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



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 – 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 he plays.

“I know we’re not doing so good at the moment,” he added. “Not compared to those days anyway. The way things are going this season, I am not too happy.”

As well as United, Rema grew up watching Nigeria stars Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu – although he was never able to pull off their kind of tricks himself.

“I used to play every day with my friends after school,” he explained. “We would go and play barefoot in the field. 

“Jay-Jay was my favourite. I idolised him and and I wanted to be a striker too, but sadly I would always end up in goal because I wasn’t that good.”