcastle v Nott’m Forest x-x 1-0 2-0
Tottenham v Southampton x-x 2-1 3-0
Everton v Chelsea x-x 0-2 0-2
SUNDAY
Leicester v Brentford x-x 1-1 2-1
Man Utd v Brighton x-x 1-1 0-1
West Ham v Man Metropolis x-x 0-3 0-2

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

SUTTON’S PREDICTIONS

Video games kick off at 15:00 BST except in any other case acknowledged

FRIDAY

Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

Arsenal have had an excellent pre-season, whereas I am undecided Crystal Palace are the identical menace now Conor Gallagher has gone again to Chelsea.

It is nonetheless a troublesome recreation for Mikel Arteta’s aspect, however every part is pointing in direction of a Gunners win.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-2

ABB’s prediction: One other tough away fixture on a Friday evening for Arsenal to kick off the season. Final 12 months they crumbled at Brentford, however they’re manufactured from sterner stuff now – definitely helped by the additions of Premier League winners Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus. 1-1

SATURDAY

Fulham v Liverpool

Fulham v Liverpool (12:30)

Ali is true to say I am not going to observe Lawro and again Liverpool to win each week – I need to banish that type of bias!

However he is incorrect to assume I will say they’ll lose this one.

Liverpool had been superb within the Neighborhood Protect and Saturday goes to be a troublesome day for Fulham on their return to the highest flight. I feel they’ll battle all season too.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-3

ABB’s prediction: Marco Silva hasn’t been very optimistic speaking about his squad lately as Fulham attempt to finish their yo-yo existence, bouncing between the Premier League and the Championship. Liverpool will likely be ruthless and I feel this has the potential to be a little bit of a mauling. 0-4

Bournemouth v Aston Villa

Bournemouth v Aston Villa

Bournemouth fear me a bit as a result of they have not completed plenty of switch enterprise since profitable promotion.

Aston Villa have not signed as many gamers as I assumed they might this summer time both, however they already had plenty of high quality of their squad and it is a nice alternative for them to get off to an excellent begin.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-1

ABB’s prediction: 1-2

Leeds v Wolves

Leeds v Wolves

Together with Fulham and Bournemouth, I’ve received Leeds as happening this season. They solely simply stayed up final time after which offered their two greatest gamers, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, this summer time.

Wolves have gotten some sensible artistic gamers however they’re missing firepower in the intervening time with out the injured Raul Jimenez, so who’s going to get their targets?

This can be a laborious one to foretell, so I’m going to sit down on the fence – I do know Ali will do precisely the identical too.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-0

ABB’s prediction: 1-1

Newcastle v Nottingham Forest

Newcastle v Nottingham Forest

It is nice to see Forest again within the Premier League after 23 years and I hope they do properly.

I used to be born in Nottingham and I used to be a large fan of Brian Clough’s European Cup-winning sides after I was rising up. Then I used to be fortunate sufficient to play below two gamers from that point, Martin O’Neill and John Robertson, at Celtic.

Forest may do with a participant like Robertson now, however they’ve made a few fascinating strikes within the switch market already – Jesse Lingard is an effective signing and I just like the look of their new Belgian midfielder, Orel Mangala, too. I feel they’ll keep up.

Newcastle, in the meantime, do not have to fret about beating the drop this 12 months. Eddie Howe did such an excellent job there within the second half of final season and, after it regarded like they had been in a giant relegation battle, they stayed up very comfortably in the long run.

Howe performed a very good model of soccer in addition to getting outcomes and I’m anticipating extra of the identical this time, though they do want some reinforcements up entrance.

They’re making an attempt to get James Maddison from Leicester however I do not fairly perceive why they’ve left it so late earlier than the beginning of the season to go for him, and we should wait and see how that one pans out.

So far as this recreation goes, it’s one other tough one to name – however I’m going for Newcastle to edge it as a result of they have dwelling benefit.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-0

ABB’s prediction: It is nice to have Forest again within the high flight as they had been such an exciting and profitable group as I received into my soccer within the late Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties. However Newcastle completed final season strongly below Howe, who improved them considerably at each ends of the sphere, and I count on them to be too robust for Forest on their return. 2-0

Tottenham v Southampton

Tottenham v Southampton

There’s plenty of pleasure round Tottenham, however then it’s the similar at first of each season.

