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 over the problem from Mark Lawrenson for the 2022-23 marketing campaign and can attempt to choose the proper scores for each top-flight recreation in opposition to quite a lot of company.

“Lawro has left some enormous sneakers to fill,” mentioned Sutton. “I am fairly assured, but it surely’s a tricky process – 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 Stay Fantasy 606 podcast.

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

Assume you possibly can beat them each? You may make your personal prediction about every of the video games beneath.

Sutton and Bruce-Ball
Sutton and Bruce-Ball co-host the Fantasy 606 podcast each week together with Statman Dave, the place they focus on 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 nicely from their time collectively on Fantasy 606 – and expects Sutton to take an analogous method when he makes his predictions.

“Chris is all the time 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 along 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 can be like a pink 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 also see him going for a couple of wacky outcomes each from time to time.

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

“After they come off, will probably be wonderful and he can be cock-a-hoop – however I’ve received a sense that, in the event that they take it severely, the company who take him on can 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 hearken 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 can handle.

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

“They’ll hearken to options, however they get the steering wheel and might make transfers, alternatives, no matter they need. After they come on the pod, the stress from Dave and Chris – nicely, Chris particularly – about whether or not they’re making the appropriate calls can be horrendous, however will probably be utterly all the way down to them.”

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

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

SUTTON’S PREDICTIONS

Video games kick off at 15:00 BST until in any other case said

FRIDAY

Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

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

It is nonetheless a tricky recreation for Mikel Arteta’s facet, however every thing is pointing in direction of a Gunners win.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-2

ABB’s prediction: One other difficult away fixture on a Friday evening for Arsenal to kick off the season. Final yr they crumbled at Brentford, however they’re fabricated from sterner stuff now – actually 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 correct to say I am not going to observe Lawro and again Liverpool to win each week – I wish to banish that form of bias!

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

Liverpool have been superb within the Group Protect and Saturday goes to be a troublesome day for Fulham on their return to the highest flight. I believe they’ll wrestle all season too.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-3

ABB’s prediction: Marco Silva hasn’t been very optimistic speaking about his squad not too long ago as Fulham attempt to finish their yo-yo existence, bouncing between the Premier League and the Championship. Liverpool can be ruthless and I believe 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 finished lots of switch enterprise since successful promotion.

Aston Villa have not signed as many gamers as I assumed they might this summer season both, however they already had lots of high quality of their squad and it is a nice alternative for them to get off to a very good 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 taking place this season. They solely simply stayed up final time after which offered their two finest gamers, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, this summer season.

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

It is a exhausting one to foretell, so I’m going to take a seat 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 nicely.

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

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

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

Howe performed a extremely 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 difficult one to name – however I’m going for Newcastle to edge it as a result of they have residence benefit.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-0

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

Tottenham v Southampton

Tottenham v Southampton

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

I do know Richarlison is suspended for this recreation however it’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how he suits 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 is not a nasty downside 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 what’s anticipated 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 flawed.

They’ve suffered some heavy defeats in recent times however they’ve additionally picked up some spectacular outcomes beneath Ralph Hasenhuttl – they drew residence 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 end result on Saturday, although. As an alternative, I am going for the previous Kane and Son one-two to get the job finished for Spurs once more.

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

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1

ABB’s prediction: Tottenham look to have finished some wonderful enterprise within the switch market this summer season, they’ve had a full pre-season beneath Conte and I count on them to hit the bottom operating. 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 just isn’t 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 steer their assault on Saturday.

They’ll should depend on the Goodison Park crowd to get them via this recreation, like they did on the finish of final season.

Their followers will give them a elevate, however they can not 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 may be a serious blow for them.

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

This recreation is one other exhausting 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 actually disruptive and new United supervisor Erik ten Hag might actually do with out it.

Taking part in 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 like watching the Seagulls beneath Graham Potter and I believe they’ll get one thing right here.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

ABB’s prediction: My ‘shock’ prediction for the weekend – a clumsy 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 predominant fear with the Hammers, although, is on the again. They spent a couple of quid on defender Nayef Aguerd earlier this summer season, 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 believe they’ll get a couple of targets this time too.

Pep Guardiola’s facet weren’t at their finest in opposition to Liverpool within the Group 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 have been chatting with BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

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