Premier League predictions: New skilled Chris Sutton alternatives his winners and losers for opening weekend

Sutton's Predictions

A brand new season – and a brand new Premier League predictions skilled.

BBC pundit Chris Sutton is taking at the problem from Mark Lawrenson for the 2022-23 marketing campaign and can take a look at to pick out the right kind ratings for each top-flight recreation in opposition to quite a few visitors.

“Lawro has left some massive footwear to fill,” stated Sutton. “I am beautiful assured, however it is a difficult process – and if I used to be that just right at making predictions, I’d be a millionaire through now.”

For the outlet weekend’s fixtures, Sutton is up in opposition to soccer commentator Ali Bruce-Ball, his co-host at the BBC Radio 5 Are living Delusion 606 podcast.

“I am not in point of fact nervous about Ali,” Sutton stated. “I have were given larger fish to fry.”

Assume you’ll beat them each? You’ll make your individual prediction about each and every of the video games beneath.

Sutton and Bruce-Ball
Sutton and Bruce-Ball co-host the Delusion 606 podcast each week in conjunction with Statman Dave, the place they talk about all sides of being a supervisor within the Delusion Premier League

So how will Sutton do? Bruce-Ball feels he is aware of his co-host’s mindset smartly from their time in combination on Delusion 606 – and expects Sutton to take a equivalent manner when he makes his predictions.

“Chris is all the time courageous,” Bruce-Ball stated. “He’s very maverick with Delusion Soccer and every so often that comes off – and every so often it does not.

“One among his regulations regardless that, is to by no means do the most obvious – and it is going to be the similar together with his predictions.

“I do know when Lawro did this, he was once well-known for going years with out announcing Liverpool would lose a recreation.

“That shall be like a purple rag to a bull with Chris, so I’m nearly 100% positive that he’ll expect Fulham to overcome Liverpool at the opening Saturday of the season.

“I will be able to see him doing that, and I will be able to additionally see him going for a couple of wacky effects each every now and then.

“Some individuals who make predictions attempt to play secure and opt for 1-1s or 2-0s or no matter, however I would not be shocked if Chris chucked in some giant numbers every now and then and likewise some wild effects.

“After they come off, it is going to be superb and he’ll be cock-a-hoop – however I’ve were given a sense that, in the event that they take it severely, the visitors who take him on may have a tight probability of thrashing him as a result of he’ll without a doubt take dangers.”

This week, Bruce-Ball, Sutton and Statman Dave published their Delusion Premier League squads for the brand new season on their new Delusion 606 pod, which you’ll concentrate to right here.

They have got offered new options for the brand new marketing campaign, together with including a listeners’ group to their mini-league – that you’ll set up.

“Each and every week, a listener would be the supervisor of that group for one week handiest,” Bruce-Ball defined.

“They may be able to concentrate to tips, however they get the guidance wheel and will make transfers, picks, no matter they would like. After they come at the pod, the force from Dave and Chris – smartly, Chris specifically – about whether or not they’re making the fitting calls shall be horrendous, however it is going to be totally right down to them.”

To sign up for the principle Delusion 606 League, the code is ahrsf2 and to transform a supervisor in their listeners’ group, e-mail the pod at [email protected] kingdom

Consequence Sutton ABB
Crystal Palace v Arsenal x-x 1-2 1-1
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 Wooded area x-x 1-0 2-0
Tottenham v Southampton x-x 2-1 3-0
Everton v Chelsea x-x 0-2 0-2
Leicester v Brentford x-x 1-1 2-1
Guy Utd v Brighton x-x 1-1 0-1
West Ham v Guy Town x-x 0-3 0-2

A right kind consequence (selecting a win, draw or defeat) is price 10 issues. The precise ranking earns 40 issues.


Video games kick off at 15:00 BST until differently said


Crystal Palace v Arsenal

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

Arsenal have had a super pre-season, whilst I am not positive Crystal Palace are the similar risk now Conor Gallagher has long gone again to Chelsea.

