Paul Merson predicts Newcastle v Everton
Paul Merson has been looking ahead to tomorrow’s match at St James Park.
Newcastle meeting Everton and knowing a win could take them nine points clear of the relegation zone, if other results also go their way.
With only around 100 tickets left on sale on Friday morning, the game is set to be only the second St James Park sellout of the season so far.
Everton selling their full allocation and a non-televised Saturday 3pm kick-off also helping.
Everton have an average to poor away record this season, picking up only 15 of their 37 points away from Goodison, no club in the top half of the table have picked up less.
That record was actually even worse until recent times, the last two away trips doing Newcastle a favour as Silva’s team beat Cardiff 3-0 and Huddersfield 1-0. Giving an overall record of won four, drawn three and lost seven on their travels.
They have actually now equalled last season’s away points haul, Everton only won three away games last season including a fortunate one at St James Park, along with six draws.
Paul Merson thinks NUFC are looking more enterprising going forward and points to ‘Newcastle will be strong at home with their front three…’
These last four home PL matches have produced four wins and nine goals, interesting to see where those goals have come from.
It is three for Schar, two each for Rondon and Perez, with one each for Ritchie and Longstaff.
In the opening 11 PL home games, Newcastle scored only seven goals and they came from Joselu (2), Clark, Perez (2) and Rondon (2).
So more goals and more goalscorers coming forward.
Maybe a case of Rafa Benitez now able to use his three centre-back formation and overall set-up in a more ambitious way, especially now that Miguel Almiron has been added.
Paul Merson predicts a 2-2 draw but if Newcastle can manage at least a couple of goals then I would fancy the NUFC defence to bounce back to form and ensure a win, as Everton have only managed 18 goals in 14 away games.
Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:
“Everton have set a standard now.
“They kept a clean sheet against Liverpool and didn’t really look like letting in a goal.
“It wasn’t like the goalie was man of the match, he made a couple of saves but nothing big.
“Newcastle will be strong at home with their front three and I think Everton will relax away from home and have a go so I’m going for plenty of goals.
“Prediction is Newcastle 2 Everton 2.”
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