FA Cup and Premier League predictions: Lawro v LIFE frontman and Liverpool fan Mez Green

Lawro's predictions

Nottingham Forest have already knocked 14-time winners Arsenal and holders Leicester out of this season's FA Cup - are quadruple-chasing Liverpool next?

Jurgen Klopp's in-form side go to the City Ground in the quarter-finals on Sunday, hoping to avoid the fate of the Gunners and the Foxes, who lost there in the third and fourth rounds.

"The place will be rocking," said BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson. "It's going to be tight game and a nervy one for Liverpool to get through.

"I'm not sure what team Klopp will start with, but he might need to use his 'insurance policy' by having a few of the bigger names on the bench to call upon if they're needed."

As well as the FA Cup, Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week's guest is Mez Green, frontman with punk band LIFE - and a lifelong Liverpool fan.

LIFE's new single Big Moon Lake is out now and the Hull band release their third album, North East Coastal Town, in June.

LIFE
"We've written our new album all about Hull - everyone who is around us and supported us over the years, because it has meant a lot to us," says Mez.

Mez's heart is in Hull but Liverpool are his team and he told BBC Sport: "I was born in Lincoln but I class myself as being from Hull because that's where I have grown up - it's where the band is from, where I live and where my little boy goes to school.

"But I got into football through school and even though Liverpool weren't amazing when I started supporting them in the 1990s, they were still one of the teams you chose from in the playground.

"Then my dad told me that my Gran was from Liverpool and grew up on Merseyside so they kind of became a natural choice. When Michael Owen broke on to the scene, he was so young he was a bit of an inspiration for kids like me.

"I guess that's how I came to choose Liverpool really, and I've been a die-hard fan since then."

LIFE
LIFE start a tour of the UK this summer and then hit Europe in the autumn. "It will be great to be back on the road," Mez said. "The last proper shows we did were in March 2020, when we flew back from America and we haven't played abroad since then."

Owen was Mez's first hero but he found a new favourite as he got older - and these days he admits it is hard to pick one out.

"It started out as Owen but I pretty quickly shifted on to Stevie G," he explained. "I know that's an obvious one to say but come on, he was just class!

"I will never forget the 2006 FA Cup final when he pings that goal in at the end, and obviously the 2005 Champions League final when he even scored with his head, but he was massive for me for many years.

"I love so many of our current players now too, though. Trent Alexander-Arnold is probably my favourite, just about, and I am obviously a huge fan of Klopp too.

"There is the way we play, with press, pace and flair, and the way he is so passionate and charismatic too. He can sulk when he loses but which fan doesn't do that? How can I not love him!?"

Klopp's recent results have been so good, there has no sign of any sulking. Liverpool moved to within a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City after beating Arsenal on Wednesday, their ninth league win in a row.

Mez added: "We have got the momentum now but, as Klopp said afterwards, momentum is as fragile as a flower - if someone steps on it, it has gone.

"He is right, because we have got some massive games coming up, including at City on 10 April.

"The quadruple is still on, which is incredible, but getting past Forest is going to be hard enough - I am really worried about that one first."

FA Cup quarter-final predictions
GapResultLawroMez
SATURDAY
Middlesbrough v Chelsea240-21-21-0
SUNDAY
Crystal Palace v Everton64-01-02-0
Southampton v Man City101-40-21-2
Nott'm Forest v Liverpool260-10-11-3

There are no replays and the ties will be decided by extra time and then penalties.

