A new season – and a new Premier League predictions expert.
BBC pundit Chris Sutton is taking on the challenge from Mark Lawrenson for the 2022-23 campaign and will try to pick the correct scores for every top-flight game against a variety of guests.
“Lawro has left some huge shoes to fill,” said Sutton. “I’m pretty confident, but it’s a tough task – and if I was that good at making predictions, I would be a millionaire by now.”
For the opening weekend’s fixtures, Sutton is up against football commentator Ali Bruce-Ball, his co-host on the BBC Radio 5 Live Fantasy 606 podcast.
“I’m not really worried about Ali,” Sutton said. “I’ve got bigger fish to fry.”
Think you can beat them both? You can make your own prediction about each of the games below.
Sutton and Bruce-Ball
Sutton and Bruce-Ball co-host the Fantasy 606 podcast every week along with Statman Dave, where they discuss all aspects of being a manager in the Fantasy Premier League
So how will Sutton do? Bruce-Ball feels he knows his co-host’s mindset well from their time together on Fantasy 606 – and expects Sutton to take a similar approach when he makes his predictions.
“Chris is always brave,” Bruce-Ball said. “He is very maverick with Fantasy Football and sometimes that comes off – and sometimes it doesn’t.
“One of his rules though, is to never do the obvious – and it will be the same with his predictions.
“I know when Lawro did this, he was famous for going years without saying Liverpool would lose a game.
“That will be like a red rag to a bull with Chris, so I am almost 100% certain that he will predict Fulham to beat Liverpool on the opening Saturday of the season.
“I can see him doing that, and I can also see him going for a few wacky results every now and again.
“Some people who make predictions try to play safe and go for 1-1s or 2-0s or whatever, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Chris chucked in some big numbers at times and also some wild results.
“When they come off, it will be amazing and he will be cock-a-hoop – but I have got a feeling that, if they take it seriously, the guests who take him on will have a decent chance of beating him because he will definitely take risks.”
This week, Bruce-Ball, Sutton and Statman Dave revealed their Fantasy Premier League squads for the new season on their new Fantasy 606 pod, which you can listen to here.