Mark Lawrenson predicts Everton v West Brom, expects tricky game for this key player
By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has predicted Everton to record a 1-1 draw against West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon at Goodison Park.
The former Liverpool player believes Ronald Koeman’s key player, Romelu Lukaku will find the game “difficult” against his old club.
The Belgian international found the back of the net when his side were beaten 3-2 at Tottenham last Sunday and he has scored an impressive 18 league goals this term.
By contrast, the Baggies suffered a 2-0 defeat on home soil against relegation-threatened Crystal Palace with Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend getting on the scoresheet.
BBC Sports pundit Lawrenson believes Tony Pulis will make it tough for the home time at the weekend with the duo sharing the spoils.
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“West Brom did not get going against Crystal Palace last weekend and I would expect a response to that defeat from Tony Pulis’s side,” Lawrenson told the BBC Sports website.
“Everton also lost, against Tottenham, and I think this will be another tough game for them, especially for Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku because the Baggies defence will make life difficult for him.”
Prior to their defeat against Spurs, Koeman had guided his team to a nine-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Furthermore, they have suffered only one league defeat at Goodison Park this term and that was against their neighbours Liverpool.
The Toffees have picked up impressive wins on Merseyside during this campaign, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City all leaving empty handed.
Koeman will be hoping his side can take inspiration from their 2-1 win over West Brom during the reverse fixture in August.
At that time, winger Kevin Mirallas and former Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry got on the scoresheet to help their side pick up all the points.