Premier League predictions - week 30
ResultLawroMez
FRIDAY
Wolves v Leeds2-31-11-1
SATURDAY
Aston Villa v Arsenal0-12-12-1
SUNDAY
Leicester v Brentford2-11-20-1
Tottenham v West Ham3-12-12-0

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

LAWRO'S FA CUP AND PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS

Key for 'Who they beat?' section of FA Cup predictions:
PL = Premier LeagueC = Championship
L1 = League OneL2 = League Two
NL = non-leaguer = won after replay
H = HomeA = Away

FRIDAY

Wolves v Leeds

Wolves 2-3 Leeds (Premier League)

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Mez's prediction: 1-1

Match report

SATURDAY

Aston Villa v Arsenal

Aston Villa 0-1 Arsenal (Premier League)

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Mez's prediction: 2-1

Match report

Middlesbrough v Chelsea

Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea (FA Cup quarter-final, 17:15 GMT)

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Mez's prediction: 1-0

Match report

SUNDAY

Crystal Palace v Everton

Crystal Palace 4-0 Everton (FA Cup quarter-final)

Lawro's prediction: 1-0

Mez's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Leicester v Brentford

Leicester 2-1 Brentford (Premier League)

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Mez's prediction: 0-1

Match report

Southampton v Man City

Southampton 1-4 Man City (FA Cup quarter-final)

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Mez's prediction: 1-2

Match report

Tottenham v West Ham

Tottenham 3-1 West Ham (Premier League)

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Mez's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Nottingham Forest v Liverpool

Nottingham Forest 0-1 Liverpool (FA Cup quarter-final)

Lawro's prediction: 0-1

Mez's prediction: 1-3

Match report

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

How did Lawro do last time?

In last weekend's games, Lawro got five correct results from 10 Premier League matches, including two exact scores, for a total of 110 points.

He beat rapper and Chelsea fan ArrDee, who got seven correct results but with only one exact score, giving him a total of 100 points.

There were also three rearranged Premier League games played in midweek, which saw Lawro and his guests make the following predictions:

From week 16ResultLawroDev
WEDNESDAY
Brighton v Tottenham0-20-21-2

Lawro picks up 40 points for an exact score at Amex Stadium, while Idles bassist Dev gets 10. This game completes the set of fixtures from week 16 and confirms Lawro's victory - he finishes with 150 points, Dev has 100.

From week 20ResultLawroJames Arthur
THURSDAY
Everton v Newcastle1-02-11-1

Lawro picks up 10 points here, in the final fixture to be played from week 20. He was already guaranteed the win and he now has 120 points. Singer James Arthur has 40.

From week 27ResultLawroTaka
WEDNESDAY
Arsenal v Liverpool0-20-21-1

This game was rearranged from 27 February because Liverpool were playing in the Carabao Cup final. Again, Lawro picks up 40 points from an exact score and is guaranteed the win as he leads Feeder bassist Taka 150-40 with one game (Chelsea v Leicester) from that set of fixtures still to be played.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City292630810
2Liverpool292270730
3Chelsea282161690
4Man Utd29222568+1
5Tottenham28177458+2
=6Arsenal27145847-2
=6Leicester26138547+6
=8Aston Villa28128844+1
=8Leeds291421344+8
10West Ham291181041-4
=11Brighton29871431+2
=11Wolves29941631-3
13Southampton29851629-3
14Everton27841528+3
15Newcastle29661724-1
16Brentford29722023-1
17Crystal Palace29481720-6
18Burnley27461718+1
19Watford29262112-1
20Norwich292522110

GUEST LEADERBOARD 2021-22

ScoreGuest
150TJ from Ezra Collective
130Jamie Webster
110Jelani Blackman, Friction, Reuben James, Jeremy Piven, She Drew The Gun, S-X
100ArrDee, Dev from Idles, Johnny Marr
80Call Me Loop, Tom McFarland
78Lawro (average after 29 weeks)
70Ben Cajee, Elena Cole
60Femi from Ezra Collective, Haydn Craven, James Spence of Rolo Tomassi
50Aqib Khan, Shaun Thomas
40James Arthur, Dan Haggis of The Wombats, Murray & Tav from FUR, Martin Noble, Curt Smith, Taka from Feeder, Justin Young
30Dan McCarthy from KAWALA, Roland Orzabal, Michael 'Venom' Page, Roger Taylor, Zuzu
10Tom Hughes
Total scores after week 29
Lawro2,260
Guests2,010
Lawro v Guests
P29W16D4L9
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