By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Jan, 2022 | 12:10pm

Lewis Jones predicts result of Everton clash against Norwich City

Everton will go in search of their sixth Premier League win of the campaign when they face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday (15 January).

Sky Sports expert Lewis Jones does not see them picking up a win, though, predicting a 1-1 draw between both teams in his column on their official website.

A win will come as a massive relief for the Toffees given how woeful they have been this term, but that could prove difficult against the Canaries fighting for their lives.

Jones said: “Another Norwich game, another win to nil on their opponents copped the return vs West Ham.

“That is a huge worry as Teemu Pukki and Milot Rashica were both fit to start. The excuses are running out. It’s now over 551 minutes since the Canaries scored in the Premier League.

“However, if the season started on October 2, they wouldn’t be bottom. Everton would.

“Rafa Benitez’s team have won only one of their last 12 Premier League games, taking six points from 36. This is a situation where I don’t want to back either team to win.”

Tricky

The Blues have some injury returnees available for the trip, and they should be raring to go and help ease mounting pressure on Benitez.

The momentum sustained from recent impressive results against Chelsea and Arsenal was ruined by the 3-2 loss to Brighton in their first game of 2022, and they need to use the Norwich game as a much-needed motivation to get their campaign on track again.

However, not many will trust this Everton team to deliver against the 20th-placed team in the league given their lack of consistency.

A win will come in handy, but anything apart from that could see more fans call for Rafa’s head.

The Toffees have the chance to pick up their easiest three points of the season, and they simply cannot fail to.

Benitez’s job is not under threat, but a loss could change everything as he is expected to navigate through games like this without hassle.

A defeat will move Everton closer to the relegation zone, and that could come with lots of consequences.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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