Premier League predictions: Lawro v Steve Cram & Brendan Foster on opening weekend

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

The Premier League is back - but who will come out on top in the opening round of fixtures?

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson has made his predictions for the first 10 games of the new campaign, which include Arsenal hosting Leicester on Friday night, champions Chelsea against Burnley on Saturday and last season's runners-up Tottenham against newly promoted Newcastle on Sunday.

You can make your own predictions now - take on Lawro and other fans and try to take your team to the top of the leaderboard by playing the new-look BBC Sport Predictor game.

Lawro will be making a prediction for all 380 Premier League games this season against a variety of guests.

His opponents for the opening round of Premier League fixtures are BBC athletics commentators Brendan Foster and Steve Cram.

BBC Athletics commentators Brendan Foster and Steve Cram
Foster and Cram have been commentating on the World Athletics Championships, which is being held at London Stadium in Stratford.

Foster, who supports Newcastle, and Sunderland fan Cram saw their teams swap divisions last season, with the Magpies promoted back to the Premier League at the same time as the Black Cats went down.

"It's great to have my team Newcastle back in the Premier League," said Foster. "Particularly - and he is standing next to me laughing as I say this - because Steve's team are not in the Premier League any more. So that is good news."

Cram is not confident Sunderland will bounce straight back to the top flight either, adding: "I have got friends who are a bit worried that we are going to go straight down again.

"It is not going to be easy and I would be amazed if we won promotion this season. I am always hopeful and always look on the positive side... but I don't sound confident, do I?

You can hear more of their tales of Tyne-Wear derby banter and the mixed fortunes of north east of England football clubs on Football Focus at 12:00 BST on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

Premier League predictions - week 1
ResultLawroCramFoster
FRIDAY
Arsenal v Leicester4-32-12-03-1
SATURDAY
Watford v Liverpool3-31-10-20-4
Chelsea v Burnley2-32-02-14-0
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield0-31-10-10-0
Everton v Stoke1-02-03-02-0
Southampton v Swansea0-02-12-00-0
West Brom v Bournemouth1-01-20-12-1
Brighton v Man City0-20-21-32-1
SUNDAY
Newcastle v Tottenham0-20-21-15-0
Man Utd v West Ham4-02-02-02-0

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

Remember you can try to beat Lawro yourself by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.

LAWRO'S OPENING WEEKEND PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated.

FRIDAY

Arsenal v Leicester

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Cram's prediction: 2-0

Foster's prediction: 3-1

Match report

SATURDAY

Watford v Liverpool

Watford 3-3 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Cram's prediction: 0-2

Foster's prediction: 0-4

Match report

Chelsea v Burnley

Chelsea 2-3 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Cram's prediction: 2-1

Foster's prediction: 4-0

Match report

Crystal Palace v Huddersfield

Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Cram's prediction: 0-1

Foster's prediction: 0-0

Match report

Everton v Stoke

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Cram's prediction: 3-0

Foster's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Southampton v Swansea

Southampton 0-0 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Cram's prediction: 2-0

Foster's prediction: 0-0

Match report

West Brom v Bournemouth

West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Cram's prediction: 0-1

Foster's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Brighton v Man City

Brighton 0-2 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Cram's prediction: 1-3

Foster's prediction: 2-1

Match report

SUNDAY

Newcastle v Tottenham

Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Cram's prediction: 1-1

Foster's prediction: 5-0

Match report

Man Utd v West Ham

Man Utd 4-0 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Cram's prediction: 2-0

Foster's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last season?

In Lawro's league table based on his 2016-17 weekly predictions, Chelsea and Liverpool finished joint champions.

Overall, he had four teams out of 20 in their correct positions, with seven more only one place out (see bottom of the page).

Total scores after week 38
Lawro3,440
Guests2,760
Lawro v Guests
P38W24D1L13
SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
150Elis James
130Boris Becker, James McAvoy, Tim Vine
120Robbie Williams
110Michael van Gerwen
100Joe Clarke, Osi Umenyiora, Tom from Kasabian, Royal Blood
91Lawro (average after 38 weeks)
90Josh Franceschi, Goldie, Amy Macdonald, Andy Murray, Colin Murray
80David Gower, Loyle Carner, Nicole Scherzinger
70Dave Bautista, Sam Burgess, Anthony Crolla, Athletico Mince
60Rick Astley, Adrian Dunbar, Jermaine Jenas, Sting & son
50Martin Kemp, Charlie Sloth, Laura Kenny
40Ed Balls
30Michael Bisping, Blossoms, CFC Fan TV, Full Time DEVILS, American hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, Serge from Kasabian
20Moeen Ali, Lloyd Griffith, Charlie Nelson
10Omid Djalili

Lawro's best score: 140 points (week 22 v James McAvoy)

Lawro's worst score: 30 points (week four v Dave Bautista)

Lawro's League Table
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
POSTEAMPWDLPTS+/-
=1Chelsea382954920
=1Liverpool382711092+3
3Man City382792900
4Arsenal382511286+1
5Tottenham382510385-3
6Man Utd3822133790
7Leicester382261072+5
8Everton3810181048-1
9Crystal Palace3811141347+5
10Stoke3811121545+3
11West Brom3811111644-1
12West Ham389101937-1
13Bournemouth388111935-4
14Sunderland388102034+6
15Burnley386141832+1
=16Southampton38692327-8
=16Swansea38692327-1
=16Watford38762527+1
19Middlesbrough384925210
20Hull38452917-2

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