Mark Lawrenson reveals Newcastle United scoreline prediction ahead of West Brom clash

Newcastle United are back in Premier League action this weekend, when they take on Slaven Bilic’s West Brom at St James' Park on Saturday afternoon.
(Photo by Daniel Leal Olivas - Pool/Getty Images)(Photo by Daniel Leal Olivas - Pool/Getty Images)
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Writing in his predictions column for BBC Sport, pundit Mark Lawrenson backed a 2-0 win for the Magpies.

Justifying his pick, the ex-Liverpool defender claimed: "I thought the decision to send off West Brom midfielder Mattheus Pereira against Crystal Palace was very harsh, but the way the Baggies collapsed afterwards was a concern.

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"The score was 1-1 when Pereira was dismissed and West Brom reorganised to see the end of the first half out - but then they were all over the place at the back after the break.

"It was far too easy for Palace to score their four goals in the second half, and defending like that makes me think Newcastle will manage a couple too."

Meanwhile, Lawro's sparring partner for the week, Lonely The Brave drummer Gavin Edgeley, picked a shock 2-0 victory for the visitors.