Palace to hold Liverpool? Lawro's predictions v singer Tom Grennan


Two of the Premier League’s new managers go head to head on Saturday when Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea host Unai Emery’s Arsenal – but who will come out on top?

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson was not impressed by the Gunners in their defeat by Manchester City last weekend, saying: “I may have to revise my prediction that Arsenal will finish fourth.

“It was a little bit of a mish-mash of a performance, the kind of thing I have seen before where a manager is new to the Premier League and does not really grasp what it is all about.

“City are the best team in the country – there is no argument about that – but Arsenal let them have so much time on the ball, they were asking for trouble. I just wonder what Emery might change for his side’s trip to Stamford Bridge?”

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

This week’s guest is singer Tom Grennan, who was on the books of Luton Town, Northampton and Stevenage as a youngster and is a Manchester United fan.

“I’ve got pictures of myself in a United baby grow. I have a big Irish family, who are all United fans, so it has been drilled into me since I was young,” he told BBC Sport.

“My first United memory was watching Paul Scholes and being in awe of him. For me, when I was young, he was my hero. My first memory of going to watch them was against Bolton and we beat them 4-1. I think [Cristiano] Ronaldo scored two.”

However, he is not optimistic about their chances of success this season.

“I don’t think we’ll win the Premier League,” he added. “There are sides out there that are just powerhouses. I think we’ll finish third – Man City, Liverpool, then United.”

Predictions: Manchester United fan Tom Grennan takes on Lawro
Premier League predictions – week 2
Result Lawro Tom
Cardiff v Newcastle x-x 1-1 2-1
Everton v Southampton x-x 2-0 1-0
Leicester v Wolves x-x 2-1 0-2
Tottenham v Fulham x-x 2-0 2-0
West Ham v Bournemouth x-x 1-1 1-0
Chelsea v Arsenal x-x 2-0 2-0
Burnley v Watford x-x 1-0 1-1
Man City v Huddersfield x-x 3-0 4-0
Brighton v Man Utd x-x 1-2 0-2
Crystal Palace v Liverpool x-x 1-1 2-0

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


All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless stated.


Cardiff v Newcastle (12:30 BST)

I thought Cardiff would put up a little bit more resistance than they did in their defeat at Bournemouth on the opening weekend.

But what happened there has probably given them an indication of the gulf between the Championship and the Premier League.

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I would expect Neil Warnock’s side to make things a lot more difficult for Newcastle in their first home game back in the top flight, though.

And the Bluebirds fans will play a part too – they have to, because Cardiff’s home form is going to play a huge role in their survival fight.

I cannot see many goals in this, but the dynamic between the two managers is going to be great to watch, because Warnock and Magpies boss Rafael Benitez have a bit of history.