Everton vs. Newcastle United Predictions, Match Insights and Lineup
Last Saturday, the Toffees defeated Nottingham Forest 1-0 on the road, but a few hours later, the Magpies defeated Manchester United at home by the same score.
Everton rallied to gain three crucial points over Forest last weekend after a miserable end to November that saw the team docked ten points by the Premier League for financial issues and suffer a crushing 3-0 home loss to Man United.
The Toffees’ fifth league victory of the season and their third straight away from home came from a fantastic second-half goal from Dwight McNeil, who scored his first goal of the year.
The victory also helped the team move up to 18th place, just three points behind 17th-place Luton, who lost 4-3 against Arsenal on Tuesday.
Everton’s victory over Forest was heralded by Sean Dyche as a “restart” for the team as they prepare for a hectic festive schedule of seven games to close out 2023.
Three of their next four games will be played at Goodison Park, where they have, somewhat surprisingly, only managed four of their 17 Premier League points thus far this season.
Since Everton has lost five of its last six Premier League encounters with Newcastle, they have actually won just two of their previous 12 home games under Dyche—both against Bournemouth.
As a result, Everton’s chances of earning maximum points on Thursday are quite limited.
In addition, Dyche’s team has lost its previous four midweek games and given up four goals in each of their previous three such games, including a crushing 4-1 loss at home to the Magpies in April.
Newcastle United, who have been beset by injuries, can be proud of their recent eight-day run of success, which included victories against Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League and a contentious Champions League draw at Paris Saint-Germain.
Both of those top flight wins featured goals from Anthony Gordon, who scored his most recent goal in the second half of last Saturday’s narrow victory over the Red Devils at St James’ Park to bring his total to seven goals since joining the team in January as a transfer from Everton.
Eddie Howe’s team has won seven of their past ten Premier League games after a difficult start to the season.
As a result, they are now in sixth position, one point behind Tottenham Hotspur in fifth place (who they will play in North London on Sunday) and three behind Aston Villa in fourth.
Although Newcastle has performed exceptionally well at home this season—losing just two of their eleven games at St. James’ Park—the Magpies have had difficulty producing winning performances away from home.
Since mid-April, they have only won three of their last fifteen away games across all competitions; the previously mentioned 4-1 victory over Everton occurred during this run.
Newcastle has won all three of their midweek games by a combined score of 13-3, and a victory on Thursday would give them their first league wins at Goodison Park in back-to-back years since a run of three in 1958 and 1960.
Everton Premier League form:
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Everton form (all competitions):
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Newcastle United Premier League form:
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Newcastle United form (all competitions):
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin, an Everton striker, is uncertain due to a calf issue. He will be evaluated prior to kickoff. Amadou Onana, Andre Gomes, and Dele Alli are still in the treatment room.
Beto, the summer acquisition who has failed to score for the Toffees in nine Premier League games, will probably lead the line in Calvert-Lewin’s probable absence. Attacking assistance will come from McNeil, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Jack Harrison.
After missing the last two Everton games due to a knee injury that kept him out for seven months, Seamus Coleman will compete with Nathan Patterson and Ashley Young for the right-back starting spot.
Regarding Newcastle, Nick Pope will be sidelined for four to five months following his shoulder dislocation in the team’s victory over Man United last weekend. As a result, Martin Dubravka will start most games in goal for the Magpies ahead of the January transfer window, when they may try to add a new goalkeeper in light of rumoured interest in David de Gea and Aaron Ramsdale.
In addition to Sven Botman (knee), Jacob Murphy (shoulder), Joe Willock (achilles), Sean Longstaff (ankle), Callum Wilson, Matt Targett (both hamstring), Elliot Anderson, Dan Burn (both back), Harvey Barnes (foot), and Javi Manquillo (groin), Pope is the newest player to enter the treatment room.
After taking a hit against Man United, Gordon has become doubtful, but he has since been seen practising with the first squad and should be ready to start in the front three alongside Miguel Almiron and Alexander Isak.
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Young, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko; Harrison, Gueye, Garner, Doucoure, McNeil; Beto
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Trippier, Schar, Lascelles, Livramento; Miley, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Isak, Gordon