Predicted Newcastle United Starting Line-Up v Everton
Alan Pardew’s talk that there is pressure on a number of the first eleven if they don’t produce the goods, doesn’t appear to have convinced many fans judging by comments by supporters in recent days.
Yes the much changed team against Leeds did ok but they didn’t pull up any trees against a very limited Leeds United on Wednesday night, the Yorkshiremen on a losing run of four now after Saturday’s defeat at Millwall.
Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett did ok and produced an excellent bit of play for the first goal. However, to suggest they are threatening the likes of Santon and Remy’s places in the team are a large step too far.
The only real contentious place would appear to be whether to play Anita or Tiote, though it wouldn’t surprise me to see Pardew play both, sacrificing a more attacking player. While Pienaar isn’t available, his partner on the left, Leighton Baines, is in great form and Alan Pardew will have to give careful consideration as to how he counters the home team’s attacks down that favoured left side, or right side from Newcastle’s point of view.
It would appear clubs such as Hull may have identified Newcastle’s right side with Debuchy not looking particularly quick compared to fans’ preconceptions and tracking back not being Ben Arfa’s best attribute.
On balance I do think the manager will go with an unchanged team for the third match in a row but my minority view would be seeing him possibly shaking things up and leaving out either Remy or Cisse to accommodate Ben Arfa (many will fancy him to bounce back and odds of 19/5 Ben Arfa to score a goal will attract interest) in a more free role that doesn’t have great defensive expectations.
Cisse may have ensured his place with a morale boosting goal in midweek and there will be those who might fancy the 19/2 Cisse first goal bet as he can go on runs of form and goals, though Remy first goal 9/1 is Newcastle’s biggest threat according to the bookies.
Everton’s early season form was nothing to write home about as they could only draw with Cardiff, Norwich and West Brom but a home win against Chelsea was followed up with an away defeat of West Ham. Though maybe there is an element of frailty creeping in as they went out of the League Cup at Fulham despite taking the lead.
They have remained a tough nut to crack at home though and no defeats at Goodison this calendar year plus no goals conceded on home turf in the last seven, tell you that Newcastle will have to give it a real go. Jonas Gutierrez, Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi are all expected not to make it, so in reality the manager’s options are even more limited than he would like to admit.
The crazy nature of the loan system sees Everton likely to play two players from rival Premier League clubs, in Gareth Barry and Lukaku who are likely to be key figures, the striker in particular looking a class act when on loan at West Brom last season and scoring the winner against West Ham in Everton’s last away match.
While the stats would appear to favour the home side, Newcastle have actually a half decent record in recent years as we’ve come away with two draws and a win from our last four visits, plus Newcastle have scored at least once in each of the last five clashes at Goodison.
If Newcastle can survive the likely early pressure then Newcastle could come away with something but any more defending like against Hull and Everton are sure to punish it. Top Tips – NUFC Win 5/1 – Remy To Score First Goal 9/1 – NUFC To Win 2-0 35/1
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