FA Cup & Premier League predictions: Lawro v Doves frontman and Man City fan Jimi Goodwin

The first all-Manchester final in the FA Cup’s 149-year history could be set up by this weekend’s semi-finals – but so could a seventh all-London affair.

Holders Manchester City face 13-time winners Arsenal at an empty Wembley on Saturday (19:45 BST) before the same venue hosts Manchester United versus Chelsea on Sunday (18:00) in a tie you can watch live on BBC One.

Who will prevail?

BBC Sport football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson, on the winning side in the first all-Merseyside FA Cup final in 1986, said: “We’re getting used to football behind closed doors now, but playing in a semi-final without a crowd really will be odd.

“On the pitch, I think it will be Manchester that comes out on top in both games. Defensively the two London teams are ordinary at best, and therein lie their problems.

“City and United are both so dangerous going forward, and I don’t see Arsenal and Chelsea being able to keep them out.”

Lawro’s guest this week is Doves frontman and Manchester City fan Jimi Goodwin.

Doves played a set on the pitch after Manchester City’s final home game at Maine Road in 2003 – “I met the ‘Goat’ [Shaun Goater] that day, we got shown around the ground and I had photos taken in the bath, I was buzzing,” remembered Goodwin – and they supported Oasis in their 2005 gig at Etihad Stadium too

Goodwin is enjoying life as a City fan under Pep Guardiola, who has won six major trophies since arriving at the club in 2016, and is still trying to add two more this season.

He told BBC Sport: “With Pep, his man-management is just amazing – look at what he has done to Raheem Sterling. His finishing wasn’t the greatest when he joined us, but he has turned him into a goal machine.

“He’s improved everyone really, from Nicolas Otamendi – who was pretty shonky at first – to Kevin de Bruyne. Why Chelsea sold Kev I will never know, because he is the real deal. He is something else.

“The greatest I’ve seen, though, is…


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