Premier League predictions: Lawro v soul singer and Arsenal fan Celeste

Lawro's predictions

New season, same old Liverpool? Yes, according to former Reds defender and BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

"Jurgen Klopp is not going to change the way he plays," Lawrenson said. "It is asking a lot for them to end up with the same points total as the past two years, but I don't expect their levels to drop and I think they will start off by beating Leeds on Saturday.

"Then Liverpool go to Chelsea next weekend, which will be a tough game, but with Manchester City's start to the season delayed until 21 September, Pep Guardiola's side could be six points behind before they kick a ball, which would not be ideal for them."

Lawro will make predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

For the opening weekend of the season, he is up against soul singer Celeste.

Celeste talks to Woman's Hour about starting out and her top life advice.

Celeste, whose new track 'Little Runaway' is out now, was born in California and grew up in Brighton but is an Arsenal fan.

"I am not that clued up on football but I know a bit," she told BBC Sport. "My grandad watches a lot so, from when I was younger, I would always watch games - but I think most of the players I know are sort of legends now, rather than still playing.

"Why Arsenal? Well, when I was growing up, my uncle supported West Ham and one of my mum's best friends supported Arsenal. I was close with all of them and they were vying for me to follow their team.

"Then I remember my mum's best friend's husband, he bought me a kit - an Arsenal kit - and I was like 'this is cool' and that was enough to win me over. From then on I was always leaning towards Arsenal."

Celeste received 30 first-place votes from the pundits who voted for the Sound Of 2020

The 26-year-old, who won BBC Music's Sound of 2020 award in January and was the 2019 Brits' Rising Star, got used to the sound of Arsenal fans when she lived in north London.

"I used to live in Holloway, near the Emirates Stadium, and you would always know when there was a game on. It was almost like you could feel it, from the top of the road to the bottom," she explained. "People would be doing these massive long walks on their way to the game and go past us."

"I never went myself but, when the fans are allowed back, I'd love to go to a game. It would be really cool to experience it, especially after this year when you have seen the difference in empty venues.

"There is something different about playing in front of a crowd, whether you are a singer or a footballer. I can't wait until the moment when I can go back and sing a song in front of people again - that will be quite amazing.

"It kind of gives you this exhilarating energy that helps you perform - and you do things you don't even know you can do because you are filled with this adrenaline that comes from having an audience.

"It can take you to new heights. I am sure footballers feel the same way."

Premier League predictions - week 1
Fulham v Arsenal0-30-21-2
Crystal Palace v Southampton1-01-12-1
Liverpool v Leeds4-32-02-1
West Ham v Newcastle0-22-12-2
West Brom v Leicester0-30-20-1
Tottenham v Everton0-12-12-1
Sheff Utd v Wolves0-21-11-2
Brighton v Chelsea1-30-21-2

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


Games kick off at 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated


Fulham v Arsenal

Fulham 0-3 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Celeste's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Crystal Palace v Southampton

Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Celeste's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Liverpool v Leeds United

Liverpool 4-3 Leeds United

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Celeste's prediction: 2-1

Match report

West Ham v Newcastle

West Ham 0-2 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Celeste's prediction: 2-2

Match report


West Brom v Leicester

West Brom 0-3 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Celeste's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Tottenham v Everton

Tottenham 0-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Celeste's prediction: 2-1

Match report


Sheff Utd v Wolves

Sheff Utd 0-2 Wolves

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Celeste's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Brighton v Chelsea

Brighton 1-3 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Celeste's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last season?

Lawro made a prediction for all 380 Premier League games last season and the final table based on all of his predictions is at the bottom of this page.

In Lawro's league table, Manchester City finished as champions, with Liverpool unbeaten and in second place - but with five points more than they managed in real life.

Overall, he had four teams out of 20 in their correct positions, with seven others only one or two places out.

Lawro's League Table graphic
1Man City383521107+1
5Man Utd38209969-2
10West Ham381571652+6
14Aston Villa381082038+3
17Sheff Utd38892133-8
=18Crystal Palace38692327-4

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