Preview and Prediction
The Toffees are still leading the standings with four wins, one draw and one defeat so far. However, they have been winless in their last two matches. This is something Carlo Ancelotti needs to resolve soon as their local contender, the reigning Champions, have the same points and been entailing them on the second. This weekend could be a chance for Everton to be back on their winning ways while visiting Newcastle. The Magpies might be stuck in the mid table but they can be an intriguing opponent here.
The teams’ previous games
Newcastle United managed to steal one point in their visit to Wolverhampton after holding the home side in a 1-1 draw. Raul Jimenez gave the lead for Wolves through his long shot outside the penalty box. Luckily, Jacob Murphy could find the late equaliser by his curling free kick.
Meanwhile, Everton saw their first defeat of the season, unexpectedly in Saint Mary, Southampton. They were beaten 0-2 by James Ward-Prowse’s and Che Adams’ goal. What’s more, their full back, the former Barcelona man, Lucas Digne, was sent off too here.
Steve Bruce will have to deploy his team without his best starting IX in either 4-4-2 or 5-3-2. Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Richie, Dwight Gayle and their number one goal keeper, Martin Dubravka are still sidelined. As the main frontman, Charlie Wilson is still the number one option accompanied by Andy Carroll or Joelinton while in the midfield, Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin will be occupying the area. The last two are likely to be playing on both flanks.
His counterpart, Carlo Ancellotti apparently is under the threat of losing his momentum of gaining positive result. It is due to the fact that his key players such as Richarlison, Seamus Coleman and even possibly the Colombian James Rodriguez are on the sideline because of their injury, alongside Mason Holgate and Cenk Tosun. Therefore, Ancelotti is likely to opt for 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-2-1 with the possible transition to 4-2-3-1. Dominic Calvert Lewin will still be the targetman but Alex Iwobi and Gylfi Sigurdsson will take over Richarlison and Rodriguez’s role.
Players to watch
Newcastle’s new signing, Charlie Wilson has proven to be worthy for his new team. The former Bournemouth man has bagged four goals so far. Another notable figure to watch is the French creative attacking midfielder, Allan Saint-Maximin.
Since Richarlison and James Rodriguez are unavailable, Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be the one Ancelotti counts on more to score. The Nigerian winger Alex Iwobi seems to be a better choice upfront than Bernard while the Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson can be the assist provider for them.
Newcastle vs Everton Prediction
Steve Bruce’s men might have unconvincing campaign this season but they have the potential to stumble Jordan Pickford and Co. Once they are unable to break the deadlock, the Toon Army could exploit and take the advantage to secure a win just like what Southampton did in their last outing.
This clash is still expected to be even. Fabian Schar and Co are priced to win at 16/5, whereas the visitors’ win market is at 42/41. The draw result is at the value of 13/5.