Premier League predictions: Lawro v Afrobeat star and Man Utd fan Rema

Premier League predictions: Lawro v Afrobeat star and Man Utd fan Rema

Lawro's predictions

The 237th Merseyside derby takes place at Goodison Park on Saturday – however will or not it’s the Reds or the Blues who’re celebrating afterwards?

“Everton have stunned everybody,” stated former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. “I do know they have some excellent gamers however I assumed their new signings would take longer to settle in.

“James Rodriguez seems to be like an actual participant and the sport seems to be very straightforward for him. Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure have finished nice as nicely and, now they have Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring, they give the impression of being an actual handful.

Snapshot showing the top of the Premier League: 1st Everton, 2nd Aston Villa, 3rd Leicester, 4th Arsenal, 5th Liverpool & 6th Tottenham

“Defensively, they may have some powerful days to return, however they’ve been excellent thus far and possibly even supervisor Carlo Ancelotti has been stunned by how rapidly it has all clicked for them.

“They’re high of the desk for a purpose and it seems to be like they will give Liverpool a detailed sport.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, in opposition to a wide range of company.

This weekend, he’s up in opposition to singer, rapper, Afrobeat star and Manchester United fan Rema.

Rema
Rema’s observe ‘Iron Man’ appeared on Barack Obama’s 2019 summer season playlist when the previous president of america revealed what he had been listening to in August that yr

Rema – actual identify Divine Ikubor – has adopted United since he was a boy rising up in Benin Metropolis, Nigeria, and bought to know their star gamers by enjoying video video games together with his older brother.

“I really like United due to him,” the 20-year-old advised BBC Sport. “He used to play Fifa in opposition to me as United, and he would at all times win – so I at all times noticed them because the profitable group!

“We ended up having arguments over who would get to play as them – however, once I bought the possibility, I bought connected to gamers like Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Edwin van der Sar and Wayne Rooney, earlier than I even noticed them play in actual life.”

Rema has an excellent purpose to ask for a rematch after some his songs had been included within the soundtrack for Fifa 21 when it was launched final month – however he won’t decide United subsequent time he performs.

“I do know we’re not doing so good in the mean time,” he added. “Not in comparison with these days anyway. The best way issues are going this season, I’m not too blissful.”

Rema
Rema’s largest hit ‘Dumebi’ has been streamed greater than 20m instances on Spotify

In addition to United, Rema grew up watching Nigeria stars Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu – though he was by no means in a position to pull off their type of tips himself.

“I used to play day-after-day with my associates after college,” he defined. “We’d go and play barefoot within the discipline.

“Jay-Jay was my favorite. I idolised him and and I needed to be a striker too, however sadly I might at all times find yourself in objective as a result of I wasn’t that good.”

End result Lawro Rema
SATURDAY
Everton v Liverpool x-x 1-1 1-3
Chelsea v Southampton x-x 2-1 2-1
Man Metropolis v Arsenal x-x 1-1 2-5
Newcastle v Man Utd x-x 1-2 3-1
SUNDAY
Sheff Utd v Fulham x-x 2-0 0-2
Crystal Palace v Brighton x-x 1-1 1-0
Tottenham v West Ham x-x 2-1 4-2
Leicester v Aston Villa x-x 2-0 5-1
MONDAY
West Brom v Burnley x-x 0-1 3-2
Leeds v Wolves x-x 2-1 2-2

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

LAWRO’S PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Everton v Liverpool

Everton v Liverpool (12:30 BST)

Liverpool come into this sport off the again of their 7-2 defeat by Aston Villa, after they had been everywhere on the again.

Individuals neglect how organised and troublesome to interrupt down the Reds normally are, which is why they’d such an excellent defensive document.

At Villa Park, although, they had been huge open and Villa did their homework and focused the precise aspect of their defence, the place Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez had been struggling.

Given how nicely Everton are doing, Goodison Park would usually have been completely rocking for this sport – however with none crowd or environment, this may not really feel like every derby sport I performed in.

It’s nonetheless going to be fascinating to see how Liverpool get on in opposition to Everton’s midfield and whether or not they can get in and round them. The identical goes for the way the Liverpool defence copes underneath stress this time.

It’s a troublesome one to name, which is why I’m going with a draw.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Rema’s prediction: 1-3

Chelsea v Southampton

Chelsea v Southampton (15:00 BST)

Chelsea’s new gamers are discovering their toes and proper now it appears like groups will get alternatives in opposition to them.

Southampton have gained their previous two video games after a sticky begin to the season, and I’m certain they are going to have their probabilities on Saturday too. I might nonetheless again the Blues to win, although.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Rema’s prediction: 2-1

Man City v Arsenal

Man Metropolis v Arsenal (17:30 BST)

The excellent news for Manchester Metropolis is that Raheem Sterling ought to be match after choosing up an damage on worldwide responsibility. The dangerous information is that Kevin de Bruyne is a doubt after doing the identical, as a result of he could be a large miss.

