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

A new season - and a new Premier League predictions expert.

BBC pundit Chris Sutton is taking on the challenge from Mark Lawrenson for the 2022-23 campaign and will try to pick the correct scores for every top-flight game against a variety of guests.

"Lawro has left some huge shoes to fill," said Sutton. "I'm pretty confident, but it's a tough task - and if I was that good at making predictions, I would be a millionaire by now."

For the opening weekend's fixtures, Sutton is up against football commentator Ali Bruce-Ball, his co-host on the BBC Radio 5 Live Fantasy 606 podcast.

"I'm not really worried about Ali," Sutton said. "I've got bigger fish to fry."

Think you can beat them both? You can make your own prediction about each of the games below.

Sutton and Bruce-Ball co-host the Fantasy 606 podcast every week along with Statman Dave, where they discuss all aspects of being a manager in the Fantasy Premier League

So how will Sutton do? Bruce-Ball feels he knows his co-host's mindset well from their time together on Fantasy 606 - and expects Sutton to take a similar approach when he makes his predictions.

"Chris is always brave," Bruce-Ball said. "He is very maverick with Fantasy Football and sometimes that comes off - and sometimes it doesn't.

"One of his rules though, is to never do the obvious - and it will be the same with his predictions.

"I know when Lawro did this, he was famous for going years without saying Liverpool would lose a game.

"That will be like a red rag to a bull with Chris, so I am almost 100% certain that he will predict Fulham to beat Liverpool on the opening Saturday of the season.

"I can see him doing that, and I can also see him going for a few wacky results every now and again.

"Some people who make predictions try to play safe and go for 1-1s or 2-0s or whatever, but I wouldn't be surprised if Chris chucked in some big numbers at times and also some wild results.

"When they come off, it will be amazing and he will be cock-a-hoop - but I have got a feeling that, if they take it seriously, the guests who take him on will have a decent chance of beating him because he will definitely take risks."

This week, Bruce-Ball, Sutton and Statman Dave revealed their Fantasy Premier League squads for the new season on their new Fantasy 606 pod, which you can listen to here.

They have introduced new features for the new campaign, including adding a listeners' team to their mini-league - that you can manage.

"Each week, a listener will be the manager of that team for one week only," Bruce-Ball explained.

"They can listen to suggestions, but they get the steering wheel and can make transfers, selections, whatever they want. When they come on the pod, the pressure from Dave and Chris - well, Chris in particular - about whether they are making the right calls will be horrendous, but it will be completely down to them."

To join the main Fantasy 606 League, the code is ahrsf2 and to become a manager of their listeners' team, email the pod at [email protected]

Premier League predictions - week 1
Crystal Palace v Arsenal0-21-21-1
Fulham v Liverpool2-20-30-4
Bournemouth v Aston Villa2-00-11-2
Leeds v Wolves2-10-01-1
Newcastle v Nott'm Forest2-01-02-0
Tottenham v Southampton4-12-13-0
Everton v Chelsea0-10-20-2
Leicester v Brentfordx-x1-12-1
Man Utd v Brightonx-x1-10-1
West Ham v Man Cityx-x0-30-2

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


Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

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Fulham 2-2 Liverpool

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Bournemouth 2-0 Aston Villa

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Leeds 2-1 Wolves

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Newcastle 2-0 Nottingham Forest

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Tottenham 4-1 Southampton

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Everton 0-1 Chelsea

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Leicester v Brentford (14:00)

Leicester didn't have a disastrous campaign last season but it was a step back for them after two fifth-placed finishes.

They have seen keeper Kasper Schmeichel leave this month and if they lose Wesley Fofana and Maddison too, then that would be a major blow for them.

Sampdoria midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard will be a good signing for Brentford if they can get him in, but I am a bit worried about how second-season syndrome will affect the Bees.

This game is another hard one to call.

Leicester had a nightmare at defending set-pieces last season - and Brentford are exceptional at them - but the Foxes have got some very talented attacking players.

Sutton's prediction: 1-1

ABB's prediction: 2-1

Man Utd v Brighton (14:00)

I just don't know what to expect from Manchester United.

The whole Cristiano Ronaldo situation, and whether he will stay or go, is really disruptive and new United manager Erik ten Hag could really do without it.

Playing United at Old Trafford on the opening day used to be a daunting prospect, but not any more.

Brighton stuffed them 4-0 at the Amex Stadium, so they won't be afraid of them. I love watching the Seagulls under Graham Potter and I think they will get something here.

Sutton's prediction: 1-1

ABB's prediction: My 'surprise' prediction for the weekend - an awkward opening fixture for United and I sense an early stumble in the offing. 0-1

West Ham v Man City (16:30)

West Ham have signed striker Gianluca Scamacca from Sassuolo but I don't think he's up to speed yet.

My main worry with the Hammers, though, is at the back. They spent a few quid on defender Nayef Aguerd earlier this summer, but he is out injured.

So I don't see the Hammers causing City problems like they did when they drew 2-2 at London Stadium at the end of last season.

City hit five past them there on the opening day a couple of years ago and I think they will get a few goals this time too.

Pep Guardiola's side were not at their best against Liverpool in the Community Shield but I'm expecting an improvement this time, and I also think Erling Haaland will open his account.

Sutton's prediction: 0-3

ABB's prediction: I'm going for the champions to start with a win and Haaland to get off the mark for his new club in the process. 0-2

Chris Sutton and Ali Bruce-Ball were speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

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