FA Cup third-round predictions - Lawro v Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson

Lawro's predictions

There are no fans, and no replays - but with all of the third-round FA Cup ties being decided on the day and by penalties if necessary, there will also be no shortage of drama this weekend.

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson has made predictions for all 32 matches and given his verdict on who will make it into round four.

For selected matches, including the BBC's televised games - Arsenal v Newcastle (17:30 GMT on Saturday), Crawley v Leeds (13:30 on Sunday) and Marine v Tottenham (17:00 on Sunday) - Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson has made his predictions too.

Matt admits he is not much of a football fan, but is adamant he can do no worse at predictions than Mollie King, his co-host on Radio 1's Matt and Mollie Show (from 13:00 to 16:00 GMT on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson
Matt has tapped into his father-in-law's footballing knowledge to make predictions for the FA Cup third round

"You have come to the right man," Matt told BBC Sport. "Well, no you haven't. I know nothing about football so this is going to be interesting.

"Football wasn't really part of my childhood - I didn't play either. In fact I very much avoided that at all costs - I was the kid who deliberately forgot his PE kit to get out of it.

"The main reason for that was that our school grounds were basically a concrete playground, which had eroded over time to be the perfect material to slice children's flesh as they fell, whatever the game was. There was not a blade of grass in sight.

"But although Mollie might argue that she has got into football recently, what she would actually mean by that is that she has watched a couple of those behind-the-scenes documentaries that follow a team.

"She loves a sporting doco, so she has got into American football and F1 through that. For about two weeks she was quite big into football too but I think that has fallen by the wayside - although of course she watches cricket because her fiance is England star Stuart Broad.

"So, she is certainly more interested than I am but I am telling you now, if you asked her the same question about predictions, she would have as much idea as I have, which is none."

Mollie King and Matt Edmondson
Mollie may take Matt to task over his predictions on their show this weekend


Premier League v non-league

Marine v Tottenham1610-50-3
Stockport v West Ham86x-x0-2

Gap = how many league positions separate each team

After Tottenham saw off Marine, the sole remaining tie with a non-league side taking on a Premier League team also takes place near the banks of the River Mersey - close enough to be the answer to an old quiz question, in fact. Not a lot of people knew that rather than Anfield or Goodison Park, Edgeley Park was the closest Football League ground to the river until Stockport were relegated in 2011.

County could get that claim to fame back soon, though, because they are doing well in the National League. With the draw for the fourth and fifth round taking place at their ground before this tie, they will know what their reward will be if they cause an upset against West Ham.

I don't see it happening, although the conditions will make a lot of these games more interesting because I don't think the snow and ice is going away. The state of the pitch could be a factor.

Premier League v League Two

Chelsea v Morecambe664-03-0
Crawley v Leeds623-00-2
Newport v Brighton531-1 (3-4 pens)1-2

Premier League v League One

Blackpool v West Brom382-2 (Blackpool win 3-2 on penalties)1-2
Bristol Rovers v Sheff Utd422-30-2
Burnley v MK Dons441-1 (Burnley win 4-3 on penalties)2-0
Southampton v Shrewsbury55x-x2-0

Premier League v Championship

Everton v Rotherham362-1 (AET)2-0
QPR v Fulham220-2 (AET)1-1P
Stoke v Leicester250-40-0P
Man Utd v Watford241-02-1
Man City v Birmingham333-02-0

P = Fulham and Leicester to win on penalties after extra time

Premier League v Premier League

Aston Villa v Liverpool71-40-3
Wolves v Crystal Palace11-01-0
Arsenal v Newcastle42-0 (AET)2-0

Championship v non-league

Boreham Wood v Millwall660-21-2
Chorley v Derby832-02-1

Championship v League Two

Exeter v Sheff Wed370-20-2
Oldham v Bournemouth*591-41-2
Stevenage v Swansea680-20-2
Barnsley v Tranmere522-01-0

*Match played at Vitality Stadium instead of Boundary Park

Championship v League One

Blackburn v Doncaster170-12-1
Huddersfield v Plymouth262-32-0
Bristol City v Portsmouth172-11-2

Championship v Championship

Luton v Reading91-01-1P
Norwich v Coventry152-02-1
Nottingham Forest v Cardiff41-02-0
Brentford v Middlesbrough32-12-0
Wycombe v Preston124-11-1P

P =Reading and Preston to win on penalties after extra time

League Two v League Two

Cheltenham v Mansfield112-1 (AET)2-1

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

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