This is where Everton would be in the PL table if Mark Lawrenson got his predictions correct
By Amir Mir
Everton would be eighth in the Premier League table after 33 matches if Mark Lawrenson got all his predictions correct.
The former Liverpool defender regularly predicts the outcome of matches for BBC Sport, with the pundit backing West Ham to record a 1-1 draw against the Toffees on Saturday afternoon.
Going by Lawrenson’s predictions for Ronald Koeman’s team throughout the campaign, this will be the 18th time he has backed them to pick up a draw.
Additionally, Everton would be on 44 points, having picked up nine wins and suffered seven defeats, according to Lawrenson.
In reality, the Merseyside outfit are one place above Lawrenson’s predicted position, where they have recorded 57 points, 16 wins, nine draws and suffered eight defeats.
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Koeman’s side are on course to secure a European spot in the Dutchman’s first campaign at Goodison Park following his move from Southampton in the summer.
The former Barcelona defender guided the Saints to a sixth place finish during the previous season and then made the switch to Merseyside.
One of Koeman’s successes this term has been his ability to get the best out of his star striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgium international, who has rejected a new deal at the club, is the league’s top scorer with 24 strikes from 32 matches.
He has found the back of the net on 12 occasions during his last ten league matches and he will be looking to reach the 30 goal mark before the season ends.