FA Cup & Premier League predictions - Lawro v Gassed Up host & Man Utd fan Mist

Lawro's predictions

Twelve-time winners Manchester United help kick off the FA Cup fourth-round weekend when they host Middlesbrough on Friday night, but is their name on the famous old trophy again this year?

Mobo-winning rapper Mist certainly hopes so. The lifelong United fan, whose new show, Gassed Up, starts on BBC Three later this month, is taking on BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson to make predictions for some of this weekend's fourth-round ties.

Gassed Up launches on 16 February on BBC Three at 21:00 GMT, with the full six episodes also available on BBC iPlayer.

Gassed Up - Watch Mist go head to head with celebrities in high-octane challenges

Mist grew up in Birmingham but became a United fan after trying to emulate one of their most famous strike partnerships, Treble-winners Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole.

"They were my favourite players when I was growing up," he told BBC Sport. "That was my era and I was a striker as well. I had a mate who I was very close to who I played up front with and we just tried to link up like they did.

"That's what got me into United and from there it just kept on going with different players - then we all wanted to take a free-kick like David Beckham.

"The 1999 Champions League final is probably my favourite moment as a United fan. I still remember my nerves watching it. That's where football is good, because it gives you so many great memories from different times in your life.

Chelcee Grimes and Gassed Up host Mist
Mist takes on Chelcee Grimes in one of his challenges on Gassed Up

"The FA Cup that year was the same - the Ryan Giggs solo goal against Arsenal in the semi-final was another of those moments you can tell people about years later.

"It feels like all I ever tell youngsters these days is that we used to be that good, and that they should have been there back in the day!

"It is harder to be a United fan these days, and sometimes this season I've watched and wondered exactly what is going on, with some of the teams we've lost to.

"But we all go through ups and downs in life and this is just part of that. It feels like there is a better balance to United now, so things are looking up.

"And of course we can win the FA Cup. You know how it gets - we can always pull it out of the bag!"

FA Cup fourth-round predictions
Man Utd v Middlesbrough231-1P2-03-1
Chelsea v Plymouth482-13-02-0
Kidderminster v West Ham1131-20-21-2
Crystal Palace v Hartlepool712-02-1
Everton v Brentford24-12-1
Huddersfield v Barnsley191-02-1
Man City v Fulham204-12-0P1-1
Peterborough v QPR182-00-1
Southampton v Coventry182-12-0
Stoke v Wigan142-02-1
Wolves v Norwich90-10-1
Cambridge v Luton280-31-1P2-0
Tottenham v Brighton23-12-0
Liverpool v Cardiff383-12-00-2
Nottingham Forest v Leicester184-11-1P1-3
Bournemouth v Boreham Wood740-12-0
P = win on penalties. AET = After extra time. There are no replays.

Kidderminster versus West Ham and Nottingham Forest against Leicester are being shown live on BBC One. Chelsea-Plymouth Argyle and Cambridge United-Luton Town are being shown live on the BBC's digital platforms.


PL = Premier LeagueC = Championship
L1 = League OneL2 = League Two
NL = non-leaguer = won after replay
H = HomeA = Away


Man Utd v Middlesbrough

Man Utd 1-1 Middlesbrough (Middlesbrough win 8-7 on penalties)

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Mist's prediction: Well, we're going to win. We'll score some goals too. 3-1

Match report

Mist collaborated with United and Adidas for the launch of their new kit in 2017. He said: "It made me understand where music can take you. I realised that people who I was a big fan of, were fans of me too. It actually made me work a bit harder because it let me know that I was doing what I was meant to do. Players like Jesse Lingard said they loved my tunes, which was just crazy. I didn't just meet him, I got to know him too."


Chelsea v Plymouth

Chelsea 2-1 (aet) Plymouth

Lawro's prediction: 3-0

Mist's prediction: 2-0

Kidderminster v West Ham

Kidderminster 1-2 (aet) West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Mist's prediction: 1-2

Crystal Palace v Hartlepool

Crystal Palace 2-0 Hartlepool

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Everton v Brentford

Everton 4-1 Brentford

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Huddersfield v Barnsley

Huddersfield 1-0 Barnsley

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Man City v Fulham

Man City 4-1 Fulham

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Mist's prediction: There's a reason Fulham are top of the Championship and they will have something to prove. I think this will be a hard game for City and I don't think they will win it in 90 minutes. I don't want to say they will win it at all, but is a possibility , I suppose! 1-1 - City to win on penalties after extra time.

Match report

Peterborough v Queens Park Rangers

Peterborough v Queens Park Rangers (15:00)

Lawro's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Southampton v Coventry

Southampton 2-1 Coventry (AET)

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Stoke v Wigan

Stoke 2-0 Wigan

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Wolves v Norwich

Wolves 0-1 Norwich

Lawro's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Cambridge United v Luton Town

Cambridge United 0-3 Luton Town

Lawro's prediction: 1-1 - Luton to win on penalties after extra time.

Mist's prediction: Let's go for another Cambridge win. 2-0

Match report

Tottenham v Brighton

Tottenham 3-1 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Match report


Liverpool v Cardiff

Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Mist's prediction: I'm going to be a Cardiff fan on Sunday! 0-2

Match report

Nottingham Forest v Leicester

Nottingham Forest 4-1 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 1-1 - Forest to win on penalties after extra time.

Mist's prediction: It might be a battle, but Leicester to take it.1-3

Match report

Bournemouth v Boreham Wood

Bournemouth 0-1 Boreham Wood

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Lawro and Mist were speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do in round three of the FA Cup?

Lawro successfully picked the winner in 22 of the 32 ties, with three exact scores.

Premier League predictions

There is also one Premier League game this weekend, the rearranged match between Burnley and Watford.

This game was meant to be played in week 17 [on 15 December] and is the final fixture from that set of matches to be completed. Lawro currently leads his guest, Sea Power guitarist Martin Noble, 50-40.

Burnley v Watford

Burnley v Watford (Premier League, Saturday 18:00 GMT)

Lawro: This is a huge game at the bottom of the table, and I don't think it will be pretty - not that it matters too much for either team now.

Watford are in this predicament because they have changed their manager so often, hoping that one of their appointments works - it's a plan that really hasn't paid off.

What they will at least get now Roy Hodgson is on board is better organisation. Everyone who has played under him talks about how he is very good at filling spaces and plugging gaps in teams.

So, I'd expect them to be a lot better defensively - they will have to be, if they are going to stay up.

Snapshot of the bottom of the Premier League: 15th Leeds, 16th Everton, 17th Norwich, 18th Newcastle, 19th Watford & 20th Burnley

Burnley's problems are different and stem from a lack of investment in their squad but they have signed 6ft 6in Dutch striker Wout Weghorst to replace Chris Wood, for around half of the £25m they got for Wood from Newcastle.

Weghorst has scored plenty of goals in the Bundesliga for Wolfsburg, with a strike-rate of around one every two games. If he keeps that up in the Premier League, then that's a decent bit of business - but ultimately it will only be a good deal if the Clarets stay up.

Both of these sides have gone a long time without winning - Burnley's only league victory this season was on 30 October, while the last time Watford collected three points was 20 November.

As much as they will both be desperate to end that wait, there is always a fear factor involved in these kind of games, because they are both thinking "we mustn't lose", and that might be the end result.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Martin's prediction: 0-1

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