FA Cup fifth-round predictions – Lawro v Radio 1 DJ and Arsenal fan Jack Saunders

FA Cup fifth-round predictions – Lawro v Radio 1 DJ and Arsenal fan Jack Saunders

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Former Manchester United boss David Moyes takes his West Ham facet to Outdated Trafford on Tuesday in one of many standout ties of the FA Cup fifth spherical.

Moyes, who spent 10 months as United supervisor within the 2013-14 season, has not received any of his 5 conferences with them since – however will issues be completely different this time? You will discover out by watching stay on BBC One and the BBC Sport web site from 19:00 GMT.

BBC soccer professional Mark Lawrenson has given his verdict on all eight midweek ties and he’s joined in making predictions by Jack Saunders, who presents Radio 1’s Future Artists each Monday to Wednesday from 22:00 to 00:00 GMT, and The Indie Present on the identical time on Thursdays.

Radio 1 DJ Jack Saunders
Arsenal have received the FA Cup 4 instances up to now seven years, together with final season, and maintain the report for many wins general, with 14. This yr, nevertheless, their defence was ended by Southampton in spherical 4. “We won’t win it yearly,” mentioned Jack. “We have got to present another person an opportunity!”

Jack is an Arsenal fan, however had his grandfather had his approach, he would have been supporting West Ham as a substitute.

“He was a religious Hammer and I used to be purchased countless Paolo di Canio shirts for Christmas and birthdays once I was youthful in a bid to attempt to make me one too,” Jack defined.

“However most of my pals had been Arsenal followers and I adopted that path. This was the heyday of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg – I had my head turned by watching them, and didn’t look again.

“My favorite participant once I was rising up was really Ashley Cole, although. I do know that is a controversial selection due to the best way he left us, however what a participant he was – among the finest left-backs I’ve ever seen.

“I used to be a goalkeeper once I was youthful so my heroes ought to have been David Seaman or Jens Lehmann, however Cole was all the time so elegant in the best way he performed the sport.

“Full-backs are a bit extra trendy now, due to the best way they’re anticipated to push excessive up the pitch, however he was forward of his time there with the best way he would tear down the left, overlapping Robert Pires.”

It’s a irritating time to be an Arsenal fan, with Mikel Arteta’s facet caught in mid-table within the Premier League and out of the FA Cup after Southampton ended their defence of the trophy in spherical 4.

Jack feels higher instances are across the nook although, due to the younger gamers who’re coming by means of the ranks – and Arteta.

He added: “The long run is so thrilling for us and I’m completely behind Arteta. I believe he’s doing what Jurgen Klopp did when he took cost of Liverpool and removed all of the lifeless wooden as quick as he might. That also takes time, although.

“I can perceive why we obtained criticised for placing up such a poor defence of the FA Cup in opposition to Southampton, together with Arteta’s group choice, however I understood the considering behind it.

“We have now had a variety of success within the FA Cup up to now few years, and it has been sensible after all.

“However that is Arsenal Soccer Membership we’re speaking about and there are even greater issues for us to realize with this group – difficult on the high of the Premier League is one among them, and being within the high 4 and within the Champions League on the very least.

“That’s what Arteta is aspiring for. I do know our previous couple of outcomes have been poor and we now have not pushed on and climbed the desk, however just a few days after dropping to Saints with a weakened group within the FA Cup, we performed them within the league and beat them, which was the purpose of him making these adjustments within the first place.”

When? Hole (league positions) End result Lawro Jack
Burnley v Bournemouth 9 x-x 2-0 2-0
Man Utd v West Ham 4 x-x 2-0 2-2P*
Swansea v Man Metropolis 22 x-x 0-2 1-3
Leicester v Brighton 12 x-x 1-0 2-1
Sheff Utd v Bristol Metropolis 10 x-x 2-0 1-2
Everton v Tottenham 1 x-x 1-1P* 2-0
Wolves v Southampton 2 x-x 2-1 0-1
Barnsley v Chelsea 27 x-x 0-2 1-3
*West Ham and Tottenham to win on penalties after further time. There aren’t any replays.


PL = Premier League C = Championship
L1 = League One L2 = League Two
NL = Non-league
H = Residence A = Away


Burnley v Bournemouth

Burnley v Bournemouth (17:30 GMT)

Who did they beat?
4R: Fulham (PL) A 4R: Crawley (L2) H
3R: MK Dons (L1) H 3R: Oldham (L2) H

Bournemouth obtained a much-needed win on the weekend, beating Birmingham after 4 straight defeats within the Championship.