I do know Richarlison is suspended for this recreation however it’ll be fascinating to see how he matches into their group after becoming a member of from Everton.

Dejan Kulusevski did rather well after arriving in January and we all know how good Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane are, so I do not know the way Antonio Conte will match all of them into his group. Nonetheless, it isn’t a nasty drawback to have.

Snapshot of the way the top of the Premier League finished last season: 1st Man City, 2nd Liverpool, 3rd Chelsea, 4th Tottenham, 5th Arsenal & 6th Man Utd

In distinction to the what is predicted from Spurs, lots of people appear to be predicting Southampton will get relegated.

However Saints appear to get written off each season after which show folks incorrect.

They’ve suffered some heavy defeats in recent times however they’ve additionally picked up some spectacular outcomes below Ralph Hasenhuttl – they drew dwelling and away with Manchester Metropolis within the league final season and likewise received at Conte’s Spurs.

I do not see a repeat of that consequence on Saturday, although. As an alternative, I am going for the previous Kane and Son one-two to get the job completed for Spurs once more.

In 2020-21, these two broke the file for probably the most objective/help mixtures that myself and Alan Shearer held from our Blackburn days, they usually stay very laborious to cease. They nonetheless have not received the Premier League although, have they?

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1

ABB’s prediction: Tottenham look to have completed some glorious enterprise within the switch market this summer time, they’ve had a full pre-season below Conte and I count on them to hit the bottom working. 3-0

Everton v Chelsea

Everton v Chelsea (17:30)

It is odd that Chelsea are not correctly ready for the beginning of the season – they’re nonetheless making an attempt to make signings and their squad shouldn’t be prepared.

However Everton have issues too. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is injured, Salomon Rondon is suspended and Richarlison has clearly been offered – so that they have no-one to guide their assault on Saturday.

They will must depend on the Goodison Park crowd to get them by this recreation, like they did on the finish of final season.

Their followers will give them a carry, however they cannot assist them by scoring targets.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-2

ABB’s prediction: 0-2

SUNDAY

Leicester v Brentford

Leicester v Brentford (14:00)

Leicester did not have a disastrous marketing campaign final season but it surely was a step again for them after two fifth-placed finishes.

They’ve seen keeper Kasper Schmeichel depart this month and in the event that they lose Wesley Fofana and Maddison too, then that will be a significant blow for them.

Sampdoria midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard will likely be an excellent signing for Brentford if they will get him in, however I’m a bit apprehensive about how second-season syndrome will have an effect on the Bees.

This recreation is one other laborious one to name.

Leicester had a nightmare at defending set-pieces final season – and Brentford are distinctive at them – however the Foxes have gotten some very proficient attacking gamers.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

ABB’s prediction: 2-1

Man Utd v Brighton

Man Utd v Brighton (14:00)

I simply do not know what to anticipate from Manchester United.

The entire Cristiano Ronaldo scenario, and whether or not he’ll keep or go, is basically disruptive and new United supervisor Erik ten Hag may actually do with out it.

Enjoying United at Previous Trafford on the opening day was once a frightening prospect, however not any extra.

Brighton stuffed them 4-0 on the Amex Stadium, so they will not be afraid of them. I really like watching the Seagulls below Graham Potter and I feel they’ll get one thing right here.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

ABB’s prediction: My ‘shock’ prediction for the weekend – an ungainly opening fixture for United and I sense an early stumble within the offing. 0-1

West Ham v Man City

West Ham v Man Metropolis (16:30)

West Ham have signed striker Gianluca Scamacca from Sampdoria however I do not assume he is up to the mark but.

My primary fear with the Hammers, although, is on the again. They spent just a few quid on defender Nayef Aguerd earlier this summer time, however he’s out injured.

So I do not see the Hammers inflicting Metropolis issues like they did after they drew 2-2 at London Stadium on the finish of final season.

Metropolis hit 5 previous them there on the opening day a few years in the past and I feel they’ll get just a few targets this time too.

Pep Guardiola’s aspect weren’t at their greatest in opposition to Liverpool within the Neighborhood Protect however I am anticipating an enchancment this time, and I additionally assume Erling Haaland will open his account.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-3

ABB’s prediction: I am going for the champions to begin with a win and Haaland to get off the mark for his new membership within the course of. 0-2

Chris Sutton and Ali Bruce-Ball had been talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

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