By Pranav Shahaney

4th Mar, 2023 | 9:10am

Joleon Lescott predicts score of Everton v Nottingham Forest Premier League clash

Joleon Lescott expects Everton and Nottingham Forest to share the spoils when they meet at the City Ground on Sunday, 5 March.

The Toffees and Forest are both in a relegation battle and will be looking for the three points when they meet in the Premier League.

Everton will be without two players for sure while Dyche remained coy on the availaiblity of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Lescott told Livescore, “It’s two wins and three defeats for Sean Dyche so far at Everton and it’s no surprise both of those successes have come at home.

“The Toffees are without an away win since October and slipped back into the relegation zone with defeat against Villa last weekend. They now visit a Forest side who similarly prefer home games.

“Steve Cooper will be determined to ensure another 4-0 defeat like last week doesn’t happen and will make them hard to beat — that doesn’t bode too well for the Toffees, who struggle to create chances.

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“Prediction: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Everton.”

Not good enough

Everton cannot be content with a draw as they’ve got to take points off clubs that are around them in the relegation battle.

A point here could be a better result for Forest than for the Toffees as they will not lose any ground on them.

However, if Dyche’s men win this one then they will reduce the gap to just one point even though Cooper’s side have a game in hand.

Forest may have spent a lot of money in the summer and even signed new players in January, but they do not appear to be playing with cohesion every week.

Losing 4-0 to an already struggling West Ham side is a clear indicator that they’re still not fully equipped to be a mainstay in the top flight.

Dyche needs to capitalise on this and encourage his players to pick up the win on Sunday and we’re confident that he can get the job done.