BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Newcastle United v West Ham United

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BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Newcastle United will draw with West Ham United this weekend.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has written in his weekly BBC prediction column that Newcastle United and West Ham United will draw 1-1 in the Premier League this weekend.

The Magpies enter the final day of the season knowing that either themselves or Hull City will be relegated to the Championship, after Sunderland guaranteed their survival with a 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Wednesday.

Whilst Hull host Manchester United, Newcastle will also be at home to West Ham United, whose season has petered out in 2015 with just three Premier League wins in the calendar year so far.

The game could well be manager Sam Allardyce's final game in charge of the Hammers with his contract set to expire this summer, and he may be looking for revenge having been sacked by Newcastle in 2008.

Newcastle lie just two points clear of the relegation zone, so only a win can guarantee them safety from relegation - especially considering that their goal difference is far worse than Hull's.

It's bound to be a nervy afternoon on Tyneside as fans scramble to check Hull's scoreline against Manchester United, but Newcastle have to take care of themselves too - and BBC pundit Lawrenson believes that Newcastle will only muster a draw against West Ham having lost nine of their last ten games, but also adds that the Magpies will stay up because he doesn't think Hull will get a win against Manchester United.

"Newcastle need to win to guarantee they will stay up. I don't see that happening but I think they will stay up because Hull won't beat Manchester United," said Lawrenson. "Whether they beat the drop or not, I think people should look at the Magpies as an example of how not to run a football club."

"West Ham are another team facing a big summer, and I would expect the questions over Sam Allardyce's future as manager to be answered sooner rather than later. If Allardyce does leave, as I expect, I hope he is given credit for his achievements this season. The Hammers are on a poor run of form but they are still 11th and if you had offered them that at the start of the season, they would have bitten your hand off," he added.

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