Snapshot of the top of the Championship: 1st Norwich, 2nd Brentford, 3rd Swansea, 4th Reading, 5th Watford & 6th Bournemouth

That run had seen their supervisor Jason Tindall sacked and I would not even realised Jonathan Woodgate, who’s now caretaker boss, was on the membership. He had solely arrived, as a coach, just a few days earlier than and all of it appears very messy to me.

The Cherries are nonetheless within the play-off locations regardless of all of that and promotion is unquestionably their precedence. You possibly can argue Burnley’s focus is elsewhere too.

Snapshot of the bottom of the Premier League: 15th Brighton, 16th Newcastle, 17th Burnley, 18th Fulham, 19th West Brom & 20th Sheff Utd
After going through Bournemouth, Burnley play Crystal Palace (a), Fulham (h) and West Brom (h) within the area of seven days

They picked up an honest level in opposition to Brighton on Saturday and have a little bit of a cushion above the underside three, however they’ve enormous video games in opposition to Fulham and West Brom developing subsequent week.

Realistically, whoever does get by means of shouldn’t be going to go on and win the FA Cup, they usually each have greater fish to fry – so this can be a free hit for each of them.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Jack’s prediction: Burnley are simply strong. They need to maintain issues tight, and have the nous to get the job achieved. 2-0

Man Utd v West Ham

Man Utd v West Ham (19:30 GMT, stay on BBC One)

Who did they beat?
4R: Liverpool (PL) H 4R: Doncaster (L1) H
3R: Watford (C) H 3R: Stockport (NL) A

It is fairly proper that West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek can play at Outdated Trafford after accurately getting his purple card within the Fulham recreation overturned.

This must be a extremely good cup tie. The Hammers have been enjoying nicely, whereas Manchester United have dropped just a few factors within the league in current weeks, together with in opposition to Everton on Saturday once they conceded a last-gasp equaliser.

There are questions over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence, however I nonetheless really feel they may get the job achieved right here.

United have gotten a large enough squad to make some adjustments however nonetheless go for it. Solskjaer is determined to convey a trophy to Outdated Trafford, so the FA Cup is vital to him.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Jack’s prediction: I am wanting ahead to this one. Manchester United are scoring a variety of objectives however conceding just a few too, whereas West Ham are enjoying nicely and I’m anticipating them to place up one heck of a battle. 2-2 – West Ham to win on penalties after further time.

Jack on who will win the FA Cup: Primarily based on type, I would choose Manchester Metropolis to win the cup, however with Arsenal out I would like to see West Ham elevate the trophy. I’ve obtained a gentle spot for them due to my granddad, and a few silverware is lengthy overdue.


Swansea City v Man City

Swansea Metropolis v Man Metropolis (17:30 GMT)

Who did they beat?
4R: Nottm Forest (C) H 4R: Cheltenham (L2) A
3R: Stevenage (L2) A 3R: Birmingham (C) H

Manchester Metropolis are in a really robust place on the high of the Premier League – I do not see anybody stopping them from profitable the title and I believe they may win it by a giant margin now.

Snapshot of the top of the Premier League: 1st Man City, 2nd Man Utd, 3rd Leicester, 4th Liverpool, 5th Chelsea and 6th West Ham

Pep Guardiola’s facet are nonetheless in all 4 main competitions this season and they are going to be attempting to win all of them.

This would possibly not be simple – Swansea are doing nicely on the high of the Championship and I do not assume their supervisor Steve Cooper fairly will get the credit score he deserves.

Swansea may even really feel like they owe Manchester Metropolis one after their final assembly, within the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2019, when Guardiola’s facet got here again from 2-0 all the way down to win 3-2 because of Sergio Aguero’s ‘offside’ winner.

It is a disgrace for Swansea that there can be no followers there this time, as a result of it’s one more instance of the place it will have helped the decrease division facet at house.

Manchester Metropolis survived a scare in opposition to League Two facet Cheltenham within the final spherical, however I see this as being a extra simple night for them.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Jack’s prediction: Manchester Metropolis have been in unbelievable type to win 14 video games in a row, they usually all the time choose a powerful group within the FA Cup. Swansea are flying on the high of the Championship, however I am unable to see them inflicting a shock right here. 1-3

Leicester v Brighton

Leicester v Brighton (19:30 GMT)

Who did they beat?
4R: Brentford (C) A 4R: Blackpool (L1) H
3R: Stoke (C) A 3R: Newport (L2) A

Brighton are on a wonderful run however they nonetheless want a pair extra wins to get completely protected, whereas Leicester have gotten a extremely good likelihood of ending within the high 4.

