Mark Lawrenson reveals Newcastle United score prediction ahead of Everton match

Newcastle United's desperate search for a win will continue in earnest this weekend, when Steve Bruce's side travel to take on Everton in tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off.
(Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)(Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

In his weekly list of scoreline predictions for BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson backed the hosts to cruise to a comfortable 2-0 victory.

Elaborating on his pick, Lawro contended: "It will be interesting to see if Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti sticks with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after his error in Wednesday's draw with Leicester - he has dropped him before to bring Robin Olsen in.

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"That game was a missed opportunity for the Toffees, because three points would have put them right in the mix at the top end of the table.

"I don't expect any slip-ups here, though, because Newcastle are on an awful run of form - they have taken only two points from their past nine league games and have lost five in a row."

He continued: "They did have their moments in their midweek defeat against Leeds, but did not do enough and the closer they get to the relegation zone, the more pressure there is on Magpies manager Steve Bruce.

"Newcastle will win a game eventually, of course. Just not this one."

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Meanwhile, Lawro’s sparring partner for the week, Black Country saxophonist and Swansea City fan Lewis Evans, tipped the hosts to win 3-1, and stated:

"Newcastle look a little bit more threatening now Allan Saint-Maximin is back, and Miguel Almiron is always trying to make things happen, but Everton are pretty sound defensively."