Premier League predictions: Lawro v Graeme Swann

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson will be making a prediction for all 380 Premier League games this season against a variety of different guests.

Lawro's opponent for the opening round of Premier League fixtures is former England cricketer Graeme Swann.

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

Along with Radio 1 DJ Greg James, Swann also made some predictions for the fourth Ashes Test, which started at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Graeme Swann and Greg James
Swann (right) and Greg James are at Trent Bridge for the latest clash in the five-match Ashes series

When it comes to football, Swann is a Newcastle United fan with fond memories of Kevin Keegan's swashbuckling Magpies team of the 1990s.

The former Nottinghamshire spinner told BBC Sport: "The highlight of that period was what is known as 'Howay 5-0' - Newcastle United five, Manchester United nowt.

"It was October 1996 and I was 17. I was playing a game of junior football and I came home and feared the worst for some reason, thinking we might have lost.

"But, as I got home and knocked on the door, I looked in the bay window and there was the biggest beaming smile on Philippe Albert's face on the TV.

Phillipe Albert celebrates his goal against Man Utd in October 1996
Albert celebrates his famous chip that completed Newcastle's rout of United

"I thought then that we might have won but when I got in my dad was so happy he was almost crying. So I will always remember that day."

Swann is backing Newcastle to get their campaign off to a winning start against Southampton on Sunday and thinks there is a successful season in store at St James' Park.

You can hear more of his tales of supporting Newcastle on Football Focus at 12:10 BST on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

Premier League predictions - Week 1
Man Utd v Tottenham1-02-01-2
Bournemouth v Aston Villa0-12-12-0
Everton v Watford2-22-13-0
Leicester v Sunderland4-21-10-0
Norwich v Crystal Palace1-30-21-2
Chelsea v Swansea2-22-02-0
Arsenal v West Ham0-23-02-0
Newcastle v Southampton2-22-12-0
Stoke v Liverpool0-11-11-0
West Brom v Man City0-31-10-2

Our scoring system has changed this season and a correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is now worth TEN points. The exact score earns FORTY points.

You can see how all the guests from last season fared in the scoreboard at the bottom of the page (using the old scoring system of one and three points), plus the final table showing how the 2014-15 Premier League would have looked if all of Lawro's predictions were correct.


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


Man Utd v Tottenham

Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Swann's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Bournemouth v Aston Villa

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Swann's prediction: I'm going for the new boys - everyone starts with a bang in the Premier League. 2-0

Match report

Everton v Watford

Everton 2-2 Watford

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Swann's prediction: 3-0

Match report

Leicester v Sunderland

Leicester 4-2 Sunderland

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Swann's prediction: This is a tricky one for me - living in Nottingham I am not allowed to like Leicester and being a Newcastle fan I am not allowed to like Sunderland. So I'm going for 0-0. It will be the worst game of the week and the last game on MOTD - don't even bother watching it.

Match report

Norwich v Crystal Palace

Norwich 1-3 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Swann's prediction: I've got a soft spot for Norwich but I kind of like ex-Newcastle manager Alan Pardew too. 1-2

Match report

Chelsea v Swansea

Chelsea 2-2 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Swann's prediction: It's a no-brainer this year that Chelsea will win the league again under Mourinho. 2-0

Match report


Arsenal v West Ham

Arsenal 0-2 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Swann's prediction: If they keep everyone fit, Arsenal are going to be very good this year. 2-0

Match report

Newcastle v Southampton

Newcastle 2-2 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Swann's prediction: It's a good job it is not at Southampton because we always lose there but teams don't come to St James' Park and come away with anything. 2-0

Match report

Stoke v Liverpool

Stoke 0-1 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Swann's prediction: Stoke always surprise people at home. They are very hard to play against. 1-0

Match report


West Brom 0-3 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Swann's prediction: Man City will get off to a good start but I think they will finish fourth this year, one place behind Newcastle. 0-2

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.


17Kieran Shudall
12Mark Ronson
11Steph Houghton
10Liam Fray, Rachel Riley
9Kelly Smith, Phil 'The Power' Taylor, Justin Young
8Death in Paradise, Roddy Doyle, Tim Henman, Olly Murs, Dermot O'Leary, Mark Selby, Henning Wehn, Benedict Wong
7Lawro (average after 38 weeks), Ossie Ardiles, George Ford, Miles Jacobson, Thomas Turgoose, Seann Walsh, Bill Wyman
6Carl Fogarty, Football Manager, Mark Wright & Karen Hauer, Steve Wilson
5Joe Cole, The Eggheads, Sarah Harding & Leon Fagbemi, Van McCann, Adil Ray
3DJ Fresh & Adam F
4Kell Brook, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Guy Mowbray
2Wade 'Bad News' Barrett, John Cooper Clarke, Neil Lennon, Jack O'Connell

Lawro's best score: 17 points (week seven v Ossie Ardiles)

Lawro's worst score: 1 point (week 37 v Thomas Turgoose)

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson
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