So, I believe each side will make just a few adjustments, however it ought to nonetheless be so much nearer than when Leicester beat the Seagulls 3-0 at King Energy Stadium earlier than Christmas.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-0

Jack’s prediction: Brighton are one of many type groups within the Premier League, and I am not stunned by the run they’re on. Once we performed them at Amex Stadium on the finish of December, we beat them, however they had been so nicely drilled they usually play good soccer and posed a risk. Leicester had a little bit of a wobble final month however they’re again on observe now. 2-1

Sheff Utd v Bristol City

Sheff Utd v Bristol Metropolis (19:30 GMT, stay on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport web site)

Who did they beat?
4R: Plymouth (L1) H 4R: Millwall (C) A
3R: Bristol Rovers (L1) A 3R: Portsmouth (L1) H

Sheffield United have already overwhelmed one Bristol facet – Rovers – within the third spherical and that is their likelihood to do the double.

I believe the Blades will do it too. Bristol Metropolis’s type has dipped a bit within the Championship of late, they usually have fallen away from the play-off locations.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

Jack’s prediction: Bristol Metropolis have misplaced 4 of their previous 5 video games within the Championship so they don’t seem to be precisely within the form of type to recommend an upset, however perhaps Sheffield United will prioritise the league now they’ve given themselves a glimmer of hope of staying up. In the event that they take their foot of the fuel, I can see them going out. 1-2

Everton v Tottenham

Everton v Tottenham (20:15 GMT, stay commentary on Radio 5 Reside)

Who did they beat?
4R: Sheff Wed (C) H 4R: Wycombe (C) A
3R: Rotherham (C) H 3R: Marine (NL) A

Harry Kane is again from damage to steer Tottenham’s assault – they usually actually do want him.

Everton’s type has, usually, been higher up to now few weeks however they’ve nonetheless dropped some foolish factors at Goodison Park.

I’ve a sense this one will go the gap, and can be selected penalties.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1 after further time – Tottenham to win on penalties.

Jack’s prediction: I’ve clearly loved seeing Tottenham slip off the tempo on the high of the Premier League in current weeks. I’d say I really feel sorry for Spurs followers having to look at Jose Mourinho soccer, however I actually do not – I simply assume soccer has moved on since he had a lot success with Chelsea, grinding out a variety of 1-0 wins, as a result of you’ll be able to’t try this any extra. With out Kane, they have nothing up high, so his return on the weekend will assist, however I’m nonetheless going with Everton.

Everybody laughed at me once I put Dominic Calvert-Lewin in my fantasy soccer group firstly of the season – I’m in a league the place we do a draft after we put our groups collectively, so everybody’s obtained completely different gamers – however they don’t seem to be laughing now. I’m 100 factors clear on the high. 2-0


Wolves v Southampton

Wolves v Southampton (17:30 GMT)

Who did they beat?
4R: Chorley (NL) A 4R: Arsenal (PL) H
3R: Crystal Palace (PL) H 3R: Shrewsbury (L1) H

Wolves are slowly wanting a greater group, and their outcomes have picked up too.

They’re having a disappointing season within the Premier League, however they don’t seem to be in peril of taking place, so the FA Cup is perhaps changing into extra engaging to them than it was.

Southampton, in the meantime, are nonetheless on an terrible run.

Saints knocked out Arsenal in spherical 4 however they’ve misplaced 5 in a row within the Premier League and aren’t enjoying very nicely both. This appears like a very good time to face them.

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

Jack’s prediction: Southampton are in actually poor type and Wolves’ shouldn’t be significantly better, regardless of their win over us – which we form of handed to them. They’ll each overlook about their issues within the Premier League once they play this one although. I am going for a James Ward-Prowse particular to ship Saints by means of. 0-1

Barnsley v Chelsea

Barnsley v Chelsea (20:00 GMT, stay on BBC One and commentary on Radio 5 Reside)

Who did they beat?
4R: Norwich (C) H 4R: Luton (C) H
3R: Tranmere (L2) H 3R: Morecambe (L2) H

Thomas Tuchel has not misplaced any of his first 4 video games as Chelsea boss and solely conceded one purpose – in Sunday’s win over Sheffield United.

However he is probably not had a lot of a take a look at but – Tottenham had been horrible once they performed them final week – and though Barnsley will make issues tough for the Blues, that is one other recreation he can be anticipated to win.

Lawro’s prediction: 0-2

Jack’s prediction: Tuchel has obtained Chelsea enjoying nicely already and I do not see any magic of the cup taking place right here. 1-3

Lawro and Jack had been chatting with BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.

How did Lawro do in spherical 4 of the FA Cup?

Lawro efficiently picked the winner in 13 of the 16 ties, however with none precise scores.

Radio 1 DJ Jordan North obtained 9 outcomes proper, together with one precise rating.

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