FA Cup semi-final & Premier League predictions: Lawro v Def Leppard frontman & Sheffield United fan Joe Elliott

Lawro's predictions

Manchester City and Liverpool meet again on Saturday, in the FA Cup semi-finals. This time we have to have a winner, but who will it be?

"We saw these two teams at their very best when they drew at Etihad Stadium last weekend," said BBC football expert and former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson.

"The intensity of that game was ferocious and relentless, and for various reasons it is going to be hard for this one to match it. Mind you, it is still going to be very close because there is so little to choose between them."

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

This week he takes on Joe Elliott, frontman of rock legends Def Leppard and a lifelong Sheffield United fan.

Def Leppard's new album Diamond Star Halos is released in May and they start a tour of the United States and Canada with Motley Crue in June.

"We can't wait," Joe told BBC Sport.

"It would be even better if United go up because I will be bouncing on to that stage a little bit taller - but we are just looking forward to getting back out on the road so much because we thrive on it and we have missed it so much in the past couple of years."

Def Leppard
Def Leppard have sold more than 100m records since they formed in Sheffield 45 years ago. Their new album is their first since the self-titled Def Leppard topped the charts in 2015, and their new single, Kick, is out now

The Blades are chasing an instant return to the Premier League after being relegated last year, and Joe has got everything crossed that they can secure a play-off place

"This is what Sir Alex Ferguson used to call 'squeaky bum time'," he added. "It's in our hands, and three of our last five games are at home, but there is so much playing on everyone's minds that you worry about every game.

"The only advantage we've got is that everyone else is in the same position too.

"We beat QPR at the start of the month and we have got them again soon, and then we are at home to leaders Fulham on the last day.

"That won't be easy but we beat them at their place in December so anything is possible.

"It is so exciting. I'd much rather be where Fulham are, so we could just relax now and metaphorically be on the beach, but considering we were joint-16th at the start of December when Paul Heckingbottom took charge, then it is pretty crazy that we are where we are now."

Snapshot of the top of the Championship: 1st Fulham, 2nd Bournemouth, 3rd Huddersfield, 4th Nottingham Forest, 5th Luton & 6th Sheff Utd
Sheffield United play Reading on Friday and Joe is going for a Blades win. "We don't really let a lot in so I am going to say 1-0," he explained. "We have done nil a lot recently but we don't score a lot either."

Blades legend Tony Currie was Joe's hero when he was growing up and, while he has a couple of current favourites, it is another skilful playmaker - on-loan Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White - who he feels stands out.

"I am a huge fan of Chris Basham, who has barely put a foot wrong for us since he joined in 2014, whatever division he has played in," Joe explained.

"Billy Sharp is obviously a legend too. The guy is a Sheffield boy and he is a Blade through and through, he has done some magnificent things for us down the years.

"But Morgan is like a breath of fresh air. The guy is just oozing talent. I just hope we can keep him next season, but even if we go up I doubt we could afford him."

FA Cup semi-final predictions
ResultLawroJoe
SATURDAY
Man City v Liverpool2-31-21-1P*
SUNDAY
Chelsea v Crystal Palace2-02-02-0

* Liverpool to win on pens

There are no replays in the FA Cup semi-finals, and the ties will be decided by extra-time and penalties.

Premier League predictions - week 33
ResultLawroJoe
SATURDAY
Tottenham v Brighton0-12-03-0
Man Utd v Norwich3-22-02-0
Southampton v Arsenal1-01-10-1
Watford v Brentford1-21-20-1
SUNDAY
Newcastle v Leicester2-12-11-1
West Ham v Burnley1-11-12-0

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

LAWRO'S FA CUP & PREMIER LEAGUE PREDICTIONS

SATURDAY

Tottenham v Brighton

Tottenham 0-1 Brighton

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Joe's prediction: 3-0

Report

Man Utd v Norwich

Man Utd 3-2 Norwich

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Joe's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Southampton v Arsenal

Southampton 1-0 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Joe's prediction: 0-1

Report

Watford v Brentford

Watford 1-2 Brentford

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Joe's prediction: 0-1

Report

Man City v Liverpool

Man City 2-3 Liverpool

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Joe's prediction: 1-1 AET - Liverpool to win on penalties.

Report

SUNDAY

Newcastle v Leicester

Newcastle 2-1 Leicester

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Joe's prediction: 1-1

Match report

West Ham v Burnley

West Ham 1-1 Burnley

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Joe's prediction: 2-0

Match report

Chelsea v Crystal Palace

Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Joe's prediction: 2-0

Match report

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

How did Lawro do last time?

Last weekend, Lawro got five correct results from 10 matches, including one exact score, for a total of 80 points.

He beat Blossoms duo Tom Ogden and Joe Donovan - Tom got four correct results with one exact score to leave him on 70 points, while Joe got two correct results with one exact score for a total of 50 points.

Lawro's League Table graphic
+/- DENOTE POSITION DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAWRO'S TABLE AND ACTUAL POSITION
TEAMPWDLPTS+/-
1Man City312740850
2Liverpool312380770
3Chelsea302361750
4Man Utd31233572+3
5Tottenham31207467-1
6Arsenal30156951-1
7Leeds321541349+9
8Aston Villa31139948+4
9Leicester291388470
10West Ham321281244-4
11Wolves321061636-3
12Brighton31971534-1
13Southampton31861730+1
14Everton30861630+3
15Brentford32922129-2
=16Crystal Palace31591724-6
=16Newcastle31661924-1
18Burnley305718220
19Watford312623120
20Norwich312524110

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 32 weeks)
70Ben Cajee, Elena Cole, Tom from Blossoms
60Femi from Ezra Collective, Haydn Craven, James Spence of Rolo Tomassi
50Aqib Khan, Jim Piddock, Joe from Blossoms, 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
10Mez, Tom Hughes
Total scores after week 32
Lawro2,490
Guests2,140
Lawro v Guests
P32W18D5L9
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