Lawro's Premier League and FA Cup predictions v BBC Asian Network DJ Noreen Khan

Lawro's predictions

Tottenham and Manchester United meet at Wembley on Saturday with a place in the FA Cup final at stake.

You can watch the game live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website at 17:15 BST, but who will win?

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson is going for United but thinks it will be tight, explaining: "It has got to be decided on the day but it would not surprise me if this game went the distance and is settled on penalties."

His guest this week - BBC Asian Network presenter, lifelong Liverpool fan and part-time stand-up comedian Noreen Khan - also thinks United will triumph.

"I never want United to win but I think they will this time," she explained. "Spurs got the better of them in January, and United will want their revenge."

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Predictions: BBC Asian Network's Noreen Khan

Khan, who has had a customised Liverpool sari made, is also predicting the scores for the weekend's Premier League games - including her beloved Reds.

She explained: "I was going to host the Asian football awards in 2013 at Wembley so I thought why don't I go for something really different.

"I got together with a designer and we created this pretty amazing Liverpool FC sari with the Liver bird on it and 'You'll never walk alone' imprinted on it.

"I didn't realise it at the time but it was actually the world's first football sari, so that is my claim to fame."

Khan's says her Liverpool heroes are Steven Gerrard - "because of Istanbul" - John Barnes, Luis Suarez and Mohamed Salah.

"I got into supporting them because of my family, I am the youngest out of all my siblings and, growing up, they supported Liverpool so it was just natural really to become a fan.

"I hope Salah gets the Golden Boot this year, because he deserves it.

"He has been an amazing signing - I don't think anyone expected him to do as well as he has.

"Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has got a lot to do with it but Salah is just a raw talent and such a gifted player. He is a goalscoring machine and he makes it look so effortless as well."

FA Cup semi-final predictions
Man Utd v Tottenham2-11-1*2-1
Chelsea v Southampton2-02-03-1

* Man Utd to win AET and pens

Premier League predictions - week 35
Burnley v Chelsea1-21-11-1*
Leicester v Southampton0-02-01-0
West Brom v Liverpool2-21-10-3
Watford v Crystal Palace0-01-21-0
Arsenal v West Ham4-12-03-1
Stoke v Burnley1-11-11-1
Man City v Swansea5-03-03-0
Everton v Newcastlex-x2-12-2

*Game rearranged from week 31 - prediction made by comedian John Bishop

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


All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated.


Burnley v Chelsea

Burnley 1-2 Chelsea

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

John Bishop's prediction: 1-1 (game rearranged from FA Cup quarter-final weekend when Bishop was guest)#

Match report.

Leicester v Southampton

Leicester 0-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Noreen's prediction: 1-0

Match report.

West Brom v Liverpool

West Brom 2-2 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Noreen's prediction: 0-3

Match report

Watford v Crystal Palace

Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Noreen's prediction: 1-0

Match report

Man Utd v Tottenham

Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham

Lawro's prediction: 1-1 AET - Man Utd to win on penalties.

Noreen's prediction: 2-1

Match report


Arsenal v West Ham

Arsenal 4-1 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Noreen's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Stoke v Burnley

Stoke City 1-1 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Noreen's prediction: 1-1

Match report

Chelsea v Southampton

Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Noreen's prediction: 3-1

Match report

Man City v Swansea

Man City 5-0 Swansea

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Noreen's prediction: 3-0

Match report


Everton v Newcastle

Everton v Newcastle (Premier League, 20:00 BST)

There is a lot of speculation about Sam Allardyce's future at Goodison Park - but where is the game going to if all clubs start doing what Everton have done this week, with their fans survey about his performance?

It is obvious that a lot of Everton fans are not fans of Allardyce, which is fine - that is their opinion. But you know what? He has not done a bad job, and he has done the job he was brought in to do.

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Swansea 1-1 Everton: Sam Allardyce satisfied with 'great' point

I suppose when you sign an 18-month deal like he did, you are not expecting to be at a club for a long time anyway - in theory he only has one more season left.

