Just had a look at the opposition ahead of Everton v Newcastle and there are some astonishing stats.

I knew that the blue half of Merseyside wasn’t too enamoured with Roberto Martinez these days and I can kind of see why now…

You have to go all the way back to 28 September 2015 to find a club that Everton have beaten in the Premier League, who aren’t Sunderland, Aston Villa or…Newcastle United.

That day they beat West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns but since then, apart from the last gasp victory at St James Park, the blue scousers have only had the crushing 6-2 and 4-0 home wins over Sunderland and Villa respectively, to celebrate.

So in the last four and a half months and 16 PL matches, the only teams the Toffees have beaten are the three in the relegation positions.

What’s more, is that Everton are in 12th position in the Premier League and the only club they have beaten who is higher than them is eighth placed Southampton and you have to go right back to their first away game of the season for that one.

Otherwise, Everton have only beaten seventh bottom West Brom and eighth bottom Chelsea.

In contrast, Newcastle might have only won five Premier League matches but three of those were against fourth placed Spurs, sixth placed West Ham and seventh placed Liverpool.

If only those wins could have been exchanged for victories over the likes of Sunderland, Swansea and West Brom the Premier League table would look considerably better.

People talk about Newcastle as underperforming considering the players we have got, arguably there is a case for Everton being even more guilty of this, with the likes of Lukaku, Coleman, Baines, Barkley, Stones, Deulofeu and others.

The message to Steve McClaren and his players though, must be that Everton are nothing special and there really is no need to sit back and try to survive against a team that is failing so badly this season.

Attack must be the best form of defence and as Swansea showed with two goals in the first 34 minutes in their last league match, the home fans were straight on the backs of the Everton players and they found no way to then break down Newcastle’s fellow relegation strugglers.

Plus, with only 29 points, a win for Newcastle could see Everton drop to fourteenth in the table and only five points ahead of the Magpies.