Paul Merson has given us his prediction for the Everton v Newcastle clash tonight.

Last time out he stunned the footballing world by tipping Newcastle to win a match, that tip going awry as United folded 1-0 at Watford.

Back in his comfort zone, Paul Merson has returned to predicting defeat for Newcastle, the TV pundit saying a 3-1 home win is the likely outcome with Lukaku scoring first.

Little wonder he sees the Everton striker playing a big part, with 19 goals in all competitions he is obviously the main danger.

Only the top three have scored more than the scousers and only two clubs outside the bottom three have conceded more, so it looks a match that is guaranteed goals. Steve McClaren trying to sneak a 1-0 win looks the very worst of tactics that could be used tonight.

Despite Paul Merson believing Newcastle have done the best business in the transfer window (read here), but he thinks it will be defeat for Newcastle because Everton have got too many good players and ‘sooner or later they have to start winning football matches’.

Let’s hope that starting to win matches happens after tonight…

A Newcastle victory would close the gap to only five points and after last night’s results it would make the Toffees only one point above 15th position in the table and very definitely involved in the relegation battle.

Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports:

“You just don’t know what you are going to get with Everton.

“Last week I went with them to beat Swansea 4-0 and look what happened. I really thought Roberto Martinez’s side would dominate Swansea, but they just didn’t turn up.

“They’ve got star players but they just don’t win football matches. It must be so frustrating to be an Everton fan. You look at the team when it comes out onto the pitch and think it’s a tremendous side.

“There are not many of those players that do not get in other teams in the Premier League.

“On the other hand, Newcastle have bought well this month and have played well in patches.

“But Everton have got too many good players and sooner or later they have to start winning football matches. I’m backing Everton again, this time by a score of 3-1 with Romelu Lukaku scoring first.”