Premier League predictions: Lawro v singer and Manchester United fan Raye

Lawro's predictions

Frank Lampard's new-look Chelsea team will provide a tough early-season test for defending champions Liverpool, says former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson.

The Blues host Jurgen Klopp's side on Sunday, in this weekend's biggest game.

"Chelsea's attack will stretch Liverpool," Lawrenson said. "They gave the Reds some good games last season, and they have improved since then."

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

This weekend, he is up against singer and Manchester United fan Raye.

Raye, who grew up in Croydon, is going for a United win when they face Crystal Palace in their opening game of the season on Saturday

Raye, born Rachel Keen, has had two top-10 singles, written a song for Beyonce and worked with Stormzy and David Guetta, but says performing at Old Trafford in front of United legend Sir Alex Ferguson is up there with all of her career highlights.

The 23-year-old, whose latest track 'Natalie Don't' is out now, brought her dad - a huge United fan - up from London to meet Ferguson when she sang at a corporate event, and he did not disappoint.

"Singing to Sir Alex was an amazing moment - really special," she told BBC Sport.

"I know he was quite fearsome as a manager but he was a lovely guy. My dad was so excited to speak to him afterwards, and he seemed really nice.

"My dad is the reason I'm a United fan too - I was kind of strong-armed into it to be honest.

"When I was young I was like 'dad, I like Frank Lampard and I want to support Chelsea' - because everyone at school was talking about Frank every lunch break.

"That was never going to happen, though! I didn't have a choice, really - but I'm very happy to be a United fan."

As well as writing and performing, Raye produces many of her own songs. Her new EP is due to be released later this year
Premier League predictions - week 2
Everton v West Brom5-22-02-0
Leeds v Fulham4-32-03-1
Man Utd v Crystal Palace1-32-02-0
Arsenal v West Ham2-12-12-1
Southampton v Tottenham2-50-21-2
Newcastle v Brighton0-32-11-0
Chelsea v Liverpool0-21-12-2
Leicester v Burnley4-22-01-0
Aston Villa v Sheff Utd1-01-00-1
Wolves v Man City1-31-11-1

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



Everton v West Brom

Everton 5-2 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Raye's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Leeds v Fulham

Leeds 4-3 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Raye's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Man Utd v Crystal Palace

Man Utd 1-3 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Raye's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Arsenal v West Ham

Arsenal 2-1 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Raye's prediction: 2-1

Match report


Southampton v Tottenham

Southampton 2-5 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Raye's prediction: Jose Mourinho is Tottenham manager now, right? Wow, he gets around. My guitar teacher supports Spurs and he'll get upset if I don't say they'll win. 1-2

Match report

Newcastle v Brighton

Newcastle 0-3 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Raye's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Chelsea v Liverpool

Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Raye's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Leicester v Burnley

Leicester 4-2 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Raye's prediction: 1-0

Match report


Aston Villa v Sheff Utd

Aston Villa 1-0 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 1-0

Raye's prediction: This is second-season syndrome for Sheffield United - how do they follow up what they did last year? It's a bit like your second album. Do you do more of the same or go in a different direction? If it comes off, it's like you have solidified your place. 0-1

Match report

Wolves v Man City

Wolves 1-2 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Raye's prediction: There will definitely be an element of fear and apprehension for City. 1-1

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do last week?

In the opening round of Premier League fixtures, Lawro got four correct results with no exact scores from eight fixtures, for a score of 40 points.

For now, it goes down as a defeat to singer Celeste, who got six correct results with no exact scores, for a total of 60 points.

But that could change when the two postponed games, Burnley versus Manchester United and Manchester City against Aston Villa are played.

Celeste went for a 3-1 United win and a 4-2 City victory in those matches.

Lawro's League Table graphic
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