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Premier League predictions: Lawro v Afrobeat star and Man Utd fan Rema

The 237th Merseyside derby takes place at Goodison Park on Saturday – but will it be the Reds or the Blues who are celebrating afterwards?

“Everton have surprised everyone,” said former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. “I know they have got some very good players but I thought their new signings would take longer to settle in.

“James Rodriguez looks like a real player and the game looks very easy for him. Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure have done great as well and, now they have got Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring, they look a real handful.

“Defensively, they might have some tough days to come, but they have been very good so far and probably even manager Carlo Ancelotti has been surprised by how quickly it has all clicked for them.

“They are top of the table for a reason and it looks like they are going to give Liverpool a close game.”

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 Premier League matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This weekend, he is up against singer, rapper, Afrobeat star and Manchester United fan Rema.

Rema’s track ‘Iron Man’ appeared on Barack Obama’s 2019 summer playlist when the former president of the United States revealed what he had been listening to in August that year

Rema – real name Divine Ikubor – has followed United since he was a boy growing up in Benin City, Nigeria, and got to know their star players by playing video games with his older brother.

“I love United because of him,” the 20-year-old told BBC Sport. “He used to play Fifa against me as United, and he would always win – so I always saw them as the winning team!

“We ended up having arguments over who would get to play as them – but, when I got the chance, I got attached to players like Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Edwin van der Sar and Wayne Rooney, before I even saw them play in real life.”

Rema has a good reason to ask for a rematch after some his songs were included in the soundtrack for Fifa 21 when it was released last month – but he might not pick United next time…

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