Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks West Bromwich Albion will beat Everton 1-0 at The Hawthorns this afternoon.
The Baggies attempted to spark a turnaround when they sacked Tony Pulis last month, replacing him with Alan Pardew – but there has been no upturn in results so far.
West Brom lost 3-1 at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon to leave Pardew still searching for his first win as Baggies boss, with two draws and three defeats from his five games in charge.
Whilst West Brom haven’t benefited from landing a new manager, the same cannot be said for Everton, who continue to improve under Sam Allardyce.
Allardyce came in as Everton boss last month, and has immediately steadied the ship, guiding his side to a 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.
Everton have now won three times and drawn twice under Allardyce, and now sit ninth in the Premier League table having previously been hovering around the relegation zone under Ronald Koeman.
However, ahead of today’s game against West Brom, pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks the Toffees will fall to a 1-0 defeat at The Hawthorns.
Lawrenson feels Everton are getting somewhat lucky at the moment and thinks their good run can’t last forever, making the surprise prediction that Pardew will claim a win this afternoon.
“Sam Allardyce keeps on doing what we know he does, which is make his teams extremely difficult to beat,” said Lawrenson. “You could tell from his big smile at the final whistle on Saturday that he took great delight from stopping Chelsea – and that draw means he has picked up 11 points from his first five league games as Everton manager.”
“That run won’t last forever, though, especially because Everton have not been carrying much of an attacking threat. The ball has been running for them quite a bit too. Alan Pardew has not had the same impact since taking charge of the Baggies, but I am backing his side to upset the apple cart this time,” he added.