Competition: Premier League – Everton vs Newcastle
Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, March 15 – 16:00 GMT – 12:00 ET
Match Odds: Everton 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – Newcastle 100/30
Everton host Newcastle United in an intriguing battle on Merseyside in which the Toffees are searching for their first home win in the Premier League in three months. Everton have one win their last six whereas Newcastle’s inconsistency since John Carver has taken over also gives them just one win in six also.
Everton are back in Premier League action after their midweek Europa League commitments in which they beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 on Thursday night.Embed from Getty Images
For Newcastle, a win for them will send the Magpies soaring and strengthen their position in English footballs’ top flight. Everton find themselves in a relegation battle with their points tally at just 28 – a complete contrast to last season as they were battling for Champions League places.
Newcastle are seven points clear of their opponents going into this game on Sunday afternoon and will fancy their chances as Everton have only won twice after a Europa League game, losing four of them and drawing twice.Embed from Getty Images
The reverse fixture saw Newcastle United defeat Everton by a 3-2 scoreline at St James’ Park, with five different goalscorers in a thrilling contest so hopefully this one is just as entertaining.
Everton have received a huge boost as John Stones could be back in the fold after missing the tie against Dynamo Kiev with a virus. Aaron Lennon could return after being cup tied and regular left-back Leighton Baines faces a late fitness test.
For Newcastle United, Papiss Cisse begins his seven-match ban for spitting at Jonny Evans. But the good news for Newcastle is that Jack Colback is back after serving his two-match ban for accumulation of yellow cards while Remy Cabella is also set to return as he appears to have got rid of his knee problem.
Everton last five in the Premier League: D/L/D/L/L
Newcastle last five in the Premier League: D/D/L/W/L
Key Stat: The last time Newcastle completed the double over Everton was in the 2001-2002 season.Embed from Getty Images
Key Player: Jack Colback – The midfielder has been excellent this season and could score again like he did in the reverse fixture, with his side looking to inflict further woe to Everton’s home form.
Everton 1-2 Newcastle United – A hard fought win for the Magpies that will see the Toffees remain stuck in 14th place or even worse if results go against them this weekend.