It is nonetheless a difficult recreation for Mikel Arteta’s aspect, however the whole thing is pointing in opposition to a Gunners win.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-2

ABB’s prediction: Every other tough away fixture on a Friday evening for Arsenal to kick off the season. Ultimate yr they crumbled at Brentford, however they’re fabricated from sterner stuff now – for sure helped through the additions of Premier League winners Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus. 1-1


Fulham v Liverpool

Fulham v Liverpool (12:30)

Ali is correct to mention I am not going to apply Lawro and again Liverpool to win each week – I need to banish that roughly bias!

However he is mistaken to assume I will say they’re going to lose this one.

Liverpool have been superb within the Group Defend and Saturday goes to be a troublesome day for Fulham on their go back to the highest flight. I feel they’re going to combat all season too.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-3

ABB’s prediction: Marco Silva hasn’t been very constructive speaking about his squad not too long ago as Fulham attempt to finish their yo-yo life, bouncing between the Premier League and the Championship. Liverpool shall be ruthless and I feel this has the prospective to be a little of a mauling. 0-4

Bournemouth v Aston Villa

Bournemouth v Aston Villa

Bournemouth concern me a little as a result of they have not completed numerous switch trade since profitable promotion.

Aston Villa have not signed as many gamers as I believed they might this summer time both, however they already had numerous high quality of their squad and it is a nice alternative for them to get off to a just right get started.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-1

ABB’s prediction: 1-2

Leeds v Wolves

Leeds v Wolves

At the side of Fulham and Bournemouth, I have were given Leeds as happening this season. They simply simply stayed up remaining time after which bought their two best possible gamers, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, this summer time.

Wolves have were given some good ingenious gamers however they’re missing firepower this present day with out the injured Raul Jimenez, so who’s going to get their objectives?

This can be a onerous one to expect, so I’m going to sit down at the fence – I do know Ali will just do the similar too.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-0

ABB’s prediction: 1-1

Newcastle v Nottingham Forest

Newcastle v Nottingham Wooded area

It is nice to peer Wooded area again within the Premier League after 23 years and I’m hoping they do smartly.

I used to be born in Nottingham and I used to be an enormous fan of Brian Clough’s Eu Cup-winning aspects when I used to be 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.

Wooded area may do with a participant like Robertson now, however they’ve made a few attention-grabbing strikes within the switch marketplace already – Jesse Lingard is a great signing and I just like the glance in their new Belgian midfielder, Orel Mangala, too. I feel they’re going to keep up.

Newcastle, in the meantime, shouldn’t have to fret about beating the drop this yr. Eddie Howe did this sort of just right task there in the second one part of remaining season and, after it seemed like they have been in a large relegation battle, they stayed up very with ease in any case.

Howe performed a in point of fact just right logo of soccer in addition to getting effects and I’m anticipating extra of the similar this time, even though they do want some reinforcements up entrance.

They’re seeking to get James Maddison from Leicester however I do not reasonably perceive why they’ve left it so past due ahead of the beginning of the season to move for him, and we will be able to have to attend and spot how that one pans out.

So far as this recreation is going, it’s some other tough one to name – however I’m going for Newcastle to edge it as a result of they’ve house merit.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-0

ABB’s prediction: It is nice to have Wooded area again within the height flight as they have been this sort of exciting and a success group as I were given into my soccer within the past due Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties. However Newcastle completed remaining season strongly beneath Howe, who progressed them considerably at each ends of the sphere, and I be expecting them to be too sturdy for Wooded area on their go back. 2-0

Tottenham v Southampton

Tottenham v Southampton

There’s numerous pleasure round Tottenham, however then it’s the identical in the beginning of each season.

I do know Richarlison is suspended for this recreation however it’s going to be attention-grabbing to peer how he suits into their group after becoming a member of from Everton.

