FA Cup predictions: Lawro v BBC Breakfast host Bill Turnbull

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 this weekend's FA Cup fifth-round ties is BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull.

Bill Turnbull
After 15 years on the BBC Breakfast sofa, Turnbull will host his final show on Friday, 26 February

Turnbull, who is stepping down from his role at the end of this month, has been a Wycombe Wanderers fan since their remarkable run to the FA Cup semi-finals as a third-tier team in 2001.

"I started going with my two sons towards the end of that run and we went up to Villa Park for the semi-final against Liverpool," Turnbull told BBC Sport.

"That was us tied in then. We were glory-hunters in effect - but we have been waiting for the glory to come around ever since."

Turnbull is not predicting any shocks this weekend but thinks League One strugglers Shrewsbury will do the lower leagues proud when they host Manchester United on Sunday.

"I think United will be in for a bit of a surprise there," Turnbull explained. "They might slip up a little."

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker will be stepping into Bill's shoes on BBC Breakfast.

You can see Dan and Lawro on Focus, live from Vicarage Road, on Saturday at 12:10 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

FA Cup 5th round predictions
Arsenal v Hull0-02-02-0
Reading v West Brom3-11-21-1*
Watford v Leeds1-02-02-1
Bournemouth v Everton0-21-1*0-1
Blackburn v West Ham1-51-20-2
Tottenham v Crystal Palace0-12-02-0
Chelsea v Man City5-12-10-1
Shrewsbury v Man Utd0-30-21-1*

* Away team to win at home in the replay

Our scoring system has changed this season and a correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is now worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

Last weekend, Lawro got three correct results from 10 Premier League matches, with no perfect scores.

His score of 30 points saw him lose to Deadpool actor Ed Skrein, who picked six correct results but no perfect scores for a total of 60.

Total scores after week 26


All kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated


Arsenal 0-0 Hull

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Bill's prediction: Arsenal are at home and flying high in the Premier League. They will keep their cup defence going too. 2-0

Match report

Reading 3-1 West Brom

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Bill's prediction: This is a tricky one for the Baggies. 1-1 (West Brom to win the replay)

Match report

Watford 1-0 Leeds

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Bill's prediction: This one looks fairly straightforward for Watford. 2-1

Match report

Bournemouth 0-2 Everton

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Bill's prediction: Everton will squeak it. 0-1

Match report


Blackburn 1-5 West Ham

Lawro's prediction: 1-2

Bill's prediction: West Ham are playing very well at the moment. 0-2

Match report

Tottenham 0-1 Crystal Palace

Lawro's prediction: 2-0

Bill's prediction: I saw Tottenham's win over City and they were absolutely fantastic. 2-0

Match report

Chelsea 5-1 Man City

Lawro's prediction: 2-1

Bill's prediction: Chelsea are still unbeaten domestically in 11 games under Guus Hiddink but City have lost their last two games and I don't see them losing three in a row. 0-1

Match report


Shrewsbury 0-3 Man Utd

Lawro's prediction: 0-2

Bill's prediction: I have got to go with the lower league club to get something here. 1-1 (Man Utd to win the replay)

Match report

Lawro was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

Lawro v Guests
110Sam Tomkins, SAM Super Computer
100Wealdstone Raider
90Ice Cube & Kevin Hart, Amir Khan
70Lawro (average after 26 weeks), Guy Mowbray, Osi Umenyiora
60Stuart Broad, Tim Burgess, Ed Skrein
50Mark Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall, Felix White
40Neville, Mumford & Sons, Michael B Jordan & Tony Bellew
30Darren Campbell, Luol Deng, Blake Harrison & Daniel Mays, Mark Webber, Steve Wilson
20Graeme Swann
10Elis James, Paul Heaton, Kelly Jones

Lawro's best score: 160 points (week 19 v Guy Mowbray)

Lawro's worst score: 20 points (week one v Graeme Swann & week 23 v Ice Cube and Kevin Hart)

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson
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3.Chelsea26177258Up arrow+9
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13.Bournemouth26741525Up arrow+2
14.Stoke26661424Down arrow-4
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16.Sunderland26571422Up arrow+3
17.Leicester26491321Down arrow-16
18.West Ham26361715Down arrow-11
19.Watford26261812Down arrow-10
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