FA Cup and Premier League predictions: Lawro v Benjamin Zephaniah

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

Lawro's opponent for the four FA Cup quarter-final ties is dub poet, musician and actor Benjamin Zephaniah.

The Birmingham-born dreadlocked bard chose to support Aston Villa over West Brom as a boy, and is backing Tim Sherwood's side to continue their cup run at the Baggies' expense on Saturday and reach Wembley.

Ode to West Midlands FA Cup derby

Zephaniah told BBC Sport: "It's obvious it's going to be Villa to win, but West Brom are going to try really hard, so I say 2-1 to Villa."

FA Cup predictions
Bradford v Reading0-01-1*1-0
Aston Villa v West Brom2-01-22-1
Liverpool v Blackburn0-02-03-1
Man Utd v Arsenal1-21-22-3

There is also one Premier League game on Saturday - the match between QPR and Tottenham that was postponed last weekend because Spurs were playing in the Capital One Cup final.

England rugby star George Ford made the predictions last weekend and stands to improve on his current total of five points if he gets this result correct.

Premier League prediction
QPR v Tottenham1-20-21-3

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth ONE point. Getting the exact score correct earns THREE points.

In the midweek Premier League games, Lawro got seven correct results from 10 Premier League games, including one perfect score.

His score of nine points was eclipsed by Circa Waves singer Kieran Shudall, who picked nine correct results with four perfect scores to earn 17 points and go five points clear at the top of the guest leaderboard.

We are keeping a record of the totals for Lawro and his guests (below), and showing a table of how the Premier League would look if all of Lawro's predictions were correct (at the bottom of the page).

After 28 games, Lawro has eight of the 20 teams matching their actual position, including the entire top six. However, he is 10 places out with Swansea, who are 19th in his table and ninth in reality.

Total scores after week 28



Bradford v Reading

Bradford 0-0 Reading

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Benjamin's prediction: 1-0

Match report

QPR v Tottenham

QPR 1-2 Tottenham (Premier League)

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

George Ford's prediction: 1-3

Match report

Aston Villa v West Brom

Aston Villa 2-0 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Benjamin's prediction: 2-1

Match report


Liverpool v Blackburn

Liverpool 0-0 Blackburn

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Benjamin's prediction: 3-1

Match report


Man Utd v Arsenal

Man Utd 1-2 Arsenal

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Benjamin's prediction: 2-3

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
17Kieran Shudall
12Mark Ronson
11Steph Houghton
10Liam Fray, Rachel Riley
9Kelly Smith
8Death in Paradise, Roddy Doyle, Tim Henman, Olly Murs, Henning Wehn, Benedict Wong
7Miles Jacobson, Ossie Ardiles, Seann Walsh
6.89Lawro (average after 28 weeks)
6Carl Fogarty, Football Manager, Mark Wright & Karen Hauer, Steve Wilson
5Joe Cole, George Ford*, Sarah Harding & Leon Fagbemi, Van McCann, Adil Ray
4Kell Brook, Guy Mowbray
2John Cooper Clarke, Neil Lennon, Jack O'Connell

* Does not include scores for postponed game - Leicester v Chelsea

Lawro's best score: 17 points (week seven v Ossie Ardiles)

Lawro's worst score: 2 points (week 20 v Steve Wilson)

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson
1.Chelsea27243075Side arrow0
2.Man City28235074Side arrow0
3.Arsenal28188262Side arrow0
4.Man Utd28195462Side arrow0
5.Liverpool281511256Side arrow0
6.Southampton28137846Side arrow0
7.Everton28118941Up arrow+7
8.Tottenham27910837Down arrow-1
9.Hull281211537Up arrow+6
10.Sunderland28891133Up arrow+6
11.Stoke28871331Down arrow-3
12.West Ham28871330Down arrow-2
13.Newcastle287101131Down arrow-2
14.Crystal Palace28841628Down arrow-2
15.Aston Villa28751626Up arrow+2
16.West Brom28581523Down arrow-3
17.Burnley28651723Up arrow+2
18.QPR27631821Side arrow0
19.Swansea28541919Down arrow-10
20.Leicester27531918Side arrow0