Mark Lawrenson gives verdict on Newcastle's season, predicts result against West Brom

West Brom - The Hawthorns

Mark Lawrenson believes West Brom will beat Newcastle 2-0 today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Newcastle United will avoid relegation - but is predicting a defeat against West Bromwich Albion.

The Magpies head in to the game having suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Everton on Boxing Day, with Tom Cleverley's injury time header handing Everton a 1-0 win at St. James' Park.

It means Newcastle sit in the bottom three ahead of this trip to The Hawthorns, though they are level on points with 17th placed Bournemouth, so survival isn't a million miles away.

They face a tricky trip today though, as they travel to take on Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns this afternoon.

The Baggies are without a win in five games themselves, and there are murmurings of discontent towards Pulis over West Brom's brand of football, but ultimately his side are hard to break down, and that's what Newcastle must attempt to breach today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has though told BBC Sport that he thinks West Brom will claim a 2-0 victory today, praising Pulis for his ability to grind out results.

However, he also gave a damning verdict on Newcastle's season, stating that whilst Steve McClaren's side should stay up, they are no better than that right now.

"I saw Newcastle on Boxing Day and they look like they might just have enough to avoid relegation, but that's about it," said Lawrenson. "The players are playing for the manager, there's no doubt about that and they got stuck in against Everton. They should have got a point."

"But I can see West Brom will go and do a job on them, it's what they are particularly good at. Tony Pulis has always been excellent at pigeonholing results, he will have forgotten about the Boxing Day defeat at Swansea and they will be ready to go, and to win," he added.

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