Former Liverpool star and current BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has said that not one of Newcastle United’s players would have got into Leicester’s squad during their defeat on Saturday.
The Magpies came out on the wrong side of a five goal thriller at St James’ Park, with Ayoze Perez’s late own goal condemning the club to a 3-2 defeat, their sixth loss in seven games.
It meant that they have only picked up one point from their last seven games, a winless run that has seen them slide down the table to sit just two points and two places off the relegation zone.
Everton meanwhile have put an end to their disappointing start to the season and have gone three games unbeaten in the Premier League, drawing 1-1 with fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday in what was new manager Sam Allardyce’s second game in charge of the club.
Lawrenson says he expects them to extend their run when they travel to St James’ Park on Wednesday, but says it is going to be a close battle between the two sides.
Predicting a 1-1 draw while delivering a damning verdict on the quality of Newcastle’s squad, he wrote on the BBC Sport website: “When I was watching Newcastle’s defeat by Leicester, I sat there thinking which players from Newcastle’s starting XI would get into Leicester’s team.
“The answer was none of them would, which tells you a lot about what Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is up against there.
“With the run that Newcastle are on, with just one point from their past seven games, getting anything from this game would represent a bit of progress.
“You have got to give Everton credit for the way they stuck at it in Sunday’s Merseyside derby and ended up getting the draw that they came to Anfield for.
“The Toffees are unbeaten in four matches now in all competitions, and will have been lifted further by the way they got their point against Liverpool.”
Everton have won six of the last seven meetings between the two sides, Ross Barkley netting a double from the penalty spot in a 3-0 win back in February 2016.
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