BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Newcastle United v West Brom

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BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to today's game between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has written in his weekly BBC prediction column that Newcastle United will earn a draw against West Brom this weekend.

Newcastle are in crisis right now, with last weekend's 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Leicester City meaning they have now lost eight games in a row.

Interim manager John Carver has won just twice since taking over from Alan Pardew in January, and is under increasing pressure from the St. James' Park faithful.

Now sitting just two points clear of the relegation zone, Newcastle are in real danger of dropping into the bottom three - and with points hard to come by, they could well drop back down to the Championship this season.

Their opponents today are West Bromwich Albion, with Tony Pulis' men seemingly safe from relegation having made their way on to 40 points.

The Baggies are just playing out the final three games of the season but will be keen to end the campaign on a high, and Lawrenson believes that the game will end in a 1-1 draw - which could be vital for Newcastle after their recent run of defeats. 

"Things are going from bad to worse with Newcastle," said Lawrenson. "They have to face up to the real possibility of relegation because that sort of form is like a runaway truck, which is almost impossible to stop."

"You can guess how West Brom will approach this one - they will make things extremely difficult for the home team and wait for a chance to come their way. It will not be an easy afternoon for Newcastle or their fans, but I have a feeling something might go their way at last. Even a draw at home would be a big achievement for them at the moment," he added.

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