BBC Football pundit Mark Lawrenson fancies Everton to continue with their recent good run of form, and get a much-needed Premier League victory away at Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Toffees have looked rejuvenated since the return from a 17-day break and they have secured four points in the past two matches against Cardiff City and arch-rivals Liverpool.
Moreover, their defensive displays have drastically improved, with successive clean sheets, although Lawrenson does fancy them to concede in a 2-1 triumph this weekend.
In a report covered by BBC Sport, Lawrenson said that he is unsure how the Magpies will approach the game, but suggested that the match is more important for Everton:
“I am not sure what the Magpies’ approach will be like this time but I think what happens in this game is far more significant for Everton manager Marco Silva,” he told.
“After all their hard work last week, and the way they raised their game, if the Toffees went to St James’ Park and got run over, then I would be seriously worried.”
Everton still have an outside chance of qualifying for Europe next term but for this, they need to go on an extended winning run, given the fact that Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently six points ahead of them for the seventh spot.
The defensive resolve shown over the past two matches will give the Toffees players confidence, but they need to start on the front foot against the Magpies, in order to assert their dominance on the contest.
Everton have a good head-to-head record against Newcastle United at St James Park with four wins from the previous five meetings (whoscored). The last two visits have witnessed 1-0 wins in their favour.