Whatever happens next at Everton, I do not understand asking the fans. I don't get that at all - who have they picked to ask, for starters?

Are they all Everton season ticket holders? And can Liverpool fans have a vote? Rate the Everton manager out of 10? Most Liverpool fans would probably give him 11.

Seriously, though, whatever you think about Allardyce's tactics, when he took the job in November, the Toffees were in danger of being relegated. They were a complete mess.

Allardyce's remit was to keep them in the Premier League, not to recreate the glory days of Alan Ball, Howard Kendall and Colin Harvey and the Everton 'School of Science'.

Actually, if you think about it, Allardyce's approach is a school of science - just maybe not the one that the fans wanted.

But, if Everton do decide they want a change, it would not surprise me to find him at somewhere like West Brom next season.

He is not going to be short of offers because his record speaks for itself so, if he leaves, then it will not be the end of the world for him.

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Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal: Rafael Benitez congratulates Magpies after win

When we are talking about managers who have done a good job, then Rafael Benitez is definitely one of them. Newcastle's run of four straight wins has taken them to safety.

There is always one team that completely bombs at this stage of the season - arguably Stoke this time - and another who pulls results out of the fire and leaves you asking 'whoa, where did that come from?'.

Newcastle have done brilliantly but if the results of the Everton fans' survey are in, then I bet the Toffees go and win.

Everton 1-0 Newcastle

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Noreen's prediction: These two are pretty close in the table so I am going to go for a draw. 2-2

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do in the sixth round?

On FA Cup sixth-round weekend, Lawro got three correct results, with two perfect scores, from the four ties for a total of 90 points and a success rate of 75%.

He was up against comedian John Bishop who got three correct results, with one perfect score, for a total of 60 points and a success rate of 75%.

FA Cup leaderboard after round six
Correct result(Perfect scores)Success rate
John Bishop3/4(1)75%
Guz Khan12/32(2)38%
Tekkerz Kid3/8(0)38%

From the last round of Premier League games, Lawro got four correct results, including two perfect scores, from 10 matches for a total of 100 points.

He beat comedian Elis James, who got three correct results, including one perfect score, for a total of 30 points.

In this week's rearranged games, Lawro wrongly predicted Tottenham would beat Brighton 2-1 on Tuesday (the game ended 1-1) but correctly thought Manchester United would beat Bournemouth 2-0 on Wednesday.

Similarly, Khan thought Spurs would win 3-1 and United would win 2-0.

Those points will be added on to their total scores next week.

Total scores after week 34
Lawro v Guests
Lawro's League Table
1Man Utd34276187+1
3Man City33266184-2
8West Ham33916843+6
12West Brom341161739+8
14Crystal Palace34871931+2


160Justin Hawkins, Chris Shiflett
130James Anderson*, Joe Johnson*
120Russel Leetch*, Will Poulter, Moeen Ali
110Aron Baynes*
100Cesaro & Seamus, Wretch 32
90Arni and Justin from The Vaccines, Pete Wentz
89Lawro (average after 34 weeks)
80John Cena, Darren Campbell
70John Bishop** Brendan Foster*, Mark Strong
60Jimmy from Django Django, Will Ferrell, Nish Kumar, Non Stanford, Rick Witter
50Steve Cram, Michael Dapaah, Russell Howard, Channing Tatum, Joe Root, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, Dario Saric, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell,
40Craig David, Ed Lay
30Elis James, Rhys James, Felix White
20Charlie Cooper, Richard Osman, Emmanuel Sanders and Josh Norman

* Shows weeks where Lawro had more than one guest, and only the highest score contributed to the guest total.

** Shows weeks where guest total does not include all rearranged games.

Lawro's best score: 170 points (week 30 v Arni and Justin from The Vaccines)

Lawro's worst score: 40 points (week four v Umenyiora and Bell, week five v Non Stanford, week 21 v Darren Campbell and week 23 v Saric and Baynes)

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