Dejan Kulusevski did in point of fact smartly after arriving in January and we know the way just right Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane are, so I do not know the way Antonio Conte will are compatible 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

Against this to the what is predicted from Spurs, numerous other people appear to be predicting Southampton gets relegated.

However Saints appear to get written off each season after which turn out other people mistaken.

They have got suffered some heavy defeats lately however they’ve additionally picked up some spectacular effects beneath Ralph Hasenhuttl – they drew house and away with Manchester Town within the league remaining season and likewise gained at Conte’s Spurs.

I do not see a repeat of that consequence on Saturday, regardless that. As a substitute, I am going for the previous Kane and Son one-two to get the task completed for Spurs once more.

In 2020-21, the ones two broke the file for essentially the most function/lend a hand mixtures that myself and Alan Shearer held from our Blackburn days, they usually stay very onerous to prevent. They nonetheless have not gained the Premier League regardless that, have they?

Sutton’s prediction: 2-1

ABB’s prediction: Tottenham glance to have completed some superb trade within the switch marketplace this summer time, they have had a complete pre-season beneath Conte and I be expecting them to hit the bottom operating. 3-0

Everton v Chelsea

Everton v Chelsea (17:30)

It is strange that Chelsea aren’t correctly ready for the beginning of the season – they’re nonetheless seeking to make signings and their squad isn’t in a position.

However Everton have issues too. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is injured, Salomon Rondon is suspended and Richarlison has clearly been bought – so they’ve no-one to guide their assault on Saturday.

They’re going to need to depend at the Goodison Park crowd to get them via this recreation, like they did on the finish of remaining season.

Their enthusiasts will give them a boost, however they may be able to’t lend a hand them through scoring objectives.

Sutton’s prediction: 0-2

ABB’s prediction: 0-2


Leicester v Brentford

Leicester v Brentford (14:00)

Leicester did not have a disastrous marketing campaign remaining season however it was once a step again for them after two fifth-placed finishes.

They have got observed keeper Kasper Schmeichel depart this month and in the event that they lose Wesley Fofana and Maddison too, then that might be a big blow for them.

Sampdoria midfielder Mikkel Damsgaard shall be a just right signing for Brentford if they may be able to get him in, however I’m a little nervous about how second-season syndrome will impact the Bees.

This recreation is some other onerous one to name.

Leicester had a nightmare at protecting set-pieces remaining season – and Brentford are outstanding at them – however the Foxes have were given some very gifted attacking gamers.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

ABB’s prediction: 2-1

Man Utd v Brighton

Guy 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 move, is in point of fact disruptive and new United supervisor Erik ten Hag may in point of fact do with out it.

Taking part in United at Outdated Trafford at the opening day was a frightening prospect, however no longer any longer.

Brighton crammed them 4-0 on the Amex Stadium, so that they may not be fearful of them. I really like staring at the Seagulls beneath Graham Potter and I feel they’re going to get one thing right here.

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1

ABB’s prediction: My ‘wonder’ prediction for the weekend – an ungainly opening fixture for United and I sense an early stumble within the offing. 0-1

West Ham v Man City

West Ham v Guy Town (16:30)

West Ham have signed striker Gianluca Scamacca from Sampdoria however I don’t believe he is up to the mark but.

My primary concern with the Hammers, regardless that, is on the again. They spent a couple of quid on defender Nayef Aguerd previous this summer time, however he’s out injured.

So I do not see the Hammers inflicting Town issues like they did once they drew 2-2 at London Stadium on the finish of remaining season.

Town hit 5 previous them there at the opening day a few years in the past and I feel they’re going to get a couple of objectives this time too.

Pep Guardiola’s aspect weren’t at their best possible in opposition to Liverpool within the Group Defend however I am anticipating an growth 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 procedure. 0-2

Chris Sutton and Ali Bruce-Ball have been talking to BBC Game’s Chris Bevan.

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