Newcastle United welcome Everton to St James’ Park, as the Toffees look to cling onto their Premier League lead on Super Sunday.
A win could see Newcastle climb as high as eighth, whilst victory will see Everton remain top of the league for a fourth consecutive week.
Jamaal Lascelles is expected to be available for Newcastle if he can recover from a foot injury which saw him substituted late on against Wolves last weekend.
Martin Dubravka (heel), Jonjo Shelvey (hernia), Matt Ritchie (shoulder) and Dwight Gayle (knee) remain absent.
Everton will be without Lucas Digne after the French left-back was red carded for a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters in last weekend’s defeat at Southampton.
Jonjo Kenny and Jarrad Branthwaite are both available after recovering from ankle injuries whilst James Rodriguez (hematoma) is a doubt for this match.
Richarlison is serving the second of a three match ban and joins Seamus Coleman (hamstring), Mason Holgate (toe), Jean-Phillipe Gbamin (Achilles) and Cenk Tosun (knee) on sidelines.
- Newcastle are unbeaten in three of their last five meetings against Everton (W1, D2, L2).
- Everton have won three of their last five trips to St James’ Park (W3, L2).
- None of last nine meetings between Newcastle and Everton on Tyneside have finished in draws (W3, L6), since a goalless draw in February 2009.
- Entering this round, Frederico Fernandez has produced a league-high ten blocks for Newcastle in six appearances this season.
- 17 of Everton’s 30 corners this season have been taken by James Rodriguez.
Newcastle continue to play a defensive style which is clearly paying dividends against teams who lack confidence in finishing but given Everton’s form, they need to show more attacking intent than they’ve done in recent games because this is a good opportunity to get a win whilst Everton are down.
Speaking of the Toffees, they just lacked their usual sharp creativity without Richarlison present at Southampton and to lose Digne is just careless because they now are without two influential players through poor discipline, which weakens their creative play even more although Newcastle’s defensive play might help them here.
It however has been over 11 years since the last goalless draw on Tyneside in this fixture so we should hopefully see some goals here, given that Newcastle do have players who could step up and provide that extra attacking intent but Carlo Ancelotti will of learned a lot about his Everton team last Sunday.
A draw therefore wouldn’t be a bad result but I reckon that Ancelotti will make the necessary alternations to reboot his Everton team tactically, which should be enough given the confidence in their squad.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-2 Everton
Result: Newcastle 2-1 Everton