This is the predicted Newcastle team v Everton for Monday night’s match.

On Friday, Rafa Benitez revealed that only Christian Atsu was ruled out, the winger having a knee problem and the manager saying he was taking no chance with players now that safety was assured.

For a manager who has been accused of maybe rotating his side too much in the past, you certainly couldn’t say that at the minute.

Rafa Benitez brought in three loan signings during the January window, with Newcastle still deep in relegation trouble.

Kenedy arrived first and straight away started and starred in the draws against Burnley and Crystal Palace.

Martin Dubravka and Islam Slimani only arrived on deadline day, the Slovakian keeper thrown in at the deep end at home to Man Utd 11 days later, whilst Slimani arrived injured and stayed that way for some time.

Whether he intended it that way or whether results and performances have dictated it, from Dubravka’s debut there was a remarkable change in team selection policy.

Apart from at Anfield where Rafa picked a different formation/selection to try and confound Jurgen Klopp, Newcastle have had exactly the same starting eleven as from 11 February 2018.

Against Man Utd, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Southampton, Leicester and Arsenal, the same 11 players have started all six matches.

With five wins and a draw (which should have been a win when leading 2-0 at Bournemouth…), why would Rafa change it?

Nevertheless, with Islam Slimani now finally fully fit and Dwight Gayle now scoring goals, fans are now thinking towards the loan striker getting a start.

I think he will…but in another five days time.

I think Rafa will be desperate to get at least a draw at Goodison, to keep the run going and the obvious Liverpool connection.

Plus, I think it will certainly be a match where it will be a case of keep things tight early on and expect a lot of work, starting at the front with Dwight Gayle.

Then introduce Slimani with 25 or so minutes to go as an impact sub, which worked brilliantly against Arsenal.

Then who knows against West Brom next Saturday…Slimani and Perez, or even Slimani and Gayle?

Tonight first and expect the same line-up and  hopefully the same result as the last four games in this run.

The predicted Newcastle team v Everton:

newcastle team v huddersfield

Everton v Newcastle Match Betting with BetVictor:

Newcastle win 12/5Draw 9/4Everton win 13/10

Perez to score first goal 9/1NUFC win 2-0 17/1Slimani to score in both halves 50/1


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  • Paul Patterson

    No changes tonight. However, I’d take a draw now . .

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      We`ll beat them if we play as we have done in the last 4 games

  • TheFatController

    Let’s hope for a little bit of the rub of the green to go alongside the guaranteed honest effort and endeavor from team, coaches and supporters.

    I hope the players can now try a few more adventurous things in the last third now the pressure is off – over to you Mr Kenedy….

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    If Rafa`s going for the win then he should play Slimani instead of Gayle,
    Gayle`s always handy as back up later on with his pace

    • thewildchimp

      I agree. But you can look at it the other way around, too. Gayle and Perez tire the defenders out, then enters fresh Slimani and now his lesser pace (than Gayle) is suddenly good enough. But I’d always go with the sheer quality he brings. If it’s only for an hour, then let’s score some goals during that hour.

  • DC1964

    First Blood to the toon tonight followed by the knockout punch!!!!

  • Paul Busby

    I actually think we will see some fringe players getting a run out tonight and for the rest of the season. I dont think it will be an “all different” starting 11, but one or two players like Murphy, for example.

  • Gallowgate_Gimp

    Nevertheless, with Islam Slimani now finally fully fit and Dwight Gayle now scoring goals, fans are now thinking towards the loan striker getting a start.
    He’s scored twice in 2018, both against Bournemouth in Feb!