Premier League & FA Cup predictions: Lawro v boxer George Groves

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

His opponent for this weekend's Premier League fixtures is British super-middleweight boxer George Groves, who is a Chelsea fan.

Groves takes on WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch in a rematch at Wembley Stadium on 31 May, after losing their first meeting in a contentious ninth-round stoppage last November.

Football Focus: George Groves gives Premier League predictions

He told BBC Sport: "I've been a Chelsea fan for some time - not just since they got any good!

"One of my earliest memories is sitting on the floor in my Nan's front room watching them win the FA Cup final against Middlesbrough in 1997.

"Seeing Dennis Wise lift the cup that day was pretty sweet and obviously since then I have seen them win a lot more trophies as well.

"My cousins and uncles are season-ticket holders and when I was younger I used to go in with them in the Matthew Harding Stand and get to a few away games as well, which was always good fun.

"But in the last few years, since my boxing has kicked on, I have struggled to get down to Stamford Bridge as much as I'd like."

You can see all of Groves' predictions on Football Focus at 12:00 BST on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website (in the UK).

He is also predicting some success for himself in the ring against Froch. "Ultimately, it's a one horse race," he said. "I think I will knock him out within three rounds."

Premier League predictions
ScoreLawroGroves
SATURDAY
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa1-02-11-0
Fulham v Norwich1-02-01-0
Southampton v Cardiff0-12-02-0
Stoke v Newcastle1-02-01-2
Sunderland v Everton0-10-20-1
West Brom v Tottenham3-31-12-2
SUNDAY
Liverpool v Man City3-21-11-3
Swansea v Chelsea0-11-10-4

A correct result (ie picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth ONE point. A correct score earns THREE points.

Groves did not make any predictions for the FA Cup semi-finals, but will hope to do better against Lawro than Froch fared in December 2012. Froch, a big Nottingham Forest fan, got only one result correct out of 10.

FA Cup predictions
ScoreLawro
SATURDAY
Wigan v Arsenal1-1 (Arsenal win 4-2 on pens)0-2
SUNDAY
Hull v Sheff Utd5-32-1

Last weekend, Lawro got six correct results from 10 Premier League games, with one perfect score. His tally of eight points saw him beat MOTD pundit Alan Shearer, who got four correct results, with no perfect scores, giving him a total of four points.

We're keeping a record of the totals for Lawro and his guests (below), and showing a table of how the Premier League would look if all of Lawro's predictions were correct (at the bottom of the page).

Totals after week 33
Lawro249
Guests162

LAWRO'S PREDICTIONS

All kick-offs 15:07 BST unless otherwise stated.

SATURDAY

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

George's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Fulham v Norwich

Fulham 1-0 Norwich

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

George's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Southampton v Cardiff

Southampton 0-1 Cardiff

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

George's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Stoke v Newcastle

Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

George's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Sunderland v Everton

Sunderland 0-1 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

George's prediction: 0-1

Match report

West Brom v Tottenham

West Brom 3-3 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

George's prediction: 2-2

Match report

Wigan v Arsenal

Wigan 1-1 Arsenal (FA Cup semi-final) Arsenal win 4-2 on pens

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Match report

SUNDAY

Liverpool v Man City

Liverpool 3-2 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

George's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Swansea v Chelsea

Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

George's prediction: 0-4

Match report

Hull v Sheffield United

Hull 5-3 Sheff Utd

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan

Lawro v Guests
P33W22D2L9
SCOREGUEST LEADERBOARD
12Nicky Wire
11Susanna Reid
10Usain Bolt, Tim Key*
9Charlotte Green, Camp Bastion troops
7.55Lawro (average after 33 weeks)
7Danny John-Jules, Steve Wilson
6Katy B, John Bishop, Kevin Clifton, Gaz Coombes, Alistair McGowan, Joe Montana, Greg James, Alan Shearer
5Geraint Thomas*, Sam Tomkins, The National
4David Baddiel, David Cameron, Guy Mowbray, Jason Sudeikis, Eliza Doolittle
3Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kaiser Chiefs, Woody*
2Sam Bailey, Cal Crutchlow, Gail Emms, Jim Kerr, David Schneider
1Michael Palin, Vic Reeves
0Josh Franceschi

* Does not include scores for postponed games

Lawro's best score: 16 points (week 21 v Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone)

Lawro's worst score: 3 points (week 26 v Geraint Thomas, before postponed games are played)

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson
ARROWS DENOTE DIFFERENCE TO REAL TABLE
POSTEAMPWDLPTSDIFF+/-
1.Man City32293090Up arrow+2
2.Chelsea33256281Side arrow0
3.Man Utd33237376Up arrow+4
4.Liverpool33219372Down arrow-3
5.Arsenal331712463Down arrow-1
6.Tottenham331651253Side arrow0
7.Everton331212948Down arrow-2
8.Southampton331381247Side arrow0
9.Stoke331071637Up arrow+1
10.Swansea331071637Up arrow+5
11.Norwich331071637Up arrow+6
12.Aston Villa328121236Up arrow+1
13.West Brom32981535Up arrow+3
14.Newcastle338101534Down arrow-5
15.West Ham33971734Down arrow-3
16.Fulham33891633Up arrow+4
17.Crystal Palace33871831Down arrow-1
18.Hull City336101728Down arrow-4
19.Sunderland32392018Side arrow0
20.Cardiff331112114Down arrow-2

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