Mark Lawrenson predicts Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion outcome

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final tie between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his BBC Sport column that West Bromwich Albion will win 2-1 against Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Baggies will take on their Premier League rivals Villa away from home in the quarter-finals of the prestigious competition.

West Brom suffered a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park in the league only on Tuesday, and they will be keen on not losing yet again to the Villans.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes that Tony Pulis’s side will indeed win at Villa Park and progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

“Villa finally got a Premier League win when they beat the Baggies on Tuesday night but it was a pretty unconvincing one, which looked a nailed-on draw until the last minute,” the 57-year-old wrote in his BBC Sport column.

“And if you are Villa boss Tim Sherwood and you have just ended a seven-game losing streak in the Premier League, surely you are thinking: ‘Let's win another game.’

“The bonus is that if you win, then you have a trip to Wembley - which would be a massive lift for everybody at the club and the fans, and something to look forward too after a pretty miserable season.

“It is the same for West Brom too, although Pulis is probably the more pragmatic of the two managers. He has never been relegated, which is understandably a record he values and wants to keep. But there are no midweek games following this tie, so why would you not want to try to win it?”

Could Mark Lawrenson’s prediction come true?

Villa may have defeated West Brom at home in the Premier League on Tuesday, but they did so only just.

Tim Sherwood’s side needed a late penalty from striker Christian Benteke to pick up the three points against the Baggies.

West Brom are still not entirely safe, but they are in a better position than Villa, which could lead Pulis to field a strong team on Saturday.

Having reached so far in the competition, Pulis and his West Brom players will certainly fancy going to London’s Wembley Stadium.

The Baggies last reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup back in 2008, when they won 5-1 against Bristol Rovers away from home to set up a semi-final tie against Portsmouth, which they lost 1-0.

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