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Mark Lawrenson’s FA Cup Fifth Round predictions

Mark Lawrenson’s FA Cup fifth round predictions are out as we look forward to another busy week of football with eight ties to played out.

The former footballer and manager turned BBC Sport ‘football expert’ has given his verdict on who might spring a surprise. Find out what he said below…

Portsmouth v Arsenal


Places between both sides: 37
The score Mark Lawrenson has predicted is: 0-2

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“Arsenal had the weekend off after the disappointment of their Europa League exit – they were meant to face Manchester City, who were at Wembley for the Carabao Cup final.

|I am not sure who is going to play for the Gunners in this one – I presume it will be quite a few of their kids who overcame Bournemouth in the fourth round.

“Portsmouth are going well in League One and their home form has been particularly strong – they have won their past 10 games in all competitions at Fratton Park.

“There is no pressure on them, and promotion is their priority in any case, so this is a free hit for Pompey in many ways.

“This tie will be a test for Arsenal, but I still think they will have enough quality to get through.”

 

Chelsea v Liverpool


Places between both sides: 3

The score Mark Lawrenson has predicted is: 1-1* (* pens)

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“Liverpool’s unbeaten start in the Premier League is over, and I actually think there is a part of Jurgen Klopp that is happy about it.

“Saturday’s defeat at Watford means people will stop asking him about whether the Reds can go the entire league season without losing, when my impression was he was getting annoyed by that. He is only bothered abut winning the title – and anything after that is a bonus.

“Now they can get on with the rest of their season, starting with this tie.

“I don’t think Klopp will play as many kids this time – after Dejan Lovren’s performance at the back at the weekend I would definitely be playing him, because he looked unbelievably rusty.

“The bench from Saturday will probably play, so I would expect to see Adrian, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi for starters.

“You will see young players like Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams, who featured against Everton in the third round, here again too but as part of what will be a pretty strong team.

“I am not sure how Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will approach this tie, though.

“His priority surely has to be a top-four finish and the Champions League, because next summer is going to be a big one for their recruitment, and they probably need to be in it to attract the players they want.

“So this tie is hard to call, but I have a feeling it will go the distance.

“It has to be decided on the night and I think it will end in a shootout, which Liverpool will win.”

 

Reading v Sheff Utd


Places between both sides: 28
The score Mark Lawrenson has predicted is: 0-2

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“Reading picked up their first home win since Boxing Day when they beat Barnsley on Saturday.

“I cannot see them making it two in a row, though, because we know how good Sheffield United are – they always seem to produce a decent performance – and because they have had a bit of a rest too.

“The Blades did not play at the weekend because their opponents, Aston Villa, were in the Carabao Cup final, and they have only had three games since they beat Millwall in round four at the end of January.”

 

West Brom v Newcastle


Places between both sides: 7
Mark Lawrenson’s FA Cup Fifth Round predictions for this game: 0-1

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“West Brom are still top of the Championship despite losing at home to struggling Wigan on Saturday.

“Newcastle picked up a Premier League point against Burnley, despite again failing to score – they have now gone four league games without finding the net, since a 2-2 draw against Everton on 21 January.

“At least they are still scoring in the FA Cup, but they have needed replays to get past Rochdale and Oxford United so far and this time they will have to get the job done first time around.

“Can they do it? Yes. I think the Baggies will field a weakened team for this tie, which will obviously help the Magpies – but I am not exactly expecting a Newcastle goal glut.”

 

Leicester v Birmingham


Places between both sides: 32
The score Mark Lawrenson has predicted is: 2-0

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“Birmingham are unbeaten for 10 games in the Championship and their big striker Lukas Jutkiewicz is a handful up front.

“I still fancy Leicester here, though, despite their poor recent form and the fact they seem to struggle without Wilfred Ndidi in midfield – he is back in training after his knee injury but missed Friday’s defeat by Norwich.

“A lot will depend on the team they put out – I’ve talked about some of the other teams involved in the FA Cup maybe having different priorities, but why would you not try to get to the final if you were Brendan Rodgers?

“A cup run and a day at Wembley is the chance to crown what has already been a very good season for the Foxes, so I think Rodgers will go with a strong line-up.”

 

Sheff Wed v Man City


Places between both sides: 30
The score Mark Lawrenson has predicted is: 0-2

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“Sheffield Wednesday are in freefall in the Championship, and I am not sure why.

“They are a good, competitive side when you watch them, but after going on a great run to climb up the table, they are now on a dreadful one and dropping down it.

“They were third at Christmas but are now eight points off the play-off places after losing eight of their past 13 games, and I always worry about teams who are streaky like that.

“Manchester City are not the team you want to be playing when you are struggling, especially in their current mood.

“City have had a great week, beating Leicester, Real Madrid and then Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup final, and they have been playing really well too.

“They are my favourites to win the FA Cup, and I would not be surprised if they went the rest of the season unbeaten and won the Champions League too.”

 

Tottenham v Norwich


Places between both sides: 13
Mark Lawrenson’s FA Cup Fifth Round predictions for this game: 2-0

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“Sunday’s defeat by Wolves means Tottenham have now lost three games in a row.

“Jose Mourinho is still talking about them not having any fit strikers, and at the same time he only brought on teenage centre-forward Troy Parrott for the final moments over the weekend.

“So, on the face of it, it might appear Norwich have a chance here, and they will be full of confidence after beating Leicester on Friday.

“But then you remember the Canaries have only had one away win in the Premier League all season and, to me, that seems like a good reason to tip Tottenham instead.”

 

Derby v Man Utd


Places between both sides: 28
The score Mark Lawrenson has predicted is: 0-2

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“I wonder who people might be talking about in this tie? A former Manchester United striker, perhaps?

“Derby are not just all about Wayne Rooney, of course, and they are on a good run at Pride Park.

“But I cannot look further than a Manchester United win here.

“I was at Goodison Park on Sunday to watch their draw with Everton and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side really impressed me – they look a completely different animal compared to a few weeks ago and they are not far away from where they want to be.

“When you look right through the team they have got a lot of pace now, and they have also got Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay back to give them a strong base.

“Further forward, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood were lively and, overall, the team’s movement was really good.

“Bruno Fernandes is at the heart of it all, though. He is obviously a very talented player and suddenly United’s attackers are making runs because they are thinking ‘he is going to keep playing me in’.

“If United bring Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford back into the side when they are fit, then you are suddenly thinking ‘they have got a bit of a team here’.

“If they were going to Derby without Matic and McTominay then I would not be so sure of the outcome, but those two really do steady the ship. “

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