Metropolis have gotten striker Sergio Aguero on the way in which again after his lengthy lay-off, and so they want him match and firing once more. He has been coaching however I do not see him beginning this sport.

Arsenal bought a bit fortunate of their win over Sheffield United final outing, but when Metropolis are lacking some key gamers, the Gunners are in with a shout.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Rema’s prediction: 2-5

Newcastle v Man Utd

Newcastle v Man Utd (20:00 BST)

Manchester United haven’t had any issues scoring objectives. Sadly for them, they haven’t been in a position to hold them out.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect have solely three factors from three video games, and they’re fortunate to have that many as a result of they didn’t need to beat Brighton.

It clearly doesn’t assist that United captain Harry Maguire is having such a foul time in the mean time, as a result of he has been their most dependable centre-half.

I nonetheless assume United will beat Newcastle, although, if solely as a result of I can not consider they are going to be as dangerous once more as they had been after they misplaced 6-1 to Tottenham. If they’re, Solskjaer goes to be in deep trouble.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

Rema’s prediction: 3-1

SUNDAY

Sheff Utd v Fulham

Sheff Utd v Fulham (12:00 BST)

Each of those sides have misplaced all 4 of their league video games, so at the least certainly one of them will get off the mark.

I’m going with Sheffield United to edge it. They deserved one thing from their efficiency in opposition to Arsenal final outing and I simply assume their supervisor, Chris Wilder, will actually have them prepared for this one.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Rema’s prediction: 0-2

Crystal Palace v Brighton

Crystal Palace v Brighton (14:00 BST)

Brighton are trying higher going ahead nowadays however I have been impressed by Palace too, and we all know how nicely organised they at all times are on the again.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

Rema’s prediction: 1-0

Tottenham v West Ham

Tottenham v West Ham (16:30 BST)

West Ham have gained each video games whereas their supervisor David Moyes has been in isolation recovering from coronavirus, however he ought to be again within the dugout for this one.

We’d get a primary take a look at Gareth Bale in motion for Tottenham too, if he’s match, however they’ve been doing fairly nicely with out him to be trustworthy.

I am going for a Spurs win, whether or not Bale options or not.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Rema’s prediction: 4-2

Leicester v Aston Villa

Leicester v Aston Villa (19:15 BST)

Aston Villa have gained three out of three league video games, nevertheless it may all come crashing down this weekend.

Leicester had been taken aside by West Ham final outing, however I might anticipate them to be again on it on Sunday.

Jamie Vardy will likely be rested and raring to go after the worldwide break and I would not be stunned if he scores at the least as soon as for the Foxes.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Rema’s prediction: 5-1

MONDAY

West Brom v Burnley

West Brom v Burnley (17:30 BST)

Burnley have misplaced all three of their league video games, and these are worrying instances. They do not seem to have sufficient power in depth of their squad.

West Brom have at the least bought a degree on the board, however I’ve a sense Sean Dyche’s males will dig in to make issues troublesome for the Baggies, and so they may nick their first win. They want it.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-1

Rema’s prediction: 3-2

Leeds v Wolves

Leeds v Wolves (20:00 BST)

Wolves have been a bit up and down thus far and this will likely be one other powerful check for them.

Leeds had been spectacular once more of their draw with Manchester Metropolis, and their attacking outlook goes to win them lots of followers.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Rema’s prediction: 2-2

Lawro was talking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do final time?

Within the final set of video games earlier than the worldwide break, Lawro bought six appropriate outcomes, together with one actual rating, for a complete of 90 factors.

He beat Manchester Metropolis and Scotland midfielder Caroline Weir, who additionally bought six appropriate outcomes, however with no actual scores, for a tally of 60 factors.

Lawro's League Table graphic

TEAM P W D L PTS +/-
=1 Chelsea 4 3 1 0 10 +6
=1 Liverpool 4 3 1 0 10 +4
=3 Arsenal 4 3 0 1 9 +1
=3 Leicester 4 3 0 1 9 0
=3 Man Utd 3 3 0 0 9 +13
=3 Tottenham 4 3 0 1 9 +3
=7 Everton 4 2 1 1 7 -6
=7 Man Metropolis 3 2 1 0 7 +7
=9 Aston Villa 3 2 0 1 6 -7
=9 Leeds 4 2 0 2 6 -1
=9 Newcastle 4 2 0 2 6 0
=9 Wolves 4 1 3 0 6 +4
=13 Southampton 4 1 1 2 4 -2
=13 West Ham 4 1 1 2 4 -3
15 Burnley 3 1 0 2 3 +3
16 Crystal Palace 4 0 2 2 2 -4
17 Sheffield United 4 0 1 3 1 +2
=18 Brighton 4 0 0 4 0 -3
=18 Fulham 4 0 0 4 0 +2
=18 West Brom 4 0 0 4 0 -1

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2020-21

80 Raye
73 Lawro (common after 4 weeks)
60 Celeste, Caroline Weir
50 Declan McKenna

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