'I don't see...' - Mark Lawrenson predicts Norwich v Everton result
Mark Lawrenson expects Everton to get back to winning ways against Norwich this weekend in the Premier League.
The Toffees have managed just one win in their last 12 Premier League outings but were successful in the FA Cup third-round clash against Hull thanks to an extra-time winner from Andros Townsend.
They take on Norwich this weekend, who haven’t scored in any of their last six games, and Lawrenson doesn’t see anything changing – predicting a 2-0 win for Rafa Benitez’s side.
“Most of the teams down the bottom have problems keeping goals out, but Norwich can’t score them either – they have failed to find the net in each of their past six league games,” he wrote in his BBC column.
“I don’t see that changing on Saturday. Everton are hardly in great form themselves, but they have been busy this month in the transfer market and you can see what their manager Rafael Benitez is trying to do at both ends of the pitch.
“After shipping Lucas Digne out he has signed two defenders and has brought in another winger, Anwar El Ghazi, on loan from Aston Villa. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin fit again, Everton should not be lacking in firepower anymore.”
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Everton’s squad is strengthened greatly since their last Premier League outing, with all of Nathan Patterson, Vitaly Mykolenko and Anwar El Ghazi joining the club and eligible to play.
Lucas Digne has left so you can assume that the feeling in the dressing room is good now without animosity, and the new players will all have a point to prove.
As Lawrenson mentioned too, the return of Calvert-Lewin to the team will be a big morale boost too as they have a proven goalscorer leading the line while Richarlison returned to training this week too.
Benitez has got one of the strongest squads to pick from in his tenure available to him and they’re playing against one of the weakest teams in the division.
A win should be the bare minimum for the Blues in this game and if they don’t get it, then even more questions will be asked of the manager.
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