BBC pundit makes surprise prediction for Bournemouth v Everton

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 travel to take on Bournemouth in the Premier League this afternoon.

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton at Vitality Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Bournemouth, England.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Bournemouth will claim a 2-0 home win over Everton on Saturday afternoon.

The Cherries claimed a dramatic 3-3 draw with West Ham United on Boxing Day, with Callum Wilson's controversial equaliser handing them a share of the spoils.

Eddie Howe desperately needed points having failed to win any of their previous seven games, and it's now over a month since their last victory in the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce, manager of Sunderland and Eddie Howe Manager of Bournemouth shake hands after the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and A.F.C. Bournemouth at the Stadium of...Eddie Howe and Sam Allardyce

Bournemouth need a win from somewhere after eight games without a win, and they take on Everton in the Premier League this afternoon.

The Toffees drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day, and that's now two stalemates in a row after also drawing 0-0 with Chelsea last weekend.

Sam Allardyce has stabilised the Toffees defensively, but their attacking displays have left something to be desired over the last week, giving fans cause for concern.

Now, pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he feels the decision for Wilson's equaliser against West Ham was 'strange', and feels that it was a good result for Bournemouth.

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.

Despite Everton's upturn in form, Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 home win for Bournemouth, suggesting that Allardyce's unbeaten run can't last much longer and Bournemouth are due a win.

“I can understand why there was some controversy over Bournemouth's last-gasp equaliser against West Ham on Boxing Day - it was another strange refereeing decision,” said Lawrenson. “But a draw was still a good result for the Cherries, no matter how they got it, and Everton also picked up another point when they went to West Brom - their 12th from six league games under Sam Allardyce.”

“The Baggies had a couple of decent chances to win that game, though, and I don't think Allardyce's seven-game unbeaten run will last too much longer. In contrast, Bournemouth have not won any of their past eight league games, but they are at home and I just think this might be the moment where they turn the corner,” he added.

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