Newcastle United and Everton clash at St James’ Park as both look to reignite their battle for the European places.
Team news: Manager Alan Pardew will welcome back central defender Mike Williamson from a one-game ban but will be without full-back Danny Simpson for up to four games after he broke a toe in Saturday’s 7-3 defeat at Arsenal. Central defender Steven Taylor (hamstring) and midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin surgery) have returned to training but are still some way away from being available, while full-back Ryan Taylor (knee) and midfielders Vurnon Anita (ankle), Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) and Jonas Gutierrez, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic (all knee) are still out.
Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, Coloccini, Williamson, Perch, Streete, Tiote, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Ba, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Ranger.
Team news: Midfielder Marouane Fellaini returns from a three-match suspension for the trip to Newcastle. His comeback will offset the loss of Darron Gibson with a thigh strain for a month. Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman are all unlikely to feature but Phil Neville (knee) could return having been rested for yesterday’s defeat by Chelsea.
Everton (from): Howard, Jagielka, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Oviedo, Duffy, Barkley, Neville, Anichebe, Vellios.
Referee: M Atkinson; Assistants: S Burt, A Halliday; Fourth official: A Taylor
SOURCE: Official Premier League
Newcastle (Possible, 4-1-4-1): Krul; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Obertan, Tiote, Bigirimana; Cissé, Ba, Marveaux.
Everton (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Howard; Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Naismith, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Pienaar; Fellaini; Jelavic.
Head to Head
In 163 previous encounters the two sides are inseparable; having both won 64 matches each, with 35 draws.
Everton have won just one of their last 10 matches away at Newcastle.
The home side has lost this fixture just twice in the last 20 meetings between the teams.
Alan Pardew’s side have lost eight of their last 10 league fixtures, collecting six points out of 30.
Demba Ba has scored more goals away from home (19) than at home (17) in his Premier League career.
Newcastle have conceded more headed goals (11) than any other team in the top flight this season.
Everton have hit the woodwork 17 times in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
They have conceded in 15 consecutive Premier League games this season, the longest run of any side in the division. They have also scored in their last 17 league games, the best run in the top flight this season and their best since 24 in a row in 1985-86.
Defeat against Chelsea was only Everton’s second loss in their last 17 league matches and their first at home since March.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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