Newcastle v Everton Treatment Room
We are proud to bring you the Newcastle v Everton Treatment Room, the latest in our regular feature where before each match, industry specialist Ben Dinnery brings you all the latest injury news ahead of the game.
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A win at Newcastle tonight would see Everton break into the top five, but despite their impressive season to date, this push for European qualification has been built upon a solid home record.
Away from Goodison, Everton have struggled and they travel to St James’ Park knowing that the last victory on their travels was against Swansea back in December; the Toffees having lost their last three away games without scoring a goal.
Couple that with the fact that Everton haven’t won four straight games since 2008 and there’s enough to suggest Newcastle have a chance of picking up at least one point, despite having only won two of the previous ten h2h (head to head) encounters at home.
In terms of personnel, Newcastle are expected to have the same match-day squad as Saturday barring any last minute issues.
It had been hoped full-back Davide Santon (knee & illness) would be available but the Italian is still a little short on fitness, Sammy Ameobi (knee) also remains side lined after suffering a training ground injury and is out with an ankle problem. Hatem Ben Arfa will be pushing for a start having supplied the cross for the Papiss Cisse 94th minute winner against Crystal Palace.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez will make a late decision regarding England international defender Phil Jagielka, the centre-half is “medically fit” following a spell out with a hamstring injury but may not be risked.
Midfielder Steven Pienaar (knee) however is a definite absentee after a scan revealed cartilage damage; he joins Bryan Oviedo (broken leg), Arouna Kone (knee), Darron Gibson (knee) and on-loan signing Lucina Traore (hamstring) in the treatment room.
Top-scorer Romelu Lukaku carries Everton’s main attacking threat, the striker has scored 11 goals so far this campaign(three goals in three games against Newcastle) but less than a third of those come away from Goodison. The big Belgium has been ably assisted throughout the year by advancing wing-backs Seamus Coleman & Leighton Baines (10 goals) and international team-mate Kevin Mirallas (5 goals & 7 assists).
Three points for Newcastle on Tuesday would see us potentially close the gap on Manchester United in eighth spot and at least keep our season alive for one more week…
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