Mark Lawrenson predicts Everton v Burnley, aims a dig at key Toffees player
By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has backed Everton to beat Burnley 2-0 in their Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon at Goodison Park.
BBC Sports pundit Lawrenson couldn’t help but aim a dig at Toffees playmaker Ross Barkley by stating he will provide the “knockout blow” for the home team.
Lawrenson’s comments come after Barkley was the subject of an unprovoked attack in Liverpool earlier on this week.
Nonetheless, Barkley, who has been a key figure for his side this term, will be looking to get on the scoresheet at the weekend.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson backed the home team to produce the goods in front of their supporters once again.
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“Burnley beat Everton at Turf Moor in October thanks to a last-minute goal but it is going to be extremely tough for them to repeat that on Saturday,” Lawrenson told the BBC Sports website.
“Since suffering their only home league defeat of the season, against Liverpool in December, the Toffees have won seven league games in a row at Goodison Park, scoring 26 goals and conceding five.
“I think Everton’s excellent run will continue – and maybe Ross Barkley will deliver the knock-out blow.”
Koeman’s side go into this match having beaten Leicester City 4-2 last Sunday afternoon, with striker Romelu Lukaku netting a brace.
The Belgium international is the Premier League’s top scorer with 23 goals and is on course to win the golden boot for the season.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has found the back of the net on 19 occasions and is his nearest challenger.
The England international recently returned from injury and depending on form, he could overtake his attacking counterpart.
Spurs will host Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon as they look to close the seven-point gap on leaders Chelsea in the table.
Both Lukaku and Kane will back themselves to get on the scoresheet during their respective matches.
In other Everton news, Michael Owen has stated his prediction for the Toffees clash against Burnley.