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Lawro's prediction

Mark Lawrenson
By Mark Lawrenson
BBC Sport football expert

HOW DID LAWRO DO LAST TIME?

Lawro's predictions
Arsenal 2-0 Stoke
Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle
Blackburn 2-1 West Brom
Fulham 2-1 Everton
Hull 1-1 Man Utd
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
Man City 2-0 Bolton
Sunderland 0-2 Chelsea
West Ham 2-1 Middlesbrough
Wigan 2-1 Portsmouth
Actual results
Arsenal 4-1 Stoke
Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle
Blackburn 0-0 West Brom
Fulham 0-2 Everton
Hull 0-1 Man Utd
Liverpool 3-1 Tottenham
Man City 1-0 Bolton
Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea
West Ham 2-1 Middlesbrough
Wigan 1-0 Portsmouth

Lawro got SEVEN results right, with ONE perfect score.

FA CUP PREDICTION

(To be played on Saturday 30th May at 1500 BST)

Chelsea v Everton

Guus Hiddink and David Moyes
Guus Hiddink is a top manager, always has been and always will be, but he is up against one of Britain's finest, in my opinion, in David Moyes

I think the FA Cup final shapes up to be a very well-balanced match.

First of all, look back at the league matches between the sides this season - both were 0-0, tight affairs with no quarter asked for nor given.

Add to that the tension, build-up and pressure involved in a Cup final, allied to the fact that it is forecast to be hot and sunny on the day, and it all seems to be set up for a hard-fought, close game.

As far as Everton are concerned, that will suit them because I don't for one second expect them to come out and play an open and expansive game at Wembley.

They will want to keep it tight, play with patience, and attempt to swallow Chelsea's attacking threat.

I expect they will play five across the middle behind a lone striker, attempting to break with pace and power when the chance arises.

I hold Chelsea in high regard - they are a top team - but they don't necessarily have a player who can pry defences open with a defence-splitting pass or a mazy dribble; instead, they look to work you.

Because of that, I think they can be frustrated.

Still, Guus Hiddink is a top manager and he is very rarely found wanting tactically. On top of that, he is clearly a good man manager and he is doing very well to get the best out of what is clearly a very talented bunch of players.

606: DEBATE
Woody (1878) Nil Satis Nisioptimum

The Dutchman is up against one of Britain's finest, though, in my opinion. David Moyes has done a tremendous job at Everton and, outside of the top four, he is as good if not better than anyone.

Of course, both will be desperate for glory - Hiddink so that he can end his Chelsea reign on a high, and Moyes so he has some silverware to go alongside his league successes of recent years.

But this is an FA Cup final and when was the last good one? The last couple have merely served as excellent adverts for cricket.

It will be tight, it will be hard-fought, and it will be dogged because it's inevitable players go into occasions like this thinking "don't lose".

For those reasons, I expect it to go all the way - possibly even 0-0 at the end of extra-time and into penalties.

And I have a sneaking suspicion that Everton will edge it on spot-kicks.


Mark Lawrenson was talking to BBC Sport's Sam Lyon



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Man Utd 0-0 Everton (aet)
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