Mark Lawrenson predicts West Brom v Everton result, anticipates big season for Salomon Rondon

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon celebrates scoring their first goal

Mark Lawrenson thinks West Brom will draw 1-1 with Everton this afternoon.

Mark LawrensonMark Lawrenson

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Everton will draw 1-1 away at West Bromwich Albion this afternoon.

Hosts West Brom opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win away at Crystal Palace, a Venezuelan hitman Salomon Rondon flicked a superb header into the net to give Tony Pulis three points.

It's been a frustrating summer for Baggies fans, who have seen their side struggle to bring in new faces in the transfer market, with winger Matt Phillips remaining their only signing of the summer having joined from Queens Park Rangers.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the matchWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

However, Pulis continues to make West Brom hard to beat, and they'll be looking to frustrate an Everton side buoyant as they embark on a new era this term.

With new shareholder Farhad Moshiri on board as well as new manager Ronald Koeman, Everton have snapped up Maarten Stekelenburg, Ashley Williams, Idrissa Gueye and Yannick Bolasie in recent weeks - and all four could start against West Brom this afternoon.

There is still work to do at Goodison Park, but positive steps have been made so far this month - and having drawn 1-1 with Tottenham last weekend, the Toffees will be looking for their first Premier League win under Koeman.

Everton manager Ronald KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

Ahead of the game, pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that both teams are a work in progress, and highlighted the potential debuts for Toffees duo Bolasie and Williams.

Lawrenson added that he thinks West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is in line for a big season having scored against Crystal Palace a week ago, but ultimately thinks the game will end 1-1 at The Hawthorns this afternoon.

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon celebrates scoring their first goalWest Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon celebrates scoring their first goal against Crystal Palace

"Ashley Williams is set to make his Everton debut, against the club that released him as a 16-year-old, and Yannick Bolasie should feature for the Toffees too," said Lawrenson. "It is still early days for Everton under Ronald Koeman while he beds his new signings in, while West Brom are still trying to bring in new faces."

"Both sides are a work in progress but I am expecting big things from Baggies striker Salomon Rondon in his second season in the Premier League. As his manager Tony Pulis would say, Rondon has had a year to get used to English football. He is strong and quick, and a real threat," he added.

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