Mark Lawrenson predicts Everton v Sunderland
By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson believes Everton will record a 1-1 draw against Sunderland at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
BBC Sports pundit Lawrenson has backed the Black Cats to pick up a point away from home as they aim to move off the foot off the table.
They will come up against a tough Toffees team who have tasted only one defeat on home soil in the Premier League this season – a late loss against rivals Liverpool.
Ronald Koeman’s side scored six goals the last time they played in front of their own supporters, while Sunderland scored four goals away at Crystal Palace.
Ahead of the match, former Reds defender Lawrenson delivered his verdict on the match and the return of David Moyes.
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“Goodison Park will be familiar territory for a few of Sunderland’s players, as well as Black Cats boss David Moyes,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“After 11 years as Everton manager, Moyes lost the first time he went back there, as Manchester United manager in 2014, and he will clearly be desperate to avoid the same outcome on Saturday.
“It will be tough for them because Everton are in excellent form. They have not lost in the league since the Merseyside derby before Christmas – and they were unlucky to be beaten in that game.
“But I just have a feeling Sunderland will get something here. They will have their chances, and I think they might find a way of picking up a point.”
There will be a number of former Goodison Park players taking to the field on familiar territory at the weekend.
Darren Gibson, Steven Pienaar, Bryan Oviedo and Jack Rodwell are just a number of players who have plied their trade on Merseyside.
Koeman will be looking to stop their threat and hoping to continue the club’s aim to finish in a European come the end of the campaign.
At this moment in time, the Merseyside club are in seventh place on 41 points from their 25 league games, seven points behind sixth-placed Manchester United and four points ahead of eighth-placed West Brom.
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