Mark Lawrenson urges Everton to make more signings, predicts result against Stoke City

Football pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on before the npower Championship game between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium on April 23, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales.

Everton take on Stoke City at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Everton will beat Stoke City 2-0 at Goodison Park this afternoon, though he has also called on the Toffees to add more quality in attack.

Ronald Koeman has overseen a number of new signings this summer, as Everton have brought in Jordan Pickford, Cuco Martina, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney.

Everton are now expected to kick on this season having made those additions, with England stars of the future Pickford and Keane both major additions, as well as Sandro - who impressed so much for Malaga last season - and the returning Rooney.

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on March 11, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Rooney makes his second Premier League debut for Everton today, and he will be hoping to get off to the perfect start when the Toffees host Stoke City this afternoon.

Mark Hughes endured a hit-and-miss campaign last season, and fans are somewhat worried heading into this term having lost Marko Arnautovic to West Ham United, though the Potters have signed Bruno Martins Indi permanently, and added Kurt Zouma and Darren Fletcher.

Many are tipping Stoke to be hovering around the relegation zone this season, and they will hope for a better afternoon at Goodison Park than last season, having lost 1-0 in August 2016 to a Leighton Baines penalty, which ended up going down as a Shay Given own goal.

However, pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Everton will claim a 2-0 victory, but did suggest that Everton need more quality in the final third having lost Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, as he isn't sure where goals are coming from in Koeman's side right now.

Football pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on before the npower Championship game between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium on April 23, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales.Mark Lawrenson

Lawrenson added that he is looking to see a better start to the season for Stoke having struggled early on last season, but he isn't seriously worried about their fortunes this season.

"Everton need reinforcements up front because I am not sure where the goals are going to come from at the moment," said Lawrenson. "I know they have signed Sandro Ramirez from Malaga - and they can throw him in - but are they going to play Wayne Rooney behind him or try to get Gylfi Sigurdsson in from Swansea?"

"It took Stoke until their eighth league game to get their first win last season, and their seventh game in 2015-16, so it will be interesting to see if they have examined what they did in pre-season and changed anything this time. This is a tough opening game for the Potters but, even if they make another bad start, I am never seriously worried about Stoke - whenever I have done in the past they always start winning," he added.

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